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?

How to better manage stress

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stress-Relieving Activities

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

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

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

Need help managing stress? PURE is by your side.

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

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

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

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

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

 

This article is for nutrition information purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any health concerns you may have. The information in this article is not intended to promote any specific product, or for the prevention or treatment of any disease.

Has a product been shelved too long to consume?

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

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

First a little history

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

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

Safe consumption

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

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

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

Products that should be refrigerated after opening include:

How to correctly store your products:

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 This article is for nutrition information purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any health concerns you may have.

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

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

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

 

Spotlight on Euphoria Longan fruit

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

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

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

GoYin Balancing Blend:

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

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

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

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