Category Archives: FIT + WELL

A New Coldbrew With Nootropics And Adaptogens, Yes, Please!

January 11, 2021

There’s a new coldbrew in town and it’s divine.

Pivot Coldbrew, is a ready-to-drink coffee with nootropics and reishi and you can grab it in LA….from Erewhon to Earthbar.

Developed by local entrepreneur David Stroud, Pivot Coldbrew features
locally-roasted beans and cognitive enhancers designed to minimize jitters
and eliminate the caffeine crash.

WHO:

LA local and former entertainment executive David Stroud took the leap to entrepreneurship in 2017 when he began developing Pivot Coldbrew. This premium coffee was designed to fill a gap in the market of ready-to-drink, bottled cold brews. Stroud and his team found that most bottled coffees tasted overly-roasted, while also leading to a jittery feeling and inevitable caffeine crash. They also couldn’t find flavored coffees that weren’t loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients, masking the coffee’s natural flavor.

A lifetime coffee lover and passionate optimist, Stroud lives by the belief that “good energy makes great things happen,” and he was determined to develop a product that would allow his customers to live their lives to the fullest, while addressing the pain points within the market.

“While life throws us challenges, it’s how you pivot to something better that’s most important,” says Stroud. “When we feel good, we do good. That’s the whole idea behind Pivot Coldbrew and the guiding force in developing our proprietary energy stack, in collaboration with a renowned ethnobotanist.”

WHAT:

Pivot Coldbrew is a new approach to bottled coffee, offering the caffeine we all crave with the balancing and transformative effects of nootropics and Reishi, a powerful adaptogen. Their proprietary formula of “cognitive enhancers” was developed to optimize the functional effects of caffeine, while eliminating the jittery effects to yield a more sustained and relaxed energy for greater mental clarity and focus. For the coffee itself, Pivot sources single-origin, 100% Arabica beans from Central and South America, and partners with a 120 year-old local family roaster. The coffee is roasted to a medium level, allowing natural flavor notes like chocolate and citrus to shine through in every bottle.

Proprietary Energy Stack ingredients with clinically proven benefits:

– Cognizin® Citicoline (nootropic): fuels and nourishes the brain for greater mental stamina

– Alpinia Galanga (nootropic & botanical): natural caffeine amplifier – extends energy with no crash

– L-Theanine (nootropic): calm focus

– Reishi (adaptogen): immunity booster

– L-Ergothioneine (nootropic): natural cellular protection

– Formula is never heated (which diminishes efficacy) and is 100% soluble for optimal taste and texture

Premium Coffee Details:

– Well sourced, carefully curated single origin 100% Arabica coffees from Central and South America

– Optimally roasted to produce distinct coffee roast levels with notes of citrus and Chocolate

– Perfectly brewed to craft a great tasting cold brew with a rich body and smooth finish

Flavors and Nutrition Facts:

– Fearless Black: 5 Calories and 0 Sugar

– Laid-Back Black: 5 Calories and 0 Sugar

– Perfectly Sweet: 25 Calories and 5g Sugar

– Harmonious Vanilla: 40 Calories and 5g Sugar

– Rejuvenating Ginger: 35 Calories and 7g Sugar

WHEN:

Pivot Coldbrew is now available at retailers throughout Los Angeles, with a direct-to-consumer online launch slated for January 2020.

WHERE:

Erewhon (all locations), Earthbar West Hollywood, Rainbow Acres Natural Foods, OP Market (Santa Monica), The Farms (Santa Monica), Glen Market, Vicente Market Brentwood

Full list of retailers here.

About Pivot Coldbrew: For people who want to live life to the fullest, Pivot is the world’s first chillbrew. A precision-crafted blend of cold brew, with proven adaptogens, nootropics and botanicals to transform cold brew into good energy. Born and brewed in Los Angeles, CA, Pivot Coldbrew produces small batch cold brew at their state-of- the art facility in Commerce, CA. Pivot Coldbrew sources coffee beans from a local 120 year-old family roaster and has worked with coffee and formulation specialists to achieve the premium high quality product. The proprietary energy stack was formulated by a renowned ethnobotanist. We believe in creating good energy that radiates and always adds to others’ lives.

Connect with Pivot Coldbrew on social media @pivotcoldbrew. Learn more at www.pivotcoldbrew.com

 

The Effects of Stress On The Body From An Integrative Medicine Doctor

January 6, 2021

Consider the facts: most of the world’s population is under some form of stress right now. Standing between a collective standstill and a cultural revolution, no one person can predict whether we’ll ever go back to how things were, or if we even want to. It’s under these unprecedented times that our bodies are undergoing unprecedented stress.

Stress can look like different reactions. And during a pandemic, our bodies’ normal responses to stress might look a bit different. From a doctor’s perspective, stress can cause the body to constantly live in fight-or-flight mode, meaning the sympathetic nervous system goes into overdrive. This response essentially short-circuits the brain, rendering the body tense, uncomfortable, and unable to perform daily vital functions with ease. And at times when the sympathetic nervous system has finally exhausted itself, we fall into a deep period of depression and fatigue. It’s a vicious cycle that many can relate to yet few have been able to fix.

What does stress look like from the outside? For one, it can lead to weight gain thanks to the dysregulation of your adrenal glands. Another physical manifestation of stress is premature aging through a variety of different hormonal imbalances. Calling stress “the silent killer” isn’t an exaggeration. Not only can it contribute to an increased risk of heart attack (which is one of the leading causes of death in both men and women in America), but it depletes your immune system, rendering it unable to adequately protect you from outside attacks from viruses and bacteria, leaving you susceptible to a host of even more problems.

Stress can come in many forms, and one form can always lead into the next, be it physical, or environmental. By identifying what stress looks like in your own body, then you can take the first steps to thwart its negative effects and being prepared for any type of stressful situation.

Simple tools to both identify and fight stress:

When things get out of hand, try to bring your focus to your breath, even just for a few minutes. An easy way to do this by simply counting your breath for 1 minute. Then move to 5 minutes, then 10. Slowly, you can build up your practice and discover other forms of breathwork that are more advanced. This is often the saving grace for people under any sort of strain, especially in moments of high-stress.

Animal therapy is a powerful tool, and one that I am a strong proponent of. I believe that humans need more animal interaction, always. If adopting a dog or cat isn’t in your abilities, then find some friends with pets and ask to spend more time with them, or reach out to your local shelter and see if you can help walk the dogs. This is a great way to both volunteer your time and alleviate pressure—a win-win scenario!

● More time spent outdoors . Take a picnic, walk in the park, go hiking with a friend. Do anything that gets your body moving outside. It provides much-needed perspective and natural wonder. Trust me.

This is one not too many people know about: make sure you get enough B  vitamins. Checking levels of all the B vitamins is important to assess deficiencies and see where you should be focused on supplementing. By ensuring you are getting the right amount of vitamin B, you’re facilitating overall brain health which is vital to stress reduction. Do more research on the importance of B vitamins and check with your doctor to check your levels.

● Let it go. Sure, easier said than done, but once you learn to not sweat the small stuff, or even let go of a longtime grudge or issue, you’ll unlock the priceless key to living an anxiety-free life. A calm brain is a calm life.. The next time you find yourself dwelling or fuming over a situation out of your control, try repeating this matra: the things that are in the past should remain in the past. Then count your breath, and see if that doesn’t help your mood.

● Listen to more Mozart. Studies show that Mozart can help heal and sharpen the brain. The different range of frequencies helps mobilize the brain into focus and reason. Music heals, after all. I like to listen to Mozart at least once a week, even if I don’t consider myself stressed. It’s part of my mental health regimen. Find your checklist, commit to it daily or weekly, and I promise you’ll find some of the secrets to living a stress-free and happier lifestyle.

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Dr. Rahi has a clinic in Beverly Hills that has changed life physically and emotionally. She is a known name in the field of aesthetics, integrative and anti-aging medicine in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. Her experience and the number of successful cases precedes her image. She has the reputation of an innovator whose mission is to build perfect solutions that carry both cosmetic rejuvenation and inner health.

For her patients, she has given them hope and confidence through modern services. Her patients come from all over the world to get treatments including:

  • Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine
  • Fillers, Botox, PDO Threads
  • Innovative Radio Frequency Treatments
  • Vaginal Rejuvenation
  • Integrative Functional Medicine
  • Supplements, IV Drips, Blood Testing
  • Hormone Therapy

Naked Nutrition – Nutrition With Nothing To Hide

Naked Nutrition – I love this brand of clean protein powders, supplements and so much more. I also love that they come in simple, clean, non-flavor flavors – so you can get creative and make your own without piggybacking on a chocolate or vanilla, for example, that you’re not in love with. That being said, I love both of those from Naked Nutrition.

For example – check out what’s in my fave WHEY powder:

Naked Whey is sourced from small California dairy farms. Our cows are grass-fed year-round, and raised without growth hormones like rBGH or rBST. Each serving includes 25 grams of protein and 5.9 grams of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs). Naked Whey is completely free of additives and artificial sweeteners. .

Same for the collagen – CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN:

Naked Collagen has only one ingredient: Bovine hide collagen peptides sourced from pasture-raised cows in Europe. It is odorless, tasteless, and easy to mix in with your favorite drinks. Each serving includes 9 grams of protein and only 35 calories. Naked collagen is free of additives and artificial sweeteners. We are committed to shortening the steps between our farms and you. Don’t let the supplement industry fool you; additives are for their bottom line, not your health.

And if KETO is your thing – check out this Keto Fat Bomb – avail in “plain”, vanilla and chocolate.

Naked Keto is a premium keto fat bomb designed for a ketogenic or low carb diet. We’ve combined high oleic powdered sunflower oil and powdered MCT oil for two specific reasons. High oleic sunflower oil powder supports muscle growth, preserving lean muscle mass, and reducing body fat. MCT oil powder promotes better metabolism to aid weight loss. No additives or artificial sweeteners. Don’t let the supplement industry fool you; additives are for their bottom line, not your health.

The Water Flosser You’ve Been Waiting For

October 29, 2020

As far as I’m concerned gifting season is upon us. Nothing is making me happier right now then the small things: self-care, home, food,  a good skincare regime and MY NEW PUPPY! As new exciting products cross my desk, I am going to share them with you. I think you’ll find my picks fun, cost-effective and unique.

First up this month –  Spotlight Oral Care, the clinically-proven and sustainable oral care brand created by dentists, just launched their newest innovation: Water Flosser. This is making me all kinds of happy. I am a dental hygiene freak and this gets my groove on, big time.

Fun fact: Did you know water flossers are 5 times more effective at removing plaque between teeth vs. manual floss? 

Unlike traditional water flossers that take up coveted space on the bathroom counter, Spotlight’s chic, compact, and transport-friendly Water Flosser is not only effective, its gentle and offers a clinically-proven flossing solution especially for needs-based customers, those with bad breath, and for those hard to reach places.

This is ideal for you (of course) but also a GREAT gift for the self-care lover who needs a break from skincare or beauty gift ideas. Frankly, there is no one who would not appreciate this!

Priced at $100, Water Flosser will be sold exclusively on Spotlight Oral Care’s website: spotlightoralcare.com at launch. It will be available at ULTA beginning January 2021.

WHY:

  • Alleviates bad breath, which is caused by the build-up of bacteria between teeth, via a 360-degree rotating nozzle that distributes water at a pressure of 80-160 PSI.
  • Helps maintain whiteness and prevents plaque build-up, while optimizing the results from using other Spotlight Oral care products.

WHAT:

  • Four different heads (classic jet tip, orthodontic spray tip, periodontal pocket sprinkler, and tongue scraper)
  • Three modes (normal, soft, and pulse) for a wide range of flossing needs, as well as a self-timer for ease of use and guidance throughout the process.
  • The battery is wireless, rechargeable, and lasts up to 16 days.
  • Water flossers have been shown to be 5 times more effective at removing plaque between teeth vs. using manual floss.
  • It also removes bacteria from deep between the teeth and below the gum line where traditional brushing and flossing cannot reach, whilst stimulating the gum tissue to improve blood flow and circulation.
  • Water flossing provides an effective way of flossing where traditional flossing is not possible- whether it be dental braces, bridges, crowns implants and periodontal pockets.

HOW: 

  1. PREP: Open the water tank seal and slide the reservoir open; fill reservoir with lukewarm water and close the seal shut. Press and hold the key at the back of the unit to install a tip that is right for you; click it into place.

  2. FLOSS: Place the tip in your mouth and lean over the sink; to avoid mess – keep the tip in your mouth while the unit is on. Choose from 3 modes to suit your flossing needs. Aim the tip at your gumline and work from your back teeth to your front teeth, spraying water along the gumline. Floss both the front and back of each tooth. Partially close your mouth to minimize splashing, letting the water flow out of your mouth into the sink.

TIPS & TRICKS:

  • Use before brushing your teeth to dislodge food and plaque which can then be effectively brushed away while brushing your teeth.

  • Use the tongue scraper head to gently wash away bacteria for fresh breath.

  • Use the water flosser at least once a day to maintain overall oral health, more often if you wear braces or have orthodontic work.

Move Over CBD, Make Room For CBN

October 13, 2020

It’s safe to say that the pandemic has created a shift in all of us to some degree or another. Many have struggled with adapting to the work from home environment, new or old found anxieties creeping in and adjusting to a new sleep schedule for those no longer having to commute to and from an office. More than ever, people have been looking for ways to remedy any discomfort they might be feeling. CBD is a cannabinoid that has been known to alleviate stress and anxiety while also providing many other benefits to our bodies. As we learn more about the magic healing powers of hemp and cannabis, we learn more about other cannabinoids and their functions. CBN is a minor cannabinoid known for helping induce and optimize sleep.

Potli, a California based wellness company, is stepping into the world of CBN with their newest product, “Dream” Honey. “Dream” is a CBN-forward honey that helps you get to and stay asleep. Add to tea before bed or enjoy straight from the spoon to unwind, relax, and drift off into restful slumber. Dream” is a full-spectrum formula including CBN, CBD, and either melatonin or THC to promote deep, rejuvenating rest. Potli’s raw, wildflower honey is harvested on their own hives. The hemp derived honey retails for $32.00 and the 4oz includes 120mg CBN, 60mg CBD and 6mg Melatonin. They tested many different ratios of CBN and CBD, and found this 2:1 ratio was just perfect for helping you relax and fall asleep without any grogginess in the morning.

Potli is the premium purveyor for the modern, CBD-enhanced kitchen pantry. Potli strives to bring a top quality, delicious, and easy to integrate cannabis edibles products to your kitchen to help you embrace plant-based wellness and self care every single day. Founded in 2017, Potli is a brand of premium hemp infused products which are differentiated from other edible CBD products by an obsession with quality and craftsmanship. Their products include hemp infused Honey, Apple Cider Vinegar, Olive Oil, Chili Oil and Sriracha. Their story begins with honey, which is harvested in their own hives in the Bay Area of California. The  flagship honey product was created for co-founder Felicity Chen’s mom, an asthma patient and a first generation immigrant, who had been deterred from exploring the health benefits of cannabis by its once negative reputation. With her in mind,  Felicity and her partner Christine Yi,  set out to craft a product you could trust, where quality or dosage was undoubtedly clear and apparent. Potli hopes to change the emotional response to cannabis in so many from intimidation and uncertainty to excitement and joy.

“We’re a modern wellness brand with a mission to heighten your kitchen and daily rituals with the benefits of cannabis and hemp. Ever since we launched our CBD honey, the most common customer feedback we heard was that they loved using it before bed for sleep. As we thought about how to make our products more functional yet keep the integrity of simple, easy to integrate products, we wanted to lean in more to the need for a good night’s sleep and add melatonin and CBN to make it even more restful.”

Tell us a little bit about how Dream came about?

Potli started because my co-founder, Felicity’s father started beekeeping to harvest healthy, hyper local honey for her mother. It was our first product and still a fan favorite, and we’ve heard since 2017 that people love to use the honey in tea before bed. One of our first customers told us that through our honey she slept without interruptions for the first time in 4 years! Dream is a way to formulate specifically to that use case and help our clients get great sleep. It’s formulated with CBN, CBD, and just a touch of melatonin to help you fall and stay asleep.

What is CBN?

CBN is a minor cannabinoid that I think will become a staple in health in the next few years for its sleep-promoting properties. Much like CBD, it’s non-intoxicating and great for inflammation and pain.

How is it different from other cannabinoids?

Many cannabinoids have overlapping health benefits like pain relief and anxiety relief, but CBN in particular is known for inducing sleep. From my personal experience in experimenting with it, I view it similarly to melatonin but without any grogginess which I often feel with too high of a dose with melatonin.

How does Dream align with other Potli products?

Like the rest of our products, Dream is still super meticulously sourced, high quality, and delicious! I think it fits into our portfolio in that this is our first product specifically made for evenings.

What is the benefit of incorporating Dream into your routine?

With all that’s going on in the world right now, we all need to get the rest we deserve. Dream not only helps you fall asleep but I’ve also experienced a huge increase in the quality of my sleep. When I wake up I feel truly well rested and I’m ready to go. Now when I take Dream I know it’s time for me to relax and unwind.

Given the pandemic and so many people are struggling with new sleep patterns and other mental health problems- how can Potli products help?

Dream (and other Potli products) are great mental and physical health aid. So Potli helps you feel more centered and relaxed, but I think even just the intention setting when using Potli products- adding some self care in the AM when adding our CBD honey to your coffee, or beating afternoon slump with Potli olive oil, or even using our THC products (available in CA dispensaries) to demarcate when work ends and relaxation begins is so impactful when we’re spending more time inside and isolated. Potli’s core philosophy is intentionality and self care, so in a way the stressful environments we’re operating in now are exactly why we do what we do!

Potil retails at many dispensaries in the Los Angeles and Bay Area, but “Dream” will be available exclusively online at https://www.potlishop.com/ on September 28th, 2020.