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Helen Lee Schifter on the Value of Maintaining a Healthy Diet

Helen Lee Schifter has written consistently about the need for there to be a more focused campaign on educating the public of the value of leading a healthier lifestyle. One of the main fundamental components in any such lifestyle, is of course maintaining a healthy dietary habit.

Health advocates like Helen have taken to Thrive Global to communicate to the masses about these issues. Eating healthy however in today’s day and age, does not have to mean compromising on the quality of foods that one is having. In fact, there are so many different options whether organic or gourmet, across a myriad of different cuisines that one can have, that are tasty.

Interestingly enough, although within society there clearly has been a slowness to reaching the understanding and recognition that one should be more rigorous, cautious and careful about one’s dietary habits, in the commercial space, there’s been recognition of the market for it . As such, so many different companies have emerged producing and marketing organic alternatives to different foods, that would normally not be available, pre-dating this development.

Helen Lee Schifter has been adamant about the need for people to take advantage of these options that continue to grow in their scale and scope. Unfortunately, many have not – and they’ve done so at the expense of their own personal health. This has of course been rather unfortunate. Having said that, it’s a trend that many health and wellness advocates are determined to change dramatically for the better.

There are ways to turn this situation around. Indeed, there’s no shortage of alternatives available to the public when it comes to healthy food options that are nonetheless tasty. Across so many different cuisines, these options exist. Whether American, Italian, Middle Eastern or any other type, different cuisines do indeed have organic and healthy options.

So with these options available, we must make a better effort to take advantage of these options. With an obesity epidemic that has plagued our nation’s youth and so many others, across other demographics, these changes need to be taken seriously. The only way we’ll be able to ultimately combat health crises such as the obesity pandemic, is by making an exerted effort to eat healthy. After all, as cliche as it may sound, there is some truth to the expression “you are what you eat.”


Boosts Your Body’s Immunity with Yanni Hufnagel’s Lemon Perfect

With the pandemic still spreading and causing panic, it’s easy to feel like our health and wellness are out of our control. But we still have significant agency over our personal health, and the decisions we make about what to eat and drink, and how much time we devote to sleep and exercise, contribute in a big way to building a more robust immune system — the best defense we have against everything from the novel coronavirus, to stress, obesity, the common cold, and depleted energy levels.

This is not the time to give up on your healthy commitments, says Yanni Hufnagel, founder and CEO of healthy beverage company Lemon Perfect. It’s time to double down.

Hufnagel’s own beverage brand is an easy place to start — a USDA-certified lemon water drink made from cold-pressed California lemons and provides antioxidants, electrolytes, and flavor with zero added sugar and just five calories per bottle. Hufnagel conceived of the drink because he was looking for an alternative to sugary sports drinks packed with colorings and artificial ingredients. He’d learned first-hand about the benefits of lemon water for health and hydration (as had numerous athletes and celebrities, including Tom Brady, Beyoncé, and Jennifer Aniston), but he wanted a drink he didn’t have to squeeze by hand every morning.

Hufnagel is a former basketball player and university-level men’s basketball coach at schools like the University of Nevada Reno, University of California Berkeley, Vanderbilt University, and Harvard University. He knew a better option for healthy hydration was needed for both athletes and health-conscious consumers.

Lemon Perfect was launched in 2017, with beverages available in four refreshing flavors — Just Lemon, Blueberry Acai, Dragon Fruit Mango, and Peach-Raspberry. Each Lemon Perfect drink provides as much Vitamin C as a glass of orange juice — 100% of the Food & Drug Administration’s recommended daily dose. Vitamin C is a key antioxidant needed to fight off illness and helps the body to recover from illness faster.  

Researchers say that people should look to two key factors in defending against illness – immunity, and inflammation. Along with eating fresh fruits and vegetables, cutting back on alcohol, uninterrupted sleep, and regular, vigorous exercise, they stress the importance of Vitamin C, which counters inflammation and boosts immunity. One review of 29 various studies looking at the health benefits of daily Vitamin C found that people who took a daily dose of Vitamin C had significantly shorter colds compared to people taking a placebo.

Hufnagel recognized when he first launched Lemon Perfect — which would go on to win “Best New Product” from BevNet in 2019 — that people needed healthy beverage options that were easy to access. He envisioned a drink that could replace morning orange juice, sports drinks, and energy drinks, and provide rehydrating electrolytes and immune-boosting antioxidants, that was readily available. For health-conscious consumers looking to avoid in-person trips during the pandemic, Lemon Perfect can be purchased by the case on Amazon. It’s also sold at Whole Foods and Target. 

In addition to regular Vitamin C, in order to maintain a healthy immune system, experts also advise people to cut down on excess sugar. A recent article in the NY Times related to staying healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic noted that gaining weight and eating excess sugar can make a person more susceptible to the virus. “Excess weight weakens the immune system,” the author notes, “and abdominal fat, in particular, enhances damaging inflammation.”

One study found that it takes just 75 grams of sugar to weaken the body’s immune response — in other words, the ability of a person’s white blood cells to fight off a virus or infection. That’s equivalent to just two cans of soda. U.S health experts recommend that no more than 10% of our daily calories come from sugar — or that we limit our daily sugar intake to no more than 6 teaspoons or 25 grams total. It’s easy for sugar to sneak into our diets — particularly in drinks — from added sugar in coffee drinks, to juices, sodas, and sports drinks. Replacing these beverages with low- or no-sugar-added options is an easy place in our diet to make a meaningful change that can have a big impact on overall health and wellness. 

And it doesn’t mean giving up sweetness.  Instead of sugar, Lemon Perfect beverages are sweetened with erythritol — a sugar alcohol that occurs naturally in grapes, mushrooms, pears, and watermelon, as well as stevia leaf extract — a zero-calorie sweetener extracted from the leaves of the stevia plant. Unlike sugar, these sweeteners do not cause a spike in blood sugar and erythritol is even proven to contribute to oral health — inhibiting a bacteria that contributes to cavities.

If you do get sick, one of the most important recommendations is to stay hydrated. That’s made easier with a drink like Lemon Perfect which contains the electrolyte-boosting power of lemons. Electrolytes are minerals that balance the amount of water in the body and maintain the body’s acid-to-base or pH level. They help move nutrients into and waste out of cells, they keep organs and nerves functioning properly, and they are especially important to maintain in times when the body is losing water, such as during vigorous training or fevers and illness.

Staying healthy has never been more crucial. Taking easier steps, like replacing sugary drinks, can bring real benefits and lead in time to other healthy decisions. While we can’t control the pandemic, Hufnagel notes, we can take this opportunity to shift our diets and lifestyles in a healthier direction.

About Lemon Perfect
Lemon Perfect is a naturally refreshing, zero sugar cold-pressed lemon water with antioxidants and electrolytes. Certified organic and full of flavor, Lemon Perfect is widely considered by industry insiders to be one of the most scalable, exciting, and innovative emerging beverage concepts in the marketplace.

About Yanni Hufnagel

Yanni Hufnagel is the Founder & CEO of Lemon Perfect, a naturally refreshing, zero sugar cold-pressed lemon water with essential antioxidants and hydrating electrolytes. Certified organic and full of flavor, Lemon Perfect – named “Best New Product” at BevNET’s Best of 2019 Awards – is widely considered by industry insiders to be one of the most scalable, exciting and innovative emerging beverage concepts in the marketplace.

Founded in 2017 and backed by an extraordinary team of investors, the company’s mission is to democratize drinkable wellness by making Lemon Perfect accessible for anyone, anytime, anywhere.

Before starting Lemon Perfect, Hufnagel served as an assistant men’s college basketball coach, with stops at Nevada, California, Vanderbilt, Harvard, and Oklahoma. Hufnagel earned the reputation as one of the most dogged recruiters in America, consistently lauded for signing nationally-ranked recruiting classes. In Hufnagel’s 10 years coaching college basketball, his teams reached the NCAA Tournament six times.

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Beal Properties’ Guide to Your Chicago Apartment Glow-Up

While collectively in quarantine, a surge of creativity, desire to learn, and openness to try new things has led to countless individuals partaking in crafting projects, beautification of their living spaces, and the following of a myriad of different tutorials. Spending more time than ever in their apartments, countless tenants have engaged in various “nesting” projects to create personal sanctuaries, reach previously inconceivable organization levels, and revamp already existing decor. If you’ve missed the boat on the apartment glow-up, don’t fret, as now is the perfect time for an apartment overhaul. As the city begins to adapt to a “new normal”, and opens for business, this timing is a wonderful opportunity to finally create a window garden, upgrade your tableside accessories, or create a bespoke closet organizer. With over 30 years of experience as a leading real estate investment and management company, Chicago’s Beal Properties is well versed in the art of making an apartment feel like home. Below, Beal’s experts lend their sage wisdom for Chicago’s tenants looking to expand their apartment’s charm.

Minimize Hallway Clutter

In an apartment of any size, configuration, or layout, maximizing space is a key factor for creating a welcoming, clean, and clutter-free aesthetic. Most of Beal Properties’ Chicago apartments feature semi-open floor plans, which can be made further boundless by avoiding excessive clutter throughout high-traffic open areas. By avoiding clunky furniture in hallways, you can maintain wide open passage, creating a clean, open, and breathable area. To offset a feeling of emptiness, the experts at Beal Properties suggest showcasing art, family photos, or other wall-mounted designs on a lengthy hallway wall. To create a showroom look, they suggest utilizing a myriad of different frames in complementary colors and styles, and extending framed pieces throughout the length of an entire wall. For savvy online shoppers, finding great deals on picture frames, pre-framed art, and printing services will swiftly meet this need. For those venturing out, local artisan shops in neighborhoods like Andersonville champion local artisan creations, and may allow window shopping, local pick-up, or other shopping methods.

Mix Vintage With Modern

Historic buildings in Chicago are known for bespoke architectural detailing. From expertly handcrafted crown molding, to classic bay windows, many buildings feature craftsmanship indicative of their inaugural build. Many properties owned and operated by Beal Properties contain a beautiful array of original and restored architectural features, proudly highlighted and protected by Beal Properties. These vintage touches are seamlessly married with modern appliances, sleek finished, and thoroughly new touches. One of Beal Properties’ most recent renovations, located at 2900 N. Mildred Ave in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, combines classic Chicago architecture with sleek modernity. To play up both styles, the experts at Beal Properties suggest combining sleek furniture with vintage trinkets. By retaining a mostly modern furniture style, you can indulge in modern conveniences and comforts made available by new furniture, and create a sleek space. However, to add charm, vintage accessories can provide the charm that will pull out detailed crown molding accents. From vintage Bears gear, to weathered maps, there are endless local shops dedicated to eccentric homewares, local accessories, and the accessories that will bring soul into your apartment. Chicago’s many vintage shops provide authentic goods from yesteryear that can add character to any space.

Create a “Mud Room”

While entering your apartment used to be a seemingly thoughtless project, the ongoing global pandemic has created new routines for individuals entering their apartment after a venture outdoors. This new procession involves taking off a mask, hat, keys, purse, wallet, and maybe even shoes before immediately rushing to the nearest sink for hand washing. Thus, creating a bespoke area dedicated to a safe, seamless, and proactive entrance can make this process more streamlined. Maintaining a portfolio of over 90 properties within the Chicago area, Beal Properties professionals understand the unique needs of apartment dwellers, including this burgeoning need to create a safe entryway. They suggest adding a small table or stand in the entryway, complete with bowls or small containers for housing masks, and hooks for hanging keys, and other essentials. To complete the efficiency of this space, Beal Properties professionals suggest adding a hand sanitizing area for quick on-the-go sanitizing, and keeping disinfecting wipes handy for any immediate needs for compromised items, such as cell phones.

Invest in a Home Office Space

As working from home has become the new normal for countless professionals, the need for a bespoke space to conduct operations is crucial. According to Beal Properties, creating an office nook in an apartment can expertly foster a working atmosphere without the need for extensive space. If you don’t have access to an entire room to devote to home office operations, consider items that can easily transition a space. For example, creating an office experience in your dining room can be as simple as moving your laptop, a few office supplies, and a coffee mug into your dining area. When it is time to transition to post-work living, simply removing these items allows you to return to the space’s original intention. To keep things organized, undamaged, and in working order, consider purchasing a large storage container for transporting these materials. Some storage containers can even easily pass for furniture, like ottomans with hidden storage. For heavier loads, look for storage options on wheels, or ones that can be incorporated into a room’s already existing decor.

Add Some Greenery

If you’re an avid outdoor lover who misses basking in the greenery as much as possible, bring the outdoors inside with crisp, lush, and easy to care for plants. Many hardy varieties do not require extensive gardening knowledge, and can thrive in apartment settings. From cacti and mosses, to palms and snake plants, there are many houseplants to choose from. With retailers offering trendy and beautiful displays, like hanging terrariums and “living walls”, your greenery can even double as art. By adding a few living plants into your apartment’s space, you can relish in your love of nature safely indoors. 

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How Jack Landsmanas creates sustainable food security for Mexico

With technology growing and improving at exponential rates around the world, it’s time to start focusing on sustainability. That’s what entrepreneur Jack Landsmanas’ company Corporativo Kosmos is focusing on now: adopting and further developing sustainable practices.

As the leader of Mexico’s largest foodservice provider, Jack Landsmanas takes the initiative to invest in new technologies and innovations within the food industry, with the intent to give back.

The History of Corporativo Kosmos

Corporativo Kosmos was founded in 1959 by Don Pablo Landsmanas, Jack Landsmanas’ grandfather who strove to make a difference in his community. Before it became the powerhouse it is today, Pablo Landsmanas’ business began as a small butcher shop called La Modelo. With the passion and drive to create an impact on the world around him, Pablo created a company culture focused on serving others first, which organically grew into the ethical corporation it is today.

Now, under Jack Landsmanas’ leadership, the companies and organizations that comprise Corporativo Kosmos move tons of food every day, proudly serving and feeding communities across Mexico – honoring his grandfather’s legacy.

Sustainability in the Food Industry

Sustainability is all about looking at the big picture, making headway now to benefit the goals of tomorrow and on. This concept comes with placing value on optimization, reducing waste, and satisfying the needs of consumers today and future generations.

Jack Landsmanas believes that sustainable businesses are key to success in the future, but they’re also essential for supporting domestic and international economies, the earth, and up leveling the quality of life worldwide. He says, “We’ve launched a few sustainability projects with Corporativo Kosmos, but I think sustainability-focused ventures are the next big thing. If we can build a better battery, better solar panels, or more efficient water conservation solutions, we can save so many lives around the world. Life would be so much better for everyone. And the demand is there, too.”

The development of biotechnology is the first step to achieving sustainability: starting in the fields, all the way to the kitchen table. Starting with crop growth, biotechnology specializes in researching improvements for the quality of crops, reducing contamination, and preventing loss of crops from pest infestation.

This is where Jack Landsmanas takes sustainability a step further. Under his leadership, Corporativo Kosmos created a Sustainability Platform and established specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the company per The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States’ long-term goals.

Sustainable Development Goals

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States established an agenda to work toward sustainable development by 2030, which includes a total of 17 Sustainable Development Goals:

  1. Ending poverty worldwide
  2. Ending hunger and malnutrition
  3. Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all
  4. Ensuring inclusive and quality life-long education and learning
  5. Achieving gender equality, specifically through the empowerment of all women and girls
  6. Ensuring the availability of quality water and adequate sanitation
  7. Ensuring access to clean energy for all
  8. Promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth and employment
  9. Promoting sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation
  10. Reducing inequality within and among countries
  11. Making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  12. Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns
  13. Taking urgent action to combat climate change
  14. Conserving oceans, seas, and marine life and resources
  15. Sustainably managing forests and combating biodiversity loss
  16. Promoting peaceful societies, and preventing conflict and distress migration
  17. Revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development

Essentially, Jack Landsmanas’s mission with Corporativo Kosmos boils these goals down to 3 main focus areas:

Zero Hunger

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States approximates that only 40% of produced food is consumed by humans and animals; the rest becomes waste. 30% of crops are rendered inedible due to pests and plant diseases, and consumers waste an additional 30% of food once it’s in their possession. With the proper use of biotechnology and utilizing ethical suppliers, less food will be wasted worldwide.

The next step toward achieving food security worldwide is promoting responsible production and consumption by establishing a circular economy. In a circular economy, resources are used for as long as possible, with every ounce of value extracted from the products while in use. From there, the leftovers are recovered and regenerated for as long as possible. Practically speaking, this means replacing plastic packaging with recyclable or biodegradable materials and investing in renewable energy sources.

Clean Water:

Water is a highly valuable and non-negotiable resource within the food industry. It’s used in every step in production and distribution. From growing food on farms, washing fresh produce, cooking, and sanitizing, clean water is an absolute necessity.

Jack Landsmanas specifically incorporates water-saving strategies such as the closed-loop system and vacuum evaporation.

Combating Climate Change

All resources ultimately come from the earth. With weather patterns becoming more extreme due to human-induced climate change, caring for the earth is more important now than ever before.

This is where Jack Landsmanas’ Sustainability Platform comes in. In addition to reducing waste, recycling where possible, and incorporating water-saving strategies, Corporativo Kosmos takes a more personal approach. Within Corporativo Kosmos is The Pablo Landsmanas Foundation, which promotes the protection of the environment and promoting economic development in Mexico as a result.

In essence, Jack Landsmanas, Corporativo Kosmos, and The Pablo Landsmanas Foundation are all working a sustainable future for you, for them, for Mexico.


Socati Has Made a Commitment to Offering Its Customers the Best in Broad-Spectrum Cannabinoid Products

Known for its line of hemp and CBD industry water-soluble products and broad-spectrum cannabinoid oil, the Austin-based company Socati has experienced a tremendous wave of growth since its 2018 founding.

The firm is steadily building a significant base of manufacturing companies that have come to rely on its unique CBD, CBG, and other cannabinoid products with broad-spectrum qualities. Cannabinoids are at the heart of Socati’s mission, contributing to the innovative products that the company creates. Providing a wealth of benefits to users, the most notable of these cannabinoids are CBD and CBG.

The organization’s high-quality products are widely renowned for their non-detectable THC content. This element is essential for those who seek the effects of CBD without the intoxication that THC usually provides. In-depth studies have indicated that broad-spectrum products are ideal for these purposes and catering to a larger customer base.

Through the dedication to developing leading and innovative products in the CBD space, Socati has quickly scaled the ladder, becoming an impressive player in this exciting industry.

The Socati team recently announced that a new CBG water-soluble product is under development using microencapsulation technology. One of the most desirable aspects of this product is the fact that it is flavorless. Along with its broad-spectrum CBD oils, this product is one of the hallmarks of the Socati mission and a major factor in its increasing popularity.

Josh Epstein, chief executive officer of Socati, plays a critical role in the development of these outstanding health and CBD industry products, weighing in about the launch of the company’s latest product offering. The CEO notes that his company has utilized cutting-edge technology to manufacture these outstanding additives.

The development of water-soluble CBD is yet another big step on the journey that this impressive Austin, Texas-based firm is embarking on to make a major impact on the growing hemp and CBD industry.