How long will my products last?

It’s a commonly asked question. How often do you pay attention to the stamped date on a food product or vitamin bottle? You may see the words “manufacture date,” “expiration date,” “best by date,” depending on what kind of product it is.

Let’s pretend that the bottle of unopened HealthTrim® Cleanse, capsules, in your pantry has a stamped “manufacture date” of September 2016. The “manufacture date” (mfg) printed on the label is the date the product in the bottle was produced, in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) regulations.1 Since it was made over a year ago, do you think it’s still safe 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. However, a manufacturer may include this information if it is supported by valid data demonstrating that it is not false or misleading.

Due to rules within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDAs) current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) regulations, dietary supplement products (products labeled with Supplement Facts as opposed to Nutrition Facts) have “manufacture date” or “best by date.”

Safe consumption

Most of our products should be consumed within two years (unopened) of their “manufacture date.” Some products (i.e. Alkaline Water Concentrate) are good for four years past their listed manufacturer date. A “best by date” 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 and consumed according to the recommended label. For liquid products, thirty to forty days is the furthest date we still guarantee them to be safe and effective. If the product is opened and has been out of the refrigerator overnight, it is okay to consume. Powdered products, once opened, can last up to 60-90 days.

Products offered by PURE 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 cool, dry location.

High temperatures are also a problem, as they can cause nutrients 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 recommended use.

1https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/DietarySupplements/ucm070519.htm#1-14

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!

Spring cleansing

When the weather warms up and the flowers start to bloom, it’s time for spring cleaning, or spring cleansing. We can finally open the windows and start dusting what has settled over the winter. Along with cleaning the house and swapping out my winter clothes for shorts and T-shirts, I want to be sure I cleanse my body, too.

We live in a toxic environment and our bodies are bombarded with chemicals and other potentially harmful substances on a daily basis. Toxins are found in the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink. They can also be found in commercially packaged products we buy and probably use every day. These toxins are causing us to be ill.

How do I know if I need to detox?

The following signs may indicate toxic overload in the body. If you suffer from any of these on a regular basis, you might try cleansing and see if they disappear.

  • Low energy
  • Constipation
  • Mental fog or trouble focusing
  • Having trouble losing weight
  • Intestinal or digestive upset

How do toxins enter the body?

Toxins enter the body through inhalation, through our gastrointestinal tract and through our skin.

Things like painting the house, varnishing the furniture, bringing home new furniture, dry cleaning, and cooking are all sources of many indoor air pollutants. Household cleaning products and toiletries contribute to indoor air toxins. We end up inhaling these toxins or absorbing them through our skin. Things like chemicals used in agriculture, fumes, air pollution and many other factors contribute to internal toxins. Consider using natural cleaning products or homemade remedies for cleaning the house.

When we drink caffeine and alcohol, we are ingesting toxins. When we eat bread, cheese and processed meat, we are ingesting salt, saturated fats, chemicals, hormones and antibiotics that all put a strain on the liver. These things can also cause high blood pressure, bloating and kidney problems. Medications, food additives, preservatives, food colorings, sweeteners and flavor enhancers contribute to internal toxins as well.

Detox naturally with HealthTrim® Cleanse.

A CORE4 product, HealthTrim Cleanse is a gentle, natural, non-fasting way to remove harmful toxins from the body through the seven channels of elimination: Blood, Colon, Kidney, Liver, Lung, Lymph, and Skin.

HealthTrim Cleanse includes unique ingredients that support each channel:

  • Blood is supported by Burdock (root), Red Clover (herb), and Dandelion (root & leaf).
  • Colon is supported by Cascara Sagrada (Bark), and Aloe Vera (leaf)
  • Kidney is supported by Dandelion (root & leaf)
  • Liver is supported by milk thistle (seed), artichoke (leaf), and garlic (bulb)
  • Lymph is supported by oregano oil
  • And finally, Skin is supported by dandelion (root & leaf) and green tea (leaf)

HealthTrim Cleanse also helps you meet and/or maintain your weight loss goals. You might be surprised with how much waste you have in your intestines. HealthTrim Cleanse supports clearing out your intestines. HealthTrim Cleanse is one of the products in PURE’s Rally28 weight-loss system, as it supports the elimination of these toxins from the body, promoting digestive health while maintaining normal intestinal microflora.

In addition to supplementing with HealthTrim Cleanse, be sure to eat a healthy diet, get regular cardiovascular exercise, hydrate with water, and eliminate alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats, and increase digestive enzymes by eating fruits and vegetables.

Eating leafy greens and sprouted foods may help cleanse your body. Leafy greens, such as arugula, bok choy, endive, kale, lettuce, mustard greens, cabbage, spinach, Swiss chard and wild greens contain vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and chlorophyll, which help purify the blood and organs. Bulking up your diet with these foods can help your body. Consider adding several of these to your daily regimen to help create better health and vitality.

Ready for a clean sweep?

Get started on your journey to Whole Health today!

 

Become the best version of YOU with CORE4

There’s a saying that you can’t build a solid structure on a weak foundation. This is also true for our bodies. At PURE, we designated four products to help lay that foundation – HealthTrim® Cleanse, GoYin, Daily Build and ENERGY.

Together, CORE4 helps fuel your body with the key nutrients needed to maximize you! CLEANSE your body of toxins, BALANCE your mood and stress levels, BUILD your nutrients and provide FOCUS with increased energy levels and mental clarity.*

What does the best version of you look like?

Are you thriving and feeling your best every day? Are you physically and mentally active? Or, do you deal with stress on a daily basis? Are you losing critical sleep most nights? Perhaps you snack on junk food and sit for prolonged periods without exercise. You are always capable of becoming more by giving your body what it needs. We’re giving you the products to make that possible.

CORE4:

  • Daily Build. Contains 23 vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, botanicals, and all-inclusive blends: Neuroprotective, Phyto-Vegetable, Phyto-Fruit, Bio-Protection, Amino Acid, Trace Mineral, Superfruit Juice, and Take 1 fl. oz. daily with a well-balanced diet or two capsules twice daily with your morning and evening meals.
  • GoYin. Balance your stress levels on a daily basis. 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 while enhancing overall well-being.* In a clinical study, GoYin was found to be effective in promoting healthy energy levels and mood.* Take 1-2 fl. oz. on an empty stomach in the morning and afternoon or as directed by your healthcare provider. Additional servings may be taken throughout the day if desired.
  • HealthTrim Cleanse. Cleanse your body and support your digestion. Gentle, natural, non-fasting detox gets things moving again while removing harmful toxins from the body.* The active ingredient is cascara sagrada, an herb used for centuries for the treatment of short-term constipation.* Add exercise and a healthy diet to your regimen and you’ll be on your way to ‘regular.’ Intended for short-term use (7-10 days) every couple of months. We recommend starting with two capsules daily with 8 fl. oz. of water in the morning or before bed. Do not exceed 8 capsules in 24 hours.
  • 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. Just add it to your bottle of water and drink throughout the day. ENERGY stimulates alertness, enhances cognitive performance, eases fatigue and promotes wakefulness.* Add one level scoop or one packet drink mix to 8-12 fl. oz. of water (according to taste). Drink whenever a boost of energy is needed.*

Are you ready to embrace your body’s potential and live a life of Whole Health?

Once you’ve provided a good foundation with CORE4, continue to support your body’s individual needs with our comprehensive product line to meet your personal wellness goals. Identify the target areas where you need support and build a cohesive daily regimen to help you get the results you desire.

Here at PURE, we believe in empowering people to achieve a physical, financial and purposeful life balance. We envision a world in which every person enjoys healthier living with the most trusted products, people and programs. We envision a community where IBOs can build businesses of their dreams with the highest valued and sought-after science-based products, starting with CORE4.

*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.

Combat occasional constipation with cascara sagrada*

The herb cascara sagrada has a unique name and an equally unique purpose. It comes from the dried bark of the California buckthorn tree and means “sacred bark” in Spanish. Historically, the dried bark was used by Native Americans to make medicine.1

Today, the herb is used in supplements to help relieve occasional constipation. Some people use it as a “bitter tonic,” or tea. In foods and beverages, an extract of cascara is sometimes used as a flavoring agent.2

The bark of cascara contains phytochemicals called anthraquinones that stimulate the large intestine promoting movement of the bowel. These phytochemicals react with bacteria in the intestines causing muscle contractions that help move stool through the bowels.

Healthy bowels and weight loss

Detoxing the body is key to weight loss. Toxins enter the body from the environment, household products, stress, and more. These toxins are lipid soluble, meaning they are attracted to the lipids (or fats) in our cells where they stay for years and disrupt our daily functions. The good thing is that the body has ways to naturally eliminate these toxins through perspiration, urinating, and our bowels. This should give us all more reason to promote regular bowel movements.

HealthTrim® Cleanse by PURE

Cascara sagrada is the main ingredient in HealthTrim Cleanse — a vegan, non-fasting detox that gently and naturally eliminates toxins from the body. It is an all-natural, proprietary blend of herbs and botanicals formulated to provide gentle relief of occasional constipation.* It also promotes digestive health and weight loss and is one of the products in the Rally28 system and in our Core 4 group of products that help set the stage for optimal wellness.

What is the difference between HealthTrim Cleanse Liquid and Capsule? Both are similar formulations and will act the same way when taken as directed. Both products boast an impressive list of ingredients and share many in common.

Ingredients in both: Cascara sagrada, milk thistle, artichoke, basil, cayenne, clove, dandelion, gentian, ginger, licorice, red clover, slippery elm, uva ursi

Ingredients in HealthTrim Cleanse Capsules only: Psyllium fiber, alfalfa grass juice, boldo, cat’s claw (an herb), corn silk, fennel, hawthorn berry, long pepper, mullein leaf, red raspberry, spearmint

Ingredients in HealthTrim Cleanse Liquid only: Aloe vera, cilantro, astragalus, black walnut hull, burdock, turmeric, garlic, green tea, oregano oil, wasabi, yellow dock

How is it taken? Every two months, HealthTrim Cleanse can be used in a 10-day cycle as needed for occasional constipation and elimination, unless you are under medical supervision. Take up to two servings a day for seven days. Starting on Day 4 and proceeding through Day 10, take Probiotic two servings twice daily on an empty stomach.

You may choose to take HealthTrim Cleanse Capsule or Liquid or a half dose of both.  Experimentation may help determine which product your body responds to the best. Each person may respond differently; therefore, be sure to monitor how you feel and work with your healthcare provider to adjust these recommendations as needed.

Add exercise, a diet that includes more fiber and more water to your regimen while also reducing stress, and you’ll be on your way to regular. For longer, more persistent constipation, please consult your healthcare provider.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products offered by PURE are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease and are not intended to replace any medical treatment.

1https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhamnus_purshiana

2https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/natural/773.html

 

 

 

The scoop on poop

Are you regular or do you suffer from occasional constipation?  Doctors often say that we all have different schedules. We may eliminate a number of times per week, or, on the contrary, eliminate once or twice per week. Is one healthier than the other?

If you look to nature, you’ll notice that animals poop shortly after they eat. Americans tend to be constipated. The biggest reason is that our diet is highly processed and lacking of fiber needed for healthy bowel function. Consequently, the healthy “two to three bowel movements per day” is significantly dwindled to once or twice a week, or even less frequent than that.

Does it matter how frequently you poop? 

To answer this question, think of a toilet. If everyone used the toilet but didn’t flush it, bacteria would form and it would become an unhealthy environment. Additionally, the toilet would be so full, that it may get clogged. So what do you think happens to your body when you fail to properly eliminate your waste? The colon builds up toxins that eventually cause the body to break down.

In order to maintain healthy bowel function you need to: 1) eat a proper diet, 2) drink plenty of water, 3) get adequate exercise, and 4) maintain healthy stress levels.

Eat a proper diet

That includes fiber! High-fiber diets help with digestion. Whole, fresh fruits and vegetables; plant-based proteins like nuts and seeds, and whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, millet, and oats contain fiber. Soda, sugar, baked goods, fast food and processed foods do not.

Women need 25 grams of fiber per day, and men need 38 grams per day, according to the Institute of Medicine. Our 360 Complete Shake contains 11g of dietary fiber. Half an ounce of Mila contains a hefty 5.5 grams of fiber, important for supporting digestion, promoting weight loss and helping prevent constipation. Additionally, Probiotic has been shown to promote gut health.

Drink plenty of water

Water helps hydrate the body, including the digestive tract. Dehydration is a common culprit for constipation. Sixty percent1 of your body is made up of water. It’s essential for maintaining life-sustaining reactions. It carries nutrients, oxygen, and waste products throughout the body.

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Exercise regularly

Your digestive tract is one long muscular tube from your mouth, all the way down to your anus.  When you exercise, you tone ALL muscles in your body, including your digestive tract.  Exercising also helps stimulate peristalsis, which is the contraction of the muscle tissue in the intestines. Check out Rally28. This expert-approved weight-loss system includes a gentle, natural, non-fasting detox, as well as other beneficial products.

Maintain healthy stress levels

Stress in any form may impede the body’s ability to eliminate waste.  When the body tenses up, it is unable to flow and perform optimally. Look for ways you can mitigate your stress throughout the day. Adopt a breathing technique, take a walk, do a five-minute meditation.  In the evening before bed try taking a warm bath. Getting healthy sleep at night will help you better manage stress during the day and maintain your body’s natural schedule.

Provide gentle relief with HealthTrim® Cleanse

Our HealthTrim Cleanse (liquid and capsule) products contain an all-natural, proprietary blend of herbs and botanicals formulated for the purpose of providing gentle relief of occasional constipation.* The primary ingredient in this product is cascara sagrada. Based on anecdotal reports, cascara as ingredient alone can produce a bowel movement within 6-8 hours, but it may not occur for 24 hours after administration.  Learn more about HealthTrim Cleanse.

Creating healthy bowel habits takes time.  Be patient with the process; but also be consistent.  For example, even if you do not have the urge to eliminate first thing in the morning, sit on the toilet for three to five minutes anyway. Create the space for your body to do what it is naturally designed to do, and it will likely follow suit. Developing healthy bowel activity may help you maintain better health and well-being.

*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.

 

1http://www.h4hinitiative.com/book/print/68

Chew on this, and cut calories at the same time

Wouldn’t it be great if you could lose weight while you ate? We are not talking about eating a granola bar while walking on the treadmill. Certain foods actually have thermogenic properties meaning they raise your core body temperature and thus boost your metabolism.

The following foods have actually been shown to boost your body’s calorie-burning potential, so you can burn calories while you chew and digest.

Fat-burning foods:  

Whole Grains: Did you know your body is burning calories when you digest food?  In one study, it was shown that a meal containing whole grains required twice as many calories to digest as a meal containing refined grains (137 vs. 73 calories).1 Whole grains have other health benefits as well, including a higher protein and fiber content than refined grains.

Lean or Plant-Based Protein: Moderately increasing protein intake may modestly increase metabolic rate. A healthy protein intake may provide additional weight management benefits by increasing fullness following a meal and promoting retention of lean muscle mass.2

Hot Peppers (capsicum): Peppers may modestly increase both metabolism and fat burning. The benefits of red peppers have been seen in studies using pills as well as whole foods. Regardless of how you ingest it, capsicum may aid your weight management efforts.3    Daily Build, Metabolic ONE and HealthTrim® Cleanse contain ingredients from peppers. Greens contains organic cayenne fruit and PURE Café has black pepper extract.

Oolong, Green, or White Tea: Oolong, green, and white teas are rich in polyphenols (plant chemicals) and also contain caffeine. The metabolism- and energy-boosting effects of consuming polyphenols and caffeine have been shown in numerous studies.4

Coconut Oil: While coconut oil has not specifically been found to increase metabolic rate or promote fat burning, it may be a beneficial food to add to your weight management program. In recent studies, individuals consuming coconut oil as part of a weight management program experienced greater reductions in waist circumference than those who did not consume the coconut oil5, 6 in addition to helping support weight management, preliminary evidence suggests that coconut oil may also help promote blood cholesterol profiles at normal levels.7

HealthTrim® line of products:

In addition to the foods above, the HealthTrim® line of products can help you reach your own unique weight-management goals with targeted nutrition. The following products are all part of Rally28, PURE’s Complete Nutrition Weight Loss System.

  • 360 Complete Shake contains a proprietary Craving-Control technology and fat-burning ingredients. A unique potato extract helps promote healthy weight loss while Protease Inhibitor, derived from potato, helps to reduce appetite.
  • Green Coffee Bean contains chlorogenic acids which offer beneficial polyphenol antioxidants, an amount comparable to some products used in weight management research. Some studies show that the chlorogenic acid in green coffee beans affects how the body handles blood sugar and metabolism.
  • PURE Café is a slimming coffee that suppresses appetite so you can limit the amount of calories you are eating throughout the day.
  • Metabolic ONE contains green tea and cayenne pepper and caffeine, ingredients that help supercharge a sluggish metabolism.

Devise your fat-burning meal today, and be sure to combine it with plenty of exercise and adequate sleep.

Please consult a healthcare professional before beginning any diet plan, supplement regime or workout plan.

 

References:

1 Barr SB1, Wright JC. Postprandial energy expenditure in whole-food and processed-food meals; implications for daily energy expenditure. Food Nutr Res. 2010 Jul 2:54.

2 Paddon-Jones D1, Westman E, Mattes RD, Wolfe RR, Astrup A, Westerterp-Plantenga M. Protein, weight management, and satiety. Am J. Clin Nutr. 2008 May;87(5):1558S-1561S.

3 Ludy MJ1, Moore GE, Mattes RD. The effects of capsaicin and capsiate on energy balance: critical review and meta-analysis of studies in humans. Chem Senses. 2012 Feb;37(2):103-21.

4Hursel R1, Westerterp-Plantenga MS. Catechin- and caffeine-rich teas for control of body weight in humans. Am J. Clin Nutr. 2013 Dec;98(6 Suppl):1682S-1693S.

5 Liau KM1, Lee YY, Chen CK, Rasool AH. An open-label pilot study to assess the efficacy and safety of virgin coconut oil in reducing visceral adiposity. ISRN Pharmacol. 2011;2011-949686.

6 Assuncao ML1, Ferreira HS, dos Santos AF, Cabral CR Jr, Florencio TM. Effects of dietary coconut oil on the biochemical and anthropometric profiles of women presenting abdominal obesity. Lipids. 2009 Jul;44(7):593-601.

7 Feranil AB1, Duazo PL, Kuzawa CW, Adair LS. Coconut oil is associated with a beneficial lipid profile in pre-menopausal women in the Philippines. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2011;20(2):190-5.