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!

 

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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

 

 

 

Top fitness trends of 2018

The New Year is a great time to start a new fitness routine, or just change up your current one. We’ve rounded up some of the fitness trends you’ll see in 2018.

Yoga: Yoga remains one of the top trends in exercise as it offers both mental and physical benefits. Whole Health includes mental health, too! Yoga appeals to a wide audience and people can choose from both traditional (Power Yoga, Yogalates and Bikram Yoga) yoga, and more unusual forms (Goat Yoga, Beer Yoga, even Naked Yoga).

Exercise for older adults: With an ever increasing life expectancy, older adults are turning to exercise later in life. Baby boomers, those aged 52 to 70, and seniors aged 70 or older, may have to go about it more carefully than others, but there are benefits which include improved mobility and strength.

Seniors can join walking clubs where they can socialize and get fit. Balance classes help prevent falls later in life. Swimming and water aerobics offer effective, low-impact exercise that older adults can enjoy. Functional fitness, below, is great for the older adult, too.

Functional fitness: This form of exercise is about training for life rather than just exercising before an event to fit into that dress or suit. It’s about improving strength and balance to stay in shape all year round.

Functional fitness incorporates exercises that improve balance and coordination, strength and range of motion. They are done on the ground and work several muscle groups at once. Try climbing stairs while doing bicep curls or reaching diagonally with a medicine ball to target multiple muscle groups.

Group exercise: When you browse your gym’s group exercise schedule, you’ll likely notice a lot of group classes, and for good reason. Exercising in a group setting can be motivating and encouraging. You have others to support and even challenge you.

One recent study revealed that those who worked out in a group benefited from lower stress levels and bigger improvements in mental, physical and emotional qualities of life than those who worked out alone.1

PURE’s Rally28 program has a community of like-minded people who together offer support to one another. Participate in the R28 Challenge as an individual or become the Captain of a Rally28 team and earn some fantastic prizes, not to mention feeling great and learning healthier habits. Encourage your team to join you for a class or schedule a power walk together.

Fitness technology: With all the gadgets out there to keep you healthy, it’s no longer necessary to pay for an expensive gym membership. With a smartwatch, a fitness tracker, books, online videos, live-streaming classes, or even fitness apps, it’s more convenient and cheaper than ever to exercise.

Try the 7-Minute Workout Challenge app. This research-based, high-intensity workout program is simple, yet effective. It incorporates 12 exercises that are performed for 30 seconds with 10-second rest intervals.

Exercising with pets: Today it’s easy to find an exercise class that allows your pet to join in on the fun. Dogs especially make great fitness companions. People even exercise with goats!

Leash your Fitness in San Diego, California, brings both you and your dog in a circuit style workout that will train cardio, strength, balance, yoga and dog obedience all in a one-hour workout.

At Fitness with Fido in St. Louis, Missouri, classes focus on different parts of your and your dog’s body, and includes strength and conditioning, yoga, Pilates, cardio and massage.

Virtual reality fitness: If leaving home to exercise isn’t your cup of tea, virtual reality workouts may be for you.

The Omni by Virtuix is a 360° small treadmill connects to a game and allows you to run, pivot, jump and crouch while wearing sneakers that interact with sensors on the treadmill.

 

 

 

1http://jaoa.org/article.aspx?articleid=2661140

2https://www.underarmour.co.uk/en-gb/mens-ua-speedform-gemini-3-record-equipped-running-shoes/1292814.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

Healthy eating during the holidays

holiday-nutrition-survival-guide-1215 It’s that time of year for holiday festivities, and that comes with a lot of extra food, sugar and alcohol, and a lot less time for exercise.  It can be challenging to maintain your weight and your health. But just because you’ve always eaten sugar-laden and fatty foods doesn’t mean you have to veer off that path to Whole Health. You can find alternative ways to make your old favorites.

While avoiding weight gain during the holidays may seem as believable as Santa’s ability to visit every home on Christmas Eve, I am confident you can avoid packing on the pounds this December with the help of these tips.

Tip #1 – Eat a healthy snack BEFORE going to a party.  You will help provide your body with nutrition and you’ll fill yourself up a little, so that you don’t eat as much of the unhealthy foods. Genesis PURE™ Greens, combined with Mila, GPS Hydration and water is a great-tasting beverage that provides nutrition and fiber to help fill you up.

Tip #2 – Drink a full glass of water before each alcoholic beverage you have.  Alcoholic beverages are high in sugar, calories and, of course, alcohol.  They are also very dehydrating.  By drinking a glass of water before each alcoholic beverage, you’re hydrating your body, helping your kidneys flush toxins, and filling yourself up, so you don’t desire as much alcohol.

Tip #3 – Eat small portions.  For example, instead of a big, heaping spoon-full of mashed potatoes AND yams AND stuffing AND a roll, take just a tablespoon full of each and a half of a roll.  If you’re still hungry later, you can always go back for more.

Tip #4 – Use the same principle as Tip #3 for your sweets.  Take just a small portion of several things you’d like to sample.  Don’t be afraid to cut that pie piece into thirds or that fudge in half.  While your brain might think “that’s not enough!” it’ll thank you later when you don’t feel like you’re going to explode.

Tip #5 – Be sure to do a calorie-burning exercise EVERY DAY!  Run up and down the stairs in your house a few times before work.  Do some crunches or push-ups. Jump up and down on the trampoline for five minutes.  You don’t have to spend an hour at the gym; you just want to get your heart pumping, your blood moving and oxygen flowing. This helps boost your metabolism and can help you burn off the extra calories you consume.

Additional Tips:

  1. Eat breakfast. Don’t try to “save” your calories for your big meal. Not only are you likely to overindulge when you do eat, but your body may be more apt to store your food as fat.  Try Genesis PURE’s 360 Complete Shake, an effective meal replacement offering a combination of vitamins and minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fat, and fiber. It’s ideal for those looking to avoid overeating between meals.
  2. Use a smaller plate. The less food you can put on your plate, the less you will eat.
  3. Eat a salad with your meal. Salad is roughage and helps move the other food through your digestive system.  Be sure to nix the extra toppings, and go with a simple oil-and-vinegar dressing.
  4. Bring your own dish. Rather than trying to decipher what’s in each dish, or being fearful of missing out, bring some healthier options. This is an especially helpful tip for those with food allergies and/or sensitivities. Find some delicious recipes using Genesis PURE products: http://www.genesispure.com/recipes.
  5. Slow down. Time and time again, studies have shown that it takes about 20 minutes for our brains to register it’s full. So slow down, chew your food well, and take time to chat with family or friends before deciding whether you want another slice of pie.
  6. Choose sweets than contain protein. Protein helps offset the sugar in sweets and slows the glucose conversion. For example, grab a handful of nuts with your pie. Make some Almond Butter Mila Cookies or Chocolate Coconut Mila Balls. Find the recipes here: http://www.genesispure.com/recipes.
  7. Eat the dark meat of the turkey instead of the white. Dark meat contains more nutrients and healthier fats, helping you feel full.
  8. Have more yams and less mashed potatoes. Yams or sweet potatoes are considered complex carbohydrates and have a lower glycemic index than mashed.  Enjoy the natural sweetness of baked yams and sweet potatoes instead of candied yams topped with marshmallows, which are full of added sugar.
  9. Save the fruit salad for later. Fruit may be more beneficial and less taxing on the digestive system, if it is eaten alone.  Have this as part of your dessert versus with your meal.
  10. Choose clear, distilled liquor over beer, wine or sugary cocktails. Not only does sugar speed up the absorption of alcohol into the blood stream; but it also contains more calories.  For example, a vodka and tonic would be lower in calories than a rum and coke.
  11. Substitute healthier ingredients for less-healthful ones. For instance, instead of oil use applesauce. Mila (chia seed) can replace eggs in recipes.

If you do choose to indulge at events, choose wisely and make sure you stick with a healthy diet and workout regimen throughout the season to keep those unwanted pounds at bay.  Genesis PURE’s Rally28 weight-loss system can help you stay on track while you develop healthier habits for real, lasting results. Discover how this revolutionary system is making a difference in the lives of so many.

Most importantly, don’t lose sight of what the holiday truly represents. Enjoy the time with your family and friends. Don’t just linger around the appetizers, bar, or dinner table. Reminisce with old friends and make some new ones. Pause and remember why you are celebrating. This is a time to celebrate and spread holiday cheer!

Cheers to a Whole Health holiday season!

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. Highlights taken from studies should not be viewed as scientific fact, but rather as the author’s interpretation of a scientific study. The validity of study information is not guaranteed nor are the author’s views guaranteed to be aligned with those of the researchers that published the study.