Blog Posts by TheDailyZeel

  • 4 Plant-Based Ingredients for All-Star Athletes

    By: StacyatZeel

    .A rising nutritional trend, veganism has certainly captured the spotlight in recent years, with luminaries like former President Bill Clinton and a bevy of beautiful actresses (and actors too!) touting the heart-healthy, body-slimming benefits of an animal-free diet.

    When famed ultra-marathoner and self-described vegan Scott Jurek added to its popularity with the release of his best-selling book Eat & Run, readers were faced with the question, can one really achieve athletic greatness on a diet of just greens and grains? Here, Zeel Nutrition Expert Lauren Slayton, a registered dietitian and the founder of Foodtrainers, equips us with four vegan ingredients that deliver enough stamina, strength and post-workout recovery fuel for even the toughest of athletes.

    Turmeric. From the root of the Curcuma plant, turmeric has phenomenal antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a good source of magnesium, B6, iron and potassium. Add about one teaspoon of turmeric to

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  • Don't Get Stuck with Acupuncture: The Medicine of Nutrition and Herbs

    By: StacyatZeel

    .The following blog post was contributed by Alma Myers, LAc, and is a continuation of a recent series of articles on the use of touch, movement and energy work to provide lasting healing and health. In it, Alma explains that acupuncture is just one of many treatments offered by licensed acupuncturists. As he puts it: "Care and self-care can come in many forms, and needleless might be better suited to help you meet your health and wellness "acu-" goals, while avoiding "-puncture."'

    Conscious Eating: Building Your Way to Health

    If you are what you eat, what are you made of?

    Many ancient and modern cultures recognize the importance of "food as medicine" and encourage the consumption of a diet that is rich in local, seasonal ingredients. Using dietary and nutritional therapies such as this, you can guide the way you live, building, repairing and balancing your body through foods that contain properties appropriate to your diagnosis and complement and enhance your current

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  • Fight the Flu: 5 Ways to Boost Your Immunity

    By: StacyatZeel

    .Cooler temperatures have brought with it a chorus of sniffles and sneezes. What gives? Flu season is back, and this year, natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy have made it more important than ever to take care of our bodies.

    Recently, we came across this article outlining some of the best "new" ways to fight the flu, from sleeping in on the weekend to staying away from the sick (though, really, are these new remedies?). And while we can't quite argue the value of a solid night of sleep - after all, says Dr. Russell Sanna of Harvard Medical School's Division of Sleep Medicine, exhaustion can reduce the efficacy of your flu shot by as much as 60 percent - we also can't help but wonder which alternative therapies should be added to the list.

    This year, battle sore throats and stuffy noses with one of these natural remedies.

    Swedish massage. As cited by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the long, kneading strokes akin to Swedish massage can

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  • The Top 10 Reasons You Deserve a Massage Today

    By: StacyAtZeel

    This week marks the American Massage Therapy Association's 16th Annual National Massage Therapy Week. To celebrate, we've come up with the top 10 reasons why you deserve a massage-now!

    1. He's cute, but he sure is loud.

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  • 5 Fun Cardio Substitutes for Running Haters

    By: StacyAtZeel

    .Sure, thousands of pavement-loving adrenaline junkies are gearing up for the Marine Corps and New York City Marathons as we speak. But that doesn't mean the entire world has fallen for the alluring world of running.

    Are you a running hater? Zeel Fitness Expert and iBodyFit founder Franklin Antoian understands that many of his clients prefer to get their daily exercise on without having to turn to the treadmill or track. Here, Franklin equips us with five fun alternatives to running that still strengthen the heart, burn calories and keep us fit while having lots of fun.

    Soccer. Head to the pitch to play 12 minutes of soccer, and you can burn as many calories as you would while running for 10 minutes.

    Boxing. Get in the ring and burn 429 calories in just a half hour!

    Jumping Rope. You can burn the same amount of calories by jumping rope as you can running. Boxers do it; so can you.

    Biking. Take an easy 20-minute bike ride, and you'll not only strengthen your heart and

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  • 6 Things I Learned Training for a Marathon

    By: StacyAtZeel

    . Carlos Lu is the resident web designer and production whiz, and he's about to add marathoner to the many hats he wears. On Sunday October 28th, Carlos will be participating in his very first marathon - the famed Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C.

    Months of juggling work, play and training have filled Carlos with not only a deeply rooted excitement to get this darned thing over with, but an enlightened outlook on the art of running really, really far. Here, Carlos gives us six realizations he's come to since his journey first began, and hopes that, in addition to finishing the race and completing 26 celebratory push-ups at the finish line, that you can learn from them too.

    Fine-tune your fuel. Don't underestimate the power of Gu and other energy sources; they go a long way. Carlos also found electrolyte tablets to be a major game-changer during his training. Around miles six to eight is where he tends to cramp up and get dehydrated, making the tablets a

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  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month: The Value of Massage Therapy

    By: StacyAtZeel

    .October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, turning our undivided attention to this incredibly important cause. Did you know that oncology massage therapy is offered in many hospital and clinical environments?

    As physical and emotional strain accompany breast cancer treatment, gentle massage therapy, delivered by a well-trained practitioner, can offer significant relief. Licensed massage therapist and Zeel Expert Jacqueline George-Algaier should know. With special training through the Peregrine Institute in Santa Fe, N.M., she explains how, for individuals living with breast cancer, massage can be a viable option for relaxation by addressing anxiety, pain, nausea and more.

    Here's what you need to know.

    • Massage for people receiving radiation or chemotherapy requires a therapist who has the knowledge and ability to assess the appropriateness of the level of pressure, contraindications, medication and therapy side effects through a thorough medical assessment.

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  • Ask the Expert: Everything You Never Knew About Kinesio Taping

    By: StacyAtZeel

    .Anyone who tuned in to the London Olympics were probably left wondering these same two questions: 1) what are my chances of scoring a date with Ryan Lochte, and 2) what in the world is that colorful tape decorating all of the athlete's knees?

    Kinesio Tape was all over prime-time this summer. Zeel Chiropractic Expert Dr. Greg Shure, owner of Chiropractic and Wellness Center in New York City, tells us everything we need to know about the increasingly popular therapeutic technique.

    What is Kinesio Taping?

    Kinesio Taping is a therapeutic rehabilitative technique that utilizes latex-free tape to support and speed healing of the muscular system, which can be worn for a few days at a time. It provides support and stability to injured or underused muscles while allowing for freedom of movement, also decreasing pain and edema. Kinesio Taping protects joints and serves as a reminder to the muscular system, keeping it in the correct position.

    Is Kinesio Tape only for gold

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  • 6 Ways Massage Therapy Eases Pregnancy Pains

    By: StacyAtZeel

    .Pregnancy can be a beautiful time in a woman's life. Yet accompanying factors like nausea, fatigue and general aches and pains can make you wish those nine months went by a lot quicker than they actually do.

    Certified Prenatal Massage Therapist Lisanne Franco, a Zeel Expert based in New York City, recently sat down with us to discuss how massage-specifically for pregnant women-can help to address some of these unavoidable side effects. Here, Lisanne tips us off to six ways massage therapy can enhance a woman's pregnancy.

    1. Drug-free relief. Especially when pharmaceuticals are often forbidden, prenatal massage can offer a safe, drug-free way to reduce achy feet, swollen legs and more.

    2. Boost the body's systems. Massage can enhance the nervous as well as the circulatory and lymphatic systems, which are responsible for reducing swelling.

    3. Rejuvenate your joints. Massage alleviates stress on the joints of the lower body-a definite plus as a pregnant woman begins to

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  • Ask the Expert: How Do I Choose the Right Exfoliant?

    By: StacyatZeel

    The following article was contributed by Zeel Expert Barbara Lynn Cantone, President of Body & Soul Restorations, Inc.
    Regular exfoliation is a part of any well-rounded skin-care routine and the key to maintaining the appearance of a smoother, hydrated and evenly-toned complexion. We see exfoliants everywhere in the skin-care industry-the market is flooded with products ranging from lotions to electronic brushes. It's not surprising that choosing the correct exfoliant for your skin can be a confusing process. So, let's start with the basics.

    What is exfoliation?

    Exfoliation is simply the process of removing dead cells that have built up on the skin so that newer cells can move to the surface, resulting in skin that is smoother and more evenly toned. This process is called keratinization. Keratinization occurs naturally in our skin, but we can speed up the process with manual exfoliation.

    Exfoliation is beneficial for maturing and/or environmentally damaged skin

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