How to better manage stress

Stress isn’t just a state of mind, it has physical effects in the body. It can wreak havoc both mentally and physically and play a role in your immune system’s ability to function. When you are under stress, your body goes into fight or flight mode.

Back in cave-man days, you might have been chased by a ferocious animal.  Today, you may be stuck in traffic or frantically trying to meet a deadline. You get a burst of adrenaline, which then causes your cortisol levels to rise. These two chemicals evoke the following:

  1. You get a burst of energy.
  2. Digestion is slowed and your immune system is weakened.
  3. Heart rate is increased.
  4. Sensitivity to pain is reduced.

This bodily response is appropriate if you have a real physical emergency and need to react quickly. However, being in this state for long periods of time can affect your health and well-being.

With the fast-paced society we live in, it can be challenging to keep stress levels at bay.  Healthy eating and supplementation can definitely improve your body’s ability to manage stress; but this may not be enough. If you find yourself feeling stressed on a regular basis, assess your life and find ways to mitigate stress.

These are some of many questions you can ask yourself to start down a path of self-improvement.

  • How would you rate your stress levels?
  • Is there anything you can do to modify your own behavior or the way you perceive things?
  • Do you need to make a change?

Stress-Relieving Activities

While stress is inevitable, you can incorporate activities in your life that help you mitigate it.  For example, simply taking a minute to breathe in deeply several times can bring your adrenaline back to normal. Taking a brisk walk can help oxygenate your body and relax your mind. Taking a warm bath at night can relax your body and mind. You can also use this breathing technique.

  1. Breathe in through your nose deeply for 4 counts.
  2. Hold your breath for 7 counts.
  3. With the tip of your tongue lightly pressed to the roof of your mouth, force your breath out through your mouth for 8 counts.
  4. Repeat this process 5-10 times, or as long as you would like.

Note: this technique may make you a bit light-headed the first several times you do it.  This is because of the massive amount of oxygen you are bringing in. You will get used to this sensation over time.

Need help managing stress? PURE is by your side.

HealthTrim® Matcha Vegan Shake, a clean and lean plant-based protein, can help in promoting a sense of calm. L-theanine is a special ingredient in matcha that has been shown to reduce psychological and physiological stress responses.1 It helps promote relaxation by affecting brain waves and decreases anxiety and helps maintain healthy blood pressure levels.2

GoYin balancing blend can enhance well-being with a delicious, proprietary blend of superfruits, herbs and other fruits. It can provide nutritional support to help your body deal with everyday stressors. Created on the premise of 5,000 years of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it 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 well-being.*

Whatever you choose to do, I encourage you to be consistent in managing your stress levels. Anytime you notice elevated stress levels, try and take a short break to counteract your stress. Over time, you will learn to effectively mitigate stress quickly, keeping your body and mind healthy and full of vitality.

1https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16930802

2https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3518171/

 

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.

Ingredient spotlight: Amino acids

Remember studying DNA and protein synthesis in biology? You might recall seeing a picture of a “chain” in your textbook, like beads on a necklace? Just to refresh, that “chain” was a sequence of amino acids that together forms a protein.

Many of our dietary supplements offer amino acids for good reason. Amino acids are the building blocks of life. They help build and repair organs, muscles, glands, ligaments, tendons, nails, skin, and hair. They also aid in the formation of antibodies, they carry oxygen through the body, and they play a role in muscle activity.

The body must have all the amino acids, essential and non-essential, in order to build the proteins it needs to repair, grow and maintain cells. Keep in mind that when you are under the weather or dealing with significant stress, your body may not be able to produce enough of these amino acids to meet your needs which makes supplementation very important.

When your body does not get the amino acids it needs, your muscles start to waste away, your immune response may decrease, fatigue sets in and you may notice changes to the texture to the skin and hair.1

Essential and non-essential amino acids

Essential amino acids are “essential” because you have to have them, and your body cannot make them on its own. The only way to get them is through food or supplementation. The following is a list of the nine essential amino acids; the first three are usually grouped together to make up branch chain amino acids (BCAAs).2

  • Isoleucine
  • Leucine
  • Valine
  • Lysine
  • Methionine
  • Histidine
  • Phenylalanine
  • Threonine
  • Tryptophan

Nonessential amino acids, on the other hand, can be produced by your body. Supplementation may still be necessary to maintain balance. The 11 nonessential amino acids.

What does the “L” in front of the name mean?

If you look on the ingredient label of your dietary supplement, you will likely see an “L” in front of the amino acid name. Example: L-arginine (a non-essential amino acid). This “L” means that the amino acid is in a form which your body can easily absorb. These amino acids are more similar to the ones in our bodies.

Supplement amino acids with PURE.

Foods plentiful in amino acids.

Since we’re talking about protein here, look at animal-based foods with the highest percentage of amino acids. Things like seafood, lean meat, eggs and dairy are all high in amino acids. Quinoa, beans, nuts, seeds and soy products are also high in amino acids.

Learn more about PURE and order today. Send an email to SalesSupport@livepure.com or contact us at 866-535-5888 for assistance.

 

1https://www.gbhealthwatch.com/Nutrient-Protein-Symptoms.php
2http://www.nutrientsreview.com/proteins/amino-acids

Has a product been shelved too long to consume?

How often do you pay attention to the stamped date on a food product or vitamin bottle? Depending on what kind of product it is, you may see the words “manufacture date”, “expiration date”, “best by date”, or another term. They all indicate the difference between a quality product and one that you should be consuming at your own risk.

Let’s imagine you had a bottle of unopened GoYin in your pantry with a stamped “manufacture date” of September 2016. Since it was made over a year ago, is it now unsafe to consume? Let’s find out.

First a little history

Federal regulations do not require dietary supplement manufacturers to include an expiration date on their products. Due to rules within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDAs) current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) regulations, our dietary supplement products (products labeled with Supplement Facts as opposed to Nutrition Facts) have “manufacture date”, “best by date”, or “expiration date”.

The “manufacture date” (mfg) printed on the label is the date the product was produced in compliance with Good Manufacturing (GMP) regulations.

Safe consumption

Most of our products should be consumed within two years of their “manufacture date”. Some products (i.e. Cell Water, Alkaline Water Concentrate) are good for four years past their listed manufacturer date. A “best by date” means a product has optimal flavor and nutrition through the end of the month of a listed date.

If your products have been properly stored with intact seals, then it is safe to consume them even if it is two years after the “manufacture date”. The flavor of the products may change if they are consumed outside of their intended shelf lives.

Once opened, products should be stored in the refrigerator and consumed within a 30-40-day window. The 30-45 days is the furthest date we still guarantee them to be safe and effective. If it is opened and has been out of the refrigerator overnight, it is okay to consume. Powered products, once opened, will last longer than this – up to 60-90 days.

Products that should be refrigerated after opening include:

How to correctly store your products:

Storing your supplements in the right place can make a big difference in their quality and potency. In fact, the top threat facing your supplements is moisture. Water can oxidize and damage the ingredients, so keep your supplements in a dry location.

High temperatures are also a problem, as they can interfere with the delicate structure of nutrients and cause them to break down.

  • Store your supplements in a cool dry place, away from heat, moisture and direct light.
  • Keep supplements in their original containers, that way you’ll know their “manufacture date”.
  • Always keep supplements away from children.
  • Always read each label for storage and usage directions.

Please see our FAQ regarding expired products at: http://www.livepure.com/faq#expiration_date. Thank you.

 

 

Are the change in seasons putting a damper on your immune health?

Sometimes the transition between summer and fall puts added stress on our immune system and bodies. Your body is constantly out of balance, trying to navigate a fine line between internal and external challenges. Walk that line more confidently with the right nutrition. We all know how beneficial vitamins and minerals are for us, but do you know which are the best and most readily available?

We’ve compiled a list of five immune-boosting foods to help keep you happy and healthy during the fall and winter months.

Seeds and Nuts — Zinc is an essential mineral that helps support healthy immune function, but it’s not stored by the body. Consuming nuts and seeds is a great way to boost your intake. A quarter cup of raw pumpkin seeds contains 2.57 mg of zinc. The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDAs) for zinc for adults is 8-11mg. Daily Build contains 20mg of zinc per serving, and CalciuMK+ contains 7.5mg zinc per serving.

Mushrooms — Surround yourself with fungus, mushrooms that is. All mushrooms contain beta-glucan, a naturally occurring polysaccharide. Studies suggest that beta-glucan might stimulate the immune system.1 Oyster and portabella mushrooms are good choices. Add mushrooms to stir-fry or pasta dishes. Greens contains an organic mushroom blend of shitake, maitake and reishi varieties — all good sources of beta-glucan. GoYin contains Coriolus versicolor mushroom, another great source of beta-glucans.

Fruits and Vegetables — Vitamins A, C, and E are particularly helpful in supporting immunity. Foods rich in vitamin A include carrots, dark leafy greens and sweet potatoes. Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Dark leafy greens, butternut squash and avocado are excellent sources of vitamin E. Pairing these and other fruits and vegetables with adequate protein intake will help supercharge your immunity. Immune6 is an excellent source of vitamin C, as well as vitamin D3. Daily Build contains 446% vitamin E in each serving, as well as over 600% vitamin C. GPS Adapt contains 200% vitamin C. CalciuMK+ is a great source of both vitamin A, D and E.

Garlic — Garlic contains allicin, a component that has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. A review published in the February 2009 issue of “Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry” notes that allicin has a variety of antimicrobial properties.2

Probiotics — Probiotics have specific compounds that may help regulate the functions of immune cells and intestinal cells.3 Probiotic is uniquely formulated with seven different types of beneficial bacterial strains of healthy bacteria to support digestive health. Additionally, Probiotic contains beneficial prebiotics to help foster the growth of good bacteria, setting it apart from other products on the market.

To help maintain a health immune function, it’s always important to exercise regularly, get adequate sleep and visit your healthcare provider, in addition to eating a balanced diet. Follow these guidelines and you’ll be on your way to a lifestyle of Whole Health.

 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.

1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19515245

2 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1271/bbb.90096

3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4006993/

 

Spotlight on Euphoria Longan fruit

Take a look at a bottle of GoYin and you’ll notice the first ingredient listed is the Euphoria longan fruit, and rightly so. This exotic superfruit has long been part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) used to support energy and immune function and reduce stress. As one of our Foundation products, GoYin is a balancing blend of superfruits, herbs and botanicals that helps decrease feelings of gloom and enhance overall well-being.* You might say GoYin can help produce a state of euphoria.

The tasty and exotic longan fruit is consumed all over Asia, where crops are grown. It is very similar in appearance to the lychee fruit with a thin, bark-like shell and translucent fruit. Its hard, black seed can be seen through the fruit’s flesh, giving the fruit the illusion of an eye. In Cantonese, longan literally means “dragon eye”.

Longan fruit contains iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, as well as vitamins A and C, contributing to GoYin’s powerful adaptogenic and antioxidant properties. A study from the National Institutes of Health found that the fruit is rich in phytochemicals and may enhance learning and memory.2 Longan fruit has been used in TCM to support energy and immune function, reduce stress, improve memory and give skin a glow.1

GoYin Balancing Blend:

  • Is made with a proprietary blend of fruits and herbs, including astragalus, jujube date, gac, hawthorn, schisandra, tangerine, and ginger to help provide balance, based on traditional Asian herbal practices.
  • Delivers a good source of vitamins B6 and B12. B6 is essential for the production of energy in the body from the food we eat. B12 is necessary for building important cell structures in the body, including DNA and hormones.
  • Vegan, made with natural ingredients
  • In a preliminary study of 100 healthy, stressed individuals, GoYin improved overall feelings of vigor and well-being, and decreased feelings of gloom, tension, and fatigue.* Read the study here.

Try GoYin today and share it with others so they may experience that euphoric state of well-being and happiness. Adding GoYin Balancing Blend to your daily routine gives your body a strong foundation upon which to achieve Whole Health.

Learn more about GoYin at livepure.com and order your bottle(s) today. Email SalesSupport@livepure.com or contact us at 866-535-5888 for assistance.

1https://www.healthline.com/health/longan-fruit-vs-lychee-benefits#uses4 2https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20064595

PURE Ask the Expert Questions and Answers

At PURE: People United Reaching Everyone, we have an expert team that is dedicated to answering your product and nutrition questions.

Below are the most popular questions from the previous week. You might find a topic related to a question you have.

Q: How many ENERGY can you drink daily?

A: The Mayo Clinic defines moderate daily caffeine intake as 400 mg among healthy adults. This is approximately three servings of ENERGY daily. If you experience irritability, restlessness, anxiety, sleep issues, or irregular heart rhythms, be sure to speak with your doctor about healthy caffeine intake.

Q: What is the purpose of using xanthan gum in GoYin and other products?

A: Xanthan gum is a plant-based material created by mixing simple carbohydrates with bacteria. It is used to help thicken, emulsify, and increase viscosity of liquids. It also helps create a more creamy texture. Typically corn or sugar beets are used to create xanthan gum.

Q: Can you give me a list of your products that provide high protein/low carbohydrate nutrition?

A: Generally speaking, a low-carbohydrate diet (not ketogenic diet 20-50g) consists of less than 130g of carbohydrate (CHO) a day. As a meal replacement shake, 360 Complete Shake incorporates whey and pea proteins (20g per serving – high protein), as well as a unique potato extract and fiber blend that helps the body control feelings of hunger. 360 Complete Shake offers a combination of vitamins and minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fat and fiber. One serving provides 19g of CHO, which includes 11g of fiber for a total of 8g of net carbs. Every serving of Mila packs three grams of protein-rich, heart-healthy omega-3s. In comparison, one half a fillet of salmon contains 4g of omega-3s. Mila is high in calcium and magnesium which contribute to bone health.

Q: Do you have any recommendations on how to travel by plane with the Superfruit juices and/or CalciuMK+?

A: Since these are liquids, they still adhere to the 3-1-1 rule: containers must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less; stored in a 1 quart/liter zip-top bag; 1 zip-top bag per person, and placed in the screening bin. The final decision rests with TSA on whether to allow these items on the plane.

Q: What products do you suggest are nutritionally good for young children to take?

A: Mila is a great product for the whole family, including kids. It offers plant-based protein and fiber, with no gluten, trans fats, or sugar. Overall, use of our dietary supplements is recommended for anyone over the age of 18 years. The nutritional needs of children during growth and maturation are different from those of adults. Please consult your doctor about appropriate supplements for people younger than 18 years of age.

Yo quiero (I want) tacos!

Today is National Taco Day, and the perfect excuse to eat tacos for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Who doesn’t love this cumin-and-chili-infused, traditional Mexican favorite? Tacos are easy to throw together and so customizable. Plus, they can satisfy the the biggest appetite.

Tacos are traditionally associated with fresh tortillas, ground beef, cheese and sour cream. Here in the U.S., taco dishes are as varied as life itself — from taco dip to pizza tacos to dessert tacos. Tacos are rich in protein, fiber, calcium, iron and magnesium; however, depending on how you make them, tacos can be heavy on fat and cholesterol.

Make your tacos healthier with the ten tips below. We also share some delicious taco recipes that incorporate some of our products.

10 ways to “taco” healthier:

  1. Substitute chicken, fish or turkey for ground beef
  2. Skip the meat altogether and use vegetables, like roasted cauliflower and beans
  3. Choose kale or dark, leafy greens instead of iceberg lettuce
  4. Replace sour cream with guacamole, yogurt, or a low-fat sour cream
  5. Load up on the tomatoes, slow down on the cheese
  6. Use quinoa instead of rice
  7. Use lettuce or bell pepper boats as tortilla substitutes
  8. Choose soft corn tortillas instead of baked
  9. Make your own sauce or salsa and control the sodium
  10. Make your own taco seasoning, or simply use lemon, lime and garlic. Store bought seasonings can contain too much sodium.

Customize your tacos the PURE way. Use our products to create your own sauces or seasonings. Add Mila to your choice of meat as we do below in the meatloaf recipe. Do you have a favorite product you use to make your taco dishes? Share with us below.

TACO MEATLOAF

This recipe uses our micro-sliced Mila® — a super food that is gluten-free, trans-fat free, sugar-free, and is a superior plant-based source of protein and fiber. Mila uses different varieties of the chia seed to provide a wide array of nutrients. By combining these crops, you get a nutritionally robust product.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/3 cup micro-sliced Mila
  • 1/4 cup taco seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 ounces grated cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with tinfoil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, micro-sliced Mila, taco seasoning, chili powder (optional), salt, pepper, eggs, 4 ounces of the cheese, and water. Mix with your hands to combine well.
  3. Shape mixture into a long, low loaf. Sprinkle top with remaining 2 ounces grated cheese. Bake 50 to 60 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted in the center reads 135F for medium.
  4. Remove and cut into slices. Top with your favorite taco toppings such as sour cream, chopped tomatoes, and avocado.

TACO SAUCE with GOJI

Goji superfruit is a dark, delicious juice with a tinge of sweetness. As a natural source of vitamin C and polysaccharides, Goji provides nutrition to help support healthy functions of the immune system. Goji is also is a source of carotenoids, including lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help enhance eye.

health.*Ingredients:

  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 tablespoon Goji
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions:

Stir tomato sauce, water, Goji, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, garlic salt, chili powder, paprika, sugar, and cayenne pepper together in a saucepan over low heat; cook at a simmer until slightly thickened, about 20 minutes. Cool sauce slightly before serving.

How do you enjoy your taco dishes? Share your recipes with us at http://livepure.com/recipe-submission.