Green Brain Fest In Poughkeepsie

Thanks to everyone who came out to see us last weekend in Poughkeepsie! We had a wonderful time and it was great getting to know you better!

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Do you have a local event you’d like us to come to? Let us know and we’ll see if we can make it!

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Model Thin

April 3rd, 2015 French President François Hollande put into effect a ban on hiring excessively thin Models.

It’s estimated that 30,000-40,000 people live with Anorexia in France alone, the majority of which are teenagers.

Runway and Fashion Models are generally in the age range or 14-19 which is prime time for girls to develop and be diagnosed with anorexia.

Anorexia is serious.
It is the 3rd most common chronic illness for adolescents* and can be fatal.

Anorexia can cause a plethora of illnesses (heart disease, kidney disease, osteoporosis, ulcers, headaches, as well as many many others) and the mortality rates from anorexia are the highest of any psychological disorder.*

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There are blogs out there, (which I will not dignify by supporting with a link) promoting obscene “anorexia diets”, one of which simply “recommends” a certain number of bites of food per meal. In addition to the ban within the fashion industry to hire dangerously unhealthy models these websites and promoters will now also be subject to fines and potential jail time in France.

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NY1 Time Warner News – Feature on NuSpecies & Sickle Cell

In November of 2014, Karen Christopher, the mother of Amanda Christopher (a NuSpecies’ client), saw Cheryl Wills’ “Tale of Two Cities” report on NY1 that feature The Beckles Family struggle with horrible living conditions in NYCHA housing. Part of this report included the discussion of Corey Beckles, the father, and his struggle with Sickle Cell. Amanda Christopher has been a NuSpecies’ client for the past 2-3 years and she also has Sickle Cell. You can listen to her story here. When her mother saw that Corey was suffering so severely that he was planning his own funeral, Karen reached out to Cheryl Wills, because she wanted to tell Corey about the help he could receive from NuSpecies. Not only did Corey go from being hospitalized every other day to no hospitalizations at all, but Cheryl Wills shot a two day feature on his work with NuSpecies.

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Corey’s original interview with Cheryl Wills about his housing conditions and his health. This is the story that made Karen Christopher find Corey and tell him about NuSpecies.

Watch Corey’s original interview with Cheryl Wills.

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When Cheryl Wills followed up with Corey and realized that NuSpecies detoxifying and nourishing regimen had truly had helped his body decrease his symptoms from Sickle Cell she filmed a two-part feature in NuSpecies’ Brooklyn office on Corey Beckles and Amanda Christopher. This is Part 1.

Watch Part 1 of NuSpecies’ feature reported on by Cheryl Wills in our Brooklyn Office.

This is the second part of a two-part feature Cheryl Wills filmed in NuSpecies Brooklyn office about Corey Beckles and Amanda Christopher's amazing health improvements from Sickle Cell Disease.

This is the second part of a two-part feature Cheryl Wills filmed in NuSpecies Brooklyn office about Corey Beckles and Amanda Christopher’s amazing health improvements from Sickle Cell Disease.

Watch Part 2 of NuSpecies’ feature, reported on by Cheryl Wills in our Brooklyn Office.

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Processed “Food” – What, Why and How?

processed-food-474x234Processed foods are not real. They actually aren’t food in the sense that food is a biologically appropriate source of energy for the human body. They are food products or food commodities, just like jewelry/clothing/scented candles, they are engineered to appeal to one or all senses to make us want to consume them. Consume in both ways: to buy and to ingest.

Often we get hung up on food groups and try to reduce or limit sugar, fat, carbs, or protein. When it comes to processed foods the discussion is completely different. Food groups do not apply because whatever sugar, fat, protein, or carb you are getting out of processed food products, will be the most refined, chemically altered, cheap version of these macro-nutrients. Many common allergens are a result of this processing ie. gluten, soy, etc. because they are so far from their original whole food source. Our bodies respond to them as a toxin.  (more…)

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Banana Sushi

banannasuchiThis quick and easy snack is sure to satisfy any craving throughout the day. They can be eaten right away or frozen and kept for a treat later on.

Directions

  • Using any amount of peeled bananas, spread peanut butter on the top half of the bananas.
  • Sprinkle hemp seeds to cover the peanut butter.
  • Slice and enjoy!

* You can use any nut butter instead of peanut butter such as almond butter or cashew nut butter.
* You can also use chia seeds in place of hemp seeds.

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Alkaline vs. Acidic Foods

acidalkalineWhen nutrients in your food reach your kidneys, they produce ammonium (acidic) or bicarbonate (alkaline) end-product in your tissues. These end-products are called ash and are what remains in the body after the food has been broken down. Foods that produce an alkaline ash are called alkaline forming foods whereas foods that produce an acidic ash are called acid-forming foods. The acid or alkaline-forming effects of foods and liquids that you ingest can disrupt the pH of your body fluids. Fortunately, your body has mechanisms to prevent these forces from shifting the pH of your blood outside of the 7.35 to 7.45 range.  (more…)

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Sleep and Detoxification

sleepA recent study published in Science Magazine shines some light on the importance of sleep in the detox process. Scientists have long proven that sleep gives our brains time to process information, memories, and miscellaneous tidbits that we pick up during the day. The brain needs this downtime to determine which moments it should file away in the memory and which it can discard. There is scientific evidence to support the idea of “sleeping on” a difficult decision. The brain’s processing period during deep sleep can give clarity and help streamline the thought process.  (more…)

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Apple Nachos

apple-nachosThis recipe is great as an after-school snack for children or a fruity alternative to tortilla chips and salsa for parties. The choice is yours!

Dip:

  • 2 cups loosely packed Medjool dates, pitted
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Add the dates to a food processor and pulse until broken up into small pieces. Add the water, vanilla and cinnamon and blend until smooth. This may take up to 7-8 minutes, scraping down the sides of the food processor as needed. Once very smooth, add the maple syrup if desired. Blend until completely combined. Slice up some apple, serve, and enjoy!

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Meditation For Weight Loss

Ever feel like your actions aren’t in line with what you actually want? That may be a sign that your body’s chemistry is not supporting your physical actions. Guided meditation can make you feel silly, but stick with it and you are going to feel amazing! It helps you communicate with your brain to help balance your body’s chemistry to work with you, not against you.

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Indoor Air Quality

indoor-air-qualityIndoor air is rarely superior to outdoor air.  In the summer opening windows and doors for proper ventilation is very helpful.  During the winter when homes, schools and office doors and windows are sealed up to conserve energy, the air quality gets a lot worse.  If too little outdoor air enters these spaces, pollutants can accumulate to levels that can pose health and comfort problems unless they are equipped with special mechanical means of ventilation. NuSpecies wants you to think about a few things…

1. How is the air quality inside your home?

Studies of human exposure to air pollutants by the EPA indicate that indoor levels of pollutants may be 2 to 5 times – and occasionally more than 100 times – higher than outdoor pollutant levels. Indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health. The problems they cause can be subtle and do not always produce easily recognized or immediate impacts on health.  (more…)

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