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5 VERY Simple & Effortless Morning Routine Tips

December 11, 2017
by
LAURYN

I AM QUITE SPECIFIC ABOUT MY MORNINGS.

In fact, Michael & I got in a fight the other day because he screwed up my morning. LOL. No joke. Like an actual fight over our mornings. Do you die?

Let me set the scene: I’m in my bathroom getting ready for the day. My music is playing ( Michael Bublé Holiday on Spotify if we’re getting specific ). The tangerine & lemon oil is going. I have a candle lit ( mimosa scent, duh! ). And I’m quietly & calmly listening to a business podcast as I do facial massage.

IN COMES MICHAEL LIKE A BAT OUTTA OF HELL. He starts going on & on about something to do with work. And I snapped. I ran out of the house with my facial massager in hand, fully wearing my lace nightgown & screeched at him: “THAT’S IT! YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO TALK TO ME ABOUT WORK AT THE HOUSE BEFORE 9 AM.”

( Picture me, I was like that “LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE GUY.” Remember him? If you don’t, watch this video so you can get the full visual of just how horrendous my 8 AM freak out unfolded ).

Anyway, so ya. I had a meltdown. What can you do? I like my mornings calm to prepare for the chaotic day ahead. Like most of you, my days are typically non-stop & I need a gentle morning to start the day. I work late usually. Sometimes until 1 AM so the morning needs to blissful, if you will. Is anyone else like this? Like Michael wants to tell me his whole life story by 8:30 AM. I can’t do a life story until like 10 AM.

( I feel like I will casually send him this post so he can hang this on his whiteboard? ).

My meltdown ( once again! Remember this breakdown? ) inspired this very post: 5 VERY simple & effortless morning routine tips.

SO these are 5 things I do every morning that really set the tone of my day:

1.  TEETH: my teeth are tender. This is because I had major, major jaw surgery where a majority of the process involved my teeth. My gums are sore & my teeth are sore so I am pretty picky about the way I brush my teeth. First off: I like to brush my teeth before I drink any water!! I heard through a TSC reader that in Ayurveda the recommendation is to brush your teeth before you drink any water in the morning. The reason for this is because you’re brushing all the bacteria out of your mouth before you shallow a bunch of water. Think about it. It makes total sense. You don’t want to swallow all the bacteria that is in your mouth from a night of sleep. SO yes, I always brush my teeth before water now! As for the toothpaste, I need something that caters to sensitivity. Like I said my mouth is tender. A few months ago Crest sent me their new toothpaste specifically for sensitivity care. I mean the bottle is pink so I liked it immediately. LOL. BUT the real reason I’ve been using it is because this particular toothpaste makes your mouth feel SO fresh & clean every time. I swear there’s something that makes your teeth feel so clean. To be real I feel like Jim Carey from The Mask after every use. You know when he smiles with his huge white teeth. The Active Mineral Complex in the toothpaste contains sodium fluoride ( strengthens the teeth ), silica ( removes stains ), & surfactant ( gives you that fresh feel I’m talking about ). I use an electric toothbrush & then TRY to floss with those stick things…all while listening to a podcast. Ok now time for water!

2.  Water with lemon & apple cider vinegar. I always, always, always start my day with this. Especially after interviewing Melissa of Melissa Wood Health on the podcast. Starting your day with lemon water is just the way to go. Cameron Diaz said to think of yourself as a flower when you wake up. You need to be watered to come back to life. SO true. When I hydrate first thing in the morning, it makes all the difference. I also mix it up with this drink too:

♡ TSC Pink Detox Drink:

6-7 cups of water
3-5 tablespoons of organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
1/2 grapefruit
Tons (like TONS) of mint leaves
1-2 tablespoon organic cayenne powder (LOL)
1 tablespoon organic turmeric powder

♡ Directions: I add ice to an extra large mason jar. Then on top of the ice, add water but don’t fill it to the top, like leave about an inch of space (I’ve never measured out this recipe, so bear with me ). Then add apple cider vinegar, squeeze half a grapefruit on the top ( being real: I don’t care about the seeds, if you do, strain it ), & as much mint, cayenne, and turmeric as you want. Option: sometimes I add a couple drops of 100% grapefruit oil to speed the metabolism too. This detox drink was adapted from The Suja Solution. I modified the spices, switched up the lemon for grapefruit, & added fresh mint.

3.  Make the bed while listening a podcast. I have to make the bed. In fact I am quite the freak about it. There’s something about making the bed that starts off the day right. I have made the bed every single morning since I was four years old. No joke. At this point it’s a tick. While I make the bed, my dog Boone has to lay in it ( he has a nervous tick too ) so I have to make it around him every morning. All while listening to a podcast though!

4.  Facial massage with a good serum & then sunscreen. Anyway, a few things: there’s a few ways to go about facial massage.

1.) You can do it for free! WATCH MORE HERE.
2.) You can get a little handheld machine. I love mine! Sure, I have a facial brush but this is different guys. This is like a vibrator for your face. In fact, it sounds like a vibrator, kind of looks like one, maybe you could even…oh, we’re getting off track here. But it’s very efficient.
3.) Lastly, you can also do what I always do: the second I land off a long flight, I haul my ass to the closet spa & get a lymphatic drainage massage. This works like a REAL charm. You go from swollen, Sloth from The Goonies to contoured beauty.

You know I love my ice roller first thing too because with a few rolls, you go from puffy to tight. YES PLEASE. I facial massage with this serum lately & after the whole situation is done, I throw on sunscreen. This whole process takes like 6 minutes. And makes any facial bloat disappear.

5.  Fiber, protein, greens, & a little healthy fat. The FAB FOUR SMOOTHIE by Be Well By Kelly always starts the day off right. It’s simple really: fiber, greens, protein, & healthy fat. Easy. Everyone can count to four & each morning this little concoction will fill you up! For hours! No I mean hours though! Like 4 to 6 hours, you’ll feel full & satiated. What a winning combo. I mean no one likes the feeling of hunger. We all know there’s nothing worse than the clock hitting noon & you’re absolutely STARVING. Your blood sugar drops & you’ll pretty much eat anything. I’ve been there, you’ve been there, we’ve all been there. As I’ve said many times about many areas ( beauty, anxiety, relationships, FOOD ): PREVENTION IS KEY! Here’s one of my favorites:

THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL MICHELIN STAR SMOOTHIE:

+ Moon Juice dark chocolate protein
+ 2 heaping tablespoons of magic seeds AKA flax, chia, hemp
+ 1 tablespoon ( or 2 ) of raw almond butter
+ handful(s) of organic greens
+ LOTS of ice & 1 cup-ish of water
+ Optional: probiotics &/or pearl

♡ Directions: combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender. Pour into your mason jar as you’re running out the door with a silicone straw and you’re good to go. VIDEO HERE.

Always optional: powders- I love mixing in maca ( helps sex drive! ), probiotics, &/or pearl powder. Sometimes I’ll do ashwagandha or goji berry powder too. You could even sprinkle fresh bee pollen on top or add some royal bee jelly.

Oh & you should know vibes are happening while all this goes on: candles, oils, low-volume music, fresh air ( I love an open window ), maybe a podcast, & lots of natural light ( shades are up!! To let the sunlight in ).

I also really try to resist the phone. Now sure, I like a podcast playing HOWEVER I really try to put e-mails, texts, social media on hold until I get on the Treadmill ( I like to walk for 30 minutes to an hour in the morning while I get e-mails done- GOT TO GET THOSE STEPS IN ). You know it does make a difference. Instead of hopping out of bed & getting bombarded by stressful e-mails I wait until I am clear-headed, fed, & my lymphatic system is FIRED UP ( hello facial massage! ). One thing I’ve found that REALLY works well for me is to turn off notifications. Always. No text notifications. No Instagram notifications. No sounds for calls. Nada. This has helped keep me sane.

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How do you guys like to wake-up? Are you AS anal AS ME  about your mornings?

I am off to go read Tribe Of Mentors by Tim Ferriss ( IT IS SO GOOD), drink some peppermint tea, & eat a green spinach muffin with dairy-free chocolate chips ( get the mega chunks– they’re so good ). This is my version of heaven.

Hopefully Michael will remember he’s not allowed to talk business after 9:30 PM.

X lauryn

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+ this post is in collaboration with Crest. As always all opinions are my own.
+ be sure to listen to the latest podcast with Dr. Dennis Gross- it’s one of my favorites! We talk everything SKIN!

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GOOD MORNING VIBES:

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THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL AMAZON STARTER PACK

November 21, 2017
by
LAURYN

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Get in closer, we’re going shopping.

YES YES YES WE ARE.

THIS, my friends, has been requested for…forever! A very curated TSC Amazon Shop.

I literally sat down & strategically picked each item. Items that I order over & over again, just for you. Nothing too crazy. Most are under $25. Just the essentials, you know?

Like hello GG crackers!

As you know one of my favorite places to shop is Amazon. Just like the rest of the world! LOL. Amazon Prime is a lifesaver and the perfect place to buy boxes of GG crackers. And I mean BOXES. Amongst other things.

Anyway, DRUM ROLL PLEASE: today I want to share with you The Skinny Confidential’s CURATED AMAZON SHOP. The complete TSC Starter Pack for ya.

This shop was created so you guys can see the EXACT products & items I use on a daily basis. Products that I would recommend to my best friend. Products I’ve used 100 times & LOVE. This is clearly the easiest way to show you exactly what I like in one spot.

Right now it’s loaded with 30 of my ride or die items. From skincare and beauty to tech and business, I cover the essentials in my life. I’m POSITIVE you will love each product.

IN FACT, if you don’t- e-mail me & tell me why? Yes, yes, yes, I love feedback.

Let’s take a peek, shall we?:

TSC STARTER PACK

Rose Hip Oil

Oils, oils, oils! If there’s one skincare tip I can leave you guys with it would be USE OILS ( and SPF! ). Oils are my obsession. I use oils everywhere ( literally though…remember my post on coconut oil as lube? ). They’re incredible for your skin AND they’re typically budget friendly. Rose hip oil should be in everyone’s cabinet. It’s insane as a makeup remover, at night & mixed into your foundation. Just trust me, it gives the foundation a dewy, pretty finish. Just one drop and you’re good to go. Rose hip oil also reduces wrinkles and dark spots. Win-win.

Nutribullet

The right tools make healthy living MUCH easier. That’s why it’s essential to have a strong blender. I use this blender every single day. I start my morning with a green smoothie. Sometimes it’s spinach, kale & herbs, other times it’s a whole lemon. But seriously, the whole lemon.

This blender is by far the best one I’ve tried & can really handle it all. You can use it to whip up hummus3 ingredient pancakes & soup too. The options are endless really.

Time Cube

Time blocking. If you haven’t heard of time blocking let me give you a little rundown. Time blocking is a way to manage your time while boosting productivity. In fact, I’m time blocking right now as I write this post- HA.

Essentially you focus on ONE task and one task only for a certain amount of time. That’s where this little cube comes in handy. You will find me using the cube for things like answering emails, writing a blog post, & even doing my makeup. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. Time blocking just works. It’s easily increased my focus SO MUCH SO.

Tinkles

Do you ever wonder why men seem to age more gracefully than women? One of the reasons is because they shave their face. Shaving exfoliates the skin which encourages your skin to create new layers thus preventing wrinkles. I’ve been shaving my face since 2014. And NO, the hair doesn’t grow back darker. ACTUALLY my skin is smoother and makeup goes on like a dream. You can get your face shaved professionally by going for a dermaplane ( LISTEN TO THE PODCAST WITH LINDSAY MERRELL FOR MORE DETAILS ON THIS ) or you use these razors to shave your face at home. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Acupressure Mat

This item was actually discovered because Michael randomly purchased it off Amazon. At first I thought he was nuts. Then I laid down on this mat and it was instant love. What is an acupressure mat? The bed of nails stimulates the body to release endorphins. This provides relief for muscle tension, stress, insomnia and more. My favorite way to use it resting my head on the pillow before bed. I do this every night.

In the shop you’ll also find my go-to camera, lighting tools, & giant, heavily obnoxious sun hat to protect your face, neck, & chest from the sun.

To find the shop simply go to amazon.com/shop/theskinnyconfidential. EASY.

SO now I want to know: What products do you think I should add to The Skinny Confidential AMAZON SHOP?

Happy Monday babes,

x lauryn

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PEACE OUT BRAIN FOG: HOW TO GAIN IMMEDIATE MENTAL CLARITY

November 7, 2017
by
LAURYN

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Hi I’m Lauryn & I have perpetual BRAIN FOG.

RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU’VE BEEN THERE?

I feel like there are 134723048 hands going up.

After speaking to so many of you over e-mail, I have realized this is a HUGE issue- an issue that needs to be talked about. Brain fog.

But really, does anyone else feel like they’re in a daze half the time? Without a lot of clarity? Sometimes I feel super out of it & just ‘not all there.’ I feel like I’m not the only one…

Despite all the wellness practices in the world- it still happens. Whether it’s because of lack of sleep one night or something deeper like a thyroid problem, brain fog is REAL. It can inhibit you’re ability to function effectively & efficiently which is a SERIOUS bummer.

You know those times where you wake up & you’re feeling absolutely ready to kill it?

You primed, you worked out, you read, you chugged a green collagen smoothie. ALL before 10 AM.

You sit down and get ready to work then BAM! “… where is my pink highlighter?” You forgot where you put something you use everyday & immediately get distracted. Now you can’t focus for shit- your head feels cloudy. You’re tired & just unable to concentrate.

I’ve been there. No really, actually- a lot. Sure, sometimes it’s a champagne hangover but SOMETIMES it’s not.

Sometimes it’s actually real deal brain fog.

To be real, if you asked me how many times I was inspired creatively, I’d say 20% of the time. The other percentage is spent playing catch up, practicing discipline…or in a brain fog.

See? Brain fog is real & I want to discuss this subject. SOOOOooo:

WHAT IS BRAIN FOG?

Brain fog is “a term used for certain symptoms that can affect your ability to think. You may feel confused or disorganized or find it hard to focus & put your thoughts into words.”

{ VIA: webMD }

Brain Fog Symptoms:

Memory: short-term memory such as where are your keys or wallet. May also have trouble remembering conversations, the right word to describe something or images.

Concentration/Attention: inability to concentrate & trouble focusing. This may impact your ability to learn new skills. It may also cause routine tasks to take longer. Individuals may also lose their train of thought & have feelings of spaciness.

Confusion/Depression: brain fog may cause fuzzy thinking which can lead to confusion & disorganization. Mental confusion can cause individuals to feel depressed or anxious.

{ VIA: livestrong }

CAUSES OF BRAIN FOG:

+ nutritional deficiencies & eating the wrong foods

+ lack of sleep & stress

+ health conditions such as thyroid problems, anxiety, depression, etc.

HOW TO GET RID OF BRAIN FOG

If you’re suffering from brain fog there are few things you can do right now to start feeling clearer. For immediate relief begin with essential oils- I’ve read this on MANY SITES. Next, make sure you are getting enough sleep. We all know how important sleep is ( I probably shouldn’t be writing this at 1 AM but what can I say? I’m creative at night. Kill me ).

Anyway, after that, evaluate your nutrition. Are you eating nutrient-dense foods & do you need supplements? Let’s really get into it though…like go in-depth?

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR BRAIN FOG

I AM FAN OF essentials oils. There’s endless combinations, they smell amazing & have the ability to enhance your mood. PLUS THERE’S NOTHING BETTER THAN A BOSSANOVA, ESSENTIAL OIL, CANDLE-FILLED MORNING.

I’m going to break down the top oils to use for brain fog. However there’s an oil for every type of occasion: work, social hour, sleeping, relaxing, working out, you name it, there’s an oil. Play around, you know?

Sage: helps to improve memory & insight. Very stimulating/cooling.

Rosemary: supports memory & mental exhaustion. Inhalation has been show to improve speed on cognitive tasks.

Peppermint: helps to alleviate tension headaches & stimulate the mind to enhance focus. More reasons why I love peppermint oil. I LOVE THIS OIL FOR CONCENTRATION.

Tangerine: helps to soothe the central & sympathetic nervous systems. Promotes bliss in a calming & uplifting manner.

{ VIA: mindbodygreen

HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS

Aromatically ( my favorite ): I personally like to use a diffuser. The diffuser I have is from Whole Foods. It’s like this crystal ball. I don’t know the brand- I just found it one day while shopping for blue corn chips & hummus.

If you don’t have a diffuser, you can just rub 2–3 drops of essential oil between your palms & inhale deeply.

Topically: Like I said, rub a few drops on the desired area of your body. Peppermint is JUST AMAZING FOR COLDS & headaches or neck aches. I honestly can’t believe how much it helps. Breathe it in or rub it on your neck ache. It’s magical.

Dietary: Add 1-2 drops to your water, tea, juice, or any beverage! You can also add a few drops to your meals when cooking or use it in smoothies or yogurt. Always make sure there are instructions for internal use. I drop grapefruit oil in TSC Detox Drink every AM ( it’s known to speed the metabolism but more on that later ).

YES PLEASE.

FOOD SITUATIONS THAT CAUSE BRAIN FOG

Food Additives

+ artificial sweeteners
+ MSG ( more here )
+ PROCESSED FOODS

Food Reactions

( you might have a food allergy- try an elimination diet or consult with a doctor ).

+ dairy OR eggs
+ fish & shellfish
+ wheat
+ soy or corn
+ peanuts or tree nuts
+ certain chocolate
+ strawberries, citrus fruits & tomatoes
+ histamine rich foods- vinegar, cured meats, aged cheese ( red wine sometimes too )

Blood Sugar Spikes

+ REMOVE simple carbohydrates ( sugar, flour products, refined foods, etc. ).
+ CONSUME complex carbs, protein & healthy fats to create stable glucose levels.

FOODS THAT PREVENT BRAIN FOG

cacoa: high in antioxidants that may increase learning & improve memory.

how: use cacoa nibs in my favorite crunchy pb smoothie.

nutritional yeast: great source of B vitamins which are linked to cognitive improvement.

how: make cheesy red lentil pasta. combine EVOO, nutritional yeast, salt & cayenne to cooked pasta.

+ turmeric: the antioxidant curcumin makes turmeric a powerhouse. Seriously, it’s been proven to stimulate new brain cell production.

how: drink a soothing golden turmeric milk latte in the morning. 

+ avocado: full of healthy fats, avocado can help improve the absorption of vitamins from leafy greens. Also rich in Vitamin E which can slow cognitive decline. True story.

howadd some kale to this lentil & avocado salad. Then blend up the seed ( YES !!! ) and add it to your collagen smoothie.

** LASTLY: TRY THIS SUPERMODEL TRICK. I USE IT ALL THE TIME!

VITAMINS FOR BRAIN FOG

+ B Vitamins: B vitamins IS MY FAVORITE FOR BRAIN FOG. B12 is your best friend. I sometimes take the liquid one which is great. Beware though: sometimes the shots can cause pimples ( I still like them once in & while ). The non-GMO liquid form works great though.

+ Vitamin D: optimize Vitamin D levels through diet & supplementation to preserve brain health. If you must go in the sun PLEASE wear SPF & a hat. I always take Vitamin D with healthy fats- it’s known to really be activated by foods like avocado or olive oil.

+ Rhodiola: this is found to protect against physical & mental stresses, fatigue, & toxins. Rhodiola is an adaptogenic herb that will improve your overall mood. ALSO it helps increase serotonin levels AND may increase energy.

+ Bacopa: referred to as “natural Adderall!” NO REALLY! Bacopa is an Ayurvedic herb that has been used for centuries to enhance memory.

+ Omega-3: since your brain is made primarily of fat, Omega-3s are essential! I always take Omegas. Basically they help decrease inflammation & improve the number of neural connections in your brain. You know I need all the help I can get when it comes to inflammation, LOL.

I really researched this one for you because I feel like it’s a question that gets asked A LOT. We are living in an era where a lot of people are having brain fog…or brain farts. Really though, you wouldn’t believe the number of e-mails I get on this topic. Hopefully after trying these methods you find some relief to the cloudiness. As always please consult a doctor before try any new methods.

DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE ANY BRAIN FOG? WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS?

We just got back from The Polo Bar Restaurant in New York City…where Michael has just discovered oysters ( which is highly annoying because he now calls himself a connoisseur. He’s being rather bougie about it- asking if “they’re West coast or East coast oysters?” Which of course, he has no clue of the difference ).

Anyway, couldn’t be more excited because I’m here for a keynote speech with BrunchWorks ( COME! ) on Monday & for a TSC Meet-Up with YOU GUYS on Tuesday ( info on my IG Stories or click HERE– email me to R.S.V.P.: lauryn@theskinnyconfidential.com ).

Hope I get to meet you guys in New York City. Would love to hang out & get to know you!

Happy Sunday!

x, lauryn

+ be sure to check out Lorna Jane on the latest podcast episode. She discusses her wellness/fitness regime, building a global brand, & her diet.

++ my other favorite energy tips: A SUPERMODEL SECRET | A SPOONFUL OF ENERGY.

SAY BUH-BYE TO ANNOYING-ASS BRAIN FOG

3 AMAZON TECH GADGETS YOU NEED- The Best Gift Ideas

October 16, 2017
by
LAURYN

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Boy oh boy has this post has been a long time coming!

It’s straight to the point with the 3 Amazon gadgets that you NEED.

Sure the headphones aren’t cheap but they’re something I’m so happy I invested in. I’m serious- podcasts while I’m flying have never been better AND you know I love my meditation music playing while I work ( shoutout to Relaxing Melodies– download the App for the best chill out tunes EVER ).

There’s nothing better than a glass of wine, a good book ( you need a book light, of course ), & noise canceling headphones.

But like, don’t worry because if you hate the book & you’re more of an iPad girl, I got you covered with blue light blocker glasses.

OK, OK let’s get to the meat of it, the video which will really break it down for you:

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3 AMAZON GADGETS YOU NEED

+ noise canceling headphones ( $230 on Amazon! )

+ blue light computer glasses

+ book light

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I take my Amazon purchases very seriously so I feel like these three items are things I’ve tested, reviewed, & lived with for the last year.

What’s your ride or die Amazon purchase? Anything I need to add to my list?

We are actually in the car ( I can blog from the car now! ) driving up to LA for a work day tomorrow. Not going to lie, I can’t wait to get in bed & read. Tip: the drive from San Diego is usually 3 hours but when you cruise up at night ( like 10 pm ) it’s SUPER cute because there’s no traffic. Late night is key.

Anyway, hope you’re all having a fabulous week. Be sure to check out my IG because there’s an Instagram LIVE up: what’s in my purse.

Talk tomorrow!

x lauryn

+ outfit details: shirt- ROLLING ROSES BOUTIQUE | ‘b’ necklace | black nail polish

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Everything You Need To Know About IV THERAPY

November 15, 2017
by
LAURYN

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IV THERAPY.

THAT’S RIGHT, today we’re chatting with the expert Dr. Aliza Cicerone from Spark Health to get all of the details…And they’re definitely not just for hangovers in Vegas. They’re also great for vitamin deficiencies, low energy, specific diseases, leaky gut, etc. The list goes on for days.

( Side note: as always, do your own research. Like really, really do it. The blog is a way for me to share my experiences & showcase diverse perspectives from experts in multiple industries, however I encourage you to talk to your own doctor, friends, experts, etc ).

Ok so after double jaw surgery I committed to trying a bunch of different holistic practices- IV therapy being one of them. This made sense because I was inflamed as fuck AND I’ve always been a fan of Vitamin B shots. SO I decided to research & see what the fuss was all about. I feel like IV therapy is very popular in a lot of countries so it was something where I needed to pull out my magnify glass & inspect, you know?

You should know I’m a human guinea pig, so I rolled up my sleeves to try it. I HAVE TO SAY I HATE NEEDLES MORE THAN LIFE so this was a HARD ONE for me. Like to be honest I have to look away, breath, close my eyes every time. I CRY, I WHINE, I FUSS- it’s pathetic actually. Honestly the picture above even gives me the heebie-jeebies. Really though!

Not only does Spark Health provide IV’s though. I actually did a full blood panel. Everything came out FAB besides two things: my D3 levels ( remember we discussed this? ) AND my cortisol ( what up, stress ) levels were off the chart ( this is for a whole different post ). Anyway, it was cool to see the breakdown of all my levels & peak BTS at my body. Sometimes you gotta lift up your engine to see what’s inside.

Oh, & you will just LOVE the doctor who guided me through the process. Her name is Aliza Cicerone & she knows her shit- which is why I asked her if I could interview her on TSC. We talk treatments, common issues, supplements, & healthy recommendations.

Happy reading:

+ Introduce yourself:

Dr. Aliza Cicerone: Hi everyone! I’m Dr. Aliza Cicerone & I work at Spark Health. Spark Health is an integrative medical clinic that specializes in personalized natural medicine.

+ How did you start Spark?

AC: We noticed that there wasn’t a clinic in San Diego that was providing truly personalized medicine to address each individual’s unique needs with high levels of both medical care & customer service.

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+ OK SOOOO first of all explain how you are different than any other practice.

AC: We are different from most other clinics across the country because we offer a truly personalized and customized approach to diagnosing and treating our patients. Not only is our medicine very tailored to each patient’s unique needs, but we deliver an extremely high customer service experience.

Our process is very thorough & treats the whole person.

+ Tell us all there is to know about vitamin shots.

AC: We have the largest selection of results-driven vitamin injections in the country that have been developed by one of the top naturopathic doctors in the US. Our shots contain natural vitamins, minerals and amino acids, and are formulated to give people a boost in performance in the areas of life that matter most to them.

Some of our most popular shots are Body Sculpt, Energy, Zen Master, Super Immune, & Detox Booster. By getting nutrients in a shot instead of by oral supplements, your body is able to use the nutrients most effectively & efficiently.

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+ Let’s talk vitamin IVs now. SOOO much curiosity on the subject, tell us everything.

AC: IV Nutrient Therapy ( known as IVNT ) is the process of giving concentrated levels of vital nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, & amino acids directly into the bloodstream through an IV. At Spark Health, we have an extensive menu of 20 different IVs that have been custom designed to deliver specific results. IVs can achieve high nutrient concentration levels in the blood that are not obtainable with oral supplements. Even with the highest quality oral supplements and food, there can be issues that prevent absorption and use of those nutrients. With certain nutrients, IV therapy provides up to 10 times the absorption of oral supplementation.

When our bodies are taxed mentally & physically, by an intense workout, a challenging workday, or a stressful life event, we require higher levels of nutrients to repair tissue damage, maintain mental focus, and restore energy. By administering the nutrients directly into the bloodstream, our cells are able to effectively utilize the nutrients they require for optimal function and healing.

When your cells function properly, energy and focus improve, tissue can recover more rapidly from workouts and injuries, and the immune system can fight off cold and flu symptoms faster, allowing you to remain in peak mental and physical shape.

Some of our most popular IVs are Energize, Immune Boost, Sparkle & Glow, Body Sculpt Plus & Hangover Hydration.

+ Most common issues you see with your patients?

AC: We treat all types of health conditions, from preventive medicine to patients undergoing cancer treatment. Some of our patient population is in great health, and are looking to see what they can do to optimize their health and wellness. We also see many patients that are concerned with age management and hormone therapy.

Many of our patients are very athletic, & come to us for regenerative joint injections, like prolotherapy & platelet-rich plasma ( PRP ). We also treat a variety of digestive issues, like IBS & leaky gut.

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+ Best supplement people can take at home?

AC: There’s not one supplement that is right for every person. We determine the best supplements for each patient by doing specialized lab tests, such as nutrient deficiencies, digestive health, and food allergies.

Our doctors formulate customized treatment plans for each patient’s specific needs.

+ Who is the ideal candidate to come to Spark?

AC: Our ideal patient is anyone who wants to take their health to the next level and is committed to living a healthy lifestyle. Our patients are truly interested in what is actually going on inside their bodies, & who want to understand the root cause of any health issues.

+ As far as wellness is concerned, what are your top five recommendations.

1.) Daily movement or exercise, no matter what the intensity/duration. Do what works for you.
2.) Be mindful of what foods you put into your body…you are what you eat!
3.) Good, restful sleep is the most important and under-utilized medicine.
4.) Know what is currently happening inside your body to prevent issues in the future.
5.) A positive mindset encourages positive health.

+ What are some of the key nutrients in your IV bags?

Taurine: is an essential nutrient for cardiovascular function that has been associated with reduced risk of heart disease. It is a powerful antioxidant and has been shown in research to prevent the pro-oxidant effects of exercise, making it great for athletes. It also helps aid weight loss and cognitive function and decrease cholesterol levels.

L-carnitine has been shown to increase the function of mitochondria, our body’s tiny energy-producing machines located in all of our cells. It also supports nervous system and cardiovascular function, and helps maintain a healthy weight.

 Glycine is an amino acid that is a building block for many proteins in the body. It acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain, and is well known to help improve detox pathways, sleep quality and muscle relaxation.

 B5 is a vitamin that is actually made by our own gut bacteria! It helps our body process fats, carbohydrates and protein, and can help lower cholesterol and triglycerides. B5 is a key nutrient for adrenal support and energy.

B12 is critical for red blood cell production. It helps to decrease fatigue and depression, and improves memory. B12 helps support our detox pathways and healthy metabolism.

Glutathione is our master antioxidant. Glutathione production naturally decreases with age, and is difficult to absorb orally; this is why IV glutathione is so important for detoxification and anti-aging benefits. It acts to reverse cellular damage from lifestyle, diet, and environmental factors. All of our full size IVs at Spark come with a glutathione push, delivered separately for maximum efficacy, and it can also be added to our Fast Bags.

+ Tips for people who are feeling fatigued?

AC: Come in to have your lab work done! Fatigue can be a symptom of a combination of different factors, & lab testing is the way to know how to treat the cause of the fatigue.

SO GUYS: WHAT DO YOU THINK? WILL YOU GIVE IT A SHOT? THOUGHTS? Love your opinions, as always.

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