Spring Things On Our Radar: ZIIP, WHOOP, MOBOT, CANVAS 1839

March 14, 2020

ZIIP: The infamous, one and only, from Melanie Simon – an electrical facial in the palm of your hand. Nanocurrents and microcurrents communicate with your skin cells, increasing their effectiveness, prompting them to heal, and encouraging them to make an abundance of collagen and elastin. The result is healthy, lifted, glowing skin that gets better over time. A no brainer must have.

WHOOP: High-performance tech  Balance your daily recovery, strain and sleep, train optimally and unlock the secrets to your body’s true potential…Whoop!

MOBOT: The foam roller/water bottle for everyday use and high-performance activity. MOBOTs are designed to carry with you and help you roll out anywhere. Sustainable, eco-friendly to help your body and planet.

CANVAS 1839 : Canvas creates the most bioavailable products on the market today in the cannabis space. All made with 100% ultra-potent, pharmaceutical-grade CBD and never psychoactive.


Stay Calm, Stay Boosted

March 12, 2020

From frequent hand washing, face masks, sanitizing and avoiding large crowds, the general population is looking at every available option to keep themselves and their families healthy during the increasingly-threatening Coronavirus pandemic.  Tropical Oasis, Amazon’s leading manufacturer of liquid vitamins, is reporting skyrocketing sales – with many buyers looking to boost their immunity (liquid vitamins are over 90% more absorbent than pills). Others who are struggling with sleep and stress issues are looking for solutions as well.  We’ve rounded up some helpful solutions to help your audience learn about other preventative options:

1.) “Boost Your Immunity” – According to Dr. Terry Wahls M.D. “The body’s natural drop in vitamin D levels can increase vulnerability to influenza and other ailments.”  Some great sources of vitamin D include:

  • Liquid Vitamin D3 – Tropical Oasis’s Vitamin D3 includes 5,000 IU per serving
  • Mega Premium Multivitamin with Minerals – Tropical Oasis’s Mega liquid vitamins are packed with essentials like Vitamin B6 (vital to supporting biochemical reactions in the immune system) and Vitamin C (one of the biggest immune boosters).  A daily intake of vitamin C is essential since your body doesn’t produce or store it.

2.) “Get Plenty of Sleep” – According to naturopathic doctor Christian Gonzalez: “sleep deprivation makes a living body susceptible to many infectious agents.” How to get more sleep? Limiting screen usage before bedtime has been shown effective, as well as natural sleep solutions like:

3.) “Stay Active!” – Many experts recommend long daily walks in nature as a natural way to boost your body’s own immunity.  However, if you are self quarantined or not able to get outdoors, an indoor, online workout is your next best bet:

  • Bulldog Yoga Online Classes will not only keep you active but yoga has been proven to also help with stress management
  • Want something more intense?  Try a Home HIIT Circuit designed by NASM-CPT Corey Phelps (circuit plan available upon request)

4.) “Stay Informed” – There is so much we don’t know about this virus from treatment options to how extensively or quickly it will spread. What we can do is stay up to date on information being provided by informed medical professions.  Dr. Steven Quay has worked in disease prevention for decades and is available for expert quotes and advise on his observations and additional prevention guidelines.

Here’s a discount code for Tropical Oasis for 20% off!  Use code Health20 at checkout!

Now That You’re Home: A Medicine Ball Workout To Stay Strong

March 11, 2020

If you’re stuck at home because Covid-19 is killing off the world, you’ll need to stay strong, especially when you won’t be going to the gym anytime soon.certified fitness expert and boxing extraordinaire, Kollins Ezekh, aka Built By God is here with fun, total-body, medicine ball workout to keep your bod from totally atrophying. Seriously, let’s hope this is the only medicine you’ll be needing during this high-stress time…

Medicine Ball Side Lunge – This full-body functional movement engages everything in your body starting from your shoulders, to your core, and even your inner thighs. It also improves strength and stability. If you can do this, carrying your baby around the house will be a piece of cake. I mean fruit…we are healthy! 

Pro tip: When performing this move, make sure to keep your back straight and core tight. 

4 sets – 12 reps each side

Medicine ball tosses in situp position – This fun workout engages the upper body and core simultaneously.

Pro tip: Make sure to keep your feet off the ground and core strong throughout the toss.

4 sets – 15 reps

Wall Ball Slam – To start, pull the ball away from the wall. When you do this motion, you’re working your obliques. And when you torque the ball and smash it into the wall, you work the your obliques once more. 

Pro tip: Through the entire exercise, make sure you engage your core. Always be aware of your core and keep it strong. When you torque towards the wall, really engage that back glute, as well, with your back foot pointed. 

4 sets – 15 reps

Floor Ball Slam – As you raise the medicine ball above you and slam it down, you are working your upper body and engaging your lower body as you squat to smash the ball towards the ground.

Pro tip: Make sure to fully extend your arms above your head. You can flex your feet and stand on your tippy toes if you want to work more of your body as you lift the ball above your head and squat low when bringing the ball down.

4 sets – 15 reps

Reverse Lunge with a Twist – This variation works the entire body, and by adding the medicine ball and twists ensures that your arms and abs are getting a little attention, too. 

Pro tip: Hold a 5-10 pound medicine ball and when you step forward, stand with feet hip width apart. Keep your core tight as you bend, and make sure both legs are bent in right angles. 

4 sets – 12 reps each side

New Scent Alert: The Prequel Collection of 2020 From The Harmonist

March 6, 2020

Newly obsessed – new scent from luxury perfumer, The Harmonist.

I want to drop dead at the shop on Melrose – but will choose life, so I can report on the scent.

2020 sees the launch of two new scents:  A dyad of perfumes which embody the twin energies of Yin and Yang and pay tribute to our most important celestial bodies, the Sun and the Moon.

the harmonist

Moon Glory launching March 9th and Sun Force launching in September. This collection is named Prequel because without the Sun and the Moon, without Yin and Yang energy, there could be no life on Earth.

So yah, right up my alley.

Lola  Tillyeave, the founder, invited the world-renowned LA tattoo artist Dr. Woo to collaborate on co-creating the visual expression of the Prequel collection given his unique and distinctive depictions of constellations and celestial bodies. The Prequel Collection is a limited-edition of 2,000 bottles, and each bottle comes with a numbered medallion signed by Dr. Woo. This is about as close to Dr. Woo as I’m going get. Have you tried booking with him? Forget it.

The Line Overall:

— Today, the line offers 12 scents (including the new Moon Glory) put together by Givaudan perfumer Guillaume Flavigny, who previously masterminded many of the most well-known recognizable scents in the world
— The Harmonist scents are said to boast one’s destiny in the fields of prosperity, relationships, wisdom, seduction, creativity and prestige.  I’ll take it. Depending on what you are looking for in a given moment in your life, you may choose a different perfume. For now, I’m sticking with this one.

— Translating this philosophy’s expression into scent, The Harmonist creates holistic fragrances designed to cultivate balance, well-being and beauty. Our mission, clearly.

— Inspired by both the art of fragrance as well as the ancient philosophy of Feng Shui, Lola Tillyeave founded The Harmonist in 2013, the first Maison de Parfum which infuses French savoir-faire with the ancient Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui

— Available through the brand’s newly opened boutiques on Avenue George V in Paris and on Melrose Place in L.A, and at Bergdorf Goodman in NYC.

The Harmonist
8483 Melrose Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Get Outside – Your Health Depends On It!

March 5, 2020

As you get outside this spring, have you ever considered how our green spaces contribute to our health? Studies show that green space and landscaping contribute to health, happiness, and intellect.

It’s natural to long for spring when it’s cold outside. But did you know, there’s a good reason why you may pine for green? Living landscapes are an important part of the outdoor lifestyle that Americans enjoy, but the benefits go beyond the barbeque and backyard baseball. Green spaces are necessary for your health.

“The advantages of grass and landscaping surpass the usual physical benefits that result from outdoor activity,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO, Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI). “Numerous studies have found that people who spend more time outside or are exposed to living landscapes are happier, healthier and smarter. As you get ready to get outside this spring with your lawn mower and other outdoor power equipment, it’s great to know being outside is good for you.

Researchers have studied the impact of nature on human well-being for years, but recent studies have found a more direct correlation between human health, particularly related to stress, and the importance of people’s access to nature and managed landscapes.

Getting dirty is actually good for you. Soil is the new Prozac, according to Dr. Christopher Lowry, a neuroscientist at the University of Bristol in England. Mycobacterium vaccae in soil mirrors the effect on neurons that Prozac provides. The bacterium stimulates serotonin production, which explains why people who spend time gardening, doing yard work, and have direct contact with soil feel more relaxed and happier.

Children who are raised on farms in a “dirtier” environment than an urban setting not only have a stronger immune system but are also better able to manage social stress, according to the National Academy of Sciences.

Living near living landscapes can improve your mental health. Researchers in England found that people moving to greener areas experienced an immediate improvement in mental health that was sustained for at least three years after they moved. The study also showed that people relocating to a more developed area suffered a drop in mental health.

Greening of vacant urban areas in Philadelphia reduced feelings of depression by 41.5% and reduced poor mental health by 62.8% for those living near the vacant lots, according to a study by a research team.

Green spaces can make you healthier too. People who live within a half mile of green space (such parks, public gardens, and greenways) were found to have a lower incidence of fifteen diseases by Dutch researchers — including depression, anxiety, heart disease, diabetes, asthma and migraines.

A 2015 study found that people living on streets with more trees had a boost in heart and metabolic health. Studies show that tasks conducted under the calming influence of nature are performed better and with greater accuracy, yielding a higher quality result. Spending time in gardens, for instance, can improve memory performance and attention span by 20%.

Living landscapes make you smarter. Children gain attention and working memory benefits when they are exposed to greenery, says a study led by Payam Dadvand of the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona, In addition, exposure to natural settings may be widely effective in reducing attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms in children.

This applies to adults as well. Research has also shown that being around plants helps you concentrate better at home and at work. Charlie Hall, Ellison Chair in International Floriculture believes that spending time in gardens can improve attention span and memory performance by as much as 20 percent.

A National Institute of Health study found that adults demonstrate significant cognitive gains after going on a nature walk. In addition, a Stanford University study found that walking in nature, rather than a concrete-oriented, urban environment, resulted in decreased anxiety, rumination, and negative affect, and produced cognitive benefits, such as increased working memory performance.

Living landscapes help you heal faster. Multiple studies have discovered that plants in hospital recovery rooms or views of aesthetically-pleasing gardens help patients heal up to one day faster than those who are in more sterile or austere environments.

Physicians are now prescribing time outdoors for some patients, according to recent reports. Park Rx America is a non-profit with a mission to encourage physicians to prescribe doses of nature.

All of these benefits reinforce the importance of maintaining our yards, parks and other community green spaces. Trees, shrubs, grass, and flowering plants are integral to human health. Not only do they provide a place for kids and pets to play, they directly contribute to our mental and physical well-being.