Meet Mark Kobe, PURE IBO and U.S. Army veteran

The transition from military to civilian life can be difficult, but for Mark Kobe, Independent Business Owner (IBO), the PURE products and opportunity made the transition that much easier.

Mark served in the U.S. Army from 1995-2015, stationed in New York, North Carolina and Maryland, as a Signals Intelligence professional and Spanish linguist. He received the Air Medal and other medals for deployments to Afghanistan, Africa, Bosnia and South America.

Mark is most proud of the time he served with a Special Missions Unit in Maryland. He was one of less than 1% of the total military who was accepted into this unit.

Mark stated, “I had the opportunity to take part in historic missions and work with some true heroes. The places that I got to see, the missions that I was a part of and most importantly the quality of the people that I got to work with will always stay with me as the best time in my military career.”

After retiring, he was employed under the Secretary of Defense. He discovered PURE: People United Reaching Everyone in August 2018.

PURE gave Mark and his wife a vehicle through which they could reach their financial goals and generate residual income for their future. After retiring from the military after a full 20-year career, Mark was starting from scratch at the age of 46. He wanted to add another stream of income to his pension and disability. 

“PURE is providing for us, as long as I am willing to put in the time and effort.  As I struggle to understand how to be successful in this line of work, I find that I’m constantly reading books,” said Mark. “I have improved my personal relationship with Christ as I spend hours reading the Bible and have put my PURE business in his hands to support us. Daily Detox and Mila are my wife’s favorite products. My favorite is Organic Sulfur. I have full range of motion in my knees for the first time in a long time and I’m no longer taking glucosamine.”*

Mark decided to forgo his usual workout supplement regime to try PURE’s GPS line of products. After using all six products for three months, Mark noticed results, as did his friends and family whom he exercises with.

Mark stated, “The pre-workout combination of Adapt, Energize and Circulate is unlike any other pre-workout regimen that I have ever used. I don’t get the “shakes” that I would typically get with most pre-workout supplements. GPS Hydrate keeps my energy level high throughout my workout. GPS Rebuild post-workout supplement is awesome; the taste, the mixability, everything is top notch! With Reset, the cycle is complete. The energy it provides is amazing!”*

Mark is a true hero in our eyes. He is living the PURE philosophy by sharing the opportunity and the wonderful benefits of our high-quality products with others. We are blessed to have him as part of the PURE family.

Do you want your story featured in PURE’s corporate blog? Share it with us at marketing@livepure.com.  

Ask the Expert answers your product questions

At PURE: People United Reaching Everyone, we have an expert team that is dedicated to answering your product and nutrition questions.

Here are the most popular questions from the previous few weeks. You might find a topic related to a question you have.

Q: How many Organic Sulfur capsules are equal to one scoop of Organic Sulfur?
A: Three capsules (1 g x 3 = 3 g) equals 1 scoop of Organic Sulfur (3 g). The Recommended Use on the label suggests 3 capsules as one serving.

Q: Is it possible to eat too much Mila?
A: Mila is a high-quality, 100% natural food. One serving contains 5 grams of dietary fiber, which helps with intestinal regularity, cardiovascular health and blood sugar maintenance. Consuming too much fiber, especially if your body is not used to it, can cause gastrointestinal upset. If you experience GI upset, take less than the recommended 2 Tablespoons and build up to this amount as your body adjusts to an increased intake of fiber. Drink plenty of water when taking Mila. The recommended daily amount of fiber is 25 grams.*

Q: What is the source of the natural vanilla bean flavoring in Greens?
A: Natural vanilla originates from Madagascar, Indonesia and Mexico.  Vanilla beans are extracted, purified and made in the U.S.

Q: What are the natural flavors and colors that are used in products by PURE?
A: Natural flavors and colors are from vegetables, fruits and other natural sources such as vanilla and cacao beans.

Q: Which products by PURE contain vitamin D?
A: Daily Build has 800 IU of vitamin D3, the highest amount. CalciuMK+ has 600 IU. Immune6 and GPS Reset have 500 IU. 360 Complete Shake has 200 IU. GPS Rebuild Chocolate has 40 IU of D3.  Please check the product labels for ingredients and amounts.

Q: Which products help support circulation and blood flow?
A: Typically, Goji has been used to support circulation. GPS Circulate provides amino acids like L-arginine and L-citruline, which help promote the production of nitric oxide N.O. in the body. N.O. helps promote circulation and blood flow.*

Q: Do you use any synthetic ingredients in your “natural flavors”?
A: There are no synthetic ingredients in our natural sweeteners and natural flavors.

Q: What is glucose polymer derived from and is it something that is good for the body?
A: Glucose polymers are an important source of carbohydrates in dietary supplements. Glucose polymers are large molecules composed of many glucose molecules. They provide more energy at a given osmolarity and are absorbed at a faster rate than glucose alone. Glucose polymers also improve the consistency of beverages made from powdered mixes. Glucose polymers are responsible for the creamy texture in products like ENERGY, 360 Complete Shake and PURE Café.

Q: Are any products by PURE tested on animals?
A:  None of the products by PURE are tested on animals.

Hit your detox goals with delicious recipes

Now is the time to get your health back on track, and support your weight loss journey with PURE’s 7-Day and 28-Day Detox Programs.  People are seeing amazing results! In just one week, you’ll remove harmful toxins from the body and experience better digestion, more energy, improved mental clarity, fewer sugar cravings and reduced body fat.*

To help you on your journey, we’re sharing the following recipes that are easy to make using products by PURE that are part of the Detox Packs. These are delicious and nutritious ways to experience Whole Health and support you on your detox journey.

Simply blend the ingredients together and enjoy!

Summertime Detox Drink

  • 1 Grape ENERGY
  • 1 scoop of GPS Hydrate
  • 1/3 cup of strawberries
  • A bottle of water
  • Ice

Heaven In Your Mouth

  • One packet of PURE Café
  • 6-8 fl. oz. of unsweetened, nut-based milk
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • Ice

Seasonal tip: Want a festive fall twist on this recipe? Use the Limited-Edition PURE Cafe in Pumpkin Spice!

Blue Green Goddess

  • 1 Mixed Berry ENERGY
  • One scoop of Greens
  • One scoop of Mila
  • 1 fl. oz. of GoYin
  • 1 cup water
  • Ice

Our bodies naturally remove toxins through seven channels of elimination. Carefully selected products by PURE help this process by nutritionally supporting the body’s natural health-maintaining processes. Follow the program for seven days, or if you desire a deeper detox, continue with the 28-day program for additional results. You’ll create sustainable habits and experience life-changing results. You’re on your way to a lifestyle of Whole Health.

Learn more at https://livepure.com/7-day-detox.

Detox your body with PURE:

Detox Pack — This combination of herbs and botanicals effectively helps facilitate the removal of toxins from the body while supporting your weight loss journey during the 7-day and 28-day detox plans.

Detox Plus Pack — This pack was created with two in mind. Grab your weight loss partner and get ready for success!

HealthTrim® Cleanse (capsule or liquid) — A blend of cleansing herbs and botanicals. Cascara sagrada, the primary ingredient in Capsule Cleanse, has traditionally been used to support the body’s primary channel of elimination and aid in regularity.*

Probiotic — Following your cleanse, use this formula of pro- and prebiotics to help foster beneficial bacterial growth and help maintain a healthy digestive system balance.

Order your products by PURE today and start enjoying overall health and wellness.

Packing a healthy school lunch

Getting your kids to eat it is another issue entirely.  Since the advent of the doughnut, parents have struggled to convince their kids to eat the nutritious foods they prepare for them.

The following are a few tips along with sample cold lunches that may help get your kids to finally eat those veggie sticks while they are at school.

Make lunches fun!

At first glance, the look and taste of Lunchables® isn’t anything special. Contrary to appearances, however, Lunchables quickly became one of Oscar Meyer’s most successful products, partly due to the fun kids have eating them. Consider making your own healthy alternative. Pack some whole grain crackers, lean meat, cubed or sliced cheese, cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, celery sticks, etc. and allow kids to build their own sandwiches. Consider using cookie cutters to cut the meat into fun shapes. Use the leftover scraps of meat on a chef salad you can take for your own lunch.

Add in tasty dips.

With a tasty dip, veggies can appear a bit more appealing to kids. Various dip options can be just as healthy as the veggies; but your kids will never know. Cheeses or creams are often the base of dips. Avocados contain healthy fats, which still provide a lot of flavor. As an added bonus, the fat in the dip will actually help enhance the absorption of carotenoids and fat soluble vitamins, as well.  Fat doesn’t need to be the principle ingredient in dips. Recipes using yogurt can be full of flavor, and hummus is mostly made of beans, which pack a fiber- and protein-laden nutritional punch.

Involve kids in the purchasing and preparation process.

Letting your kids help choose foods for their lunch at the grocery store makes them feel like they have some control, which may increase their willingness to eat them. Make sure you’re comfortable with all the options presented. Kids may enjoy preparing their own foods, with help from you, depending on their age. As kids prepare the food, they become more comfortable with the ingredients and the dish as a whole, and may be more likely to eat it.

Make it sweet.

Kids love sweet foods. While it is still advisable to limit the amount of sweetener used in the preparation of their foods, consider adding a little fruit puree, agave, dark chocolate chips, honey or maple syrup to enhance their appeal. Purchase meats and nuts with a honey glaze. Add fresh fruit to a vegetable smoothie. Incorporate fruits into whole-grain baked goods like breads, muffins or cookies.

Mila by PURE is a whole food that is great for children and adults alike. Each serving contains 3g of ALA omega-3 fatty acid which play a crucial role in normal growth and development and brain function.* Mila can be consumed on its own or incorporated into your favorite dishes, yogurt and smoothies. Learn more.

Share with us your tips and tricks on making healthier school lunches for your children.

This article is for nutrition information purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any health or nutrition concerns you may have. The information in this article is not intended to promote any specific product, or for the prevention or treatment of any disease.

Back to school with Mila

There are still a few more weeks left to enjoy your summer break, you’ve likely started to see sales for back-to-school items, including supplies, clothes, and backpacks. Healthy snacks should be part of those items. Although you and your kids may celebrate (or groan) the thought of returning to school, there are many ways to get your kids into a healthy routine before that bus comes around the corner.

In my opinion, there’s one place where you can alleviate the back-to-school blues and that’s in the kitchen. While your kids may balk at the idea of eating something new or different, getting their input on food choices and allowing them to get their hands a bit messy gives them power over their choices. So, get them involved in the meal planning.

Mila plays well with others

As a prized superfood, Mila® micro-sliced chia seeds can be easily added into some of their favorite foods or recipes.  As a staple in the Mayan and Aztec cultures, this gluten-free, trans-fat free, sugar-free, and plant-based source of protein and fiber can be a staple in your kitchen.

  • What could be more fun and kid friendly than chicken strips? Skip the fried chicken and make chicken tenders with a twist. Have your kids mix about a quarter cup of Mila to the breading mixture and you’ll have a crunchy alternative to the popular fried chicken.
  • Add chia seeds to your whole wheat muffin batter for a quick, last minute breakfast or afternoon snack. Using fresh or frozen berries, you can freeze these muffins and then put them into your kid’s lunch bags to thaw. They are a great alternative to a traditional high-fat muffin.
  • Create a more fiber- and protein-rich breakfast by adding a scoop of Mila to homemade granola. Most pre-made granolas are too high in sugar and calories and low in fiber. Create your own with dried fruit, nuts, oats, a dash of sweetener, like honey, and Mila!
  • Spaghetti and meatballs were a weekly staple in my youth. Mila gels and expands when added to liquid, so it’s a great binder in place of eggs in your homemade meatball recipes.
  • Frozen fruit and spinach are great to have on hand for morning smoothies. Combine your favorite fruits, such as strawberries, bananas, and peaches for a taste of summer! Add in a tablespoon of Mila to boost the nutrient content.
  • For dessert, make some healthy ice pops with Mila to beat the summer heat! Your child will never know their healthy! Try using fresh mango, soaked Mila and coconut milk. Let two tablespoons of Mila soak in ¼ cup of water overnight so they are ready to go! The next day, blend the mixture with one can of coconut milk and fresh mango (frozen works fine too).  Pour into your ice pop mold or ice cube tray and freeze!
  • Create a healthy, high fiber dessert! Combine five tablespoons of Mila with two cups almond, soy, or other milk, ½ tsp. vanilla extract in a sealed container and let the Mila go to work! Let it sit in the fridge for at least two hours. Once it gels, top with your favorite nuts and fruit! Again, let your kids create their own, healthy masterpiece!

You can top just about anything with Mila — yogurt, oatmeal, eggs, salad, pasta ;o)and cereal — the options are endless! Just remember to start your child with a ½ tablespoon.  With three grams of protein, five grams of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and calcium, Mila is definitely a super food for super kids!

Read more about Mila here: https://shop.livepure.com/mila/dt/GP00231.  Order yours today by visiting livepure.com.

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¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo, amigos!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

It’s time to indulge in your favorite Mexican food, treat yourself to a margarita, dance to “La Bamba” and spend time with friends.

To help you celebrate, we’ve compiled some delicious Mexican recipes, each with a PURE twist.

 

Greens Guac

A Cinco de Mayo celebration is not complete without guacamole! Dip into this Greens-infused snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1 T. Greens
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 T. lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Mash avocados in a bowl. Mix Greens, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, lemon juice and into avocado and combine well. Season with salt and pepper.

 

Cinco-Star GoYin Margarita   

A little indulgence is OK, especially when GoYin is involved!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can frozen limeade concentrate
  • 6 fl. oz. tequila
  • 2 fl. oz. triple sec
  • 1-2 fl. oz. GoYin

Directions:  Fill blender with crushed ice. Pour in limeade concentrate, tequila, triple sec and GoYin. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

 

Cha-Cha-Mila Tortilla Bake

Mila® chia provides a boost of beneficial fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, and improves the wholesomeness of this dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 small bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder (may add more, if desired)
  • 2 16-oz. cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 16-oz. cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 scoops Mila
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 package rice or corn tortillas, cut into strips
  • Salsa (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook turkey, onion, bell pepper, and garlic in large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until turkey is no longer pink. Drain.
  3. Combine turkey with remaining ingredients, except for tortillas.
  4. Grease 9×13 baking dish and line bottom with tortilla strips.
  5. Top tortilla strips with half mixture, spreading evenly.
  6. Repeat layer, alternating between tortilla strips and mixture.
  7. Cover and bake for 25 minutes, or until heated through.
  8. Serve with salsa, if desired

Put on a sombrero, hire a mariachi, grab some maracas and enjoy the festivities and the food!

 

Getting to know Rich Scheckenbach

We recently talked with our newest member of the PURE Wellness Advisory Board (WAB), Rich Scheckenbach, who has a client base of dietary supplement, food and beverage, and nutritional ingredient companies worldwide.

Where do you and your family reside? I have called the Northwest home since 1972 and my wife and I currently reside in SW Washington state. We have family throughout the world.

When did you know you wanted to study nutritional sciences? My interest in nutrition has always been front and center as I was fortunate to grow up in a house that valued healthy food choices. Mom was a huge advocate of the Mediterranean diet, Dad was adventurous in always adding new “health foods” to his diet (such as whole grains, raw wheat germ, exotic fruits and vegetables) as far back as the mid-1950s. I was given my first dietary supplement in 1955 and have since never missed a day taking them. Studying bacteriology and biochemistry as an undergraduate at UCLA was the pivotal moment for my decision to better understand and pursue the underlying principles of proper nutrition.

What do you think is the most important point to remember in nutrition? The most important aspect of good nutrition is understanding that balance in what we consume is paramount. Without all of the essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fats, and phytonutrients being consumed on a regular basis we cannot perform at our optimum level — physically, mentally, or emotionally. There isn’t any single “silver bullet” nutrient or food that will ensure optimum health.

What is your proudest career accomplishment? There is no single accomplishment that stands out for me in my forty-year career in the nutritional science/natural products field. I truly have been blessed to be able to positively impact the health and performance of millions of individuals worldwide through the formulations and products that I have created. For this, I owe a great debt of gratitude to my parents, my wife, my past professors, my colleagues in many health-related fields, and a cadre of devoted scientific researchers whose studies have provided an ever-growing understanding of biochemistry, physiology, and nutrition.

What do you love about your career? Helping people achieve their goals whether those are weight management, improved sports performance, increased vitality, enhanced well-being, and so forth. When individuals learn that they can be in control of most of their health-related issues, it is often a huge revelation and always very empowering.

What attracted you to PURE and influenced your decision to accept an appointment to the WAB? Three things attracted me to PURE – 1) Daren Hogge, (for whom I have the very highest regard), and his fine corporate team; 2) the PURE field leadership, which is comprised of some of the most devoted and caring individuals that I’ve met; and 3) the very dedicated philosophy of bringing to market the best products that science and nature can provide.

What is your favorite product by PURE? I don’t play favorites so I truly can’t answer that directly. I will say, however, that GPS Rebuild is a product that I will never be without. Once you understand the huge significance of muscle physiology on health and the importance of feeding muscle during its post-activity recovery phase, you are likely to agree that this is an “impact” product.

Give us a peek inside your refrigerator or cupboard. What are your mainstays? There are so many! Fruits and vegetables, fish, and meats, in general. Specifically, blueberries, salmon, Mila, pomegranate juice, protein powder, potato chips (hey, we’re all entitled to a vice or two), supplements!, beef, chicken, tuna, olives, and green salad ingredients.

Do you have a favorite quote? Two of them actually. Interestingly, both seem particularly relevant to those involved in network marketing.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” — Henry David Thoreau

“Believe that there’s light at the end of the tunnel.  Believe that you may be light for someone else.” — Kobi Yamada

Learn more about PURE’s Wellness Advisory Board. This team of highly dedicated professionals provides ongoing guidance on product development, product claims, and product-use protocols.