Hopeful and healthy

Will becoming more optimistic lead to increased health benefits? Researchers from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health seem to think so.

In a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology1 researchers found that optimists may live longer than those who choose to look on the dark side. In fact, individuals with hopeful dispositions may be roughly 30 percent less likely to die early from cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, and infection.1

Theories of how optimism reduces the risk of certain diseases:

  • Optimists are more likely to make healthier choices.
  • Optimists are motivated to exercise regularly and consume a healthy diet.
  • The immune response of optimists is generally stronger than among pessimists.
  • Optimists have a stronger social network and social support.
  • Optimists may have better stress-coping mechanisms.

Winston Churchill once said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” There’s no denying that it can be hard to stay optimistic in certain situations, but try to look on the bright side.

You might want to write down what a good outcome might look like. Actively creating positive outlooks can boost the immune system and help reduce depression. Sometimes all it takes is to be that person who offers a positive push, a smile, or a can-do attitude.

Here are 10 ways to become more optimistic:

  1. First, make the choice to be happy.
  2. Think only positive thoughts.
  3. Focus on solutions, not on problems.
  4. Call a friend or find a distraction.
  5. Find an improvement to the current situation.
  6. Minimize obstacles to success.
  7. Pat yourself on the back, daily.
  8. Exercise your mind and body.
  9. Count your blessings.
  10. Laugh.

You can also consume Goyin balancing blend, a drink which can help your body deal with everyday stressors. GoYin contains a proprietary blend of superfruits, herbs, and other fruits that have been traditionally used to help bring the body into balance and enhance overall feelings of well-being.*

What I’ve suggested may be challenging, but being more hopeful is integral to creating a healthier, happier you.

Think positive and make this a season of hope!

1https://academic.oup.com/aje/article-abstract/185/1/21/2631298?sid=7816bd15-60fd-491b-bd99-f2cd39646d10

Burn baby burn!

Ah, our metabolism. It either works for you or against you, some might debate. But, do you really understand what it is and how it works? Metabolism is the process by which the food and drinks we consume every day are converted from calories into energy.

Metabolism is the amount of calories needed by the body to maintain itself throughout the day. Every body is different in how many calories it needs to survive. Body size, gender, age, and activity level all factor into our metabolic rate. There are other ways to independently increase your metabolism rate.

Below are suggestions to help naturally boost your metabolism.

  1. Drink green tea: There is a long tradition in Asia of drinking green tea for overall health; however, it is also considered a superfood that packs an antioxidant punch. It may cause a small increase in metabolism, thus helping you increase energy expenditure.1
  2. Eat Breakfast: There is a reason why we always hear breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast eaters see improved insulin sensitivity, or the body’s response to a rise in glucose.2 Additionally, eating breakfast may help you make better food choices, have more energy and may reduce your hunger throughout the day. If you’re in a hurry, don’t be tempted by the vending machine. Try protein-rich foods like eggs or Greek yogurt. Rolled oats are fiber rich and filling. Fruit such as blueberries have a high antioxidant content, and vegetables can help keep you fueled throughout the morning.
  3. Spice it up: Adding hot sauce, chili peppers, or jalapenos to your next meal may help increase your metabolism. Spicy condiments contain capsaicin, which has been shown to increase the resting metabolic rate, at least for a short amount of time.3,4 Don’t be afraid to experiment with different recipes.
  4. Drink more water: Our body is about 60% water; when we aren’t adequately hydrated, our body naturally slows down and can’t function optimally. We are literally depriving it of an essential nutrient. Aim to drink half your body weight in water every day. Not only will drinking water improve your energy, but it will also increase your focus, remove toxins and waste products from your body, keep skin healthy and glowing, and keep your joints lubricated.5 If you don’t like plain water, try adding fresh lemon, oranges, or cucumbers. You can also consume foods higher in water content, such as melon and broth-based soups. Water is not only essential for your health; it is necessary for your life.

Whether you are trying to maintain your weight, lose body fat, gain muscle, or simply clean up your diet, it is important to maintain a balanced, active lifestyle, eat a diet full of healthy fats, fruits, and vegetables, and minimize your intake of processed sugars.

References

1 http://www.jissn.com/content/1/1/1

2 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1204764/

3 http://www.webmd.com/diet/ss/slideshow-boost-your-metabolism

4 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031938406000540

5 http://www.healthy-skincare.com/benefit-of-drinking-water.html

There’s a fungus among us

The lowly mushroom is often misunderstood but did you know it is one of the most nutritious foods in the world? Healthcare providers emphasize eating our vegetables and the more colorful, the better. But the mushroom is neither a vegetable (it’s a fungus), nor is it colorful. So what gives?

Mushrooms are considered adaptogens in that they help the body adapt to and resist physical, chemical, and environmental stress.  They are natural substances that help increase the body’s resistance to stress and fatigue.3

We should be incorporating more in our diet as they are high in antioxidants. They are also high in selenium, a mineral that helps boost immunity and protect the body against oxidative damage. Mushrooms also contain vitamin D, folate, fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and heart healthy beta-glucans1 which are a dietary fiber found in the stem of the mushroom.2

What are some types of mushrooms and their benefits?

The following mushrooms are used in select products by PURE. Many of these have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

  • Moomiyo, also found in GPS Adapt, properties helps the body recover faster from both mental (emotional) and physical stresses and fatigue. It can help increase training and workloads, increasing lean muscle mass. It has natural detox properties to help rid the body of harmful toxins.
  • Codonopsis, found in GPS Adapt, helps stimulate the immune system. It may also help increase endurance as well as promote circulation.
  • Cordyceps, found in GPS Adapt, is a fungus that lives on certain caterpillars in the high mountain regions of China. It is high in polysaccharides and might improve immunity by stimulating cells and specific chemicals in the immune system. It also may help improve energy, appetite, stamina, endurance and sleeping.
  • Reishi, found in Greens and GPS Adapt, contains water-soluble polysaccharides, triterpenoids, proteins and amino acids. Reishi is an important adaptogenic mushroom.
  • Maitake, found in Greens, contains potassium, B vitamins, fiber, carbohydrates, protein, and beta glucans.

Other types of edible mushrooms.

Here are the more common mushrooms, the kind you are likely to add to your salad or stir fry.

White button mushrooms contain nutrients our bodies need to generate energy and repair cells — including digestive enzymes, B vitamins, protein, and vitamin D2.

Cremini mushrooms are high in vitamins, including riboflavin, niacin and vitamin B5. B vitamins are necessary for the proper function of red blood cells. You can find these in the grocery store. They are similar to the white button mushrooms but are higher in nutrients.

Portobello mushrooms contain antioxidants which help slow down the aging process by fighting free radicals. These mushrooms are large and meaty, making them healthy alternatives to the hamburger when grilled and marinated.

Shitake mushrooms also have a meaty cap and are available fresh or dried. They have a slightly smoky flavor are high in B vitamins. They contains the same amount of amino acids as meat. 2 This kind of mushroom is found in Greens.

Oyster mushrooms are more delicate than others and have a slightly peppery flavor.

Make room for more mushrooms in your diet.

Mushrooms are versatile and add unique flavors to your dishes. Add them to a stir fry with other vegetables. They are a great addition to rice dishes. Fill mushroom caps with grated cheese, tomatoes, and spices and bake. You can even add mushrooms to soups.

Mushrooms are also low in sodium, fat, cholesterol and calories. What are you waiting for? How will you incorporate mushrooms into your diet?

1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25346611/

2 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0367326X10001358

3 http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=47339

 

PURE Ask the Expert questions and answers

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 week. You might find a topic related to a question you have.

Q: If I’m not going to use my Noni within 30 days, can I freeze it into 1 oz. cubes and use it as needed?

A: You can certainly freeze Noni, or any other superfruit juice, and use as ice cubes. If your bottle is unopened, it is good for two years. If it is opened and has been out of the refrigerator overnight, it is ok to consume. Superfruit juices should be refrigerated and consumed within 30 days. This is the furthest date we still guarantee it to be safe and effective.

Q: Daily Build capsules have green tea leaf extract in the ingredients. Can you please tell me how many milligrams of caffeine this adds?

A: The Daily Build formula is not intended to provide any added caffeine. While it does contain a green leaf extract, this extract is standardized to provide antioxidant polyphenols and not caffeine. Based on the green tea extract used in Daily Build and the possible amount of naturally-occurring caffeine, the amount would be range somewhere between 0-5 mg per serving.

Q: When it comes to athletes, are there ingredients in our GPS line that will give a false positive on drug tests?

A: Our products, including the GPS line, are made under the strict quality guidelines of the Food and Drug Administration’s current good manufacturing practices (GMPs). GMPs have been established to ensure the safety of dietary supplements. The GPS products are manufactured in an NSF GMP registered facility. A primary issue with unintended athlete doping from dietary supplements occurs as a result of companies selling products not produced in a facility that strictly follows FDA GMPs. All of our products are formulated to not contain any banned substances; however, some herbal metabolites naturally found in Rhodiola have been known to cause issues when consumed in large quantities. Rhodiola is found in both GPS Hydrate and Adapt. When consumed in normal recommended amounts, these products are not likely to cause an issue.  On the NCAA banned list believe it or not is caffeine, which is found in GPS Energize (110 mg per serving).  If someone were to drink 3 or 4 servings of GPS Energize prior to a random drug test, it would likely pose a problem for the athlete. PURE has been selling the GPS products for several years and the company has had no known issues for competitive athletes and drug testing.

Q: I experienced severe diarrhea after starting Capsule Cleanse. Is this normal?

A: Everyone’s body will react differently when introducing a HealthTrim Cleanse product to their daily regimen. Some individuals will be more sensitive than others to the primary ingredient cascara that is found in both the liquid and capsule forms of Cleanse. The main purpose of these products is to get the digestive tract moving and eliminating; however, persistent diarrhea is definitely a problem. These products are intended to be used on a cyclical basis (i.e. for no more than 7 to 10 days) to help the body do its job of eliminating toxins through waste. We recommend discontinuing Cleanse to see if the problem goes away. If it does, slowly reintroduce the product. It is important to start at the smallest possible dose.  Some individuals may need up to 8 capsules to get their digestive tract moving while others may only need 1 capsule. The same is true for the Cleanse in liquid form. You may need to use fewer drops than the recommended dropper full. If diarrhea is not alleviated with discontinuing the product, or worsens, contact a healthcare provider to help determine the cause.

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Gobble up a healthier Thanksgiving meal

Stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, oh my!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and that means a lot of scrumptious food to eat. Be cautious however, as many common Thanksgiving meals can be high in fat and calories. Here we share ways to make your dinner, or lunch, as healthy as it can be.

Let’s start with probably the most important thing on the table – the turkey. Turkey is a great source of lean protein. Do you roast, fry or brine your turkey? Roasting is the healthier way to prepare the bird. We suggest choosing the white meat and avoiding the skin to reduce your fat consumption. If white meat is not your thing, go ahead and eat the dark meat, but think about mixing it up. Choose some white meat, too, along with the dark.

Now if ham is your main course, it’s a lean meat as well but it is higher in sodium. A 3-ounce serving of ham provides 139 calories whereas the same amount of turkey contains about 125 calories.1

Now for the gravy! It just makes everything taste better. Packaged gravy and sometimes the homemade kind can be packed with fat and calories. Instead of butter, substitute low-sodium stock or broth. Or think about making a yogurt-based gravy with added spices.

Sweet potatoes and squash are healthy sources of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Topping them with marshmallows is delicious, but if you want to make them healthier, try cooking them with orange juice and sprinkles of brown sugar. Or, roast them and add carrots to the mix.

Green bean casserole is one of my favorites, especially when topped off with crispy fried onions. For a healthier alternative, steam the green beans and add slivered almonds. It’s just as tasty.

Mashed potatoes can be made healthier by replacing cream or whole milk with low-fat buttermilk or low-sodium chicken broth.

Cranberries are packed with antioxidants that can support overall wellness. Avoid the canned variety since it can be loaded with sugar. Mashing cranberries yourself is easy or boil them in water until they pop. Try adding some apple juice for a tasty treat.

Pumpkin is rich in potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C, and low in fat. Pumpkin pie on the other hand can be fattening. To make it less so, use half the amount of sugar, fat-free milk, and light or fat-free whipped topping.

Mmm, the stuffing! When making your own, be sure to make room for more vegetables, onions, celery, cranberries, etc., and less bread. You can also add Mila to the mix for a healthy kick.

As for the drinks, 8 ounces of sparkling cider has 114 calories while a 5-ounce glass of wine has 125 calories. An 8-ounce glass of eggnog contains 224 calories and 59 calories of saturated fat.2  Pour a glass of GoYin balancing blend and say “Cheers” to Whole Health.

After all is said and eaten, suggest taking a refreshing walk around the neighborhood  instead of heading for the couch. Walking just one mile can burn up to 100 calories. Then just maybe you can have one more piece of pie when you return!

Happy Thanksgiving!

1http://livehealthy.chron.com/weight-loss-foods-ham-vs-turkey-2672.html

2https://www.seattletimes.com/life/thanksgiving-calories/

Win a PURE prize over the holidays

With all the blessings in life, let’s celebrate with a fork and knife — and a fun contest!

From November 20 through December 8, you can win a fun prize just by submitting your favorite holiday recipe(s) that incorporate(s) at least one of our products. We will feature the winning recipes on our corporate blog.

Simply click here to fill out the form and submit. We are always looking for new recipes to share with our community. But remember, they have to include one, or more, of our products here at PURE. We encourage you to submit a photo of your creation, too.

Explore healthy recipes from PURE’s very own test kitchen. We’ve compiled our tried-and-true favorites that incorporate our products, from Mila to Matcha Vegan Shake. Find entrees, sides and soups, drinks and smoothies, and desserts and snacks your entire family will enjoy.

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Oh-Mila-My! Cookies

Children and adults alike will eagerly devour these delicious yet naturally healthy cookies! Get baking and find how simple and wonderful these gluten-free* and vegan morsels can be!

Makes 2 dozen cookies.

Ingredients:
  • 2 tbsp Mila
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 1 ⅓ cup old fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking oats)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups natural peanut butter
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
 Directions:
  1. In a small bowl, stir together Mila and water, then set mixture aside to gel. In a medium bowl, toss the oats, cinnamon, and baking soda together. Set aside. In a large bowl, stir peanut butter, brown sugar, Mila mixture and applesauce on low or with a large rubber spatula until combined. Add dry ingredients and slowly mix until everything is combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  2. Chill the cookie dough for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper. Form dough into balls about 1½ tablespoons each and place onto prepared baking sheet. Slightly flatten each ball of cookie dough gently with the back of a spoon. Lightly blot each cookie with a paper towel to absorb excess oil from peanut butter if necessary.
  4. Bake for 9-10 minutes. The cookies will appear very soft and underbaked. For crispier cookies, bake for up to 11-12 minutes.
  5. Allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Cookies stay fresh stored covered at room temperature for up to 7 days.
  6. Make ahead tip: For longer storage, freeze the cookies for up to 3 months then thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

*If gluten intolerant, make sure to use certified gluten-free oats.