Mid-Coast Maine Pumped With Elev8 Energy & Nutrition

Mid-Coast Maine Pumped With Elev8 Energy & Nutrition

  • June 15, 2021

What started as a way for clients working out at the gym to get a post workout protein shake has turned into a full business open to the public. Elev8 Enery and Nutrition opened in February 2020 and has been growing strong ever since. They were so successful when they opened they sold out and needed to close for a few days just to restock.

The business was started by Richard Eaton and Hunter Grindle and is not your average smoothie and juice bar. Elev8 Energy and Nutrion offers not only low calorie flavored teas with intriguing names such as “snake bite” and “mother of dragons” but also has protein smoothies, energy rich snacks, protein coffees (what an amazing concept), sandwiches and salads. Their Facebook page also just announced they will be offering breakfast sandwiches!

Elev8 Enery and Nutrition

They offer daily specials like the “unicorn”, “habiscis passion fruit” and “blue nova”. It is not unusual for these specials to sell out. They also announced on their Facebook page that you can sign up for their loyalty program and get daily emails. That makes life easy, I like things easy and delicious.

They are also family friendly! They have seating if you want to enjoy you meal and tea right there. They offer kids sized drinks (without the caffeine) and support the community in many ways.

This Is a great example of a small local business doing well in spite of the obstacles. Buy local and support your local businesses. Stop by and check them out.


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Building Immunity Requires Changes In Lifestyle Food Habits

Building Immunity Requires Changes In Lifestyle Food Habits

  • June 11, 2021

When it comes to being healthy, our immune system plays the most crucial role. The Coronavirus pandemic has once again forced us to contemplate a healthy and active lifestyle. It’s rightly said,

‘the health is wealth’ but the pandemic has taken a toll on our fitness affecting our internal organs. The COVID-19 virus affects our immune system, and people with co-morbidities are more prone to this disease. In fact, on a daily basis, we are invariably exposed to potentially harmful microbes of all sorts which we are now aware of.

Due to our daily hectic lifestyle, unintentionally we turn our body into a host for diseases to thrive. A human body needs to be balanced to function effectively.

Our immune system is a very vital component for our body to be able to defend itself against a virus, bacteria, germs and COVID-19, which protect us from such harmful substances. But what requires the most that it should function smoothly, to safeguard us from the unsafe environment.

To strengthen the immune system, it requires a slew of few measures which needs to be adopted rigorously. Factors like following a good diet every day, practising yoga or exercise with good amount of sleep helps to function the body and plays a pertinent role in maintaining and boosting immunity overall.

However, one cannot always eat a variety of nutritious foods or some people have increased nutrient needs. In these cases, a vitamin and mineral supplement usually help fill the nutritional gap. Even doctors suggest taking multivitamins to those who have weaker immunity or comorbidities to avoid the risk of getting infected with other viruses.

Studies have shown that vitamin and minerals supplementation improves immune responses. It has been evident that in our body’s immune response each and every stage depends on the existence of micronutrients. Nutrients that are identified as critical for the growth and function of immune system include Zinc, vitamin C, vitamin D. Such nutrients benefits the immune system in varied ways: produce antibodies, helps in the activation of the immune cells and paves a role in supporting the overall growth.

The body works properly only when it is taken care of, including the immune system. It functions even better when protected and bolstered by a healthy-living approach such as these:

– Exercise regularly/Meditation

– Sufficient Sleep

– Eating fruits and vegetables in the diet

– No smoking

– Avoiding too much fried food

– Try to minimize stress

National Herbs and Spices Day 2021: 10 Essential herbs and spices to boost immunity against COVID 19 virus

National Herbs and Spices Day 2021: 10 Essential herbs and spices to boost immunity against COVID 19 virus

  • June 10, 2021

National Herbs and Spices Day is celebrated in the U.S to let people know about the importance of herbs and spices in cooking. So, Chef Natasha Gandhi, Founder, House of Millets shared top 10 herbs and spices that enhance our immunity system to fight with the COVID 19 virus.

National Herbs and Spices Day is celebrated on June 10 in the U.S.A. It’s the day to celebrate tasty dishes with different flavourful spices and herbs that make the preparations delicious. The observation of this day also helps raise awareness amongst us about the importance of herbs and spices in terms of our health. Though, it’s celebrated in the U.S.A, we can also do something on this day for the celebration. So, Chef Natasha Gandhi, Founder, House of Millets talks about some important herbs and spices that boost our immunity against the COVID 19 virus.

Green Chilli

Raw green chillies are highly potent and are loaded with Vitamin C. They also contain capsaicin an antioxidant which helps to maintain skin glow and health. Chillies boost your metabolism once consumed, if you can’t consume them raw, cook them or add in your meals.


This pungent root is a pantry staple in most Indian houses; thanks to the Adrak Chai we all love. Add slivers of ginger to your smoothies, juices which will help boost the immune system. Or just consume a ginger honey turmeric lemon shot early in the morning. It is also great to cure nausea and motion sickness as well.


This magical yellow root, contains curcumin which is popular for its anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. It’s available in two forms, as root and as powder, and both are great. You can make pickle out of the root, or add in your tea or soups and even dals. The Haldi Doodh or the western version of Turmeric Latte is like a golden liquid to ward off seasonal flu.

Black pepper

It contains properties which help enhance the immune system. A pinch of black pepper in your tea or coffee can go a long way.

Ajwain aka Carom seeds

Ajwain has been the solution to most of the digestive issues. And that’s because the enzymes in ajwain help release gastric juices and thus improving digestion. It is also a good immunity booster and helps combat cold and flu. Just chew some ajwain with warm water and you will see the results immediately.


Triphala contains the antioxidative properties of three fruits- haritaki, bibhitaki and amla. It is loaded with Vitamin C and Vitamin A, both help in strengthening the Immune System.


We can call Tulsi the queen of Indian herbs, found in all home gardens and even worshipped. It has powerful immunity boosting and anti-viral properties. Add in your tea or brew a tea with Tulsi, ginger, lemon and honey to beat fever, cold or cough.


This herb is known for its ability to fight diseases caused by bacteria and also helps purify blood. It is rich in antioxidants which helps improve immunity and also digestion.


Moringa should be your go to herb during the pandemic. It contains Vitamin C more than Oranges which helps build a strong immune system.


As per Ayurveda it helps boost immunity and also reduce inflammation. It also helps body to manage stress. It’s available in powder form, so add it in your drinks, and consume in moderation.

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New Dimensions FCU Crusin' For A Cure Car Show Is Saturday June 5

New Dimensions FCU Crusin’ For A Cure Car Show Is Saturday June 5

  • June 4, 2021

There is nothing better than seeing 2 amazing things come together. You know, things like car fanatics drooling over show-worthy vehicles and the love for helping children in need. If you are a fan of both cars and helping those in need, this event is the perfect opportunity for you to do both.

New Dimensions Federal Credit Unions, Cruisin For A Cure Car Show to benefit the Maine Children’s Cancer Program is happening Saturday, June 5th. This is a rain or shine event and will be held at the Robert Lafleur Airport in Waterville. You are welcome to bring your own food for the day, or you can take advantage of the food vendors on site.

There is a $10 fee per entrant, and egistration for those wishing to enter one of the many classes can do so starting at 8 am. The car show and voting will happen from 10 am to 2 pm, trophies and prizes will follow.




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3 Elixir Drinks To Boost Your Immunity

3 Elixir Drinks To Boost Your Immunity

  • June 2, 2021

Everyone is concerned about their immunity, especially in this coronavirus pandemic situation. There are lots of things we can do to boost your immunity. Various exercises, yoga asana, medication, vegetables, and fruits, etc. Also, there are various types of drinks, especially elixir drinks can boost your immunity. A healthy intake of Vitamin C is well necessary year-round to boost collagen, and improve immunity. As we said earlier there are plenty of elixir drinks available which will boost your immunity in various ways and all ingredients in this drink are natural. Here we look at 3 elixir drinks to boost your immunity.


This drink is extremely best for boosting Immunity. This blend is the mixture of elderberries, echinacea, rose hips and tea is the perfect remedy for your health. Elderberries are more popular for their antiviral properties and have a fruity sweet flavor which makes them perfectly elixir drinks.


Whether there’s a flu season or not healthy dose of Vitamin C is very much important. It improves your overall immunity. You can make an Immunity tonic by blending lime juice, grapefruit, tangerines. Add fresh turmeric, ginger, and cayenne to balance the sour flavor of this drink, which is highly beneficial for your immunity level.


Among all other herbal elixir drinks, this is considered to be the best. This is a powerful andpopularr remedy, commonly used in Chinese medicine. It is seen promoted in drinks and supplements to increase energy, stamina, and longevity. It can help reduce the feeling of stress and boost your immune system.

All these three elixir drinks are good Immunity booster having all-natural ingredients and you must consume them.

Free Sunscreen Dispensers Now Offered Around Old Orchard Beach

Free Sunscreen Dispensers Now Offered Around Old Orchard Beach

  • June 1, 2021

Warm weather has started sneaking its way into our days, and because of that, more and more beach trips will be taking place as the days get longer and the weather gets warmer.

It’s time to gather up your kids and their friends for a fun trip to the beach, or maybe it’s an adult trip. Either way, pack up the summer drinks, snacks, towels, beach toys, picnic lunches, and of course, don’t forget the much-needed sunblock.

Suppose you do happen to forget the sunscreen while you’re visiting Old Orchard Beach, no worries because I’ve got some good news for you. According to WGME, Old Orchard Beach officials have set up FREE sunscreen dispensers for local workers, with the hopes of eventually having dispensers spread out across the area for anyone in need.

The sunscreen dispensers were made possible through a grant made by the Maine Cancer Foundation to promote awareness about the most common type of cancer, melanoma.


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Free Outdoor Fitness Classes Begin In WNY Parks June 1st

Free Outdoor Fitness Classes Begin In WNY Parks June 1st

  • June 1, 2021

Memorial Day has passed.  It is now on to summer…unofficially.  If you’re looking to get yourself into shape, check out some of these free fitness classes that will be happening.

If quarantine has left you with an extra 15 or you’re just hoping to tone up for the beach, there will be classes being held in parks across Western New York to help you get where you want to be.  Even if your goal is to just get moving a little bit, these could be for you.

All of the classes are free and they’re being held in multiple parks on different nights all summer long!  They’re being brought to you by Independent Health and the YMCA.  Check out the list right here:

(All of these classes will be held outdoors)


Bassett Park
Kickboxing: Fridays, 6 p.m.

Garrison Park
Yoga: Wednesdays, 6 p.m.


Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC)
Fusion: Tuesdays, 5:15 p.m.

Buffalo RiverWorks
Fusion: Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.

Delaware Park
Yoga: Sundays, 10 a.m.

Larkin Square
Kickboxing: Mondays, 6 p.m.
Zumba®: Saturdays, 11:15 a.m.

Outer Harbor (Wilkeson Pointe)
Yoga: Tuesdays, 6 p.m.
Zumba®: Thursdays, 6 p.m.


Losson Park
Zumba®: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.


Allen Park
Fight (MMA): Tuesdays, 5 p.m.
Centergy (Yoga/Pilates): Wednesdays, 3 p.m.
Zumba®: Wednesdays, 4 p.m.

Hartley Park (Lakewood Beach)
Pilates: Mondays, 11 a.m.
Centergy (Yoga/Pilates): Thursdays, 11 a.m.

Lucille Ball Memorial Park
Slow Flow Yoga: Sundays, 12:30 p.m.
Centergy (Yoga/Pilates): Sundays, 1 p.m.
Zumba®: Fridays, 5 p.m.

Tracy Plaza (City Hall)
Zumba® and Pound: Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.


Westwood Park
Yoga: Mondays, 6:30 p.m.
Cardio Dance: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.


Day Road Park
Zumba®: Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.

Goehle Marina (Widewaters Marina)
Barre: Mondays, 9:30 a.m.
Pilates: Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.


Krull Park
Sunset Yoga: Tuesdays, 7:45 p.m.
Lakeside Yoga: Thursdays, 6 p.m.
Zumba®: Thursdays, 7 p.m.


Chestnut Ridge Park
Yoga: Tuesdays, 6 p.m.


Ellicott Creek Park
Yoga: Thursdays, 6 p.m.


Maybe you still don’t feel comfortable being outside.  They’re going to conduct some online fitness classes that you can get in on too!

Mondays at 6 p.m.

Low Impact Circuit
Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Low Impact Cardio
Thursdays at 10 a.m.

Fridays at 12:30 p.m.


What happens if the weather is bad?  How do I sign up?  Can my kids do it with me?  All those questions are answered by clicking right here.



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7 Health benefits of consuming tea regularly REVEALED by an expert

7 Health benefits of consuming tea regularly REVEALED by an expert

  • June 1, 2021

Consuming tea regularly comes with several health benefits. It can also improve your immune system which is much needed in this COVID 19 scenario. So, Shalini Raj, Founder, The Infused Kettle, talks about the perks of having different types of tea regularly.

People all across the world have been drinking tea for hundreds of centuries. No matter what the season is, tea can be a tasty and flavourful beverage as it can be served both iced or hot. But the best part is that tea’s benefits go much beyond refreshment. Plenty of research has been conducted about the perks of consuming tea. Habitual tea drinkers have been shown to live a longer and healthier life as regularly drinking tea has a lasting impact on their wellness. And during this COVID 19 scenario, it is highly important to consume tea regularly as it can also boost your immunity system. So, here’s how tea can help boost your resistance power revealed by Shalini Raj, Founder, The Infused Kettle.


Tea is packed with numerous health-friendly nutrients. Natural substances, called polyphenols, are found in good quantities in both herbal and caffeinated teas. These substances are antioxidants and help reduce the risk of chronic illnesses. When processed, some of the polyphenol compounds are destroyed in tea. So, variants like tea powders, bottled tea drinks and decaffeinated teas do not offer the same health benefits.

Improves digestion

Tea has also been shown to boost the digestive system of our body, facilitating the processes involved in digestion. Many prefer to have tea post their meals for better digestion. Herbal teas, such as green tea and chamomile tea, can be good for people who are suffering from conditions like irritable bowel syndrome as they are an antispasmodic.

Boosts Immune Cells

Many teas, such as green tea or black tea, are loaded with natural, bioactive compounds which are very useful for making our immune systems stronger and keeping us healthy. Premium teas help us stay young and active for long. Research has shown that tea can boost immune cells to enable them to reach their targets quickly. For a much better immune system, try to consume tulsi tea.  


Often, we must have heard people telling us not to drink too much tea as it could cause serious dehydration in our bodies. However, that is not really true. On the contrary, compared to other beverages like coffee, which is a diuretic substance that does dehydrate the body, tea is hydrating.

Enhances Heart Health

Tea drinkers are contributing towards keeping their hearts healthy. Research shows that habitual tea drinkers develop resistance to cardiovascular diseases and the risk is reduced considerably, especially in those who regularly drink green tea or black tea.

Prevents Diabetes

It has also been proven that the catechins present in green tea can help keep blood sugar in check and thus, reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Improves Brain Functions

The presence of the chemical L-Theanine in different varieties of tea have proven to be beneficial for improving brain health. It can strengthen the brain functions and help eliminate anxiety and stress, enabling one to relax.


This only works when you lead a healthy lifestyle and maintain a nutritious diet along with doing regular workout. But if you face any serious health issues, it is always better to consult doctor and not to rely on any home remedy.

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Boost Your Immunity With Yoga: Best Asanas For A Better Immune System

Boost Your Immunity With Yoga: Best Asanas For A Better Immune System

  • May 28, 2021

Yoga plays an important role in your overall health and fitness. It improves your flexibility, strengthens your bones, and boosts your immunity system. It also helps to make muscles strong. Here are few best yoga asanas that will help strengthen your Immune system.


Stand straight with your feet slightly apart. Palm should confront downwards and stretch hands to the front without bowing elbows. Gradually twist your knees and push your pelvis down tenderly as though you are sitting in a seat. Try to keep your hands parallel to the ground on your lap or the ground. Sit straight, lengthen your spine and relax.


Stand on all fours, with your knees below your hips and your hands slightly in front of your shoulders. Spread hands wide and turn your toes under it and push your body and knees away from each other keep exhaling. Lift your sitting bone downward and create an arch and stretching your shoulder, hamstring, arches, hands, and calves. It strengthens arms and legs.


Lie on your by keeping your feet hip separated and overlay your knees. Knees and lower legs should be in an orderly fashion. Palm looking down, keep arms next to your body. Gradually lift your lower, center, and upper back off the floor while breathing in. Backing your weight with shoulder, arms, and feet. Inhale effectively and hold for around two minutes and breathe out as you discharge the posture.


Lie on your stomach, keeping your legs together and palm downwards, place your hands under your shoulder. Inhale and lift your head, chest, and abdomen, holding the position for few minutes. While breathing out, gently bring head, chest, and abdomen back to the floor.

Also, lots of other Asanas like tadasana, vajrasana, Surya namaskar postures, shalabhasana will help you in many ways to boost your immune system.

6 Vegetables you must add to your daily diet post COVID 19 recovery

6 Vegetables you must add to your daily diet post COVID 19 recovery

  • May 24, 2021

The prime target of the deadly COVID 19 virus is to make your immunity weaken to destroy all organs of your body gradually. So, post your COVID 19 recovery include these 6 veggies in your diet to have a strong resistance power recommended by nutritionist and dietician Shweta Gupta.

When the body is fighting off the deadly coronavirus, make sure to fuel the system with the right amount of nutrients to accelerate the recovery process. Coronavirus affects the immune system and functioning of other organs significantly, therefore many people may complain of weakness, fatigue, and mental strain all the time post COVID 19 recovery. To boost the immune system, replenish lost nutrients, and revamp stamina, it is essential to consume a healthy and well-balanced diet. Vegetables are a rich source of nutrition that contains a lot of vitamins and minerals essential to maintain the good health status of the body. If you are recuperating from COVID-19, include these vegetables in your diet recommended by Celebrity Nutritionist and Dietitian Shweta Gupta, Founder, Newbeginnings.


Packed with amazing nutrients such as Vitamin A, B, C, E, K, calcium, iron, and beta-carotenoids, spinach is one of the healthiest vegetables that can give a good boost to your immune system. Since the green leafy vegetable is loaded with iron, folate, lutein, and Omega-3s, consuming spinach can help build muscles and regain lost energy. You can either eat raw spinach or include it in smoothies, dal, or sabzi for everyday indulgence.


The antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral benefits of ginger make it an ultimate immune booster. Enriched with antioxidants, ginger helps to reduce oxidative stress in the body and treat infectious diseases. You can either include raw ginger, or include it in the kadha, tea, or sabzi.


Broccoli is a nutrient-packed powerhouse that provides a multitude of health benefits. Rich in Vitamin C, beta-carotene, zinc, magnesium, potassium, and glutathione, Broccoli helps to support the immune system and regulate blood sugar levels in the body. You can either enjoy the green vegetable raw or include it in soups or meals.

String beans 

Eat more string beans either raw or cooked to boost the intake of iron, an essential mineral that makes up most of the hemoglobin. Iron consumption can support your metabolism and help the body to produce more energy cells, thus keeps the body active and healthy. Besides, the green vegetable is also rich in vitamin K, vitamin C, and other essential nutrients so make sure to eat your beans.

Bell peppers

Colorful bell papers contain more antioxidants than citrus fruits which make them a great addition to the diet. Crunchy and aesthetically pleasing bell peppers also contain a high concentration of carotene, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin E, and potassium, so include them in your diet for faster recovery.


The plant-based protein is rich in immune-modulatory isoflavones and anti-inflammatory agents that make it perfect for promoting gut health. Consumption of soy and soy foods helps to reduce the risk of coronary heart diseases by improving blood cholesterol levels in the body.

Eat as many colored vegetables as possible, drink lots of water, and exercise regularly to maintain an optimal health.

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