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: Does PURE have a potassium product?  A: We do not have a product specifically for potassium supplementation, but we have several products with potassium at levels that can be used as a supplement. GPS Rebuild contains 420 mg; GPS Hydrate contains 180 mg; 360 Complete Shake contains 220 mg; Matcha Vegan Shake contains 280 mg.

Q: Is it safe to take Organic Sulfur and aspirin? A: Organic Sulfur contains MSM which has anti-inflammatory effects and has been reported to help inhibit abnormal cell functions.  Aspirin has also been widely used for anti-inflammatory purposes.  Few reports have shown these two to have interactions.  To prevent any potential adverse effects, you may take MSM in the morning and lunch time and aspirin at night. Always check with your healthcare provider for approval.

Q: What products will help me with allergies, including rashes/itchy skin and irritated skin from post-workout sweating?  A: Organic Sulfur and Mangosteen help build immune function, which includes maintaining a healthy inflammatory response. Consistent use of Daily Build liquid or capsules offer essential nutrients to support healthy skin, overall wellness and immune system support. GoYin is rich in antioxidants. HealthTrim® Cleanse liquid or capsules help cleanse the body of toxins.* Skin Defense is a natural antimicrobial product composed of HOCI for minor skin wounds and irritations.

Q: Which products contain spirulina, flaxseed or hemp seed? A: Greens and ENERGY contain organic spirulina.  Our products contain no flax seed or hemp seed.

Learn more about these products at livepure.com.

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Sun-sational watermelon

Today is National Watermelon Day. We believe this juicy, red vegetable certainly deserves its own day!

Yes, the watermelon is a vegetable, in close relation to the pumpkin, cucumber and squash. It’s actually native to Africa which makes sense as this vegetable craves hot, sunny environments in which to grow.

Watermelon really is the quintessential summer snack. The sweet, slurpy goodness you get from every bite of ripe watermelon is not only delicious, but it’s full of healthy nutrients. It’s almost 100 percent water and it boasts significant levels of vitamins and minerals. Watermelon ontains vitamins A, B6 and C, lycopene, antioxidants, potassium and amino acids. It’s fat-free, has very low sodium and contains only 40 calories per cup.1

Watermelon contains:

  • Amino acids — the basic building block for protein.
  • Potassium regulates blood pressure and reduces stress and anxiety. 2
  • Vitamin A helps fight inflammation. 2
  • Vitamin B6 is important for metabolism. 2
  • Vitamin C helps boost the immune system.2
  • Antioxidants, like lycopene, help prevent free radical damage.3
  • Lycopene may have anti-inflammatory properties, too.3

The entire watermelon is edible

You can eat the rind and seeds of a watermelon which are also very nutritious. The white rind of the watermelon contains the amino acid citrulline, which converts into the amino acid arginine.4 These amino acids promote blood flow, leading to cardiovascular health and improved circulation, much like the benefits one gets from PURE’s GPS Circulate product.*

Next time you enjoy a slice of watermelon, save the seeds. Watermelon seeds are low in calories and high in protein, magnesium, vitamin B and healthy fats. Chew them to get the most from their nutrients.

Roasting the seeds is a great way to enjoy them. Place the seeds on a baking sheet and cook at 325F. Bake for 15 minutes. Sprinkle them with olive oil and salt, or cinnamon and sugar. If you like them spicy, add lime juice and chili powder.

Love the taste of watermelon?

You’ll love our watermelon-flavored ENERGY drink mix! It’s packed with antioxidants, botanicals and natural sources of caffeine, and is the perfect alternative to sugar-laden, artificially sweetened energy drinks on the market.

ENERGY drink mix:

  • contains B-vitamins, such as thiamin, riboflavin, B6 and B12, which are useful for converting food into fuel
  • eases fatigue*
  • fuels your focus*

ENERGY is made with:

  • no artificial coloring or sweeteners
  • no preservatives

You can also use ENERGY drink mix to make ice cubes or popsicles. It is available in lemon, island splash, grape and mixed berry flavors, too. Learn more.

 

1https://www.livescience.com/46019-watermelon-nutrition.html

2https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/listing_of_vitamins

3https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-554/lycopene

4https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/l-citrulline-uses-and-risks#1

Habits that sabotage your weight management goals

Do you feel like you’re making lifestyle changes, but not seeing the results you’d like? There could be many reasons why the scale won’t budge or your clothes aren’t fitting well.

Simple habits like not drinking enough water or not getting adequate sleep can throw off your best intentions. Read on for some common habits that could sabotage your health goals.

Skipping meals: A common misconception is that skipping meals saves calories. Studies suggest that skipping meals is linked to abdominal weight gain.1 People who end up skipping a meal may be already hungry and may not always reach for the healthiest option.

Some people may choose to replace a meal with either 360 Complete Shake or Matcha Vegan Shake. Each 160-calorie serving of 360 Complete Shake features proprietary Craving-Control Technology to help support weight loss. Matcha Vegan Shake is a lean plant-based protein shake that contains 180 calories per serving. Ceremonial matcha, sacha inchi and chlorella offer a nourishing, protein-rich, drink that helps support weight management and sustained energy.*

Try making this Summer Protein Shake for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Poor sleep habits: Sleep is essential for overall health. It allows your body to rest and repair itself. Poor sleep raises cortisol levels and affects hormones regulating hunger which can affect your ability to lose weight.2 Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep a night. MelaTrim sleep and weight-loss support is a combination of melatonin, herbs and a metabolic-boosting blend that help the body burn calories naturally while sleeping.*

Too many liquid calories: People who drink sugary beverages do not feel as full as if they had eaten the same calories from solid food.3 Calories from pre-made smoothies; coffee with cream and sugar; and sweetened sodas, teas and waters all contribute to weight gain. Consume liquid calories in moderation. Switch from calorie- and sugar-laden drinks to ENERGY drink mix which contains antioxidants, botanicals and natural sources of caffeine, or drink plain or fruit-infused water. If you choose juice, make sure its 100% fruit juice.

Not drinking enough water: Hydrating with water always does a body good. Drinking adequate water helps boost your metabolism, cleanses your body of waste and helps you feel full, which suppresses appetite.

Poor stress management: Healthy living and weight management are not only about a clean diet and exercise program. Chronic stress can undermine health and weight loss efforts. Stress affects your cortisol levels, blood pressure, heart rate, immune function, digestion and hormones and may lead to emotional eating.4 L-theanine, an amino acid found in green tea, combined with adaptogenic herbs in Metabolic ONE can produce a calming effect, helping to alleviate stress eating. In addition, the ingredients in Metabolic ONE help your body utilize insulin more effectively, helping to curb appetite.* Find different ways to manage stress such as taking walks, doing yoga, calling a friend or seeking support.

Opting for low-fat or fat-free foods: You really aren’t making healthier choices when you purchase these items. As manufacturers create low-fat versions of foods, they have to increase the amount of sugar in them so we still enjoy their taste.5 Manufacturers also add artificial flavoring and processed ingredients. Instead, focus on eating whole foods that contain healthy fats, like yogurt, salmon, raw nuts and avocados.

Check out some healthy recipes here.

Fueling up with energy bars or sports drinks: If you snack on these during exercise, know that many of them pack in the calories and added sugar and are not necessary. Instead, opt for any of our GPS sports performance products which provide energy and support before, during and after your workouts.

Try making these Complete Shake Protein Bars or Lemon Blast ENERGY Granola Bars, for a healthy, filling snack in between reps.

If you are trying to lose weight, and falling short, it’s time rethink your habits and incorporate some of the above tips. And, don’t be fooled if the numbers on the scale aren’t moving down. You may be likely losing inches, and gaining lean body mass, which is a move in the right direction!

 

1 https://news.osu.edu/news/2015/05/19/skipping-meals/

2 https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/sleep-and-weight-gain/faq-20058198

3 https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/healthy-drinks/sugary-drinks/

4 https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress/art-20046037

5 https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/truth-about-low-fat-foods

Keep your children well hydrated

The temperatures are rising and kids are gearing up for summer activities. We can’t emphasize enough how important it is for children to stay properly hydrated, whether they’re going to day camp, visiting the zoo or are active in sports.

Because our bodies are 70% water, it’s imperative that we all replenish with water. Water regulates body temperature, helps with digestion and supports the removal of waste. All of us lose water when we sweat, urinate … even breathe! Signs of dehydration include fatigue, headaches, lack of concentration, reduced mental performance, even dry skin.2

Children’s daily water needs vary depending on their age, gender, physical activity level, the temperature outside and their health. Parents should make sure kids drink water before, during and after each activity; 4-6 glasses of water a day for children up to 8 years old and 6-8 glasses for children 8 years and older.1

Quench their thirst with products by PURE

PURE has three products that will ensure children are happy and well hydrated.

ENERGY drink mix (all flavors) is safe for children ages 12 and older. They can have one ½ serving, being careful not to exceed 1 serving per day because of the caffeine content (120mg per serving). Make ice cubes with ENERGY and add them to water bottles for a little flavor. Or make refreshing popsicles.

GPS Hydrate is safe for children ages 12 and older. GPS Hydrate, a product in the sports performance line, helps replenish vital fluids, electrolytes and nutrients lost during exercise. It quenches thirst while supplying a blend of amino acids, carbohydrates and B vitamins. Make ice cubes or popsicles. The kids will love the fruit punch flavor.

Goyin balancing blend tastes delicious and is safe for kids 6 years old and older. Kids ages 6 to 12 should take half a serving, whereas kids ages 12 and older can enjoy the recommended daily dosage. These GoYin Pops make a tasty treat.

GoYin Pops

Ingredients: GoYin, crushed fruit (optional) and toothpicks or popsicle sticks.

Directions:

  1. Pour GoYin into ice cube trays.
  2. Add a small amount of fresh fruit (optional)
  3. Place a toothpick or popsicle stick into each cube.
  4. Place in the freezer until frozen.

Smart and fun ways to hydrate:

  • Give them small amounts of fluid throughout the day, rather than large amounts at one time.
  • Use colorful glasses and curly straws.
  • Add flavor to water with a lemon wedge or fresh watermelon. Let your kids experiment with recipes for infused water by adding cucumbers, strawberries, and citrus fruits.
  • Create a hydration station in your home. Put together a water dispenser and cups and encourage your family to drink regularly whenever they pass by.
  • Have an ENERGY stand, the PURE equivalent to the lemonade stand. While they serve delicious lemon-flavored ENERGY, they can enjoy it themselves, and make some summer spending money.

Always remember that the nutritional needs of children during growth and maturation are different from those of adults. Please consult your healthcare provider about appropriate supplements for children.

 

1 https://healthy-kids.com.au/parents/children-hydration/

2 http://www.naturalhydrationcouncil.org.uk/hydration-facts/hydration-and-water-facts-for-kids-2/

Caffeine: healthful hero or vitality villain?

Caffeine has long been a lively topic of discussion among scientists, health professionals, and the general public as to its possible risks and benefits to health. Caffeine has been lauded for its positive effects on mental acuity and physical performance only to be subsequently vilified for its possible harmful effects on the heart and nervous system. Tens of thousands of research studies have now identified and clarified the effects of this widely consumed substance and have helped settle a number of questions about it.  While the “final word” on the topic is undoubtedly far from being written, we are now armed with an abundance of reliable information about caffeine’s safety and efficacy in human health.

Caffeine was first isolated from coffee seeds (beans) nearly two hundred years ago although its consumption dates back many millennia prior to that.  It is now regarded as the world’s most widely used psychoactive compound with an estimated 120,000 tons of it consumed annually around the globe.  This equates to one 50 milligram serving every day of the year for every man, woman, and child on Earth!  The most widely used natural sources of caffeine include coffee, tea, kola nut, yerba mate, guarana and cocoa/chocolate.  Products by PURE use natural sources of caffeine. Those products, and their estimated caffeine content per serving, include: PURE Café (150mg), GPS Energize (110mg), ENERGY (120mg), 360 Complete Shake (35mg), Metabolic ONE (88mg), Green Coffee Bean (<16mg), Matcha Vegan Shake (45-50mg).*

Close to 99% of the caffeine that we ingest is absorbed into the bloodstream within about forty-five minutes.  Its half-life, (the time it takes to eliminate half of what is consumed), averages about five hours but can be more or less depending upon genetics and activity.  That means that your 7:00 a.m. serving of caffeine is still in your system at half-strength when the clock strikes noon.  This also means that caffeine is probably best avoided about five hours prior to bedtime – more about that in bit.

For those of you whose eyes glaze over when you read technical science, you can skip this paragraph as it describes the underlying physiology of caffeine in the body.  Four notable physiological effects occur with the consumption of caffeine: 1) it blocks adenosine, (a normal central nervous system depressant in the body), thereby increasing nerve activity and creating a more energetic, wide-awake feeling; 2) it causes blood vessels in the brain to constrict slightly which helps prevent drowsiness; 3) it increases dopamine production – dopamine being a neurotransmitter that activates the “pleasure centers” in the brain; and 4) it increases cyclic-AMP levels which leads to greater fat-burning.  In addition, caffeine positively influences the release of other neuroactive compounds such as adrenalin, noradrenalin, serotonin, acetylcholine and GABA.  The net physiological effect of these biochemical activities is greater mental alertness, increased blood flow to the heart, smooth muscle relaxation in the lungs (which eases breathing), increased muscle energy and work capacity and better body composition.

The widely accepted safe consumption level of caffeine for healthy adults is 400 milligrams per day (US FDA, Health Canada, Mayo Clinic).   For pregnant or nursing mothers, the recommended maximum is 200-300 milligrams daily.  Consumption of caffeine in excess of 400 milligrams may cause nervousness, insomnia, irritability, migraines, slightly increased heart rate and/or stomach upset in sensitive individuals.*  For particularly sensitive individuals, (who comprise a very small percentage of the population), a much lower intake can elicit these same issues.  It’s worth noting that caffeine is not considered an addictive substance, (it doesn’t activate pathways in the brain related to addiction), and while slightly diuretic, caffeine has little or no impact on hydration levels in the body, particularly during exercise!

So, here is the general list of benefits that can be derived from caffeine consumption, as identified by thousands of scientific research studies.

  • Increased alertness and attention
  • Improved sports performance and exercise/training – both endurance and strength
  • Weight loss – through appetite suppression, increased fat-burning (lipolysis), and stimulation of thermogenesis (production of heat through calorie burning)
  • Reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease
  • Improved long-term memory
  • Decreased risk of liver disease, gallstones, and kidney stones
  • Enhanced protection of eyes from cataract formation

Here is the general list of risks identified in the other scientific research studies.

  • Increased levels of anxiety and depression, especially in adolescents consuming “adult quantities” of caffeine
  • Slight rise in blood glucose levels in Type 2 diabetes
  • High intake may trigger gout attacks for those individuals with the condition
  • May cause insomnia, if consumed three to six hours prior to bedtime
  • See above (paragraph 5) for undesirable effects experienced with excessive consumption of caffeine

Finally, here is a list of specific takeaways that are found throughout the scientific research literature.

Caffeine and the Heart

  • May slightly elevate heart rate
  • Protects heart muscle from oxidative damage
  • Regular coffee drinkers have a lower incidence of new-onset atrial fibrillation (a-fib) than non-drinkers

Caffeine and the Brain – Mood/Cognitive Function

  • Improves reaction time, vigilance, memory, attention, and cognitive function
  • Benefits short-term performance and improves mood
  • Can increase anxiety
  • Partially prevents fatigue-related cognitive decline
  • Increases information processing activity of the brain
  • Enhances verbal IQ and reasoning abilities
  • Raises levels of “brain entropy” resulting in higher activity throughout the entire cerebral cortex

Caffeine and Physical Performance

  • Increases speed and power
  • Improves amount of weight lifted in resistance-trained individuals
  • Increases endurance and preserves muscle glycogen stores through fat mobilization and burning
  • Lowers perceived exertion during activity

Healthful hero or vitality villain? 

Maybe caffeine is a little bit of both. The overwhelming consensus in scientific circles, however, is that caffeine has been shown to be harmless for all but a very small percentage of adults and has been validated to be beneficial for a very large percentage.  The fact that 90% of the adult population consumes caffeine in one or more forms is a testament to its mental and mood benefits.  Coupling that with the health and performance benefits realized from caffeine use and the scales are tipped strongly toward it being a health hero.  As I said at the beginning, the “final word” isn’t yet written for caffeine but, for the present, the “manuscript” does support the view that consuming it at recommended levels is both safe and advantageous.

By Rich Scheckenbach, PURE Wellness Advisory Board Member –  May 2018

Rich Scheckenbach received his baccalaureate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with Bacteriology as his major field of study. He pursued his doctoral studies in Microbiology/Biochemistry at Oregon State University. Areas of expertise include product research and development, proprietary formulation, market assessment, product promotion, FDA and FTC compliance, and nutritional biochemistry.

 

*Do not exceed 4 servings per day of ENERGY, GPS Energize, Metabolic ONE or PURE Café in any combination, to prevent potential undesirable effects of too much caffeine.

May the CORE4 be with you

Today, May 4, is National Star Wars Day and fans everywhere are celebrating.

There are many lessons to be learned from the Star Wars saga. Some of these lessons can be applied to our CORE4 products, which we like to celebrate here at PURE.

Wisdom from the Galaxy:

Teamwork — We know that Star Wars is all about teamwork! For every situation, there is a squadron of heroes working together to overcome. Our CORE4 products represent teamwork at its best. Daily Build, GoYin, HealthTrim® Cleanse and ENERGY (see below) work together to provide a strong foundation for our bodies.*

The Force — This is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things, surrounding and penetrating us. It binds the galaxy together. The Padawans strive to work with the Force to achieve personal success. Only when they connect are they able to harness their skills and make a difference. Just like the Force, CORE4 gives us that edge our bodies crave and deserve. We, too, work with CORE4 to achieve personal success.

Actions — They define our legacy. Yoda wouldn’t train Luke and help him raise an X-Wing out of the swamp if he knew it wouldn’t come to anything. So, why not give your body the best it deserves with key ingredients from CORE4? They will have an impact in the long run.

Patience — Sometimes progress happens slowly and may feel like you’re frozen in carbonite. When taking a supplement, be patient and consistent. Know that something great is happening inside of your body. Taking the products consistently goes a long way.

We think a Jedi Master would approve of our CORE4 products. No matter what the situation, CORE4 is always on your side, ready to maximize you.

May the CORE4 be with you.

Set the stage for optimal wellness with CORE4, and fuel your body with the key nutrients needed to maximize you!*

  • Daily Build. More than a multi with 23 essential vitamins and minerals, and then some. Includes 8 proprietary blends: Neuroprotective, Phyto-Vegetable, Phyto-Fruit, Bio-Protection, Amino Acid, Trace Mineral, Superfruit Juice, and
  • GoYin. Balance your mood and stress levels while enhancing your well-being. GoYin is a great-tasting blend of superfruits, herbs, and other fruits that have been traditionally used to help reduce the impact of stress on the body and mind.*
  • HealthTrim® Cleanse. Get things moving again with this gentle, natural, non-fasting detox.*
  • ENERGY. Naturally refresh your mind and enhance your focus with ENERGY. After you’ve built, balanced, and cleansed, clear the mental fog with ENERGY, the perfect alternative to sugar-laden energy drinks. It’s packed with antioxidants, botanicals and natural sources of caffeine, with no preservatives, artificial coloring or sweeteners.*

What does CORE4 mean to you?

Add these four products to your daily regimen, have fun, and may the CORE4 be with you!

What is your favorite product?

ENERGY, Metabolic ONE, GoYin, MelaTrim — our products are pretty awesome! We asked our Independent Business Owners (IBOs) to share their favorites. If you want to add more products to your daily regimen or learn about a product you haven’t tried, our IBOs have a few suggestions for you.

Here’s what they had to say. Maybe you’ll discover a new way to take one of our products, or learn about a benefit you weren’t aware of.

  • “Lemon ENERGY mixed with Cherry-flavored GPS Energize explodes my energy and pumps me up for a workout!” – Larry Crimm, Diamond
  • ENERGY is a mom’s life! It’s necessary for functioning during long days and multitasking.” – Lindsay Scheel, Chairman Black Diamond
  • Metabolic ONE with ENERGY! ENERGY wakes up the brain and Metabolic ONE wakes up the body! I believe it’s a one-two punch. That’s what I sampled seven years ago when I was introduced to PURE. If you can make me feel like that every day, I’m in! It’s how I start every day!” – Leslie Forester, Chairman Black Diamond
  • Metabolic ONE is great for energy, curbing appetite, and burning fat!” – Jamal Luke, Silver Director
  • ENERGY! It keeps me on task, refocuses me and gives me the boost I need to work a long day!” – Mandi Doty, Ruby Executive
  • ENERGY! Because without it I’m a mombie (mom Zombie).” – Molly Cormican, Ruby Executive
  • Daily Build! This product fills the gaps I have in my diet. I don’t always eat clean, but this allows me to get the proper nutrients in my body so I can function at higher levels throughout the day. I work in a high stress environment and this comprehensive liquid multivitamin is essential for my success at work. Don’t leave home without it!” – Jayson Lavender, Presidential Black Diamond
  • ENERGY gets me through my night shifts as a Labor & Delivery nurse. It provides the clear mind I need for those early morning deliveries when focus is absolutely necessary. At home, GoYin helps to balance my mood. Finally MelaTrim is the perfect sleep aid as I transition back to sleeping at night with my family.” – Brittney Ford, Platinum Director
  • “Mix GPS Circulate and GPS Energize with ice and water! Blend it together to make an amazing smoothie!” – Cheryl Falkner, Chairman Black Diamond
  • “My favorite product is GPS Adapt. I am a stay-at-home mom and GPS Adapt has been a life saver for me. It keeps me grounded and helps me keep my emotions in check. It’s a daily dose for me!” – Lindsay Krause, Ruby Executive
  • “That’s a tough one, as I have several! Probably Daily Build. About 10 minutes after drinking it, I can feel it!” – Teena Story, Diamond
  • “When asking to pick a go-to product, and only one, it’s like choosing a favorite child! Each has its amazing qualities; however, I would not go a day without GoYin because it simply makes me feel balanced, helps decrease the morning stressors of getting out the door and helps relieve my tension. It tastes delicious!” – Heidi Taphorn, Diamond

What is your favorite product, combination of products or routines? Please share with us.