Yoga – peace among the chaos

The Department of Health and Human Services has designated September as National Yoga Month to educate about the health benefits of yoga and inspire a healthy lifestyle.

More than just a physical exercise program, yoga can help people achieve clarity and harmony in life. You don’t need any special skills to begin practicing yoga. Yoga offers the opportunity to improve your mind, body and spirit; improvements in your balance and poses will come naturally as you practice.

Yoga is a healthy discipline

A friend once told me she wanted to find a yoga class that would maintain her interest. She had attended many classes, but she got bored with them, either from a lack of connection with the teacher, the type of yoga, or because it just wasn’t the “right” time.

There is a plethora of wonderful yoga classes and amazing teachers at the gym I go to. I attended a few yoga classes because I thought I needed the calming affect they provide, but I never felt I accomplished anything. Sometimes I felt more stressed because it wasn’t the high-intensity exercise I was used to.  What I didn’t realize is that there are many kinds of yoga available, from the meditative, calming kind to more physically demanding classes.

Styles of yoga

Hatha yoga and Yin yoga are good choices for beginners. These are both slower paced and use the classic approach to breathing and exercise. If you want to relax, these styles are for you.

If you are looking for yoga that is slow and comfortable, try Iyengar yoga. This kind focuses on precise movements. Poses are held for longer periods of time while focusing on controlled breathing. This class often uses props to help hold your pose.1

Kundalini yoga is equal parts spiritual and physical. This type really works your core and breathing, with fast-moving, invigorating postures and breathing exercises.1

Ashtanga yoga is for the advanced person. These postures are more physically demanding, with standing and floor postures. 1

Vinyasa yoga is the most athletic of yoga styles. The movement is coordinated with your breath and you move to flow from one pose to another. Jivamukti yoga is similar to this style, but infused with Hindu spiritual rituals. 1

If you want to sweat, Bikram yoga may be for you. This yoga is done in a sauna-like room that is set to 105 degrees.

Cleanse your mind and really relax after a hard day’s work with restorative yoga. The name itself describes this type of yoga.

Yoga can be great for pregnant mothers. Prenatal yoga is adapted specifically for moms-to-be in all trimesters. This style really prepares Mom for labor and delivery by focusing on breathing, pelvic work and bonding with the baby.

My daughter and I signed up to participate in a goat yoga class. My daughter has a fascination with goats, and I love yoga, so I thought we’d combine the two. It was fun! The owner walked around placing a baby goat on the backs of people, upon request. Goat yoga is definitely a trend that is happening all over the United States.

Not into goat yoga? Try out yoga in the company of puppies, the latest trend! This is a great way to do Downward-Facing Dog while getting kisses from man’s best friend, and lowering your stress levels. Also, proceeds often benefit animal rescue charities.

A new magic

I continue to participate in yoga, not only to test my body, but also to test my spirit.  Through yoga, I’ve discovered a new magic within me and I’ve changed my outlook on life. Yoga allows me to bring peace to any chaos from the day.

As you know, PURE is a big proponent of exercise, for both our health and well-being. Yoga is just one way to exercise in a fun way that will help you feel great and stay fit.

1https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/the-11-major-types-of-yoga-explained-simply

Jennifer Evans
PURE Marketing Copywriter

 

Spice up your cleansing regimen

Herbs are truly a gift from nature. Not only do they add wonderful flavor to dishes, but they offer many health benefits, including the possibility of cleansing the body of harmful toxins.

Spices like turmeric, oregano, ginger, parsley and black and white pepper may have cleansing properties. Many of them can be grown in your backyard or indoor gardens. Consider coupling these herbs with your PURE 7-Day or 28-Day Detox meals to take advantage of their cleansing benefits.

Turmeric is a plant that comes from the ginger family. It contains a phytochemical substance called curcumin which is yellow in color, and is found in a lot of foods from curry to mustard. Studies suggest that curcumin’s antioxidant properties can support overall health. Daily Build has a Bio-Protection Blend that contains turmeric extract.

Add turmeric to soups, rice dishes, vegetables and chicken dishes. Another nice treat is to add 2 teaspoons turmeric, 1 teaspoon ground ginger and a few drops of stevia sweetener to warmed almond milk.

Oregano is widely used in Italian food. A study in the Journal of Nutrition found that oregano, among other dried culinary herbs, contained very high concentrations of antioxidants. The authors stated that in a normal diet, the intake of herbs may contribute significantly to the total intake of plant antioxidants, and can be an even better source of dietary antioxidants than many other food groups such as fruits, berries, cereals and vegetables.1

Oregano adds flavor to broccoli, tomatoes, mushrooms and potatoes. It tastes great sprinkled on chicken dishes as well.

Ginger is considered by many to be one of the best detoxifying herbs. It has been used medicinally for thousands of years for its antioxidant benefits. In fact, it is used in many cleansing programs. The beneficial portion of the plant is referred to as the rhizome, which is the thick underground stem. Metabolic ONE and HealthTrim® Cleanse contain ginger.

To benefit from this herb, try infusing finely chopped ginger root in boiling water. Add lemon juice and stevia sweetener for a refreshing drink, hot or cold.

Parsley’s unique taste comes from a phytochemical called polyacetylene. This herb contains vitamin C, chlorophyll, beta-carotene, vitamin K and folate, which may be used by the body for detoxification. Finely chop parsley and add it to a salad or use it in pesto. Parsley can also be added to juices or smoothies.

Black and white pepper are great flavor agents. They are made from the Piper-nigrum plant. Black pepper is ground from dried, whole, unripe fruit. White pepper is ground from dried, ripe fruit that has had the outer layer removed. Black pepper may help digestion. Black pepper increases your hydrochloric acid secretion, which is necessary for the digestion of proteins and other foods within the stomach.2  MelaTrim, Daily Build, PURE Café, Green Coffee Bean and Metabolic ONE all contain black pepper extract.

Detox your body with PURE:

Detox Pack – This combination of herbs and botanicals effectively helps facilitate the removal of toxins from the body while supporting your weight loss journey during the 7-day and 28-day detox plans.

Detox Plus Pack – This pack was created with two in mind. Grab your weight loss partner and get ready for success!

HealthTrim® Cleanse (capsule or liquid) includes a blend of cleansing herbs and botanicals. Cascara sagrada, the primary ingredient in Capsule Cleanse, has traditionally been used to support the body’s primary channel of elimination and aid in regularity.*

Probiotic  – Following your cleanse, use this formula of pro- and prebiotics to help foster beneficial bacterial growth and help maintain a healthy digestive system balance.

Order your products by PURE today and start enjoying overall health and wellness.

 

1http://jn.nutrition.org/content/133/5/1286.full

2http://jonbarron.org/herbal-library/foods/black-pepper

We salute you with Whole Health

Memorial Day is here!  It’s time to remember all the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives so that we can live in freedom. It also means we have a nice long weekend to spend with family and friends, and summer is just around the corner.

As Americans, we have many freedoms. Among them is the choice to feed our bodies with quality nutrition. The military knows the importance of good nutrition, adequate sleep and exercise. In fact, all of these things are fundamental to military prowess. At PURE, we are committed to delivering Whole Health to maximize you. We do this by providing quality products for physical health, opportunity for financial health, relationships for personal health and social impact for philanthropic health.

Just as you serve us, we want to serve you with quality nutrition. This is why we created our Warriors Pack with favorites from our five product categories: Everyday Essentials, ENERGY, the GPS system, Superfruits and the HealthTrim® system. The products in this pack were selected by fellow military veterans to help promote sleep, energy, the cleansing of toxins and overall nutrition for your specific health needs. Learn more here.

The PURE opportunity

We are proud to offer military personnel and their spouses’ free membership. We believe building a PURE business is perfect for members of the Armed Forces as it takes leadership, discipline, organization and a passion for wellness. PURE gives everyone the opportunity to grow themselves, build character and relationships, create wealth, and help others achieve their dreams and goals. Learn more at livepure.com.

As you fire up the grill this weekend, think about all the blessings we have been bestowed, and be thankful for the countless freedoms we get to enjoy, including the freedom to choose how to care for ourselves and each other.

To celebrate, we are offering everyone FREE SHIPPING on all product orders (including packs), today only, May 28.* Order online at livepure.com or via mobile and get FREE SHIPPING at checkout. You can also call 866-535-5888 but note that call center hours are limited (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) and your hold time may be longer than usual.

Happy Memorial Day from all of us at PURE!

 

*Promotion does not apply to Autoship orders. Free shipping only applies to orders shipped within the continental United States. Order must have at least 1PV (Product Volume is the amount of volume assigned to each product).

BMI, waist circumference, body fat … what does it all mean?

In the battle to shape up, the scale often becomes the enemy. It is the quickest and easiest way to receive feedback on whether your diet and workout regimen are working or not. However, the scale only tells you a small part of the story. For example, you can lose fat and gain muscle, yet still stay at the same weight. Without tracking other measurements, such as body composition and waist circumference, it is easy to get discouraged when the number on the scale doesn’t reflect your hard work.

Let’s take a deeper look at the other ways to track success in your weight management journey. It is very important to know that each of these indicators have room for error, and you should work with a qualified professional when taking measurements.

Body Mass Index (BMI): Your BMI is a measurement based on your weight to height ratio. A high BMI can indicate high body fat. However, since it can’t distinguish muscle from fat, this may be a poor marker of changes in body composition. As an overall marker of health, BMI may provide a false sense of security to individuals with low muscle mass, such as the sedentary or elderly, or misclassify those with large muscle mass as overweight or obese.

BMI is inexpensive and commonly used by physicians to assess individual disease risk, but it has many drawbacks. It does not take into account several factors including muscle mass and frame size, and is particularly inaccurate for people who are very fit and those with high body fat, but low muscle mass, like the elderly. High muscle mass may classify athletes as overweight or obese, despite very low body fat percentages.

BMI is calculated by dividing weight (kg) by height (m) squared. For adults 20 years old and older; below 18.5 BMI is considered underweight; 18.5-24.9 BMI is considered normal or health weight; 25.0-29.9 BMI is considered overweight; and 30.0 and above is considered obese.1

Waist Circumference: Aside from your weight, body fat distribution is an important risk factor for obesity-related disease. Excess abdominal fat is associated with an increased risk of diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Since accurate measures of abdominal fat is complicated and expensive, waist circumference is often used.2 you may be at greater risk of chronic disease if you are:

  • a man who has a waist circumference greater than 40 inches2
  • a non-pregnant women whose waist circumference is more than 35 inches2

Measuring your waist circumference (waistline) is simple: using a tape measure around your abdomen, just above your hip bones, ensure that the tape is snug, but not tight. Relax, exhale and measure your waist. You can also ask a personal trainer or your physician to help ensure you get an accurate measurement. Waist circumference is useful to monitor change that may not get noticed if fat is lost and lean mass is gained. When combined with weight, waist circumference can be a decent tool for tracking change in body composition, but is not as good as body fat, as we will discuss next.

Body Fat: Body fat percentage (BFP) is a measurement of fat in your body, as opposed to lean body mass that includes muscle, organs, and bone. Percent of body fat is calculated by dividing total weight of lean mass by total body weight and multiplying it by 100. It is primarily useful in measuring aesthetic changes, such as muscle gain and fat loss. It is important to note that too little body fat can cause serious health complications and women require higher body fat to be healthy.4  Therefore, a woman should not compare her physique to a man’s. There are several ways to measure body fat including: 5

  • Skin Calipers: measure folds of skin and fat taken from sites on the body. These are then entered into an equation to estimate total body fat.
  • Bioelectric impedance: measures strength and speed of an electrical signal sent through the body. It then takes this measurement and factors it with height, weight, and gender to predict body fat.
  • Hydrostatic weighing: compares someone’s normal weight outside of water to their weight underwater.
  • DEXA (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) scan: provides readings for bone mineral density, lean body mass and fat mass.

These methods do have room for error. Work with your physician and/or fitness professional to determine where your numbers are and a sensible workout and diet plan to help you achieve your goals.

This blog and its contents are provided for nutrition information purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information and topics may not apply to every individual and sometimes are based on alternative healthy philosophies rather than traditional scientific views. 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 and should not be a substitution any medical needs or advice.

 1(2017). Retrieved 2018, from https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/index.html

2(2018). Retrieved 2018, from https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/overweight-and-obesity

3Bower, J. K., Meadows, R. J., Foster, M. C., Foraker, R. E., & Shoben, A. B. (2017). The Association of Percent Body Fat and Lean Mass With HbA1c in US Adults. Journal of Endocrine Society, 1(6): 600-608.

4(2018). Retrieved 2018, from http://www.freebodyfatcalculator.org/body-fat-percentage-chart/

5(2018). Retrieved 2018, from https://dailyburn.com/life/health/how-to-measure-body-fat-percentage/

How well do your know your B6 vitamins?

Knowledge is power and the more you know about vitamins, their benefits and their safe consumption, the wiser and healthier you’ll be.

All eight of the B vitamins, the energy vitamins, are important in helping the body convert food into fuel. B vitamins also help fight infection and disease. It’s also important to note that excessive consumption can be unhealthy.

In this blog post, we are going to educate on vitamin B6, also called pyridoxine. It plays a part in such major functions including movement, memory and blood flow. Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin meaning is dissolves in water so the body cannot store it. Leftovers leave the body through urine.

Adults ages 19 to 50 need 1.3 milligrams of vitamin B6 daily, while older senior women need 1.5 milligrams and senior men need 1.7 milligrams.1 The recommended supplemental, tolerable upper intake level is 100 mg (5,000% DV).2

Benefits of vitamin B6

  • Maintains normal nerve function
  • Supports a healthy gut
  • Balances healthy levels of blood sugar
  • Aids in the function of enzymes and protein metabolism

Deficiencies of vitamin B6

Not enough vitamin B6 intake may be linked to depression, and can also cause anemia. A lack of vitamin B6 can cause confusion, nausea, susceptibility to infections and skin rashes.

Be careful not to overdo it

According to the federal government, you should not take more than 100 milligrams of vitamin B6 a day (the upper tolerable limit), in supplement form. However, high intakes of vitamin B6 from food is safe.

Taking too much vitamin B6 in supplement form can cause nerve damage, sensitivity to the sun, painful skin lesions and nausea and heartburn. Taking vitamin B6 can also interfere with several types of medications.1

GoYin, Daily Build, 360 Compete Shake, Metabolic ONE, GPS Rebuild, GPS Energize, GPS Hydrate, ENERGY and PURE Café all contain B vitamins, including B6. If you took the recommended servings of these products, which is 2 times a day, your vitamin B6 intake would be approximately 90 mg.

However, if you were to take more than the suggested serving, approximately 3-4 times a day, you would be surpassing the safe limit.

Following the recommended serving of every supplement is very important, as you want to be careful not to go significantly above the recommended allowance. Every product pack contains a Daily Usage Guide that offers suggested product use throughout the day for optimal benefits. Be sure to read the product labels or learn more about each product and its recommended use at livepure.com.

 

1http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/can-much-vitamin-b6-vitamin-b12-6060.html

2https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminB6-HealthProfessional/

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 the Rally28 system and 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.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products offered by PURE are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease and are not intended to replace any medical treatment.

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

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

 

 

 

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