The scoop on poop

Are you regular or do you suffer from occasional constipation?  Doctors often say that we all have different schedules. We may eliminate a number of times per week, or, on the contrary, eliminate once or twice per week. Is one healthier than the other?

If you look to nature, you’ll notice that animals poop shortly after they eat. Americans tend to be constipated. The biggest reason is that our diet is highly processed and lacking of fiber needed for healthy bowel function. Consequently, the healthy “two to three bowel movements per day” is significantly dwindled to once or twice a week, or even less frequent than that.

Does it matter how frequently you poop? 

To answer this question, think of a toilet. If everyone used the toilet but didn’t flush it, bacteria would form and it would become an unhealthy environment. Additionally, the toilet would be so full, that it may get clogged. So what do you think happens to your body when you fail to properly eliminate your waste? The colon builds up toxins that eventually cause the body to break down.

In order to maintain healthy bowel function you need to: 1) eat a proper diet, 2) drink plenty of water, 3) get adequate exercise, and 4) maintain healthy stress levels.

Eat a proper diet

That includes fiber! High-fiber diets help with digestion. Whole, fresh fruits and vegetables; plant-based proteins like nuts and seeds, and whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, millet, and oats contain fiber. Soda, sugar, baked goods, fast food and processed foods do not.

Women need 25 grams of fiber per day, and men need 38 grams per day, according to the Institute of Medicine. Our 360 Complete Shake contains 11g of dietary fiber. Half an ounce of Mila contains a hefty 5.5 grams of fiber, important for supporting digestion, promoting weight loss and helping prevent constipation. Additionally, Probiotic has been shown to promote gut health.

Drink plenty of water

Water helps hydrate the body, including the digestive tract. Dehydration is a common culprit for constipation. Sixty percent1 of your body is made up of water. It’s essential for maintaining life-sustaining reactions. It carries nutrients, oxygen, and waste products throughout the body.

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Exercise regularly

Your digestive tract is one long muscular tube from your mouth, all the way down to your anus.  When you exercise, you tone ALL muscles in your body, including your digestive tract.  Exercising also helps stimulate peristalsis, which is the contraction of the muscle tissue in the intestines. Check out Rally28. This expert-approved weight-loss system includes a gentle, natural, non-fasting detox, as well as other beneficial products.

Maintain healthy stress levels

Stress in any form may impede the body’s ability to eliminate waste.  When the body tenses up, it is unable to flow and perform optimally. Look for ways you can mitigate your stress throughout the day. Adopt a breathing technique, take a walk, do a five-minute meditation.  In the evening before bed try taking a warm bath. Getting healthy sleep at night will help you better manage stress during the day and maintain your body’s natural schedule.

Provide gentle relief with HealthTrim® Cleanse

Our HealthTrim Cleanse (liquid and capsule) products contain an all-natural, proprietary blend of herbs and botanicals formulated for the purpose of providing gentle relief of occasional constipation.* The primary ingredient in this product is cascara sagrada. Based on anecdotal reports, cascara as ingredient alone can produce a bowel movement within 6-8 hours, but it may not occur for 24 hours after administration.  Learn more about HealthTrim Cleanse.

Creating healthy bowel habits takes time.  Be patient with the process; but also be consistent.  For example, even if you do not have the urge to eliminate first thing in the morning, sit on the toilet for three to five minutes anyway. Create the space for your body to do what it is naturally designed to do, and it will likely follow suit. Developing healthy bowel activity may help you maintain better health and well-being.

*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.

 

1http://www.h4hinitiative.com/book/print/68

Whole Health smoothie recipes

Fuel yourself up with a healthy, easy-to-make smoothie. The following recipes are great for after a workout, as a midday snack and an easy way to get more of your recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables.

Better yet, they incorporate Goji superfruit, HealthTrim® Matcha Vegan Shake, Mila® chia and Greens, so they are packed with protein and other nutritious ingredients.

Strawberry Goji Smoothie

Goji superfruit is a dark red juice with a tinge of sweetness. As a natural source of vitamin C and polysaccharides, Goji provides nutrition to help support healthy functions of the immune system. Goji is also is a source of carotenoids, including lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help enhance eye health.*

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce Goji superfruit
  • 1 cup strawberries, cut up
  • 2 teaspoons honey, optional
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • Ice

In a blender, add all ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve and enjoy!

Matcha Banana Protein Smoothie

This is a delicious smoothie just right for fall mornings. Plant-based HealthTrim Matcha Vegan Shake makes a great meal replacement or nourishing snack and boasts a delicious, nutty taste. Unique ingredients include sacha inchi, which contains omega fatty acids and all essential amino acids for sustained energy, and chlorella, a great source of nutrients and antioxidant-rich chlorophyll. Naturally-occurring theanine, an amino acid in matcha, helps elevate mood and reduce stress.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ medium banana (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 packet vanilla Matcha Vegan Shake
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

Blend all the ingredients together until smooth. Serve and enjoy!

Green, omega-rich smoothie

Micro-sliced Mila® chia is a super food that is gluten-free, trans-fat free, sugar-free, and is a superior plant-based source of protein and fiber. Mila uses different varieties of the chia seed to provide a wide array of nutrients. By combining these crops, you get a nutritionally robust product.  Greens is made up of four Proprietary Blends that utilize some of the most beneficial superfoods, botanicals, superfruits, and mushrooms available, giving your life the edge it craves and deserves.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, thickly sliced, frozen
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 1 tablespoon Mila
  • 1 scoop Greens
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1/3 cup orange juice

Blend all the ingredients together until smooth. Serve and enjoy!

 

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 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.

 

There’s a real need for supplementation

We all know the importance that vitamins and minerals play in our health. Vitamins are essential for growth, development, and normal cell function. Minerals are important for building bones, making hormones, and regulating the heartbeat. You would think that eating a variety of foods would meet all of your nutritional needs. Well, that’s not always the case. Americans, in particular, lack the recommended amount of vitamins and minerals they need.

There are many reasons for nutritional deficiencies: genetically modified foods, deficient soil, the shipping, processing and cooking of foods, poor digestion, environmental factors (pollution, water, etc.), medications, and more. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 43 different vegetables and fruits have declined in protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B12), and vitamin C over the past half century.1

Studies show…

The consumption of vitamins A, C, D and E is inadequate in 25-70% of the U.S. population. Americans are also 38% deficient in calcium, 45% deficient in magnesium, and 97% deficient in potassium.2

 To make matters worse, Americans exceed the recommendations for sodium, saturated fats, refined grains, solid fats and added sugars. All of this can lead to chronic disease, such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and various forms of cancer.

The American Cancer Society estimates that 30% of deaths are related to obesity, lack of activity and poor nutrition.3

What are we to do?

 Eat a healthy diet, exercise, get adequate sleep, and choose a daily multivitamin supplement. Overall, Americans should increase their consumption of foods rich in vitamins A, C, D and E as well as folate, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and fiber.

Two things I want to highlight are vitamin D and fiber, both essential to overall health.

Vitamin D is critical for bone health, muscle strength, immune function, and the reduction of inflammation. It promotes calcium absorption in the gut. The recommended daily allowance of vitamin D is 600 IU and yet the average intake is 156-404 IU.4 Without sufficient vitamin D, bones can become thin and brittle. Together with calcium, vitamin D also helps protect older adults from osteoporosis.

Fiber is critical to better health for blood sugar control, improved digestive health, weight loss, lowered risk of heart disease and diabetes, and more. Most Americans are not getting enough. Fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. It helps relieve constipation, helps you maintain a healthy weight, and lowers the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Let your health care providers (including doctors, pharmacists, and dietitians) know which dietary supplements you’re taking so that you can discuss what’s best for your overall health, and avoid any drug-nutrient interactions. Avoid supplements with sweeteners, colors, artificial flavors, preservatives, or fillers.

Please note that dietary supplements are products intended to supplement the diet. They are not drugs and, therefore, are not intended to treat, diagnose, mitigate, prevent, or cure diseases.

Dr. John W. Buckner, M.D. graduated from the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine in 1985. He practices medicine in Springfield, MO and specializes in surgery. Dr. Buckner is affiliated with Ferrell-Duncan Clinic and CoxHealth in Springfield. Dr. Buckner is a Wellness Advisory Board member and is proud to be part of the PURE: People United Reaching Everyone family.

Wellness Advisory Board Members are compensated for their role on the Wellness Advisory Board. In addition to serving as a Wellness Advisory Board Member, Dr. John W. Buckner, MD is also a PURE Independent Business Owner.

1https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/soil-depletion-and-nutrition-loss/

2J Nutr. 2011 Oct;141(1):1847-54

3 https://www.cancer.org/research/nutrition-and-physical-activity-research-highlights.html

4 https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/

 

 

15 ways to enjoy Matcha Vegan Shake

Plant-based HealthTrim® Matcha Vegan Shake is my favorite go-to drink at breakfast. It’s a clean and lean protein and I love it’s nutty, earthy taste and creamy texture. Plus, with its omega fatty acids, essential amino acids and antioxidants, I know I’m doing my body good with every sip.

Matcha Vegan Shake also makes a great meal replacement or nourishing snack during the day. It helps support my weight management goals while improving my mood and reducing stress. My appetite is minimized throughout the day, yet I still have the energy to accomplish what I need to get done.

Here are other ways to benefit from this nutritionally packed powder that are definitely worth trying.

  1. Combine half a packet of the vanilla flavor with one tablespoon of sea salt to make a sweet popcorn seasoning — a healthier alternative to butter.
  2. Sprinkle a few teaspoons on top of low-fat yoghurt.
  3. Add two teaspoons and a handful of nuts to your morning oatmeal.
  4. Add a packet to white icing to enhance the flavor and the color.
  5. Make this Matcha Vanilla Shake Cake.
  6. Add a packet to homemade ice cream.
  7. Add a packet to pudding for a vanilla or chocolate flavor. You can also add some micro-sliced Mila® chia for texture and healthy omega fatty acids.
  8. Blend chocolate or vanilla flavor with plain cream cheese to spread on your bagel.
  9. Mix vanilla or chocolate flavor with low-fat plain yoghurt to make frozen popsicle sticks. Add kiwi slices or grapes. Not only do these taste great, but they shimmer in a beautiful green.
  10. Add a packet of either flavor to pancake mix, or use it to dust the pancakes instead of powdered sugar.
  11. Make gelatin molds. Combine three cups of hot Matcha Vegan Shake, ¼ cup raw honey, and three tablespoons gelatin powder in a bowl. Pour into mold and freeze.
  12. Blend either flavor into smoothies for a slightly earthy, slightly sweet taste.
  13. With 19 to 20 grams of protein per serving, this is a great product to add to homemade protein bars.
  14. Freeze a batch of matcha ice cube trays to add to water.
  15. Use it as a flavoring in cakes, cupcakes, cookies and brownies.

It’s your turn to explore the versatility of this superfood. How will you use Matcha Vegan Shake? Share your creative ideas with us at marketing@livepure.com. Discover delicious recipes using Matcha Vegan Shake on our blog at gplivepure.com.

Purchase Matcha Vegan Shake in vanilla or dark chocolate today at livepure.com or call our Sales Support line at 866-535-5888. Available in on-the-go packs or 14-serving-sized bags.

Jennifer Evans is the marketing copywriter at PURE. Her colleagues refer to her as “eagle eye” as she rarely misses a beat. She heads up writing all content for PURE, blending in her health “know-how” and her love of exercise and good food. She never misses a day without a cup of vanilla Matcha Vegan Shake. Motto: Love yourself enough to live a healthy life style.

Healthy school lunches kids will love

Packing a healthy school lunch is easy.  Getting your kids to eat that healthy lunch 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 and whole grains while they are at school.

Make lunches fun!

At first glance, the look and taste of Lunchables® isn’t anything too 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, cucumber slices, avocado 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 to enhance the fun.  Use the leftover scraps of meat on a chef salad you can take for your own lunch.

Add in tasty dips.

Veggies are notorious for being rejected by picky eaters. With a tasty to 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 and impart a rich flavor.  Avocadoes 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 over their food choices, and may increase their willingness to eat them.  The trick is to make sure you’re comfortable with all the options presented. Kids may also 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, especially if it is a new food. Kids also take great pride in what they create, and may feel a positive sense of accomplishment as they happily eat their food.

Make it sweet.

It’s not a secret that 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 the appeal of certain foods. A honey glaze on meats, nuts, and fresh fruit added to a vegetable smoothie, or fruits incorporated into whole-grain baked goods like breads, muffins, or cookies, can all be ways to get kids to eat healthy foods. You can even add Mila to those baked goods for extra protein. As children get older, gradually decrease the frequency and amount of sweetener added to foods.

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.

 

HealthTrim® Matcha Vegan Shake, Part III

HealthTrim® Matcha Vegan Shake is a product that takes the power of organic matcha green tea leaves and combines it with sacha inchi, chlorella and other ingredients for a nutritious drink that helps support weight management, sustained energy, and stress reduction.*

We shared the benefits of sacha inchi seeds in our last blog post. Here we will focus on chlorella, another green ingredient abundant in HealthTrim Matcha Vegan Shake.

Chlorella is a blue-green algae, a seaweed if you will, that is packed with antioxidants, nutrient-rich chlorophyll and other nutrients. It both detoxes and nourishes the body, and is just one of the superfoods found in matcha. Imagine a food with more antioxidants than pomegranates, grapes, even blueberries!

Chlorella is a freshwater plant that contains vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, protein, nucleic acids (RNA and DNA), chlorophyll, significantly more than any other leafy green vegetable, phytochemicals, calcium, beta-carotene, carotenoids, vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, and iron. Chlorella is thought to contain every nutrient required by the human body. And, since chlorella is a food, you can never get enough of it, and it’s easy to digest.

Chlorella helps cleanse the body, helps support the immune system, supports weight loss is in free radical-fighting antioxidants, helps with the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut, and more.

PURE HealthTrim® Matcha Vegan Shake, in vanilla or dark chocolate flavors, is a great way to jump-start your weight loss and get your morning started. It can help control appetite which in turn helps the body use fat as an energy source. It also aids in healthy digestion and cleansing. And, it greatly enhances metabolism.

Replace up to two meals a day and use in conjunction with the entire HealthTrim product line to help support your weight management goals. Be sure to consult your healthcare provider prior to use if you are pregnant or nursing or are beginning a weight loss program.

Order yours today at livepure.com, and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

1 http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf020126a

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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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.