All posts tagged: health

Kombucha 

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’m constantly drinking a fizzy, probiotic drink called kombucha. I am so obsessed that even when I’m travelling internationally, I try to track down the local kombucha. Why am I so set on drinking one daily? It’s simple: about 70% of your immune system lives in your gut and kombucha pumps your body with probiotics to keep your digestive track in top condition so that your internal organs function properly.Kombucha detoxifies your organs by protecting it against oxidative stress – the process that occurs when too many free radicals chemically interact with your cells and try to take over your body by damaging them. This can lead to diseases such as diabetes, cancer, chronic fatigue, and even Alzheimer’s. Kombucha helps control these free radicals so that your body can protect itself with antioxidant properties. Free radicals are not only forming in your bodies – they also come from the environment around you (car exhaust, ultraviolet rays, toxins from the foods you consume, etc). You can’t prevent them …

Summer Skincare

This post was sponsored by Cremo. I am a huge believer in taking care of your skin! I love a good eye cream to nourish your under eyes – battling any lines or dark circles. Using an eye cream helps you feel refreshed and awakened – I don’t go one day without applying it! I also use a system that incorporates a deep cleaning face wash, a toner for your skin, and a moisturizer with antioxidants. Moisturizing is HUGE and should not be left behind! Use a moisturizer with SPF so that you’re protecting your skin from the sun. That’s the biggest defense against signs of aging. I’ve learned that even on cloudy days, we’re exposed to harmful rays.I used to be someone who only wore SPF at the beach or pool, not on a daily basis. But then I realized that it’s more important to protect your skin than burn or harm it. If your skin is exposed to sun at any point of the day, it should be protected – period. Skin cancer …

Stretch It Out 

I try to squeeze in a heavy weight-lifting workout daily, alternating different muscle groups between the upper and lower body during each gym session. It’s easy to forget to incorporate stretching into your workout when you have limited time, but this year I am challenging myself to make more of an effort to make this a part of my weekly routine. Whether it’s taking a yoga class or pulling up a program on YouTube, stretching is essential for preventing injury, keeping your muscles flexible, extending your range of motion and even increasing the nutrients to your muscles.How many of you sit at a computer all day? Researchers at the Harvard Medical School found that extended sitting is detrimental to your health, so much so that many people have switched to a standing desk to protect their posture by stretching out their body throughout the day. Stretching maintains better alignment for the spine and prevents aches and pains, which lead to a hunched posture. Plus, the tighter you are, the more likely your muscles are to …

The Power Of Plant Protein 

I am a huge advocate for eating a mostly plant-based diet and limiting your daily intake of processed foods and meats. When it comes to protein powder, I ditched the whey in 2012 and switched to a plant substitute from a brand I truly love: Sunwarrior. I am excited to announce that I am their newest ambassador! Many people ask me why I made the switch to plant protein. Science shows that many of the major whey protein powders are laced with excessive amounts of heavy metals and detergents. This is clearly toxic to your body, exposing you to higher risks of cancer, heart disease, and even blood disorders. Studies continue to show that the cells in your body intended to block cancer are at a dangerously high risk of being damaged from carcinogenic metals when consuming whey protein powder. Whey can also be very hard for the body to break down and digest. After milk is curdled and strained, the liquid left behind is what makes whey protein. Many people are sensitive to this, …

Probiotics

This may shock you: drinking bacteria is beneficial to your health. I was surprised to learn this, but first, let me clarify. There are many harmful types of bacteria that are toxic to your body, but the type of bacteria found in probiotics helps your body predigest important nutrients from what you consume at a much more efficient level. 70% of your immune system lives in your gut. Probiotics are important because they help maintain a healthy gut which supports good digestion and a healthy immune system.  I am hooked on this sparkling probiotic tonic from Kevita, specifically the turmeric ginger flavor (which also has a series of other benefits because both turmeric and ginger are phenomenal for you internally and externally), and I drink one daily to keep my gut healthy. These drinks contain 4 strains of live probiotics with 4 billion CFU’s (colony forming units) and contain 100% of your daily value of Vitamin C. Digestively, I have never felt better, and what I love about these tonics is now not only do …

Benefits Of Turmeric

I cook with this bright yellow spice as much as possible. Throw it in your omelettes, on top of your fish, or in your stir frys to reap the many benefits of this spice for your health.  The top six reasons why you should add turmeric to your diet are below:  1. Cancer preventative 2. Immune booster  3. Anti inflammatory  4. Improves digestion 5. Helps clear skin conditions 6. Lowers cholesterol + several other benefits.  Welcome to the world of turmeric. ? 

Matcha Movement

It’s no secret how much I love matcha. But what exactly is it? Matcha is a fine green tea powder that comes from crushing the tea leaves. It’s a powerful antioxidant because the entire leaf is being consumed rather than just the extract from typical tea. Matcha also boosts your metabolism, provides vitamin C and magnesium, and is a natural detoxifier for your body. It contains high levels of EGCG which is a compound known to have tremendous cancer fighting properties and boosts your energy levels and endurance. Matchaeologist sent me their kit to try, and I have to say the matcha powder is delicious. The flavor is refreshing and light and the powder has a roasted aroma. This company prides themselves on sourcing and curating the highest-quality of matcha, creating a rich and creamy flavor. Here are my steps towards making a perfectly delicious matcha latte: 1. Add one scoop of matcha to a small bowl 2. Add a tiny bit of hot water so that the matcha sits just underneath the water line …

Stay Motivated

I’ve had some requests to talk about how to get into the routine of working out and eating healthy so I wanted to share some hopefully helpful tips! 1. My favorite time to exercise is in the morning before the work day begins. You feel refreshed and ready to take on whatever the day may bring, and you don’t have to worry about missing a work out later in the night if you become too busy. The hardest part is getting up. Set your alarm on your phone, and leave it across the room so you are forced to get out of bed to turn off the alarm. Once you are physically out of bed, you are more inclined to stay up and get dressed for a pre-work morning workout.  2. Make a workout schedule. You should always alternate what body parts you exercise per day. For example, I like to do back, biceps and quads one day and then shoulders, pecs, triceps and calves another day. Know what muscle group you are targeting before …

Abs Part 2

Abs are one of my favorite parts of the body to workout because there are so many different excercises that can be done for them. Here is a quick 15 minute routine focusing on your sides that will leave your abs feeling strong and toned! 50 right-side abs: Lay on your right side with your knees slightly bent in and touch your elbow to your thigh. 50 left-side abs: Lay on your left side with your knees slightly bent in and touch your elbow to thigh. 3 sets of 15 rep side-bends: Grab a weight that you are comfortable using, I use a 45 plate, and stand with your feet hip-wide distance apart. Bend down on your left side bringing the weight to the middle of your leg and stand slowly back up. Repeat 15 times and switch the weight to your right side to work that side out. Take a 30 second break and do two more sets of this. 150 Bicycles: Lay on the ground and bring your legs up in the air, …

Hammer Curl

Today’s feature exercise is one of my all-time favorites: the hammer curl.The hammer curl is one of the best exercises to sculpt your biceps, but it also works out your entire arm, from the wrist all the way up to your shoulders. It makes your veins pop and isolates your bicep to really work the muscle. Throw this into your bicep routine and you should see even more results! How To Do: Grab a dumbbell in each hand along the sides of your body with your palms pointed towards your body. Doing my favorite exercise in a quick bicep #workout: hammer curls ?? read more over on the blog now – link in bio! ?#fitness A video posted by Tommy DiDario (@tommydidario) on Aug 5, 2015 at 4:46pm PDT Curl your elbows and raise the dumbbells up, then slowly bring your arms back straight down. Repeat by doing three sets of 15 reps with a 45 second break in between each rep. #you’vegotthis ?