Ruby leaders celebrate success in Cancun

IMG_5557The Ruby Leadership Conference in Cancun, Mexico was paradise for qualifiers Marlin Dubetz, Caleb Fellenstein, Lori Serra and Ricky and Francoise Untermeyer. Congratulations to all of those who earned the trip. Your hard work and dedication paid off!

IBOs and their guests started arriving at the all-inclusive ME by Melia Resort Saturday afternoon, May 21, and headed straight for the white sandy beach and beautiful turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. It was time to relax and soak in the sun. Later that evening we honored our incentive earners with a welcome dinner. We celebrated their success while watching a beautiful sunset.

We had so much fun for our leaders in Cancun this year!

Sunday was a leisure day for all. The day began with a delicious, healthy breakfast buffet including your choice of specialty juices, such as Energizing (banana, walnut, chocolate, milk), Blood Circulation (pineapple, peach, lime, orange juice), and Detoxifying (water, raspberry, apple). Those who brought Mila on the trip enjoyed a little extra nutrition! IMG_5692

There was playing in the waves, leisure time at the spa, parasailing, exercising in the gym, shopping at the local markets and eating lunch at various restaurants at the resort. Some guests did what the natives do and boarded the city bus to shop for souvenirs at nearby markets.

Many took advantage of waking up early to enjoy the sunrise while walking on the beach. Others went jogging into town, or spent time in the gym. There was something for everyone.

Monday’s excursion included a two-hour adventure driving your own speedboat along the tropical coast to a secluded snorkeling area. The weather was a beautiful 85 degrees and the water was warm as IBOs explored an underwater world, complete with sightings of a sea turtle, a small ray and even a parrot fish.

Tuesday was another day of leisure. And that evening, guests attended a VIP dinner cruise on a gondola, floating down a canal to the music of live mariachi singers. As the night grew, there was dancing and we all learned how to move our hips to the rhythm of the Mexican Ticky Ticky dance.

Just how wonderful was this trip? Ask thIMG_6933e IBOs and their guests.

“I’ve been on many trips, including Diamond incentives, and this was at the top. The activities have been unique and hands on. You’re not just on another boat tour, we drove the boats ourselves. We were swimming with the fish; we were in control.” Marlin Dubetz

Terry Fellenstein, Caleb Fellenstein’s mother, commented, “This trip was really first class. I love people and I love the ocean, and here I had both. I was going to get a massage, but decided I really didn’t need one. Just sitting by the ocean is total relaxation.”

Although this is the last of the Ruby trips, we have exciting new incentive trips on the horizon so stay tuned and don’t forget about Australia and Je Ju Island.  You still have time to qualify! Join us this August as we celebrate in Australia. Watch the 2016 Diamond Retreat Announcement at http://www.genesispure.com/incentive-trips.

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Sweet and spicy Goji soup

IMG_5534 Genesis PURE’s dark and delicious Goji juice adds a tinge of sweetness to this mouth-watering soup. You can also benefit from the berry’s protective phytonutrients for general health and well-being.

The goji berry has been historically called the “happy berry” for the sense of well-being one feels after consumption.

As a natural source of vitamin C and polysaccharides, Goji provides nutrition to help support healthy functions of the immune system. It is also a source of carotenoids, including lutein and zeaxanthin, which may help support eye health.* Reports have also shown that goji contains high levels of antioxidants, important for protecting the body from free radicals.
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of Genesis PURE Goji juice
  • 230g (1 cup) chopped tomatoes
  • 450ml (3/4 pint) vegetable stock (more if needed)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 small chili, chopped finely OR 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 2 T. ground coriander

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan and saute the onion and chili for a couple of minutes before adding the tomatoes, goji juice and cumin.  Stir for another few minutes.
  2. Add the vegetable stock, bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in the coriander. You can enjoy the soup as is, or if you wish, blend the soup until smooth.
  4. Decorate with a few fresh coriander leaves, cumin seeds and black pepper. (Optional: swirl in a teaspoon of yogurt)

FDA

You asked, we answered

ATEoftheWeek_0216 Q: Where do I find out about the 30-day Detox and Weight Loss program? Where is there a day planner for this program?

A: For the month of May, we are celebrating TransforMAYtion, a movement created to instill healthy habits for life. Join us at http://www.genesispure.com/transforMAYtion and find a workout calendar, exercise index and more. You can also find a 14-day weight loss program on our Fit Club page at http://www.genesispure.com/fitclub as well as shopping tips, recipes and a smart goals worksheet. We are also working on a cleansing program that we hope to launch this summer. So stay tuned!

Q: Does the whey protein in the Complete Shake contain casein?

A: The ingredient in our Complete Shake is just whey, and does not contain any casein. Our other HealthTrim™ line of products, including Metabolic Boost, Green Coffee Bean, Cleanse and PURE Café, may help support health and weight management goals as well.

Q: Are the B vitamins in ENERGY and Daily Build synthetic?  I have a friend whose husband has a genetic disorder that will not allow him to metabolize the synthetic.  She looked at the product label and she reports that it is listed as Folate which is a synthetic form.

A: As currently formulated, Daily Build and ENERGY do not contain methylated, or natural forms of B vitamins. We are looking to update the Daily Build formula in the future and methylated B vitamins are on our list of desired improvements for the product. As far as concern for whether or not the current Daily Build and/or ENERGY are safe for someone with the genetic disorder you speak of, two primary points come to mind. First, the existing science that suggests the need for methylated B vitamins only applies to folate. Folate or folic acid is critical for many physiological functions. Elevated homocysteine levels are sometimes caused by this genetic error, but elevated homocysteine can occur in anyone. Non-methylated forms of B vitamins (B6, B12, and folate) have successfully reduced homocysteine blood levels even in individuals with genetic disorders.

Second, there is no evidence to suggest consuming non-methylated forms of folate is actually harmful to someone with a genetic disorder; however, if a person has a genetic error, 5-methyltetrahydrofolic acid (methylated folate) is the preferred form of supplemental folate. This form of folate will be more readily utilized by these individuals. So, while it is not harmful, they still should take an additional source of folate in addition to Daily Build and ENERGY, if they choose to take it.

In the supplement industry, “synthetic” has no official definition. Commonly, synthetic ingredients are any ingredient that is not extracted from a whole food source. There are benefits as well as disadvantages to using synthetic vitamins and minerals.
Synthetic vitamins allow for greater consistency in the nutrient content of a product. Exact amounts can be added during the manufacturing of the supplement. Conversely, whole foods vary in nutritional content depending on soil, climate, and other growing conditions. One batch may have a significantly different nutrient profile compared with another. Furthermore, to create a product as nutritionally robust as Genesis PURE’s Daily Build, but made exclusively from whole food extracts, would be so cost-prohibitive that few could afford it. It would take two cups chopped red pepper, five oranges, or five cups of kale to provide the same amount of vitamin C found in Genesis PURE™ Daily Build.[1]

Some synthetic vitamins, such as folic acid, are also more bioavailable than the whole food variety.[2]  Others, like B12, are absorbed better since they are free from binders that exist in the whole food form. This is especially relevant for individuals with malabsorption disorders. In the case of vitamin B12, the synthetic form is actually more environmentally friendly, as well, since animal products are the only significant sources of B12.[3]

We are also aware of the disadvantages associated with synthetic vitamins; chief among them is the lack of phytonutrients. In addition to vitamins and minerals, whole foods contain phytonutrients that provide additional health benefits. For this reason, Genesis PURE products contain whole foods like herbs, superfruits, and sea vegetables, as sources of phytonutrients. We are committed to supporting your health and wellness and strive to maintain a high level of purity with our products.

We also want you to be aware that companies, who are talking about methylated forms of B vitamins imply the methylated forms are “natural.” This is not true. For example, we recently read an article that suggested cyanocobalamin is a synthetic cheap form of B12. They also talked about how methylcobalamin is the B12 in meat. While they do not directly say it, they are implying that the methylated form of B12 is natural from meat. However, methylcobalamin sold in supplements is also synthetic. In fact, it is created first by taking synthetic cyanocobalamin and processing it further the make methylcobalamin. We are not suggesting cyanocobalamin is just as good as methylated, but many are falsely suggesting methylcobalamin is natural when it is not.

Genesis PURE is aware of the benefits of using whole food supplements, as well as the benefits of using synthetic vitamins and minerals. To create superior products and maximize the health benefits our customers achieve with them, we harness the benefits of both.

[1] USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 26. 7 December 2011.  Available at http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/.
[2] Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Folate. Office of Dietary Supplements. December 14, 2012. Available at: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Folate-HealthProfessional/.
[3] Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Vitamin B12. Office of Dietary Supplements. June 24, 2011. Available at: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminB12-HealthProfessional/.
Broaden your nutrition education by reading the blogs from the Wellness Advisory Board: Make Your Resolutions Truly Healthy Ones, Love Yourself, Love Your Heart, Make Every Bite CountLive

Q: I am a new IBO, and I was wondering if I could access some of the published studies done on Genesis PURE products to validate claims of purity and natural sources.

A: All Genesis PURE products are sourced from high-quality suppliers in accordance with international trade regulations, are processed in facilities that comply with current good manufacturing practices (cGMP) and tested to ensure they comply with FDA guidelines for purity. We do not guarantee the source of any particular ingredient unless specified on the label as these may change from time to time.  Some ingredients are from synthetic sources and others are from natural sources. There is no such thing as a synthetic mineral but many of the minerals added to the Genesis PURE products are not derived from plant sources. When you see a vitamin or mineral on the ingredient list (not the nutrition facts section), the majority of the vitamin and mineral content in that product is from that added ingredient, not the natural plant ingredients.

Awake renewed!

BetterNightsSleep_0416If you’re like a lot of busy people, you’re trying to spread your hours out as much as you can, by going to bed late and getting up early. Actor Thomas Dekker said, “Sleep is the golden chain that binds health and our bodies together.” Our bodies need sleep to recharge physically and mentally.

Sleep is one of those basic things in life that our bodies need in order to experience Whole Health. Yet, many of us don’t get the required eight hours every night. A study out of California found that people who sleep five or fewer hours on average are at a substantially increased risk for both colds and other infections, compared to people who sleep seven to eight hours on average. Apparently, T-cells, a type of white blood cell that fights off infection, don’t work as well when you are sleep-deprived.1

At Genesis PURE, we want to ensure you are getting your zzzz’s. Fortunately, there are a lot of things you can do to ensure you’re waking up refreshed and raring to go in the morning.

Sweet dreams and sleep tight!

  1. Lose the caffeine. We all know that caffeine can keep you awake. But did you know that the effects of caffeine can take as long as eight hours to wear off? If you drink a cup of coffee in the afternoon and still can’t get to sleep, caffeine might be the reason. Genesis PURE ENERGY might have this same effect in sensitive people. Try to avoid caffeine at least four to six hours before bedtime.
  2. Avoid alcohol before bed. Alcohol may initially help you fall asleep, but it also causes disturbances in sleep.
  3. Stress not only makes you miserable, it wreaks havoc on your sleep. If you have a lot on your mind, try writing it all down as a way of getting it out of your mind. Try diffusing Genesis PURE lavender oil at night for a calming effect.
  4. Regular exercise can help you get a good night’s sleep. If you are the type of person who gets energized after exercise, it may be best not to exercise in the evening. According to a study, regular exercise in the morning can help relieve insomnia.2  Researchers say the participants who exercised reported that their sleep quality improved, raising their diagnosis from poor to good sleeper. They also reported fewer depressive symptoms, more vitality, and less sleepiness in the daytime.3
  5. Keep your bedroom quiet, dark, and comfortable. For many people, even the slightest noise or light can disturb sleep. Create the perfect sleeping environment whether that means using earplugs, curtains, and an electric blanket or air conditioner.
  6. Eat right, sleep tight. Try not to go to bed hungry, but avoid heavy meals before bedtime. Some foods can help, though. Milk contains tryptophan, which helps promote sleep.
  7. Keep pets off the bed. Does your pet sleep with you? Pet movements and allergies can be bad for sleep. Your pet may be happier on the floor anyway.
  8. Avoid watching TV or eating in bed. The bed should be used for sleep.

One more thing I’d like to mention is magnesium. Research has shown that a lack of this mineral can prevent the brain from settling down at night. You can get magnesium from food such as green leafy vegetables, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, and almonds. Genesis PURE Coral Calcium contains 300 mg, or 75% daily value, of magnesium. Magnesium also contributes to the development of bone, and the regulation of nerve and muscle function, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure.*

What are your bedtime rituals? What do you do to ensure you’re getting at least eight hours of sleep every night?

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

1Aric Prather, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco; Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D., professor of psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; April 11, 2016, JAMA Internal Medicine, online

2, 3 http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/news/20100917/exercise-helps-you-sleep

Getting to know Dr. Tanya Reddick Rodgers

1458763152_1We recently talked with our newest member of the Genesis PURE Wellness Advisory Board (WAB), board-certified dermatologist Dr. Tanya Reddick Rodgers, and learned that not only is she an expert on skin, the largest organ of our body, but she enjoys biking, horror movies and more! We are privileged to have Dr. Rodgers on our WAB board!

 Where are you from?
“I am from Chicago, IL. and grew up mostly in the suburbs. I am the eldest of three girls.”

When did you know you wanted to become a doctor?
“Family and friends tell me that I wanted to become a doctor since the age of three. I don’t recall ever wanting to pursue any other career. Throughout my education, since elementary school, I was on the pathway to medical school. I was always considered a “smart” or “gifted” child. I remember reciting the Bible’s old and new testaments to the amazement of family and friends when I was just a toddler, and I have always had a love for science. Also, I was fortunate to have the most talented and encouraging teachers throughout my early schooling. I am blessed that this desire that was conceived while I was so young, remained a great fit for me through my secondary school training.”

What do you love about your career?
“Practicing satisfies my intellectual curiosity and interest in science, while allowing me to make such an important impact on my patients.  At first glance, other medical specialties may seem more impactful, but I think that dermatology allows me to treat disease that is actually visible to others, and it inspires an even greater level of gratitude from patients.  Skin disease can have an impact on one’s sense of self confidence or self-worth.  People are very thankful for what I do for them and that really makes me feel good.”

What is your favorite Genesis PURE product?
C’VOSA, of course!  I love that it is almost 100% natural.  Since my pregnancies, I’ve become so much more aware of the chemicals that we expose ourselves to in personal care products. Though the impact of the chemicals in skincare is debatable, I prefer to avoid potential risks if I can.  I already had a skincare routine prior to C’VOSA for treatment of my adult acne. I’ve replaced my usual cleansing and moisturizing routine with the C’VOSA system.  I don’t do the entire routine every night, but pick and choose from the components depending on what my skin seems to need that day. I am a working mother of four- and six-year-old boys, so Genesis PURE’s ENERGY comes in at a very close second!”

What is your favorite pastime?
“Spending quality time with my family. With two little boys, my husband and I are always busy exploring the world of pastimes that are new and enjoyable. We love to bike, enjoy movie nights at home on Friday evenings and we camp out in a tent in our backyard.

What do you do to exercise?
“I enjoy low impact cardio on my elliptical machine and light weight training. I think that many women erroneously avoid weight training due to concerns of weight gain or appearing bulky.  On the contrary, it actually plays an essential role in weight loss, metabolism and maintaining healthy bone mass with increasing age.  I would love to run more, but it’s hard on my knees.”

Do you have a favorite quote?
“They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

Tell us a few random facts about yourself.

  • I love horror movies
  • I am a former nail biter turned germaphobe
  • I am double jointed in my hands
  • I am a night owl

What is your favorite song?
Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World, by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

Learn more about Genesis PURE’s two teams of highly dedicated professionals by visiting http://www.genesispure.com/science-education. The Wellness Advisory Board (WAB) is comprised of five seasoned healthcare professionals, 4 physicians and one pharmacist, who provide ongoing guidance on product development, product claims, and product use protocols.

 

Change you can believe in

ChangingHabits_0516Don’t you just hate it when you get a song in your head that you can’t shake? You know when that same line from, “Who Let the Dogs Out,” keeps playing over and over again and it won’t leave. I like to compare that annoyance to some of our habits. For example, I can’t seem to stop drinking that can of soda for lunch, even though I know there are healthier alternatives.

We change the layout of our living room when we get bored with it. We change our cell phone carrier when they start charging too much. We change our hairdresser when they make a mistake. Then why is it so hard to change our poor eating, sleeping and exercise habits when they make us feel tired, weak and less confident?

The saying goes, old habits die hard. But they really aren’t very hard at all. The hard part is wanting to change and believing that you can. In order to see a change through, we have to really want it and believe in it. We have to remove any and all doubts to support our ultimate well-being.

At Genesis PURE, we believe in the ability to make positive, healthy changes to experience a lifestyle of Whole Health. By better, we mean feeling strong, healthy and confident. And, it’s as easy as eating healthier, getting the proper amount of sleep and exercising.

Where do you start?

An old Chinese proverb goes like this, “When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.” Which one are you?

If you want to change a habit, and make it stick, you have to believe in it firmly. Write down why you want this change and who you want to become or what you want to achieve. Ingrain these beliefs in your head and in writing. You want this belief to be that nagging song that never ends.

Next, you need to create a strategy. For example, let’s just say you want to eat more healthy foods and get a better grip on your weight loss goals. Visualize yourself feeling and looking better. Think about what you are good at. Maybe you enjoy running 5Ks. So, imagine yourself doing just that, hear the applause, feel the strength in your legs. Doesn’t that feel good? Now how do you look? Do you like what you see?

Prepare yourself

Make a list that will help you accomplish your goals. For instance, you can place a list next to your bed at night so you can read it when you wake up. Maybe you have workout clothes laid out the night before and you commit to walking your dog. Be specific about what you are going to do. State exactly, “I’m going to walk two miles today, Wednesday and Friday.”

Other things you can do:

  • Have a healthy lunch prepared the night before.
  • Stock your fridge with healthy snacks.
  • Plan all of your meals in advance.
  • Search for aps that can help you schedule these things.
  • Create a playlist of your favorite songs. Music is a huge motivator for me when I am exercising.

Lastly, reward yourself. You deserve the praise. It’s OK to have an ice cream at the end of the week as a thank you for doing an awesome job. If you get in a rut, don’t beat yourself up. Maybe you just need to alter one of your steps, or change an activity. Remember, take it one step at a time. It will get easier down the road and you can slowly increase the difficulty of your exercise or the amount of food you allow or don’t allow yourself.

Ready? Let’s do this! Join us as this month as we celebrate Health and Fitness Month with a new 30-day exercise and health challenge called TransforMAYtion. We have a calendar of daily exercises you can incorporate into your routine. They say it takes 21 days to create a habit. We’re giving you 30 days to create a habit you WON’T regret! Join Fit Club’s mailing list today to receive upcoming challenges and other Fit Club related content. Simply visit Facebook Fit Club by Genesis PURE and get ready for a whole new, summer-ready you.

 

Quench Your Thirst

HealthBenefitsWater_0516We’ve heard it again and again; water is necessary for our bodies.  It is the main component of cells, tissues, and organs, comprising about 60% of our body, based on body composition.  Water regulates body temperature, removes toxins, controls heart rate, protects organs and tissues, and transports nutrients and oxygen throughout the body.1  The truth is, we would die in a few days without it.  Yet, so many of us neglect to consume enough water throughout the day, and over time, this can lead to chronic dehydration, fatigue, constipation, fluctuations in blood pressure, and other health concerns.

It is estimated that 75% of Americans have mild, chronic dehydration; a pretty scary statistic for a nation that has regular access to tap and bottled water! Just as a car cannot run without gas, the body cannot survive without water.  According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 43% of adults drink less than four cups of water per day. That includes 36% who drink one to three cups and 7% who drink none.  Yes, water needs vary from person to person, but we are certainly falling short of the recommendation. The Mayo Clinic and Institute of Medicine recommends we drink about 1.9 liters per day, which equates to about eight 8-ounce glasses of water.  While there’s no hard evidence supporting the 8 by 8 rule, it’s easy to remember.

Functions of water in the body

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Hydration and Exercise

Thirst may be a reliable indicator that you need to drink more water, but the more active you are, the less reliable that indicator becomes.  Studies have shown that by the time you feel thirsty, you may already be dehydrated; plus, a mere 2% drop in hydration may lead to an 8-10% decrease in performance. The amount of water needed will vary and depends on age, sex, body type, health level and activity.  A good rule of thumb: the color of your urine should be light yellow to clear; however, if you supplement with B-vitamins, this tip will not apply. Other signs of dehydration are cramps, dizziness, fatigue, and lightheadedness.

Tips for Staying Hydrated

One of the easiest ways to stay hydrated is to carry a bottle of water at all times, but we can obtain our servings in a multitude of ways.  Water can come from fruits, vegetables, and low sodium broth-based soups.  Make it a habit to drink water as soon as you wake up and before every meal and snack.  Also try calorie-free fruit-flavored water or create your own beverage by adding sliced cucumber, orange, or berries.  Track your water intake using your phone or Excel spreadsheet and set reminders throughout the day to drink more.

Be aware of your environment. The drier the climate, the more water your body will lose.  Also, stay well hydrated before engaging in activities such as running, walking, cycling, or lifting weights. Be mindful of how your body functions.  If you notice signs of dehydration, including headaches, decreased urine output, or extreme thirst, make sure to speak with your doctor.

So, three cheers to delicious, refreshing water. Ditch the morning coffee, the afternoon soda and the evening wine and switch to what your body really loves and needs … water.

References

  1. Jéquier, E. & Constant, F. Water as an essential nutrient: the physiological basis of hydration. Eur J Clin Nutr 64, 115–123 (2010).