Wine Country Unites to End Gun Violence

While we generally avoid political topics at GLR, I am a staunch advocate of increased gun control in this country and perplexed by its partisan nature. However, I’ll focus on the positive by highlighting some of our favorite wine country folks who are taking action.

 

Kelly and Noah Dorrance, proprietors of BloodRoot Wines and Reeve Wines in Healdsburg, CA, have announced the second annual Wine Country Unites initiative. This event, uniting wineries, restaurants, and businesses to raise funds and awareness for gun violence prevention, will be held on June 7th, coinciding with National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

 

BloodRoot and Reeve Wines

Both operate under a collaborative model with skilled vintners, emphasizing meticulous, hands-on, “small-batch” winemaking. Their wines are rich in flavor and reflect the unique characteristics of local vineyards. With a focus on sustainability and quality, they have earned a reputation for elegant, expressive wines true to their region and terroir.

 

 

Other local wineries will be participating, too, pouring their current vintages and donating $10 from each bottle sold. The goal is to raise $150,000 for the GIFFORDS Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, an organization dedicated to saving lives through policy changes, cultural shifts, and community support.

 

Wine Country Unites was inspired by 9-year-old Evelyn Dieckhaus, a victim of the deadly Covenant School shooting in Nashville last year. Kelly Dorrance, Evelyn’s aunt, founded the initiative as a way to channel her grief into action.

 

“The outpouring of support from our fellow vintners, restaurants, and small business owners in this tireless fight is a testament to the power of our industry to drive change,” said Kelly Dorrance. “Together we can change the arc of history and make our country a safer place.”

The inaugural event in 2023 brought together 116 businesses and raised over $125,000.

 

The Ramble Music Festival

This year’s Wine Country Unites aims for an even greater impact, alongside The Ramble music festival hosted by BloodRoot Wines, which will donate all proceeds to GIFFORDS. Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords praised the community activism, stating, “Even when progress can feel too slow at the government level, there’s so much we as individuals can do to make a difference.”

 

 

If you live in the Bay Area or plan on traveling there around June 7th, you can enjoy great wines and support a worthy cause against the beautiful backdrop of Healdsburg, CA. For those unfamiliar with Healdsburg, it’s a charming town in the heart of Sonoma County, renowned for its fantastic restaurants—including the acclaimed Michelin 3-star SingleThread—and the popular Healdsburg Hotel, among other great spots.

 

I recently sampled BloodRoot wines and was thoroughly impressed. Stay tuned for my coverage and tasting notes.

 

Immunology for Longevity—An Unlikely Partnership in Health, Wellness…and Beauty!

In the relentless pursuit of defying time and embracing vitality, the intersection of science and progressive lifestyle practices has become more and more of a practice. It’s no surprise, therefore, that Immunocologie®, a skincare maverick deeply entrenched in the science of immunology, and Blue Zones, the pioneering researchers unearthing the simple secrets of eternal youth (and a NetFlix mega hit), have forged an unusual, yet intriguing alliance.

 

First Line of Defense

Immunocologie represents a paradigm shift in skincare, integrating principles of immunology into its skincare formulas. Founded by Karen Ballou, a veteran skincare expert with a background in immunology, the brand emphasizes the skin’s immune system’s key role in maintaining health and vitality. Central to Immunocologie’s philosophy is that our skin acts as a barrier, protecting the body from external aggressors while also communicating with the immune system. We don’t always consider our skin when thinking about our immune system, but it should be no surprise that the epidermis—our largest organ—plays such a pivotal role.

 

Bioactive, Natural Ingredients

 

Forged from nature’s arsenal of defensive ingredients that help thwart off attacks, Immunocologie’s formulations pack a punch with bioactive ingredients like French green clay and adaptogenic plants—including baobab oil, desert date tree oil, grape seed oil, sunflower seed oil, moringa seed oil, and shea butter. These ingredients are selected for their ability to support the skin’s immune response, enhance cellular regeneration, and restore balance.

 

How Immunocologie Works

Working with the skin’s natural delivery system, the line utilizes ionized water, purified French green clay, marine algae, and a roster of minimally processed, cold-pressed, and fermented plant-based ingredients to transport crucial minerals and vitamins directly to the skin’s microbiome. By promoting skin health at the immunological level, Immunocologie offers a holistic approach to skincare that goes beyond surface-level concerns, addressing the underlying factors that influence skin aging and resilience.

 

“Created by our ethnobotinist from France, the science focuses on delivering to the skin the 12 essential minerals such as zinc, iron, magnesium and copper that are vital to our body and benefit the skin along with specific plant-based ingredients,” explains Immunocologie founder, Karen Ballou.  “It all started with the Vital Oligo Science, a patented ionic exchange technology that is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory.”

 

 

“The conduit for this delivery system is our ionized clay water derived from our French Green Clay—known in scientific circles as montmorillonite clay—enabling the absorption and adsorption of these minerals and removing toxic build up while adding other key nutrients to our largest organ, our skin!   The skin ‘recognizes’ and utilizes these minerals and nutrients and actually craves them—especially immune-compromised and sensitive or unbalanced skin.  In fact, when someone experiences dryness, acne, or rosacea, they’re experiencing a disruption of the skin’s immune system. The mineral content in our products support the skin barrier, helping it maintain a healthy microbiome that defends against inflammatory stressors, thus helping all skin types reach homeostasis or balance again, which firms the skin and makes it glow!”

 

Blue Zones?

 

So what exactly are Blue Zones, you ask? Prior to 2023, the public at large didn’t often understand the term Blue Zones. That is before “Live to 100, Blue Zones” became the #1 most streamed series on Netflix the month it debuted in 2023, skyrocketing the awareness of Blue Zones. The term, coined by National Geographic Explorer and journalist Dan Buettner (and founder of the organization) refers to covert regions in the world where people live significantly longer and healthier lives than the global average. Through extensive research, Buettner and his team identified common lifestyle practices and environmental factors that contribute to longevity in these regions. These practices include a plant-based diet, regular physical activity, strong social connections, and a sense of purpose.

 

By studying the habits and environments of centenarians in places like Okinawa (Japan), Sardinia (Italy), and Nicoya (Costa Rica), Blue Zones offers insights into the interplay between lifestyle choices, social dynamics, and longevity.

 

A Sensible Partnership

By marrying Immunocologie’s science-backed, natural ingredient-based skincare products, with Blue Zones’ wisdom, this partnership is all about rewriting the rules of aging.

No, this isn’t just about slapping on some fancy creams and calling it a day. It’s about a lifestyle—an ethos. It’s about trying new things, nourishing your body with plant-based badassery, staying active, forging unbreakable bonds, and living every day like it’s your last.

 

Put another way, it is a multifaceted approach—leveraging immunology, skincare science, lifestyle medicine, and healthy living practices—to promote longevity and well-being.

These products not only nourish and protect the skin but also integrate ingredients and formulations that align with the dietary and environmental factors associated with longevity. By leveraging the synergies between skincare science and lifestyle medicine, Immunocologie and Blue Zones aim to empower individuals to prioritize their health and well-being proactively.

 

Phase 1 of the partnership will introduce three of Immunocologie’s signature, earth-friendly products to Blue Zone believers: purified French Green Clay; Vital Iconic Mist topical wellness spray made from clay water, and a self-heating Lava Mask. The earth-derived products help ground the user, contributing to mind-body balance.

 

The collaboration between Immunocologie and Blue Zones signifies a sensible blend of scientific innovation and age-old wisdom, transcending mere aesthetics to provide skin with natural, immune-enhancing nutrients. While the reception of their product line among consumers is yet to be determined, we like their strategy.

7 Pocket Size Health Products We Love

It has never been more important to take care of yourself, and it can take a lot of effort to start a whole new workout routine or revamp your diet, but adding some small healthy changes to your daily routine can lead you down the right path to health and wellness, as well as protect you and your immune system. Here are a few of our favorite products to add to your life to be healthier every day:

 

 

 

Olive Life

Did you know that scientific research shows that olive leaf extract made from fresh-picked leaves has 400% (5 times) more antioxidant power than Vitamin C? And with only 2 capsules daily, Olive Life not only supports your immune system and cardiovascular health as well as normalizing blood pressure and cholesterol with the use of the antioxidant Oleuropein. Olive Life bonus: made with no alcohol or fillers, and made with all good, wholesome ingredients. olivelifedaily.com

 

 

RSP Nutrition’s Immunity + Hydration Shot

These easy little Guava Ginger flavored Immunity + Hydration 15 calorie shots not only boosts your immune system, but also offer an intense dose of hydration with a blend of Vitamin C, organic coconut water, electrolytes, minerals (including Himalayan Pink Sea Salt), elderberry, echinacea, ginger, black pepper,  and amino acids. You might want to read about Tracy Duhs, the ultimate female biohacker.

Nutritionist Tony Castillo, RD, says, “Your immune system helps fight against diseases, viruses, and bacteria. In order for it to function properly, you need to be hydrated. Being hydrated helps your body regulate your body temperature and flush waste from your body when you urinate. If you’re not hydrated enough, your body will take longer to get rid of any bacteria or infection. Water also helps absorb the vitamins and minerals from the food you eat. If you’re not fully hydrated, your body won’t be able to retain those vitamins and minerals to help fight off infection”.

Available in an environmentally-friendly glass bottle, this shot is ideal for active, sick, hungover, and on-the-go consumers, as well as those looking to preventatively boost immunity. With only 15 calories and 0 added sugars, the shot available one healing flavor, Guava Ginger. $47.88 for 12-pack.

 

 

 

Vena CBD Bites

100% vegan and 25mg CDB per bite, these lemon-flavored bites are THC-free and are grown in the USA. CBD is said to be great for overall health and also relieves anxiety, depression, pain, and inflammation. $39.99

 

 

 

Daily Immunity by  Trilogía

From  Trilogía comes this pharmaceutical-grade, liposomal Vitamin C supplement infused with terpenes, ginger, and antioxidants to protect and support your immune system, as well as being fortified with anti-inflammatory terpenes, adaptogens, and botanicals. If it couldn’t get any better, this product was formulated in Santa Cruz, CA, made in the USA and donated a portion of proceeds to their  Masks for Goodcampaign, helping provide medical communities with critical PPE. $29.96

 

 

 

The Good Glow

Female-founded wellness company The Good Glow has launched a travel-friendly, immune-boosting apple cider vinegar shot. Meticulously sourced and sustainably produced, The Good Glow aims to create a transparent wellness routine.  No refrigeration required, and benefits include decreased body fat, increased metabolism, improved digestion, and better skin. $22 for a 7-pack.

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Pick Me Up Pills

Pick Me Up Pills by Happy Lab is designed to add a little pep in your step.  Each pill contains 60mg of caffeine (equivalent to one shot of espresso) in addition to vitamins B6 and B12, vitamin C, and 30mg of CBD for keeping you awake and energetic with an improved mood.   The Happy Labs uses only CBD isolate that has 0% THC derived from organically grown U.S. that is traced from seed to shelf. $60.

 

 

 

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Airzai Care

This premium, all-natural disinfectant spray is made from a powerful proprietary layered blend of essential oils, purified water, and a trade secret compound to protect and preserve the oils, along with patent-pending manufacturing techniques to activate the ingredients on protecting against germs and bacteria.

Perfect for every room in your home, cars, gyms, hotel rooms, and anywhere else that needs a quick freshening up. The lightly scented natural lemongrass leaves a refreshing, clean scent while eliminating germs at the same time. $9.99 for 2 oz.

5 Great Juicers for Your Next Juice Cleanse

Juicing — the process of extracting the juice from fresh fruits or vegetables — is popular because it can increase the variety of nutrient-rich foods in your diet so you can take advantage of all of fruits and vegetables’ healthy benefits.

There are three styles of juicers: slow, centrifugal, and citrus. Slow juicers and centrifugal juicers are usually best for fruits and vegetables, while citrus juicers are dedicated for simply squeezing citrus, like oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit.

No matter what kind of juicer you’re looking for, there are many on the market today. But we’ve narrowed them down to our top 5 favorite juicers. Here they are in ascending order:

 

 

Hurom’s H101 Easy Clean Slow Juicer ($499)

The H101 is on our top juicers list because it really was designed with cleaning in mind. It has grooved strainers and a tiled juicing chamber that pours out more — and leaves less mess inside — so you can really enjoy all the benefits of juicing without the messy cleanup. There’s also a pulp outlet, aka trap door, that opens 180 degrees so you can easily flush out any remaining pulp inside the chamber. This slow juicer mimics the motion of fruit squeezing by hand, rotating at a speed of just 43 revolutions per minute, which produces delicious fresh juices in their most natural state. Hate pulp? Love it? This one has a function to control the amount of pulp to suit your own taste preferences. And we should also mention this top juicer also can juice nuts and soybeans into a variety of smoothies and nut milks.

 

 

Novis Vita Juicer ($500)

We love the bright, sleek and shiny exterior design of this juicer, and it comes in seven colors! This top juicer is amazing because it truly has the benefit of all three juicing options, including its own attachment for citrus. It’s simple to use, with just one button to operate everything. And an AutoSpeed function auto-senses the best speed for each food, adjusting the speed of the press and centrifuge according to your chosen fruit or vegetable. There’s a large tube, so you won’t need to cut all of the fruits and vegetables, and every part of the juicer can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher.

 

 

The Smeg Citrus Juicer  ($180)

As the name implies, this one is specifically for citrus, and therefore best for oranges, lemons, and limes. It is the top juicer that has our favorite look, sophisticated and retro, and a design that comes in a few cool colors. Its superior performance pairs with reliability, showing off a powerful 70W motor with an integrated on-off sensor. And using it is simple thanks to a non-drip spout which prevents spillage, keeping kitchen surfaces clean.

 

 

 

Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer ($600)

Kevin’s Whole Slow Juicer stands out for its versatility. It does an efficient job of juicing greens, veggies, and fruits alike. Its 3.2” wide-mouthed two-way feed tube reduces prep time and allows you to insert different types of ingredients without jamming. It has patented low speed extraction technology that prevents nutritional loss and minimizes oxidation. Multiple strainers, including a sorbet and a smoothie strainer attachment, allow for even more food options. And it even has a handle so you can carry it with you.

 

 

Breville Juice Fountain SL Cold Plus ($350)

The Breville Juice Fountain is SL Cold Plus Pursuitist’s overall favorite juicer for its power, ease of operation and clean-up. Its super sized 70 fl.oz. jug seals and stores so you can make large batches, and the 3.5” wide chute shortens prep time — seriously, you can put a whole apple in, core and all, and it juices. The “cold” its name refers to Breville’s “Cold Spin Technology” that reduces the amount of heat transferred while juicing. Set-up couldn’t be simpler, your juice will be pulp-free and delicious, and clean-up is a breeze. What could be better than that?! 

5 Standing Desks to Keep You Healthy at the Office

Standing desks allow you to stand—or alternate between sitting and standing—while working.  Due to myriad benefits, including lower blood sugar levels, reduced back pain, and boosts in mood, not to mention improved productivity, standing desks have become increasingly popular in office settings. In addition, people are also investing in shoe inserts for hard surfaces in order to ensure a great posture.

Pursuitist scoured the market for the top standing desks and narrowed the field to our top five favorites. Here, we list them in ascending order:

 

 

Vari Electric Standing Pro Desk 60 ($699)

A top standing desk offering from one of the original standing desk converter industry giants, so it comes from a name that is trusted and reliable. Coming in five colors, this standing desk has quick and easy assembly and good stability and lift capacity. We also like that it has a programmable controller with three separate height presets.

 

 

Poppin Series L 25 Adjustable Height Sit-Stand Single Desk ($999)

Truly a modern workspace. Designed for ideal ergonomic working, users can transition from sitting to standing in seconds with its electric legs that travel quickly and quietly. The desk adjusts from 25″ to 50.5″ to accommodate a variety of heights, and it can support up to 300 pounds of weight. All that, and the warranty lasts for a full 5 years.

 

 

Sabine Height Adjustable Standing Desk ($440)

A workhorse at a great price. Quick assembly — the website claims under 10 minutes — yields a desk that adjusts from 28″ to 48″ using a programmable controller with a 225 lb weight capacity. We especially love its sophisticated style, with rounded corners and smooth edges, as well as its one soft-close drawer. With no steady-bar necessary, it allows for reversible orientation. This standing desk, which comes in four finishes, also boasts built-in USB ports and cable management.

 

 

 Uplift V2 Standing Desk ($539)

Accommodates a range of heights from 41.3″ to 72.7″ with whisper quiet operation controlled by a keypad on the desk. Also boasting an industry-leading 355 lift capacity, this standing desk is stable even at its tallest, and comes with a wide selection of desktops, four frame colors, and a variety of other customization options. It has stability braces at the top of each leg for maximizing stability without the need for a lower crossbar between the legs. It also also truly raises the standard with a ten year warranty and an excellent price-point.

 

 

 

iMovR Lander Standing Desk with Solid Wood Top ($1899)

Our top pick in the standing desk category for its features as well as its American quality craftsmanship. Fully customizable from 36 varieties of solid wood tops, this heirloom quality standing desk is ergo-contoured for excellent comfort and wear resistance. In addition to its form and finishes, it also has a variety of power management device functions, including Qi wireless charging pads, USB outlets in both Type-A and -C, and even two way Bluetooth speakers. Monitor arms even make monitor positioning as personalized as possible.

 

This article was originally published on Pursuitist. Republished by permission.

Vitamin Myth Busting

Vitamins & supplements are a $43.5 billion industry and nearly 50% of Americans take them. Consumers are inundated with options and many are self-prescribing their own vitamin cocktails. But it seems that almost every month a report comes out either blessing or blasting the efficacy of vitamins and the latest offerings from this unregulated industry. Continue reading

Vitamin C Bomb—Rose Hip Syrup

Whoever discovers a cure for the common cold will be richer than Midas, if not richer than the guy who can instantly heal hangovers, but in the meantime we’ve got vitamin C. It just so happens that rose hips—the red, globular fruit of the rose—have vitamin C in spades.

Making your own rosehip syrup, whether for health reasons, to top a scoop of ice cream, or even add zing to a martini, is an easy and delicious way to enter the burgeoning world of wild food foraging, that new frontier for foodies, health nuts, and outdoors enthusiasts. Besides, it’s fun. After a few seasons of making your own, you’ll find that foraging rose hips is a calendar event, an annual mission that connects you to your landscape.

Look for rosehips wherever ornamental shrubbery plantings are in abundance. City parks, sidewalks, and lakeshores play host to many varieties of rose bush, while more rural areas support native species. Scout the patches in summer when the roses are in bloom, then return in fall to collect the fruit, usually marble to walnut-sized and a deep shade of red. They say hips are at their best after the first frost when the flavor and sweetness are most concentrated.

The recipe is simple. After rinsing, grind the hips in a food processor. Transfer contents to a saucepan, cover with water, and simmer for 30 minutes before running the resulting mush through a food mill or sieve to strain out the pulp. Return the strained juice to a pot and add sugar—or better yet, honey—to taste. Simmer until syrupy.

You can mix in other flavorings or herbal supplements such as cloves, cinnamon, or ginger—and voila: a Vitamin C Bomb to chase away the winter nasties. Mix into juice or water when you’re feeling low, or use the syrup for more gustatory purposes in desserts, sauces, jams, or cocktails.

 

rose hip syrup

 

Langdon Cook is the author of  Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager (Skipstone Press, 2009)The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America (Random House, 2013) and Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table (Random House, 2017).

Summer Cycling With Aspen’s Little Nell

There are certain bragging rights that come with riding my beat-up used bike as I slalom between the trucks and taxis in New York City. Last July, however, I decided to exchange the exhaust of Manhattan’s avenues for the pristine air of the Rockies and my $200 Taiwanese ten-speed for a state-of-the-art Orbea road bike as I put my vacation in the hands of the “adventure concierges” at Aspen’s Little Nell.

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Take Your Exercise Regimen Out Into the World

While working out in the comfort of your home or at the local gym or fitness studio is great, there’s nothing quite like taking your workouts outdoors. Getting that all-important dose of vitamin D, breathing in plenty of fresh air and meeting other people are all benefits that taking your workout outdoors can provide. To ensure that you get the full benefit from your workouts, it’s important to venture outdoors a little more often for exercise.

 

Whether you take your yoga class onto your deck, do your bodyweight routine at the local park, or simply go for a hike, there is no shortage of ways to stay fit and healthy outdoors. You can try a brand new activity or simply progress even further with whatever exercise you are doing now. Taking your workout outside will not only help you enjoy all of the benefits of the outdoors but can also add a new, exciting dimension to your current workout.

 

Let’s take a closer look at four simple ways that you can take your exercise routine out into the world.

 

Get On Your Bicycle

 

Moutain biking has become increasingly popular amongst all generations. Electric bikes have also become very popular in recent years, offering a great solution for older cyclists and those living in hilly areas.

 

Cycling in general has proven itself to be a fantastic activity that will help people of all ages to burn calories, stay in shape and make friends in the process. There are countless cycling groups and clubs that you can join to meet other fitness enthusiasts who are braving the elements.  Riding a bike is also a low-impact activity making it a great solution for anyone recovering from injury or returning to exercise after an extended break.

 

Lace-Up Your Running Shoes

 

There’s nothing quite like lacing up your running shoes and hitting the pavement with enthusiasm. Turn up the volume on your favourite playlist or simply get together with your mates and get some mileage in. Running doesn’t require any equipment other than some good footwear to get started. If you’re not ready for running just yet, try alternating running and walking until you get a little fitter.

 

Head For The Hills

 

Whether you live near the mountains by the coast or in the bush, there are countless options for walking all over the country. From scenic coastal walks to epic multi-day hikes, whatever your style, you can be sure that it will be catered to. Hiking is a wonderful way to take your workout outdoors and spend some quality time with your friends and family. Hiking can also be an effective active-recovery activity if you have been training particularly hard.

 

Outdoor Fitness Classes

 

From yoga to boxercise, bootcamps and Zumba, there is a never-ending list of outdoor fitness classes that you can sign up for. Many providers will have a first class free offer so you can try the class first and see if you like it. Get some friends together and sweat together at an outdoor fitness class that will be challenging and enjoyable.

 

Enjoy The Benefits Of Taking Your Exercise Routine Outdoors

 

If you have been working out exclusively indoors until now, it’s time to shake things up a bit. Getting out into the great outdoors, trying new things and spending time with your loved ones will encourage you to stick with your new outdoor exercise regime. Not only will you stay in shape but getting fit outside will ensure that you get a healthy dose of vitamin D, have less stress, breathe in cleaner air and have more energy. Take your next workout outdoors and enjoy all of the benefits of spending time outside for yourself!

 

This article was originally published on Pursuitist. Republished by permission. 

Celebrate and Learn About Massage Therapy on March 20th

March 20th is the United Nations’ “International Day of Happiness.” If being happy seems like an elusive goal after/in the COVID era, mark your calendar for March 20. Not only is it the United Nations’ “International Day of Happiness,” but the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) special massage initiative has named the same Sunday in March, “Global Massage Makes Me Happy & Healthy Day.”

 

Do you love a good massage but ever wonder if there is any scientific evidence of its efficacy or even what type of massage—Sweedish, Deep Tissue, Sports—you should even be getting? The public is invited to join an hour-long online event on March 20 where an array of experts will share 2022 wellness and massage trends and highlight the scientific reasons why the ancient practice of massage is beneficial for mind and body. Join the event via Zoom with:

 

Meeting ID: 882 1433 1601

Passcode: 076484

 

According to GWI, research shows that massage supports physical and emotional well-being, so in other words, massage creates HAPPINESS. It’s a bold and needed statement in a time when people have been purposely physically distancing; when single-person households are on the rise; when the #metoo movement has made many more wary of touch and when the majority of the population gives more attention to their screens than to connecting with people around them.

 

March 20 is a chance to connect in a healthy way. Ask your local spa or massage center about special offers honoring the day that celebrates this ancient, cross-cultural practice and caring therapy. “After 40 years of research,” explains Dr Tiffany Field, Founder & Director of the University of Miami School of Medicine’s Touch Research Institute and medical spokesperson for the GWI Massage Makes Me Happy Initiative, “we have yet to find a chronic or systematic human malady that massage does not aid.”

 

A much sought-after expert for media interviews during the isolating months of the COVID lockdown, Dr. Field first entered the public conversation when she visited orphanages in Romania and found that the children’s stunted physical and emotional growth was directly related to a lack of touch. Since then, her Touch Therapy Institute has completed over 100 studies on touch and massage, documenting benefits including: Enhancing growth and development of preterm infants; Reducing depression, attentional disorders and pain syndromes; Increasing immune function in chronic illnesses.

 

“Dr. Tiffany Field has always been a wellness rockstar for me,” explains Global Wellness Summit Podcast Host, Kim Marshall. “From when she first visited Romanian orphanages in the early 90’s and found out that the lack of being cuddled and touched was actually stunting physical and emotional growth for the infants and then went on to do groundbreaking work in the U.S. proving that massage helped preemies gain weight faster and thrive, it was clear that the benefits of wellness and touch were much more than a ‘feel good’ idea.  I am convinced that massage saves lives, and also that we’ve never needed compassionate and healing touch more than right now in human history.”

 

 

Presenters during the 1-hour Online MMMH event include:

-Susie Ellis, Founder, Global Wellness Institute & Global Wellness Summit

-Dr. Tiffany Field, Ph.D., Director/Founder of the Touch Research Institute

-Jeppe Tengbjerg, Founder and CEO of The International Massage Association

-Karen Short, CEO Universal Companies

-Luke Massery, CEO Scrip Companies

-Jim Chenevey, CEO Earthlite

-CG Funk, Sr. VP Culture & Industry Relations Massage Heights

-Lynda Solenin Wolf, Chair, MMMH Initiative and President, Solwolfe Resource Group, Inc.

 

7 Farmers Markets To Visit This Summer

It seems to be basic human nature to take everything outdoors in the summer. Answer us this: Why dine at the kitchen table when you could have a barbecue out in the sunshine? Who hits the treadmill when they could take a breezy sunset jog? It’s simple – when the weather’s nice, we want to be out in it, absorbing all that wellness-inducing vitamin D. Continue reading

Wellness Trends for 2021

The Global Wellness Institute—an international organization that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively impact and shape the future of the global wellness industry—recently released their “9 trends for wellness in 2021” at their annual summit. Here they are:

 

Hollywood and the Entertainment Industries Jump into Wellness

If wellness programming on TV (whether Oprah or the Goop Lab) has been about wellness as a topic you passively consume, the future is TV content and platforms that involve and impact you. Smart TVs are baking wellness “channels” onto their home screens: Samsung TVs launched Samsung Health, letting people binge 5,000 hours of free fitness/meditation classes from the buzziest brands. The future: smart TVs (like Apple’s) that connect to your health wearable (like Apple Fitness+) to serve up personalized wellness/fitness experiences right on your TV. Wellness companies are becoming full-blown TV studiosMega-meditation-apps, Calm and Headspace, recently scored TV shows (HBO Max and Netflix), translating their meditative experiences into immersive television. Meditation apps with TV series? Unthinkable just two years ago. China is perfecting the marriage of wellness TV programming and e-commerce, and Waterbear Network is a new “Netflix” for climate activism.

The ways that music is being created for stress, sleep, focus, a better workout, or just trippy, ambient bliss…has kicked into high gear. It’s a paradigm shift: If music has always been consumed around artist, song and genre, now it’s “serve me music-as-therapy.” Meditation apps are becoming big wellness music “record labels,” and more apps are launching, specifically focused on music-for-wellbeing. Generative music technology—where your biometrics meet neuroscientist-designed sound—will take sound-as-precision-medicine to radical places. And not surprisingly, celebrities are now all over wellness, not just as spokespeople but as company founders, execs and major investors.

The Future of Immune Health: Stop Boosting, Start Balancing

 

We join many forecasters in naming immune health a 2021 trend, not only because we agree that it will remain a consumer obsession post-vaccine but because the main ways the wellness industry has been addressing it are…flat-out wrong. In 2020, people were blitzed with “immune-boosting” supplements, foods and therapies, but the idea that you can “boost” your immunity is unscientific nonsense, and “more boosting” is precisely the wrong approach. The future: approaches that lead to immuno-stabilization, immuno-balance.

We will see more evidence-backed approaches to immune health, with metabolic health, the microbiome, and personalized nutrition becoming crucial—along with more experimentation with everything from “positive stress” experiences to intermittent fasting for immune resilience. And immunity programs at travel destinations will go deeper, more medical, with interventions that matter more than “immune-boosting” menus and IV drips.

After a long 2020, people are aware that their immune health is a holistic affair, that food and the microbiome are lynchpins, and that “slow” not “hyper” strategies are the difference-makers. People will keep gobbling trendy quick-fixes in trendy bottles, but they’re ready for more. A wellness industry newly focused on the hard—and fast-evolving—immune science could extend and save many lives. And help its own reputation along the way.

Spiritual and Numinous Moments in Architecture

 

In recent years, a storm of studies has demonstrated the powerful connection between the built environment and our physical health, and a new “wellness architecture” sector has taken off, heavily focused on functional design moves, whether circadian lighting or air purification.

What has been glossed over is design that can tap into and nurture our spirituality. In 2021, we will see new attention paid to creating everyday spaces that can incite sacred and numinous moments, that elevate our consciousness and potential, and ground us in gravitas in the midst of a mindless, consumerist society. Architecture and design will move up Maslow’s Pyramid, from our recent era of look-at-me, visually ostentatious fads like luxury McMansions to a new architecture reaching for the “Self-Actualization” tier—a built environment that can move our souls.

Spiritual wellbeing is an inextricable part of a well life and rightfully deserves more design consideration and designated spaces in our homes, workplaces, communities and urban landscapes. The full report gives rich detail on examples, including thin places, ancient revivals, “nudge architecture,” and creating spiritual homes.

Just Breathe!


Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to know where your chakras are or what a didgeridoo sounds like to do breathwork. An increasing number of clinical studies from major universities like Harvard, Stanford and Johns Hopkins are putting science and data behind something we’ve actually known for centuries—the way we breathe has profound effects on our mental and physical health and abilities. It might even help us strengthen our immune systems.

Practitioners are bringing breathwork to ever-larger audiences and pushing it into fascinating new territories, including rehabilitation, fitness, community building, and relief from chronic stress, trauma and PTSD. Cool, clubby breathwork parties and festivals are rising. There are even studies that point to breathwork as a possible therapeutic for one of the world’s deadliest diseases: hypertension. Perhaps the best part of all—this drug-free medicine costs absolutely nothing.

The full report explores the people, the techniques, the places, and the new breath-tech pushing the practical magic of breathwork into exciting—and important—new directions.

The Self-Care Renaissance: Where Wellness and Healthcare Converge


Over three hundred years after the first Medical Renaissance, we’re undergoing a new kind of medical renaissance where two complementary yet often competing entities—healthcare and wellness—will converge. Wellness is learning to lean into science, establish standards, and hold itself accountable. At the same time, healthcare is beginning to borrow from the wellness playbook—transforming a once sterile and strictly curative industry into a more holistic, lifestyle-oriented, and even pleasurable one. In this new era, hospitals will take inspiration from five-star resorts, yoga studios might measure improved telomere length, and prescriptions may be coupled with hyper-personalized guides to optimal health.

As we look to a future where healthcare and wellness converge, an excellent example in the full report is Octave’s Sangha Retreat in Suzhou, China, which presents what we believe is next for healthcare and wellness. A kind of yin yang approach where two seemingly opposing forces finally discover that they can—and must—work together. As Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier puts it, “Medicine is realizing that its roots have come from wellness traditions, and the wellness community is recognizing that not all doctors are evil.”

Adding Color to Wellness

 


Graphic videos and the protests of last summer prompted many businesses to voice support for anti-racism. While diversity and inclusion have become a popular topic in the wellness industry, this

trend argues that to generate substantive change, the wellness industry must recognize and address the false narrative that wellness is for affluent white people. It discusses how the industry can add color to wellness by valuing Black consumers and wellness professionals and describes the different ways that Black people actually experience wellness offerings and spaces, highlighting racial inequalities.

This full report also provides insights into the future, illustrating how companies are changing the wellness narrative, and gives suggestions for how the wellness industry can add color to wellness. And it demonstrates that companies that value wellness for all racial groups and income levels will thrive as they expand their consumer markets and increase business innovation and profitability. Wellness enterprises that value diversity, respect Black wellness needs, and work to support more equitable access, represent the future of wellness.

Resetting Events with Wellness: You may never sit on a banquet chair again

 


Around mid-March 2020, the pandemic brought in-person events to an abrupt halt. And no matter the power of technology and the gratitude we felt for Zoomed Wi-Fi connectivity, the world hungered for personal interactions.

But there was a silver lining: A new trend that will forever change meetings and events was born, with wellness at the core. New hybrid events (in-person and virtual gatherings) sprouted like mushrooms after a spring rain. Technology companies raced to be the platform for hosting hybrid meetings. Investors threw money at tech companies, and within months of the pandemic shutting down most in-person-only gatherings, new companies had taken hold, and a new world was emerging.

As the full report explains, the trend reinforces top-of-mind topics like health, safety and immunity and employs new protocols and technologies that mitigate risk in engaging ways. In 2021 and beyond, creativity is driving connection—and how we gather is taking on new—and healthier—meanings.

Money Out Loud: Financial Wellness Is Finding Its Voice

Money has topped the “do-not-discuss” list for decades—right alongside religion, sex and politics. But it’s 2021, and transparency is trending. A culture craving authenticity is breaking the money taboo—transforming finance from a hush-hush, one-size-fits-all, cut-and-dry industry to one that’s more human, empathetic, and, dare we say, fun.

This growing openness is being driven by a much larger mental health awakening. And with research linking financial stress to anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, respiratory conditions and more—it’s about time money is put under the microscope.

This growing financial wellness movement is moving money talk far beyond the bank. Financial therapists are tackling the intersection between money and mental health, and the three billion views of #personalfinance content on TikTok prove that finance influencers are officially a thing.

In 2021 and beyond, we’ll begin to see the end of financial systems designed to profit from our failure and the start of financial wellness awakening. Money talks. It’s time we start using a language everyone can understand.

2021: The Year of the Travel Reset


The coronavirus pandemic acted as a near-complete brake on travel in 2020. The pause gave everyone—consumers and suppliers—the opportunity to think about rebooting travel for the better by correcting overtourism, becoming more conscious of where our money goes, and how to use the enormous power of tourism to sustain cultures and environments and perhaps even leave them better off.

Looking ahead, the year 2021 may be the year that all travel becomes wellness travel. From the manic travel of 2019, which was the ninth year of record-setting growth in travel, outpacing global economic expansion, 2021 will be the year of the travel reset, going slower, nearer and more mindfully. But travel will reset fitfully, mirroring the vaccination rollout, which has prompted optimism as well as tentativeness.

 

 

Best Juice Delivery Services for 2021

Looking to detox and reset with a juice cleanse? Here are five high-end juice delivery services that will reboot your body, mend any damage, and suit your preferred lifestyle. And you don’t even need to leave home.

First, why should you have a juice cleanse? A juice cleanse is a type of diet that involves consuming only juices from vegetables and fruits in an attempt to lose weight and detoxify the body. Juice cleanses usually involve consuming only juice for a certain period, which typically ranges from 3 to 10 days. Before starting any juice cleanse, always contact your doctor or a medical professional.

Second, does a juice cleanse work? Typically, any “cleanse” diet will cause noticeable short term physiological effects, such as changes in appetite and mood, possible abdominal cramps, changes in the consistency and volume of waste and so forth. These changes are generally what the cleanse diet is aiming to achieve, so in that sense the diet works. Some types of juices are associated with health benefits, but more research is needed to determine cause-and-effect.

Reboot with the top 5 juice companies offering convenient delivery options:

Suja Juice

Suja juices are cold-pressed and feature 100% organic ingredients. Receive 6, 18, or 48 bottles of delicious drinks that are perfect for people looking to limit their sugar and calorie intake while also sipping on something healthy and delicious. (Costs $22, $38, or $85 a month.)

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Project Juice

The California-based juicery has dozens of organic, cold-pressed bottled juices and juice cleanses. The cleanses include six juices per day and, in the case of The Rejuvenation Cleanse ($85 per day), two superfood shots and two foods: soup and trail mix.

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Blue Print

Blue Print started in NYC but now offers its popular juice cleanses throughout the US and Canada. You can even buy the Blue Print Cleanse 6-Pack at select Whole Foods Markets. Blue Print’s offerings are based on your, and your body’s, familiarity with cleansing, whether it’s your first or fifth time. Each cold-pressed juice contains 6 pounds of organic, raw produce. Where the 3-Day Beach-Ready Detox ($175) focuses on eliminating bloat and the 3-Day Holiday Detox ($205) helps cut down on sugar, The Blueprint OG (which can last from one to six days and costs between $65 and $375) is the go-to for hitting the reset button.

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Cooler Cleanse

Actress Salma Hayek and Juice Generation founder Eric Helms partnered to created what they call the perfect detoxifying juice. Using organic and sustainably grown produce, the Cooler Cleanse comes in 1, 3, and 5 day packages, and features either all juice or a combo of juice and raw food. All-juice cleanse ($58/day), raw food cleanse ($72/day)

Juice Generation founder Eric Helms (L) with Cooler Cleanse co-founder and actress Salma Hayek
Juice Generation founder Eric Helms (L) with Cooler Cleanse co-founder and actress Salma Hayek
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Pressed Juicery

This cult-like California based juice company is the best offering home delivery. They feature a cold-press process to extract the juice from fruits and vegetables, ensuring that no heat keeps the nutrients intact. Pressed Juicery offer three cleanses designed for your experience and comfort level, from 1 up to 5 days. 1-day ($72), 3-day ($99), 5-day ($325). Additionally, Pressed Juicery tastes better than the competition, you won’t dread drinking them at all!

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All top 5 juice delivery services offer delicious goodness delivered to your door. If you decide to detox, reboot or just want to receive a daily delivery of refreshing nutrients in bottle, you can’t go wrong with any of these innovative and exceptional juice companies.

This article was originally published on Pursuitist. Republished by permission. 

Wellness Warriors

They say you can foretell future trends by looking at what the big thinkers and pioneers are doing now.  So what’s up with wellness warriors in 2020?

 

Let’s start with an example of the future of business travel in the wellness arena.  In spite of in-person events being canceled across the board, the Global Wellness Summit—an international organization that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively impact and shape the future of the global wellness industry—had the fortitude and determination, in spite of some resistance, to go forward with their first ever hybrid (both in-person and virtual event ) Nov 8 to 11 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.

 

The organizers of the event—which included 17th Surgeon General of the U.S, Dr. Richard Carmona—felt that since the pandemic could, by some estimates, continue to affect our lives for at least another year, a model needed to be created for a safe, in-person gathering.  Their thinking was, who better than the wellness community to do that.  Everyone was tested upon arrival, mask wearing was strictly enforced at the event; the conference rooms had socially distanced seating, exercise balls and stationery bikes to sit on; and Far UV Light was quietly cleaning the air all around us. No cases were traced to the event afterwards either.

 

While there and interviewing Fred Maxik, the lead scientist of Healthe Inc—a company pioneering Far UVC light’s role in combatting Covid—for the GWS Podcast which I host, I asked him why he thought the entire in-person attendee list of about 124 people from all over the U.S. and Mexico tested negative for Covid upon arrival at the summit.  He said “Check their Zip Codes, their lifestyles and their established medical care.”

 

In the destination spa category, I refer to my well-heeled, regular spa-going friend who has been uber careful during Covid—groceries always delivered and the only activities done outside her home were masked hiking and masked golfing.  Before the pandemic she had booked a trip to a hiking-forward destination spa in California for this December.  Since she’d been before and knew the lay of the land, she knew each guest would have their own bungalow.  She said she also trusted that management would follow the Covid safety protocols they had put in place – private massage bungalows that were disinfected between treatments, smaller exercise classes and more buses driving guests to hike trails each morning so they could space out as well as the option to eat their vegan, delicious meals outside, which she and a friend always did.  She said after months of lock down she made a conscious decision to choose a local travel/wellness experience that would reinforce her immune system and overall health.  She also said that she has just rebooked her cancelled trip to the Galapagos Islands for 2022.

 

It also stands to reason that with so many people “giving up” on healthy eating during the pandemic and gaining that extra “Covid-19” pounds, they will be seeking out ways to shape up after things open up.  Look for spas that specialize in weight loss to find a strong uptick in business.

 

Also, with depression and suicide at record levels even before the shutdown, resorts and wellness retreats know full well that it is just straight necessary to have spiritually and mental wellness rooted activities on the menu.

 

And, while it may sound simple enough, let’s not forget that humans are intrinsically drawn to the healing power of nature.  With Apps like CALM taking us to streams and mountain tops and rain forests virtually during Covid, we long even more to get out to the real thing; the wide open spaces, and take a really deep, mask-less breath.

 

In fact, Douglas Drummond, Healing Arts & Somatics Director at the iconic Esalen Institute in Big Sur, the birthplace of the Human Potential Movement, predicts that besides being Nurtured in Nature, travelers in 2021 will be looking for ways to do the following four things:

 

 

-Be Intentional: Help in setting realistic goals.  Taking inventory of what is now and setting a course for the future.

 

-Have Real Talk:. This pandemic has underscored the value of truth and what really matters. Wellness centers will teach us how to be honest about how we feel and how to interpret what that might mean for the road ahead.

 

-Practicing Movement as Medicine: Hike, Dance, Swim, Do Downward Dog  study after study shows that at least 30 minutes a day makes a real difference in longevity.  Wellness retreats need to show us HOW to WANT to move everyday.  Interestingly, Esalen was a bit prescient on this.  Somatics—which is the mind/body connection enhanced by movement – was built into the Institute’s 1963 charter.

 

-Experiencing the Power of Touch—Masks are always welcome.  But, never before have we needed to connect and rejuvenate as much, and there’s no more effective way to help the body heal itself than with a fabulous massage.

 

And what about the best kept secret of soaking in a hot spring as Mother’s Nature’s way of boosting your immune system?  In fact, a peer reviewed study by Australian-based, hot springs aficionado, Dr. Marc Cohen, shows that raising the body’s core temperature from a hot springs soak – and hopefully a cold dip to seal off the contrast bathing experience—does all the right things a fever does to kickstart the body’s immune system, but without the negative side effects.  There’s a reason Native American warriors followed a code of: “No fighting in a hot spring.”  It is the most natural way to just be still and let the healthy minerals rejuvenate body and mind.  And, more often than not, hot springs vacations are among the most affordable options available.  For a road trip with the bonus of immune boosting magic, check out this historic hot springs loop in Colorado:

 

 

A friend who is a Business Travel Manager says that people are definitely rethinking the necessity of traveling for business in the near future but—with a lot weighing on the vaccines providing herd immunity—they are also already booking destination weddings and travel adventures for Summer 2021 and beyond.  And airlines and hotels are to be commended for offering ongoing flexible fares and generous cancelation policies.

 

Travel—both internationally and domestically—has been a way of life for so many of us for decades.  But as the founder of Ageist.com said to me in an interview recently, “If you’re not in the Wellness Business now, you’re really not in business.”  So travel destinations, take heed.

 

The figure that always amazes me is that the travel industry was the number one employer in the world before the pandemic.  Let’s face it—whether we work in the wellness travel or hospitality industry or are happy participants in it, we’re all ready to have that joy and delight in connecting with each other again—whether it’s a bellman, a massage therapist, a yoga instructor, a hike guide or a seat mate on a plane while we’re on our way to one of our “bucket list” adventures.

 

Wellness Seekers Unite!  2021, here we come!

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A Dozen Ways to Actually Reduce Stress During the COVID Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic is stressful, causing fear and anxiety that can be physically and emotionally overwhelming. But there are methods for coping. Knowing that everyone responds differently to stressful situations, here are a dozen different suggestions to reduce worry, tension, and anxiety while we wait out the COVID crisis.

Read a book.  Books take us into our imaginations, allowing for the ultimate distraction. The act of reading also relaxes your body, lowers your heart rate, and eases the tension in your muscles. 

Puzzles exercise both sides of your brain, evaporating stress and replacing it with tranquility. We especially like the calming puzzles from Lemonade Pursuits that partner with female artists around the world to create uniquely artful and peaceful tableaus.

In much the same way as puzzles do, coloring allows you to focus on a single task that can put your mind into a meditation-like state.

Speaking of meditation, a number of apps are available to help focus your attention and eliminate the scramble of thoughts crowding your mind.  Popular ones include Headspace, Calm, and Aura.  

Stretching allows the blood that has been restricted due to stress to flow more freely.  Stretching also stimulates receptors in the nervous system that decrease the production of stress hormones and isolates the muscles that store the tension.

A hobby from times past, modeling is seeing a comeback.  Whether it’s crafting model airplanes, cars, or making dollhouses, the act of working with your hands to create a product in detail can be remarkably soothing.

Cooking is not only a useful skill, but a great therapy.  It reduces negative thinking and builds confidence, encouraging creativity and activating the senses in the best way.  Have a cookbook at home you’ve been wanting to crack open or a website tempting you to new tastes?  Now’s the perfect time. 

Getting in touch with nature and being in the sunlight are instant mood lifters.  This is what makes gardening such a great tool to relieve stress that can be done at any age.   

Many shelters are waiving adoption fees to relieve facilities and provide animals with foster (if not forever) homes during the health crisis.  Cuddling an animal stimulates the release of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, which help relieve depression. Pets are proven to create a calming effect, and loving on them helps you focus on the present moment.

You may think it would be harder to workout with the gyms and fitness studios closed, but apps and online fitness have stepped up to fill the void.  Everything from Beachbody to Barry’s is currently offering free online classes.  Take advantage, because working up a sweat reduces the body’s levels of adrenaline and cortisol, instead stimulating the production of endorphins. 

Give journaling a go. Detailed writing about thoughts and feelings may clear them from your mind, or at least help you prioritize your fears, better understand your stresses, and problem solve more efficiently. 

Make music.  From playing an instrument to singing, every aspect of making music releases stored muscle tension and decreases cortisol levels.  It’s a bonus that this activity can be done alone or with others! 

This article was originally published on Pursuitist. Republished by permission

The Many Reason To Eat Local

Have you ever wondered why it might be good to eat foods according to the season?  You probably notice how there are certain fruits and vegetables available in the fall (apples, pears, squash) versus what is seen in the spring/summer (melons, papaya, asparagus). Continue reading