The “sunshine vitamin” may be good for the brain

Remember the movie Nim’s Island (2008)? Actress Jodie Foster plays the part of an agoraphobic, someone who is afraid of the outdoors. She eventually overcomes the disorder when she is called to fulfill a personal mission. While watching the movie, I couldn’t help but wonder if she was getting enough vitamin D.

Why, you might ask? Vitamin D is called the “sunshine vitamin” for good reason. When the skin is exposed to ultraviolet rays, it triggers the body to make vitamin D. We cannot make this vitamin without sunshine, even though our bodies require it. Jodie Foster’s character likely received her vitamin D from dietary supplements, one can only hope, since it’s such a beneficial vitamin. She could have received sufficient amounts from foods like salmon, eggs and milk, which are all high in vitamin D.

Vitamin D:

  • helps promote healthy bones as it aids in the absorption of calcium
  • regulates how much calcium stays in our blood, contributing to heart health
  • helps strengthen your immune system and regulate cell growth

 Mind your Ks, Ps and Ds

Apparently, the older you are, the less vitamin D your skin absorbs. And yet, as you age, the more you need vitamin D to keep your mind sharp.

Researchers at the University of California-Davis conducted a study and found that participants, average age of 75, who had deficient (less than 12 ng/mL) or insufficient (12-20 ng/mL) vitamin D levels, experienced a decline in short-term memory and executive functions (reasoning, problem solving and planning). Their average levels of vitamin D were 19 ng/mL. Consensus among physicians is that levels should be at least 35 ng/mL.

The study also found that participants’ cognition was declining about two and a half times faster than those who had adequate vitamin D (20-50 ng/mL) levels.1

 Try Supplementing D with P(URE)

Here in Texas, at the PURE home office, we are strong proponents of the sunshine vitamin. Not only do we get a lot of it being in southern climates, but we have some fabulous products that contain it. Below is a list of vitamin D-rich products with their respective amounts. Note that IU on a vitamin label means “international unit.” That’s science lingo for the amount of fat-soluble vitamins in a capsule; vitamins that are stored in the body, versus water-soluble vitamins which are not.

Products by PURE with vitamin D:

How much vitamin D do you need?

According to the Institute of Medicine, 600 International Units (IU) is the recommended daily intake for children and for adults ages 19 to 70. People ages 71 and older should get an additional 200 IU.2 Please note that CalciuMK+ and 360 Complete Shake are safe for children 6 to 12 years of age. Immune6 and Daily Build are safe for children ages 12 years and up.

All it takes is 10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure each day for your body to produce adequate amounts of the vitamin. That can easily be done by walking the dog, going for a quick jog around the block or mowing the lawn. Keep in mind that using sunscreen can block vitamin D absorption. Always be sensible with your time in the sun.

Also, your complexion can factor into your sun exposure needs. Lighter skin absorbs vitamin D quicker than darker skin. People in the northern climates are exposed to less sun than those who live in the south.

Most people get enough vitamin D. However, if you don’t spend enough time in the sun, or if your body has trouble absorbing the vitamin, you may not get enough. So spend some time outdoors and enjoy the beautiful sunshine, wisely. It’s the best way to get your D, and to do your body good.

 

1 http://www.news-medical.net/news/20110120/American-Academy-of-Dermatologys-position-statement-on-vitamin-D-reflects-IOMs-findings.aspx

2http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/vitamin-d-recommendations-20101130862

Ask the Expert answers your product questions

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

Here are the most popular questions from the previous few weeks. You might find a topic related to a question you have.

Q: Do any of your products contain vitamin D?

A: Daily Build contains 100% DV of vitamin D3. CalciuMK+ contains 150% DV of vitamin D3. Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, has several important functions. It works with calcium to promote healthy bones. It also facilitates normal immune system function.

Q: Is there an ingredient in GoYin that is stimulating?

A: The ingredients in GoYin are not known to be stimulating. There are botanical ingredients that together help support the body’s ability to better handle stress. Most would describe the effects of GoYin as having a calming rather than a stimulating effect. However, everyone’s biochemistry is different and not everyone will react the same.

Q: Does the flash pasteurization process that the superfruit juices go through harm the phytonutrients?

A: Although the levels of certain nutrients in Superfruits may decrease with pasteurization, the final product retains most of the original nutritional value. The idea behind flash pasteurization is to expose the juices to a higher temperature for a very short period of time (i.e. seconds). Other juices sold in the market place may choose to kettle pasteurize. While this process also kills harmful bacteria and microorganisms, a good portion of beneficial nutrients are destroyed, because this form of pasteurization takes several minutes (usually 30 min.). After you open pasteurized juice, it may lose nutritional value due to exposure to light and the air. To optimize nutritional value, store pasteurized juice in the container in which it came. Superfruits are still all natural as we are not altering or adding any ingredients.

Have a product or nutrition question for our expert? Submit it here: https://livepure.com/forms/asktheexpert.

It’s sweet to have a healthy heartbeat

In honor of Valentine’s Day and Heart Health Month, let’s talk about the heart. Having a healthy heart is so important. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.1 Here at PURE, we ‘whole-heartedly’ believe that education is critical to keeping our hearts as healthy as can be.

We know that being physically active and eating a healthy diet are ‘musts’ for heart health. Other recommended lifestyle changes include quitting smoking, exercising to maintain a healthy weight, limiting stress and alcohol use, having our cholesterol and blood pressure frequently checked, among other things.

We can also add the following products by PURE to our daily routine for optimal wellness. Each contains ingredients that support heart health.

Heart-healthy products by PURE:

Take these additional steps to show your heart even more love.2

Avoid trans fats – Trans fat clogs your arteries by raising your bad cholesterol levels and lowering your good cholesterol levels. Cut these out of your diet to improve blood flow. Food to avoid include packaged baked goods, snack goods, margarines and fried foods.  Read food labels and look for partially hydrogenated oils, which are trans fats.

Brush and floss your teeth every day – It’s been shown that people with periodontal disease have the same risk factors for heart disease. Bacteria in your mouth can move into the bloodstream and can cause inflammation in the blood vessels.

Get adequate sleep – Studies suggest that lack of sleep may cause disruptions in biological processes, including blood pressure and inflammation. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep most nights. MelaTrim sleep and weight-loss support is a combination of herbs, amino acids, minerals and melatonin that together help the body get adequate sleep and burn calories naturally while sleeping.*

Avoid second-hand smoke – Chemicals from cigarette smoke promote the development of plaque buildup in the arteries.

 

1 https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm

2 https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/01/5-things-to-do-daily-to-keep-your-heart-healthy/

Do you know your vitamin A, B, Cs?

Before you say yes, take this quiz and find out how well versed you are in the benefits of vitamins. Do you know which of our products contain them? Print this out and share it with your friends and/or team to see how vitamin savvy they are. (Answers listed at the bottom.)

  1. Vitamins perform what important function in the body?
  2. Calcium and __________ work together to give us healthy teeth and bones. This vitamin is found in CalciuMK+.
  3. Our bodies need __________ essential vitamins.
  4. Mom wanted you to eat carrots because vitamin ____ is necessary for vision. 360 Complete Shake contains 50% of your daily recommended value.
  5. Vitamin C is required for the production of ________. GPS Circulate contains 250% of your daily recommended value.
  6. The word vitamin is a combination of what two words?
  7. This vitamin helps maintain and protect the sheath that surrounds nerve fibers.
  8. Folate works together with what vitamin to produce new red blood cells? GPS Hydrate contains 1000% of your daily recommended value of this vitamin.
  9. This vitamin maintains calcium levels by increasing its absorption. CalciuMK+ contains 150% of your recommended daily value of this vitamin.
  10. Which vitamin protects the skin? Daily Build is an excellent source of this vitamin.
  11. Calcium and vitamin D both help to maintain the health of our bones. What other vitamin do we need to keep our bones strong? This vitamin helps explain the name CalciuMK+.
  12. Which vitamins support your immune system? Immune6 is an excellent source of one of these vitamins.
  13. Symptoms often associated with aging may be caused by a deficiency of ___________. GoYin contains 200% of your daily recommended value of this vitamin.
  14. Riboflavin, niacin and thiamine are all members of what vitamin family?
  15. Which vitamin is the only one we don’t consume through eating or drinking? CalciuMK+ is an excellent source of this vitamin?

If you answered 10 or above correctly, you are a health guru! Congratulations!

If you answered 9-5 correctly, you are a nutrition novice. Keep studying.

If you answered 4 or below correctly, return to start and try again.

ANSWERS:

  1. They serve as catalysts in chemical reactions
  2. Vitamin D
  3. 13
  4. A
  5. Collagen
  6. Vital and amine, because vitamins are vital for life
  7. B-12
  8. B-12
  9. D
  10. E
  11. K
  12. A, D and C
  13. Vitamin B-12
  14. B
  15. D

Information cited from:  https://medlineplus.gov/vitamins.html.

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.

 

Tips for getting a good night’s sleep

Sleep is one of the basic needs of the body, and here at 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. The average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep, while school-aged children and adolescents need about ten hours. 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. Coffee, 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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 overschedule your day. Leave time to unwind at the end of the day. A relaxing activity, such as reading, taking a warm bath, or listening to music, should be part of your bedtime ritual.
  •  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.
  •  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

Take 1-2 capsules of MelaTrim sleep aid 30-60 minutes before bedtime to experience a more restful night’s sleep naturally while improving your body’s ability to manage weight. You can also take 1 fl. oz. of CalciuMK+ with dinner. This great-tasting liquid formula provides the Rapid Delivery of calcium, magnesium and vitamin K2 PLUS vitamins D, A, C and E and over 70 essential trace minerals that work together to build strong bones and teeth, support heart function, promote healthy muscle contraction, and promote restful sleep.*

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.

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.

 

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.