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Purple Gifts Your Mom Will Love

I wish all the mothers out there a wonderful Mother's Day! I love this day not because I'm a mom, but because I can take the opportunity to shower my amazing mom with lots of love and appreciation.   Why is purple so special? Well, for me, my mother’s favorite color is to purple so anything that color reminds me of her. Purple also happens to be the color for IBD awareness which is significant to me as an IBD warrior. Can you guess what kind of sweet potatoes are my favorite? That’s right - the purple ones! They taste amazing cooked, dried, and even frozen. Purple foods don’t just look pretty, they are a super-food too as they contain bioactive compounds called...

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5 Great Reasons You'll Love The New PURPO

As a first birthday present to Beviva (and all of you), my team and I have been working on improving the PURPO formula behind the scenes to make the best IBD healthy snack for IBD, plant-based diets, and various digestive sensitivities. PURPO is a functional food that makes it convenient to eat cereal on the go and more importantly, for its health benefits towards digestion, making it a great daily snack on the hop for everyone, regardless of any diet. Coming this summer, PURPO will not only be more purple in color and smoother in texture - but there will be many other things to love about it. So what exactly is changing? Take a look at the new packaging...

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Functional Foods and Their PURPOse

The number of claims companies make about their products and functional foods have been growing rampant across the globe. Every amateur fitness guru is telling us what we should and shouldn’t eat and to be honest, it’s just confusing by now. The term “functional foods”  is unclear to most of us regular people since the US market is just starting to develop functional foods and measure their impact. The term was first used by the Japanese government more than 20 years ago and can include “standard” foods like oats, or modified foods like yogurt. Functional foods have a potential health benefit that is much stronger than those of standard food options. Within the US, there have been some challenges in...

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My journey with IBD

“It’s not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s learning to dance in the rain”. This quote by Vivian Greene is spot on when it comes to my journey with IBD. IBD is different for everyone, that’s clear. It will affect your day-to-day life immensely and while there are some things you can’t do anything about, you can change the way you go about it. Yes, it’s an extra obstacle you didn’t ask for, but you’ll learn to overcome and deal with it because that’s the boss you are! Throughout the years, I have adopted an eating lifestyle that works for my body. It’s helped me keep my symptoms under control and enabled me to focus more on the...

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How bowel health influences our state of mind

Everyone feels under the weather from time to time. Especially while working through a busy schedule, mental health needs often go unnoticed. However, taking care of your mental health and being mindful is extremely important for your overall health. Remember, your mental health is more important than that meeting, this exam, that dinner or that job interview. Focussing on mental health doesn’t just benefit your peace of mind - research says, it’s actually linked to your physical health as well. Have you ever been so excited you felt butterflies in your stomach?  New research says you’re likely getting signals from your second brain. Yes, you read that correctly. Now don’t get too excited, it won’t help you do your taxes...

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