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Pollen Presents Announces Golden Sand In Riviera Maya

Featuring Performances from 50 Cent, Fat Joe, Kelly Rowland, Lil’ Kim, Ludacris, Nelly, Sean Paul, Flo Rida, TLC, T-Pain

Four-Day Experience from January 12-16, 2022, Featuring Musical Performances, Pool Parties, Yoga, Snorkeling, and Much More

Leading technology company Pollen Presents has announced their first fully owned production today. Going by the name Golden Sand, the immersive weekend of music, exploration, and relaxation will take place on the luxurious beaches of Riviera Maya on the east coast of Mexico from January 12-16, 2022 for one unforgettable weekend in the sun.

Golden Sand boasts a hip-hop / R&B lineup for the ages with legendary artists taking to the stage throughout four days and four nights of unbeatable performances, pool parties, events on the beach, jungle adventures, yoga, snorkeling, and more. This will all be set across luxury accommodations at the Barcelo Riviera Maya resort with premium food & beverages included in the experience. The unique experience will eschew crowds at large festivals for something far more intimate, perfect for those looking to enjoy their favorite music in an environment with comfort and space.

Golden Sand will be headlined by an array of hip-hop, rap, and R&B icons from various eras including New York hip-hop legend 50 Cent, the iconic group behind the hit songs “Waterfalls” and “Creep” TLC, Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Nelly, Atlanta megastar and rapper Ludacris, prolific Jamaican dancehall artist Sean Paul, Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland, undeniable hitmaker and vocalist T-Pain, Brooklyn rapper and the original queen of hip-hop Lil’ Kim, Bronx hip-hop artist and music industry veteran Fat Joe, hit making maestro Flo Rida, an array of DJs and hosts to keep people moving throughout the experience, and more to be announced.

Beyond the music itself, attendees can also snorkel in the tropic shores of Riviera Maya, soak up the sun at the Barcelo’s eleven swimming pools, catch a wave on a FlowRider surf machine, eat their way through over a dozen restaurants across the resort, get a massage at a 10,000 square feet U-Spa Wellness and Fitness Center, pump some adrenaline through thrilling activities like ziplines, ATVs, and Go-Karts, play basketball or tennis at the Barcelo courts, or relax with meditation and dance classes in a one-of-a-kind destination setting.

Additional activities that can be booked directly through the resort include scuba diving classes, diving trips, jet ski excursions, deep-sea fishing, sunset boat parties, cenote excursions, day trips to Xcaret Park, hiking the ruins of Chichen Itza, and more. The area is also filled with delicious international cuisine, which includes Caribbean and teppanyaki grill, French bistros, buffets, traditional Mexican food, and much more.

Perched on the Caribbean coastline on Mexico’s northeastern Yucatán Peninsula, Riviera Maya is a place to be envied. Known for its abundance of all-inclusive resorts and endless palm tree lined beaches, epic nightlife, and delicious cuisine, it’s a short drive from Cancun International Airport and traveling distance to Tulum. Golden Sand will take place at the Barcelo Riviera Maya resort, spread across the Maya Riviera, Maya Beach, and Maya Caribe.

Golden Sand is Pollen’s first fully owned venture and a product of their ability to identify the wants and needs of their core demographic. Golden Sand will offer attendees an immersive, curated entertainment experience; allowing them to reconnect with their favorite artists in an unparalleled tropical location.

For more information about the event, including payment plans, package upgrades and FAQs, visit the official website to stay up-to-date with the latest in lineup, pricing, and event news.

Artist Lineup (A – Z)
50 Cent
Fat Joe
Flo Rida
Kelly Rowland
Lil’ Kim
Ludacris
Nelly
Sean Paul
TLC
T-Pain

About Pollen
Pollen is a technology company building, curating, and delivering the best experiences for members all over the world. Members enjoy these experiences together with the people they love, creating stronger relationships and unforgettable memories. Members immerse themselves in multi-day itineraries that combine live entertainment, parties, and relaxation time in more than 50 popular destinations. Members can discover and book these experiences exclusively on pollen.co and the Pollen app. Pollen has already launched experiences with mega stars like J Balvin, Marshawn Lynch and Ozuna.

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Secrets for Healthier Hearts and Sharper Minds

Secrets for Healthier Hearts and Sharper Minds By Dr. Stephen Sinatra, cardiologist, Healthy Directions

A sharp mind and a healthy heart are both keys to living a long, healthy life. However, did you know that your heart and brain – two seemingly different organs – are highly connected? In fact, they are highly dependent on one another. As a result, your brain and heart act almost as a figurative game of dominos – when one falls, the other falls with it. That’s why I’ve made it my mission as a cardiologist to focus as much on brain health as I do on heart health.

Making the Connection Between the Heart and Brain 

Your brain acts as the control center of your body, giving orders here and there to ensure that your natural bodily functions continue without issue. However, there are times when the signals your brain is sending to the different parts of your body can go awry. This can directly affect the heart because faulty signals can send its rhythm into haywire.

These two organs are further intertwined because of their relationships with the vascular system, which both depend on to bring them oxygen and nutrients while carrying away any waste.

Plus, both organs are highly susceptible to several ailments that can affect their efficacy. The main culprits include oxidative stress, disruptions in blood flow and chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation can be brought on by a lack of exercise, poor diet and exposure to pollutants, among other triggers. The intricate network of your brain and the 100 billion cells (or neurons) that make it up are even more vulnerable than your heart to these stressors.

The good news is that many of the same recommendations I make for keeping your heart healthy also boost the health of your brain and entire body. Here are some of the most important things that you can do to nurture the heart-brain connection:

  • Switch Up Your Diet: I’ve always been a proponent of the Mediterranean diet. Another diet that I recommend for heart and brain health combines elements of the Mediterranean diet with elements from the Asian side of the Pacific Rim, also known as the Pan-Asian Modified Mediterranean (PAMM) diet. This diet puts an emphasis on healthy fats derived from sources like fish, nuts and seeds, avocados, olive oil and DHA-fortified eggs, supporting overall brain health. In addition, the diet includes considerable amounts of vegetables and fruits. While doing this, you should also keep in mind the importance of limiting processed sugars and simple carbohydrates, two major contributors to inflammation.
  • Be Wary of Chronic Stress: Believe it or not, stress can play a major role in the health of your brain and heart. When you are stressed, your body releases cortisol, also known as the “stress hormone.” Short-term stress is okay because the body can return to normal. However, chronic stress accompanied by high levels of cortisol can affect the regions of the brain associated with memory and emotion, causing your autonomic nervous system to be on constant alert. Making time for exercise, maintaining health sleep cycles, and connecting with people around you can help combat stress. Additionally, you can practice meditation, yoga and breathing exercises to help. 
  • Put the Kibosh on “Invisible” Brain Threats: When people think of invisible pollutants, they typically think of carbon emissions and greenhouse gases. However, there are other invisible pollutants out there that can affect the brain directly. Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are emitted by everything from cell phones to wireless networks. Even home appliances can emit these EMFs that affect the electrical currents within your body, including the crucial ones tasked with regulating your heartbeat and the synapses in your brain. Limiting EMF exposure can be tough, but it’s also extremely important. Some steps include using a corded landline and only using your cellphone on speaker, which limits the exposure of radiation to your brain. You can also hardwire your computer instead of using Wi-Fi. Lastly, you can engage in earthing, which is when you connect to the Earth by walking barefoot or using a grounding pad, protecting you from EMF radiation.
  • Know the Link Between Your Brain and Statins: When looking at your medication list, it is crucial to be aware of cholesterol-lowering statins. These drugs suppress the production of cholesterol and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), resulting in brain fog. Additionally, lowering your cholesterol too much can also affect brain function since it depends on cholesterol to process information.
  • Keep a Close Eye on Your Blood Pressure: High blood pressure can pose a threat in ensuring your brain gets the oxygen it needs. Your brain takes about 20% of the oxygen you breathe, so a healthy blood pressure of around 120/80 mmHg will help maintain that. Include foods like beets, garlic, onions, and apples to keep your blood pressure at a healthy level.
  • Step Up Your Supplement Game: If you don’t have a solid supplement routine, now is the time to find a regimen that works for you. I recommend starting with a good multivitamin, CoQ10 (100 mg daily if you are taking a statin), omega-3 and magnesium. All these supplements will help support brain and heart health. For added protection, my new Focal Point Plus supplement uses a unique combination of clinically validated ingredients including Longvida Optimized Curcumin, CogniBoost American Ginseng, and vitamin K2 menaquinone-7 (MK7), which together can help support cognitive health and memory, healthy blood flow and arterial health.

As I mentioned at the start, think of your heart and brain as two dominos sitting next to one another. In optimal positions, they work in tandem—but when one falters, it can take the other one with it, leaving your entire body vulnerable. So, it’s important to keep both organs in tip-top shape so they can support you for a lifetime.

About Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra is one of the most highly respected and sought-after cardiologists whose integrative approach to treating cardiovascular disease has revitalized patients with even the most advanced forms of illness. He has more than 40 years of clinical practice, research, and study, starting his career as an attending physician at Manchester Memorial Hospital in Connecticut. He is known as one of America’s top integrative cardiologists, combining conventional medical treatments for heart disease with complementary nutritional, anti-aging, and psychological therapies. He is an author, speaker and adviser for the research and development of nutritional supplements with Healthy Directions. Sinatra is a best-selling author of more than a dozen books, including, “Heartbreak and Heart Disease,” “The Great Cholesterol Myth,” “Reversing Heart Disease Now “Heart Sense for Women,” “The Sinatra Solution” and “Metabolic Cardiology.”

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Beyond Van Gogh Miami Extension

BEYOND VAN GOGH – MIAMI’S EXCLUSIVE IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH EXPERIENCE – EXTENDS SHOW AT ICE PALACE STUDIOS THROUGH AUGUST 14, 2021 

After selling over 100,000 tickets since its April 15 Miami debut, Primo Entertainment extends its production of Beyond Van Gogh with expanded programming through August 14.

Primo Entertainment is excited to announce the continuation of its wildly celebrated Miami production of Beyond Van Gogh at The Ice Palace Studios through August 14, 2021 (one extra month past its original 3-month period). Due to popular demand after a very successful initial 2 months in Miami, the traveling experience plans to lay deeper roots in South Florida to continue welcoming guests of all ages from all corners of the globe. Adding to the show’s already unique and innovative format, Primo Entertainment is adding more unique whimsy to its Ice Palace festivities.

Want a little bit of peace before the holiday weekend starts? Stop by Thursday morning and take a yoga class with Tifftopia Wellness while immersed in Van Gogh artworks. Not much of a yogi? Start celebrating Independence Day early at Happy Hour on Thursday or Friday. Saturday evening is the perfect day for you and your family to see Van Gogh recreation artist Daniela Viotti performing her iconic interpretation of Van Gogh art pieces.

This weekend, we invite you to celebrate America’s independence in the artsiest of ways! Join us at Beyond Van Gogh to experience and cover one of the many new family-friendly community activations planned throughout the show.

  • Wednesday 2pm-4pm, bring your kids by to create their own Starry Night at CRAFTING FOR THE KIDDOS.
  • Thursday 9:30am-10am, start your day with a guided meditation, sound bath, and yoga session with Tifftopia Wellness. 
  • Thursday and Friday 4:30pm-7:30pm, end the week in the Van Gogh Garden at our DJ-hosted Happy Hour.
  • Saturday 4pm-7pm, meet the iconic Van Gogh recreation artist, Daniela Viotti, as she brings human-scale whimsy within the exhibit.

Beyond Van Gogh, Miami has proven to be the breakout community hit of the season, proving how the power of art can pull people together in a safe and comfortable way. Because of this example set, Primo Entertainment is expanding its artful Van Gogh production to places like AustinSan DiegoSalt Lake City, and Latin America.

Visit the official website for tickets and more information about Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience and follow the Miami show’s creativity and programming on Instagram.

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Philadelphia × New Jersey Pride Events – Summer 2021

By: Ally Brewster

Philadelphia is a place with a vibrant, bright LGBTQ+ community. The Covid-19 pandemic put a pause on many events last year, but that’s not the case this year. With places opening back up, with covid guidelines, Pride events are back!

See below for a list of some (but by no means all) of the pride events in and around Philadelphia, as well as across the river in New Jersey, during the 2021 Summer:

BFSC Family Pride Picnic & Pool Party – Wednesday, June 23

  • Time: 5-8PM
  • Location: Barclay Farm Swim Club, 315 Whitemarsh Way, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
  • Price: Tickets Will Be Sold At The Door: $20 Each Adult, $10 Each Child
  • Description: Enjoy games, contests, door prizes, Mr. Softee and a dance floor! Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Bring your own picnic.

Pride Fashion Show! – Athleta & Ten Thousand Villages Virtual Event!– Thursday, June 24

  • Facebook Live
  • Time: 3PM
  • Description: “Athleta x Ten Thousand Villages are partnering in support of Valley Youth House emergency shelters! LGBTQ+ and Ally volunteers will be modeling Athleta’s Pride month clothing collection along with fair trade accessories to raise awareness for our June donation drive for Valley Youth House’s LGBTQ+ services. All donated items will go into backpacks for LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness.
  • Needed items: Socks, bras, menstrual supplies, soap, underwear, pyjamas, blankets, stuffed animals, board games, keychains, journals, art supplies & coloring books, gift cards Drop off at Ten Thousand Villages or Athleta (Bryn Mawr and Glen Mills).”

Franklin Institute Family Pride – Saturday, June 26

  • Time: 12:00-4:00 PM
  • Location: The Franklin Institute 222 North 20th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • Price: Included with museum admission. Free for Franklin Institute Members.
  • Description: Join the museum for an afternoon that blur the lines of science and performance! The Franklin Institute will partner with local drag queens for whimsical shows and dissections. It will be an afternoon of expressive coloring, roving demos, the science of bubbles and rainbows, photo-ops, colorful lights, and themed music for a community celebration!

Philly Pride! Make it Glow! – Saturday, June 26

  • Time: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm (Arrive 15 minutes early)
  • Location: 209 Leedom Street in Jenkintown Borough, PA 19046
  • Price: $38-$47 per person
  • Description: A night of painting with pride with your instructor Jay! A small class size. Reservations are required prior to arrival. The studio is BYOB, so you can bring your own food and drinks (wine, beer, soft drinks, no hard alcohol. Alcohol for ages 21+).

Pride Storytime – Saturday, June 26

  • Time: 10:30 AM
  • Location: 175 W Valley Forge Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406-1851, United States | King Of Prussia
  • Description: Join Parker Edge at the UMT Park by the Gazebo @ 10:30AM for a pride-themed Storytime & activities!

Queering Wood Craft Virtual Event!- Saturday, June 26

  • Live on Zoom, hosted by The Center for Art in Wood
  • Time: 7:00-8:30 PM EDT
  • Price: Free! (With a suggested donation of $5 per person enables them to provide programs and exhibitions throughout the year).
  • Description: “Independent scholar and curator John-Duane Kingsley will lead this roundtable discussion with leading queer woodworkers and artists in wood, sharing the ways their lived experience impacts their craft, process, and aesthetic. Join us for an enlightening and fun evening. The Center for Art in Wood interprets, nurtures, and champions creative engagement and expansion of art, craft, and design in wood to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of it.”

Upper Darby Pride presents Drag Queen Story Hour and Potluck – Saturday, June 26

  • Time: 12PM
  • Location: Sellers Park, PA
  • Description: “Join your friends at Upper Darby Pride for an early afternoon of friends at Upper Darby’s history Sellers Park and Playground. Bring snacks and food to share with your group. Enjoy storytime with one of UD’s own drag queen readers, a great family friendly event for Pride Month 2021!”

LGBTQ+ Themed Children’s Story Time @ Perkasie Borough Farmer’s Market – Saturday, June 26

  • Time: 09:00 AM TO 12:00 PM
  • Location: Perkasie Farmer’s Market, 1 S 7th St, Perkasie, PA 18944
  • Price: On the grassy area close to the Shelly’s Design Center sign at the corner of 7th & Market.
  • Decription: There will be blankets to sit on, a table display of Children’s picture books with LGBTQ+ inclusive themes and a pride themed picture book list that can be used to add to your personal library.

Upper Darby Pride Festival – Sunday, June 27

  • Time: 1:00-7:00PM
  • Location: Upper Darby High School, 601 N Lansdowne Ave, Drexel Hill, PA, 19026
  • Description: Attendees are required to wear face masks! Activities fun for all ages! There will be specific kid-friendly activities, vendors, music, opportunities to help fund our mural arts program, and much more.

Pride Power Flow – Sunday, June 27

  • Time: 12:00 PM TO 01:00 PM
  • Location: Eagleview Town Center, 565 Wellington Square, Exton, PA 19341, Exton, United States
  • Price: Approximate price $20
  • Description: Hosted by Blue Buddha healing arts. Join Krystal in a day of power and strength building yoga while supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Rainbow clothing encouraged! A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Trevor Project!

Our City, Your Orchestra: William Way LGBT Community Center – Monday, June 28

  • Time: 7:00PM
  • Location: One South Broad Street | 14th Floor Philadelphia PA | 19107
  • Description: “The first season of Our City, Your Orchestra culminates with a visit to the William Way LGBT Community Center in celebration of Pride Month in June. The William Way Community Center encourages, supports, and advocates for the well-being and acceptance of the LGBTQIA+ community of Philadelphia through service, recreational, educational, and cultural programming. Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will be joined by GRAMMY-winning composer and Philadelphia resident Jennifer Higdon and members of the Orchestra.”

History Talk: Before Stonewall, Before Gay Pride, there Was Philadelphia Virtual Event!–Wednesday, June 30

  • Zoom event (registration required)
  • Time: June 30, 2021 7:00 pm– 8:30 pm
  • Description: “William Way LGBT Community Center curator Bob Skiba will present on the history of the Philadelphia LGBTQ movement while placing it in a national context of LGBTQ history. This hour long illustrated presentation begins by examining what it was like to be queer in 1950s and 1960s America, an America where anyone who was at all different was demonized, medicated or arrested. It continues with Philadelphia’s response to this relentless oppression – the annual Reminder demonstrations that occurred every 4th of July from 1965 to 1969 in front of Independence Hall, the first organized, regularly recurring protests for gay rights in the country. Finally, it tells how the Stonewall riots changed that paradigm for good, morphing those Annual Reminders into and Gay Pride marches and giving birth to the modern LGBTQ movement.”

In Honor of: GAY PRIDE on The Farm – Saturday, July 17

  • Time: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Location: The Farm. 130 Mill Road, Evesham, NJ 08053
  • Price: Free entry. Drag Queen performances by ticket only ($15-$30).
  • Description: Activities include Craft Show/Vendors/Food. Drag Queens performing in the evening (by ticket only). Your Hostess will be Ariel Versace. With her will be Chasity St. Claire, Kali Coutour, Zephyra Rivers, Stefani Steel & Vickie Versace.

Bucks-Mont Pride Festival – Sunday, July 18

  • Time: 1-6PM
  • Location: Abington Art Center – 515 Meetinghouse Rd, Jenkintown, PA 19046
  • Description: “SAGA is proud to partner with several local organizationsto bring the first annual PRIDE Festival to Montgomery County, PA. Enjoy live music, food, community resources, family-friendly activities, and more at this free, outdoor event!”

Philadelphia Pride – September (date TBD)

  • After recent backlash of transphobia and racism, the group that has planned Philadelphia Pride in the past has dissolved (see more information from the Philadelphia Inquirer). Due to this, according to Abdul-Aliy Muhammad per the Philadelphia Inquirer, black and brown LGBTQ+ organizers of the local community are beginning to work on a more inclusive, accepting event in its place this September.

New Jersey Gay Pride Day – Sept 12

  • Time: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Location: Cooper River Park. GPS users: Use address 7001 N. Park Drive, Cherry Hill, NJ (this is the business address of Standard Merchandising which is directly across the street of our location)
  • Price: Free!
  • Description: Bring your blankets, chairs and tables! Headliner: TBD Other Entertainers: Reigning 2017 Ms. South Jersey Gay Pride Ginger Alle, 2019 Mr. South Jersey Gay Pride Manny Tucker Lovett, 2019 Ms. South Jersey Gay Pride Karen Vonsay, Rasta Boi Punany, Jon Kem, DJ Deluxx, and more!

To find more LGBTQ+ events in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, visit Philly Gay Pride, Philly Gay Calendar and Visit Philadelphia!

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MADELINE BANIC × X1-PRO

American Record Holder, International Swim League (ISL) breakout athlete Madeline “Maddy” Banic sets sights on Tokyo Olympics by training less, using X1-PRO

Madeline “Maddy” Banic, the 18-time all-American NCAA swimmer who earned a neck-load of gold medals while swimming for the University of Tennessee and broke out on the scene for the ISL in 2020, has signed with GMX7 as an ambassador, joining GMX7 ambassador and 4-time Olympian Ryan Lochte with sights on ever bigger aspirations for 2021.

According to Banic, while she’ll continue swimming with the ISL, her next goal is to hopefully make the U.S. Olympic Team to compete in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

“It’s definitely my dream, and I’m pretty sure, it’s every competitive swimmer’s dream, to go to the Olympics,” said Banic, who broke the American record for the 50-meter fly at the ISL and was one of the top three breakout swimmers over the 8-week pro league. “I dream about it every day. It’s on my phone under my goals to have an American Flag Banic cap from the Olympics.”

Banic, who saw major improvements in her performance in 2020, attributes her success to a few key components, which includes practicing less.

That may sound counter intuitive, but it seems to have worked for Banic.

“Before COVID, I was absolutely murdering my body in practices, keeping my heartrate at 170 or above for several hours,” said Banic. “But when COVID hit, we weren’t able to train indoors, so I started boxing, cycling, running and kayaking and basically exercising outdoors. When I started swimming again, I was putting up decent times and that’s when I realized I had really been over doing it before.”

Then, at the end of May, Banic met David McCagg, the former 7-time gold medalist who started GMX7 and developed the X1-PRO resistance trainer, which Olympians Ryan Lochte and Caeleb Dressel also use. McCagg met Banic’s training group in Naples where she was able to try the X1-PRO.

“At first, I was skeptical. I mean, racks and towers were the standard for resistance training, but the X1-PRO changes that. It really helped me with my underwater,” said Banic, who used the X1-PRO twice a week to prepare for ISL Budapest. “Now, I use it all the time and love the X1-PRO because it’s not jerky and it travels with you the whole 25 back and forth for continuous training.”

According to Banic, her routine typically goes like this. She wakes up at 7:45 a.m., has a banana and gets ready for practice. Then, she’s in the pool from 8:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. At 11:30 a.m., breakfast includes eggs, avocado, yogurt, some fruit and lots of coffee.

Then, it’s time to hang out with her 5-year-old Border Collie-Australian Shepherd mix, named Remi. At 3 p.m. lunch is served which can vary, but often includes a sandwich, crackers, guacamole, salsa and dip. From 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. she’s back in the pool. After the evening swim, dinner almost always includes a meat, carb and veggie.

“That’s my typical doubles routine, but when I have singles, I’ll add in cycling with either a road bike or stationary bike, or I’ll do some yoga,” said Banic.

In addition to the workouts, and training with the X1-PRO, according to Banic, her other secret to success is her weekly massage.

“It’s an absolute must,” Banic said.

 

While 2020 was a tough year for many, Banic, who has publicly discussed her past struggles with depression and has helped others through her transparency, seems to have flourished and discovered more about herself. It has led to the realistic possibility of her perhaps earning a spot to compete in Tokyo at the Olympics for team USA.

“I’m definitely going to try my absolute best to make the Olympics,” said Banic. “I think that the ISL season proved that I’m kind of an underdog, but no matter how it goes, look out for the next ISL season.”

About GMX7

Founded in 2018, GMX7 is based in St. Petersburg, Florida and is dedicated to changing the world of swimming by empowering competitive swimmers with the best aquatic resistance training devices ever created. GMX7 was founded by David McCagg, a 7-time gold medalist, former world record holder and winner of multiple national championships. The first device on the market by GMX7 is the X1-PRO. Designed by ROBRADY Engineering, it has already been the recipient of several international awards including the 2020 International Design Excellence Award and the 2020 Red Dot Award for product design.  

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The Roots Between Yoga and Plants

Yoga is a way for humans to connect with nature, and plants play a pivotal role in that. Plants increase mood, they can help heal the body, and some plants can also clean the air, which can make a pretty big difference in how people feel as they practice yoga. According to Adam Husler, one of the UK’s most sought after yoga instructors, having a green, plant-filled space adds multiple benefits to your yoga practice. As Adam states it, plants bring four major attributes to one’s yoga practice: Air purity, Form and Structure, Mood lifting, and Meditation Anchors.

Air Purity

Breathing is the foundation of yoga, which allows plants to play a huge role as they purify the air. Living plants are natural air purifiers, removing carbon dioxide from the air and producing oxygen during the day. There’s nothing like an oxygen-producing plant to bring life, and fresh air, to an indoor room. This offers a healthy environment for your practice, and allows you to intake the good stuff and less of the bad.

Form and Structure

Yoga is about form, self-enquiry and exploring various shapes and poses. For the ultimate balance, this should also be reflected in your space through combining yin and yang, masculine and feminine colors and shapes. Plants with interesting structure amongst robust leafy plants can help balance the look and feel of your space and improve your practice.

Mood Lifting

Did you know that different plants have almost instantaneous effects on your mood? Creating a green space sanctuary can really lift your mood. Mixing plants and positioning plants in various locations instantly creates an urban-jungle vibe, which encourages a sense of calm and happiness. Some of these include Aloe vera, Ferns, and Lavender (for direct light areas inside). According to a study published in the “Journal of Environmental Psychology,” people reported higher levels of mood and perceived comfort when plants were present than when they were not.

Meditation Anchors

Plants are soothing and add to one’s calmness. The foliage from plants make for great meditation anchors – their leaves are intricate and hypnotic to look at, you can easily get lost in them. And how about a little fragrance! Adding a little fragrance to meditation has a very powerful, positive and supportive effect on any type of meditation and becomes a way of helping our mind to become focused, clear, balanced and peaceful.

Lively Root recommends the following plants for your yoga studio:
White Bird Dragon Tree (Dracaena warneckii ‘White Stripe’)
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum Wallisii)
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)
Variegated Snake Plants (Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Laurentii’)
ZZ Plant/Eternity Plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia)
Croton (Codiaeum variegatum ‘Petra’)
Peacock Plant (Calathea roseopicta ‘Medallion’)
Bromeliad

Perhaps the most low maintenance plants on our list are the ZZ Plant & the Snake Plant. They can grow in almost any location regardless of the lighting conditions. These plants, like the peace lily, have been shown to filter harsh toxins from the air including formaldehyde, toluene and benzene. As we said earlier, there’s nothing like oxygen-producing plants to bring life, and fresh air, to an indoor room.

For more information, please visit Lively Root’s website.

More about Lively Root
At Lively Root, the green spaces created have been instrumental in developing an ideal green space. Lively Root’s plants are home grown and full-scale fulfillment centers. They only sell eco-friendly products that are packaged and delivered right to your doorstep. Founding members have over a century of horticultural experience as growers, retailers, and landscapers, ranging from small plants, to indoor plants, outdoor plants, large trees, and flowering shrubs. They have planted & maintained trees on residential and commercial properties. Plants improve health by purifying the air, soothing stress, making people feel happier, and offering style and ambiance.

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7 Steps for a More Confident Smile

Have you ever looked at someone and noticed what a gorgeous, natural, and confident smile they’ve got? Or looked at photos of yourself and cringed at your awkward smile? Many of us hate our smiles, covering our mouths when we laugh or choosing a more managed pose for photos. Some of us even go as far as to avoid doing it at all.

This is a shame. There are many advantages to smiling, and if anything, we should all be trying to do it more. When we smile, we send triggers to our brain that we are happy, and so our mood improves. We look confident, trustworthy, and approachable, and other people are more likely to confide in us. One of the biggest benefits of smiling is how contagious they are. When we see someone smiling naturally, we smile back, and that one smile spreads, and the benefits multiply. 

But, if you’ve been ashamed of, or hidden your smile for years, it can be hard to get into the habit of smiling proudly. Fortunately, there are some easy ways that you can build a more confident smile. Here’s a look at some of them. 

Straight Teeth

One of the main reasons that we hide our smiles is that we’ve got crooked teeth, overlaps, or a mismatched bite. Many of us are living with wonky teeth, instead of using night time clear aligners to correct them. 

Night time aligners and invisible braces from ALIGNERCO are both excellent ways to straighten your teeth, without the expense, or discomfort of mental braces. Read more from ALIGNERCO about the difference between the two to see how clear braces could benefit you. 

Good Oral Hygiene

Another reason that we avoid smiling is that our teeth are stained, cracked, or yellow. Improving your oral hygiene can help to give you a whiter and more even smile. 

Straightening your teeth will be a big help, as straight teeth are much easier to clean, and fewer overlaps give bacteria much less space to hide in and grow. You should also work on brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, giving each area of your mouth plenty of attention, flossing, and using mouthwash to offer extra cleaning and protection throughout the day. 

Regular Trips to the Dentist

As hard as you try to care for your teeth, good brushing can only go so far. When you visit your dentist, they’ll offer you a deep clean and scale, removing plaque and polishing your teeth. They’ll also spend time looking for signs of decay and infection so that you can do something about it before it becomes an unsightly problem.

Even if your teeth seem fine, you should see your dentist at least twice a year, as often the early signs of decay and infection are easy to miss, and we don’t always notice until it’s too late. 

Good Posture

Your posture affects how you feel about yourself, and how others see you. If you are slumped, you are more likely to hide yourself away, smiling at the ground if you are smiling at all. 

When you stand tall with your head high and your shoulders back, you attract the right kind of attention. People look at you differently, you are more likely to feel confident, and you are more likely to smile. If your posture is bad, getting more exercise, adjusting your sleep position, and correcting yourself throughout the day can help you to improve it. 

Improved Mood

Of course, most of us smile more when we are happier, and we feel like smiling. Even with great teeth, you might not be inclined to smile if you are unhappy, or doing something that you hate. 

If you don’t feel like smiling, look at why not. Is there something that’s making you unhappy? Are you worried or anxious? Or, do you just need to take better care of yourself and spend more time with people that make you smile?

Face Yoga

Not everyone finds smiling easy, especially if you are out of practice. It takes muscles and can seem like a bit of an effort. Practicing simple facial yoga stretches every day can help to tighten the muscles in your face, stretching your lips out and making smiles feel more natural. Facial yoga can also help if you’ve got a double chin or other concerns, tightening and improving its shape and position. 

Look After Your Lips

Your lips, along with your teeth are the most important element of your smile. When your lips are very dry and chapped, smiling can even be painful. Look after your lips using a sugar scrub to remove dead skin, and then a moisturizing balm, especially in the winter.

If you’ve always been uncomfortable about your smile, don’t just live with it. Make some changes so that you can enjoy smiling wide. 

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645AR × FKA twigs

Today, rapper 645AR releases his new track “Sum Bout U” with FKA twigs. “Sum Bout U” is more R&B leaning than his previous tracks “Yoga” and “In Love With A Stripper” and features high pitched vocal interplay between 645AR, affectionately dubbed the squeak rapper, and FKA twigs. “Sum Bout U” is produced by SenseiATL with co-production by El Guincho. “Sum Bout U” was featured as Zane Lowe’s New Music Daily on Beats 1 on Apple Music and is available on all digital streaming platforms; listen here

Says 645AR, “I’m bringing real R&B back. Shout out to FKA twigs.”  

As both 645AR and FKA twigs are visual artists, unsurprisingly, they released the official music video for “Sum Bout U” in addition to the audio. The video was directed by Aidan Zamiri, with concept by FKA twigs.

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Reduce Covid Stress

 The millions of infections and hundreds of thousands of deaths that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought globally are creating stress over everything from personal health to employment, lifestyle, and finances. Given these difficult circumstances, it’s more important than ever for people to know about coping mechanisms to better manage stress, protect their immune system, and increase their chances of staying healthy, says Dr. Nammy Patel, DDS, author of Age With Style: Your Guide To A Youthful Smile & Healthy Living.

“COVID is maximizing stress for so many people,” Dr. Patel says. “It has a far-reaching impact into every part of our lives, and if we don’t manage the stress, it severely affects our bodily systems – causing burned-out adrenals, high cortisol, and thyroid issues, to name a few consequences of high-stress levels. Thus, the immune system is lowered, and we are more vulnerable to illness.

“This era we are living in is very traumatic, and it’s very concerning. In dentistry, gum disease, sleep disturbances or apnea, and teeth breakage can all be evidence of stress. Poor oral health, as studies show, can be a gateway to medical issues. People often don’t identify how much stress they’re under, and how it’s affecting them physically, until they actually get sick.”

Dr. Patel has the following suggestions people can incorporate into their daily lives to better deal with stress. 

5 Ways To Cope And Protect Your Health:

  1. Adhere to a healthy diet. While in quarantine or a new normal in which people are spending the vast majority of their time at home, having healthy foods at home and not over-snacking are vital considerations. “We must be more mindful of the foods we put in our bodies,” Dr. Patel says. “Eat as many greens and whole foods as possible. Avoid dairy products as they increase mucus production in the sinus and the chest, leading to lots of sneezing and congestion. The coronavirus enters the nose and makes a home in the sinus, and to increase immunity, it’s important that the sinus and chest are not inflamed. Food prep makes it easier to eat healthy while working from home. Prepare salads and other healthy meals in advance.”
  2. Don’t over-indulge in drinking. “For some people, drinking is the only source of enjoyment during the pandemic,” Dr. Patel says. “And we see people who are isolating having Zoom calls with friends while drinking wine. The problem is that one glass turns into two or more, and with the sugar content of wine, you may wake up during the night. This disturbs sleep, and sleep is when the immune system regenerates. Restorative sleep is essential to our health.”
  3. Take vitamin supplements. “Often, those with adrenal fatigue don’t take in enough essential nutrients as stress increases their body’s nutritional demands,” Dr. Patel says. “To address adrenal and cortisol burnout, take multivitamins in order to get trace minerals.”
  4. Develop a morning ritual. “Deep breathing exercises can be calming and get you out of the hyper state,” Dr. Patel says. “You want to get rid of the ‘fight or flight’ mode and enter the ‘rest and digest’ state of mind.”
  5. Find a stress management activity that works for you. Many people don’t like to exercise, but Dr. Patel notes exercise doesn’t have to be rigorous to be effective. “A type of exercise one enjoys doing at home like walking, running, or yoga goes a long way toward releasing stress hormones,” she says. “And for those who like intense workouts, it’s all good in terms of reducing stress. Another good stress management technique is using biofeedback mechanisms like alpha state meditations to increase immunity.”

“The disruption of daily life by COVID-19 has caused us to rethink many things that we do,” Dr. Patel says. “How we deal with stress needs to be a priority now, and it’s not overly difficult if you develop good daily habits.”

Dr. Nammy Patel, DDS operates a practice called Green Dentistry in San Francisco and is the author of Age With Style: Your Guide To A Youthful Smile & Healthy Living. A graduate of the University of California’s School of Dentistry, she is a leader in the movement to bring environmental sanity and well-being into the dental world. Dr. Patel focuses on helping patients recognize the vital connection between dental health and whole body health.

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Taking care of your health like a celebrity

Whenever we see a photo of nearly any celebrity, or see someone in a movie or a series, they are usually always at peak physical shape. Granted, most of them have personal trainers and dieticians and some of them even have personal chefs to cater to their nutritional requirements. They do yoga, meditate, and eat right to make sure that they are in top shape for the next role. You can also eat, train, and take care of yourself, your body, and your mind like a true celebrity with these few techniques.

Eating right

The key to having a body and digestive system that functions at an optimal level is proper nutrition and adequate hydration, according to Refluxgate Experten zur Krankheit. What we eat greatly impacts how we feel and what we are capable of. The body needs just the right amount of calories and the balance between calories in versus calories out needs to match your goals.

The relationship between macronutrients such as protein, carbohydrates, and fatty acids are also important, but the amount you need might depend on the diet you adhere to. For instance, if you are doing a ketogenic diet like mega stars Megan Fox and Halle Berry have reportedly had great success with, then you need to tone down the number of carbohydrates you ingest and up the fatty acids and protein. There is a huge variety of different ways to split your macronutrients, and it is important that you find a formula that works well for your body and schedule.

For the fatty acids, it is important that they come from healthy sources, so that the fatty acids are unsaturated (preferably polyunsaturated) and not saturated or transfatty acids. Unsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids can be found in nuts, fatty fish such as salmon and herring, and avocado. Saturated fats are generally found in fast food and fried food and should not make up the main part of your diet.

As far as the protein goes it is also important that it comes from solid and healthy sources such as beans and legumes and lean meat such as fish and chicken. The majority of your carbohydrates should come from wholegrain sources of rice, pasta, potatoes and various vegetables. Make sure you drink plenty of water, as water is key to maintaining a healthy body and getting enough sleep. Incorporate lots of different vegetables and fruits into your diet. Basically, if you want to eat like a celebrity, you have to develop clean eating habits.

Calm your mind and body with meditation

Meditation is highly popular within Hollywood – probably because of the high stress working environments and busy schedules. Stars like Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson, Russell Brand, and Brad Pitt all like to take time out of their busy days to just sit and be. Meditation is a great way to unwind and let your thoughts flow and your body relax. Meditation relaxes, refreshes, and recharges your body and soul, as well as decreasing stress symptoms, allowing for a calmer and more relaxed you.
If you are new to meditation, there are a bunch of great apps out there, such as the Keep app (which also has a great yoga section), Calm, and Buddhify. These apps offer guided meditations of varying lengths, which can be great if you are just starting out. There might also be meditation classes available in your area that you can join.  

Get toned and flexible with yoga

Yoga has been around for centuries, but has recently gained a revival and is now being utilized by literally everyone from Jennifer Aniston, who practices yoga to stay in shape and stay flexible both for movies and personal gain, to pro poker players such as Celina Lin, who uses yoga to relax after high stress tournaments. Pretty much all of the Kardashians do yoga, and so do busy CEOs, who takes 20 minutes out of his schedule every day to stretch. Even stars like famous footballer David Beckham, actor Matthew McConaughey and top model Gisele Bundchen implement yoga into their daily routine to stay healthy, lean, and flexible.

Yoga is for everyone, everywhere, and anytime. It gives you that space of solitude and peace whether you have a whole hour at your disposal or only 5 minutes in a hectic afternoon. 
There are so many different versions of yoga, but they are all highly beneficial for your body and mind. See if there are any classes in your area and try a few different types out to discover what suits you the best. Yoga is great for increasing flexibility and muscle tone, and for calming your mind and body, and just like meditation, there are a lot of really great apps for yoga beginners to help you get started.