Category Archives: NUTRITION + WELLNESS

Is Telehealth The New Secret Weapon To Company Mental Health?

April 12, 2021

Excessive wait times and a spike in demand for mental healthcare during Covid has given birth to an innovative experience: mental telehealth.  And in an effort to support employees, forward-thinking employers have begun to offer this service as part of their employee benefit packages.

So what does this service look like? Mental telehealth typically includes the patient services in highest demand — virtual talk therapy, psychiatric medication, and mental health education.

Concerning statistics, such as 40 percent of Americans struggling with mental health during the pandemic, have led many companies to announce new ways they are supporting mental health in the workplace – improving employee care, corporate productivity and perhaps, even becoming chic, given the latest workforce reports:

  • Mental and neurological disorders are a leading cause of disability in the United States.
  • In a 2019 survey of 1,500 respondents, 61% said their productivity at work was affected by their mental health and over 50% said cost and poor insurance coverage are key barriers to accessing mental healthcare.
  • And mental health is experienced differently by age in the workforce since the Covid-19 pandemic. According to a recent survey of 1,400 workers, a generational difference exists among those most likely to face mental health issues: Gen Z: 71%, Millennials: 59%, Gen X: 36% and Baby Boomers: 22%.

Now, with more people beginning to head back to the workplace after working remotely — or not working at all — during the pandemic, profound changes must be made in how they approach employees’ psychological and emotional well-being, advocates say.

While many California companies are prioritizing mental health, what is stopping some from offering expanded mental health support, despite the rise of mental health needs, and the proliferation of mental telehealth alternatives available?

Reasons commonly cited by employers include:

  • Perceived stigma toward individuals with mental health conditions. Employees harbor concerns that if they used company mental health benefits, their careers may suffer, which would leave these benefits unused.
  • Privacy limitations make it difficult for companies to measure the positive impact these benefits have had on their employee population.
  • Navigating a new territory of employee benefits and not knowing where to begin.
  • Companies already having insurance-based plans in place that include psychologists and psychiatrists for employees to access; they believe they can’t afford the incremental cost to add additional company-funded services.

What some employers fail to factor into their decision is the ease and convenience of these newer mental telehealth services. Individuals can often get video appointments within 24 hours from the comfort of their home — days, nights and weekends — while many insurance-based offerings can take weeks to months for an appointment, and have availability only during work hours.

Remedy, a telepsychiatry company based in Los Angeles, was founded by Dr. Kirsten Thompson because she wanted to make psychiatric mental care more accessible to all needing help.  Remedy provides psychiatric medication telehealth care for adults in California (expanding to other states in future) for all symptoms including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, bipolar, insomnia and more from the comfort of one’s home – days, nights or weekends; and is encouraging California business owners to expand support for their employees to include mental health. Remedy recently launched an effort targeted to companies to offer their employees affordable access to medication treatment services to meet their employee mental health support needs.

With mental health being the most important driver of productivity and happiness, companies are now realizing that offering improved mental health benefits is a clear win-win for both employees and the business. The disconnect is that our current insurance-based system is over-taxed, so companies relying on their existing medical insurance offerings are unknowingly behind the times and under supporting their staff. Luckily, many new telehealth companies have arisen to fill the gaps- but employers need to be aware of this deficit, and then take action.”

–       Dr. Kirsten Thompson, Founder & Supervising Psychiatrist, Remedy

If employee mental health becomes normalized as part of the business culture just as quarterly performance reviews and professional development, organizations will be rewarded with higher performance, fewer disability claims, and reduced employee turnover.

Sources:

https://jamanetwork.com/channels/health-forum/fullarticle/2770050

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/coronavirus/survey-nearly-half-us-workers-suffer-mental-health-issues-during-pandemic-178105

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/mental-illness.shtml

https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/healthcare-systems-and-services/our-insights/mental-health-in-the-workplace-the-coming-revolution

 

 

 

 

 

The Art of Sexual Wellness With Sex And Good

March 25, 2021

Our dearest Robin Levine of Charlotte’s Book, (which is the way cooler, smarter and more bad-ass big sister to GLA!) created this article for us to share some insight and circle back to her new line of women’s sexual wellness supplements we are over the moon over – Sex And Good.

I truly believe that your sexual health and hormone wellbeing is just as important to maintain as other parts of our health. We take vitamin C, zinc, and a whole host of other supplements as part of our daily health routine – but what about our sexual health routine? Why aren’t we prioritizing that? It’s one of the easiest ways to relieve stress, improve sleep, and improve your overall happiness.

According to the CDC, sexual health is defined as “a state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being in relation to sexuality.” Health expert Samantha Blakney explains, “it is often assumed to be the lack of disease and dysfunction, but it’s so much more than that. It’s actually a positive and attentive approach to your sexuality and the sexual relationship(s) in your life.”

Other than the acts of sex itself (which Samantha explains can be so powerful that studies say it can even treat migraines!), creating sexual health involves having your body, physically and mentally, operating at its optimum hormone health and libido levels.

Women’s health advocate Carole Radziwill believes “Sexual wellness should be a woman’s top priority. It impacts everything in her life – from sexual vitality to mood to aging. Healthy libidos and sex hormones play an important role in maintaining not only sexual health, it also impacts skin aging, as well as brain and bone health.”

We spend so much time on all of our beauty routines from eye creams to serums, but ignore the core of our female health? What about feeling good sexually?

Sam Blakeney explains, “the right combination of omega-3s is necessary for hormonal balance in women. She recommends taking the Sex and Good ‘oh-mega’ yummy gummy because this specialty blend of omega-3 essentials — a mix of omega 3-6-9 (Alpha-Linolenic Acid, Linoleic Acid, and Oleic Acid) — will specifically:

  • Raise dopamine levels in your brain to trigger arousal
  • Increase female lubrication
  • Improve circulation and feelings of sensation by fighting plaque in the arteries

Who doesn’t want to feel happier, have a better sex life, sleep better, and be less stressed? But we often ignore this basic part of our wellness because our own sexual wellbeing is quickly put to the wayside – everything else seems to take priority because sexual wellness is almost perceived as either taboo (we don’t want to talk about it), or it’s just assumed that as we get older, this is less and less a part of our lives. When in fact, this is when we should be prioritizing it even more.

Talk to your partner with the Sex and Good Journal (or even journal yourself), supplement with the right routine, and start taking control of your own sexual health and wellness.

-Robin Levine

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Grummies: Real Superfood Gummies Without the Fake Stuff

March 23, 2021

Grummies is the first real gummy brand: made with REAL ingredients, REAL superfoods, and REAL certifications

Grummies has turned superfoods into gummies that taste like modern candy. No seriously, I can’t stop eating the Apple Cider and Elderberry.

Grummies is the first real gummy brand: made with REAL ingredients, REAL superfoods, and REAL certifications – hence the extra ‘R.’

WHAT:

  1. Non-GMO and certified Vegan gummies utilize essential superfoods as the active ingredient and contain only 3g of organic sugar per serving, while using organic tapioca syrup, organic cane sugar, and organic flavorings and oils.
  2. They have no soy, peanuts or tree nuts, gelatin, dairy, or artificial sweeteners.
  • Ashwagandha Grummies are brand new to the market and provide an incredibly delectable flavor for a notoriously bitter but powerful superfood. Ashwagandha is perfect for taking in the evening and supports long-term calm, stress reduction, and hormonal balance.
  • USDA Organic Elderberry Grummies contain 3x the amount of elderberry extract than other elderberry products. Elderberry extract helps support immune health and resilience.
  • USDA Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Grummies are made with “the mother.” That means they have all the enzymes and proteins that make ACV so beneficial, such as supporting detox, weight management, gut health, and digestion.
  • Turmeric Grummies contain Sabsinsa’s legendary Curcumin C3 Complex, which supports the body’s anti-inflammatory efforts, joint relief, and longevity.

Grummies are available online at eatyourgrummies.com and can be purchased in single bottles ($20/$22) or two-bottle bundle packs ($36/$40).

About Grummies
Founders Nick Michlewicz and Colin Darretta created Grummies to get more people to fall in love with superfoods by making them delicious while keeping their natural power. They realized that gummies are a fantastic form factor that people actually want to use but that most gummies are full of chemicals you can’t pronounce that are terrible for you. Working with some of the top scientific minds, Nick and Colin found a way to replace harmful toxins in gummies with healthy ingredients while providing exceptional taste. Grummies is a premium line of delicious non-GMO, Vegan, and organically sweetened superfood gummies made with REAL ingredients, REAL superfoods, and REAL certifications – hence the extra ‘R’. With only 3g of organic sugar, the brand has transformed four ancient superfoods into a daily gummy that tastes like modern candy – Ashwagandha, Elderberry, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Turmeric. Learn more about Grummies, visiteatyourgrummies.com or visit @Grummies on Instagram and Facebook.

Spring Cleaning for OTC: And What That ACTUALLY Means

March 16, 2021

Spring is finally, well, springing. And top of mind for me is cleaning out the clutter – especially in the bathroom. My makeup, skincare and even OTC medications have been unruly to say the least. As part of this, I am also taking a look at all of the products I have and evaluating if a cleaner or greener option is available. While I have always been fairly conscious with beauty, I never knew that there was a better option for my medicine. After doing a little digging I came across Genexa, a company known for their clean medicine. Basically, they use the active ingredients we all need like acetaminophen, but without all of the fillers and junk we don’t. Intrigued, I actually spoke to the founders of the brand, David Johnson and Max Spielberg, to hear more about what exactly clean medicine meant, why they started the brand, and how we can tell the difference among all of the “cleanwashing” out there. 

Tell us why you started Genexa? 

We started Genexa because as two dads, we were disgusted by what we found in so many of the ingredients found in kids OTC medicines. We could not understand why so many other industries had already started getting cleaned up – beauty, skincare, food, beverage, automotive – but pharma was behind. It’s the most counterintuitive thought in the world for the medicines that are supposed to help you feel better would have the most sickening ingredients. So we decided to do something about it and after many doors getting shut in our face, found partners with deep expertise in formulation, manufacturing, and medicine to create what we call real medicine made clean.

You say that it’s the first clean medicine company – but what does that really mean? 

Our products have the same exact active ingredient as leading brands – like diphenhydramine – which is the reason you take the medicine in the first place. But we take all the unhealthy inactive ingredients – like talc, wood pulp, fake sugars, allergens, etc. – out and replace them with organic, non-GMO better for you ingredients. That means diphenhydramine with the same efficacy as Children’s Bendaryl, but instead of sodium benzoate (which can convert to a potential carcinogen), we use organic citrus acid (which is naturally found in citrus fruits). 

Why do consumers even need to care about what is in their OTC medicines? 

Consumers have only been given 1 option for far too long — synthetic, potentially harmful ingredients in their medicines. Today, more than ever, consumers can impact what products are being made and demand change with their wallets. I don’t think the big pharma companies making these OTCs are putting people first when they’re putting in ingredients like talc (which have been linked to cancer) or artificial dyes (which have been linked to ADD and ADHD) in their medicines. These are terrible ingredients that these companies put in their formulas because they’re cheap. Like sucralose, which is 4% the cost of sugar. These ingredients have been in OTC medicines for decades and they don’t care to really make a change. Consumers deserve better and it starts by them knowing what’s in their medicines. 

Max, you personally also suffered from side effects due to ingredients in OTC medicines, can you talk a little about your experience? 

When I was a kid, I had severe seasonal allergies; but, when I tried to take over-the-counter medicine for relief, I had multiple allergic reactions. I still have terrible seasonal allergies, but I can’t take drugs with synthetic ingredients because my temperature spikes and I break out in a horrible rash all over my body. My reaction is not abnormal. 35MM Americans have allergic reactions to ingredients found in food, drinks and medicines they ingest. I’ve talked to customers that went to the ER because of anaphylaxis reactions to ingredients in Benadryl. Our CMO’s grew up with a brother who would get a 104+ degree fever, which initiated seizures, anytime he had Red Dye #40 — which is found in many of the red liquid medicines on shelf. Too many people, just like me, are allergic to these ingredients and just don’t know they are the root cause. 

What’s next? 

Last year we extended our line of Kids’ medicines. We have a robust pipeline of both adult and kids’ medicines that will launch later this year and next. We are on a mission to revolutionize the entire medicine aisle — creating clean alternatives to every medicine on shelf today. And beyond just creating clean products, our ambition is to create change at the systemic level. There’s no reason that the US should allow ingredients in products we ingest that are banned in other parts of the world. We want to raise awareness about what’s really in the products we’re putting in our bodies, and be the impetus for change systemically. 

Embody Retinol And ACV Gummies

March 5, 2021

The gummy biz is really just taking off. And now, EMBODY is the world’s first retinol gummy with a mission to radically evolve how women treat their skin. They are replacing hundreds of skincare products with one simple tasty gummy. Even better, Embody is a women-owned, minority-owned, women-led brand.

Just two a day (it’s hard to eat only two – they are THAT yummy), and your skin will appear more evenly pigmented, texture is eliminated, and collagen production is increased resulting in more youthful looking skin to produce a luminous glow.

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A formula designed to provide a dewy glow, reduce blemishes, promote cell turnover, strengthen hair, skin, nails and prevent premature aging (inclusive of ingredients like Vitamin A, C, D3, E, Biotin, Folic Acid, B12 and more). 

A juicy apple-flavored, inside-out wellness solution is designed to support healthy gut flora, improve digestion and replenish antioxidants. Supporting your gut health helps relieve inflammation in your skin and throughout your body; poor gut health can actually be the cause of acne and aging in the skin (it breaks down collagen!!).  Embody‘s ACV gummy provides the full recommended dose of ACV in just 2 gummies!

While Embody’s Retinol Gummy helps to promote skin cell turnover, the ACV gummy promotes gut health – while both add to the whole body approach to skin care. Most consumers don’t think about starting in their guts (healthy diet, probiotics, gut-supporting vitamins) when some of their skin concerns can be treated with a simple change in diet.

And the ACV Gummy!

 

More about Jenn Chung, founder of Embody:

Jenn Chung the founder of Embody Jenn immigrated to the US from Vietnam with her mother when she was 1 years old. She worked her way up through her family cosmetics company (Forever Beaumore) from packing boxes at age 15 to stepping in as President at age 24. Seeing first-hand how successful her family’s beauty supplements were in the Vietnamese market, Jenn was inspired to create a brand for women just like her and bring eastern beauty remedies to a modern western audience in a fun, palatable way.