Category Archives: NUTRITION + WELLNESS

How to Turn On Your Creative Hormone By Dr. Laurie Steelsmith

October 9, 2018

 You don’t have to work in the arts to flex your creativity. After all, creativity can be a boon in nearly all aspects of our lives, from problem solving to relieving stress. On a personal level, it allows us for self-expression and a return to the playfulness we enjoyed as a child; on a public level, it has contributed enormously to advancements in science, medicine, and more.

But aside from writing prompts and paint palettes, how can you bring more creativity into your life—and naturally at that?

For answers, let’s turn to your hormones. Exerting a profound influence on your energy and behavior, these chemicals coursing through your bodily tissues allow you to feel galvanized and inspired—two of the main ingredients that nurture imagination, and build resourcefulness.

One hormone in particular plays a vital role in this process: Testosterone. Does that surprise you?

Though we may think of it as a “guy’s hormone,” testosterone is produced by both genders, providing both with bone strength and the development of lean muscle mass. Energizing you on a daily basis, testosterone spurs creativity by helping you feel more aware, more perceptive, and more attuned to new sensations. It can also amplify your assertiveness and accentuate the more dynamic side of your nature.

But to take advantage of the creativity that testosterone offers, you need to have adequate levels of it. To improve testosterone—and to avoid the despair, low sex drive, and indifference associated with insufficiency—take some simple steps:

  1. Address your fat intake. Diets low in fat may result in depleted testosterone, while diets rich in “good fats” (those found in avocados, eggs, nuts, and more) can contribute to optimal hormone balance.
  2. Hit the sheets. Skipping on sleep has been linked to low testosterone, a lack of vigor, and higher levels of cortisol—a hormone, released during stress, that diminishes testosterone production.
  3. …and the gym. Building muscle mass, meanwhile, enhances free testosterone levels, while zinc—found in turkey, pumpkin seeds, and rolled oats—can heighten it, ultimately giving you the edge you need to take advantage of creativity’s myriad benefits. Enjoy those as a pre- or post-workout snack.

 

Laurie Steelsmith, ND, Lac, is a naturopathic physician, acupuncturist, and passionate spokesperson for educating and empowering women to transform their lives with better health through natural medicines and practices that work with, rather than against, the body’s own healing processes. She is the Naturopathic Medical Advisor to Daily Wellness Company, and the coauthor of three books: the bestselling Natural Choices for Women’s Health, the critically-acclaimed Great Sex, Naturally, and her latest, Growing Younger Every Day. A leading advocate for natural medicine, Dr. Steelsmith is the medical director of Steelsmith Natural Health Center in Honolulu, where she has a busy private practice, and is an associate clinical professor at Bastyr University, America’s leading center for the study of natural medicine. www.DrSteelsmith.com.

Adapted from Growing Younger Every Day: The Three Essentials Steps for Creating Youthful Hormone Balance At Any Age

 

ROYAL GHEE by FLORA Ex MACHINA Raw Honey | Ghee | Greens | Adaptogenic Herbs 

August 16, 2018

 CRUSHING on this ROYAL GHEE OMG!!

obsessed and addicted. i made ice-cream last night with bananas, almond butter, a ton of powders and my Royal Ghee and it was better than any fancy ‘real’ ice cream i’ve had. and my kids LOVE IT!  we are using it on everything!  created by holistic nutritionist Alle Weil,
this is more than a product – Royal Ghee is heart, soul, passion and science.

 WHAT:

Raw Honey | Ghee | Greens | Adaptogenic Herbs 

A whipped spread made from the most nutritive ingredients on earth.

Inspired by the traditional nutritive Ayurvedic spread, Chyawanprash – we’ve taken the same principles, and Westernized and modernized the overall vibe and ingredients into a whipped honey butter with benefits.

Sourced from the finest organic ingredients including grass-fed, pastured and traditionally made ghee, raw California wildflower honey, and a blend of medicinal and alkalizing greens, adaptogenic herbs, grounding roots, and immunity-boosting mushrooms, Royal Ghee provides a daily boost of nutrition and energy with the flavor of a decadent treat.

Royal Ghee is a thick and creamy, whipped spread that can be consumed daily as a nutritive boost by the spoonful, added to smoothies, “bulletproof” tea and coffee, spread onto toast, and slathered as icing…the possibilities are endless.

Ingredients:

A proprietary blend of grass-fed and pastured ghee, raw California wildflower honey,  Tocotrienols derived from organically grown brown rice. (It is a super concentrated source of bioavailable vitamins E and D, with a high antioxidant count.)

Greens and Algae: Moringa, cracked cell-wall chlorella, nettles, barley grass, wheat grass, spirulina, spinach, alfalfa, dandelion leaf, kelp, dulse

Roots, Berries and Fruit: whole schizandra concentrate, beet root, lemon and orange peel

Mushrooms: reishi extract, maitake extract, shiitake extract, chaga extract, turkey tail extract, beta-d-glucans, reishi triterpenoids…and a touch of pink himalayan salt.

And the blog is filled with recipes! Run and grab a bottle or two or ten. 

CBD Oil We Are Loving: Pacific Daze

July 30, 2018

As their website says – “tastes like sunshine” – it really does.


Pacific Daze uses a strain of premium US grown hemp to ensure the consistency of each and every batch, on top of that it’s quality ingredients (organic, no GMOs, no pesticides, and no preservatives), with hemp is grown using organic farming practices and is 3rd party tested for potency and pesticides.

Pacific Daze drops are made with just MCT oil (for maximum absorption), hemp oil, and a touch of natural orange for the tastes like sunshine magic.

I’ve been taking it nightly and I love it. The drops are totally THC free and are made with a full-spectrum CBD rich hemp oil that contains naturally occurring cannabinoids including CBN and CBG, over 40 different terpenes, flavonoids and antioxidants.

All of these compounds work together to enhance the effects of CBD, known as the “entourage effect”

Shop online here

 

OsteoStrong | Ultimate Osteo Loading | Mar Vista

July 21, 2018

The ultimate bio-hack has arrived to town. I would love to explain the science behind Osteostrong as simply as possible. but I’ll probably the bungle the paraphrasing. Here is what I pulled from their website which explains the benefits of osteoloading simply:

OsteoStrong sessions utilize a series of robotic musculoskeletal treatment devices that allow axial compression of bone to emulate the effect of impact. Because of the robotic optimized positioning of the human body, loading forces go through the human bone that is far higher than those seen in daily activity or exercise. Heavy loading is already understood and recommended by all international bodies of medical education, but at OsteoStrong, we make it safer.

A force of 4.2 multiples of body weight is the minimum required force to trigger bone growth in the hip joint (the most important place to avoid fracture) and peak forces with adults in conventional resistance exercise only show 1.26 to 1.54 multiples of body weight (1).

Read about Bone Health! 

Read about Skeletal Facts

Read about the SCIENCE

And simple it is. And fun. And fast. And it’s beautiful and the owners are incredible and if Tony Robbins is a partner then I’m in. 

You basically hop on a machine – exert your best effort to push, pull or press for what feels like a few seconds (60!). Move to the next. And in around 7 minutes, you are done.

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY

OsteoStrong uses the Spectrum System to deliver unprecedented results. Spectrum is first-in-class of a new category devices called Robotic Musculoskeletal Development System (RMDS).

THE ULTIMATE BIOHACK

OsteoStrong works for people at all ages and levels of activity to promote skeletal strength which impacts the entire body in many ways using a process known as Osteogenic Loading. Sessions are quick, painless, and results are measurable and happen quickly.

TRACKABLE RESULTS

OsteoStrong sessions utilize a series of robotic musculoskeletal treatment devices that allow axial compression of bone. Because of the robotic optimized positioning of the human body, loading forces go through the human bone that is far higher than those seen in daily activity or exercise.

The session: 

There are a few things you need to know prior to coming in for your first visit, which will help make the most of your OsteoStrong experience.
 

PHYSICAL

While OsteoStrong is not a gym, we do support a regular exercise regimen; however, we recommend that you do not exercise at least 3 hours before a session as this will produce quicker results.

ATTIRE

Come as you are. Sessions are quick and only take ten sweat-free minutes once per week. You will feel comfortable wearing anything from business casual to regular street clothes. We see everything from slacks to yoga pants.

SHOES

Almost any shoes are appropriate as long as they do not have a large heel. Some of our members bring a second pair of shoes or just wear their socks while they do their session and all of our facilities have a place for you to put your other shoes if you need.

SKIRTS + DRESSES

During your session, you will be sitting on a few of our specialized devices. Some of our members prefer to wear pants, shorts, or slacks instead of a skirt or dress.

TIME

Regular sessions generally take 10 minutes or less. However, your first visit to OsteoStrong will be longer because of the initial orientation and education. We also want to know more about you and any personal needs or expectations that you may have.

END OF SESSION

After you complete your session, we will not rush you out of the facility. Your certified technician will spend time with you to answer whatever questions you may have about your session, what type of results you can expect and the available membership plans.

And then you get to chill on the PEMF chair, headset and headphones on, listen to Binaural beats and CHILL!!

OH! We need to look into this supplement. It’s Osteostrong approved !

Address: 12712 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
Phone: (424) 331-1404

Kelp Jerky is going to be your new favorite snack and here’s why

June 4, 2018

 

 Snacking is life.  I am never not snacking. I am snacking, not meal’ing.

I’m over protein bars and faux sugar treats. Nuts? I eat way too many. Veggies only go so far. I tried this magical snack and I was hooked. A high-protein, plant-based snack that’s not a bar loaded with sugar or a mushy soy snack? Look no further, there’s a new kid on the block called Kelp Jerky, and it’s going to be your new favorite go-to snack. 

We tried Kelp Jerky and loved its chewy texture and exciting flavors like Turmeric Thai Coconut, Sesame Sea Salt, and Maple Rosemary BBQ!  

The main ingredient in Kelp Jerky is, well, kelp. Often called “the superfood from the sea”, kelp, which is a seaweed, is full of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, amino acids, omega-3 fats and fiber, including zinc, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper, and calcium (10x more than milk!). Kelp supports your body’s ability to absorb water and is a rich, natural source of iodine that helps to stimulate a healthy metabolism.

And did you know that kelp is also one of the only foods that expands in your stomach, making you feel fuller, longer?! Thank you!

Lastly, kelp is one of the most sustainable sources of food on the planet so kelp jerky is a snack choice you can feel good about too beyond just its human body benefits.

Kelp Jerky is a brand new snack that’s launching this summer. The company behind this new snack is AKUA, and they are currently raising funds on Indiegogo to support their launch. You have just 1 week left to pre-order Kelp Jerky on Indiegogo before the campaign ends. Click here to get your hands on some!