Oct 242013

pomThere is more to Fall than pumpkins and Halloween. It’s pomegranate season baby! Typically, pomegranates are in season from September through January and in some cases lasting through February. Taking center stage not only for their taste but for their magnificent health properties, here’s a little pomegranate 101.

Pomegranates are one of the oldest known, nutrient dense fruits respected today for their impressive source of anti-oxidants. Antioxidants, found in fruits, nuts and vegetables, counteract the damaging effects of oxidation to the body. Like an apple turns brown, cars turn to rust or sunspots/age spots appear on your skin, oxidation is the direct results of free radical damage caused by sun, smoke, pollution, stress, chemicals, etc.  continue reading

Oct 222013

Laughter Is The Best Medicine We have all heard that “laughter is the best medicine”, right? Well did you know that 15 minutes of laughter can burn nearly 10-40 calories? Think about it. We change physiologically when we laugh. Using various muscles in our body, our pulse and blood pressure go up, and we breathe faster, requiring more oxygen…all resulting in calories burned. So, can we really laugh off the unwanted lbs?! While you’d have to laugh for 12 straight hours to lose a single pound, the point is, laughter does actually burn calories.

Now I’m not suggesting that you divorce kettlebells and quit the gym all together. Let’s not get crazy. I’m simply agreeing with the experts that “laughter is the best medicine.” Aside from burning calories, laughing decreases stress hormones (cortisol, adrenaline and dopac) and an increases beta-endorphins (which lowers depression). continue reading

Oct 182013

Once upon a time…
It’s go time. You’re standing in the middle of the gym contemplating where to head first. It’s no surprise that the gym is overcrowded with what may seem like a thousand people. After all, it is Saturday. Grrrr…bulging muscle head dudes, supermodels and the seventeen year-old Little Miss Perfects. Come on, decide already! Free weights? Machines? How about those intriguing gadgets crossfitters use that you wouldn’t know what to do with anyway? As you carefully scan each section of the gym, as if you’re now a part of the secret service, you make eye contact with a man that clearly could be the next Christian Grey. Crap! Look away. Look down. DO SOMETHING! Phone, phone, where’s my fricking phone?!

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Oct 012013

Food Is MedicineFirst and foremost, I’d like to acknowledge that I do believe in specifically designed medications that treat health risks and medical conditions. You should absolutely talk to your physician or dietitian regarding which supplements and doses are appropriate for you. But, do your research before you start popping pills. Not all supplements are good for you and in some cases may be doing more harm to your body. Tip, the FDA, Food and Drug Administration, keeps a list of dietary supplements that are under regulatory review or that have been reported to cause adverse effects. If you’re taking a supplement, it’s always good idea to check the FDA website for updates. You should always be aware of what you put into your body.

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