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ELECTROFIT WITH TRAINSTATION – ROUND 2


I was invited last week to the second round of #Electrofit full body workout session with Trainstation, that was also held at White Beirut.

If you haven’t seen my oldest post, you can check it out here.

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The full body workout session was presented by Hiba, Nahy,Thomas and Georges on the beats of 3lias (Dj. Stamina). All proceeds of the event went to Meeda (NGO that supports and raises awareness around eating disorders).

The event was crowded as last time, the one hour and a half of workout was so intense but people were enjoying and pushing themselves further.

It’s a great initiative by Trainstation, and I hope there will be more of these sessions to raise more awareness about healthy lifestyle 🙂

Stay Fit everyone!

Mighty Broccoli!


I have been trying to be as healthy as I can be lately, to reach the fitness level I always dreamt of. But working out seriously at the gym isn’t enough, controlling what I eat was a necessity. By that, I mean eating more nutritious food, that would keep me full for a longer time and with fewer calories.

One of the vegetables I have been advised to add to my meals was the Mighty Broccoli!

Though low in calories, broccoli is among the most nutrient-dense foods. Broccoli is a fantastic source of vitamins C, K and A, as well as fiber and folic acid. It’s a very good source of potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and vitamins E and B6. In addition, it contains glucosinolates, phyto-chemicals with powerful anticancer properties.

 

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But how can Broccoli contribute to weight loss?

As long as you don’t cover it with cheese sauce, the nutritious vegetable broccoli can be part of your weight-loss repertoire. You simply can’t get a bigger dose of more nutrients from any other vegetable, especially for so few calories. That’s key for those who are trying to lose weight. You want to meet nutrient needs while eating within your plan.

Adding more broccoli to your diet will help you with weight loss because it, like most vegetables, is a low-calorie food that can help you fill up quickly, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Broccoli is also high in the vitamin C our bodies need to effectively absorb the calcium we eat. And studies indicate that calcium aids in weight loss. Plus, broccoli also has phytochemicals that boost immunity and protect against disease, all while being very low in calories!

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Broccoli‘s high fiber levels and water content add volume to your meal without adding empty calories, so you can eat, not be hungry and still lose weight. It’s also an easy low-calorie snack. The key, however, is that you substitute broccoli for foods you usually eat, not simply add broccoli to your diet.

 

Ideas for adding broccoli to your meals

Broccoli maintains its nutrients best when it’s steamed or raw, but it also maintains a good portion of those nutrients if you stir-fry it over low heat.

You can have it with your protein chicken or with your pasta to give energy to your body before going to training.

 

 

Are you fan of broccoli?

How many times per week do you add it to your meals?

Would love to hear your stories 🙂

 

Stem Cell Therapy In Lebanon


There’s a medical clinic, who opened its doors recently in Lebanon, that combines medical expertise with state-of-the-art technology, where they use stem cell therapy, other cell therapies and a range of treatments to cure diseases, alleviate symptoms, relieve pain and improve the quality of life of their patients, on the inside and out.

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Innovi Cell Therapy Clinic, also banks your stem cells so that the day you need them, they’re ready to help you heal!

They use your own cells and the most advanced technology to treat skin injuries (including burns), heal wounds, and alleviate musculoskeletal pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, sports injuries, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome – as well as many other conditions and diseases.
Their treatments are notable for their anti-inflammatory activity, ability to find and repair damaged tissue, and capacity to repair and recover quickly, with minimal scarring.
This rejuvenating technology can also restore you to your ideal image, healing stretch marks, eczema, wrinkles and other blemishes to give you the skin, weight and shape you’ve been wishing for.

They provide you with different kinds of services:

– Curing diseases: which include the Stem Cell Therapy, Stem Cell Banking and the Ozone Therapy for all diseases.

– Rejuvenation services: Like the Laser skin rejuvenation, rejuvenation for face, neck and hands, stretch mark and burn elimination, acne treatment…

– Non surgical procedures: Non surgical fat removal, non surgical body firming and toning

– Glyco Line: which is a complete exfoliating program that stimulates cell renewal and boosts collagen formation, firming the skin and treating wrinkles, lines, pigmentation and excess sebum.

As well as you can find fillers and Botox services.

Innovi Cell Therapy Clinic, is not a beauty clinic, these cosmetic procedures complement their work in stem cells, a far less understood and rapidly evolving area of medicine.

As well as stem cell therapy, their expert doctors and scientists are specialists in a whole range of regenerative medicine, including orthobiology, bioactive stimulators and PRP (platelet-rich plasma).
Only the Innovi Clinic in Lebanon masters and combines such a broad range of modern therapies to give you exactly the combined treatment you need.
Their stem cell therapy uses your adipose stem cells – cells from your own fat – which are available up to 250 times more readily than those found in bone marrow and easily harvested under local anesthetic.

Stay tuned for my second post to check the services that I tried!

10 reasons why you should be drinking Rooibos Tea


Most of you know that I am a tea freak! Everywhere I go, I keep searching for new flavors and combinations to try. But this time I had a full box delivered to my desk, the best gift anyone can ever offer. It was a Dilmah wooden box full of 5 different tea flavors: Earl grey, Naturally Zesty Lemon, Pure Green, Pure Peppermint leaves and Organic Rooibos.

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I hadn’t try the Rooibos flavor before, but it turned out to be a really magnificent plant, here’s why…

Rooibos, meaning “red bush”; is a broom-like member of the legume family of plants growing in South Africa’s fynbos.

The leaves are used to make an herbal tea called Rooibos or bush tea. The product has been popular in Southern Africa for generations and is now consumed in many countries.

Rooibos is becoming more popular, particularly among health-conscious consumers, due to these 10 amazing health benefits. Pay attention ladies to benefit #8 😉

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1- Caffeine Free: 

The rooibos plant grows naturally without any caffeine. This is important, as it means it does not need to undergo a chemical process to remove the caffeine. It also means that anyone can drink it, including those who do not want to drink caffeine such as children & pregnant women. The other key benefit of no caffeine is that rooibos tea can be consumed in unrestricted amounts.

2- Contains powerful antioxidants 

Rooibos tea contains a wide array of antioxidants, which help to protect the body in a number of ways. Two polyphenol antioxidants called aspalathin and nothofagin are found in high concentrations in rooibos tea. These antioxidants protect the body by fighting free radicals. These are unstable cells, which attack healthy cells in order to stabilize themselves. The polyphenols also have anti-inflammatory properties and can safeguard against heart disease.

 

3- Prevents against some cancers

Some studies have demonstrated a link between consumption of rooibos tea and a reduction of cancer-causing chemicals. This is because of the high level of dominant antioxidants, some of which have anti-mutagenic (anti-cancer) properties. This means that they defend cells & DNA against damage and inhibit them from developing into cancer.

 

4- High mineral content

One of the key health benefits of rooibos tea is that it contains several minerals that are vital to health. These include: magnesium (essential for the nervous system), calcium & manganese (essential for strong teeth and bones), zinc (important for metabolism) and iron (critical for helping blood & muscles distribute oxygen).

 

5- Improves circulation

One of the many potent antioxidants in rooibos tea is called Chysoeriol. It can improve circulation by preventing the activity of the enzyme that triggers cardiovascular disease. Drinking rooibos tea also has been known to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

 

6- Relieves stomach complaints

As rooibos tea contains high levels of flavonoids, especially one called quercetin. It has the ability to relieve numerous abdominal ailments such as cramps, diahorrea and indigestion. Flavonoids are known help to reduce spasm, inflammation and allergies. It has also been widely stated that the health benefits of rooibos tea extend to alleviating colic in babies. As it is totally caffeine free, it is perfectly safe for them to drink rooibos tea.

 

7. Aids absorption of iron

Unlike most black teas, which prevent the body from absorbing iron effectively because of the tannins they contain, rooibos tea supports the body in absorbing iron. Rooibos tea contains less than half the tannins of black tea.

 

8. Can relieve skin conditions

A recent found that rooibos tea can help you to look more beautiful! Rooibos tea contains phenylpyretic acid, which can help to improve acne, psoriasis and eczema. You can apply a freshly brewed and cooled tea bag to the affected areas and it will soothe and heal any inflammation.

 

9. Can protect against Parkinsons/Alzheimers disease

Drinking rooibos tea regularly can protect against a process known as lipid peridoxation. This occurs when free radicals damage brain cells and nerve tissue. If this is prolonged, it can lead eventually to progressive and deteriorating brain disease, such as Alzheimer’s.

 

10. Encourages restful sleep

Rooibos is unique in that it can be consumed as often as you wish and at any time of day. Many people choose to drink it before bedtime as it can help with insomnia. Due to its high mineral content and lack of caffeine, it’s known to help people to feel calm and relaxed.

 

Did you have the chance to taste it?

Will you add the Rooibos tea to your morning ritual? 

 

Why Bad Breath Complaints Heat Up in the Summertime


Whether it’s a picnic, beach day, family gathering or a night out with friends, summer is a time when people come together for fun.

Unfortunately, there is often a fly in the ointment when embracing the “fun season” – higher gas prices, forgetting your sunscreen, waiting in line for the roller-coaster, or that great social buzz kill, bad breath.

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“For a significant number of people bad breath, also called halitosis, is an unnecessary embarrassment caused by malodorant sulfur compounds created by putrefying bacteria  in your mouth, primarily in crevices of your tongue,” says Dr. Bob Kross, the oral care scientist and inventor who created the Breath Appeal products (www.breathappeal.com) that eliminate the excess odor causing bacteria.

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Normal amounts of these bacteria will hardly affect your breath at all, but excessive levels can lead to bad breath and other serious oral problems, Kross says.

“You don’t have to have a chronic condition for bad breath to be a problem,” he says. “Summer is full of breath busters!”

As you plan get-togethers, he suggests keeping the following in mind:

•  Barbecue feeds more than your taste buds.  While some bad breath may originate in the lungs and gut, easily 90 percent comes from the mouth itself. For chronic sufferers of bad breath, excessive malodorant-producing bacteria are consistently present. For the average person however, the same bacteria thrive when fed by food particles and other debris lingering in mouth tissues.

“It’s not pleasant to think about, but grilled meat can sit wedged in your teeth and tongue crevices for hours, and these particles feed the mouth’s bacteria, increasing the risk of embarrassment associated with bad breath,” he says.

•  “Beer breath” is just one phase … Just as your favorite beer or cocktail leaves an unpleasant residual odor in your mouth, frequent and long-term alcohol consumption can throw your mouth’s bacterial balance out of whack from dehydration.

“Saliva acts as a natural barrier to germs – it creates an environment that they can’t tolerate,” Kross says. “If you have a dry mouth, whether from dehydration related to alcohol consumption, heat, or a medication you’re prescribed, you lose that defense against germs.”

•  National Fresh Breath day is Aug. 6. As if on cue to treat your favorite summer habits, Aug. 6th  reminds us that our family, friends, coworkers and neighbors would prefer the same courtesy that most of them extend to you – breath that doesn’t make you want to make you slowly back away during a conversation.

“We’ve all had those moments when we were distracted from what someone was saying because of their bad breath,” Kross says. “It really can affect your social life.”

•  School is near. Fresh breath can help kids’ social life. “No one is too young to experience bad breath, and school children of all ages who are seeking structure and acceptance at the beginning of a school year can suffer a traumatizing setback if they’re teased about their breath,” he says.

Make sure your student is practicing good oral hygiene this summer with regular brushing and flossing. If the problem persists, remember that most traditional mints and sprays merely blanket underlying odors for the short-term.

 

About Dr. Bob Kross

Dr. Kross is a PhD scientist associated with All USA Direct, (www.breathappeal.com), producer of Breath Appeal products. Many of Kross’ 40 US Patents, and more overseas, reflect his biomedical specialization, including oral antimicrobials and associated conditions and diseases. At least 90 percent of bad breath is associated with the sulfurous compounds generated by the putrefying, malodor-forming, anaerobic bacteria, which hide in oral crevices, and which degrade food particles and salivary cell fragments, he says. Breath Appeal’s oxidants destroy a major portion of the bacteria in these low-oxygen environments, thereby removing the root cause of persistent halitosis.

ELECTROFIT WITH TRAINSTATION


 

A while ago, I was invited to attend the #electrofit full body workout session with Trainstation, that was held at White Beirut.

If you didn’t see my previous post about Trainstation, the uniquely designed wellness and fitness studio, go here.

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The event was in collaboration with Juice up and part of the proceeds went to Meeda.

For the first time in Lebanon, the Trainstation trainers provided a full body workout session to the sounds of the best house tunes with DJ Stamina.

I loved the idea of the session, wearing sports wear to White!

 

 

About MEEDA

MEEDA is the first non-profit association dedicated to raising awareness, providing support and guidance to all people in the community that are suffering from any kind of eating disorder in Lebanon and the region.

Guest Post:: Lifestyle Factors That Can Impact Periodontal Health


One of the major diseases which people are facing today is periodontal problems. Today’s lifestyle is followed in such a way that people are susceptible to almost all kinds of diseases.

People are so workaholic that they do not have time to take care of their health. Eating and drinking habits have tremendously changed today. People depend so much on eating junk food and drinking soft drinks and alcohols. There are many lifestyle factors that can impact a person’s health namely malnutrition, amount of sleep, mental stress, tobacco use, and exercise. Let’s see how lifestyle factors impact periodontal health issues.

Lifestyle Factors effecting Periodontal Health

Smoking

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The first and foremost lifestyle thing is definitely smoking. The rate of smokers are increasing day by day knowing the fact that it is the threat to their existence and unknowing the fact that it results in periodontal diseases. Smoking is a leading lifestyle factor affecting the progression of periodontal disease. Smoking and use of other tobacco products leads to gum disease by affecting the attachment of bone and soft tissue to your teeth. Mouth is the place where poison from the smoking is stored and because what you smoke passes over your teeth and through your gums, your mouth becomes a hub of nicotine in a very unscrupulous way. Periodontal disease is a set of disorders that affect the gums in a very ruthless way. In a healthy mouth, the gums stay inactive around the base of the teeth, providing protection to the roots. But as one starts to smoke, the gum tissues gets irritated which results in the reduced blood flow to the gums, causing damage that can result in the gums pulling away from the teeth. Smoking is the predominant cause of periodontal disease. If you smoke, you have multiple chances of developing periodontal disease than a nonsmoker .Even if you’re not a smoker and is exposed to the wisp of smoke, you may be at risk for smoke-related periodontal. Smokers’ please not the fact that one of the first and most noticeable indicators of periodontal disease is receding gums.

Junk food and lack of Exercise

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Eating food habits is another major lifestyle factor affecting the periodontal disease. People are so much dependent on junk food eating habit which are really dangerous and paves more way to periodontal diseases. Junk food mainly consists of sugar, salt, fat and calories. And moreover these items are sticky and they do not massage the gums like fiber food does. This in turn makes the gums weak and the risk of contracting diseases is easy. Periodontal starts as an infection and thus the poor nutrition food worsens the condition of the gums which results in gums pulling away from teeth and teeth may loosen or even fall out. So it is always good to eat homely made food rather than depending on outside food. Your energy level is sure to fall when you consume less nutrition value food which leads you overlook exercises. A person with lowest levels of physical activity is at much higher risk for developing gum disease than those who exercised or led a more active lifestyle.

Consumption of Alcohol and Soft drinks

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Day by day the numbers of alcohol consumers are increasing. Consuming these kinds of drinks can have severe effects on your gums. As mentioned above, these habits can irritate gums tissue.

Those who abuse alcohol, tend to have poor dental hygiene habits. This makes them far more prone to such problems. Alcoholics tend to eat poorly that leads to nutrition deficiencies and hence they are more prone to get sick easily. Deficiencies in diet can also lower the effectiveness of the immune system and increase the likelihood of developing gum disease. Those who abuse alcohol will often disregard the early symptoms of gum disease. This means that an easily treatable case of gingivitis will progress to a more serious condition that involves permanent damage to the teeth and gums paving way to periodontal issues. Same is the case with the consumption of soft drinks. The high amount of Phosphorus in soda depletes calcium in bones and cause bone weakening. These carbonated drinks can cause permanent damage to dental enamel, potentially resulting in severe tooth decay and gum disease. The result, you will soon fall a victim of periodontal disease.

 

 

These are some of the lifestyle factors that can impact Periodontal Health problems. The only this we can control Periodontal disease is by keeping our gums healthy. Eat proper food; drink more of pure water instead of alcohol and soft drinks. A good clean by the dentist and proper home care dental hygiene is all that you have to follow to stay away from Periodontal Health issues. So take proper care of your gums and live a better smiling life.

 

Author-Bio:

Valentine Dennis is an excellent freelance writer who is, in fact, capable on writing any topics and subjects with regards to his area of expertise. His proficiency in essay writing with difference and articles has allowed him a great deal to carry out lots of essays academically and non-academically. The characteristic that he has in the writing industry makes him more comfortable to take care of the topics on any subjects without any difficulty.

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