The Best Wellness Drinks For Every Type Of Health Concern

The Best Wellness Drinks For Every Type Of Health Concern

  • January 19, 2021

Gone are the days when functional beverages looked like caffeinated energy shots or sports performance drinks laden with sugar. From aphrodisiac elixirs to calming CBD-infused spritzers; bubbly water with immune-boosting adaptogens to non-carbonated water designed to encourage sleep—now seemingly every health condition has a solution in drink form. They’re known as functional beverages—drinks that include an added boost nutrition—and they’re seriously buzzing.

With greater awareness of the negative health outcomes of COVID-19 for people with compromised immune systems and weight-related conditions like cardiovascular disease and diabetes, 43% of Americans are resolving to adopt healthier diets this year, according to a YouGov survey. Liquids are an obvious place to start—Alcohol Change UK estimates over 6.5 million people are abstaining from drinking alcohol for Dry January. Even before the pandemic, interest in sugary juices and pop soda drinks has been gradually declining, while water consumption is up.

But abstinence isn’t enough to satisfy our thirst for both flavorful drinks and better health. In the wake of the pandemic, consumers are drinking up the functional beverage trend—over half of adults surveyed by The Hartman Group last year reported using beverages to treat or prevent a specific condition and maintain overall health.

With their physical convenience, shelf-stability and ease of consumption, it’s no surprise the functional beverage industry is the fastest growing market in the food sector, according to ScienceDirect. Given that the plant-based beverage market is expected to exceed a value of $33 billion by 2026, it looks like functional drinks are a trend that’s here to stay.

Whether you’re seeking a non-alcoholic happy hour replacement, a remedy for an ongoing health issue or simply craving a drink that offers more than hydration, here are 11 functional beverages you’ll want to sip on well beyond Dry January.

For Relaxation:

Sweet Reason Evening Blend

The CBD beverage brand known for their relaxing alcohol alternatives launched the Evening Blend collection late last year to offer some calm amidst the stress of 2020. The bubbly drink—available in Peach Jasmine, Plum Blush and Citrus Spice—is packed with adaptogens and botanicals known to relieve stress, like Ashwagandha, ginseng, L-Theanine and chamomile. But what really sets the Evening Blend apart is its 30mg dose of broad spectrum hemp CBD, making it one of the highest dosed CBD drinks on the market.

For Immunity Protection:

Wild Wonder Guava Rose

Wild Wonder founder Rosa Li was inspired to make a functional drink that prioritizes the gut from watching her grandmother in China brew stomach-soothing tonics to boost immunity. The Guava Rose contains both probiotics and prebiotic plant fiber—the two crucial components to balancing the gut microbiome—plus elderberry and chicory root for extra immune support. Made with maple syrup instead of sugar, California lemons and pink guava puree sourced from organic and sustainable farms, this bestseller is refreshing without being too sweet.

For Sleep:

Drift Well

This non-carbonated, zero-calorie, sugar-free drink contains 200mg of L-theanine and 10% of the recommended daily dose of magnesium, two ingredients known to relax the body. The idea for the enhanced water came from an internal competition among Pepsi employees. But with the pandemic increasing insomnia cases across the United States, it was an idea that PepsiCo took seriously. The fastest new product to ever come out of the company has a subtle blackberry lavender flavor and is strategically designed in small 7.5-ounce cans to prevent bathroom trips mid-sleep.

For Skin Support:

Flow Collagen-Infused Water

This award-winning water brand’s newest collagen-infused water combines the natural alkaline spring water they’re known for with 10 grams of grass-fed bovine collagen protein to support skin, hair, nail and joint health. The 100% recyclable carton made with over 75% renewable materials keeps this nourishing drink fresh for up to 13-months. Blood Orange, Pomegranate and Meyer Lemon recently joined the existing flavor selection of Watermelon, Pink Grapefruit and Cucumber.

For Digestion:

Poppi

The functional drink market offers countless probiotic-infused drinks to choose from, but few beverage brands have picked up on the importance of prebiotics—a type of fiber that serves as food for probiotics but the body is unable to produce itself. Enter Poppi: a functional soda that contains one tablespoon of prebiotic-rich apple cider vinegar. Here, fermented apples give the gut a boost by promoting pH balance, killing harmful bacteria, improving insulin sensitivity and lowering blood sugar post-meals. The low-sugar, low-calorie soda comes in seven fruity flavors, but the Strawberry Lemon and Raspberry Rose are fan favorites. 

For A Dry Happy Hour:

Curious Elixirs

This booze- and sugar-free beverage line relies on organic ingredients and adaptogens to deliver satisfying mocktails that offer more benefits than just the hangover-free morning. From a margarita-meets-Dark ‘n Stormy made with Mayan aphrodisiac damiana to a floral Cucumber Collins remake containing 125mg of Ashwagandha, an Ayurvedic herb known to reduce stress—their selection is small but diverse. The standout is this zero-proof spin on an Aperol Spritz made with stress-reducing holy basil and anti-inflammatory turmeric.

For Detox:

Sunwink Detox Ginger

This sparkling tonic is made with ginger, burdock and dandelion, three herbs known to stimulate digestion. All their recipes are vetted by a clinical herbalist and each bottle contains four times the equivalent amount of herbs found in a standard tea bag. Unlike kombucha, which detoxifies by adding probiotics to the system, Sunwink’s Detox Ginger encourages the body to do the work itself by stimulating the digestive enzymes in the gut. The cleansing drink is lightly sweetened with maple syrup, so you get all the benefits without the added sugar.

For Energy:

Sway Energy + Immunity

This carbonated drink is the first of its kind to serve the dual function of boosting energy and immunity. Each bottle delivers a hit of energy with its high dose, 160mg, of organic green tea caffeine, while protecting the immune system with 100% of the daily value of vitamins A, B6, B12, C and D. The zero-sugar drink relieves stress with relaxing herbs like bacopa monnieri and Ashwagandha, and promotes energy and protein formation with magnesium, D-Ribose and BCAAs (Branch Chain Amino Acids). Available in six fruity flavors, Sway officially launches at the end of the month (currently available for pre-order online). 

For A Post-Workout Treat:

Alani Nu Fit Shake

Alani Nu is known for their yummy workout supplements, like their sour peach ring-flavored BCAA powder (Branch Chain Amino Acids) and confetti cake whey protein powder. Now they’ve packaged their protein in a ready-to-drink bottle, making recovery on-the-go easy. The gluten and lactose-free drink contains 20 grams of lean whey protein, and with indulgent flavors like munchies and fruity cereal, it’s hard to believe each bottle contains only 6 grams of sugar.

For Inflammation:

ZYN Curcumin From Turmeric

Brothers and co-founders Asim and Qasim Khan were inspired to create ZYN after witnessing turmeric cure their father’s nerve pain in Pakistan. Understanding that the powerful anti-inflammatory needs to be activated to be absorbed—ZYN includes piperine from black pepper to ensure you benefit from the 200mg of turmeric in each bottle. Available in four fruity flavors, the refreshing drink is also fortified with vitamins C and D for added immune support.

For Brain Function:

Vega Hello Wellness It’s A No Brainer

Vega’s new Hello Wellness line of functional drinks offers all the benefits of a protein supplement in an easy on-the-go form—all you need is water to make a smooth shake. This raspberry blackberry-flavored formula stands out for brain support—each serving contains 32mg of Omega-3 DHA, a fatty acid essential to maintaining brain function. Keeping in line with the company’s plant-based, sustainable ethos, the DHA is sourced from marine algae rather than fish oil and the 15 grams of protein in each scoop comes from pea and pumpkin seeds.

10 Natural Ways to Detox and Boost Your Immunity at Home

10 Natural Ways to Detox and Boost Your Immunity at Home

  • January 14, 2021

Toxins enter the body through what we eat, drink, breathe in, and process in any way. Once inside, toxins overtax our immune system and detoxification system and leave us more vulnerable to illness — not ideal during cold and flu season, and especially not this year during a pandemic — and make us age a little faster, too.


Fortunately, there are a lot of simple things you can do from the comfort of your own home to keep toxins out of your body, flush them out of your system faster, and boost your immunity all at the same time, says Dr. Bill Rawls, Medical Director of Vital Plan. He shares his top 10 strategies below.

1. Source Your Food Wisely

Try to stay away from packaged and processed foods that contain ingredients you can’t pronounce, and instead reach for fresh food from natural sources. Aim to make vegetables more than 50% of your daily diet — their fiber is a great natural binder, and they’re full of beneficial phytochemicals — and minimize your red meat consumption.

Also, whenever practical, choose organic over conventional products. That said, we know organic prices and accessibility can be an issue, so for help making strategic decisions, refer to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” lists:

The Dirty Dozen:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes
  13. Raisins*

(*While raisins aren’t technically a fresh food, the EWG found that they are “one of the dirtiest produce commodities on the market — and even some organic raisins are contaminated.”)

The Clean Fifteen

  1. Avocado
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapple
  4. Onion
  5. Papaya
  6. Frozen sweet peas
  7. Eggplant
  8. Asparagus
  9. Cauliflower
  10. Cantaloupe
  11. Broccoli
  12. Mushrooms
  13. Cabbage
  14. Honeydew
  15. Kiwi

2. Consider Detoxifying and Immune-Boosting Herbs

There are a number of herbs and natural ingredients that can help support detoxification and immune health. Here are the ones at the top of Dr. Rawls’ list:

Chlorella: This nutrient-rich freshwater algae binds to toxins so they can be eliminated from your body more efficiently. Chlorella works particularly well for withdrawing heavy metals. Pure chlorella can be purchased in the form of bulk powder, tablets, or capsules.

Milk Thistle: It’s been used for thousands of years to support a healthy liver, the primary organ responsible for detoxification.

Dandelion: Known to help support liver function, research suggests dandelion helps promote the body’s natural detoxification and elimination processes.

Bitters: Bitter flavors are important to digestion — they stimulate the release of the saliva, enzymes, and bile that help break down your food. Include bitter herbs and foods in each meal, or take a botanical extract that blends bitter herbs like dandelion root, burdock root, orange peel, and gentian root

Reishi mushroom: An extensively studied adaptogenic mushroom, reishi has exceptional immunomodulating and antiviral properties. It helps normalize inflammatory cytokines and promotes healthy immune response against threatening microbes.

Rhodiola: Another adaptogen, rhodiola improves stress tolerance by reducing fatigue, supporting energy levels, and improving tissue oxygenation.

Turmeric: This popular spice is well loved for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Shilajit: An herbo-mineral adaptogen, shilajit has a long history of use in traditional Indian medicine for longevity and strength. It’s also an immunomodulator with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral properties.

Gotu Kola: Best known for improving memory and mood, gotu kola is also great for promoting a normal response to inflammation, balancing stress hormones, and supporting circulation.


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3. Filter Your Water

Much of America’s tap water has been shown to contain pollutants, so filtering what comes out of your kitchen sink is smart. To be sure you’re using a filter that does the trick, keep these guidelines in mind:

  • Look for a filter certified by NSF International or the Water Quality Association.
  • Choose one that removes the contaminants in your water (check your local drinking water quality report to see what’s present).
  • Change your water filters on time.

4. Choose Safe and Effective Cleaning Supplies

When buying household cleaning products, don’t bring home chemicals that could harm your health more than some of the microbes you’re trying to get rid of. Fortunately, there are a number of products on the market that work safely; here are some ways to shop wisely:

  • Look for the Green Seal, Ecologo, or Safer Choice (EPA) seals.
  • Opt for fragrance-free options.
  • Avoid triclosan and quaternary ammonium compounds or “quats.” (One tactic is to choose products that don’t advertise as “antibacterial.”)
  • Consult the EWG’s list of safe and effective products for guarding against coronavirus.

5. Opt for Non-Toxic Beauty and Personal Care Products

There are a lot of claims made on beauty and self-care products these days, but words alone, like “natural,” “organic,” “non-toxic,” “clean,” “green,” and “eco-friendly,” don’t mean a thing — they aren’t backed by any sort of regulatory or certification processes. Instead, to find non-toxic products you trust, you have to do a little research.

Start by checking reputable ratings databases like Skin Deep (EWG) and Think Dirty. Another good bet: Look for reliable third-party certifications on products labels, including:

  • USDA Organic
  • EWG Verified
  • Made Safe
  • NSF/ANSI 305
  • Natural Products Association Certified
  • Whole Foods Market Premium Body Care

6. Get Outside

One more reason to get outdoors beyond combatting cabin fever: The air in natural environments is generally much cleaner than indoor air. For one, outdoor air contains ⅔ less carbon dioxide, high levels of which negatively affect our productivity, sleep, and more.

Forest air in particular contains phytoncides, organic compounds emitted by trees and plants that have been shown to boost our immune system function, plus plants in general help neutralize toxic substances in the air. Forests, open spaces, and open water are also rich in negative ions, which reduce inflammation.

So take your pick of natural environs, and get out there as often as possible — while still maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others, of course.

7. Bring Nature Indoors

Plants are natural air purifiers, so bringing some plants indoors can help clear the air in your home. Here’s a list of the top 10 air-purifying plants to consider:

  • Areca palm
  • Lady palm
  • Bamboo palm
  • Rubber plant
  • Dracaena
  • English ivy
  • Dwarf date palm
  • Ficus
  • Boston fern
  • Peace lily

8. Drive Less, Move More

Staying off the roads decreases air pollution, and the fact that many of us are driving less these days is noticeably improving air quality. If your commute is on hold, try to translate some of your usual travel time into getting more physical activity, or sneak in more movement between other normal routines.

Exercise improves circulation, oxygenates your tissues, and enhances the work of the lymphatic system through muscle contractions — all of which make it easier to move toxins out of your body.

9. Practice Forgiveness

Through the practice of gratitude, we stay centered and in the present moment. This allows us to move through situations from our heart. Take time to forgive someone or yourself for things in the past. When we forgive, we expand and open up to endless possibilities.

10. Quit a Bad Habit

Are you a smoker? Pack rat? Chronically sleep-deprived? In a bad relationship? Toxins come into our lives in many forms. Consider if you’re participating in any unhealthy patterns or holding onto anything that no longer serves you, and then find a way to limit those things in your life.

Dr. Rawls is a licensed medical doctor in North Carolina and a leading expert in integrative health. He has extensive training in alternative therapies, and is the Medical Director of Vital Plan, a holistic health and herbal supplement company in Raleigh, NC.

Reposted with permission from Vital Plan.

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Markets ended 2020 on a high note, and have started 2021 on a bullish trajectory. All three major indexes have recently surged to all-time highs as investors seemingly looked beyond the pandemic and hoped for signs of a rapid recovery. Veteran strategist Edward Yardeni sees the economic recovery bringing its own slowdown with it. As the COVID vaccination program allows for further economic opening, with more people getting back to work, Yardeni predicts a wave of pent-up demand, increasing wages, and rising prices – in short, a recipe for inflation. “In the second half of the year we may be on the lookout for some consumer price inflation which would not be good for overvalued assets,” Yardeni noted.The warning sign to look for is higher yields in the Treasury bond market. If the Fed eases up on the low-rate policy, Yardeni sees Treasuries reflecting the change first.A situation like this is tailor-made for defensive stock plays – and that will naturally bring investors to look at high-yield dividend stocks. Opening up the TipRanks database, we’ve found three stocks featuring a hat trick of positive signs: A Strong Buy rating, dividend yields starting at 9% or better – and a recent analyst review pointing toward double-digit upside.CTO Realty Growth (CTO)We’ll start with CTO Realty Growth, a Florida-based real estate company that, last year, made an exciting decision for dividend investors: the company announced that it would change its tax status to that of a real estate investment trust (REIT) for the tax year ending December 31, 2020. REITs have long been known for their high dividend yields, a product of tax code requirements that these companies return a high percentage of their profits directly to shareholders. Dividends are usual route of that return.For background, CTO holds a varied portfolio of real estate investments. The holdings include 27 income properties in 11 states, totaling more than 2.4 million square feet, along with 18 leasable billboards in Florida. The income properties are mainly shopping centers and retail outlets. During the third quarter, the most recent reported, CTO sold off some 3,300 acres of undeveloped land for $46 million, acquired two income properties for $47.9 million, and collected ~93% of contractual base rents due. The company also authorized a one-time special distribution, in connection with its shift to REIT status; its purpose was to put the company in compliance with income return regulation during tax year 2020. The one-time distribution was made in cash and stock, and totaled $11.83 per share.The regular dividend paid in Q3 was 40 cents per common share. 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Boost Your Immune System (and Protect Yourself from COVID-19) with Prime IV Hydration and Wellness Lehi, UT

Boost Your Immune System (and Protect Yourself from COVID-19) with Prime IV Hydration and Wellness Lehi, UT

  • January 13, 2021

Boost your immune system!

With COVID-19 concerns abounding, it’s more crucial than ever to boost your immune system – visit Prime IV Hydration and Wellness in Lehi, UT

One of the best parts about IV therapy is that our formulations have between five to nine additives. We have set out to create the best IV Therapy while delivering it to you in a spa-like setting.”

— Heidi Neville, Owner

LEHI, UTAH, US, January 13, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — During the COVID-19 global pandemic, researchers and medical professionals across the globe have searched for options to treat the virus. Countless tests and studies have been conducted to see what medication, therapy, vaccine, or treatment regimen will be most effective at combatting COVID-19.

In August 2020, new findings were presented by a team of researchers led by scientists at Washington University School of Medicine. Their research indicates that patients become so ill when infected with COVID-19 because their immune systems do not provide the level of protection necessary to prevent serious symptoms. These medical experts suggest boosting your immune system could be an effective treatment for COVID-19. This is not the first time boosting immunity has been suggested as a potential treatment. Two recently published medical papers from JAMA Network Open and JCI Insight support immunity as a COVID-19 treatment.

Senior researcher and Washington University School of Medicine professor, Richard S. Hotchkiss, MD, stated that “People around the world have been treating patients seriously ill with COVID-19 using drugs that do very different things. Some drugs tamp down the immune response, while others enhance it. Everybody seems to be throwing the kitchen sink at the illness. It may be true that some people die from a hyperinflammatory response, but it appears more likely to us that if you block the immune system too much, you’re not going to be able to control the virus.”

Hotchkiss and his fellow researchers also found that COVID-19 patients frequently have fewer immune cells in their bloodstream than is typical. These immune cells are also weaker than they should be and may be less effective at combatting the virus. Hotchkiss said that finding ways to improve immune response could help not only in COVID-19 patients but when a new pandemic inevitably arises.
Effectively Boosting Your Immune System 

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Unless your diet and lifestyle habits are exemplary, it’s likely you are lacking in certain essential nutrients like vitamins C, D, B-12 and magnesium, amongst others. Think you’re probably fine? An estimated 92 percent of US adults have a vitamin deficiency, so statistically speaking – you’re probably lacking in something. Any vitamin deficiency or insufficiency will inhibit immune function, increasing your risk of illness. Ensuring your body has access to enough circulating nutrients will optimize immune function and keep you fit – and who doesn’t want that?

It’s clear that maintaining a strong immune system is not only important for overall wellness, but for maintaining your health and safety during a pandemic. Some of the best ways to boost your immunity include:
Include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet
Maintain a healthy weight

Get plenty of sleep
Reduce stress
Supplement your vitamin and mineral intake

Out of all these options, nutritional supplements are typically the most straightforward way to quickly boost your immune system. However, when most people think of supplementing vitamins and minerals, they often think of taking these them orally. Unfortunately, taking these supplements orally can have a very low absorption rate due to digestive system inefficiencies. Luckily, there are new and improved ways to take supplements — through an IV.

Prime IV offers numerous IV drips specifically formulated to boost your immune system — including an immunity booster with a powerful dose of vitamin C. Taking vitamins and nutrients intravenously puts them directly into your bloodstream and provides the maximum benefit by bypassing the less efficient absorption of the stomach. Also, our IV drips act fast — no more waiting for digestion! Our IVs take 30-60 minutes and have you back on the road to peak health. 

If you’re questioning whether IV therapy is right for you, think of it this way – your body is like a vehicle, without the right fuel and servicing, you’re going to run into some problems. Just as being vitamin deficient and dehydrated will manifest as a whole range of health problems. Ensuring you take care of your body by doing IV therapy is more important now than ever.
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Wellness Trends to Watch in 2021 – WWD

  • January 8, 2021

“Personalization is the future — if you can afford it,” said Beth McGroarty, director of research at the Global Wellness Institute. The nonprofit, which works to educate the public and private sectors on preventative health and wellness, forecasts trends in the industry.

“Ultimately, the holy grail in the next few years, and it’s already happening now, is more personalized testing,” she continued.

At-home genetic and gut testing companies have been on the rise and will carry on evolving as consumers continue to educate themselves in the space and seek to better understand their immune system and individual needs.

Prices have gone down in the market, McGroarty was quick to add, making wellness more accessible these days. While tests typically cost $2,000 a few years ago, they’re now down to around $200 a kit.

“It was already a $4.5 trillion market, and then the pandemic hit, and I think it really changed the importance of wellness to people, but also got rid of kind of frustration and silly, very elitist and expensive wellness,” McGroarty said.

Accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic, the wellness market — which comprises a wide range of categories — is moving away from inaccessibility and overpricing.

Take fitness, for example. While boutique dance and exercise classes have been costly pre-pandemic, virtual at-home options are available at considerably less.

Megan Roup from the Sculpt Society, an app she launched in November 2019, provides a variety of videos for dance cardio, sculpting with weights, yoga and meditation. The instructor offers a lot of content with different programs and offerings (from five-minute “quickies” to 50-minute “full bodies”) for $119 a year (or $19.99 a month). Her boutique fitness class in New York City, which is currently closed due to the health crisis, costs $35 a session.

“It’s way more cost effective, way more time effective,” Roup said of the app. “This pandemic has been so crazy with the growth of the community, and word of mouth is just one of those things that’s so powerful.”

From March to April 2020, her business grew 700 percent: “It was just this massive influx of people.”

Megan Roup fitness

Megan Roup of The Sculpt Society. 
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Roup also frequently hosts live videos on the app, where fans interact with her and each other via chat. While able to feel engaged in a community and work out in the comfort of their homes, it’s also a way for members to get a sense of accountability and show up.

“I think it was a game changer,” she said of the live element on the app, which attracts hundreds — sometimes thousands — of virtual attendees from around the world. She’s continuing to see success with the business, which grew about 20 percent over Black Friday.

“The move during the pandemic towards consuming everything digitally — fitness classes, yoga classes, meditation classes, mental health support — this is what’s building,” explained McGroarty. “The move from a brick-and-mortar boutique model to online has created so much access overnight.”

Another expected trend of note is the continued use of in-home products as consumers stay home, she said. In beauty, NuFace is a leader in the category.

The family-owned company, launched by Carol Cole and daughters Tera Peterson and Kim Morales in 2000, produces Food and Drug Administration-approved face tools that use microcurrent technology to sculpt and firm skin.

The business had “triple-digit growth” last year, said Peterson, an aesthetician and chief creative officer of the brand.

Last year was one of change for NuFace. The team worked from home while focused on educating existing and new consumers on products through social media and digital initiatives, like free one-on-one consultations with aestheticians — all while working to convert a significant area of their Southern California office into digital spaces.

“It will be a place for us to shoot content,” continued Peterson. “It’s half the building. We’re really switching up the way we do things moving forward.”

Like Roup, who foresees home workouts as a way to supplement physical classes in the future, Peterson said skin-care tools will similarly play a more significant role and add benefit to routines alongside spa treatments.

Last year was also a dark year as Americans faced the realities of COVID-19, lost loved ones, were furloughed and laid off, all amid a tense presidential election. The essential need of a working and accessible health-care system has been a front-and-center issue.

“Just like people were forced to think more about their homeland security after Sept. 11, after 2020, people want to be well,” said Dr. Gerry Curatola, a wellness expert and biologic dentist with a holistic approach to oral care.

“The most important focus for wellness in 2021, in my opinion as a biologic dentist, is our immune system,” he continued. “What’s interesting is that what goes on in your mouth has a huge amount to do with our immune system.”

Curatola, who has more than 35 years of clinical practice experience, works in Manhattan and runs a dental, medical and wellness center in East Hampton. He has plans to establish an institute to train dentists in biologic dentistry, an approach that recognizes the connection between the mouth, body, illness and disease. It’s a “preventative, proactive” approach to health care, rather than “reactive.”

“So many people whose immune system are compromised have a problem with an imbalance in the natural ecology of the mouth, called the oral microbiome,” said Curatola, author of “The Mouth-Body Connection.” “If the oral microbiome is out of balance, the immune system is compromised.”

Dr. Gerry Curatola Wellness Center

Inside Dr. Gerry Curatola’s center, which offers services like energy therapy. 
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Understanding the immune system, as well as the importance of the gut and microbiome (microbes like bacteria and fungi in the body) is a trend that’s here to stay, said McGroarty.

“Everyone has been obsessed with immunity, and it’s a very complicated system,” she said. “It’s about understanding that system and how to best balance it, not boost it. There really isn’t any way to boost your immune system.”

As personalized testing grows, consumers will be able to determine which foods to eat, avoid and what supplements they need.

“Not everybody needs all supplements,” said Curatola. “I think what we’re going to see is a much bigger direction in personalized medicine for using properly manufactured, optimal supplements that are targeted for the specific individual and their individual needs. We need better-quality supplements.”

The global dietary supplements market has been fast-growing in wellness, valued at $48.22 billion in 2019 and projected to reach $ 117.92 billion by 2027, according to a 2020 report released by market research company Grand View Research, Inc.

Jules Miller, founder and chief executive officer of The Nue Co. — science-backed supplements made with natural and organic ingredients that were launched in 2017 — has been working to elevate the category with quality products.

“Supporting your immunity is not as simple as taking a daily supplement,” said Miller. “Your immune system is a complex function, interconnected with so many facets of our overall health. We have definitely seen a shift in customer mind-set over the last year. Customers are now viewing their immunity as a holistic system, encompassing sleep, stress, gut health and movement…Immunity is an interesting example and absolutely a category we will see continue to develop in 2021.”

In early 2020, the brand saw “an immediate spike in sales” of its $35 “defense drops” product — a blend of adaptogens including eleuthero and astragalus “to support normal immune function” — and $45 ingestible immunity supplement — containing vitamin C.

“Sales across our immunity offering increased 600 percent month-on-month,” Miller continued. “This proved to be the start of a long-term shift with growth for the category reaching over 500 percent across 2020. With increased conversation around the supplementation of vitamin D as a way to boost immunity, we also saw the world of health care and wellness collide, with governments now prescribing and donating vitamin D to those most vulnerable as a means to prevent COVID-19. This was reflected in our own demand with vitamin D sales far exceeding our original forecasts and we sold out across global markets.”

At Rae Wellness, a dietary supplements company founded by Angela Tebbe and Eric Carl, the goal has been to create accessibility for women. All of the brand’s products, which are gluten-free, vegan, and use no sugar or artificial preservatives, are priced at $14.99 for a 30-day supply. They’re sold online and nationwide at Target.

“There are a lot of brands out there that are for the 1 percent and are unattainable,” said Tebbe, CEO at Rae Wellness. “How many non-diverse women do you need holding up expensive products?”

A trend that is most exciting to McGroarty of the Global Wellness Institute is women’s health and women’s sexuality. Formerly “taboo topics, they’re categories to watch,” she said.

Alongside its immunity products, Rae Wellness sells “In the Mood,” a supplement to spark a woman’s sexual desire. Ingredients are a mix of vitamins, minerals and herbs “that help with energy, blood flow, relaxation and calming the mind,” said Tebbe. The product saw “triple-digit percent increases” through 2020.

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Rae Wellness’ “In the Mood” dietary supplements. 
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“Women are getting really real about stigmatized categories like sex, and I think that’s going to expand,” she continued. “We’ve seen that through the conversations our community have had with one another…Viagra is government subsidized. But there has been nothing on the market for women’s desire.

“It’s been so fascinating to see how health and well-being has become such a large focus of daily life and proactive life versus reactive or clinical, almost,” she added. “What I’m so thrilled about is that women have really started to put themselves on the priority list.”

These 2021 Wellness Ingredients Might Be Worth Trying In The New Year

These 2021 Wellness Ingredients Might Be Worth Trying In The New Year

  • January 4, 2021

Just when you mastered the proper pronunciation of ashwaganda and sorted out the difference between reishi and lion’s mane, there are some buzzy 2021 wellness ingredients poised to be the next big things in the booming business of health. And if some of your self-care resolutions this year include reducing stress, eating more nutritionally (which includes, perhaps going vegan), boosting your immunity, and/or prioritizing sleep, you’re probably going to want to get to know some of them a little bit better — if not incorporate them into your upgraded wellness regimen ASAP.

According to health experts, some of 2020’s biggest trends will be sticking around in the new year as well. Last year was all about medicinal mushrooms and adaptogens, and it looks as though they’re not losing steam anytime soon. “They are always highly valuable and have such broad benefits, particularly for the heightened stresses and immune challenges, so we’ll want to continue to keep them close at hand,” says Colleen Gerson, the Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach behind Vessel and Soul and Foria’s Functional Wellness Educator and Formulator. “By supporting our nervous system and stress response, they also further aid our immunity and resilience through day-to-day challenge and change.”

Another pantry favorite of last year will be still be be a popular addition to many people’s diet in 2021, according to Erin James, nutritionist, trainer, and founder of SQUAY. “Chickpeas have been somewhat popular but I believe we’ll see a rise in chickpea consumption as they are a natural alternative to making vegan burgers, are great roasted with a crunch for salads or a snack, and you can cook them to stay soft and go in your pasta, for example,” she says. “Chickpeas have been a staple in my food lifestyle ever since I fell in love with them about two years ago. They are also packed with nutrition including protein.”

If you’ve been using the aforementioned ingredients to boost your health but want to find some other sources of stress relief, meat substitutes, and more, some of the latest wellness crazes have also got you covered. For a closer look at five that nutrition experts say will be huge this year, plus a few ways to get them into your routine, read ahead.

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2021 Wellness Ingredients: Nervines

“[I] think nervines will become the next class of plant allies we’ll be getting deeply acquainted with, as we look to actively calm our nerves and also to restore our nervous systems,” Gerson says.

So what exactly are they? Simply put, nervines are herbs used to support the nervous system, and the wellness guru explains that their effects can range from stimulating to sedating. “Kava Kava is one of the more deeply calming, grounding, and nerve restorative ones,” she offers. “[It] actually shares many similarities to cannabis and hemp, in associated stigma, array of different types, and potent healing properties for body, mind, and heart. It’s been highly studied for its strong anxiety calming effects, and further used to help soothe pain and muscle tension, is a mild euphoriant and aphrodisiac; qualities that could probably all use a hearty bump these days.” A few other nervines to look for include valerian root, skullcap, catnip, and chamomile — all of which are said to promote relaxation and aid sleep.

2021 Wellness Ingredients: Jackfruit

Reducing your meat consumption in 2021? You might want to stock up on vitamin- and mineral-packed jackfruit. “Jackfruit is a fruit that can actually be cooked to look like meat and almost has a similar taste, depending on how you cook it and what sauce you use,” James says, who admits to disliking the taste of most other meat alternatives. “Mastering cooking it at home is challenging but there are also many new food places popping up that serve it.” You can also find many pre-seasoned jackfruit products already on shelves.

2021 Wellness Ingredients: Vitamin D

“With so much interest in strengthening the immune system, and a strong likelihood that we’ll still be spending quite a bit of time indoors and at home through this winter, ensuring that our bodies have adequate vitamin D levels has never been more important,” explains Dr. Jaclyn Tolentino, Physician at Parsley Health. “Because vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased susceptibility to infections, and vitamin D can be quite difficult to obtain through food sources or even sunlight, a high-quality vitamin D supplement is going to be a must-have (especially during the winter months).”

2021 Wellness Ingredients: Nutritive Tea

“Two herbal teas in particular are being used in place of synthetic multivitamins: Red raspberry leaf and nettle leaf,” shares Dr. Kate Denniston, licensed naturopathic doctor Los Angeles Integrative Health. “[They both] contain incredible amounts of natural vitamins and minerals, which most of us need due to our nutrient depleted soil and modern farming practices. Aside from being potent sources of natural nutrients, they’re also known for increasing the growth and strength of hair, most likely due to their high mineral content.”

2021 Wellness Ingredients: Humic & Fulvic Acids

Speaking of mineral replacement, Dr. Denniston adds that consuming humic and fulvic acids (via supplement) is another way to do just that. “These acids improve our microbiome and protect our immune system in addition to providing mineral content,” she says. “Minerals are essential co-factors for many biochemical processes in the body and are required for healthy metabolism, immune function, balanced hormones, healthy hair and skin. Shilajit, which contains humic and fulvic acids, has been used for its health benefits for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic medicine.”

The Rise In Immunity Boosting Wellness Retreats For 2021

The Rise In Immunity Boosting Wellness Retreats For 2021

  • January 4, 2021

Among the key wellness trends highlighted for 2021 is the rise in demand for immunity boosting retreats. While immunity-focused programs may not be new, the global health crisis has elevated the importance many people place on their day-to-day wellness and the strength of their immune system. Several luxury wellness resorts across the world are meeting these demands with newly launched immunity boosting retreats.

The mainstay Austrian retreat for regeneration, The Original FX Mayr, recently brought back its popular Immunity Boost program. Designed to work alongside the Mayr relaxation and regeneration cure, this supplementary program integrates additional treatments such as oxygen therapy, an immune drip and nasal reflexology.

On a global scale, the hotel brand known for its focus on wellness as well as sustainability, Six Senses, has then strengthened its health-giving options with a series of newly launched Wellness Days. Each of these new programs is aimed at introducing guests to techniques, treatments and activities for a stronger body, improved mental clarity and deeper sense of balance and fulfilment.

Among the hotels’ full-day immersions is the Boost Your Immunity program looking at key elements such as diet, sleep and movement. Through this plan, wellness experts create a personal formula to help you build a stronger body and healthy immune system, including steps to follow on returning home. While each plan is tailored to the individual, an itinerary may include yoga and breath-work, spa treatments, meditation and sleep tracking. 

The immunity boosting retreat is available at several resorts including Six Senses Con Dao, Six Senses Douro Valley and Six Senses Zighy Bay.

In the Swiss Alps, the Six Senses Spa at Alpina Gstaad is also offering a new immunity-focused wellness stay. Launched ahead of the winter season and ranging between one and five days, this immersive purifying and cleansing Immunity Boost provides a focused cleanse combining customised treatments and nutritional supplements with personalized face and body treatments and the latest anti-ageing technology.

Ultimately, this wellness itinerary is designed to boost and support your natural immunity, while raising energy levels, in a space that’s inspired by Asian traditions and draws energy from its Alpine surroundings.

On top of this, Punta Vitality Hotel of Losinj Hotels & Resorts in Croatia launched its own immunity focused wellness offering, Space to Breath, in December. This new wellness package promises to harness the healing air of the hotel’s location on the Adriatic island of Losinj, known as ‘the island of vitality’, to boost immunity as well as respiratory health.

This immersive retreat combines local spa rituals, wellness sessions including the hotel’s new Tranquillity Pro-Sleep massage and fresh air fitness activities such as climatotherapy hiking. The seven-night stay comes with daily immune-elixirs and guests have unlimited use of the spa, indoor and outdoor seawater pools and bike rental for making the most of the hotel’s surroundings.

The world’s newest wellness resorts are also getting involved, including the fully integrative wellness and medical retreat RAKxa, which made its debut in Bangkok’s ‘green lung’ at the beginning of December. Shortly before its opening, this resort on a protected jungle-clad island of the Chao Phraya River announced the launch of its immunity boosting retreat.

Offering a place to reset, boost immunity and strengthen defences, the new resort prioritizes your health goals through a combination of advanced medical treatments, holistic therapies and anti-inflammatory food. Here, certified medical doctors from VitalLife and holistic Thai therapists provide precise plans based on each individual’s needs.

RAKxa’s three-day Immunity Booster includes health and dietary consultations, VitalLife treatments including Immune Fight IV Infusion with weber laser therapy and RAKxa treatments such as massage, mindfulness meditation and corrective exercise. Programs range from three to 14 days and are enhanced with a bespoke diet plan including anti-inflammatory foods.

By prescribing personalized lifestyle strategies, this retreat is designed to make a difference long after guests leave.

Now, ahead of its launch in 2021, the new integrative wellness destination in northern Goa, King’s Mansion, has announced details of its launch programs. The property promises to set a new standard of luxury wellness with retreats combining scientific research with Ayurvedic medicine and holistic wellbeing.

Moss Wellness Consultancy, which has previously developed brands including Clinique la Prairie and Four Seasons, has developed King’s Mansion’s results-focused wellness concept. By working with health specialists across the globe, from Ayurvedic physicians to genomics institutes, the soon-to-open resort will deliver personalized plans in line with the current focus on healing and the desire to boost immunity.

As more retreats place the focus on strengthening immunity, it’s clear this is going to be a significant part of wellness travel in the coming year.

Just Wondering: Can a Workout Help Boost My Immune System?

Just Wondering: Can a Workout Help Boost My Immune System?

  • December 23, 2020

Welcome to our Just Wondering series, in which local experts tackle your most burning health and fitness questions. Got a question of your own? Send it here!

With the holidays approaching, we all know that means less sleep, more cookies and sugary bites, and a big serving of stress. Plus, this is prime time for illnesses of all kind, from seasonal bugs to the full-on flu. And this year, with COVID-19 cases at a staggering peak in Minnesota, it’s especially vital to do everything we can to bolster our bodies. Besides stocking up on vitamin C, zinc, and lysine supplements, and getting a healthy dose of spinach and garlic, we’re just wondering: Can a workout help boost my immune system? And why is it that we always get some cold or virus right after the holidays? Any tips on preventing that?

“Adding 30 to 60 minutes of moderate physical activity to your daily routine (moderate = where you can comfortably talk through the activity but not sing) can release endorphins to make us feel better, reduce stress levels, strengthen our immune system, increase our metabolic rate to burn more calories, reduce fatigue, and improve sleep and overall health and well-being. Breaking a sweat, breathing in fresh air, drinking lots of water throughout the day, and getting the heart rate up all can help eliminate our body’s toxins and keep our immune defense strong.” —Katie Klingberg, MD, family medicine and lifestyle medicine at M Health Fairview

So, short answer, yes: “A workout can absolutely help to boost your immune system,” Klingberg says.

The CDC acknowledges this in relation to COVID-19 as well. “Physical activity can also help prevent diseases that increase a person’s chances of having severe illness from COVID-19 such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes,” the website says. “Emerging research suggests it may also help boost immune function.”

And getting sick after the holidays?

“Celebrating the holidays often means eating and drinking more, sleeping less, increasing stress levels, and often moving less. It is important to maintain a balance through the holidays—where we still prioritize healthy food choices, regular exercise, good sleep, stress reduction, and self- care. When these health essentials are not in check, our body’s first line defense (the immune system) is also stressed, which makes it much more likely for that cold to sneak in.” —Dr. Katie Klingberg, M Health Fairview

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Chablé Hotels Launches New Wellness Programs

Chablé Hotels Launches New Wellness Programs

  • December 22, 2020

Chablé Hotels has specifically designed three new wellness programs to tackle areas in which they have seen a substantial rise in demand as a result of the pandemic. The new programs are tailored to boost the immune system, relive stress and anxiety and heal heartache. Chablé says the programs are “the perfect choice for travelers seeking a holiday that has a lasting, positive effect on their physical and emotional health.” 

Here’s what you can expect:

Immune Boosting Program

After months of lockdown and potential ill-health, Chablé Hotels recognized that prospective guests are looking to strengthen their immune system whilst indulging in a dose of winter sun. The specially designed retreats include daily exercise and meditation classes, as well as a nutrition plan using locally sourced, vitamin-rich and superfood ingredients. Participants can expect ingredients such as turmeric and ginger—known for boosting the immune system, combatting cellular damage and aiding digestion—along with dishes rich in vitamin C—instrumental in producing white blood cells responsible for fighting pathogens.

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A “Harmonization” ritual kicks off the retreat; this spiritual greeting uses copal resin to reveal invisible energies, according to Chablé. Copal resin is often used by Mayan healers as a diagnostic tool to help see the deeper dimensions of a person’s energy field to detect energy blockages and diseases. Following this ritual, Chablé’s healers will be able to decipher the state of the guests’ body and immune system and fine-tune the best treatments for the individual during their stay. 

The program will also include a guided water ceremony, where exposure to various temperatures assists with increasing blood circulation and reducing muscle tension, as well as a “Coco Skin Treatment,” which uses ingredients rich in antioxidants that are essential for boosting the immune system. Following treatments, guests are encouraged to enjoy a turmeric tea with lemon grass ginger and local honey to complete the detox.

Stress and Anxiety Program

The pandemic has caused a significant amount of stress and anxiety to individuals around the world. Working from home has caused people to “burn out,” having not managed to schedule breaks and achieve a good work/life balance. Chablé’s program targets travelers seeking a retreat that will help restore their work/life balance and alleviate stress.

Example treatments include “Floatation Therapy” at Chablé Yucatan. Floating is scientifically proven to increase mental and physical wellbeing in as little as an hour, according to Chablé. The therapy is extremely effective in releasing physical tension, as well as stress accumulated over months; it raises endorphin levels and rejuvenates the mind and body.

Meanwhile at Chablé Maroma, the “Tree of Life Massage” soothes an over-stressed nervous system, clears the mind, eases muscle tension and restores internal balance. Further highlights include a “Bio-Energy Remineralizing Facial,” which accelerates cellular respiration, bringing fatigued, overstressed skin back to life. Both hotels also offer a “Stress Relief Treatment;” this massage is designed to work on specific zones with the highest accumulation of stress—the back, shoulders and neck.

The program also includes plenty of mindfulness and yoga/meditation classes, as well as the option for a full digital detox. Chablé also encourages participants to partake in morning breathing classes, which helps to bring awareness to the present moment, encouraging guests to break their usual habit of checking their phones and laptops first thing. The aim is to reset the guest’s routine and create a healthy schedule that can be implemented at home.  

Healing Heartache Program

This program has been designed for individuals experiencing heartache due to the breakdown of a long-term relationship. All treatments and activities have been tailored to focus on finding an inner connection and increasing self-worth. During their stay, guests will learn to put themselves first, treat themselves and experience new things.

The “You are the Love Story” retreat includes daily sunrise and sunset yoga on the beach at Chablé Maroma and in the jungle at Chablé Yucatan. These sessions focus on gratitude and self-love, ensuring guests begin and finish the day in a positive state of mind.

Treatments within the retreat include a “Sound of the Sea Ritual,” featuring a seaweed wrap and a warming sea fennel massage and a “Rain Goddess” ritual designed to refresh and heal the body—both physically and emotionally. This experience includes a full-body exfoliation, symbolizing the scrubbing away of the past, followed by a remedy, which rejuvenates the skin, signifying a new chapter, according to Chablé. Another highlight is the “Chablé Janzu Water Massage;” guests are immersed in the outdoor pool overlooking the cenote, while a therapist works to release blocked energy and promote a state of relaxation.

The grand finale is Chablé’s “Temazcal Ceremony.” Temazcal means “steam house” and it benefits the body’s systems and energies, which promotes an inner connection, creating a transformative effect. The Temazcal promises to reconnect participants with a positive life path, leaving past heartache behind.

Chablé Hotels comprises two hotels: Chablé Yucatan and Chablé Maroma. Chablé Yucatan is set within 750 acres in the Mayan forest near Merida and has 40 casitas and villas, whilst Chablé Maroma lies on a private beach in the Riviera Maya and has 70 villas surrounded by mangroves. Both offer spacious suites, each with its own private pool and ample outdoor space.

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Immunai joins 10x Genomics program to boost drug development

Immunai joins 10x Genomics program to boost drug development

  • December 16, 2020

Just over six months after emerging from stealth mode, startup Immunai has forged a partnership that could bring it more customers in the life sciences.

The New York-based company this month became one of the first certified service providers in North America for 10x Genomics, a life-sciences technology provider based in Pleasanton, California. 10x offers technology to give single-cell and spatial views of biological systems. Immunai uses artificial intelligence and single-cell biology to analyze cells. Together, the two companies said they can give drugmakers a better view at the cellular level of how a patient’s immune system is responding to therapy.

“Gaining as much insight as possible into cell behavior is crucial to unlocking our understanding of the immune system and mastering biology,” Brad Crutchfield, chief commercial officer for 10x, said in a statement. “With the addition of Immunai into the 10x Certified Service Providers program, our customers can leverage insights from Immunai’s AI-powered technologies while using the 10x Genomics products that they’re engaged with today.”

One potential use is in a clinical trial where researchers are testing two drugs alone and in combination, said Luis Voloch, chief technology officer for Immunai. The two drugs taken together may create a synergistic effect that is greater than the sum of their individual impact when taken alone.

Researchers would have observed the synergy but Immunai’s technology can spot the cellular mechanisms that lead to it, Voloch said in a phone interview. The resulting insights can help companies improve therapies or identify new potential combinations.

Immunai emerged from stealth mode in May with $20 million in seed funding led by Viola Ventures and TLV Partners. The company was founded by Voloch, a former machine learning engineer at Palantir Technologies, and Noam Soloman, a former Harvard University postdoctoral researcher. Soloman is CEO of the company, which employs more than 50 people, including experts in genomics, machine learning, bioinformatics, immunology and software engineering. Immunai’s customers include drug companies and academic research institutions such as Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania and Memorial Sloan Kettering.

“With the support of 10x products, we can provide our partners with crucial information that can drastically improve the quality and speed at which therapies are developed,” Soloman said in a statement.

Immunai is seeking to grow in what has become a crowded field: the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence in the pursuit of discovering new drugs more quickly.

The company’s proprietary technology tackles several challenges needed for a better understanding of the human immune system, said Voloch.

First, Immunai generates a more detailed look at cells, Voloch said in a phone interview. Immunai has identified more than 50 cell types, compared to previous technologies that have identified up to about 20. Then, the company can examine how the different cells respond to therapies, said Voloch.

The company’s technology also allows researchers to generate data and analyze single-cell behavior on a bigger scale, Voloch said. Previously, researchers had been limited to samples of five to 15 patients, he said.

With Immunai’s approach, researchers can study hundreds of patients. The higher numbers allow a better understanding of how therapies are working, Voloch said.

“What we have found really consistently across many projects is when you break this 100 to 200 patient mark, it’s when you really start seeing clearer patterns of response for biomarkers and mechanisms of action,” Voloch said.

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