Category Archives: NUTRITION + WELLNESS

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.

SEND SOLACE IS THE GIFT BOX YOU’VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR

December 14, 2020

Send Solace is the gift box dreams are made of. I am in LOVE with this company, its mission, style, curation, presentation. If you are in need of that special thing for that special someone (friend, co-worker, neighbor, boss – ANYONE) – I promise you can’t go wrong with any of these!

I sampled this one:

Uplifting collection contents:

  • midnight blue cashmere blanket scarf
  • solace experiential journal coloring book
  • set of colored pencils
  • glass tea infuser travel bottle
  • refreshing tea blend made with elderflower, orange peel, zesty ginger, peppermint, eucalyptus, sage and sweet apple.
  • engraved white jade serenity stone
  • eucalyptus-mint gold-tinned candle
  • private label body toner made with aloe, witch hazel, lactic acid and white grapefruit oil

For those suffering from depression, loneliness, or for anyone you just wish you could hug in person. (YES MEEEE!)

Photos of some of the other stunning curations.     Solace gifts are perfect for anyone going through hard times or grief, and they are especially poignant this year as so many loved ones can’t be together for the holidays.

“Solace gifts are designed to bring light into a dark time,” says Megan Beck. “The holidays can be very difficult for a lot of people, even though there’s also a lot of joy surrounding them. Not everybody has family around, especially this year. This is a way to really be there for each other when we can’t be present in person.”

Help a loved one feel loved and supported with gifts like:

The Uplifting Collection

  • Midnight blue cashmere blanket scarf

  • Solace experiential journal coloring book

  • Set of colored pencils

  • Glass tea infuser travel bottle

  • Refreshing tea blend made with elderflower, orange peel, zesty ginger, peppermint, eucalyptus, sage, and sweet apple

  • Engraved white jade serenity stone

  • Eucalyptus-mint gold-tinned candle

  • Private label body toner made with aloe, witch hazel, lactic acid, and white grapefruit oil

 

The Brightening Set

  • Refreshing tea blend made with elderflower, orange peel, zesty ginger, peppermint, eucalyptus, sage, and sweet apple

  • Private label body toner made with aloe, witch hazel, lactic acid, and white grapefruit oil

  • Engraved white jade serenity stone

 

The Soothing Set

  • Aromatherapy dough infused with lavender and cedarwood

  • Wooden hand-held massager

  • Peppermint oil roll-on to help with aches and nausea

 

The Relaxing Set

  • Relaxing tea blend made with peppermint, chamomile, valerian root, lemongrass, and hibiscus

  • Cucumber-infused hydrating lotion

  • Deep blue weighted silk sleep mask

 

View the full selection of Solace gifts here.

“We’re a company of empathy,” says Naomi Beck. “As people are looking around while holiday shopping, it can sometimes feel like, ‘Oh, everything is so holly jolly, and no one really understands what I’m going through right now.’ We’re the company out there that resonates with what you’re feeling when things are more difficult.”

Also, this is a female-founded small biz!

About Megan: Megan Beck is the co-founder of Solace — a gift company designed to connect with the heart of those experiencing pain and provide them with practical, mental, emotional, and physical help through their storm. She has found that some of life’s most fulfilling and deeply joyful experiences are in bringing light into another’s dark time. She believes the shared humanity and vulnerability of feeling another’s hurt and doing something to help has healing power that goes both directions. Heavy tragedies and personal struggles are hard to bear alone, so Megan’s desire is to give more people the ability to do something undaunting and uncomplicated to act upon care. It can change everything. It reminds us of what we share in common, and that there is always reason for hope. Visit www.sendsolace.com.

About Naomi: Naomi Beck (say nay-OH-me) is the co-founder of Solace — a gift company designed to connect with the heart of those experiencing pain and provide them with practical, mental, emotional, and physical help through their storm. During her own personal journey through life’s trials and tribulations, love is the “true north” she comes back to as the antidote for suffering. Her greatest hope is that, by providing a simple way to show others we care, we can help lighten each other’s load as we all try to find our way in this heartbreaking, crazy, beautiful world. Visit www.sendsolace.com.

The Ultimate Self-Care Ritual

October 1, 2020

Higher Dose

Give yourself permission to practice self-care rituals that prioritize your own standards of happiness. In today’s busy, over-stimulated world, taking the time to slow down can often feel overly indulgent and unproductive, but it’s actually the opposite. Allowing yourself the time and space to rest and revive is one of the best ways to stimulate clarity and increase an overall sense of happiness.

Take moments to take care of yourself, physically, emotionally and spiritually. To make the most of your me-time, create a ritual of consistent practices—routine habits that are nourishing and motivating and can be realistically sustained.

To get you started, we’ve curated the ultimate self-care ritual, specially designed to soothe and improve. Plus, a few of our favorite products

Skin Brushing. A morning moment, dry brushing offers energizing qualities while improving the look and feel of your skin. Just 3-5 minutes will buzz your body’s connections. Skin is the human body’s largest organ, and skin brushing helps us keep it detoxified with a tantalizing and awakening effect. A healthy, invigorating way to turn sluggish and dull into bright, smooth and glowing. For traveling, we love the Dry Body Brush by EcoTools. (EcoTools produces 100% cruelty-free and vegan synthetic makeup brushes, sponges, applicators and bath accessories that are both stylish and eco-friendly.)

Oil Massage. Follow skin brushing with nutrient-rich, organic body oil for a calming, soothing effect that replenishes dry skin—locks in moisture and ensures glowing softness, firmness and radiance. We opt for pure jojoba oil, as it’s the closest molecule to our natural skin.

HD Infrared Sauna Blanket. Perfect at-home or on-the-go, our sauna blankets provide a slimming, detoxifying and mood-heightening experience—using radiant infrared heat to relax and revive the body. Reduce stress and anxiety, purify your system and trigger a feel-good dose of your brain’s happiness chemicals: dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins.

Face Mask + Hair Mask. A nice, gentle way to enhance quiet, calm reflections. Face and hair masks put you into total spa mode and boost confidence in appearance. To save on time, let your hair and face masks set while soaking in your sauna blanket. Infrared heat raises your core body temperature, opening your pores to better absorb face masks. Also, the heat from your scalp will help activate and enhance nourishing hair masks. For the face, we love Clear Improvement Charcoal Honey Mask to Purify & Nourish by Origins—formulated with bamboo charcoal, this purifying mask deep cleans and draws out deep-dwelling pore-clogs, impurities and debris, while golden wildflower and fermented honey nourish the skin. For hair, we look for castor oil, which stimulates natural hair growth while restoring and moisturizing damaged strands and nurturing the scalp.

Breathwork + Meditation. Where consciousness and subconscious meet. Focus on slow, intentioned, mindful breathing to encourage deep emotional, psychological and physical cleansing. We can participate in our breath and immediately feel the effects.   Enter into meditative states, letting go of unhealthy thoughts, embracing clarity, establishing positive control of energies…effective and endlessly beneficial, regardless of busy schedules and limited spaces. Tip: if you’re new or prefer to practice with guidance, we recommend zoning out with headphones and the 1 Giant Mind app—a great support for learning, growing and developing your self-practice. 

“This article is originally posted on HigherDOSE.com