Field Trip Health Opens Doors in Los Angeles + Q&A

Field Trip Health Opens Doors in Los Angeles + Q&A

2020 was a lot on our brains. Life can also be a lot on our brains. How do we cope with all of the trauma, anxiety, and baggage so that we’re not weighed down? A few options may have come to mind, but it’s unlikely that you’ve ever thought about anything like this!

Introducing Field Trip Health, the groundbreaking company redefining mental well-being and consciousness through psychedelic-enhanced psychotherapy, recently opened its doors to Los Angelenos. We’re excited to share the news of Field Trip Health’s Los Angeles clinic opening, and highlight the revolutionary work FTH is doing to revolutionize mental health treatments using psychedelic-enhanced psycho-therapy.

Super exciting for frequent travelers — Field Trip Health now has Clinics opened in Toronto, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, and Houston, so far, with a clinic coming to Amsterdam soon! At the FTH clinics, legally administered psychedelic-enhanced therapy, mindfulness, and self-care are blended with a series of sessions with trained psychotherapists. Field Trip Health takes a step-by-step, medically-supervised, integrated approach using ketamine-enhanced psychotherapy to help people heal from tough-to-beat mental conditions like depression, anxiety, and trauma.

 

Field Trip’s forward-thinking and progressive therapy methods are revolutionizing the health-care industry as we know it, with the continuing embrace of psychedelics leading to a mental health revolution.

And, while you may imagine a clinic to be sterile, the clinic space is intentionally designed to promote the healing journey — clean, quiet, and alive with light + plant life, reimagined to replicate a nature-inspired oasis of peace.

 

A Q&A With founder Ronan Levy

Ronan Levy at Mastermind Talks 2014 in Toronto, Ontario. ©2014 Mark Adams www.MarkAdamsPhoto.com

Q: There’s therapy, and then there’s psychedelic-enhanced psychotherapy. How did you discover all that this alternative approach to mental health had to offer?

RDL: My journey to psychedelic enhanced therapies started about 15 years ago when I started work with meditation and metaphysics as part of my personal growth journey. (I was in the process of a breakup so sought support to help through that process.) But my interest in psychedelics was really piqued when I read Tibetan Peach Pie by Tom Robbins, in which he described his first psychedelic experience in the 1960s in a psychologist’s office. This opened my mind to the expansive potential of psychedelics. Fast forward a few years and my work within medical cannabis showed me just how therapeutic plant medicines can be. The combination led to the birth of Field Trip.

Q: Drugs typically make people feel good, right? What was the mindset you had when you decided that psychedelics were the way to go in helping treat mental health issues? Did you think it would be taken seriously from the start?

RDL: Drugs, when used therapeutically, can act as a filter that helps people tap into different levels of awareness. This is true about certain pharmaceuticals as well as plant-based medicines. I remember the moment when we decided to lean into psychedelics. It was electric. Everything in me knew that it was not only an incredible entrepreneurial opportunity, but also an incredible opportunity to create global scale impact. I had no concerns about being taken seriously — the objective data and evidence speaks for itself.

Q: Could you describe one of your favorite success stories?

RDL: I can’t speak to individual experiences out of respect for privacy, but we’ve seen incredible results both objectively and subjectively. Objectively, people’s depression and anxiety scores drop markedly and for an extended period after a journey with Field Trip. Subjectively, we’ve had survivors of sexual trauma report being able to see themselves as beautiful for the first time that they could remember, military veterans saying they’ve felt empathy for the first time in years. Powerful, beautiful stories of just how transformative these experiences can be.

Q: Based on the photos, it’s clear that FTH wants visitors to feel comforted from the moment they first step foot inside. What can visitors expect the process to be like upon their first visit?

RDL: Yes, we’ve designed all of our Field Trip Health locations to be bright, warm and inviting. The evidence indicates that set and setting (the preparation as well as the physical location) play an important role in the therapeutic outcomes so we’ve leaned into that very thoughtfully in the design of our locations. Similarly, we want people to feel safe, comfortable and supported every step along the way, from the initial assessments (to make sure psychedelic assisted therapy is appropriate for you), to meeting your therapeutic team, to all the information and tools you are provided with throughout the journey.

Q: Can you share a bit about why you chose LA as a location for one of your clinics and the main reasons that LA patients have for undergoing treatment?

RDL: As persuasive as the data is around psychedelic assisted therapies, we knew that it’s going to take time to challenge old stigmas and ideas around psychedelics. So we focussed on opening our first locations in cosmopolitan centers such as Toronto, New York and LA that have greater influence on social and cultural trends. Also, these cities are generally known for their progressiveness so we anticipated a more receptive audience. In LA, we are seeing people for a wide range of reasons but primarily it’s people dealing with the anxieties of a fast-paced life, as well as depression.

Q: What were some of the challenges you faced while creating FTH, and how did you overcome them?

RDL: Truthfully, as far as startups goes, launching Field Trip has gone as elegantly as we could imagine. For those who have been touched by psychedelics, there is a palpable desire to see legal access to these therapies and we’ve been able to tune into that momentum.

Q: What do you say to a doubtful reader struggling with mental health conditions to convince them why they should pay FTH a visit?

RDL: Don’t ignore your doubts! All emotions are valid and real and should be considered. But also don’t ignore information and evidence. Seek to be fully informed and I think you’ll find that the reasons that support exploring psychedelic therapies outweigh the risks and reservations. But ultimately the decision is yours to make and we’ll be supportive of you whatever path you choose.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to add?

RDL: For anyone looking to get an understanding of psychedelics or what the process of psychedelic integration looks like, download our app, Trip, from iTunes or Google Play, or find it here www.tripapp.co. You can also learn more about Field Trip Health on our podcast: Field Tripping with Ronan Levy

Website: https://www.fieldtriphealth.com

Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/fieldtriphealth/?hl=en

 

Does Organic Food Help with Anxiety?

Does Organic Food Help with Anxiety?

Amidst nutrition facts, ingredient lists and dietary claims on food packages, the term organic might seem like just one more thing to decipher at the grocery store. Are those organic eggs and carrots really worth the extra few bucks?

Well, from a physical health standpoint, eating organics won’t make a noticeable difference in your physique. Unfortunately, the media tends to focus on this point, alone, causing many people to overlook organics. Yet, organically grown food can make a big difference in your mental health and overall sense of wellbeing.

What Is Organic Food?

Organic food includes plants and animals that were produced without harmful pesticides, fertilizers, GMOs, antibiotics or hormones. Instead, farmers rely on biological fertilizers and eco-friendly pest management practices to produce a healthy crop and fertile soil year after year. They also use environmentally friendly production practices like water management, no-till farming and habitat maintenance. In doing so, organic farmers enhance the ecosystem and promote biodiversity.

To gain organic certification, a farmer submits an organic system plan to an accredited certifier and undergoes an inspection each year. Farmers must also meet animal health welfare standards, keep a detailed record of all products and abide by all rules that the National Organic Program has put in place to maintain their certification.

Pesticides and Mental Health

Nearly 47% of U.S. adults will battle a mental illness at some point in their lives, and 18% of the population suffers from anxiety each year. In many cases, lifestyle changes, major events and even chemical imbalances in the brain can cause anxiety. However, what you put in your body can also increase your risk of developing this debilitating disorder.

Many conventional farmers use fertilizers and organic insecticide pesticides like organophosphates to protect their crops. Despite some differences, all organophosphates inhibit acetylcholinesterase. This enzyme is responsible for clearing chemicals that transmit signals between brain cells and other parts of the body. If this acetylcholinesterase doesn’t do its job, the pesticide can disrupt the central nervous system.

Over the past few decades, researchers have discovered a link between organophosphates and neuropsychiatric disorders. Some of the most striking evidence comes from instances of short-term, high-level exposure in agricultural workers, veterans of the Gulf War and civilians in the Sarin gas attack on a Tokyo subway. Each of these groups of people have shown high incidences of depression, anxiety, and related neurological impairments.

Now, many scientists surmise that long-term, low-level exposure to this compound can play a role in disorders like anxiety and depression as well. Therefore, eating foods free of these toxic compounds can minimize your risk of developing these mental illnesses.

Which Organics Are Best?

Because organic foods are free of anxiety-inducing pesticides, fertilizers, and insecticides, they can potentially help with anxiety. However, if you don’t want to commit to a fully organic diet, buy foods that will give you the best bang for your buck.

The following foods are especially beneficial for those looking to ease anxiety and live a happy, healthy life.

Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts are high in selenium, which can reduce inflammation, a common symptom of anxiety. They also contain other antioxidants like vitamin E that can effectively treat anxiety and potentially prevent depression in some people. Consume three to four brazil nuts or no more than 400 micrograms of selenium per day to get 100% of your daily intake.

Eggs

Researchers have begun to link vitamin D deficiency to mood disorders like anxiety and depression. Luckily, you can boost your intake of this essential vitamin by consuming more eggs. Eggs also contain tryptophan, an amino acid that creates serotonin. This chemical neurotransmitter helps regulate mood and can even relieve anxiety.

Dark Chocolate

Although it’s unclear how dark chocolate reduces stress but, experts have found that cocoa can improve mood. Like eggs, chocolate contains high levels of tryptophans. Plus, dark chocolate contains magnesium, an essential nutrient that may reduce symptoms of depression. Aim for 70% or more cocoa when choosing a dark chocolate to reap the most benefits — and minimize sugar intake.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea also works to reduce inflammation and relax the body. It’s also similar to chocolate in that it contains flavonoids, which can reduce anxiety symptoms. The herbal remedy contains antioxidants as well, which help to prevent cell damage and treat mental illnesses like anxiety.

Yogurt

Fermented foods like Greek yogurt can benefit natural gut bacteria and reduce chronic inflammation, a condition that may be partly responsible for anxiety, stress and depression. Look for organic brands that contain living bacteria to really give your brain a boost.

Managing Anxiety Holistically

Of course, eating whole, organic foods can do wonders for your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. However, the best way to treat anxiety is with a holistic approach. Treat the whole body to sunshine, fresh air, movement, and meditation. Practice mindfulness, start a gratitude journal, or try traditional Chinese medicine. When paired with a healthy, organic diet, natural remedies can help ease your mind and minimize symptoms of anxiety.

What Should You Do If You Have Lingering COVID-19 Symptoms?

What Should You Do If You Have Lingering COVID-19 Symptoms?

What Should You Do If You Have Lingering COVID-19 Symptoms?

Many in Los Angeles who were infected by Covid-19 now find themselves experiencing symptoms long after they are no longer infected. Read on for more information about what the symptoms of ‘long-haul’ or ‘long Covid’ may look like and what you should do if you have them.

What is long-haul Covid-19?

Recent studies indicate that of those who recover from Covid-19, 50-80% will experience lingering effects three months after infection. Symptoms can linger regardless of whether you were hospitalized or not. Researchers have also learned that long-Covid symptoms can first appear in waves:

  • Initial symptoms- fatigue; headache; chills; fever
  • 5 days- nausea; vomiting; diarrhea
  • 10 days- dizziness; confusion; difficulty concentrating; body pain
  • 15 days- heart palpitations; high/low blood pressure; lightheadedness
  • 21 days- skin conditions; eye infections; twitchy muscles; mouth sores

It’s important to note that not everyone who has long Covid will experience all of the symptoms indicated in the timeline and that they may even skip one or more of these “waves.” There is still much to learn about the novel coronavirus, but it is believed that these lingering symptoms stem from inflammation caused by the virus. Most common lingering symptoms not mentioned include:

  • Brain fog and impaired memory
  • Joint and chest pain
  • Breathing issues
  • Loss of taste and/or smell
  • Sleep issues

Those who experienced severe symptoms, adults over 50, and people with underlying health conditions are most likely to experience long-haul Covid-19.

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Avoiding the risk of long-term symptoms

The best way to avoid long-term Covid-19 side effects is to avoid infection. This means following social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines.

In the event you need to get tested, the LAPH website has guidance regarding testing – including what types of tests you need, and ways to access testing and treatment for free.

Families may also consider using DIY Covid-19 testing kits to test themselves at home. The tests most widely available are PCR tests, which require lab processing. This means after self-administering the test at home, samples are mailed to the laboratory which produced the kit. Depending on lab and mail delivery times, your results can take 3-14 days.

The first rapid antigen DIY testing kit was recently authorized by the FDA for use by the general public. This test requires no lab processing and produces results in 15 minutes. These tests are still in production, but are expected to debut on shelves in the coming weeks. Once production is in full swing, these tests are expected to cost roughly $30 each, but will likely be priced much higher when they first hit shelves.

Those in need of testing options that balance both convenience and safety may wish to consider getting tested at home. Onsite medical service providers will send a nurse with a Covid test for a home visit to administer Covid-19 tests to everyone in the household. As healthcare providers, they already have access to rapid test options.

Angelinos with specific testing needs who may particularly benefit from at-home Covid-19 testing include:

  • Young children, as well as neurodivergent children and those with disabilities unable to wear a mask for long periods of time
  • People with severe cases of Covid-19 who need regular testing as part of treatment and want to minimize risk of transmission to others
  • People at high risk of severe symptoms who have not yet been vaccinated, and those who interact with them regularly
  • People with physical conditions who would benefit from medical professionals administering the test

What should I do if I have long Covid?

If you are still experiencing Covid-19 symptoms 6 weeks after recovery, you should contact your primary care physician, even if you had mild symptoms while sick. Doctors can work with you to find treatments and strategies that reduce discomfort and help you cope.

Earlier this year, Cedars-Sinai opened a Covid-19 recovery program exclusively for patients with lingering symptoms. Anyone interested in participating must be referred by a physician. Low-income LA County residents should reach out to My Health LA through the LA County Department of Public Health (LAPH) if they are in need of Covid-19 treatment.

 

 

Pulp Culture Wants You to Have the Better-For-You Booze

Pulp Culture Wants You to Have the Better-For-You Booze

Summer is over, but that doesnt mean booze is over! And with Mercury entering retrograde (again) until November 3rd, we’re going to need to keep the booze chilled and ready to go. That’s why it’s the perfect opportunity to learn about a new company who puts the “B” in “booze,” where “B” means “best!” This past Spring, Pulp Culture launched the healthiest booze on the planet. Seriously!
 
Boasting four function-first blends — THINK, HUSTLE, RESTORE, and RELAX — Pulp Culture was designed by high performers, for high performers, to enhance our everyday lives and take the edge off with a health-conscious alcohol. Not only is Pulp Culture not bad for you — it’s actually good for you — packed with probiotics, adaptogens, immune boosters, and all ingredients transparently listed on the front of the can. Pulp Culture’s “hard pressed juice” features a wide array of fruity flavors, like guava, passionfruit, and strawberry, backed by nature’s health food warriors, including turmeric, milk thistle, and even superfood mushrooms! Each flavorful blend suits any of your life’s needs, whether you’re knocking out that after-work report, or setting the mood for that long overdue vacation… but there’s something else.


THINK, HUSTLE, RESTORE, AND RELAX… But what about LOVE?

Yeah, yeah, those are all great, but what about the mushy stuff? Well, that fiery, can’t-stop-won’t-stop feeling (and flavor) is here too. Besides, what’s anything without a little love thrown in? During these trying times, love is what fuels our fire, along with love for ourselves, each other, and our environment. In creating their first limited-edition blend, Pulp Culture’s goal was to bring light to love, enhancing the unrivaled feeling in the form of a guilt-free libation. 
 
Mark McTavish, CEO & Co-Founder says, “A true labor of love, this is a seasonal release with serious superfood sex appeal! When adding a new function-based formulation to our lineup, we felt it was appropriate to bring the world something that we could all use more of… LOVE. Juicy pineapple and pomegranate bring pleasure to your palate, while maca and damiana will leave you feeling frisky. Last but not least, cordyceps is a powerful adaptogenic aphrodisiac that boosts stamina and vitality.” 

Pulp Culture’s LOVE blend launched on September 8th, and won’t be around too long, so indulge while you can!

Better For You Facts to Take Away:

  • ALL ingredients on the front of the can
  • Immunity boosting
  • Botanical adaptogens
  • 6 billion CFUs probiotics/can
  • Zero sugar
  • 99 calories
  • Full spectrum fermentation – 100% mother nature
  • 4.9% ABV
  • 4-packs available at Pulp Culture for $14.99

About Pulp Culture

Pulp Culture is the epitome of a “better for you” beverage. Pulp Culture uses fresh, source-verified ingredients, resulting in a zero sugar, low calorie, “better for you” alcohol. Every blend contains only the ingredients seen on the front label of the can. It is naturally fermented, raw pressed juice that’s sourced from local farms, and fermented for three months, yielding a naturally alcoholic and certified probiotic beverage. This drink ensures you are getting all of the benefits that Mother Nature intended: billions of live probiotic cultures, and a vast array of beneficial vitamins and nutrients found in the plants used for fermentation. Cold-pressed juice just got healthier and hangovers have officially left the building. Enjoy a drink with mother nature and get to know her wild side.

About Mark McTavish (CEO & Co-Founder):

Raised in the apple growing region of southwest Ontario, Mark began his career in the craft beverage industry at the age of 19. Soon after earning his Bachelor of Commerce at Canada’s top beverage management school, Mark established his foothold in the marketplace by opening one of the first craft bars in Canada in 2003.

After helping to pioneer the craft beer industry in Canada, Mark followed his other passion and built a successful career in the commercial fitness business.  With a focus on product design and brand development, Mark spent nearly a decade working with fitness professionals across North America. Mark’s career path came full circle when he realized his dream to craft the healthiest alcoholic beverages on the planet; a convergence of two industries that had previously seemed to be an impossible pairing.

 

A devout vegan since the age of 14, Brendan is the formulator and cofounder of Vega (an industry leader in plant based nutrition). He is also the bestselling author of the Thrive book series, as well as  Editor-in-Chief of Alive Magazine. As a former professional Ironman triathlete and two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon champion, Brendan is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on plant-based performance nutrition.

Brendan invests in and works with socially responsible food and tech companies, whose mandate is to fix our food system and reduce the environmental strain of food production. As of July 2018, Brendan had not enjoyed an alcoholic beverage in 14 years. This all changed when he discovered 101 Cider House at his local Whole Foods Market, learned about the unrivaled production process, and felt motivated to join the team.

Spore Launches to Deliver Health-Boosting Mushroom Supplements

Spore Launches to Deliver Health-Boosting Mushroom Supplements

These days, our health and wellbeing is more thought about probably ever before. The good thing is you can never take too many measures to protect yourself from illness — including the current pandemic we’re all facing right now. With perfect timing, Spore has entered the scene! This new consumer wellness supplement company just launched in September, and they aim to transform our health through the use of functional mushrooms. Spore separates itself from competitors by pioneering a holistic approach to modern medicine with the use of mushrooms, its unique founder story, and helping people regain control of their health from the inside out with their breakthrough line of science-based nutritional supplements. We know, you’re probably thinking, “What’s so special about mushrooms?” Well, it turns out a whole lot! We’re happy to fill you in on what could be the next big health trend with a special Q&A with Spore’s co-founder, Michael Zavet.

After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), Michael was determined to find a holistic and all-natural solution, which led him to discover that functional mushrooms are a potent and effective treatment. In conjunction with their launch, Spore is committed to partnering with and donating a percentage of all revenues to organizations that are dedicated to researching and discovering transformative treatments for MS. Spore’s supplements effectively improve immunity, increase energy, balance blood sugar, lower cholesterol, and improve sleep and are ideal for those who want to gain lasting control over their overall quality of life.

Spore is available in five different powerful varieties:

  • Mike’s Mushroom Mix – Looking for an everyday, well-rounded mushroom blend that gives your body the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients it needs to support your overall health? Mike’s got you covered. This powerful blend of 10 functional mushrooms will keep your body balanced and optimized to perform all day, every day. This blend is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and keeps harmful pathogens in check and your body in an optimal state of balance. Take this daily to feel the lasting effects and benefits. 

  • Chill Out – Combines the power of the Reishi mushroom with natural herbs like Chamomile, Lemon Balm, and Valerian Root. Enjoy this blend in the evening and flood your body with tranquility to enjoy deep, restorative sleep every night.

  • Protect + Defend – Mix of Turkey Tail, Chaga, Reishi, and Maitake mushrooms designed for supercharged immune function and longevity. Take it daily to support your overall health and keep your body’s defense operating at its full capacity.

  • Energy Performance – Powered by the Cordyceps and maitake mushrooms and enhanced with a potent mix of all-natural energy-boosting ingredients. This blend provides you with increased endurance and energy whenever you need it.

  • Focus Performance – Combines the cognitive boosting power of Lion’s Mane, the sustained energy from Cordyceps, and supported by Ashwagandhaand Gingko Biloba to provide increased cognitive enhancement and a mood-stabilizing effect. Helps to improve memory, expand creativity, and complete support for your brain’s neurological functioning.

Spore’s proprietary blends are sold for $49.99 for a monthly subscription at  SporeLifeSciences.com, and on Amazon beginning this month. Read on below for our Q&A where we get answers to burning questions, and learn some of the science behind Spore’s supplements.

 

Q & A With Spore Co-Founder, Michael Zavet

Q: Hi, Michael, and congratulations on the launch of Spore! I hear that you have a very unique story that helped contribute to the creation of Spore — and I’m sure it’s undoubtedly the core of why you do what you do. Can you tell us about your experience with MS, and how it helped to make Spore what it is today?

A: I think, like many people eventually diagnosed with the disease, MS had begun to affect me long before my diagnosis. I experienced chronic fatigue and illness, muscle soreness and stiffness, lack of focus or brain fog, and trouble sleeping. These symptoms are what drove me to look for a solution. I wanted to avoid the world of pharmaceuticals and find something all-natural. This is what ultimately led to my research, discovering functional mushrooms, and the creation and foundation of Spore.

Q: MS is an immense challenge on its own, and quite possibly the largest one you faced. With that said, what are some of the other uphill battles you and your team faced while breathing life into Spore?

Starting any business is an immense challenge, as any entrepreneur will tell you. I mean, everything from financing to creating formulations, down to logistics, needed to be aligned and thought out, and nothing ever goes as you planned. But arguably the most important and biggest challenge has been creating and continuing to build a brand that people can relate to and trust. I hope we’ve done a good job at that so far, and we will continue to refine and improve things as we get more feedback from our customers, partners and advisors.

Q: I’ve heard of a company that uses mushrooms to make elixirs and teas — essentially being pushed as a healthy replacement for coffee and soda due to its health benefits. The mushrooms-for-health market is one that has yet to really turn into a trend, and it’s only a matter of time before it does catch popularity. Can you explain to readers what Spore is, and what the many benefits are to taking your supplements?

A: Spore, at its root, is a wellness company focused on intelligent-thought out-functional mushroom-based formulations. We source and use over 10 species of functional mushrooms and combine them with proven all-natural supporting ingredients to give our customers the best desired effect. The end result was five all-natural formulations, powered by functional mushrooms, that aim to tackle everyday issues we and the broader population face. Whether it’s a supplement for overall health, a natural sleep aid, a clean energy boost, a way to improve cognitive function, or a functional mushroom supplement to strengthen your immune system, Spore has you covered.

Q: Is it possible that mushrooms are a superfood that have been sitting in front of us all along?

A: It is not only possible, it is a fact. People are sort of just waking up to all the benefits mushrooms can offer us, but mushrooms have been used as medicine and superfoods for literally millennia. They have been in a staple in both traditional and modern medicine. In fact, penicillin was derived from mushrooms. As was rapamycin which allowed for doctors to perform organ transplants.

Q: We live in an increasingly eco-conscious world. Where and how are your mushrooms and herbs sourced, and does Spore have a sustainable practice?

A: In order to get the best quality ingredients, Spore sources from all over the world, from the mountains of Tibet to the interior woods of the pacific northwest and everywhere in between.  Our chaga is Scandinavian, our Maitake is from maple trees in Japan, and so on. We ensure all of our ingredients are carefully selected from our trusted partners, that meet the highest quality standards like cGMP, etc. All Spore ingredients are eco-friendly and ethically sourced from our specialized partners. Going “green” in all aspects of our business is extremely important to our team.

Q: Mushrooms come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and apparently flavors! Can you provide just a little insight into a couple of lesser-known mushrooms and herbs that go into your products, and why people should be consuming them more often? (What is Turkey Tail?!)

A: Absolutely. Turkey Tail is a common species found throughout the world. It grows on logs or decaying trees. The reason you haven’t heard of it is because it is not prized for its flavor or texture, but rather its potent immune boosting properties. Another more obscure species is Agarikon, a fairly rare fungus that only grows in the wild and has potent anti-inflammatory properties. Lastly, you may or may not be familiar with Antrodia, also known as the fungus of fortune – prized for its hepaprotective qualities – or in other words, it’s known to support blood and liver health.

Q: What are your dreams for where you’d like to take Spore in the next year or two? Do you plan on remaining a supplemental company, or possibly venturing into the food market?

A: I think the biggest dream for Spore is to provide a supplement that genuinely helps people with ailments that affect everyone. We’ve all experienced that lack of focus or the mid-day crash and the hope is that with Spore, we may be able to curb or beat these challenges with an all-natural supplement. Further to that, we will be looking to expand our product line. Look out for our Vegan functional mushroom and adaptogen infused Protein powders early 2021.

Q: Some people are picky eaters, and refuse to eat mushrooms. Spore is a great alternative for anyone who may want the health benefits without having to chew on the beneficial fungi. Do you recommend a mix of a few different blend varieties, or is just sticking to one good enough?

A: Spore products can be taken in conjunction with each other, and I’d definitely recommend it. I’d start with Mike’s mix, since it provides a great base with 10 different functional mushroom ingredients, then I’d layer in some energy and focus performance to get through a busy day. Chill out is a perfect nighttime supplement to help you do just that, unwind after a long day and ease into a restful night of sleep. And protect and defend speaks for itself in these uncertain times where strengthening your immune system and general health are top of mind.

Q: Finally, you told us what the benefits are to taking Spore supplements, but are there any indirect or unintended advantages, like IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) relief or stopping migraines? Is it safe to say that taking your supplements is comparable to just eating well on a daily basis, leading to overall wellness?

A: Definitely. Beyond achieving the desired effects of each product, functional mushrooms are nutrient dense, packed with antioxidants, improve gut health and liver function, have anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties, and support immune health, they’re a super food, and pair perfectly with a healthy lifestyle. The way we approach our products is that eating well is a great start to overall wellness, but it’s often tough for most to cover every segment of the food chain in their day-to-day diet with a hectic life or work schedule. That’s why the ease of a supplement like ours is really a helpful way to aid someone in going from a good to great diet as they strive for overall wellness.

 
Ritual for Teens is Here!

Ritual for Teens is Here!

Ritual, the health-meets-technology company known for the reinvention of the women’s multivitamin, launched their Essential for Men 18+ and Essential for Men 50+ multivitamins earlier this year. And now they’ve once again achieved a new first: Ritual: Essential for Teens (Him and Her)!

Everyone remembers what it’s like to be a teen (as much as we try not to). However, when it comes to health, prioritizing a balanced diet during this particular life stage is not always the 1st priority. In fact, according to national data, teens’ diets are among the worst in the US. That means that most teenagers fall below recommendations for fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other nutrient-dense foods.


Not to mention, at this delicate age between 13-17 years old, girls and boys have different needs. This is why Ritual has designed two new minty multivitamins to help fill nutrient gaps, specifically for teens. Your purchase prices and options are below, and they officially launched on September 15th!

  • Essential for Teens Multivitamin for Her ($30)
  • Essential for Teens Multivitamin for Him ($30)

Ritual is applying its same obsessive and traceable approach to science, quality and experience to reimagine the multivitamin for teens so parents can feel good about the multivitamin their teens are taking with just two daily capsules. Essential for Teens is scientifically formulated with bioavailable nutrient forms and without synthetic fillers or added sugars and features key nutrients such as, Iron, Omega-3 DHA, Folate, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, A, E, K2, Magnesium and Zinc.

 

About Ritual

For Skeptics, by Skeptics 

“We’re not about pseudoscience and half-truths. Health fads make our eyes roll. So, when we set out to develop Essential for Women, we wanted something simple, effective, and backed by real science. We challenged some of the top scientists to dream up the perfect daily vitamin for women. The result is everything we think a vitamin should be.”

We Know Our Suppliers

“For us, creating the perfect vitamin is more than just combining great ingredients—it’s working with companies that care as much about their supply chain as we do. We’ve worked tirelessly to find the right partners worldwide with the ingredients that meet our standards. At Ritual, true transparency isn’t just something printed on a label. We’re committed to sharing all of the choices we made that impact you and the planet.” 

No B.S.

“We care so much about what we put in and on our bodies, but when it comes to vitamins, we still rely on blind faith. Too often, companies make their process and formulations intentionally confusing to keep their customers from knowing what’s really going on. We’re proud of the product we’ve put together with no unnecessary ingredients and with nutrients in their best forms. So go ahead and look under the hood—we want you to. See our clinical study.”

 

 

Plant-Powered Bodewell Is Here to Help You Bode Your Skin Problems Farewell

Plant-Powered Bodewell Is Here to Help You Bode Your Skin Problems Farewell

 

Skin. It’s something that comes in seemingly infinite shades, colors, types, and textures, while also subject to so much criticism, manipulation, and abuse. It’s also no surprise that the human body’s largest organ (of the integumentary system) falls victim to a wide spectrum of naturally occurring problems, like eczema, psoriasis, and acne. Thankfully, Bodewell is now around to help treat a few of those problem areas that some of us deal with from birth — or occasionally throughout life. No matter how severe, Bodewell is here to help ease the woes of eczema, psoriasis, and sensitive skin. (And this company couldn’t have a more sincere name.)

Bodewell is plant-based, so unlike topical steroids, you won’t bear the brunt of skin thinning side effects. As if that weren’t enough, Bodewell’s website features a skin quiz to help identify what you’re suffering from, and how to treat it with what’s best from their line of products. They’re truly there to hold your hand along the way, and if you aren’t happy, rest assured that they’ll give you your money back.

We had the incredible opportunity to ask Bodewell’s co-founder, Jamie Duff, questions about the company’s journey, his own experience with eczema, how effective the products are, and what’s on the horizon as the company grows. Read on to learn more about how Bodewell can help you bid farewell to your skin problems. Take it from him, someone who’s dealt with eczema all his life! Get informed below:

 

Q & A With Bodewell Co-Founder, Jamie Duff 

Q:
Amazing things typically happen when a problem exists and someone wants to solve it. When it comes to Bodewell, the problem was one that many of us face in our everyday lives, and it dealt with the largest organ on the human body. Jamie, can you describe the severity of your own personal skin story, and what led to the creation of Bodewell? Danny, what is your background, and have you also struggled with some type of skin problem?


Jamie:
I’ve suffered from eczema since I was a baby.  It was severe when I was young then dissipated, until I hit university (worst timing!).  From University until present day, it has been a constant feature of daily life – comes and goes.   It reached very severe levels on two occasions: once in 2002, when I lived in London, and then again in 2016 when I was living in NYC.  In both cases I had to go to hospital for two days and be treated due to infection.   On both occasions, I was also prescribed strong topicals steroid, and in 2016 I was also prescribed a powerful immunosuppressant, Cyclosporine.   The Cyclosporine worked wonders but the side effects were such that I lost two teeth. 
Danny is lucky – he has no skin conditions! 

We both have significant start-up experience, and because of that were lucky to be introduced to each other to go on to form the Bodewell team.

Q:
How did it feel to finally overcome your own eczema challenges, and did you immediately know that it was the solution the world needed?

Jamie:
The thing is, one doesn’t really overcome eczema totally.   For me, it was a combination of a few things: diet, stress reduction, mind & body work and topical treatments.

To now not be not affected with eczema head-to-toe, like I was, is really amazing.   I have to remind myself every day how bad it was at times, and that spurs me on to help people via Bodewell.  Because, skin conditions can really hold us back as humans.

Q:
What were some of the difficulties your team faced while developing Bodewell and its products? Did you have any advantages that were beneficial to the company?

We have a huge advantage in that we work with P&G (one of the biggest CPG companies in the world) as our main strategic partner and investor. . P&G had spent years developing the plant technology that Bodewell uses in its Core Treatments.
In terms of difficulties, we had many and it’s most of the same stuff that all start-ups face. 

Q:
How long did it take before you found something that actually worked and showed promising results?

Jamie:
As mentioned, P&G had been testing the core technology for a number of years. So we knew immediately the great potential.

Q:
What goes into Bodewell products, and how do they differ when compared to other OTC creams and ointments?

Jamie:
Bodwell’s Core Treatments
secret sauce is a patented plant technology, Bw24.  Bw24 has been tested in multiple patient clinical trials, and in-vitro lab tests.   It has been very effective in reducing the symptoms of eczema, psoriasis and sensitive skin and we believe that the action is that of a powerful anti-inflammatory.  In some cases during our clinical trials, patients had experienced pharmaceutical level results.

So, not many other OTC creams and ointments do this.  I’ve road tested Bodewell Core Treatments for six months and my skin has totally changed, for the better. The redness has dramatically decreased, and the wounds I had from eczema are gone. My skin ‘fine lines’ have also been smoothed significantly.  We knew this from testing, but it was important for me to know first-hand.

Q:
Are there any unintended benefits to using Bodewell products, like the clearing of breakouts in acne-prone skin? Are other underlying skin issues considered when developing products, to avoid irritating those preexisting conditions?

Jamie:
We don’t have any clinical testing outside of eczema, psoriasis and sensitive skin to validate anything.  But anecdotally from customers, yes – the biggest unintended benefit has been with people who also suffer from facial acne.  Our Light Serum has significantly reduced inflammation caused by acne for a few of our customers.

 

Q:
Skin comes with so many varying degrees of ailments, traits, troubles, and quirks, but it really does feel like there are two types of people in this world — as the Bodewell website mentions: “Those with perfect, clear skin – and then there’s the rest of us.” Are there plans to expand Bodewell beyond the problems of eczema, psoriasis, and sensitive skin? For example, developing products exclusive to acne and scarring?

Jamie:
No – we’ll stick with eczema, psoriasis and sensitive skin for the foreseeable future. There are so many people to help.  As we say, it’s 50% of Americans (the ‘
rest of us’).

Q:
I recently discovered a community platform for migraine education and relief embedded into a migraine tracking app. The feeling of finding a place to discuss, relate, and journey with others is incredibly empowering. Can you give some insight into the skin health platform you’re developing, and what people can expect when they join?

Jamie:
That’s a great product that you mention. We are developing similar tools.  But first, we need to develop a deep customer relationship and work out how we can most help our consumers, outside of pure physical products.  We only launched in May.
But yes, we are developing digital tools that will help people develop habits that will also hopefully help then on their skin journey.

Q:
Can you break down exactly how the quiz on the Bodewell website works to determine what’s best for the user?

Jamie:
The Quiz is really simple.  We have a few objectives:

– Take the pressure off the consumer and let us do the work with product suggestions
– Make sure Bodewell products are the right products for each customer – it’s more important to us than simply selling a product to every customer
– We also have tools in the quiz that enable us to ascertain if a customer might be better served to see a doctor/dermatologist – again, it’s not just about selling a product. When we do NOT sell a Bodwell product is just as important as when we DO.

Q:
Imagine for a second, the year is 2030. What do you hope for Bodewell to achieve and become by then?

Jamie:
We’ll be too old by then!  Maybe we’ll need an anti-aging product at that stage.


I’d like to think that by then, we will have helped a significant number of people live a fulfilling life, that otherwise might not have been possible due to being held back by eczema, psoriasis and sensitive skin issues. 

Q: What do you say to the people out there struggling with skin problems, who are hesitant to jump onboard?

Jamie:
Come and test our products.  We offer something new and that can really work, if you also commit to using them.   We are committed to our customers, as we have been there with the same issues.

If Bodewell doesn’t work, we’ll refund you – simple, as that.  We will also show you some tips and tricks along the way that will be free, and that will also benefit you 100%.  

 
Cleared is Here to Keep Seasonal Allergies at Bay and Boost Your Immune System

Cleared is Here to Keep Seasonal Allergies at Bay and Boost Your Immune System

Do you suffer from frustrating seasonal allergies, or a weak immune system? Don’t worry, you can find relief in knowing that Cleared exists, and is here to help you! Having launched this summer, and backed by a team of in-house nutritionists, allergists, and immunologists, Cleared will offer seasonal immune support in the form of lozenges and liquid shots — which are perfect for supporting your needs at every step of the day. Additionally, Cleared will offer telemedicine services via a digital telehealth clinic, allowing users to connect directly with a certified allergist or immunologist, offering access to Allergy Immunotherapy in addition to their immune support supplements. Talk about 21st century innovation! 

Founded by Ryan Rockefeller, James Taylor, and Dr. Payel Gupta, Cleared aims to bridge the gap between traditional allergy suffering and well-rounded seasonal immune support with immunity-boosting products that fit in your pocket, access to experienced allergists from the comfort of your home, and a passion for supporting clean air initiatives. This is your official welcome to seasonal immune support for the 21st century. 

Cleared launched this summer with two initial SKUs: Immunity Support Shots ($34.99/6pk; $5.99/single) and Immunity Support Lozenges ($12.99/bag of 20). With Support Shots available in honey lemon ginger, and lozenges in honey mint flavor, both products contain a mix of certified organic herbs, vitamins, and minerals such as zinc and magnesium. In addition, Cleared’s products are housed in plastic-free packaging to minimize any harmful effects on the environment. Cleared’s products offer support for maintaining healthy immune function and defense during peak allergy seasons, and when used in tandem with the telehealth clinic, support healthy responses to allergens. Not only should you be excited for this new health experience, but you can also find excitement in learning more about Cleared directly from its co-founders, Ryan Rockefeller and Dr. Gupta, by reading below. 

Q&A With The Co-Founders

Q: In the age of COVID, many people have a newfound sense of proactive responsibility pertaining to their health and immune systems. How can Cleared help those who are now eating healthier, or even those who struggle with staying on track, when it comes to doing what’s best for their health and wellness?

RyanMost people don’t realize that an allergic reaction to common irritants like pollen, dust, and pet dander all starts in the immune system.  So while your typical medications suppress symptoms, people often neglect the root of those symptoms. Our mission at Cleared is to focus on that root, to help your body strengthen its immune response to airborne triggers, and help maintain healthy sinus and immune function and overall vitality and well-being.  As they say, the best offense is a great defense, and one can be a very proactive defender with Cleared by building strength in your system day by day.

Dr. Gupta: To keep your body healthy it is important to get a balanced diet.  For those who don’t feel that they are getting a balanced diet- supplements can help provide the extra that might be needed.   Our supplements contain ingredients that will help with sinus + immune support from common irritants like pollen, dust, and pet dander.

Q: Can you describe the process one would go through to start and maintain a Cleared regimen and telehealth relationship? 

RyanOur drink shot and lozenges are meant to be complementary — the drink shot is a powerful one-a-day boost, and the lozenges for on-the-go support.  They both can be taken as needed, but for optimal strength they’re designed for back-to-back daily use to strengthen your response to triggers and promote a sustained boost to sinus and immune function. We recommend 6 days in a row to start, to strengthen the system, and then as needed thereafter when irritants are present.  If further support is needed, our doctors are available for online consultations. 

Dr. GuptaOur platform allows you to either do a chat consult or a video consult with one of our doctors who specializes in the treatment of allergies.  Either option is great.  Once questions about your health history are answered, the doctor will give you recommendations on which medications to start and will send over prescriptions to your preferred pharmacy.  Once you get your prescriptions we are here to make sure you are supported in your journey to feeling better.   From education on how and when to use your meds to continued access to our specialists we will make sure your allergies are controlled.

Q: It sounds like “nature as medicine” is at the core of Cleared. When it comes to food and medicine, a big selling point right now is being “as close to how nature made it.” Can you provide some insight into what goes into your support shots and lozenges, and how those ingredients are sourced? 

RyanFor both the shots and the lozenges, our nutritionists and allergists handpicked extensively studied, science-backed ingredients shown to strengthen sinus and immune function. These include a mix of plant and fruit extracts, like Organic Curcumin, Organic Adaptogenic Mushrooms, Nettle Root, Rose Hips, and Elderberry, as well as key minerals like Zinc and Magnesium.  Everything is sourced through our top certified U.S. manufacturers as well, who’s food scientists put it through extensive trials and testing. We’re also proudly putting both support options through clinical trials as we speak, because we care about transparency, quality, and evidence-based nutritional science. 

 

Q: What is the main difference between the Immunity Support Shots and Lozenges? For example, is one more beneficial than the other? Should buyers practice taking both for optimal results, or is one enough? Is this something that will be discussed once connected with an allergist or immunologist? 

RyanThe two are meant to be complementary, but the drink is designed to be a one-a-day powerful boost, with the lozenges as more on-the-go support.  While both can be taken as needed, for optimal use, they’re best to take daily so as to strengthen your system day by day.   Our bundle pack, which comes with 6 drink shots and one 20 count lozenge bag, is a great way to kick start your routine and boost your defense over several days.   If you have questions or need further support, you can reach out to one of our allergists/immunologists for an online consultation at getcleared.com/consult.

Dr. GuptaThey each contain different ingredients that are found to be helpful for common environmental irritants – so we recommend taking them together when you feel like your symptoms are not under control.   

They do not need to be taken daily, but rather as a supplement for symptoms that are not controlled. 

We want people to try both products and see how they feel with both or one or the other. 

 

Q: Cleared is for seasonal allergies and immune support, but what about everyday allergies, like pets and food? Is there any possibility that the company could expand into developing products to help address those needs, or is there a possibility that the current shots and lozenges may be beneficial with those types of allergies as well?

Ryan75% of sufferers now experience year round symptoms of allergies, in part thanks to climate change elongating and exacerbating pollen seasons, so what used to be a “seasonal” issue really is now an “everyday” issue for most people unfortunately.  While we’re focused for the moment on helping give people a new kind of support from airborne irritants in particular, we’re keen on empowering our doctors to deliver a fuller scope of support for people with food or skin issues too. So, yes, we’re exploring, with a focus on adding value to a currently antiquated system of care for people who struggle with these things.

Dr. GuptaWe believe that the shots and lozenges are effective for any environmental allergy and that would include pets.   

Food allergies are different and the main therapy for food allergies is avoidance of the food.   These lozenges and shots would not benefit those allergies.

Q: What are some of your short-term and long-term goals for what you’d like Cleared to become? 

RyanShort-term, we’re excited about providing people like ourselves with new support options to add to their routine. There’s so much opportunity to actually improve peoples’ quality of life with our approach, so we’re not really caught up with what else we can do long-term and really just focused on helping people get the support they need now.

Dr. GuptaWe are excited for Cleared to be a portal where people can get the integrative support they need.  Whether people want just supplements or advice on how to take over the counter allergy meds and  or prescription meds.  We want cleared to be the new way to treat allergies from the comfort of your home but with the best specialists out there.

Over time we will offer treatment for other allergic disorders like food allergies, asthma and eczema to name a few. 

We hope that during this challenging time and as our new normal changes – we can continue to take care of allergic conditions  together and safely.

 

Say Hello to hi! (Human Improvement) – a Protein-Packed Innovation

Say Hello to hi! (Human Improvement) – a Protein-Packed Innovation

A Protein Powder to Beat Them All

What is your favorite thing about protein powders? If taste wasn’t your number one answer, keep reading. And if taste was your number one answer, still keep reading! It’s our pleasure to introduce you to hi! (Human Improvement) — the better way to protein. With innovative ingredients and a commitment to sustainability, hi! is disrupting the protein powder industry by providing functional health products that make feeling good fun.

Human Improvement, known more simply as hi!, the next CPG innovation from Derek McCarty and Josh Campbell who propelled Dosist to canna-wellness fame. Josh, who started out as the first employee in Dosist Canada, and Derek, who was the first ever Dosist employee, have put the best of their experience behind hi!. They’re launching a functional health brand using a highly innovative protein powder formulation composed of an all-organic base of pumpkin, brown rice, and pea proteins — all supercharged with organic cricket powder. In short, hi! is more sustainable than dairy, more nutritious than plants, and more delicious than anything else on the market with dark chocolate and vanilla flavors.  

Beyond the irrefutable health + nutrient benefits this untraditional protein offers, crickets are exponentially better for the environment versus traditional protein sources like poultry, pork, or beef. Crickets have a minimal impact on the environment with 99% less greenhouse gasses than cattle, 95% less water consumption than livestock, require 8.3x less feed than animals, produce 7.7x less CO2 than conventional animal farming, and are 20x more efficient than cows to produce protein.

In fact, Western Cultures are late to the bug-eating bandwagon. On par with lobster, who was formerly stigmatized as ‘the cockroach the sea’, many countries have been eating insects for decades as a balanced diet staple. One of the biggest factors is because crickets require far less water than cattle. Beef protein requires between 1,700 and 2,500 gallons of water, while its buggy counterpart requires JUST one gallon.

What’s Inside?

This is quite possibly the most important question when it pertains to food, and understandably so. Fortunately, hi! is 100% transparent about what goes into their protein-packed powders. One notable point is that they’ve ditched the infamous (and inconvenient) giant tubs for single-serve recyclable packages, resulting in less mess and 90% less plastic waste. Made with 13 sustainably sourced ingredients, every serving of hi! is packed with 22g of protein, no added sugars, and no artificial ingredients. More sustainable than dairy, more nutritious than plants, and more delicious than anything else.

Hero Ingredients

Looking for specifics? Look no further. Read the key points below directly from hi! themselves: 

  • “Organic Brown Rice Protein boasts 90% digestibility and has shown to be as effective as whey! Ours is sourced from a specialized state of the art facility that puts a large emphasis on social programs in their community and commits millions of their R&D budget into improving their eco-footprint. (China)
  • We get our Organic Pea Protein from Canadian-grown split yellow peas that are allergen free, and easier to digest because of their fermentation process that increases prebiotics, helping with digestion and absorption of protein…. And unlike some pea proteins, these dissolve easily and have a smooth creamy taste. (China)
  • We decided to use a US grown Organic Pumpkin Seed Protein because it is allergen free, mixes smooth, and actually tastes amazing! Due to it’s cold pressed processing there is no need for enzymes, solvents or carriers… just 100% natural pumpkin! (USA)

     

  • Organic Cricket Protein Powder is the magic in our formula, and that’s why you see them as the first ingredient. They are a high protein whole food, jam packed with nutrients like B12 which is usually only found in meat. Our crickets are raised on a family run farm that has been an industry leader for 15 years and happens to be the only organic cricket provider. (Canada)”

Flavors 

Chocolate Ingredients

Organic Cricket Powder, Organic Pumpkin Protein Powder, Organic Brown Rice Protein Powder, Organic Pea Protein Powder, Cocoa Powder, Psyllium Husk Powder, Natural Dark Chocolate Flavor, Coconut Milk (Dairy Free), Organic Flaxseed, Organic Stevia, Pink Himalayan Salt, Monk Fruit Extract, MCT Powder (Medium Chain Triglycerides)

Vanilla Ingredients

Organic Cricket Powder, Organic Pumpkin Protein Powder, Organic Brown Rice Protein Powder, Organic Pea Protein Powder, Natural Vanilla Flavor, Psyllium Husk Powder, Coconut Milk (Dairy Free), Organic Flaxseed, Pink Himalayan Salt, Organic Stevia, Monk Fruit Extract, MCT Powder (Medium Chain Triglycerides)

A Quick Q&A with Derek & Josh

Q: What would each of you say is the biggest lesson you learned from your time growing Dosist, and how have you been able to apply what you learned to hi!?

Derek:  If you have an effective product with the right messaging you can transform convention. When we launched dosist, we set an ambitious goal of getting mainstream media to write about cannabis as a health tool – the product team’s ingenuity around the dose control enabled that (6 weeks after launch, Time Magazine named dosist one of the best inventions of 2016 using the headline “Cannabis that could replace pills.” 

Josh: The value of community and a commitment to the customer. There’s no shortcut to success, but it’s hard to go wrong if you know your customer and put them at the center of every decision you make. That’s ultimately what led us to get rid of the plastic tub – it’s a horrible experience (plus hi! uses 90% less plastic). We also guarantee you’ll love hi! 

Q: The typical American is not easily sold on consuming bugs. What would you say to convince someone who isn’t quite ready to divulge based on the beneficial nutritional aspects alone?

Derek: Food habits change. Lobster was once considered a disgraceful, embarrassing food fit only for those without means and fed to servants. Salmon was once considered unfit for sushi.  Crickets are a superfood, plain and simple – they’re 60-70% protein, nutrient rich – packed with fiber and prebiotics, omegas, B12 and iron and their environmental footprint is a fraction of traditional protein sources.

Cricket is not a steak or chicken. We look at cricket similar to how you’d look at a grain, nut or a seed. Harvested and processed correctly, the final delivery doesn’t resemble its original format.

Q: What are your dreams for where you’d like to take hi! in the next year or two? Do those dreams include new flavors or new snacks? Maybe new bugs?! 

Derek: The nutrition space all looks the same – the brands talk the same, they use the same ingredients and they all look the same. We’re taking an unconventional approach. First, we don’t look, or act, like any other brand on the market – we’re  not here to tell you what’s wrong with you or that you need to be some ideal version of yourself.  We believe feeling good should feel fun – we want to create a thoughtful way of encouraging/making it easy for you to take care of yourself. Second, we are looking at what ingredients are best for you, based on science not convention. That’s what led us to cricket protein powder as an essential source for nutrition.  We’ve got a robust product pipeline – beginning with supplements and moving into other categories in the near future.

Q: Some people use soda as an ingredient when baking cakes. Does hi! make a good additional ingredient, or replacement for other ingredients? (For example, almond milk vs. cow’s milk.) 

Derek: Oh my gosh, yes! We’ve had so many fun reports from our pre-launch users. Our top recommendation is as a coffee booster. People are dropping their creamer and using hi! The coconut milk in hi! makes it a great substitute and you get a massive nutrient boost at the same time.

Q: What about ways to enjoy the protein-filled snack? Do you have any secret recipes that our readers should try when enjoying hi!?

Derek: Do we! We were so inspired by how early users were using our hi! We made the Museum of Smoothies. It’s hi!’s way of doing a recipe page. We collected 20 of the best recipes to date  and have everyone from friends of the family, to nutritionists to artists like rising hip hop artist 24K Golden and fashion designer JC Obando.

Q: Quick! Chocolate or Vanilla?!

 Derek: Oh man! I love our chocolate. It’s a darker cocoa forward chocolate complemented with pink himalyan salt. So it has a slight bitterness that is perfectly balanced by the salt.

And there you have it. All the reason you needed to let go of your doubts, and give hi! a try! It’s easy to forget about the fact that crickets are part of the mix, as Derek says, “Cricket is not a steak or chicken. We look at cricket similar to how you’d look at a grain, nut or a seed. Harvested and processed correctly, the final delivery doesn’t resemble its original format.”  Be sure to checkout the Museum of Smoothies for not only ideas to make hi!’s protein powders even more enticing, but even if you have to convince yourself just how totally “normal” this product is. The reality is while the rest of the world has been enjoying the benefits of crickets for awhile now, the West is pretty late to the party. You can find hi!’s protein powder here, in packs of 3, 10, or 20 for $11.99, $34.99, and $59.99, respectively. You can also give them a follow and stay up to date with their innovations here.

 

Update Your Workout Routine

Update Your Workout Routine

Creative Ways to Update Your Workout Routine

It’s common for workouts to feel a little mundane after a while. Many people who exercise every day find they need to alter their routines so that they don’t feel bored. Whether you like to box, cycle or run, it’s probably time to try a new approach if your workouts have become too mundane. A change can even improve your results!

Here are a few ways to keep your fitness regimen fresh.

1. Look for a New Class

If your routine looks like 30 minutes on a treadmill followed by dumbbell exercises, it’s time to leave your comfort zone. A new fitness class can help you expand your horizons and achieve that dream body. Your current efforts may not have the oomph you need to maintain the toned arms and legs you want. That’s where a guided class at a local gym or center can make a difference.

There are many instructed courses you can take. You may want to try HIIT, dance, Pilates or yoga. You can also explore online class options if you prefer to stay at home when you workout. Why not try a few different exercises to see which one works best? Then, it’ll be easier to find an activity you love.

 

2. Train for a Race

If you don’t have a goal to work toward as you exercise, it’s easy to feel bored. You may want to lose weight or become stronger, but it’s not like you’ll see those results immediately. A more tangible goal like a marathon can help you stay focused on and dedicated to your workout routine. You don’t have to choose the biggest and greatest race, either. It’s better to start small if you’re not an avid runner.

You’ll have to work consistently to train for whatever race you choose, so you should make sure that you have enough time to do so. You don’t need to become super intense — but a marathon does require dedication. It doesn’t even matter whether you finish first or last. It’ll still keep you active and interested as you step closer to that overall goal.

 

3. Try a Group Activity

It’s always fun to exercise when you have a friend present. You can talk and laugh as you workout, which makes the entire experience more pleasant. If you need to update your current routine, it’s smart to explore group activities where more than one person can participate. You can also help your children boost their memory and concentration if you ask them to exercise with you. That’s a simple two-for-one!

You could organize a bike ride or try a kayaking trip. Do you have access to an open field? Set up a baseball or soccer game with your friends and their kids. Choose fun activities that make you forget you’re sweating buckets and burning calories. A weekly event can bring everyone closer together, too.

4. Plan an Active Vacation

Why not mix business with pleasure? A vacation should be about peace and relaxation, but it’s also a unique opportunity to try other exercise methods. If you’ve always wanted to take your snowboard to Vail or your surfboard to Oahu, it could be an ideal time to plan that trip! A once-in-a-lifetime adventure can open your eyes to new experiences that make you a happier and healthier person.

You don’t have to travel far and wide to enjoy a fun and active vacation. Is there a local ski resort you’ve wanted to try? Maybe there’s a local beach that offers some decent waves. You can take a weekend to rediscover an exercise routine that works for you. A consistent exercise routine may create monotony, so it’s essential to break that up with a fun excursion when possible.

5. Explore With a Hike

A hike can be an effective substitute for more traditional cardio workouts. It’s often convenient to walk on a treadmill, especially when you have one at home. But not much compares to a long walk on terrain that truly challenges you as an athlete. Plus, you’ll be able to experience beautiful outdoor scenery that can provide a needed mental boost you won’t find at the gym.

If you’ve never hiked a trail before, it’s important to choose a route that’s not too difficult. Always bring a water bottle, a cell phone and any other gear you think you’ll need. You should also try to hike with a friend if you want to try a more secluded area. A hike at your local state park can be fun — but you should ensure you take precautions to limit wilderness-related emergencies.

A little responsibility goes a long way! You’ll be able to enjoy your hike much more when you prepare adequately.

Try These Tips to Make Your Exercise Routine More Enjoyable

It’s easy to feel bored when you do the same workouts every day. A few changes can make a huge difference if you need to jazz up your fitness regimen. Try these ideas to keep your exercise routine fresh.

 

Ritual Launches Their First-Ever Men’s Line of Multivitamins

Ritual Launches Their First-Ever Men’s Line of Multivitamins

Ritual, the health-meets-technology company known for the reinvention of the women’s multivitamin, has launched their Essential for Men 18+ and Essential for Men 50+ multivitamins.

Nutrition is the unseen foundation upon which health is built, and unfortunately, men are falling behind. According to the CDC, fewer men than women meet the recommended intake of key components of a healthy diet and research shows that men are not getting enough key micronutrients. For example, 53% of men ages 19-50 are not getting enough Vitamin A or Magnesium from their diet. 

Additionally, over half of men surveyed by Ritual were unaware of essential micronutrients, specifically which micronutrients are in their diets and what role they play in supporting overall health. Recognizing a whitespace in men’s health, Ritual knew there was a need for a multivitamin designed specifically for men in all stages of life. Enter, Ritual’s Essential for Men

Making a conscious effort in improving the nutrition of Americans across the board, the company has also established a long-term partnership with Food Forward, a nonprofit that fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need across Southern California, and is committed to helping recover and provide a minimum of a million pounds of healthy produce through $100,000 in donations to Food Forward. 

If 2020 has shown us anything, it’s that we’re not as far along as we may think. And now, more than ever, it’s important for each of us to play a part in taking action against inequalities to strengthen our collective health. This is why through June 2021(!), every new Ritual subscription will allow Food Forward to distribute 10 pounds of fresh, healthy produce to communities experiencing food insecurity across Southern California.

 

About Ritual

For Skeptics, by Skeptics 

“We’re not about pseudoscience and half-truths. Health fads make our eyes roll. So, when we set out to develop Essential for Women, we wanted something simple, effective, and backed by real science. We challenged some of the top scientists to dream up the perfect daily vitamin for women. The result is everything we think a vitamin should be.”

We Know Our Suppliers

“For us, creating the perfect vitamin is more than just combining great ingredients—it’s working with companies that care as much about their supply chain as we do. We’ve worked tirelessly to find the right partners worldwide with the ingredients that meet our standards. At Ritual, true transparency isn’t just something printed on a label. We’re committed to sharing all of the choices we made that impact you and the planet.” 

No B.S.

“We care so much about what we put in and on our bodies, but when it comes to vitamins, we still rely on blind faith. Too often, companies make their process and formulations intentionally confusing to keep their customers from knowing what’s really going on. We’re proud of the product we’ve put together with no unnecessary ingredients and with nutrients in their best forms. So go ahead and look under the hood—we want you to. See our clinical study.”

 

 

Cubcoats Launches New Kid-Friendly Line of Masks

Cubcoats Launches New Kid-Friendly Line of Masks

Los Angeles, CA (May 27, 2020)Cubcoats, the popular children’s 2-in-1 stuffed animal, turned cozy hoodie company understands that this time can be especially scary for kids as they notice changes in their daily lives — most noticeably, the addition of medical masks to the faces of friends, family and neighbors.

To help little ones adjust to the ‘new-normal,’ Cubcoats has launched a line of ‘kid-friendly’ masks in playful designs mimicking the characters kids have come to know and love: Kali the Kitty, Uki the Unicorn, Papo the Panda and Pimm the Puppy.

Masks are currently available now for $12.99/2-pack, and began shipping on May 11th. With masks mandated in multiple states across the country for children ages 2+ this is a welcome option to introduce the safety measure to children. Each is made from reusable, non-medical, high-quality cotton with a removable PM2.5 carbon filter. 

As part of Cubcoats’ everyday mission to support children everywhere, 10% of sales will be donated to Feeding America in support of COVID-19 relief efforts. So far, Cubcoats has been able to provide over 65,000 meals!!

Mask Details

  • 6.6” x 4.7” (not including the earloop)
  • Made of 2 layers of 100% Cotton. 
  • A shapeable metal nose piece ensures a comfortable and secure fit
  • Masks are reusable and can be safely machine washed and dried.
  • Recommended for kids ages 5 and up. Not a direct substitute for FDA-approved N95, surgical, or procedural masks.