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

You asked, we answered

ATEoftheWeek_0216Q: How do we know the body needs sulfur? How much sulfur does a person need to function properly?   How much sulfur does a person go through or lose in a day?

A: Sulfur is an essential nutrient obtained from soil that is required for plants to grow, but what about for humans? It can be obtained in the diet from sulfur-containing amino acids (SAAs) like methionine, cysteine, and taurine. These can be found in protein rich foods such as poultry, meat, fish, eggs, nuts, milk, legumes and cheese. The body does acquire some sulfur by consuming these foods. Some have suggested it is essential to human health; however, there is limited research in this area. The NIH’s US National Library of Medicine lists sulfur as a macromineral the body needs along with calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium, but there is currently no established RDA for sulfur. It is one of the most abundant minerals in the body, since it contains approximately 175g of sulfur behind calcium and phosphorus (~1400g and 850g respectively).

Q: What are the eight essential oils in Genesis PURE’s Boost8?

A: The eight essential oils in Boost are: Clove, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Rosemary, Basil, Bay Laurel Leaf, Bergamot, and Thyme.

Q: How many servings per day of Mila qualifies as “high intake of ALA”?

A: There isn’t an official RDA requirement for omega-3 fatty acids or ALA. The body can convert alpha linolenic acid (ALA) to omega-3 fatty acids, which have various benefits to the body. One serving of Mila provides 3g (3,000mg) of ALA. The FDA recently established an amount of ALA that constitutes the allowed use of a “high source” claim.  This amount is > 320mg per serving.  One daily serving or even half a serving of Mila would provide more than sufficient ALA to meet the FDA’s standard. It actually offers more than 9 times this amount; however, Genesis Pure recommends one serving daily in order to derive the most benefits from this incredible product.

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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. 

Genesis PURE holiday hours

holidayhours_1116So that we can all spend valuable time with our families,  please take note of the upcoming holiday hours at the Genesis PURE corporate office.

Thursday, November 24 – Closed

Friday, November 25 – Closed

Friday, December 23 – Closed

Monday, December 26 – OPEN 10 a.m. 6 p.m. CST

Monday, January 2 – OPEN 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. CST

 

Normal office hours:

Monday 8 a.m. 12 a.m. CST

Tuesday – Friday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. CST

Closed Saturday and Sunday.

We hope you will enjoy the holiday with your family and friends.  Wishing you a holiday season filled with Whole Health!

 

Genesis PURE gives thanks

gratitude_1116 This past year has flown by and we are ready for the excitement that 2017 will bring! While 2016 is soon to be a memory, sincere thanks are always inspiring to hear and are even better when shared with others.

As a Whole Health company, we know that being grateful does the body good. In fact, a study from the University of California San Diego’s School of Medicine found that people who were more grateful actually had better heart health.1 “They showed a better well-being, a less depressed mood, less fatigue and they slept better,” says the study’s author, Paul J. Mills.2

Genesis PURE™ employees share what they are thankful for:

  • “I am grateful to work with a great group of people who are like family to me. A caring, supportive and positive environment makes Genesis PURE an excellent place to work! I also love the products and am thankful to work for a company that promotes healthful living.” – Susan B., Success Team Member
  • “I’m thankful for my supportive team and amazing friends that I have made throughout the office.  I love working with my friends.” – Megan M., Marketing Manager
  • “I am thankful for being part of the Genesis PURE family because people are caring, friendly and helpful. I am especially grateful for our excellent Supply Chain team. I am inspired by their kindness and humility. We enjoy working together, sometimes having lunch, walking, or even enjoying happy hour together. I am truly amazed and deeply thankful for my coworkers.” – Tina G., Supply Chain Analyst
  • “This year has been a year of opportunities and I am thankful to have had the chance to travel, work on great projects, and collaborate with wonderful people. Looking back on the year’s blessings has once again made me realize the importance of appreciating what you have.” – Jennifer E., Marketing Copywriter
  • “I am grateful for the extraordinary group of people who make up Genesis PURE.  Inside each of us is a distinctive skill set, ans when joined together with the strengths of our other team members, radiates greatness.  I am grateful for the complexity of our differences.  We will continue to grow, as long as we stop and appreciate our differences as a vital piece of our Genesis PURE puzzle.” – Laurie S., Human Resource Manager
  • Genesis PURE rocks! I am thankful for the family environment in which I have developed some great relationships. I am grateful for the products and food that is always traveling through our workplace. Thanks Genesis PURE! – Soroya M., Success Team Member
  • “I am thankful to have team members that work together whether we agree or disagree.  I am grateful to work in an environment where we work hard, but at the same time there is laughter and  good times.  Also, I am thankful to work for a company where there are caring hearts.” – Tanya G., Supply Chain Specialist
  • “I feel very fortunate to have the chance to work at Genesis PURE with so many extraordinary colleagues. I enjoy seeing everybody’s smiles and hearing their greetings in the morning. I want to thank all the awesome coworkers, especially my lunch and walking buddies!” – Haiyan L., Senior Formulation Scientist
  • “I am thankful for all the great people who make it easier to handle tough days!” – Jeremy B., Director of Regulatory and International Affairs
  • “I am thankful for an amazing team that works together. It makes coming to work enjoyable. I am also thankful for a more relaxed environment, wearing jeans, and company swag!” – Janeth A., Quality Assurance Specialist
  • “I am thankful for a great work environment, my coworkers that have become like family to me, and Grape ENERGY.” – Lisa P., Office Manager
  • “I am thankful to work with leaders that I trust to make the right decisions for Genesis PURE and that trust me to do my best every day.  I am grateful for extraordinary products that have helped me experience Whole Health.  Finally, I am thankful for friends who work alongside me and make me smile, laugh, and enjoy the journey!” – Trish T., Director of Human Resources

Practice giving thanks every day and you’ll be amazed at what happens. A lot has been said about the power of gratitude, but these quotes sum it all up and really explain the magic behind the idea, and the culture at Genesis PURE.

What are you thankful for? Please share in the comments section.

Wishing you a Happy Whole Health Thanksgiving!

1https://ww2.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/11/26/the-power-of-gratitude-to-keep-a-damaged-heart-strong/

2http://www.today.com/health/be-thankful-science-says-gratitude-good-your-health-t58256

You asked, we answered

ATEoftheWeek_0216 Every week, we gather questions that were asked on our Ask the Expert forum to share with our readers. Do you have a product or nutrition question? Simply visit http://www.genesispure.com/forms/asktheexpert

Q:  Is there a better time during the day to ingest certain products? We tend to follow the guidelines on the products while taking them. The ones that we take on a regular basis are the Daily Build, Coral Calcium, Organic Sulfur, Metabolic ONE, Greens, GoYin and Mila.

A: Some of the minerals in Daily Build may compete for absorption with minerals in Coral Calcium, so for optimal mineral absorption, it would be ideal to take each at a separate meal. Some take Coral Calcium before bed to help them sleep better. When you take Daily Build, be sure to take it with food.  Some of the nutrients in this product are fat soluble and will be best absorbed with fat typically found in a meal.  Mila and Greens can be taken with the other products. Organic Sulfur works best if taken with meals, and can be taken with the other products. Some recommend it on an empty stomach, but none of the clinical studies demonstrating its benefit required it to consumed in this manner. Metabolic ONE should be taken 15 to 20 minutes before breakfast and lunch only, and can be taken with the other products. The natural actives could make it difficult to fall asleep at night, if taken too late during the day.  And, GoYin works best if taken alone, on an empty stomach in the morning and afternoon. We recommend following the usage guidelines on each product label.

Q: Is there a product/products that help with cholesterol?

A: There are several easy-to-use governmental sites that can educate you on cholesterol. While making your meals, you might want to add in our Mila product, which contains heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, ALA, or “alpha-linolenic acid”.  Omega-3 fatty acids help promote a healthy cardiovascular system.  This excellent product also contains fiber, including soluble fiber, which when used as part of a healthy diet, can help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels.  For additional assistance with your healthcare needs, please consult your doctor. Please remember, Genesis PURE products do not treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Q: How long are the superfruit juices good while kept in the refrigerator after opening?

A: Our Superfruits, once opened, should be refrigerated and consumed within 30 days. Please see our FAQ regarding expired products at: http://www.genesispure.com/faq#expiration_date.

Tips for getting a good night’s sleep

tips_goodsleep Sleep is one of the basic needs of the body, and here at Genesis PURE we believe in giving the body what it needs to thrive. That includes quality products that support nutrition, performance, beauty, and life balance. Getting quality sleep is an important way to achieve a lifestyle of Whole Health.

Sleep needs vary from person to person. However, the average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep, while school-aged children and adolescents need about ten hours. Getting less sleep than your body needs, called sleep deprivation, may negatively impact many areas of your life including: memory, mood, learning, hormone production, and cardiovascular health. A lack of quality sleep can also lead to weight gain.

Below are several tips, as outlined by the National Institutes of Health, to help you get a good night’s sleep.1

  • Stick to a sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. As creatures of habit, we have a hard time adjusting to changes in sleep patterns. Sleeping in later on weekends won’t fully make up for a lack of sleep during the week, and will make it harder to wake up early on Monday morning.
  •  Exercise is great, but not too late in the day. Try to exercise at least thirty minutes on most days, but no later than two to three hours before your bedtime.
  •  Avoid caffeine and nicotine. Coffee, colas, certain teas, and chocolate contain the stimulant caffeine, and its effects can take as long as eight hours to fully wear off. Therefore, a cup of coffee in the late afternoon can make it hard to fall asleep at night. Nicotine is also a stimulant, often causing smokers to sleep only very lightly. In addition, smokers often wake up too early in the morning because of nicotine withdrawal.
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks before bed. Having a “nightcap” or alcoholic beverage before sleep may help you relax, but heavy use robs you of deep sleep and REM sleep, keeping you in the lighter stages of sleep. Heavy alcohol ingestion may also contribute to impairment in breathing at night, as well as middle-of-the-night wake-ups once the effects of the alcohol have worn off.
  • Avoid large meals and beverages late at night. A light snack is okay, but a large meal can cause indigestion that can interfere with sleep. Drinking too many fluids at night can cause frequent awakenings to urinate.
  •  If possible, avoid medicines that delay or disrupt your sleep. Some commonly prescribed heart, blood pressure, or asthma medications, as well as some over-the-counter and herbal remedies for coughs, colds, or allergies, can disrupt sleep patterns. If you have trouble sleeping, talk to your doctor or pharmacist to see whether any drugs you’re taking might be contributing to your insomnia and ask whether they can be taken at other times during the day or earlier in the evening.
    Take 1 fl. oz. of Genesis PURE Coral Calcium before retiring to bed, with a light snack. Magnesium can help promote a restful night of sleep, as well as protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function.* Coral Calcium contains an excellent source of magnesium.
  • Don’t take naps after 3:00 p.m. Naps can help make up for lost sleep, but late afternoon naps can make it harder to fall asleep at night.
  • Relax before bed. Don’t over-schedule your day. Leave time to unwind at the end of the day. A relaxing activity, such as reading or listening to music, should be part of your bedtime ritual.
  • Take a hot bath before bed. The drop in body temperature after getting out of the bath may help you feel sleepy, and the bath can help you relax and slow down so you’re more ready to sleep. Add a few drops of Genesis PURE’s lavender essential oil to the water for a soothing scent that soothes both the mind and body.
  • Have a good sleeping environment. Get rid of anything in your bedroom that might distract you from sleep, such as noises, bright lights, an uncomfortable bed, or warm temperatures. You sleep better if the temperature in the room is kept on the cool side. A TV, cell phone, or computer in the bedroom can be a distraction and deprive you of needed sleep. Having a comfortable mattress and pillow can also help promote a good night’s sleep. Individuals who have insomnia often watch the clock. Turn the clock’s face out of view so you don’t worry about the time while trying to fall asleep. Diffuse Genesis PURE essential oils at night to create a relaxing environment.
  • Have the right sunlight exposure. Daylight is key to regulating daily sleep patterns. Try to get outside in natural sunlight for at least 30 minutes each day. If possible, wake up with the sun or use very bright lights in the morning. Sleep experts recommend that if you have problems falling asleep, you should get an hour of exposure to morning sunlight and turn down the lights before bedtime.
  • Don’t lie in bed awake. If you find yourself still awake after staying in bed for more than twenty minutes, or if you are starting to feel anxious or worried, get up and do a relaxing activity until you feel sleepy. The anxiety of not being able to sleep can actually make it harder to fall asleep.
  • Watch your weight. A lack of sleep can trick your brain into finding things that make you feel better, including food. Your sleep-deprived brain can find it harder to say no to that piece of candy. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that when people were starved of sleep, late-night snacking increased, and they were more likely to choose high-carb snacks.2

If you consistently find it difficult to fall or stay asleep, and/or feel tired or not well-rested during the day despite spending enough time in bed at night, you may have a sleep disorder. In this case, please seek the care of a qualified health practitioner.

1National Institutes of Health (2011). Your Guide to Healthy Sleep. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/sleep/healthy_sleep.pdf.

2http://www.webmd.com/diet/sleep-and-weight-loss#1

*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.

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.