Target your ability to focus

Your coworker is asking you a question, your kids want your attention, you’re late for an appointment, the 6:00 news is on, a text message just came through, what next?

Bothered by distractions? The world is full of them which makes it easy to lose your focus. I know I’m guilty of trying to do multiple things at once, even though I know how unproductive it is. Julie Morgenstern, author of Time Management from the Inside Out, says, “It has been scientifically demonstrated that the brain cannot effectively or efficiently switch between tasks, so you lose time. It takes four times longer to recognize new things so you’re not saving time; multitasking costs time. You also lose time because you often make mistakes.”1

Do you have a hard time remembering what was discussed at yesterday’s meeting? Are you repeatedly late for appointments? How can we fine-tune our focus, sharpen our concentration and improve our memory?

Fine-tune your focus

  • Do one thing. Staying focused can only happen when we say ‘yes’ to one thing and ‘no’ to everything else. Eliminating things or tasks can help improve your focus. Remember, you can always do the ‘other things’ later.
  • Commit yourself. Another way to stay focused is to stay committed. It’s not what you’re doing, or the result, that matters; rather, being committed to the process is what matters.2 If there’s no commitment, you’ll never see those results.
  • Leverage your energy. A third way to increase focus is to work when your energy is greatest. Is there a time of day when you’re more alert? For instance, I like to write in the morning hours because that’s when my mind is the freshest and I know I’ll be more productive. Don’t waste your mental energy.

Sharpen your concentration

  • Involve all your senses. Read aloud while you are reading something. Write down notes while you are listening to someone talk.
  • Pay attention. Simple as that. But you need to get enough sleep and eat right so you can pay attention.
  • Don’t just listen, understand. If learning something complex, make sure you really understand it first and did not just memorize it. Summarize the information in your own words and try to explain it to someone else.

Improve your memory

  • Other than focusing, how are you with remembering things? There’s nothing better for a sharp memory than a well-balanced diet and exercise. Certain activities can help sharpen your memory, too. Things like Soduko and word games, recalling lists, taking a class, and learning a language or a new sport. Anything that challenges your mind can boost your memory.

Supplement with products by PURE

  • Clear the morning fog, energize your daily workout, or avoid the mid-afternoon slump with ENERGY. This energy drink is packed with antioxidants, botanicals and natural sources of caffeine, and is the perfect alternative to sugar-laden, artificially sweetened energy drinks on the market.
  • GPS Energize provides antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, delivering nutritive support to your workouts and activities.
  • For sustained energy, elevated mood and enhanced mental focus, try Matcha Vegan Shake plant-based protein shake. It combines premium, ceremonial matcha with sacha inchi and chlorella for a nourishing drink that also helps support weight management.*
  • If you enjoy coffee, PURE Café and PURE Perk both increase energy, support mental clarity and suppress appetite.* PURE Cafe has a delicious, mocha flavor whereas PURE Perk is a dark roast coffee that may promote the release of dopamine, a brain neurotransmitter. It also contains PEA (phenylethylamine HCl) that supports the production of feel-good neurotransmitters and acts as a stimulant.*

Take these ideas and incorporate them into your day-to-day routines. You can reclaim your focus and memory.

 

1 https://www.amazon.com/Time-Management-Inside-Out-Second/dp/0805075909/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=Julie+morgenstern&qid=1565814886&s=gateway&sr=8-4

2https://jamesclear.com/focus

Target joint health with PURE

Imagine for a second that we don’t have cartilage between our bones. Painful, right? Your bones sure wouldn’t last long from rubbing together every time you walked, bent, reached, sat, stretched, jumped, etc. The joints do a lot for our body, but it’s easy to take them for granted. We move about every day without giving them a second thought. Are you doing all you can to care for them?

Our every move is possible because of our joints; both movable and rigid. Movable joints, called synovial joints, are found in our knees, hips and shoulders. Slightly movable joints, called cartilaginous joints, are found in our spine and ribs. Rigid or immovable joints, called fibrous joints, are found in our skull. Joints lie between bones with cartilage where the bones come together, facilitating smooth movement. 1

Exercise and a healthy diet are two of the most important things you can do to keep your joints healthy. Exercising regularly helps keep the muscles around your joints strong. Children and teenagers should get 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day.2 When exercising or playing sports, wear protection to avoid joint injury. Watch what you eat. Excess weight on the body can put pressure on joints. Eating a balanced diet is key.

Joint facts:

  • Do you ever feel joint pain before a thunderstorm? Joints contain sensory nerves called “baro-receptors” that react to atmospheric changes in the barometric pressure. 3 Didn’t know you were a weatherman, did you?
  • Babies are born with a cartilage plate that turns to bone and then into a kneecap somewhere between the ages of 3 and 5. 3
  • Cartilage is up to 80 percent water by weight. 4
  • Because cartilage is filled with negatively charged chondroitin molecules, it resists being pushed together. This gives it its incredible cushioning power!4

Stay loose and limber with products by PURE

Mila, Organic Sulfur, Daily Build and Mangosteen all help support joint health and, therefore, are an important part of your daily regimen.

  • Mila contains calcium and is a good source of magnesium and phosphorous, both important nutrients for bone health. It also contains 3 grams of ALA omega-3 fatty acid which plays a crucial role in normal growth and development.* Enjoy Mila sprinkled on cereal, smoothies and ice cream. Bake and cook with this versatile ingredient!
  • Organic Sulfur contains MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), a dietary form of sulfur, that helps make collagen, the supportive protein of tendons, cartilage, connective tissue and bone. So, it may help improve flexibility and mobility by promoting joint function and health.* It’s important to note that the body cannot make sulfur on its own; it must be obtained from a variety of foods or through supplementation.
  • Daily Build is a comprehensive multivitamin that benefits the whole body with 23 essential vitamins and minerals, vegetable extracts, antioxidants, phytonutrients, amino acids, trace minerals, neuro-protectors, cell defenders, and a host of other body-beneficial ingredients to support immune, nervous system, cardiovascular health and more.*
  • Mangosteen contains xanthones, powerful phytonutrients, that may support healthy joint function, among other things.*

Add these four products by PURE to your daily regimen today and feel the difference.

What other health goals are you targeting? Read our other blog posts on Targeted Needs.

1 https://www.thoughtco.com/types-of-joints-in-the-body-4173736

2 https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/physicalactivity/guidelines.htm

3 https://www.thejoint.com/texas/mckinney/mckinney-marketplace-28072/fun-facts-about-your-joints

4 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5585083/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5585083/

Target brain health – keep it top of mind

When you’re enjoying a meal, are you mindful of the food you’re eating for a healthy brain? Maybe you’re thinking about nourishing your muscles if you’re an athlete, or consuming vitamin C if it’s flu season. But the brain? I think we tend to forget (no pun intended) about the brain when it comes to nutrition.

The brain is a multitasking machine that requires a ton of energy and quality nutrition. It relies on glucose for fuel. In fact, glucose from carbohydrates is the primary source of energy for every cell in the body. When the brain doesn’t have enough glucose, the nerve cells struggle with communicating which can lead to forgetfulness and poor concentration.

Your brain is constantly working, creating every memory, enabling every move and every step you take. Remember the scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz, “If I only had a brain”? We all want to stay sharp later in life and that requires nourishment, exercise, sleep and less stress. Imagine how much better your brain could function if you were to make these adjustments to your daily routine? I believe that what we feed our brain today will have a big impact on how it functions as we get older.

Brain candy:1

  • About 75 percent of the brain is water, so dehydration can have a negative effect.
  • Your brain uses 20% of the body’s oxygen and energy requirements.2
  • The fastest speed for information to pass between neurons is about 250 mph.
  • The human brain weighs about three pounds.

Your brain on products by PURE

Besides glucose, there are other nutrients the brain needs. Antioxidants protect the brain against free radical damage. Things like beta-carotene (from carrots),1 lutein (from fruits and vegetables)3 and selenium (from Brazil nuts) may help to decrease oxidative damage and thus prevent cognitive decline.4 CalciuMK+ is a good source of selenium. Daily Build, a CORE4 product, is a rich in antioxidants. Its 23 essential vitamins and minerals, vegetable extracts, antioxidants, phytonutrients, amino acids and trace minerals help support brain and nervous system function.*

Vitamins A, C and E also help protect the brain against oxidative stress.5 Mangosteen is known for its antioxidant content and its ability to neutralize free radicals in the body. Think B vitamins for brain health. When our diets lack B vitamins, the cells in our brain do not communicate as efficiently. You may lack concentration or feel fatigued. B12 (from animal protein), B6 (from pork, chicken, eggs) and folate (from eggs, leafy greens) can help with memory and cognition.6 ENERGY and Daily Build are excellent sources of B vitamins.

Omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in normal growth and development and brain function.* Deficiencies in omega-3 can cause fatigue and problems with memory.6  Mila contains 3 grams of ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) omega-3 fatty acid. The whole family can enjoy Mila as an easy addition to meals.

Studies show that curcumin, the substance that gives curry its yellow color, may improve memory and mood in people with mild memory loss.7 Daily Build has a Bio-Protection Blend that contains turmeric extract, from curcumin. Read: Spice up your cleansing regimen.

Daily Detox helps cleanse the body of toxins. The absence of toxins in the body naturally helps clear our thinking and improves our mood.*

If you’re looking for mental focus, PURE Perk is your go-to drink. This stimulating coffee provides mental focus in just minutes and boosts energy up to five hours! Methylliberine is a chemical that may promote the release of dopamine, a brain neurotransmitter that influences mood, memory and pleasurable reward.*

Next time you sit down for a meal, remember to feed your brain. Prepare for the future by keeping good nutrition top of mind.

 

1 https://www.healthline.com/health/fun-facts-about-the-brain#2

2 https://www.pnas.org/content/99/16/10237.full

3https://luteinforeveryage.com/nutrition-health/other-ingredients/beta-carotene

4 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4638416/

5 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171229095132.htm

6 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2649700/

7http://www.thedoctorwillseeyounow.com/content/nutrition/art3258.html

8 https://psychcentral.com/news/2018/01/24/curry-ingredient-may-improve-memory/131659.html

Target muscles – your strong point

When I was a youngster, I used to flex my arm to show off what muscle I had. My biceps are still almost non-existent, but regardless of how big or small, our muscles are heavy lifters.

From dancing and snapping our fingers, to writing a letter, to carrying a child in our arms, our muscles have a big responsibility. They keep our hearts beating, they prevent our joints from dislocating and they even make the hair on our arms stand up when we’re cold. Now that I’m much older, I appreciate the importance of keeping my muscles strong to protect my bones as I age.

Did you know?

  • There are three types of muscle in the body: smooth, cardiac and skeletal.1
  • Strength training puts stress on bones which encourages bone-forming cell growth.2
  • Strong core (abdominal) muscles make it easier to do most physical activities.3
  • The jaw is the strongest muscle in the body.4
  • The smallest muscle in your body is in your ear.5
  • The largest muscle is the Gluteus Maximus, otherwise known as our buttocks. It’s responsible for the extension and rotation of the hip. 5

PURE has a variety of products to help target muscle health.

CalciuMK+ provides calcium, magnesium and vitamin K2 plus vitamins D, A, C and E and over 70 beneficial trace minerals. These work together to promote healthy muscle contractions, as well as build strong bones and teeth, support heart function and promote restful sleep.*

Organic Sulfur helps in the production of collagen which is the main supportive protein of tendons, cartilage, connective tissue and bone. Cartilage helps keep muscles and joints moving.*

GPS Rebuild and GPS Reset support muscle healing and growth after exercise; GPS Circulate delivers nutrients and oxygen to muscles before exercise and GPS Hydrate replenishes vital fluids, electrolytes and nutrients.*

Other ways to keep your muscles in great shape is to rest, stretch, get massages and drink plenty of water. You’ll feel great and your muscles will be less prone to injury.

 

1 https://medlineplus.gov/ency/imagepages/19841.htm

2 https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/strength-training-builds-more-than-muscles

3 https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/core-exercises/art-20044751

4 https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fact-or-fiction-the-tongue-is-the-strongest-muscle-in-the-body/?redirect=1

5 https://vancouverhealthcoach.com/2013/03/largest-longest-smallest-strongest-muscles-in-the-body/

 

Target fat – can’t live with it, can’t live without it

Let’s face it, fat cells get a bad rap. If you’re trying to maintain your weight, they are the enemy. If you’re trying to put on the pounds, well, that’s a different story. Either way, we suggest you get to know more about them, so you can better understand how they work in your body.

Fat cells, also called adipose tissue, may make you cringe, but the body needs them. They store energy for when you need it later, they regulate body temperature and they release hormones that control metabolism. The important thing is to keep them in balance. You don’t want too many of them, because once you have them, they never go away!

Did you know?

  • Fat cells can grow up to 1000 times their original size.1
  • Fat cells are permanent. You can’t get rid of it; they can only decrease in size.2
  • Once a fat cell reaches its maximum capacity, the number stays consistent. New fat cells are made as old fat cells die off.2
  • During adulthood, about 8% of fat cells die every year only to be replaced by new ones.3
  • As newborns grow, their fat cells increase naturally just like other cells.3
  • Muscle is more dense than fat; fat is larger in volume.
  • 75 percent of persons who are obese in adolescence will likely be obese in adulthood, while only 10 percent of healthy weight children will become obese later in life.4
  • There are three kinds of fat cells: brown, white and subcutaneous. Brown fat helps with warmth and burns more fat; white fat stores energy and produces hormones; subcutaneous fat lives right under the skin.5

PURE has a variety of products to help you target your weight goals. 360 Complete Shake ican help you gain or lose weight. Add it to your daily food intake to increase calories. The protein, when combined with resistance exercise, can help increase muscle mass. Instead of adding calories from unhealthy sources high in sugar and void of nutritional content, 360 Complete Shake is an excellent source of high-quality protein packed with nutrients. 

Other products by PURE that can help with weight management include Daily Detox, Green Coffee Bean, HealthTrim Cleanse, Matcha Vegan Shake, Metabolic ONE, Mila, PURE Café, PURE Perk and SleepTrim.

One more thing to note is that essential fatty acids, things your body can’t make and are available only through the foods you eat or supplements you take, are used for many functions in the body. The brain is 60% fat6 and thus needs essential fatty acids to do its job. Mila is an excellent source of fatty acids, or omega-3s.

To learn more about these products, and others, please visit livepure.com where you can find product descriptions, ingredients and recommended usage.

 1https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC302341/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC302341/

2 https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/fat-cell-numbers-teen-years-linger-lifetime

3 https://scienceblogs.com/notrocketscience/2008/05/04/fat-cell-number-is-set-in-childhood-and-stays-constant-in-ad

4 https://iythealth.com/many-fat-cells/

5 https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/the-truth-about-fat#2

6 https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/prime-your-gray-cells/201109/the-skinny-brain-fats