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

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