Category Archives: Health


Apple Takes a Bite at Health + Fitness

With iOS 8 firmly in place, and the new phones announced, Apple Inc  has taken another step into the health and fitness category. The health app makes sense of your overall health trends, tracking nutrition, fitness, weight and monitoring habits such as food intake, sleep cycle and hydration levels. Data will be also be collected by Apple Watch. Company officials promised that consumer privacy will be fiercely protected.  The app is developed with input from Nike, and also the Mayo Clinic, who are supporting the data collection and reporting aspects of the software.

As a former Apple employee (and one of the first personal trainers in the U.S. to switch from paper to 100 percent digital record keeping), I believe the future success of personal trainers is going to depend on their curiosity, adaptability to new technology, personal service and ability to educate clients. With electronic record keeping rapidly becoming the new minimum of what is acceptable, this is a VERY exciting time to work in health and fitness.

A good graphical overview of HealthBookhere:

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The Best Organic Hangover Remedies

DEAR SAM:  What’s the best way to cure a hangover? 

Keep in mind a couple things. The first one is to resist the temptation to use over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen, because they can amplify serious side effects from alcohol (ranging from stomach bleeding, liver damage or thinning blood).

The most important thing is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate to clean out the toxins. So drink plenty of water before, during and after drinking. Before bed, drop 50ML of milk thistle liquid extract into a large glass of water. The morning after, do it again, and add the milk thistle extract to the water your drink throughout the following day.  (Tomato juice with cayenne pepper, sugar, and lime is a good choice because it helps replenish electrolytes and return your blood sugar to normal).  If you don’t have tomato juice, you could also use a glass of water with a dash of sea salt and sugar before bed and immediately upon waking up.  Don’t forget to add the milk thistle extract.

Use Tiger Balm to help your headache. Tiger balm, a bled of camphor, menthol, cajuput oil and clove oil, is probably one of the best topical headache cures in existence. Dab a little bit on the back of your neck and temples, massage it in and wait a few minutes.

Use wasabi or mustard baths.  (Yes, wasabi as in sushi) Because about 1/3 of toxic body waste is cleared through the skin, wasabi increases blood circulation through the organs and promotes oxygenation of the cellular tissue, helping to clear cells of metabolic waste.  Soaking in a wasabi bath will help clear toxins through your skin. You can also try using a regular mustard bath.  If you can’t access these products, make your own by pouring 2TB of pure mustard powder into warm running bath water. Sit for about 20 minutes, then dry off, take a nap and let the mustard take effect.

Move your body.  Other well-proven organic ways to relieve hangover include reflexology )(i.e., rubbing your feet) especially the outer edge area on the right foot, halfway between the middle of the foot and the little toe.  Also some yoga experts believe yoga can relieve a hangover. The main pose I recommend is to perform the seated twist which some yogis say squeezes blood out of the organs, thereby bringing fresh blood in.

Finally, don’t underestimate the power of the green — taking a couple shots of wheatgrass or a glass of green juice is immensely helpful. This delivers powerful antioxidants and enzymes to support your body inside and out.  If possible, I recommend a glass of green juice at the end of the night, and another first thing in the morning.