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2020 Year In Review

2020 was a year filled with unexpected twists and turns that forced us to adapt to a “new normal.”

12/21/20 By Purity Products 8 min read

2020 was a year filled with unexpected twists and turns that forced us to adapt to a “new normal.” The combination of unforeseen events and social distance guidelines made for a year filled with a sense of apprehension, uncertainty, and a burning desire to find out what’s next.

Many of us have relocated from cubicles to make-shift offices in the confines of our living rooms in what continues to be a work from home revolution. In-person meetings have been replaced with video conferences – forcing our co-workers into tiny squares on a digital screen.

But our extended period of time spent at home hasn’t been all bad. Many of us have used this as an opportunity to spend more time with family, accomplish those projects around the house that were placed on the back burner for months, and even go the extra mile to support your health. This includes consuming healthy food and nutritious dietary supplements, catching up on sleep, participating in home exercises, and more.

As for us at Purity Products®, we’ve decided to reflect on the last 12 months and look back on each blog we’ve added to our website. From taking charge of your digestive health to supporting your physical health to discovering the top ways to avoid burnout while working from home, we’ve got you covered!

We appreciate you for allowing us to be a part of your journey throughout this hectic year, and hope you were able to learn and be inspired by our content.

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January 

The start of a new year is always an exciting time. But the cold weather is here to stay for a couple more months, so you may want to add “staying warm” to your New Year’s resolutions. Freezing temps, less sunshine, and less activity are a recipe for stiff joints this time of year. Stay limber (and warm!) with these tips for simple muscle upkeep and diet:

6 Ways to Keep Your Bones, Joints, and Muscles in Shape During Winter

February 

After covering all the great ways to stay warm during one of the coldest times of the year, we turned our attention to blueberries. This tiny superfruit benefits cardiovascular function and overall health and is a perfect addition to your fruit salad, yogurt, smoothie, and more. That’s why we’re certain that blueberries are THE next big thing in healthy aging nutrition:

4 Reasons Why Blueberries Are A Game Changer

When it comes to enhancing your natural beauty, new science confirms "You are what you eat" is the law to live by. With this in mind, we finished February on a strong note with four clinically researched ways on how to boost your beauty from the inside out:

4 Nutritional Ways to Get Healthy Hair, Skin, and Nails

March 

As you know, 2020 was anything short of normal. Many of us have weathered quite the storm of events over the past 12 months, so it is important to continue to nourish all key areas throughout our bodies, especially the immune system. Here are the immune boosters and busters you should know about, according to a holistic pharmacist: 

4 Simple Tips to Keep Your Immune System Strong

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April 

In April, we questioned if we consume enough Vitamin C. Although this popular vitamin is present in our oranges, it is difficult for our bodies to retain. So, what does it take to reap the immune-supporting, health-protecting benefits of vitamin C? More than you’d think: 

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin C?

Gut-check: When it comes to digestive health, there are some big Do’s & Don’ts. In the past, scientists ignored the gut microbiome – a collection of hard-working microorganisms that keep everything in balance. Today, science recognizes the importance of the gut microbiome. That’s why April featured a modern-day guide on how to take control of your digestive health:

7 Ways To Take Charge Of Your Digestive Health

Vitamins and minerals are found in an endless number of sources — food, drink, plants… Even the sun! You’ve probably heard of vitamins A, B, C, D and the benefits each one provides. We capped off the fourth month of the year with an A-Z list of essential vitamins and minerals. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with the number of uncommon vitamins and minerals that are part of your regular diet:

What Are The Essential Vitamins and Minerals?

May 

While vitamins and minerals play key roles in a healthy diet, the same holds true for nutritional co-factors that do not fall into those categories. In May, we filled in the cracks and went beyond vitamins and minerals:

Going Beyond Vitamins: The Top Botanical and Nutritional Co-Factors for Vibrant Health

It is easy to assume that all ingredients that are difficult to pronounce are harmful. However, this is not always the case. Here’s what you should know about those hard to pronounce “Other ingredients” listed on dietary supplement labels, right underneath the “Supplement Facts:”

What Are Binders and Fillers?

June

The average person living in the 21st Century is no stranger to the word “busy.” With hectic schedules comes stress, especially in this on-the-go world we live in. Even the summer months are filled with crazy schedules. So, before you jumped into the pool, we took a deep dive of our own into the top 10 ways for dealing with stress at any point of the year:

The Top 10 Ways for Dealing with Stress

Let’s face it – you have probably been told to get some fresh air on more than one occasion – and for good reason! The warm weather presented a perfect opportunity to go outside and get active. In June, we covered 5 activities to support your physical health:

Top 5 Activities to Support Your Physical Health

For thousands of years, Schisandra has been a mainstay in herbal medical practices throughout the world. Today, clinical evidence shows that this botanical boasts antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties. We sealed the first month of summer with a spotlight on Schisandra:

Spotlight on Schisandra: Legendary Adaptogen

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July 

Often called the “Stress Hormone,” Cortisol is known to have a direct impact on the body’s response to stress. But this particular hormone is involved with more than just stress levels. We kicked off July with an in-depth look at Cortisol: 

Should You Stress About Cortisol?

It’s not often a plant is referred to as a “Golden Root” — but in this case, this impressive nickname is certainly warranted. We marveled at the beauty of the small green plant with golden blossoms in this July spotlight:

Spotlight on Rhodiola: The Golden Root

Magnesium is involved in over 300 enzymatic and biologic reactions throughout the body. But sadly, many Americans turn a blind eye and are quite deficient in this hard-working mineral. With that said, we wrapped up July with one very important question: When you think of Magnesium, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

Spotlight On Magnesium – The Overlooked Mineral

August 

Although Zinc may not generate the same buzz as other vitamins and minerals, it does support multiple key functions throughout the body. We shined the spotlight on Zinc – including the role it plays in immune system health – in this August piece:

Spotlight On Zinc – A Gatekeeper of Your Immune System

September 

The fish we eat is filled with nutrients that promote good health. Among these nutrients is Astaxanthin – a powerful antioxidant that can support your healthy aging journey. As summer began to fade, we discussed the importance of this versatile nutrient and highlighted the benefits it brings to the table.

A Deep Dive Into The Benefits of Astaxanthin

We said goodbye to summer and hello to autumn with some of the best exercises, in-season fruits and vegetables, and key nutrients to support your health all season long. Refer back to this guide to make sure you’re ready to kick off the harvest season on the right foot!

It’s Time To Get Ready For The Fall

The last 12 months have been anything but normal, but this does not mean we should drop everything and forget about our health. And as Americans continue navigate through unprecedented times, this mantra is perhaps more relevant than ever:

Nutritional Self-Care In 2020

Purity’s product formulator and resident chemist at our Skincare Lab answered all your questions on Hyaluronic Acid Serums in this exclusive Q & A session. Here's what we learned:

Q&A with a Skincare Expert: What to Know About Hyaluronic Acid Serums

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October

As previously stated, 2020 has forced us to adapt to a “new normal” — and while we all know it will not be forever, for now we live in an era where social distancing has reigned supreme. We looked at some of the best ways to stay fresh while working remotely – from brain-boosting snacks to in-home workouts: 

Top 6 Ways to Avoid Burnout While Working from Home

Whether your muscle building routine of choice is free-weights or resistance training, at some point you may have found yourself at a standstill because you’ve maxed out in muscle size, definition, and strength. We focused on our gains in this muscle-building piece:

Top Ways to Build Strength and Accelerate Your Muscle Gains

When it comes to free radicals, there are three questions on everyone’s mind: What causes free radicals? How do they cause harm? What can I do to protect myself? We answered these questions and more in the final blog of October:

A Focus On Free Radicals

November 

The penultimate month shined its spotlight on Elderberry. This versatile purple berry has a rich history and continues to fly off the shelves at your local drugstore. On top of that, clinical evidence has begun to catch up to the hype surrounding Elderberry. So, why is this one berry so cherished for immune system health? It’s time to learn the truth: 

Spotlight On Elderberry - The Powerful Purple Berry

December

To kick off the final month of the year, we brought light to a very important vitamin that continues to slide under the radar: Vitamin K. It is an essential nutrient that is a bit of a mystery. However, it is key to cardiovascular function, bone health, and more. So, let’s peel back the curtain on Vitamin K:

Some Important Facts About Vitamin K

Although December is one of the most wonderful times of the year, it does signal the start of winter. But the drop in temperature isn’t all bad as it provides the perfect opportunity to support your cartilage while you are stuck inside. With this in mind, we focused on cartilage health in the last blog of the year:

Breaking Down Your Questions on Cartilage Health

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