Friday, January 29, 2016

Pros and Cons of Detox Cleanses


Your body naturally detoxes through your digestive system, liver, kidneys and even the skin that you shed. That is your body’s way of breaking down toxins and eliminating what is not needed. A detox cleanse can complement your body’s natural processes, if it’s done right.

You have probably heard about the benefits of a cleanse or detox, from quick and easy weight loss and improved energy to a rebalance of your entire digestive system. Cleanses kickstart your body’s natural cleansing process by avoiding solid food or a specific food group (such as sugar, caffeine, processed foods, etc.), to eliminate those toxins and give your body and digestive system a chance to reset, heal and more readily absorb nutrients from food.

During a liquid cleanse, you will often have to replace solid food with liquids for a period of time. For instance, if you opt for the Master Cleanse, you will forgo solid food and instead drink a mixture of lemon water, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. There are also other cleanses that involve fresh-squeezed juices or green tea.

The best kinds of cleanses are those that allow you to eat solids and liquids. These cleanses help you reset your system, which will help you achieve long-term health and weight-loss success. Many experts find that the best types of cleanses out there are those that eliminate processed foods, alcohol, sugar, caffeine and products from animals. A cleanse can be in the form of a healthy diet that is a mixture of fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains, beans and other sources of vitamins and protein. Or, you can choose to make this type of “cleanse” a permanent lifestyle change and reap the benefits of clean, healthy eating in your body and health overall.

Before you begin any cleanse, make sure that the cleanse you follow is healthy for you and matches your lifestyle. It is best to follow a cleansing system that allows you to take in appropriate calories to fuel your body. A good rule of thumb is not to consume less than 1,000 calories in a day or you may be causing more harm than good to your body. (MAKE BOLD QUOTE) Also, cleanses that omit healthy fats, good-for-you carbs and protein from your diet are best avoided. These cleanses can actually slow down your metabolism, cause you to lose valuable muscle mass, weaken your immune system and cause you to see a low drop in your blood sugar, which can lead to imbalances in your body and even increase your risk of a heart attack!

Every diet or program has its strengths and weaknesses. Here are the pros and cons to a detox cleanse:


Eliminate Toxins: Cleanses are meant to help your body rid itself of toxins and give you a reboot. You can use your cleansing period as a way to kickstart healthy eating habits.

Jump-Start Weight Loss: For the most part, cleanses are not meant to be a long-term weight loss program, but they can be a great first step to get you on the right path toward your long-term weight loss goals. Use your cleansing period to help you get on the right path toward a healthy relationship with food and permanently transform those unhealthy eating habits. If you need to see the scale jump to get you motivated, this could be a great first step.

Increased Intake of Vitamins: If you are doing a juice cleanse, your body gets a tremendous boost of essential vitamins and minerals. Be smart about the cleansing program that you choose so you do not eliminate key nutrients, which would leave you feeling sluggish or malnourished. If you do a cleanse right, you will feel energized – not fatigued.

Identify Food Sensitivities: When you cleanse, you typically cut out all or at least some foods altogether for a period of time. Then, once you are ready to go back to solid foods, ease yourself back in. This is a great time to gradually integrate foods back into your system, giving yourself time to assess how your body reacts to each type of food.

Mindful Eating: When you go on a cleanse and then revert back to a traditional diet, you may realize that you no longer need sugar or caffeine to keep you going. With a cleansing plan, you are typically encouraged to follow a schedule, which is great to keep you from snacking when bored or overeating at mealtime. You can now integrate foods that are good for you and make you feel good, and you can avoid empty calories and mindless self-indulging that could be harmful to your health.

Reset Your Taste Buds: Sugars, caffeine and highly-processed salty foods can make your taste buds numb to the point that you can no longer appreciate the simple pleasures of food in their natural states. And, once you cut out the salt and sugar, you may find that your body no longer craves it.


Not Effective for Long-Term Weight Loss: The weight that you lose during a cleanse is typically a short-term change, resulting from loss of water retention and the removal of solid matter through bowel movements. Once you start eating solid foods again, whatever weight was associated with water or excess waste in your digestive system will come right back.

Decrease in Energy: When you do a liquid-only cleanse and/or when you’re following a low-calorie and low- to no-protein diet, you may experience mental fatigue, cloudy, unfocused thoughts and a decrease in energy. If you have a rigorous exercise routine, such as running for long periods of time, hot yoga, or other exercises that use larger loads of energy, you may want to skip those exercises during your cleanse. Be sure to pay attention to your body, and if you feel lightheaded or fatigued, take in more calories or just take it easy.

Frequent Bowel Movements: You may experience more frequent than usual bowel movements, so make sure that you have a bathroom easily accessible, at least for the first few days until you know how your system will react. These frequent flushes may be more than just water and excess waste – you may be flushing away essential nutrients and electrolytes that keep your body functioning properly. In this case, regularity may not be a good thing.

Little to No Fiber: Through a typical juice cleanse, you may be eliminating all or most of the fiber from your diet. Your body needs fiber to work effectively, and fiber is essential to clearing out your colon to help your digestive system function efficiently.

Price: The price of many cleansing systems can be quite expensive, some upwards of $60 or more for a single day. Even if you juice your own fruit, you will have to spend a lot of money to purchase several pounds of fruits and vegetables to create the juice for each meal throughout a single day. After all, while you may eat a piece or two of fruit in a meal, you will need double or triple the amount to create just one glass of juice when made with a juicer.

Whichever cleanse you opt for or whether you choose to try a cleanse or not, do what feels right to your body. Listen to your body and understand what it is saying when you make any modifications to your diet. Don’t go with what worked for someone else or what is on-trend right now. What works for others may not be best for you and your health. The cleanse should make your body feel re-set and recharged, not punished.

Have you ever tried a cleanse? What were your results? Do you have any tips for anyone considering a cleanse? Please share your thoughts in the comments below – we love hearing from you!

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

26 Weight-Loss Myths You Shouldn't Believe

Get the scoop on the diet strategies that really work and keep the pounds off for good.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Tinder Just Added An STI Testing Locator To Their Website

Your next chlamydia screening: 4 miles away.

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This comes after an awareness campaign from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) put up billboards associating apps like Tinder with STIs.

This comes after an awareness campaign from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) put up billboards associating apps like Tinder with STIs.

The ads appeared around L.A. and New York City in September 2015. Tinder then sent a cease and desist letter to AHF asking them to remove all references to the app on their billboards or website.

Now that Tinder added this health safety section, AHF is removing all ads mentioning the app, according to Reuters.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

7 Savvy Social Media Tips for Yoga Instructors

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Keeping current and relevant on social media can be a huge task. As a yoga instructor with a million other things on your business to-do list, social media can easily fall to the bottom of your priorities, especially if you are not naturally passionate about social media platforms or technology in general. However, to connect to your audience on a larger level, social media is almost a necessity in today's modern world.

Social media doesn't have to be hard, or consume tons of time. The key is to establish a routine and use tools that work for both you and your yoga business.

Use the 7 tips below to get the most out of your social media platforms:

1. Build a Library

Having to come up with content ‘on-the-go' can be difficult and can lead to social media exhaustion or burnout. It is natural to have days or weeks (maybe even months) where you just don't feel inspired to share on Facebook. This is where having a library of all the good, juicy stuff that you found or developed when you were inspired helps. Jot down ideas on your phone notepad (or on paper) that come to you during your busy day, and keep a folder on your desktop to save links, images, and other online items that inspire you. Each person will develop their own system, but the point is to have a system in place and to start building that library of inspiring things you want to share.

2. Schedule Posts

The beauty behind technology is we can make it work for us. Social media is not exactly a “set-it-and-forget-it” game, but there are certain elements that can be easily scheduled, and doing so will save you time, energy, and sanity in the long run. There are tools out there that have free options for scheduling on multiple social media accounts (our favorite is Hootsuite) and some social media platforms even allow scheduling directly via their site (like Facebook). Plan ahead and use these tools to your advantage and pick 1-2 times a month to spend at least an hour scheduling your posts for the following weeks. This is where your library of content, ideas, quotes, photos, articles, and writings can come in handy (see tip #1). Tap into this and schedule away! Remember you can always augment what is already scheduled with real-time updates as well.

3. Manage Your Time

Let's face it – social media takes time. It can easily become a rabbit hole we fall into where we set out to respond to a comment or make a post and quickly find ourselves reading some article or browsing through a friend’s photo album. Managing your time on social media will help you preserve your energy and be efficient in your entire purpose behind its use – to network, connect, and ideally spread your message to those that are attracted to it.

Having a game plan going into the social media game is KEY. When possible, do as much of the prep work off of social networks as possible (like writing out future posts, finding quotes, selecting photos, etc.). Plan ahead and block out separate times on your calendar for scheduling posts, responding to comments and messages, finding other content to share, and developing your own content. Stick to your schedule and practice not getting distracted. And when you do find yourself off track, just like in meditation, gently bring yourself back to what you were doing.

4. Engage

Getting posts out is only half of the social media game. The entire purpose of social media is to connect. It is community building, which means it is a two-way conversation. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Use it as a way to have a conversation with your student base, fellow teachers, and other professional connections. When people comment to things you have posted, RESPOND. It doesn't have to be right away. In fact we recommend it isn't, but rather that step #3 is implemented and blocks of time are set aside specifically for responding. This ensures you are fully engaged, not distracted, as well as being more efficient with your time.

5. Give

While social media is a great way to share what you have going on (classes, events, retreats, etc.), it's also a place to give. This doesn't necessarily mean giving away free classes or private training sessions, but giving good information. Sharing quotes, music you enjoy (or playlists), tips or recipes, quick videos, or even just personal glimpses of yourself can completely change your social media game. The shift from an always ‘asking' (promotion) profile to a more ‘giving' (source of information) profile can make all the difference in how you connect with those in your network.

6. Share

We all know the saying “sharing is caring.” The same applies to social media too. When you see a post, tweet, video, or whatever that someone else has shared that inspires you, then feel free to share it with others too. This not only helps you build your own content on your platforms, but also helps you network with those in your industry. When you acknowledge and recognize others, they will do the same to you.

7. Analytics

Most of the popular social media platforms have built-in analytics that users (especially businesses) can review. While this step may seem overwhelming, it can add a whole lot of value to your efforts. Even just a quick glance once or twice a month can help you understand which posts people responded to best and give you a sense of the demographic of your followers. You will have the information of what things work and, therefore, where you should your spend social media time.

Social media is a marketing and community-building tool. It needs to be managed just like any other part of your business. Having a system in place increases both your efficiency and effectiveness and allows more effortless flow. You have a lot to juggle as a yoga entrepreneur, so good use of your time is imperative. More ease means less time needed, which then allows for more time for other aspects of your business.

Take a minute to review these tips and check-in on which ones would be useful to you. With a conscious effort and commitment to implementing these simple yet effective strategies, you will begin to feel more like social media is working for your business needs rather than the other way around.

Have other tips, ideas, or questions? Share them with us in the comments below – we love hearing from you!

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Apple Is Ramping Up Its Medical Tech Workforce

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What comes after the Apple Watch? The Apple Watch 2? A new fitness- and health-focused wearable? Something else entirely? That’s not yet clear, but Apple is hard at work on whatever it is, as a handful of new hires and job postings suggest.

Apple demonstrated its interest in health and medicine last spring and summer by releasing the Apple Watch, whose biometric sensors make the device an activity and heart rate tracker, and ResearchKit, a software framework that lets researchers conduct clinical trials through iPhone apps. And the company's efforts in the wearable space are likely to continue: An Apple Watch 2 with updated features is rumored to arrive sometime this year, and, late last year, Cook hinted that Apple may have a separate health-related project in the works.

“We don’t want to put the watch through the Food and Drug Administration process,” he told The Telegraph. “I wouldn’t mind putting something adjacent to the watch through it, but not the watch, because it would hold us back from innovating too much, the cycles are too long. But you can begin to envision other things that might be adjacent to it — maybe an app, maybe something else.”

Cook’s interview ran Nov. 10. Since November, Apple has posted at least four job listings in its health technology division, among them listings for biomedical engineers and a lab technician, mostly focused on devices that measure physiological signs. And since October, at least five people with medical research and development experience have joined Apple, according to a review of LinkedIn profiles.

A similar biotech hiring spree previously took place in spring 2014, when the Apple Watch was still in development. An Apple spokesperson declined to comment. But the latest crop of hires and job postings give some clues as to what Apple’s next health project might be.

Apple CEO Tim Cook displays his personal Apple Watch to customers at an Apple Store.

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In December and January, Apple posted two listings for biomedical engineers with a background in “medical, health, wellness and/or fitness sensors, devices, and applications.”

One position requires a “good understanding of non-invasive sensors used to measure biological signals” and comes with responsibilities that include developing “prototype hardware for physiological measurement applications.” Similarly, the other position requires experience designing studies that test “physiological measurement devices.”

A third listing seeks a lab technician with experience in biomedical or hardware engineering and health-related sensor technologies. Apple is also hiring a project manager who understands time frames for “human studies research” to keep work on schedule.

It’s not clear if these positions are related to or separate from yet another posting for a fitness software engineering manager, which went up in November, and is explicitly for the Apple Watch.

BuzzFeed News also found that over the last three or so months, Apple has snapped up employees from the medical world, according to LinkedIn. For example, Anne Shelchuk, who has a doctorate in biomedical engineering, left ultrasound software company ZONARE Medical Systems for Apple’s health technology team in November, according to her profile. Craig Slyfield, a mechanical engineer who’s co-authored several papers related to measuring and visualizing human bones in 3D, also joined Apple as a product development engineer in November. A hire in October was system design engineer Nathan Clark, who has a doctorate in biomedical engineering and a patent for a device that separates cells.

Also in October, biomedical engineer Jay Mung jumped to Apple from the medical device giant Medtronic, where he led research of the sensor algorithms behind the company’s continuous glucose monitoring system for diabetics, he wrote on LinkedIn. He described his graduate school dissertation project as a system that reports the real-time 3D position of a medical device, akin to a smartphone GPS. “But in my case instead of tracking a vehicle, I tracked the tip of a catheter inside the body,” he wrote.

And Jennifer Hillier, a former exercise physiologist at University of California, San Francisco, and Seton Medical Center in Northern California — where her job was to monitor patients’ physiological signs — started as a biomedical engineer at Apple in November.

Her job description on LinkedIn: “Top Secret.”

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

What’s In Our Yoga Bag This January?


The editors of love yoga and everything related to living a healthy and natural lifestyle. We pride ourselves on keeping our pulse on the industry, and we take reviewing the latest trends and products very seriously. What’s in Our Yoga Bag is a monthly recurring article featuring all our editor’s latest finds that we want to share with you! You can expect a wide range of goodies, from yoga clothing and accessories to jewelry, healthy snacks, skin care products, and beyond – everything that aligns with your healthy, active yoga lifestyle. You never know what fun stuff we’ll find next, so stay tuned!

Watch the video below to see what we’ve got in our yoga bag this January!

Sadhana Clothing Racerback Tank ($38) and White Printed Mesh Legging ($88)


This outfit ensemble by Sadhana Clothing is fun, flirty, and functional. The Racerback Tank (featured in purple in the video) is made of a high quality spandex and polyester blend. The result is a very breathable, lightweight material that dries fast – ideal for the gym, yoga, hot yoga, or any outdoor activities. The White Printed Mesh Leggings are buttery smooth against your skin, made from a blend of spandex and nylon. They work great for yoga, the gym, pilates, dance, and your life off the mat. The cute mesh accents on the knees and calves create a slimming effect and give these unique leggings a flirty flair. What a cute pairing!

YogaKneez Blue Galaxy Pad ($33)


YogaKneez is a yoga pad to enhance any yogi’s practice. It offers two sizes: short (20 inches long for $30) or extended (24 inches long for $33, as seen in the video). Whether you’re a beginner yogi still learning even weight distribution, a yogi who suffers from arthritis or other forms of joint pain, or any yogi looking for more comfort and support in certain poses, YogaKneez is your new yoga companion for a pain-free practice. Offered in numerous beautiful prints, colors and designs, you’ll have a hard time choosing just one! We love the extended size Blue Galaxy YogaKneez and you can shop it here.

Sweathouse Saucha Spray ($16)


Inspired by a hot yogi, the Saucha Spray by Sweathouse is the solution to the stink! “Saucha” is Sanskrit for cleanliness, and Saucha Spray delivers just that – for yoga clothing, mats and gear, and beyond! This natural, two ingredient (white vinegar and pure lavender) cleaner spray is safe enough to use on clothing, mats, gym bags, and even on your pooch (tested and proven effective). For your yoga clothing, simply turn it inside out after each use and spray in the Y region (armpits, crotch, etc.) to dissolve nasty odors caused by the bacteria in your before they seep in and stay for good!

Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques – Organic Facial Serum ($24)


The Organic Facial Serum by Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques is made with nourishing jojoba oil, anti-inflammatory evening primrose and other natural, organic, and non-GMO ingredients that provide your skin with antioxidants and necessary vitamins to keep your skin soft, supple and radiant. Apply the serum to your face and neck daily to increase the elasticity of your skin and get a great dose of anti-aging properties. The formula is lightweight and non-greasy, so you can apply it beneath your makeup for a natural, oil-free, and hydrated look that lasts all day.

Sunsweet D’Noir Prunes ($2.75)


Simple and delicious, the D’Noir Prunes by Sunsweet are the perfect snack. They don’t have a single extra ingredient – just prunes, packed at the height of freshness in California with no added preservatives, salt or sugar. The D’Noir Prunes taste great and offer a variety of great health benefits from bone, heart, and digestive health, to weight management and sustained energy throughout your day. Sunsweet’s D’Noir Prunes are the smart, healthy, and delicious snack choice. Find some today at your local grocer.

NuZest Clean Lean Protein ($44.95) and NuZest shaker ($7.95)


Whether you’re a carnivore or a vegan (or anything in between), NuZest is your one-stop-shop for all your protein needs. Made from 100% vegetable protein, this delicious and highly nutritious protein (featured in vanilla flavor in the video) is gluten-free, dairy-free, GMO-free, vegan, and alkaline! NuZest’s Clean Lean Protein packs a punch with 21 grams of protein per serving, in addition to all 9 amino acids and much more. Protein builds strength and repairs muscles. Give your body what it craves, and while you’re at it, pick up the quality, BPA-free NuZest 500ml shaker (featured in green) for a convenient way to mix your protein shakes on the go.

Truist Intensive One Step Moisturizing and Conditioning Socks ($7.49) and Gloves ($7.49)


The winter months are tough on your skin – the colder weather dries out your skin, and sometimes lotion just doesn’t cut it! Enter One Step Moisturizing and Conditioning Socks and Gloves by Truist Skin Care Truist is dedicated to high-quality, natural products that nourish and hydrate your skin without any harsh or harmful ingredients. The handy packaging makes these socks and gloves ideal for gifting or traveling. The socks and gloves deeply moisturize your feet and hands in as little as 15 minutes! They are infused with vitamins A and C, aloe, avocado, and jojoba for the maximum hydrating experience.

Vasanti Health Tamba Cup ($29.99) and Tamba Pani Jug ($72.99)


In Ayurveda, drinking water that has been cleansed and ionized in a copper vessel is a common practice. Copperized water is a natural antioxidant that helps balance the three doshas of our bodies (kapha, vata and pitta). Copper-infused water recharges the vitality of your drinking water. It ionizes, energizes, and balances the pH, making the water “alive” again. This energized water is better absorbed by your cells and therefore enhances hydration. Drink 8 ounces from the Tamba Cup or hold up to 42 ounces of water in the Tamba Pani Jug – great for the entire family, dinner parties, or drinking copper-infused water throughout the day.

LeSportSac Gym Duffle Glimmer Hearts Print ($138)


LeSportSac is known for making quality, versatile, and unique bags. From totes to purses to gym bags, this company is an authority on all things bags! The Gym Duffle in Glimmer Hearts print is an excellent companion for your fitness and yoga practice. With a variety of accessible interior and exterior pockets, in addition to a detachable zipper pouch on the inside for shoes, soiled garments, snacks, etc., this LeSportSac duffle is practical, versatile, and adorable! The best part is it’s just the right size – it can fit all your belongings while remaining a medium-sized duffle – ideal for a gym bag, a travel carry-on, and going to and from the yoga studio.

Affirmats – Custom Mat ($110)


Affirmats has established itself as a yoga mat company that creates high-quality, durable, slip-resistant yoga mats with a powerful message. In yoga, we often begin the practice by setting an intention, typically in the form of a phrase or mantra. With Affirmats, that intention will remain in the forefront of your mind – and mat! With sayings adorning the top of your mat like “breathe in love” or “i am enough,” your yoga mat can offer you a positive message when you need it. Want to express yourself even more and create your own? You can do that too with a custom creation like the one you see featured in this video!

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Here Are The Only 15 Exercises You Need To Get In Shape Anywhere

Get ready to learn the building blocks of any effective workout. No gym necessary.

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BuzzFeed Life asked certified strength and conditioning specialist Rob Sulaver, founder of Bandana Training, to come up with 15 essential bodyweight moves for anyone who wants to exercise anywhere, anytime. Check them out below.

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• Hinge at the hips and push your hips back as you bend over.
• Keep your back straight throughout the movement.
• Bend until you feel a mild stretch in your hamstrings.

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Friday, January 1, 2016

A Popular Women's Magazine Is Banning "Bikini Body" And "Drop 2 Sizes" From Its Cover

The phrase is “actually a misnomer, not to mention an unintentional insult,” according to the editor-in-chief of Women’s Health.

Women's Health is making a splash after the popular magazine announced it is banning the phrase "bikini body" from its cover.

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The magazine's editor-in-chief Amy Keller Laird announced in a blog post that the staff would no longer use the phrase as part of its collective New Year's resolution.

The magazine's editor-in-chief Amy Keller Laird announced in a blog post that the staff would no longer use the phrase as part of its collective New Year's resolution.

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The magazine will also no longer say, "drop two sizes," she said.

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Laird said that the magazine decided to ban the two phrases after conducting a reader survey, which asked what word or phrase the publication should ban.

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