Keep your children well hydrated

The temperatures are rising and kids are gearing up for summer activities as school winds down. 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.

How well do your know your B6 vitamins?

Knowledge is power and the more you know about vitamins, their benefits and their safe consumption, the wiser and healthier you’ll be.

All eight of the B vitamins, the energy vitamins, are important in helping the body convert food into fuel. B vitamins also help fight infection and disease. It’s also important to note that excessive consumption can be unhealthy.

In this blog post, we are going to educate on vitamin B6, also called pyridoxine. It plays a part in such major functions including movement, memory and blood flow. Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin meaning is dissolves in water so the body cannot store it. Leftovers leave the body through urine.

Adults ages 19 to 50 need 1.3 milligrams of vitamin B6 daily, while older senior women need 1.5 milligrams and senior men need 1.7 milligrams.1 The recommended supplemental, tolerable upper intake level is 100 mg (5,000% DV).2

Benefits of vitamin B6

  • Maintains normal nerve function
  • Supports a healthy gut
  • Balances healthy levels of blood sugar
  • Aids in the function of enzymes and protein metabolism

Deficiencies of vitamin B6

Not enough vitamin B6 intake may be linked to depression, and can also cause anemia. A lack of vitamin B6 can cause confusion, nausea, susceptibility to infections and skin rashes.

Be careful not to overdo it

According to the federal government, you should not take more than 100 milligrams of vitamin B6 a day (the upper tolerable limit), in supplement form. However, high intakes of vitamin B6 from food is safe.

Taking too much vitamin B6 in supplement form can cause nerve damage, sensitivity to the sun, painful skin lesions and nausea and heartburn. Taking vitamin B6 can also interfere with several types of medications.1

GoYin, Daily Build, 360 Compete Shake, Metabolic ONE, GPS Rebuild, GPS Energize, GPS Hydrate, ENERGY and PURE Café all contain B vitamins, including B6. If you took the recommended servings of these products, which is 2 times a day, your vitamin B6 intake would be approximately 90 mg.

However, if you were to take more than the suggested serving, approximately 3-4 times a day, you would be surpassing the safe limit.

Following the recommended serving of every supplement is very important, as you want to be careful not to go significantly above the recommended allowance. Every product pack contains a Daily Usage Guide that offers suggested product use throughout the day for optimal benefits. Be sure to read the product labels or learn more about each product and its recommended use at livepure.com.

 

1http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/can-much-vitamin-b6-vitamin-b12-6060.html

2https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminB6-HealthProfessional/

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

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.