Go with the Gut: 7 Foods to Eat for Better Skin, Hair and Mood

Written by lyricsmama on October 11, 2017 – 12:13 PM -

By Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O.

All symptoms of the body from thin, dull hair, and sallow skin, to acne breakouts, body aches and sluggish energy all point to the gut. Gut health is incredibly important making mindful eating an essential part of longevity and anti-aging. If you want to feel vibrant and maintain a youthful appearance up to 15 years younger than your actual age, start weaving these key foods into your diet.

Garlic:
When we have an overgrowth of candida in the gut we experience things like acne breakouts, bloating, and constipation. Garlic mitigates all of this because it kills candida. Garlic also aids in digestion and immunity. Garlic also has anti-inflammatory properties making it ideal for joint aches. Allicin, which serves as an anti-aging, antifungal benefit to garlic aids in smoothing skin and preventing acne and other skin conditions.

Ground Flaxseed:
Responsible for helping food to travel effortlessly and smoothly through the GI tract, flaxseed keeps us regular. Flaxseed also contains cancer fighters called lignans which also ward off heart disease. Flaxseed helps to minimize rashes, skin flare ups and irritation. When you consume flaxseed your skin becomes more even toned and less sensitive.

Apple cider vinegar:
One of the best ways to address any digestive issues is to combine a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water or in tea and drink it before a meal. It helps your body to break down food. It helps with to prevent indigestion and stomach issues after eating. Anytime you can aid the digestive process you’ll notice glowing skin and a youthful radiance.

Celery & Celery Juice:
Another anti-inflammatory and cancer fighter celery also lowers blood pressure and rids us of sugar cravings (and sugar makes the skin sallow and leads to breakouts). The natural salts in celery juice maintain a healthy gut pH. The common recommendation is to drink 16 ounces on an empty stomach and improvements to digestion and physical appearance will be evident within 10 days.

Cauliflower:
High in fiber, cauliflower helps the gut maintain healthy microbes. This is important because when microbes or gut flora are out of whack a whole slew of symptoms become evident. These include digestive issues, depression or anxiety, and skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.

Fermented foods:
Kimchi is delicious and sauerkraut or pickled vegetables can make for a nice topping to a salad or mid-day snack. These fermented foods are packed with good bacteria which balances the microbiome, which is the anchor for our health and immunity.

Asparagus:
Another “prebiotic” fiber that keeps the gut healthy and balanced is asparagus. You can add garlic to it and broil it in the oven offering a 1 -2 punch of gut friendly foods in one delicious side dish. It’s important to note that people who suffer from stomach pain may not do well with prebiotics in larger amounts. If the gut is already inflamed these foods can cause a flare up.

About the Doctor:
Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson’s. He has worked with Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Gotham’s, Donal Logue; and as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers. Connect with him via twitter @drcalapai or at www.drcal.net

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Solar Eclipse Eye Safety Tips from Lighthouse Guild

Written by lyricsmama on August 20, 2017 – 1:51 PM -

Excitement continues to build for the solar eclipse that will take place on Monday, August 21. Lighthouse Guild offers five tips to help protect your eyes while watching this extraordinary event.

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or handheld solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. They transmit thousands of times too much sunlight.

  • If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun.
  • After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter. Do not remove it while looking at the sun.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
  • Do not look at the sun through a camera, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewer –- the concentrated solar rays could damage the filter and enter your eyes causing serious injury.

(This safety information has been endorsed by the American Astronomical Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the American Academy of Optometry, the American Optometric Association, and the National Science Foundation.)

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Why this is the best time to quit smoking….

Written by lyricsmama on August 1, 2017 – 10:47 AM -

Our knowledge of smoking as a vice has increased dramatically in last several decades. Nowadays we can with certainty tell that smoke is bad for your health and cigarettes and tobacco cause several severe diseases.

With the progress of our knowledge of nicotine, our knowledge of how to quit smoking also increased. People all over the world have fought for decades against this vice and we finally have a list of solutions that can help.

And not only that.

We also have good substitutions to cigarettes such as electronic cigarettes and e-juice. They are much better for our health and finally represent something that can dissuade you from smoking any longer.

Without prolonging any further, let’s check all the tips and tricks that can help you deal with this vice.

1. Creating a proper plan
First thing that you need to realize is that removing cigarettes from your life doesn’t mean the same thing for everyone. While there are those who will try to limit their consumption or decide to smoke in special occasions, others will try to quit forever. No matter what you wish to do, it is necessary to create a realistic plan before anything else. Reducing amount smoked is a step in the right direction but will not be satisfy everyone. Start with little steps and as you go you can easily increase your expectations and goal until you reach your ultimate goal and that is completely removing cigarettes from your life.

2. Creating a positive mental attitude
Like with all vices this battle can be won in your head. It is first necessary to create a positive atmosphere and to think the right way. Simply wanting to stop smoking will not cut it. If that was enough, most of the smoker would’ve stopped smoking by now. Instead you need to create a list with all the reasons why smoking is bad for you. This will strengthen your will and persuade you that you’re making the right decision. With all this being said, it is also necessary to mention your current mental state (regardless of smoking). If you are depressed or have some other issues pulling you down in life, it will be very hard to stop. Only with a clear head can you start tackling the issue.

3. Find a substitution until you completely quit
As I already mentioned, going cold turkey overnight is rather hard thing to do. This is why most smokers decide to deal with their nicotine addiction slowly. Before they completely give up on in, they try various substitutions. Main thing with these substitutions is to provide you a feeling as if you’re still smoking and actually you’re not. This is very important as cigarettes and tobacco create a motoric dependency where you’re used to having something in your hands. Best way to deal with it? Get e-cigarettes. They use vape juice or e-juice instead of nicotine. It is a substance that is much healthier and doesn’t cause dependency. At the same time, you will still have a feeling of smoking and this will allow you to slowly reduce and ultimately remove smokes from your life.

4. Rely on support
When it comes to vices most people hate relying on support groups and family. This is mostly due to our arrogance. We think that this is an issue we will easily be able to tackle and tend to sneer on anyone’s attempts to assist. However, support groups have shown incredible results over the years. Best thing about them is the fact they consist of people who have already been through same hell as you did and have learned valuable lessons. There are also those who managed to quit and they represent a shining example of how your life could be. Family is also very important in this situation. Although family doesn’t have the same teaching purpose it definitely can help you in an emotional way. They can also be there when you need to take your mind of cigarettes and do some fun activities.

As you can see, it can be really easy to quit smoking. All you need is a proper plan a support of your friends and family!

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6 Super Summer Snacks for those Who Want to be Fit and Fabulous

Written by lyricsmama on June 28, 2017 – 12:57 PM -

Snacking is something just about everyone does. It’s hard to resist the urge to grab some snacks, especially during the summer when you are having fun and on the run. The problem is that many people grab the wrong types of snacks, which may work against their desire to be fit and fabulous. Far too often, people reach for sugary snacks, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can lead to health problems such as weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. For those who want to be fit and fabulous this summer, it’s a good idea to pay attention to the snack choices they make.

“It’s so easy to eat far too many calories simply because we are grabbing the wrong snacks,” explains Coach Sarah Walls, personal trainer and owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc., who is also the strength and conditioning coach for WNBA’s Washington Mystics. “It’s important to have healthy snacks on hand at all times and know what to reach for when you do go shopping or you are in a hurry. It may take only a minute to eat it, but done too often it can have lasting consequences.”

According to the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, snacks for those who are not very active should be no more than 200 calories. For those who are active, they recommend not going over snacks that are 200-300 calories. They also recommend only snacking when you are hungry and sticking to recommended portion sizes. It’s also important to keep the added sugar in check, considering that the Harvard School of Public Health reports the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar a day, which is around an extra 350 calories.

Keeping this in mind, here are 6 super summer snacks for those who want to be fit and fabulous:

  1. Chia seed pudding – Chia are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, and other nutrients. Use the attached recipe to create a simple chia seed pudding that is nutritious and delicious.
  2. Homemade fruit popsicles – Use an online recipe to make some healthy homemade fruit and veggie popsicles. They will be great on a hot summer day and will give you a fruit serving.
  3. Yogurt –Opt for varieties that don’t have a lot of sugar. This will give you a boost in healthy bacteria, protein, and calcium.
  4. Apple with peanut butter – An apple dipped in one teaspoon of natural peanut butter or other nut butter is a healthy snack that will give you protein, fiber, and other nutrients.
  5. Melons – Summer is melon season and you can’t go wrong with loading up on watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe. They are loaded with vitamins and are refreshing.
  6. Avocado toast – Using whole wheat toast, spread a half of an avocado on it. That will give you some fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and healthy fats.

    “Don’t deny yourself the ability to have some snacks this summer, just be sure to reach for healthier options,” added Coach Walls. “Whether you are an athlete or you just want to feel better and look great, keeping healthier snack options in mind will go a long way toward helping you to reach those goals.”

Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

This chia seed recipe takes just 10 minutes to make and yields two cups of pudding.

2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
6 tablespoons of chia seeds
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of sweetener (honey or maple syrup), optional
Berries for topping
Mix all ingredients together except for the berries. Stir to make sure there are no clumps of chia seeds. Put it in the refrigerator to set for at least two hours. Top with the berries and enjoy!

Sarah Walls has over 15 years experience in coaching and personal training. Owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc, founded in 2007, she offers coaching to develop athletes, adult programs, team training, online coaching, and more. She is also the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and has over eight years of experience working as an NCAA D1 strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer. To learn more, visit the site: www.saptstrength.com.

SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc.

Located in Fairfax, Virginia, SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc. is a high performance training club that specializes in helping to develop athletes of all ages. They offer athletic training programs for youth, college students, and amateurs. The company was founded in 2007 by Sarah Walls, a professional strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer with NCAA D1 experience, who is the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA Washington Mystics team. To learn more, visit the site: www.saptstrength.com.

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Quiz: A Healthier Visit To The Coffee House

Written by lyricsmama on June 25, 2017 – 11:54 AM -

As much as it’s something we’d all like to give up at one point or another, lets face it. Coffee is LIFE! So when you make that visit to your local coffee house, are you choosing the healthiest items? How can you make your visit just a little healthier?

Take the quiz below, and see if you’re making the right choices for your lifestyle when you visit the coffee shop, or find out how you can make better ones! You do need to log in with your Facebook or email, but don’t worry Health IQ only uses email information collected as a way to prevent cheating, they don’t use the emails collected in any marketing program.

About Health IQ:
HealthIQ’s mission is to improve the health of the world. In pursuit of this mission, they’ve created over 1,000 health-related quizzes and worked with innovative insurance companies to create financial rewards for health conscious people. To date, Health IQ has helped over ten thousand triathletes, vegans, runners, and other health conscious people secure billions in life insurance coverage, and they hope to expand to other financial rewards in the near future.

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