Category Archives: Lifestyle

Alavida Before and After Campaign: More Great Results!

Prior to launching the Alavida Regenerating Trio, we conducted a series of clinical studies that yielded some amazing results. Our Members are now having the same positive experience! In this issue, we’re featuring one of our top Leaders, Andrea Hardy. Here’s what she has to say about her experience with Alavida thus far: “All I can say is WOW, this are amazing results already. I love the smell and the packaging. The trio is very easy to use and makes my skin feel fresh.”

New Study Finds That Sleep Sharpens Memory Recall

A recent article in The Guardian cites a revealing new study reported in the journal Cortex. Scientists found that sleep nearly doubles the chance of remembering previously forgotten information.

Study volunteers were asked to remember made-up words either before a night’s sleep or after 12 hours of being awake. Of the two groups, the “sleepers” were much better at recalling the words.

“Sleep almost doubles our chances of remembering previously unrecalled material,” says Dr. Nicolas Dumay, a psychologist from the University of Exeter. “The post-sleep boost in memory accessibility may indicate that some memories are sharpened overnight. This supports the notion that, while asleep, we actively rehearse information flagged as important.”

The importance of sleep inspired the development of Silent Nights*, one of LifeWave’s most popular patch products. With no drugs or pills to take, Silent Nights is clinically shown to increase length of sleep by 66 percent.

*Learn more about Silent Nights in the EU.

Some of the Worst Foods Many of Us Eat

As more data becomes available, more foods we eat are called into question (see the list below). Some of these items are even marketed as healthy alternatives. Considering some of the possible consequences, it’s probably a good idea to exclude or cut down on these highly popular items:

  • Coffee Creamers: they contain loads of harmful preservatives and additives.
  • Margarine: in stick form, it contains trans-fat that harms your blood vessels and packs tons of calories per tablespoon.
  • Bacon: sometimes the truth hurts. It’s incredibly high in sodium, and can increase the chance of heart disease and high cholesterol.
  • Artificial Sweeteners: while most are low in calories, they’re also high in additives that can cause type 2 diabetes, certain forms of cancer and even cardiovascular ailments.
  • Soda: it’s high in calories and loaded with sugar that’s horrible for your teeth. Some brands even contain brominated vegetable oil, which may cause skin problems, dementia and memory loss.
  • Whole Milk: it’s fattening and known to clog the arteries. Skip it for lower fat varieties.
  • Bagels and Bread: often high in calories, they can also cause the dreaded energy crash half way through the day. Choose whole wheat options whenever possible.
  • Microwave Popcorn: it’s always fun for movie night, but can actually be more harmful than you ever imagined. The coating inside these bags has been linked to liver cancer and prostate cancer.

Two Diet Changes for An Immediate Energy Boost

If you regularly sleep eight hours each night, but still feel groggy, dietitian and fitness expert Rebecca Scritchfield may have the answer. Scritchfield has her clients keep a food journal, and their records consistently show two important nutrients lacking in their diet:

  • The B Vitamins—Foods rich in the B vitamins include fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, legumes, milk and dairy products. According to Scritchfield: “They help your body unleash the energy out of food.”
  • Iron—Because iron carries oxygen to all cells in our bodies, Scritchfield says eating iron-rich foods like beef, chicken, beans, legumes and eggs directly impact daily energy levels. Women often fall short on iron, so it’s important to monitor your intake.

When Scritchfield’s clients include more of these two nutrients, they often report feeling better instantly. “I think it’s a combination of mental and physical,” she says. “Because they feel better and they’re not trying to cope with their low energy by just eating sugary foods.”

LifeWave’s Theta Nutrition formulas are a source of B vitamins, including B6 and B12 (Theta One, Theta Fuel and Theta Heart), and B3 (Theta Heart).*

*Learn about Theta Nutrition in the EU.

How Lack of Sleep Impacts Memory

It’s widely accepted that sleep is critical to a healthy brain. While we rest, the brain performs important tasks like consolidating memories and clearing toxins. Add stress to lack of sleep, and the brain really starts to stumble. A recently published study from Uppsala University finds that sleep loss paired with acute stress negatively affects cognitive functions.

“In everyday situations—parenting, exams, doctors on call—stress and short sleep often go hand in hand,” says Dr. Jonathan Cedernaes, a neuroscientist and the study’s lead author. “Even politicians often have overnight meetings and resume talks after just a couple of hours of sleep, under very time-pressed and thereby presumably very stressful conditions.”

During the study, 15 male participants engaged in an evening learning session, where they were asked to remember 15 card pairing locations on a computer screen. Next, about half of the participants were allowed to sleep for four hours, while the other half slept eight hours. When the participants were asked to recall the card locations the next morning, the men who slept for four hours performed as well as those who slept for eight.

However, a second experiment yielded different results. When researchers exposed both groups of men to acute stress for 30 minutes (they were asked to recall a list of newly learned words while hearing loud noise) before taking the same test in the morning, those who slept four hours experienced a 10 percent reduction in recall ability. The men who slept for eight hours showed no stress-related impairment.

Of course, the 10 percent reduction in recall was after a single night of sleep loss and a limited period of stress. Researchers next hope to examine how chronic sleep loss and chronic stress might actually affect the ability to access memories.

The importance of sleep inspired the development of Silent Nights*, one of LifeWave’s most popular patch products. With no drugs or pills to take, Silent Nights is clinically shown to increase length of sleep by 66 percent.

*Learn more about Silent Nights in the EU.

One-Minute Solutions for Improving Your Health

A lot of experts agree that short workouts, even five minutes long, can improve your health. In addition to short bursts of exercise, you’ll be happy to know there are other ways to improve your well-being in a brief amount of time. Some take even less than five minutes!

Seven ways to boost your health in just one minute:

  1. Give someone you love a hug: Who doesn’t love one of these? They not only make us feel happier and more relaxed, but also help lower blood pressure and heart rate.
  1. Laugh: It really is the best medicine. Not only is it one of the body’s natural stress relievers, it also mimics (at least a little) some physiological responses to physical activity.
  1. Nibble some dark chocolate: Such sweet news! The natural plant compounds in cocoa can protect the heart in a number of ways, from lowering blood pressure, raising levels of “good” cholesterol while lowering the “bad” and even helping with circulation.
  1. Find the silver lining: Always look on the bright side of life. It’s been associated with a healthier heart and a stronger immune system—so the next time you’re about to complain, take a minute to reframe your perspective.
  1. Look away from your computer screen: A change of scenery will do you good. These days, most of us spend a fair amount of time in front of screens, which can do a number on your eyes. To combat strain, follow the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for just 20 seconds.
  1. Rest in child’s pose: Like comfort food for the soul. It’s one of the most relaxing, restorative yoga poses, but it’s also a gentle, reinvigorating stretch that may help relieve back and neck pain. Sit back and hold for that entire glorious minute.
  1. Smile: Even faking it can help. People who smile a lot are usually happy, but 2010 research suggests that people who smile the widest also live the longest. Even if you’re feeling stressed, faking a smile can eventually make you feel more at ease—and it only takes a moment.

What Nutritionists Eat For Breakfast

Most experts agree that breakfast is an essential part of any good diet. Some of these experts share what they love to eat in the morning, and now you can apply these tips to your daily routine. Here are four great ways to jumpstart your morning with a healthy twist:

  1. Oatmeal pancakes: nutritionist and trainer Franci Cohen makes simple, flourless batter consisting of old-fashioned oats, egg whites, grated apple and a dash of cinnamon. They’re high in fiber, protein and vitamins, and keep you full all morning.
  1. Broccoli: registered dietician, Ashley Koff, tries to eat broccoli every day. Why? Because it contains glucoraphanin, which converts to an antioxidant when it’s consumed. She has two favorite ways to eat it: add a serving of frozen broccoli to a smoothie. Or sauté the florets and leaves (which taste sweet) in avocado or coconut oil, then cook an egg and scramble it right in with the veggies.
  1. Superfood parfait: yoga teacher, chef and nutritionist, Sophie Jaffe, makes a layered parfait in a different way—she mixes up her own puree in a blender, consisting of pitted dates (for sweetness and fiber), berries, coconut milk and protein powder. Then she layers the mixture with nuts, seeds, fresh berries and shredded coconut (yogurt optional).
  1. Eggs on the go: Trishna Joshi, lead nutritionist for the The Fresh Diet, keeps a few hard-boiled eggs cooked and ready in the fridge. She then peels them, slices them in half and tops each piece with whole-grain mustard and pepper; both add great flavor with very few calories.