To celebrate the season, we would like to take a moment to wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday. Many thanks to all of our IBOs and members who share messages of Whole Health and happiness all year round.

Our strong sense of community is an essential part of PURE. We wish to send you this heartfelt message from our family to yours.

Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year,

PURE: People United Reaching Everyone

Here’s to a healthy holiday and a happy New Year

Ingredient Spotlight: Acai berry

Similar in shape and size to the blueberry, the acai berry, pronounced ah-sigh-EE, is believed to have many health benefits. The fruit comes from the acai palm which is native to the rainforests of Central and South America. It has a large seed inside; only the outermost layers are edible.

Acai berries contain more antioxidants than other edible berries. They also are high in fiber and heart-healthy fats. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry showed the body’s ability to absorb acai berry antioxidants, rather than eliminate them. This is important because certain vitamins, like vitamin C, can only be absorbed so much at one time.1

Rich in fatty acids, sterols and phytochemicals

Acai berries are also rich in fatty acids, especially oleic, palmitic and linoleic acids. They contain 19 amino acids, as well as several sterols. Sterols occur naturally in grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds and have powerful cholesterol-lowering properties. They can slightly lower the absorption of fat-soluble compounds.2

That’s not all! Acai berries contain body-beneficial phytochemicals, which have potent antioxidant activities.2 Phytochemicals are compounds produced by plants and are found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and grains.

PURE Acai Superfruit juice

PURE Acai Superfruit juice contains the whole berry, including the skin and fruit pulp. It is 100% natural, not diluted with other juices and has no added sugar. Acai has the added benefits of the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6, necessary for proper structure and function of every cell in the body. Research shows they may benefit heart health and play a crucial role in brain function, growth and development.*

  • Antioxidant powerhouse: Acai is considered a superfruit due to its high antioxidant levels. Antioxidants are important because they protect the body from free radicals. Antioxidants are also important in the fight against aging and are commonly used in beauty products; therefore, acai is known by some as the “beauty berry.”
  • Anthocyanins: The deep purple pigment is high in anthocyanins, a powerful class of phytonutrients – the nutritious components of plants – that function as antioxidants.
  • Full of good fats: Acai berries naturally provide omega fatty acids 3, 6, and 9 which are essential for good health.
    • Omega-3s may be beneficial for the heart.*
    • Omega-6 (linoleic acid) and omega-9 (oleic acid) may help maintain blood cholesterol levels already within normal range.*

Ways to incorporate Acai Superfruit into your daily routine:

  • Enjoy it plain
  • Dilute it by combining it with water
  • Add a splash to coffee or hot/cold tea
  • Create an acai smoothie and add some Mila for protein
  • Make a salad dressing
  • Add it to popsicles in the summertime
  • Use it to make a marinade for chicken
  • Mix it with other Superfruit juices
  • Mix it with plain yogurt
  • Find PURE recipes using Acai at http://livepure.com/recipes.

Get your daily dose of healthy antioxidants with Acai Superfruit.

How do you like your Acai? Share with us in the comments.

1 http://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/jf8001608

2 https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/305576.php?utm_source=TrendMD&utm_ medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Medical_News_Today_TrendMD_1

 

PURE gift giving made easy

Ho, ho, whoa! It’s that time of year again to fill Santa’s sleigh with products from PURE. We have something for everyone on your list, even gifts for the hardest to please. After all, everyone deserves the gift of Whole Health.

Here is a list of holiday gift ideas for all the people in your life. Get ready to watch them unwrap the magic.

For the fitness/exercise enthusiast:

For the college student:

  • Give him/her an ENERGY Variety Pack to use and share with their friends. They’ll need that extra mental boost during test-taking time. Add some of their favorite snacks and an H20 Filtration System so they can enjoy clean drinking water while on the go.
  • Give them GoYin balancing blend to help reduce stress and and help overall mood.*

For the environmentalist/philanthropist:

  • Give them an H20 Filtration System (with Daily pH Plus filter) and an Outdoor pH Plus filter. This will ensure they have clean drinking water wherever they venture during the year. Be sure to let them know that (with your purchase) they donated a bottle to someone in need. (The LIVE PURE Project is about reaching out, enhancing and empowering the lives of everyone.**)

For Grandma and Grandpa:

  • Gift them with CalciuMK+ and 360 Complete Shake. Older adults need more calcium and vitamin D to help maintain bone health. CalciuMK+ is an excellent source of calcium with added vitamins K2 and D for calcium absorption. 360 Complete Shake has 45 percent of the daily value of calcium. And, of course, give them a personalized drawing from a favorite grandchild.

For the coffee connoisseur:

  • PURE Café all the way! This delicious, slimming coffee with antioxidants, botanicals and vitamins will wake them up and slim them down. Plus, they’ll love the delicious mocha-flavor.

For your boss:

  • Whether they’ve been naughty or nice this year, your boss will appreciate a bottle of GoYin balancing blend. GoYin has been shown to reduce stress and help overall mood.* You could also give them one of our Superfruit juices to try. They are not diluted with other fruit juices and contain no added sugar or preservatives.

For those who love to be pampered:

  • For anyone who desires a more youthful appearance, give them Ciello Advanced Skincare. This peptide serum and airbrush system restores skin’s youthful radiance. This gift will deliver holiday happiness, guaranteed!

For the cook:

  • Put together a basket with your favorite recipes from PURE along with the products they need to make them. You can find recipes here. Throw in some cooking utensils, a cute oven mitt and a timer.

For the teacher:

  • Give them the gift they really deserve, a bottle of GoYin to help reduce stress and help overall mood.* They would also love 360 Complete Shake for those times when they just don’t have the time. Think about gifting Immune6, too, to help with seasonal support.

This Christmas, make it PURE. Contact our Sales Support team today at 866-535-5888 or salessupport@livepure.com to order your favorites.

We know it’s better to give than to receive, but don’t forget to buy for yourself … you deserve it!

**To assist in relief efforts, PURE will give a non-tax-deductible donation through their Live PURE Project, which will purchase one water filtration bottle for every bottle system that is purchased. Excludes pack purchases. Click here to learn more.

 

And the holiday recipe winners are…

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Holiday Recipe Contest. You shared some delicious recipes and surprised us with your creative product usage ideas. 

We are happy to announce our three winners:

  1. Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies – Julie Theriot, IBO Silver Director
  2. Easy GoYin Vinaigrette – MistyBleu McAmis, IBO
  3. Waffles with 360 Complete Shake – Michelle Yoder, IBO Bronze Director

Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour – measure and remove 3 tablespoons
  • 3 tablespoons Mila (replaces the 3 tablespoons of flour above)
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Additional powdered sugar for rolling after baking (about 1 1/2 cups)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, cocoa and vanilla with mixer until fluffy.
  4. Add flour, Mila and salt and mix until the dough forms.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips. If dough is too soft, chill until you can work it easily into balls.
  6. Scoop 1 tablespoon of dough and place on cookie sheet. Roll to form a nice ball shape.
  7. Bake cookies for 7-10 minutes until bottoms are slightly brown and tops are no longer glossy.
  8. Remove from oven and cool 5-10 minutes.
  9. Fill a small bowl with 1 cup powdered sugar and roll each cookie in it until coated.
  10. Place on rack to cool. (Once cookies are cool, you may want to re-roll them in more powdered sugar).

Easy GoYin Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

  • 1 roasted shallot
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 parts extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 parts GoYin
  • 1 part red wine vinegar
  • sea salt and black pepper

Directions:

  1. Add ingredients to blender except the olive oil.
  2. Pulse until ingredients are blended.
  3. Slowly add the olive oil.
  4. Once everything is blended, add sea salt and black pepper to taste.
  5. Enjoy on salad. For fruit salad, substitute red wine vinegar for a nicely aged balsamic vinegar.

Waffles with 360 Complete Shake

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup gluten-free flour or oat flour
  • 1 scoop 360 Complete Shake, vanilla or cacao
  • 3 tablespoons stevia
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon Mila

Directions:

  1. Combine ingredients until flour is mixed.
  2. Pour 3/4 cup of batter into center of large, greased waffle iron.
  3. Enjoy!

Winners will receive free products by PURE.

Be sure to check out all the recipes in PURE’s test kitchen by visiting here.  These have all been cooked and loved by so many.

 

Terms and Conditions

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Participants must be 18 years of age or older at the time of the contest. Contest sponsored by Genesis PURE, Incorporated – 7164 Technology Dr., Ste. 100, Frisco, TX 75033. Contest ends December 13, 2017. Contest is open to U.S. residents only. CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Winners will be determined at 12 am CT on December 14, 2017, and will be announced via email the same day. Winners will be determined by most creative recipes. Judges will include a committee of PURE employees, comprised of Nutrition and Health professionals with degrees, studies, or work experience in Nutrition and Health. Prizes will be awarded promptly upon conclusion of contest.

Hopeful and healthy

Will becoming more optimistic lead to increased health benefits? Researchers from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health seem to think so.

In a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology1 researchers found that optimists may live longer than those who choose to look on the dark side. In fact, individuals with hopeful dispositions may be roughly 30 percent less likely to die early from cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, and infection.1

Theories of how optimism reduces the risk of certain diseases:

  • Optimists are more likely to make healthier choices.
  • Optimists are motivated to exercise regularly and consume a healthy diet.
  • The immune response of optimists is generally stronger than among pessimists.
  • Optimists have a stronger social network and social support.
  • Optimists may have better stress-coping mechanisms.

Winston Churchill once said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” There’s no denying that it can be hard to stay optimistic in certain situations, but try to look on the bright side.

You might want to write down what a good outcome might look like. Actively creating positive outlooks can boost the immune system and help reduce depression. Sometimes all it takes is to be that person who offers a positive push, a smile, or a can-do attitude.

Here are 10 ways to become more optimistic:

  1. First, make the choice to be happy.
  2. Think only positive thoughts.
  3. Focus on solutions, not on problems.
  4. Call a friend or find a distraction.
  5. Find an improvement to the current situation.
  6. Minimize obstacles to success.
  7. Pat yourself on the back, daily.
  8. Exercise your mind and body.
  9. Count your blessings.
  10. Laugh.

You can also consume Goyin balancing blend, a drink which can help your body deal with everyday stressors. GoYin contains a proprietary blend of superfruits, herbs, and other fruits that have been traditionally used to help bring the body into balance and enhance overall feelings of well-being.*

What I’ve suggested may be challenging, but being more hopeful is integral to creating a healthier, happier you.

Think positive and make this a season of hope!

1https://academic.oup.com/aje/article-abstract/185/1/21/2631298?sid=7816bd15-60fd-491b-bd99-f2cd39646d10

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

There’s a fungus among us

The lowly mushroom is often misunderstood but did you know it is one of the most nutritious foods in the world? Healthcare providers emphasize eating our vegetables and the more colorful, the better. But the mushroom is neither a vegetable (it’s a fungus), nor is it colorful. So what gives?

Mushrooms are considered adaptogens in that they help the body adapt to and resist physical, chemical, and environmental stress.  They are natural substances that help increase the body’s resistance to stress and fatigue.3

We should be incorporating more in our diet as they are high in antioxidants. They are also high in selenium, a mineral that helps boost immunity and protect the body against oxidative damage. Mushrooms also contain vitamin D, folate, fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and heart healthy beta-glucans1 which are a dietary fiber found in the stem of the mushroom.2

What are some types of mushrooms and their benefits?

The following mushrooms are used in select products by PURE. Many of these have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

  • Moomiyo, also found in GPS Adapt, properties helps the body recover faster from both mental (emotional) and physical stresses and fatigue. It can help increase training and workloads, increasing lean muscle mass. It has natural detox properties to help rid the body of harmful toxins.
  • Codonopsis, found in GPS Adapt, helps stimulate the immune system. It may also help increase endurance as well as promote circulation.
  • Cordyceps, found in GPS Adapt, is a fungus that lives on certain caterpillars in the high mountain regions of China. It is high in polysaccharides and might improve immunity by stimulating cells and specific chemicals in the immune system. It also may help improve energy, appetite, stamina, endurance and sleeping.
  • Reishi, found in Greens and GPS Adapt, contains water-soluble polysaccharides, triterpenoids, proteins and amino acids. Reishi is an important adaptogenic mushroom.
  • Maitake, found in Greens, contains potassium, B vitamins, fiber, carbohydrates, protein, and beta glucans.

Other types of edible mushrooms.

Here are the more common mushrooms, the kind you are likely to add to your salad or stir fry.

White button mushrooms contain nutrients our bodies need to generate energy and repair cells — including digestive enzymes, B vitamins, protein, and vitamin D2.

Cremini mushrooms are high in vitamins, including riboflavin, niacin and vitamin B5. B vitamins are necessary for the proper function of red blood cells. You can find these in the grocery store. They are similar to the white button mushrooms but are higher in nutrients.

Portobello mushrooms contain antioxidants which help slow down the aging process by fighting free radicals. These mushrooms are large and meaty, making them healthy alternatives to the hamburger when grilled and marinated.

Shitake mushrooms also have a meaty cap and are available fresh or dried. They have a slightly smoky flavor are high in B vitamins. They contains the same amount of amino acids as meat. 2 This kind of mushroom is found in Greens.

Oyster mushrooms are more delicate than others and have a slightly peppery flavor.

Make room for more mushrooms in your diet.

Mushrooms are versatile and add unique flavors to your dishes. Add them to a stir fry with other vegetables. They are a great addition to rice dishes. Fill mushroom caps with grated cheese, tomatoes, and spices and bake. You can even add mushrooms to soups.

Mushrooms are also low in sodium, fat, cholesterol and calories. What are you waiting for? How will you incorporate mushrooms into your diet?

1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25346611/

2 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0367326X10001358

3 http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=47339