This summer an unexpected waterskiing accident left me with severe whiplash, five stitches in the back of my skull, a compressed occipital nerve, a puncture in my neck that nearly hit an artery, a punctured eardrum and a pretty nasty concussion.
Concussions suck. They demand a lengthy recovery, prolonged down time and they affect many aspects of your life including mobility, career, relationships and finances. Mild traumatic brain injuries (also called TBI’s) an invisible injury that has no fixed timeline for recovery—Now, before you get too meloncholy, I’ve got some tips that helped me get through my concussion in about four weeks.Continue Reading…
The only thing for certain is something unexpected is going to happen
As the early morning glow seeped down the hillsides and across the lake, I walked down the dock with my ski in hand and an excited grin across my face. I hopped into the boat and heard, “you’re up girl!”—I guess it was apparent I could hardly wait to get swerving.
As I began carving across the wake, I heard nothing but the sound of breaking water behind me and hum of the boat. I settled into a rhythm on my ski and did several passes before taking a breather and going once more—so stoked to be on the water again.Continue Reading…
Being an expert in the sack requires practice, dedication and an enthusiasm for improvement. It takes more than nutrition and physical training to perform at your peak—you need sleep. More than you think! Professional sleep expert Victor H. Javeri Jr., PhD, RPSGT, CSE tells Zesty Life why athletes should make sleep a priority in their daily training.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to guzzle it back like grandma said. There are plenty of ways to incorporate Apple Cider Vinegar into your diet.
This health tonic has been praised for its ability to balance your pH, increase good gut bacteria and help control your weight, boost your health and improve your appearance. For athletes, the amino acid, raw enzyme and potassium provides amazing performance and recovery benefits.
Feeling like you need to get gutsy? Apple Cider Vinegar contains a compound called malic acid and also boasts antibacterial and antiviral properties, which can all help alleviate problems in your gut.
By promoting better lymph circulation, apple cider vinegar pushes toxins out of the body all while supplying your body with natural minerals, vitamins and enzymes. High levels of potassium help clear up sinus infections, sore throats, and allergies.
Mid-race and your leg suddenly cramps! Not to worry, you can bust out your emergency Apple Cider Vinegar shot. High in potassium, you can try two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and feel the cramp vanish!
By adding a dash of Apple Cider Vinegar to your meal each day, you may feel fuller, longer. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that it slowed fat accumulation.
Insulin function & blood sugar levels
Vinegar has been shown to have numerous benefits for insulin function and blood sugar levels. 2 tablespoons of vinegar before a meal—perhaps, as part of a vinaigrette salad dressing will dramatically reduce the spike in blood concentrations of insulin and glucose that come after a meal.
Suggested ways to incorporate
In vinaigrette for salads and other bowls
Replace it when using regular vinegar in stir-fry recipes
Replace it when using regular vinegar in steak marinade
Tuna salad with apple cider vinegar, olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper—rather than mayo.
Mix with honey and hot water as a pre-bedtime tonic