We could all use a boost to our immune system these days. Eating healthy, getting exercise and a restful nights sleep is our mantra right now, but so is supplementing and finding ways to enhance our bodies whenever we can. Enter Keto-BEAM, a brand that […]
It’s all about the coffee these days. With this extended time at home, you might be finding that you need an extra boost of java which are totally all about. These days, we’ve been enjoying this classic drink but with a twist thanks to CBD Living […]
We love our snacks! With many trips to the beach and pool, we have been packing a new favorite chewy/healthy bar called Monkey Bars from Monkey.
A DC-based health food company, Monkey Bars are the perfect portable snack that are made with just three 100% certified organic ingredients: apple, banana and cashews! This delicious combination packs a punch in flavor that contains clean protein from cashews and fueling fiber, natural sugars, and vitamins from apples and bananas. We love the consistency of the bars that’s not too sticky or sweet that also doesn’t make us feel icky or all-sugared up after we eat one.
The bars are also shelf-stable (up to a year), making them a great pantry staple to have around the house as well an allergy-friendly option one that’s gluten-free, vegan, and paleo-friendly.
Additionally, Monkey is donating 5% of ecommerce sales to World Central Kitchen to support food security for those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, and 10% of ecommerce sales to National Bail Out, a Black-led and Black-centered organization supporting Black communities, and efforts to end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration.
Perfect for a snack at work, when you’re on-the-go the summer, or simply to have around, Monkey Bars feature a consistent texture with a welcoming flavor that’s satisfying, delicious and healthy!
Monkey is available by the box (7, 12, or 60 bars) and through a variety of subscription options, with free national shipping via www.monkeyus.com.
We will be the first ones to admit it: we’re totally and completely addicted to coffee. But these days, even our beloved java is changing the way it looks. This includes Ryze Mushroom Coffee, a new blend that contains less than half the caffeine of […]
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We all know that periods suck. But there’s a new way to make them way less sucky thanks to the magical gummies known as FLO.
As most women know there isn’t much relief when that dreaded time of the month arrives. It sucks, but we all learn to deal, adapt, and, yea, suffer because we have to. That acceptance wasn’t enough for design director Brianna Bitton when her PMS was rendering her crippled for a full week during every cycle. She decided she no longer wanted to take PMS lying down, and teamed up with her brother Bobby Bitton to make PMS suck less.
What resulted was Flo, circular pink gummies that are packed with a powerful formula of Chaste Berry, Dong Quai, Vitamin B6, and Lemon Balm. This powerhouse works to alleviate bloating, hormonal acne, mood swings, breast tenderness, exhaustion, and more!
The incredible system is beyond easy-to-use where you simply have to chew two of their vitamins, which works to alleviate common period-related symptoms and to balance hormones. Having tried these vitamins firsthand, I was amazed by how they helped to relieve cramps, boating, and even hormonal acne. It seriously felt like magic where I had no cramping and felt balanced and at ease, which I’ve never experienced during that time of the month. Flo recommends to use their vitamins as used for two menstrual cycles to experience full results.
These circular-shaped vitamins are also delicious, non-GMO, vegan, gluten free, allergen free, and made in the U.S.!
Learn even more about Flo and get the vitamins here.
Summer is all about being outdoors and enjoying the slower pace. With limited travel options this year, we have been making the most of our area by taking hikes and enjoying picnics. One of our picnic staples has been classic tuna fish sandwiches using Safe […]
We are living in a particularly stressful and anxious time that isn’t showing any signs of letting up anytime soon. To combat anxiety, we have boosting our immunity, limiting tech, and using some products from Hemp Theory. While there are a lot of hemp products […]
These days we all want to find ways to support our health and boost our immunity. Now, more than ever it’s so important to eat right, exercise, manage stress and anxiety and make sure that we are getting enough sleep.
To learn more, we interviewed Dr. Dominique Gummelt, PhD, Wellness Expert & Verv Wellness Expert, a certified fitness trainer who specializes in group and personal training, wellness, and exercise-as-medicine. Below, she shares some of her tangible tips and advice on how you can easily boost your immunity and feel great this summer (and beyond!).
5 Ways to Boost Your Immunity
Wellness Patterns: What are some ways we all can boost our immune systems?
Dr. Dominique Gummelt:
- Regular physical activity/exercise
- Adequate sleep/rest
- Nutritious diet (e.g. high in fruits and veggies; drinking enough water)
- Managing stress well
- Maintain a healthy weight
Wellness Patterns: How does exercise and sleep play into this?
Dr. Dominique Gummelt: Regular exercise provides a plethora of health benefits to the wellbeing of human beings. Specifically pertaining to immunity, exercise increases T-cells and boosts the natural killer cells’ function in the immune system. Exercises contributes to decrease inflammation in the body and mobilizes massive amounts of immune cells. Interestingly, during exercise, various proteins are released that assist with maintaining immunity.
Regular adequate sleep is vital for a well-functioning immune system. While you sleep, your body makes cytokines, proteins, which target inflammation and infection. Sleep can positively impact lowering stress levels as well.
Wellness Patterns: What are some super foods that can boost our well-being?
Dr. Dominique Gummelt: Key concept: there are a lot of foods we should consume, particularly within the vegetable and fruit category! However, a few foods continuously stand out as super foods related to boosting the immunity:
3) Citrus Fruits
Wellness Patterns: What are some of your favorite ways to workout at home? Programs to use?
Dr. Dominique Gummelt: One of the easiest, most practical and most inexpensive ways to work out at home is to use just your own body doing calisthenic, basic exercises. Examples of that include push-ups, lunges and squats. However, it is advisable to follow a smart routine, sequence and logical combination of calisthenics that also include a cardio-focus, strength training and flexibility training.
The “Stay-At-Home-Kit” offered by the VERV App contains a brilliant set of exercise routines utilizing just your body. It provides different options addressing the different categories of fitness for all levels. A virtual coach, a timer and music are options within this kit, helping you to stay focused and make it really fun and easy to follow. These types of tools ensure that you exercise safely, effectively and with focus to achieve your wellness goals.
Wellness Patterns: Anything else to add?
Dr. Dominique Gummelt: As VERV’s Wellness Expert and in my various roles as a fitness expert and wellness coach, I have had the privilege to work with a plethora of people and I can say with confidence that those who chose to use tools, such as an app, are significantly more successful in getting healthier, losing weight and getting fit.
I encourage everyone to tap into the power of wellness practices, which include physical activity, healthy eating, maintaining a healthy weight, sleeping regularly and managing stress effectively. These key behaviors can protect you and provide a greater quality of life in every way.
We live in a time where there are wonderful resources available. Particularly during this life-changing time for all of us, we can utilize these powerful tools to equip ourselves to get stronger, to become more resilient and build up our immunity for a better wellbeing and existence!
Discover more about VERV here.
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