Keep calm with schisandra

Schisandra…it’s a bit of a tongue twister if you say it fast enough. Schisandra is actually an herb derived from the fruit of a vine native to China and Russia. It is sometimes referred to as “five flavor berry” because its taste captures the five major flavors – sweet, sour salty, bitter, and spicy.1

The fruit produced by the schisandra plant has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat indigestion, and other health problems, and enhance strength and stamina. 1 We use this unique ingredient in our GoYin Balancing Blend for its adaptogenic properties. Schisandra helps increase the body’s resistance to stress, while calming the nervous system. It also helps increase energy, physical performance and endurance.

In traditional Chinese medicine, schisandra is also used to promote healthy aging, normalizing blood sugar and blood pressure, and stimulating the immune system. According to the Memorial Sloan Cancer Institute, schisandra has antioxidant activity, which means it can neutralize free radicals that can cause cellular and genetic damage.2

How does schisandra work?

The chemicals in schisandra stimulate enzymes (proteins that speed up biochemical reactions). This is important because certain processes, one of which is increased absorption of nutrients, help the body function properly. These chemicals may also help the body have more energy, resulting in improved endurance and coordination.3

Get up and GoYin

Goyin Balancing Blend contains 16 botanical herbal extracts, including schisandra, to help people balance their mood and stress levels. GoYin is a CORE4 product, a delicious drink that can help balance mood and stress levels. GoYin was traditionally used to help reduce the impact of stress on the body and mind while enhancing overall well-being.*

GoYin Balancing Blend:

  • Made with a proprietary blend of fruits and herbs, including schisandra, astragalus, jujube date, gac, hawthorn, 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 clinical study, Goyin was shown to improve overall feelings of vigor and well-being, and decreased feelings of gloom, tension, and fatigue.*

Listen to the PURE Product Spotlight on GoYin where Blackhurst, Director of Research and Development, Carmen Keith, M.D., and Amy Perez, PURE IBO explain why GoYin is such an essential part of your daily routine.

1 https://selfhacked.com/blog/schisandra/

2 https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/herbs/schisandra

3 https://www.emedicinehealth.com/schisandra-page2/vitamins-supplements.htm

 

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.

 

And the holiday recipe winners are…

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

We are happy to announce our three winners:

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

Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

Easy GoYin Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

Waffles with 360 Complete Shake

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

Winners will receive free products by PURE.

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

 

Terms and Conditions

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

Hopeful and healthy

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

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

Theories of how optimism reduces the risk of certain diseases:

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

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

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

Here are 10 ways to become more optimistic:

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

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

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

Think positive and make this a season of hope!

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

Gobble up a healthier Thanksgiving meal

Stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, oh my!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and that means a lot of scrumptious food to eat. Be cautious however, as many common Thanksgiving meals can be high in fat and calories. Here we share ways to make your dinner, or lunch, as healthy as it can be.

Let’s start with probably the most important thing on the table – the turkey. Turkey is a great source of lean protein. Do you roast, fry or brine your turkey? Roasting is the healthier way to prepare the bird. We suggest choosing the white meat and avoiding the skin to reduce your fat consumption. If white meat is not your thing, go ahead and eat the dark meat, but think about mixing it up. Choose some white meat, too, along with the dark.

Now if ham is your main course, it’s a lean meat as well but it is higher in sodium. A 3-ounce serving of ham provides 139 calories whereas the same amount of turkey contains about 125 calories.1

Now for the gravy! It just makes everything taste better. Packaged gravy and sometimes the homemade kind can be packed with fat and calories. Instead of butter, substitute low-sodium stock or broth. Or think about making a yogurt-based gravy with added spices.

Sweet potatoes and squash are healthy sources of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Topping them with marshmallows is delicious, but if you want to make them healthier, try cooking them with orange juice and sprinkles of brown sugar. Or, roast them and add carrots to the mix.

Green bean casserole is one of my favorites, especially when topped off with crispy fried onions. For a healthier alternative, steam the green beans and add slivered almonds. It’s just as tasty.

Mashed potatoes can be made healthier by replacing cream or whole milk with low-fat buttermilk or low-sodium chicken broth.

Cranberries are packed with antioxidants that can support overall wellness. Avoid the canned variety since it can be loaded with sugar. Mashing cranberries yourself is easy or boil them in water until they pop. Try adding some apple juice for a tasty treat.

Pumpkin is rich in potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C, and low in fat. Pumpkin pie on the other hand can be fattening. To make it less so, use half the amount of sugar, fat-free milk, and light or fat-free whipped topping.

Mmm, the stuffing! When making your own, be sure to make room for more vegetables, onions, celery, cranberries, etc., and less bread. You can also add Mila to the mix for a healthy kick.

As for the drinks, 8 ounces of sparkling cider has 114 calories while a 5-ounce glass of wine has 125 calories. An 8-ounce glass of eggnog contains 224 calories and 59 calories of saturated fat.2  Pour a glass of GoYin balancing blend and say “Cheers” to Whole Health.

After all is said and eaten, suggest taking a refreshing walk around the neighborhood  instead of heading for the couch. Walking just one mile can burn up to 100 calories. Then just maybe you can have one more piece of pie when you return!

Happy Thanksgiving!

1http://livehealthy.chron.com/weight-loss-foods-ham-vs-turkey-2672.html

2https://www.seattletimes.com/life/thanksgiving-calories/

GoYin Special Edition 2017

GoYin heads up the holidays in festive blue and green. The 2017 Special Edition bottle is wrapped in Whole Health and ready to share with others or add to your collection.

Here are ten creative ways to share the botanical goodness of GoYin Balancing Blend with others this holiday season.

  1. A GoYin bottle with a little chefs hat on top, coupled with a GoYin recipe.
  2. Add googly eyes and a red nose to your bottle for your “deer” friends.
  3. Host a brunch and serve GoYin mimosas. This is a great way for others to sample this delicious balancing blend.
  4. Add a bottle to a basket of fruits and cheeses and give to clients, hosts, and friends of the family.
  5. Share the PURE opportunity with a bottle for each of the 12 days of Christmas.
  6. Dress your bottle in a hat and a scarf so it’s ready for the cold.
  7. Place a bottle on the table next to the other drinks during Thanksgiving dinner to give guests a healthy alternative.
  8. Put GoYin on a cutting board with a loaf of bread and wrap it with a ribbon.
  9. Add some GoYin to your bubbly and ring in the New Year.
  10. Bring a bottle to Thanksgiving dinner and clink glasses to everyone’s well-being.

The Special Edition bottle will temporarily replace our traditional blue bottle for the coming weeks. Available for a limited time.

How will you share Whole Health this holiday season?