Combat occasional constipation with cascara sagrada*

The herb cascara sagrada has a unique name and an equally unique purpose. It comes from the dried bark of the California buckthorn tree and means “sacred bark” in Spanish. Historically, the dried bark was used by Native Americans to make medicine.1

Today, the herb is used in supplements to help relieve occasional constipation. Some people use it as a “bitter tonic,” or tea. In foods and beverages, an extract of cascara is sometimes used as a flavoring agent.2

The bark of cascara contains phytochemicals called anthraquinones that stimulate the large intestine promoting movement of the bowel. These phytochemicals react with bacteria in the intestines causing muscle contractions that help move stool through the bowels.

Healthy bowels and weight loss

Detoxing the body is key to weight loss. Toxins enter the body from the environment, household products, stress, and more. These toxins are lipid soluble, meaning they are attracted to the lipids (or fats) in our cells where they stay for years and disrupt our daily functions. The good thing is that the body has ways to naturally eliminate these toxins through perspiration, urinating, and our bowels. This should give us all more reason to promote regular bowel movements.

HealthTrim® Cleanse by PURE

Cascara sagrada is the main ingredient in HealthTrim Cleanse — a vegan, non-fasting detox that gently and naturally eliminates toxins from the body. It is an all-natural, proprietary blend of herbs and botanicals formulated to provide gentle relief of occasional constipation.* It also promotes digestive health and weight loss and is one of the products in our Core 4 group of products that help set the stage for optimal wellness.

What is the difference between HealthTrim Cleanse Liquid and Capsule? Both are similar formulations and will act the same way when taken as directed. Both products boast an impressive list of ingredients and share many in common.

Ingredients in both: Cascara sagrada, milk thistle, artichoke, basil, cayenne, clove, dandelion, gentian, ginger, licorice, red clover, slippery elm, uva ursi

Ingredients in HealthTrim Cleanse Capsules only: Psyllium fiber, alfalfa grass juice, boldo, cat’s claw (an herb), corn silk, fennel, hawthorn berry, long pepper, mullein leaf, red raspberry, spearmint

Ingredients in HealthTrim Cleanse Liquid only: Aloe vera, cilantro, astragalus, black walnut hull, burdock, turmeric, garlic, green tea, oregano oil, wasabi, yellow dock

How is it taken? Every two months, HealthTrim Cleanse can be used in a 10-day cycle as needed for occasional constipation and elimination, unless you are under medical supervision. Take up to two servings a day for seven days. Starting on Day 4 and proceeding through Day 10, take Probiotic two servings twice daily on an empty stomach.

You may choose to take HealthTrim Cleanse Capsule or Liquid or a half dose of both.  Experimentation may help determine which product your body responds to the best. Each person may respond differently; therefore, be sure to monitor how you feel and work with your healthcare provider to adjust these recommendations as needed.

Add exercise, a diet that includes more fiber and more water to your regimen while also reducing stress, and you’ll be on your way to regular. For longer, more persistent constipation, please consult your healthcare provider.

1https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhamnus_purshiana

2https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/natural/773.html

 

 

 

Dear future/healthier self …

First, I want you to know how proud I am of you for making some really good choices this past year. You exercised when you could, you ate healthier, and you made an effort to sleep more. You made some bad choices, too, and that’s okay. I know how hard it is between work, stress, money, other people – things just get in the way of your goals. I get it.

We’re at the end of 2017 and you’re going to get another chance in the New Year to really pursue wellness like you’ve never done before. I want you to be honest with yourself and the people around you. This is your life and your health. I want you to give it your all the next 365 days to live your heathiest life ever. You can do this!

Keep this letter close at hand to reference when you get stuck or fall short. These reminders will get you back on track to living a lifestyle of Whole Health. When you think about it, 365 days really isn’t that long; this past year sure flew by. Imagine how great you’ll feel and how different you’ll look on December 31, 2018. Looks pretty good, right?

You might be thinking that things look pretty good right now. Maybe so. But, I think you can make some changes in the New Year that will make an even bigger difference. Again, read over the following recommendations and see where you’ve fallen short in the past and where you can focus more effort.

  • Sleep at least 8 hours a night. Get yourself into a good routine.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables. Have at least one apple every day. Munch on carrots at work. Incorporate more products by PURE into your daily routine.
  • Focus on the simpler things; they matter the most. Keep love in your heart and make an effort to pay that love forward to those around you.
  • Exercise at least three times a week. Take walks. Go that Zumba or weight-lifting class. Take care of your body by squatting to pick up something heavy. Keep track and watch your progress.
  • Do things you love, including travel. You don’t have to go far. Simply visit places that inspire you. New experiences are refreshing and healthy. Work hard to take part in a PURE Incentive trip.
  • Take a class at your local community college. What is your passion? Writing, music, art, psychology? Read a book a month. Learn something new. Educate yourself on products by PURE. Visit our blog, our website, and listen to our podcasts. There’s a wealth of knowledge out there.
  • Give back however small. Helping others is one of life’s greatest gifts and can help make others’ lives healthier, too. Introduce someone to PURE. Transform lives with your purchase of an H20 Filtration System.
  • Take time for yourself. The more tired you are, the harder it will be to take care of yourself. And, you can’t help others unless you are your best.
  • Laugh and smile! Read some humor, watch funny videos, listen to children tell jokes. Laughter really is the best medicine.
  • Be grateful for what you have. There is too much sadness and hatred in this world. You have so much to be thankful for and you can share that with others.
  • There is no room for regrets, something which brings on emotional pain. Everyone makes mistakes, but everything happens for a reason. Let it be.
  • Live is too short to not enjoy every second of it. EVERY SECOND.

2018 is your year! I can’t wait to celebrate with you!

PURE gift giving made easy

Ho, ho, whoa! It’s that time of year again to fill Santa’s sleigh with products from PURE. We have something for everyone on your list, even gifts for the hardest to please. After all, everyone deserves the gift of Whole Health.

Here is a list of holiday gift ideas for all the people in your life. Get ready to watch them unwrap the magic.

For the fitness/exercise enthusiast:

For the college student:

  • Give him/her an ENERGY Variety Pack to use and share with their friends. They’ll need that extra mental boost during test-taking time. Add some of their favorite snacks and an H20 Filtration System so they can enjoy clean drinking water while on the go.
  • Give them GoYin balancing blend to help reduce stress and and help overall mood.*

For the environmentalist/philanthropist:

  • Give them an H20 Filtration System (with Daily pH Plus filter) and an Outdoor pH Plus filter. This will ensure they have clean drinking water wherever they venture during the year. Be sure to let them know that (with your purchase) they donated a bottle to someone in need. (The LIVE PURE Project is about reaching out, enhancing and empowering the lives of everyone.**)

For Grandma and Grandpa:

  • Gift them with CalciuMK+ and 360 Complete Shake. Older adults need more calcium and vitamin D to help maintain bone health. CalciuMK+ is an excellent source of calcium with added vitamins K2 and D for calcium absorption. 360 Complete Shake has 45 percent of the daily value of calcium. And, of course, give them a personalized drawing from a favorite grandchild.

For the coffee connoisseur:

  • PURE Café all the way! This delicious, slimming coffee with antioxidants, botanicals and vitamins will wake them up and slim them down. Plus, they’ll love the delicious mocha-flavor.

For your boss:

  • Whether they’ve been naughty or nice this year, your boss will appreciate a bottle of GoYin balancing blend. GoYin has been shown to reduce stress and help overall mood.* You could also give them one of our Superfruit juices to try. They are not diluted with other fruit juices and contain no added sugar or preservatives.

For those who love to be pampered:

  • For anyone who desires a more youthful appearance, give them Ciello Advanced Skincare. This peptide serum and airbrush system restores skin’s youthful radiance. This gift will deliver holiday happiness, guaranteed!

For the cook:

  • Put together a basket with your favorite recipes from PURE along with the products they need to make them. You can find recipes here. Throw in some cooking utensils, a cute oven mitt and a timer.

For the teacher:

  • Give them the gift they really deserve, a bottle of GoYin to help reduce stress and help overall mood.* They would also love 360 Complete Shake for those times when they just don’t have the time. Think about gifting Immune6, too, to help with seasonal support.

This Christmas, make it PURE. Contact our Sales Support team today at 866-535-5888 or salessupport@livepure.com to order your favorites.

We know it’s better to give than to receive, but don’t forget to buy for yourself … you deserve it!

**To assist in relief efforts, PURE will give a non-tax-deductible donation through their Live PURE Project, which will purchase one water filtration bottle for every bottle system that is purchased. Excludes pack purchases. Click here to learn more.

 

Winter and weight loss go hand in hand

exercisewinter_0217Weight loss in the winter may seem like a misstatement. After all, hearty casseroles and stews always hit the spot as you warm your toes by the fire. But winter can be an ideal time to shed extra pounds when you exercise and make Whole Health part of your lifestyle.

Let the temperatures do the training

Get outside and play in the snow. You may be tempted to stay indoors to exercise on your stationary bike, but exercising in the cold can jump-start your metabolism which causes your body to burn more calories. Run or walk in the afternoon, being cautious of wet and icy patches. Studies have shown that we expend five times more energy when shivering, compared to when we are resting.1

Benefits to exercising outside during the winter

  • You’ll burn more calories. As the body works harder to regulate its core temperature, you’ll burn more calories during your wintry workout compared to exercising indoors.
  • You’ll make your heart muscle stronger. Cold weather makes the heart work harder which isn’t necessarily good for someone with heart trouble. But, regular exercise in colder weather can make the heart stronger, better preparing the body for more strenuous workouts in the future.
  • You’ll drink more water. You can still get dehydrated in the wintertime, so drink plenty of water before, during and after your workout. You may not feel it, but you still sweat when it’s cold outside; it just evaporates quicker in dry, chilly air.
  • You’ll get your vitamin D. Yes, even in the wintertime. But remember, too, that you still need to apply sunscreen.
  • You’ll feel more energized. Cold air is stimulating and can boost your mood. As the body works harder to stay warm, the amount of endorphins increases.
  • You’ll lessen your chances of the winter blues. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) may be caused by lack of sun, activity and proper nutrition.3

Replace that hot chocolate with a fresh cup of PURE Café. You’ll suppress your appetite so you can limit the amount of calories you are eating throughout the day.

Dress appropriately. Wear water-resistant clothes and dress in layers so you can take pieces off as you get hot. Your body loses a lot of heat from your head, so a hat is a must, as are gloves. If you are into winter sports, cross-country skiing and ice skating burn the most calories.2

This infographic lists calories burned by Olympic winter sports activities. Find a friend or neighbor to run or walk with and be sure to create a goal. For instance, commit to 20 minutes of exercise three times a week. Use an app on your phone. There are many fitness apps, from calorie counters, to distance trackers, and more.

Make exercise a priority in the winter so you stay fit and healthy year ‘round. Always talk with your healthcare provider before starting an exercise program. You need to make sure the exercise you choose is safe for you.

1http://www.cell.com/trends/endocrinology-metabolism/fulltext/S1043-2760(14)00010-1

2http://calorielab.com/burned/?mo=se&gr=19&ti=winter+activities&q=&wt=150&un=lb&kg=68

3http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/basics/causes/con-20021047

The Dietary Guidelines are out for 2015-2020

DietaryGuidelines_0116 Every five years, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) jointly release a list of guidelines to follow for a healthy diet.1 Following these tips from the USDA can help support your weight-loss and healthy eating goals.

Eat less sugar, meat and sodium.

Healthy diets should limit saturated fats and trans fats, added sugars and sodium. They should also include fruits (especially whole fruits), vegetables, protein, dairy, grains and oils. The dietary guidelines do not talk about limiting sodas and other sugary drinks, but they suggest limiting sugars and saturated fats to 10 percent of total calories, and sodium to 2,300 mg per day. For a 2,000-calorie diet means: 200 calories of sugar and 200 calories of fat. Learn more at heart.org and http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/executive-summary/.

Be aware of the sources of sodium in your diet. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 40 percent of our daily sodium comes from 10 types of food, some of which do not taste salty. These foods include cured meats and cold cuts, poultry, pizza, soups, cheese, meat dishes, snacks, rolls and bread, and pasta dishes (with the exception of macaroni and cheese).2 It is also common to consume sodium from salad dressings, canned foods, condiments, boxed mixes, bottled marinades and sauces, frozen dinners, some ready-to-eat cereals and cheeses.3 In just one meal, a sandwich with deli meat, pickle relish and other toppings, it is possible to get over 1,500 mg of sodium.

Follow healthy eating patterns.

The guidelines also suggest that we follow a healthy eating pattern our entire life 1

  • Consume a variety of nutrient dense foods:
    • Eat dark green, yellow, purple, red, white, and orange fruits/vegetables
    • Incorporate whole fruits and grains
    • Have a variety of fat-free/low-fat dairy including milk, yogurt, and cheese, and/or fortified soy beverages
    • Vary your protein sources (lean poultry and meats, eggs, seafood, legumes, seeds, nuts, and soy products)
  • Consume healthy oils
  • Control portion sizes
  • Consume healthier food/beverages

Increase activity level.

Americans need to be more physically active. Being inactive means there is no activity beyond those of daily living (ADLs).

  • Per week, adults should have a minimum of:
    • 150 minutes of low-intensity physical activity (casual walking, stretching, slow dancing, fishing, light yard work)
    • 150-300 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity (brisk walking, yoga, jumping on a trampoline, weight training, volleyball, tennis, canoeing, horseback riding).
    • 300 + minutes of high-intensity physical activity (running, jogging, step aerobics, jumping rope, boxing, swimming laps, skiing)
  • Being physically active can:
    • Help maintain a healthy body weight
    • May improve bone health when weight-bearing exercises are incorporated
  • If you have been inactive, gradually build your level of activity.4 It may be advisable to check with your health care provider to find out how much and what level of physical activity is appropriate for you.

Make a plan and track your progress.

Products by PURE

Many of our products, like Daily Build and Coral Calcium, help supplement your vitamin and mineral requirements, in addition to fruits and vegetables. Superfruits are a wonderful source of antioxidants, such as Mangosteen, Noni, Acai and Goji. Additional fiber and omega-3 fatty acids can be found in Mila. Don’t forget about ENERGY for pre-workout hydration or Hydration for post-workout hydration. The HealthTrim® line can supplement your diet as part of your daily calories and can help with weight management.

 

1(Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020, 8th Ed., online http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/?platform=hootsuite). According to the executive summary for the dietary guidelines (Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020. Executive Summary. Online http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/executive-summary/)

2 (Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Last updated and reviewed August 21, 2014. Accessed from http://www.cdc.gov/salt/sources.htm. Accessed on January 25, 2016).

3(Keller, M. Seasonings of change. Today’s Dietitian. Oct 2009; 11: 10 (40) Accessed on January 25, 2016. Accessed from http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/100509p40.shtml)

4(Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, health.gov. Chapter 1: Introducing the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Last updated: January 25, 2016. Accessed on January 25, 2016. Accessed from http://health.gov/paguidelines/guidelines/chapter1.aspx).