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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.

+ follow Spark Health on Instagram: @sparkhealth.

++ my glitter phone case can be found here!

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OUTFIT BREAKDOWN FOR YA:

Lauryn Evarts talks with Carrie Minter Lagree about BodyRoK Pilates, skinny tips, and fitness.

Core40 Lover & Professional Model: Carrie Lagree

September 28, 2015
by
LAURYN

Lauryn Evarts talks with Carrie Minter Lagree about BodyRoK Pilates, skinny tips, and fitness.

Lauryn Evarts talks with Carrie Minter Lagree about BodyRoK Pilates, skinny tips, and fitness.

Core40 Pilates has changed my life! Not only do I take the workout, but I’ve taught it too. The genius creator, Sebastian Lagree, has the sweetest, most gorgeous wife, Carrie. So, today Carrie [ who also happens to be a model ] is spilling all her tips & tricks when it comes to staying fit. Her bod is rockin’…which is exactly why I LOVE this exercise— it lengths & leans, rather than adding bulk. Just look at her!!

Quick, lil side note: Core40 has offered to give all TSC readers two classes for free at the Solana Beach, California studio. Simply create a profile at one of the studios, go to online store, & click “2 Classes for $30 ( SD locals ), & add the item + the promo code [ SKINNYFREE ].

Ok, ok, here’s the deets on the lovely Carrie:

+ Introduce yourself:

Carrie Lagree: My name is Carrie Lagree. I’m a model/housewife living in Sherman Oaks, California. I live with my husband, Sebastien Lagree, who is the creator of Lagree Fitness ( aka the exercise Core40 provides ), & our four dogs- B.B., Belle, Benji & Brutus. I’m originally from Texas, but I moved to California in 2003.

+ Tell us alllll about your weekly workout sch.

CL: My weekly workout schedule is always different depending on how busy I am. I try to do my husband’s workout twice a week & I also do yoga one to two times a week. The rest of the exercise I get is from walking my dogs and chasing after them! LOL! I also love to go swimming, rollerskating, & hiking. I love working out with friends.

+ Let’s talk BodyRoK; I’m obsessed- I love teaching it AND taking it. What’s your opinion?

CL: Lagree Fitness/BodyRoK is an amazing workout!! You do all kinds of crazy intense exercises on the machine while working parts of your body you would never be able to get to at the gym. I always feel so much better about myself after I do it…and I’m always sore the next day [ the good kind of sore : ) ].

+ Favie BodyRoK move? 

CL: My favorite move is called ‘the bungee kick’; I’m all about working the butt!

Lauryn Evarts talks with Carrie Minter Lagree about BodyRoK Pilates, skinny tips, and fitness.

+ Natural beauty product you swear by? 

CL: I love using organic coconut oil– it’s great to condition your hair & skin!! Every once in a while when I am laying out in the sun I will put it on.

+ Quick skinny tip?

CL: I am not a diet person; diets have never worked for me. I try to walk to do most of my errands- I walk to the grocery store, to the dry cleaners, to Starbucks, etc…If you have dog, take your dog for a long walk, they’ll love it and you’ll feel skinnier after!

I don’t deprive myself from any food- if I’m out to dinner and after my meal I want dessert, but I know I have a shoot the next morning, I’ll order dessert & just let myself have a taste of it so I am satisfied. I can bring the rest home or my husband will usually eat it :-). This seems to works best, because if I deprive myself from something I really want, I’ll just end up going back later & eating twice as much as I would have in the first place.

I also think it’s better to eat five to six small meals instead of three big meals a day. I try to keep almonds or protein bars in my car if I know I am going to be gone/driving around all day.

+ Healthy snack choice?

CL: My favorite healthy snack is fruit, but my new thing is kale chips. My girlfriend came over one day & put a bunch of kale on a cookie sheet, then she topped it off with a little olive oil & seasoning salt and put it in the oven for about ten minutes. When she took them out, they were amazing!! Tasted so good & kale is really good for you. I’ve been making them ever since.

Lauryn Evarts talks with Carrie Minter Lagree about BodyRoK Pilates, skinny tips, and fitness.

+ Fav cocktail?

CL: Champagne! But I love wine, cocktails, & sometimes- shots! You only live once ;).

+ One word to describe Core40 Pilates:

CL: AMAZING!!!

Lauryn Evarts talks with Carrie Minter Lagree about BodyRoK Pilates, skinny tips, and fitness.

My Favorite Workout: Core40 Pilates

April 29, 2016
by
LAURYN

Lauryn Evarts, Pilates instructor, fitness blogger, health blogger, and fashion blogger talks skinny tips and tricks.

Lauryn Evarts, Pilates instructor, fitness blogger, health blogger, and fashion blogger talks skinny tips and tricks.

Can I say that I die over this workout? Die= I love.love.love. & also meaning it’s incredibly hard…in all the right ways. For the past couple of months, at least four times a week, I’ve been attending classes at Core40. I’m addicted {!!!}.

Why? It’s high intensity, high energy Proformer Pilates with uplifting music [ they also offer an insane spin class too ]. After forty minutes, I leave the studio feeling strong, motivated, & dripping in sweat. The workout is all about creating that long & lean muscle. I’m also teaching it now- so come see me? Ok, ok, here’s all the deets:

+ Describe the new & improved BodyROK.

Core40: We’re so excited about our new brand- Core40 Studios! When we first opened in Solana Beach as Sculpt over three years ago, we offered only the incredible sculpting benefits of SPX Pilates [ aka Lagree Fitness]. With the addition of our indoor cycle program about a year ago, the studios have evolved into such a unique concept with the sculpt, the cycle, & the motivating vibe, that it was time to bring it all under this exciting new brand. Another new development is our partnership with the amazing surf photographer, Aaron Chang, whose photographs are now gracing our walls. Who doesn’t want to gaze into beautiful ocean art while getting an amazing workout?! We are the same studio, same body sculpting workouts, same incredible community– just a new name and a sleeker look! 🙂

+ How many classes per week does it take to see results?

C40: Three to four times a week is the best bet. Since it’s a form of strength training we recommend taking every other day to give the muscles a chance to recover, but you can always take a cycle/spin class in between to mix it up!

+ Which parts of the body transform the quickest?

C40: Abs & buns! The machine allows you to do exercises focused on the abs & obliques that really sculpt them- fast! And we have so many awesome moves for lifting and toning the buns: even lunges done on the Proformer do the trick for the backside more so than with any other method.

Lauryn Evarts, Pilates instructor, fitness blogger, health blogger, and fashion blogger talks skinny tips and tricks.

+ Best part of teaching at Core40?

C40: Watching people transform is definitely one of the best parts of the job. We see people of all ages [ 20’s to late 60’s ] slim down, tone up, & become stronger- it’s incredible. All of the sudden we notice their arms looking more defined, waists whittling, & buns lifting- everything that we work out for!

Another plus: time efficiency. You work out for forty to fifty minutes a day & see results in about three to four WEEKS. Can’t beat that!

+ What makes this workout stand out?

C40: Our method is based on slow movements & isometric holds while keeping the heart rate up throughout the whole class. If you do things at a slower pace, it digs in to the slow twitch fibers that build the long lean muscle that we all dream about. And the isometric holds send the muscles in to that exhaustion state- all you can take is forty minutes of this class. And…it’s so fun!

+ Describe Core40 in one sentence.

C40: #bestworkoutever.

++ For examples of the Core40 workout, click here. Also check out TSC feature on one of Core40’s fabulous teachers, Kim Kelly, here.

Lauryn Evarts, Pilates instructor, fitness blogger, health blogger, and fashion blogger talks skinny tips and tricks.

Lauryn Evarts, Pilates instructor, fitness blogger, health blogger, and fashion blogger talks skinny tips and tricks.

+ Pictured: Ashley Pelton & Whitney Sibley.

My Workout Group’s Fitness Tips + Day 2 Cleanse Update

August 19, 2016
by
LAURYN

Fletcher's Cove Workout Group with Elena Erlandson, Sara Montazami, Lauryn Evarts, and Briana Reading

Fletcher's Cove Workout Group with Elena Erlandson, Sara Montazami, Lauryn Evarts, and Briana Reading

Fletcher's Cove Workout Group with Elena Erlandson, Sara Montazami, Lauryn Evarts, and Briana Reading

Since we’re doing the cleanse together, I found it fitting to interview my favorite girls who I workout with on the reg. Above you’ll see Sara [ her cute blog is found here ] was featured on Vecko’s magazine cover- I’m so proud of her! As for the cleanse: day 2 is so much easier than day 1- I feel incredibly energized. My neon workout top can be found here, the Nike shoes here & sunglasses here.

So…let’s talk everything healthy:

+ Secret skinny tip:

Bri: flavor my water…usually with lemons from my parent’s tree but any fresh fruit works!

Elena: when I want to feel skinny fast, I up my circuit training to four times a week, cut out carbs past 4 pm, & get rid of alcohol.

Sara: start in the morning! Once I start off my day with a healthy lean breakfast & get a workout in, then I usually want to make sure I keep it going throughout the day.

+ Best workout ever?

B: beach workouts with our group! Not only does the fresh air and ocean view encourage me, but it’s always motivating to be around a fit and happy group of people! When you have a workout buddy [ or 4 ] it keeps you held accountable because you’re sticking to a routine.

E: I love, love my workout group; we use quick paced curcuit training. This includes leg lifts, dips, frog jumps, push-ups, & various abdominal exercises. To clear my mind, running is my go-to workout.

S: I love working out outdoors with a great group of girls who can motivate each other. I think it is extremely important to change up how you exercise and being outdoors gives you a lot of variety and to top it off, you get tan!

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+ How to look thin immediately…?

B: if I know I have something that I want to look my best for I always dedicate a workout that is a for sure ass-kicker at least once a day, for an hour like a yoga sculpt class at Core Power Yoga. I also try to stick to more of a vegetarian based diet as best I can & drink TONS of naturally flavored H2O!

E: black!

S: go get a spray tan and then wear black.

+ Health snack choice: 

B:  I eat plain yogurt everyday as a snack. I love to add organic honey & cinnamon to it and depending on my day I will dip my apples in it or add some fruit or a bit of granola. Not only do I enjoy the taste, but yogurt is filled with probiotics which is very beneficial to the bod.

E: veggies! They full you up and provide me with energy. Turkey is always a heathy snack too.

S: ahh- I have a few faves! Carrots + hummus, apple slices with natural peanut butter, & fresh berries.

Biggest vice:

B:  coffee…I love the taste & could seriously drink it all day long, it’s a problem!

E: alcohol! Drinking drinking puts weight on fast.

S: having a boyfriend who loves to eat pizza, burgers, & burritos on the daily, haha.

Fletcher's Cove Workout Group with Elena Erlandson, Lauryn Evarts, Sara Montazami, and Briana Reading with Chris Law

+ Favorite slimming, black cocktail LBD:

B:  I can’t even answer that…especially because I wear too much black, I love to accessorize. But I always think about Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, she made the LBD as timeless! So, I always think simple, sexy with a little bit of back and some leg but something that will compliment your favorite part of your body; neck, chest, booty, etc. But again, just choose maybe only one thing to show off- it’s much more chic.

E: love this long, sexy maxi dress.

S: this low-cut tight peplum bandage dress from NastyGal. It cuts perfectly making it look slimmer at the waist.

+ Fave cocktail?

B: white wine.

E: vodka soda, 60 calories. Do not get confused by vodka tonic, that can be up to 150 calories girls! Stick with the simple stuff.

S: my absolute favorite drink is a vodka soda with lime!

+ After workout you feel…

B: complete!

E: after I work out I can feel the endorphins. It’s an after-sex kinda feeling- calming & energizing all at the same time ; ).

S: energized.

+ One word to describe our workout group:

B: comedy!

E: nuts.

S: wow! There are way too many words that describe our group, but if I had to pick one I would say CRAZY.

 

My word? Perverts! ; ). If anyone is interested in the cleanse details my workout group is doing, e-mail me Lauryn@TheSkinnyConfidential.com.

Fletcher's Cove Workout Group with Elena Erlandson, Lauryn Evarts, Sara Montazami, and Briana Reading with Chris Law

Fletcher's Cove Workout Group with Elena Erlandson, Lauryn Evarts, Sara Montazami, and Briana Reading with Chris Law

 

Talking Yoga & Green Drinks with Jeanette Pearson from Haute Yoga

April 29, 2016
by
LAURYN

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger talks yoga and skinny tips.

When I practice yoga, I take Jeanette’s class. Not only is she a challenging teacher, she has taught me how to breathe, tighten up my core, & lengthen my body. Here we talk yoga, yoga, & more yoga:

+ Introduce yourself.

My name is Jeanette and I am a life & yoga enthusiast! I began study­ing yoga at the age of seventeen, then became a ded­i­cated prac­ti­tioner of yoga in Santa Cruz, Cal­i­for­nia, where I under­went a teacher’s train­ing process begin­ning in 2004 & received my yoga cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in War­rior Yoga in 2006. In 2011, I under­went a two hundred hour teacher train­ing pro­gram through Yoga­Works under the guid­ance and instruc­tion of Stacy McCarthy & Jes­sica Seabern. Through­out my yoga jour­ney, I have had the oppor­tu­nity to study multi­ple styles of yoga includ­ing Hatha, War­rior, Ash­tanga, Anusara, Iyen­gar, Vinyasa, Syn­ergy, & Bikram in var­i­ous set­tings includ­ing North­ern and South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, Turkey, & Thai­land. I have had the priv­i­lege of study­ing under and being influ­enced by sev­eral extra­or­di­nary instruc­tors includ­ing Michael Fuku­mura, Rev­erend Tom Kelly, Jes­sica Seabern, Stacy McCarthy, Peri Ness-DeFay, Sen­sei Jeremy Cor­bell, and Sen­sei Kevin Snorf. I am also the Man­ager of the Haute Yoga stu­dio in Solana Beach. She feels hon­ored and blessed to be a part of such an incred­i­ble com­mu­nity of yoga. Check out my website and class schedule here.

+ Best part of yoga?

Attuning to the suttlties of life itself!!! The practice of breaking down the boundaries of the mind & experiencing deep levels of freedom through the breath.

+ How does yoga change your body?

Yoga strengthens, opens & balances the body, promoting the body to function at its optimal capacity!

+ What should you eat before and after yoga?

There are many schools of thought on this. One method is to make sure not to eat within two hours of practice & to maintain a vegetarian diet. This works for many, but NOT for everyone! You do not need to be a vegetarian to do yoga. My recommendation: eat in a way that makes you feel vibrantly alive! Allow food to by your medicine & medicine to be your food.

+ Favorite pre or post yoga smoothie?

YES!!! Water, banana, & spinach is WONDERFUL [ similar to the Yogi Green Smoothie Drink found here ]. You can add rice protein [ Sun Warrior brand, for extra protein if you want go the vegan, raw route ]. One other thing you can use is spirulina protein!

Lauryn Evarts talks with Jeanette Pearson about Haute Yoga and skinny tips and tricks.

 + Effective yoga move you can do from home?

Cat/cow- opens the spine. It promotes healthy funtion in the spinal highway which makes way for healthy posture & open body!

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger talks yoga and skinny tips.

Lauryn Evarts talks with Jeanette Pearson about Haute Yoga and skinny tips and tricks.

Lauryn Evarts talks with Jeanette Pearson about Haute Yoga and skinny tips and tricks.