Health & Wellness

Skin Care

May 21st, 2018   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Your skin has full exposure to UV rays, pollution, blue light from mobile devices, and harsh ingredients in products. Beauty brands are working to design products that will nourish and support the important ecosystem of the skin. Instead of harming the skin, brands are researching ways in which to build up the defense of the skin. Ingredients such as lipids, ceramides, adaptogens, and even live bacteria are used for the skin’s functionality.

In addition, there are numerous natural oils that are suggested to sustain smooth and radiant skin. For centuries: coconut, shea butter, and olive oil have been used for skin and hair care. When questioned how much of the oils to use, it is surely determined by trial and error. Your skin knows when enough is enough.

In reference, coconut oil has been proven to work for a wide spectrum of people. Nevertheless, if you have oily skin and acne prone the use of coconut oil may not be the resort. Olive oil does not typically trigger allergic reactions; it contains vitamins A, D, E, and K. Lastly, shea butter is commonly found in solid form and melts at body temperature. Organic shea butter can be combined with olive oil or coconut oil to create a smoother texture for application. Rajani Katta, a dermatologist at Baylor College of Medicine, believes that one of the reasons that natural oils have come back into prominence is because there has been a search in moisturizers that do not cause allergic reactions, do not have as many chemicals, and are cost effective.

 

by Tiarra Miller

SOUL CYCLE: THE NEWEST FORM OF EXERCISE

May 16th, 2018   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

All of us could use some motivation and inspiration every once in a while, something that would actually make us want to get up and finally start that diet that we’ve been telling ourselves we would start “next Monday.” Well, the newest form of exercise is here and I think this one might be around for a while. Soul Cycle is a 45- minute indoor cycling class that features high-intensity cardio muscle-sculpting strength training, and rhythm-based choreography. It is a New York City-based fitness company with studios that have now spread into 9 different U.S states. According to the soul cycle creators, “it’s so much more than just a workout — it’s a powerful mind-body experience.” Soul Cycle is the new Zumba, a group atmosphere with a one of a kind playlist, unbeatable. It’s time to scratch that diet you’ve been thinking about and instead time to start a change in your lifestyle, and soul cycle seems to be that start.

 

By: Serena Vohra

Living Better with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

May 11th, 2018   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Brazilian Jiu JItsu, also known as BJJ, has been slowly crept into the mainstream. With the surge of combat sports in pop culture, Brazilian Jiu JItsu has made a stand as one of the most superior martial arts. The art was initially designed to give an advantage for a smaller individual to control and subdue a much larger foe. Not only does this martial art have significant benefits when it comes to self defense, it also has a incredible cardiovascular benefit. It is estimated that a moderate training session can burn 4 calories per pound per hour. For a person that weighs 150 lbs, that would burn 600 calories in only one hour. Of course, as intensity increases so does the amount of calories burned. For a great workout and learning how to defend yourself, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a great choice.

 

Written By Daniel Sproviero

Healthy Eating

April 20th, 2018   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Healthy EatingFast Food, Friend or Foe?

Healthy eating plays an important role in maintaining great health. However, some people do not take it seriously. The emergence of fast food restaurants makes it difficult for individuals to develop healthy habits. They serve food that contains little to no nutritional value, which can lead to many diseases such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and others. Instead of eating at fast food places, trying cooking at home. When one cooks at home, they know exactly what’s in their food. When eating at places such as McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s, one never really knows what they’re eating. All we really know is that the food they serve is highly processed and contains large amounts of carbohydrates, added sugar, unhealthy fats and sodium. Which is why it is very important for people to reduce their fast food intake and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The best way to do so is by eating healthy every day. Consequently, they will have better and improved health outcome.

Examples of how you can improve their eating habits:

  • Ditch the McFlurry and cookies and try fruits instead.
  • Switch from french fries to vegetables.
  • Dump the soda and have water as your main beverage.

Following a healthy eating, pattern helps in the prevention of many chronic diseases that may arise later in life. Although some of these diseases are genetic, a healthy eating habit will certainly help decrease the risk of developing them. Eating healthy will not only prevent chronic illnesses but it will also save lives. Ditch fast food today!

By Monica Legerme

The Benefits of Kale

April 25th, 2017   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Kale has become the “IT” vegetable for being the number 1 choice for people looking to shed some weight. A nutritious vegetable that contains iron, vitamins, calcium, and antioxidants. This vegetable can help detox, anti-flammontry problems, cardiovascular, and digestion. Here is a simple recipe to get you started with a “Kale Salad”:

Kale Salad

Ingredients

4 serving’s calories 229

  • 1 large head kale, stemmed, leaves cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup slivered raw almonds
  • coarse sea salt to taste

Directions

  1. Place kale in a large bowl. Drizzle balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and lemon juice over the top; toss to coat. Add almonds and salt; toss to combine. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until flavors combine, 15 to 30 minutes.

By: Emily Fermin

Ways to Reduce Stress

March 13th, 2017   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

 

  1. Listen to music- By listening to music it can help you forget about the stress that you are going through and it can relax your mind. Hearing music helps your mind think and perform better. The type of music people should hear depends on the person. A person can hear calm music to help them relax or hear music that has an upbeat tempo to liven up their spirit. Choose music that helps you reduce stress.
  2. Talk to somebody– By talking to somebody about your issues this can help you relief some stress. Talk to somebody about what is causing your issue and how your stress started. You should ask for other people’s advice since it is important to get other people’s point of view of your situation.
  3. Eat Healthy– By eating healthy this can improve your mental health. Also, this can help you have energy so you can be more productive throughout the day. The type of food a person can eat is food that contains a lot of vitamins and nutrition such as food that has fruits, vegetables, and meat. People need to stop eating junk food since it affects your mood.
  4. Exercise– By working out you can take out your frustration during your workout. Exercising can help you relax your mind and become healthier. People should exercise at least three times a week. The types of workout a person can do are yoga, cardio, Zumba, and etc.
  5. Getting enough sleep– By getting enough sleep you can focus more during the day. A person should sleep at least 7 to 9 hours a day.

 

By: Emily Fermin

Healthy Recipes To Energize Your Day

February 7th, 2017   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Many people find it difficult to lose weight, thus they need to find healthy alternatives to the foods that they love in order to lose weight.  Having a healthy diet is one way to shed a few pounds by focusing more on eating meals that contain vitamins and minerals also staying away from any meals that contain carbohydrates. By focusing on a healthy diet, you can gain more energy and improve your health. We have listed alternative choices for your breakfast, lunch, dinner and desert help you get started.

Breakfast:

Yogurt Parfait

 

Ingredients :

 

  • 2 cups of vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup of granola
  • Add your favorite fruits (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, bananas, and etc.)

Directions:

Combine the vanilla yogurt, the granola, and your favorite fruits.

Lunch:

Smoky Kale Salad

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of green kale, stemmed and leaves roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch of red kale, stemmed and leaves roughly chopped
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 ½ teaspoon chipotle pepper powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon liquid amino acid
  • 1 avocado

Directions:

Combine green kale, red kale, pecans, apple cider vinegar, honey, chipotle pepper powder, paprika, and liquid amino acid together in a bowl. Massage the kale mixture together using your hands until leaves are evenly coated and starting to soften, about 3 minutes; fold in avocado.

Dinner:

Salmon

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 6 small potatoes
  • 10 spare asparagus
  • 2(8 ounces) skinless, bone-less, center cut salmon fillets
  • Salt and ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

Directions:

 Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  1. Take two pieces of parchment paper, fold in half, and cut a half-circle starting at each crease. They should look similar to a heart-shape when unfolded. Coat each piece of parchment with olive oil on both sides.
  2. Place potatoes in a saucepan and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain.
  3. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add asparagus, and cook uncovered until slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Drain in a colander, then immediately immerse in ice water for several minutes until cold to stop the cooking process. Once the asparagus is cold, drain well, and set aside.
  4. Place 1 salmon fillet, half the asparagus, and half the potatoes in the middle of one side of a prepared parchment paper. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil. Fold other half of circle over and seal parchment edge by making overlapping folds around the edge. At the end, fold the last crease in the opposite direction of the rest to ensure it seals. Repeat with the second piece of prepared parchment and remaining ingredients. Place pouches on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes before cutting open parchment. The salmon is done when it flakes easily with a fork.

Desert:

Peanut Butter Thins

Ingredients:
Nonstick baking spray
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat or white whole wheat flour
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon wheat germ
2 teaspoons chia seeds, optional
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup creamy natural peanut butter
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large egg white
1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, melted (about 2 small squares)

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with aluminum foil with a 1-inch overhang on all sides. Spray lightly with baking spray.
Combine both flours, oats, wheat germ, chia seeds if using, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Combine the peanut butter, brown sugar, vegetable oil and egg white in another medium bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the dry ingredients and beat on low until a wet and sandy mixture that holds together when squeezed. Turn the dough out into the prepared pan and press into an even layer. Bake until golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely. Drizzle with the chocolate. Let the chocolate harden and break into eighteen 2-inch even pieces

By:
Emily Fermin

 

 

Bill Gates Warns World About Deadly Epidemic In The Next Decade

December 30th, 2016   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

 

Of course Mr. Gates would make such an announcement after I’ve binge watched FX’s The Strain! The billionaire philanthropist declared the world ‘vulnerable’ to a deadly epidemic. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s global emergency response team lacks the strength and ability to develop new drugs and vaccines. “I cross my fingers all the time that some epidemic like a big flu doesn’t come along in the next 10 years,” Gates told Britain’s BBC radio. “I do think we will have much better medical tools, much better response, but we are a bit vulnerable right now if something spread very quickly, like a flu, that was quite fatal,” he added. Gates also defended the World Health Organization over the criticism it received from it’s handling of the 2014 Ebola crisis. Despite the lack of funding and support, Gates has hope that the world will overcome any obstacles we face if we can come together and put our differences aside for the sake of humanity.

Article by:
Gerard Gagliano

How to Properly Handle a Holiday Guest Who Suffers From Alcoholism or Addiction

December 22nd, 2016   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

The holiday season is upon us and with it comes the insanity known as family. As much as we love them and cherish the times we get to spend with them, it is sometimes difficult to handle loved ones especially those who suffer from alcoholism or addiction. If you’re hosting someone who does suffer from alcoholism or addiction, here are a few things to keep in mind:

 

  1. Set expectations before the visit or event.

Let your guest know that while staying in your home, there will be rules that everyone must follow. If they don’t, they will be asked to leave. Anita Gadhia-Smith, a psychotherapist from D.C. and Maryland says, “You don’t have to host people who are alcoholics or drug addicts just to be polite or people-please.”

  1. Express the importance of safety

If your guest drinks excessively or abuses drugs, let it be known right away that you will not put up with that kind of behavior. Do not let your guest(s) drive, arrange for a taxi to take them to a hotel if necessary.

  1. Rid your home of alcohol and prescription drugs.

Hide your contents in a locked boxed placed outside of plain view. You may also wish to keep your contents with a friend until your guest leaves. Come up with creative ways to pass the time…not every activity needs alcohol.

  1. Set specific times

Instead of serving alcoholic drinks during cocktail hour at your holiday party, offer nonalcoholic drinks and snacks. This will make it harder for them to indulge.

  1. Consider hosting at a venue

You may want to consider gathering at a restaurant, or any other public place. This allows your guests the opportunity to leave at any time. “Sometimes things start out great and deteriorate quickly,” Gadhia-Smith says.

  1. Always show support

You love them…so of course you want them to seek help if they need it. Starting a simple conversation may make all the difference. Expressing the importance of seeking help when they need it is a start. If you feel an intervention is necessary, some experts say it might be beneficial. It is always a smart idea to consult a mental health professional, and more specifically a mental health professional who specializes in addiction.

We hope this helps you get through to your loved one!

 

Article by:

Gerard Gagliano

WHEN YOU SHOULD SEEK HELP…

December 16th, 2016   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Mental health services tend to carry stigmas which often deter people from seeking help. It’s not to uncommon for someone to experience mental health issues and leave them unchecked for a prolonged period of time. In doing so, your problems may actually become worse. Below we have put together a list of signs and symptoms to look out for:

-Withdrawal — Recent social withdrawal and loss of interest in others

-Drop in functioning — An unusual drop in functioning, at school, work or social activities, such as quitting sports, failing in school or difficulty performing familiar tasks

-Problems thinking — Problems with concentration, memory or logical thought and speech that are hard to explain

-Increased sensitivity — Heightened sensitivity to sights, sounds, smells or touch; avoidance of over-stimulating situations

-Apathy — Loss of initiative or desire to participate in any activity

-Feeling disconnected — A vague feeling of being disconnected from oneself or one’s surroundings; a sense of unreality

-Illogical thinking — Unusual or exaggerated beliefs about personal powers to understand meanings or influence events; illogical or “magical” thinking typical of childhood in an adult

Nervousness — Fear or suspiciousness of others or a strong nervous feeling

-Unusual behavior – Odd, uncharacteristic, peculiar behavior

-Sleep or appetite changes — Dramatic sleep and appetite changes or decline in personal care

-Mood changes — Rapid or dramatic shifts in feelings

 

Of course, everything in moderation which means that one or two of these symptoms alone will not determine whether or not you have a mental illness. If you or someone you know, experiences several of these symptoms you may want to seek professional help or encourage someone else to do so. The more we stay aware, the more lives we may save. Suicide is no joke. Those with suicidal thoughts, thoughts of self-harm or harming others need immediate medical and professional attention. Speak up! You would want someone to help you if you were experiencing any of these symptoms. Sometimes just listening to someone will lift a great weight off their shoulders.

 

Article by:

Gerard Gagliano