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5 Healthy Living Bloggers We Love

Sometimes staring at a screen can be good for you, if you’re looking for inspiration on health, wellness and fitness in the right places. Here are five healthy living bloggers we’ve got bookmarked at Sagely HQ that we think you’ll love:

For the soon-to-be healthy mom:

Photo Credit: With D

Dana of With D inspires women to keep fit and healthy before, during and after pregnancy with her writing, workout tips and wholesome recipes. She focuses on empowering moms – both mentally and physically – for child birth and beyond through key exercise regimens, dietary advice and good old-fashioned girl power. We love her quick video workouts on Instagram and her Mummy Moments reflections on motherhood.

For the healthy foodie:

Photo Credit: Nutrition Stripped

Eating well doesn’t have to mean sacrificing flavor and no one knows that better than dietitian nutritionist McKel Hill of Nutrition Stripped. She loves to share simple and delicious recipes, health tips and favorite finds to keep you feeling your best, inside and out. And she does it all in a beautiful, fresh format that we love to look at. Check out her post on “How to Improve Digestion in 5 Steps” and find her gorgeous cookbook here.

For the 60+ set:

Photo Credit: Sixty + Me

Life starts after 60, if you ask us. And the team at Sixty + Me definitely agrees. Their mission is to empower and motivate women to find their own voice and value in a transitional time of life that offers so much new opportunity. They do it by writing on topics ranging from beauty and fitness to relationships, travel and retirement in a fun, engaging way. We loved this post on maintaining healthy joints and avoiding arthritis and this one on how just 12 minutes of daily yoga can have a major impact on your health.

For the tech junkie:

Photo Credit: Techealthiest

We get it, we can get sucked into a social media vortex as quickly as anyone, which is why we love Dr. Greg Kusnick’s blog, He writes about the intersection of technology, health and happiness and explores how we can all be a little smarter about our social media consumption and how we allow it to impact our wellness. Bookmark this post on “How to Take a Healthy Selfie” and this one on “Mental Healthy Days.” We love those, too ?

For the girl who needs a little fun with her fitness:

Photo Credit: In It 4 The Long Run

We love Georgie from In It 4 the Long Run because her approach to healthy living is filled with real-life advice, encouragement and laughs. She is the first one to say that living your best life isn’t always easy but that it’s always worth it and she wants to help you on your journey. We lol’d more than once at her post on giving up regular exercise (yep, you read that right) and Insta-followed everyone on her healthy living feeds to follow post.

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5 Signs of Nutritional Deficiencies – And How to Combat Them!

We all know that a healthy, balanced diet is key to a nutritionally sound life, but sometimes, despite our best efforts in the kitchen, our busy lives can take a beating when it comes to the nutrients our bodies need. Here are five signs (that you might be missing!) that you may need to re-evaluate your routines to get everything running in top shape:

1) Leg cramps – if your calves are always aching and it’s not directly tied to your fitness routine, you may have a magnesium deficiency you need to look into. Magnesium helps keep blood pressure normal, bones strong, and heart rhythm steady and most Americans aren’t getting enough of it in their diet. Whole foods like green, leafy vegetables, nuts, beans, peas and soybeans, and whole-grain cereals can be an excellent source of the much-needed mineral and a supplement (aim for 350 mg/day, max) can be great, too.

2) White spots on nails – if you miss your weekly manicure and see white spots developing on your nail beds, you could be snoozing on your zinc intake. Low zinc levels can also cause bumpy ridges to develop on your nails. Zinc keeps the immune system strong, fights infection and helps heal wounds so it’s a key component to a healthy body.

3) Bleeding gums – Vitamin C gets a lot of buzz but almost 1/3 of Americans aren’t consuming enough of it! Bleeding gums can be a telltale sign you need to up your Vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that fights free radicals in the body. Citrus is a great place to start but strawberries, bell peppers and broccoli are other good sources and a boost from a daily supplement  (recommended 75 mg per day for women, 90 mg per day for men) is always helpful, especially this time of year.

4) Constipation – if you’re having trouble in the regularity department, take a look at your potassiumconsumption. Potassium is super important for muscle strength, nerve function and building a strong cardiovascular system and though it’s easy enough to find in many of your favorite foods (avocado, bananas, melon and more), if you’re ingesting too much sodium at the same time, you’re excreting all the benefits of your recommended 4,700 mg of potassium per day. So watch your diet and your intake to make sure you balance everything – and we mean everything – out.

5) Eye twitching – the odd shaky eye can be a sign of fatigue, stress or too much caffeine but if twitching is a regular occurrence, you may want to assess your Vitamin B12 levels. B12 helps maintain healthy nerve and red blood cell function and too little can cause shaky movements, muscle weakness and spasticity…i.e. that annoying twitch that is ruining your day. It’s easy to fall behind on your B12 needs so add a multivitamin daily to keep your eyes – and your health – in check.

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Why You Need to Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet!

Got Drugs? April 30th is National Take Back Day, a day to bring awareness to proper disposal of prescription medications. Did you know…

“2.8 million pounds of prescription medications go unused by US Consumers.” ~King Pharmaceuticals, Inc

Prescription drugs can be lifesavers for many people with medical conditions. But, there often comes a time when you have unused medications around the house. This can be due to changes in your prescription, the medication being out of date, or you no longer needing them. Rather than leave them laying around, it is important to properly dispose of them.

Why Dispose of Unused Medications?

Besides causing excess clutter in your pillbox, pill organizer, or medicine cabinet, unused medication can lead to accidental exposure by a child or family member, and could also encourage the misuse of certain drugs. Don’t take the risk.

It is tempting to flush medications down the toilet or dispose of them in the trash, but that is not the way to go. Medications can be taken out of the trash and misused. Some have suggested mixing the drugs with coffee grounds or kitty litter and then throwing in the trash, but this does not prevent them from being taken out and cleaned up. This is especially dangerous for desirable controlled substances such as OxyContin and highly addictive drugs.

Improper Disposal Can Harm Children and Pets

“Each year in the United States, more than 1 million poison exposures among children younger than six years of age are reported to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.” ~UpToDate

Human medications are also one of the leading causes of pet poisoning and usually happen due to throwing meds in the trash. This also puts curious children at risk. Crushing pills to throw them away is risky too for the handler and anyone that could be exposed.

Properly dispose of your medications today. It doesn’t take long.

How To Properly Dispose of Your Medication

A great way to get rid of unwanted medications is through a local take-back program. You can check with your community center or law enforcement centers to see when a program is taking place.

“Medicine take-back programs are a good way to safely dispose of most types of unneeded medicines. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) periodically hosts National Prescription Drug Take-Back events where collection sites are set up in communities nationwide for safe disposal of prescription drugs.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration can also help you find a collection center to properly dispose of prescription medications. You can use the Controlled Substance Public Disposal Locations search to find your most convenient location. You simply put in your zip code or city and state, the distance you are willing to travel, and click search.

Use the DEA’s Search Feature Here

If you do not obtain a location close to you, you may also try contacting local pharmacies or nursing homes to see how they are disposing of medications. Mail-back programs are another option if you do not have a local take-back program.

April 30th is National Take Back Day dedicated to awareness of proper disposal for unused medications. Learn more and find out how you can participate through the DEA Here.

Make the extra effort to dispose of your medications properly and rest knowing that you have not put anyone at risk. You will be protecting the environment too.

“Returning your unwanted medicines to a take-back program is the safest and most environmentally protective way to dispose of unused medication.”

Be sure to save the poison helpline number in case of an emergency.

Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222 is free to callers and is answered by clinicians who have been specially trained in toxicology and poison prevention. The line is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is a resource for the public and healthcare practitioners alike.

Join the initiative and share this post to bring awareness to this important issue.

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5 Unique Hotel Perks That Promote Wellness

A standard hotel booking normally means you get a clean, simple place to rest your head while travelling out of town or on vacation. It may include extras like a 24-hour gym, vending machines, and complimentary breakfasts. But some hotels are getting creative and taking their perks a step further. Often way further.

In a time when services like Airbnb are becoming very popular, hotels around the world are finding other ways to provide truly high-end experiences that travelers don’t get from renting someone’s apartment for a week.

Below are five wellness-focused amenities that really caught our eye from hotels around the country. If you’re looking for something extra while planning your next trip, these can be great for inspiration.

1. First, take The Benjamin hotel in New York City. Patrons can order from a Rest and Renew Menu that includes ten different pillow types plus a list of iron chef-designed bedtime snacks under 200 calories each! Those who have trouble falling asleep will likely find the answer to their problems here.

2. Special dietary needs can be a problem when travelling, but not at a place like the EVEN Hotels. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and low carb diets, just to name a few, are ready to picked right from the menu. Plus, each of their hotel rooms is specially-designed with ergonomic work spaces for those who need to do business during their stay.

3. For those expecting an ultimate spa pampering, Miraval Arizona in Tucson offers a huge variety of services that include what they call “Specialty Bodywork” treatments. For an extra $275, you can experience an exclusive Samadi Healing Ceremony complete with Native American Shamanic drumming and chants plus Reiki, acupuncture, and reflexology treatments. That’s certainly not something you can experience just anywhere!

4. If the kids are tagging along, The James in Chicago makes them feel special too while encouraging family time away from home. Their Lil’ James Family Adventurer package includes a private media room with a full DVD list, a kid-friendly dining menu, guides to family-friendly adventures in the city, books and board games galore, and a special milk and cookie turndown service.

5. Hotels are known for rest and relaxation, but the Kimpton Hotels are all about staying active too. Each of their hotels offers visitors a complimentary custom-designed (and stylish) PUBLIC bike for exploring the city or taking a romantic ride. But if you don’t want to go outside to stay fit, you’ll also find a yoga mat in each room, plus access to jogging stations and healthy meals and snacks.

Making sure clients have access to unique wellness options away from home means more visitors and a better bottom line for hotels. This win-win never felt healthier!

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Why You Should Be Exercising Your Brain

We are regularly bombarded with reminders about exercising our bodies for good health. But did you know that the brain benefits from exercise too? It’s known as “brain fitness” and you don’t have to step foot into a gym to do it!

Brain fitness uses mental challenges, such as puzzles and brain teasers, to promote new brain cell growth and survival. This can mean improved concentration, better memory, a more focused mind, and a lower risk of age-related memory loss.

There are many ways to reap these awesome benefits while engaging your mind. Read on for some of our top suggestions!

Use a brain training program.

Several online brain fitness programs have recently been developed to give the brain a good workout. These companies work with scientists and cite studies to support the effectiveness of their brain training exercises:

BrainHQ provides science-supported exercises created by neuroscientists and other brain experts. They even call themselves “your personal brain gym.”

The well-known Lumosity program works with both game designers and researchers throughout the world to develop their games. They begin with a Fit Test to see how you compare with other people your age.

Fit Brains by Rosetta Stone is another great resource for fun brain games. Their exercises train you in skills such as problem-solving, language, and mind processing speed.

Play your own puzzles and brain teaser games.

Challenging games, like Sudoku or crosswords, can keep you sharp and help strengthen your mind. Plus, they are fun! Websites like ProProfs Brain Games let you play logic games and do puzzles from anywhere online.

Engage with others.

Speaking with people about important topics can be a great basic workout for the brain. You get to discuss different viewpoints and talk about what you know, which stimulates the mind. Plus, staying social prevents isolation and is just great for your overall wellbeing.

Start a new hobby.

Different parts of the brain are exercised when you teach yourself a new skill or enroll in a new class. Some good ideas include dance, music, or art classes. It’s a fun way to make sure you are always learning!

Turn off the TV.

While entertaining, watching too much television doesn’t allow your mind much room for independent thought. But when you do watch TV, try to focus on programs with complex characters or plots and use your brain to analyze them while you watch. This lets you get involved in the story while your mind stays engaged.

So while you’re eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and heading to the gym regularly, plan to engage in some daily mind activities too. Because no matter your age, a fit body isn’t complete without a fit mind!

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Top 5 Benefits of Adding Resistance Bands to Your Workouts

If you’ve never tried using resistance bands, it is well worth your while to learn how you can incorporate them into your workouts. Resistance bands are fairly simple, but can seriously help to challenge your body in new ways and help you reach your fitness goals. They are basic rubber bands made in varying degrees of thickness, and can be used to do most any strength-based exercise without the need for using heavy dumbbells.

Top 5 benefits of resistance bands

  1. Adaptable for any fitness level. One of the incredible benefits of resistance bands is that they can be used by those totally new to strength training or seasoned experts. This is mainly due to the fact that they can be purchased from thin to thick, and you can even use multiple bands at once if you need extra resistance.
  1. Portable and affordable. While purchasing an entire set of dumbbells to use at home can cost a pretty penny, a resistance band costs around $10. You can even buy a set of bands along with a workout DVD for under $50. Another excellent benefit of resistance bands is that they couldn’t be easier to travel with, so you can use them in hotel rooms, outside at a park, or anywhere you want to get in a quick and effective workout.
  1. Whole body movements. Any fitness expert will tell you that selecting whole body exercises (movements that target multiple muscle groups) is important if weight loss is your ultimate goal. Resistance bands can be easily used to do just that, as they challenge every major muscle group of the body.
  1. Switch up your workout routine. Another key element to exercise success is challenging your body in new ways, so as to keep progressing and avoid plateaus. You’ve probably noticed that the exercises that were tough in the beginning slowly but surely get easier, and this is a sign that you need to switch it up. Resistance bands can be alternated with free weights or machines to add a different type of challenge. Read here to learn more about some major differences between free weights and bands.
  1. Offer an effective workout. Not only are bands great for strength-based exercises, but they can also work your flexibility, range of motion and stamina.

3 exercises to try

Resistance bands can be incorporated into movements you might already be familiar with, so you can easily experiment with these variations.

Standing row

Instead of using a cable machine, loop your resistance band around any solid surface (pole, tree, etc). Bend your knees slightly keeping your weight in the heels, abs tight and shoulders down, and row back with each hand on one handle of your band. If you need more resistance step back, and vice versa.


Place the resistance band under your feet, which should be just past shoulder width apart, toes forward. Holding the handles, bring them up to shoulder level, and keep them there throughout the exercise. Come into your squat (weight on the heels), and push back up to standing. As always, use a thicker band for more resistance.

Overhead press

Position the band just like you did for the squat, with it under your feet and holding the handles at shoulder level. Instead of squatting, start with your arms at 90 degrees from your shoulders, and press up until they are straight and next to your ears. Return to your starting position, and repeat.

For more ideas of how to use a resistance band, check out this great article. And remember, don’t be fooled into thinking these movements are just for beginners, as they can truly take your workout to the next level.

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Pill Management is So Much More Important Than You Think

As you know, we are deeply passionate about pill management. But while we embarked upon this journey because of our own experience helping loved ones with their medications, non-adherence results in an estimated $100-300 Billion in annual medical costs, and an estimated 125,000 deaths per year.

But many may not realize that non-adherence is most often by choice. According to the AMA, these are the most common reasons people don’t take their pills:

  • Patients may be experiencing fear about possible side effects.
  • The high cost of the medication may cause patients to delay or avoid purchasing their prescription.
  • Patients may be experiencing confusion about how the medication helps, particularly in cases of those with chronic illnesses who don’t see improvement right away.
  • When taking multiple prescriptions and doses, it’s much more likely for a patient to lose track and forget to take their pills.
  • When they start to feel better, patients may choose to discontinue treatment before it’s time.
  • Patients worry that they’ll become dependent upon the medication.
  • Patients suffering from depression are more likely to be non-adherent.
  • When a patient feels suspicious of their doctor and his/her perceived relationship with pharmaceutical companies, they may be less likely to comply.

There are countless other personal reasons that people have for non-adherence, but the greatest area of opportunity is with communication. Patients rely heavily on doctors for education and reassurance, but you are your own best advocate.  Here are 4 ways you can help yourself better manage your medical adherence:

  1. Don’t be afraid to speak up. Your doctor may think their explanation of what the medication does was clear, or that the usage instructions were straightforward, so if you keep quiet they won’t realize there’s an issue. Ask questions and express concerns, your doctor is there to help you.
  1. Enlist a partner. Informing a friend or family member of your regimen and having them join you at appointments provides you with another set of eyes, ears, and hands.
  1. Use tools that will help. Organizers and other containers, reminder apps, smartphone alarms, a spreadsheet, a calendar – there are many ways to manage the regular taking of pills. Choose what best helps you stay organized, and stick with it.
  1. Don’t use the internet to self-diagnose. Medical websites and online forums should never take the place of your doctor.

By not adhering to his or her treatment plan, a patient doesn’t reap the benefits that medication is intended to provide. Patients may feel helpless when faced with illness, but by managing one’s health he or she may end up feeling more empowered. And eventually healthier.

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Welcome to Sagely!

Sagely is the realization of a dream that began well over two years ago…

We had been helping our own parents and grandparents with managing their medications, and we found the experience constantly challenging because of the way typical drugstore pill boxes are made:

  • Tiny compartments that barely fit more than a few small pills and barely any large ones
  • Plastic lids that are tough to open, especially for people with arthritis and other manual dexterity issues
  • Made of cheap, cloudy materials that break easily
  • Inaccurate loading and pills dropping on the floor only to find them days later (this really happened to us – many times!)
  • Ugly design that gets hidden away and forgotten about

We tried various models and actually came to expect these frustrations, but after assisting a grandparent with the counting of over 30 pills and vitamins a day, we had to ask ourselves – why is this ok? For many people, the pill box holds medications that are a matter of life and death, so shouldn’t such a crucial tool be more reliable?

We decided it was time for a change.

We designed the Sagely Smart Weekly Pill Organizer to be both useful AND positive. Taking your pills and vitamins should be a pleasant experience – it should make you feel good about improving your wellbeing rather than make you feel “sick.” With its beautiful design, large containers, clear materials, spacious surface area on the lids, and the ability to push pills through to the container after counting them out, the Sagely Smart Weekly Pill Organizer is determined to be the exact opposite of the drugstore pill box (yes, our inanimate Smart Weekly Pill Organizer has a tenacious personality).

We also wanted to factor in accountability, by giving the user the opportunity to continually verify that all of their pills are accounted for. This is why we also created the Sagely App, an easy-to-use way to program and be reminded of when it’s time to take your medications. At our core, Sagely has committed to using simplicity and design to take some of the burden out of managing wellness.

And today is the official launch of our website – we couldn’t be more excited!

We’ll be using the space in our blog to highlight everything happening with us, as well as to share valuable information and tips that support our mission:

Wellbeing Made Simple.

It’s not just a tagline after all, it’s a philosophy!

Our Smart Weekly Pill Organizer is days away from being shipped and the Sagely App will be available for FREE download in the coming weeks for Apple and Android devices.

Be sure to add us on social media for real time updates on our products, promotions, and news! “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on twitter, and stay tuned as we roll out more channels in the coming days.

There’s so much happening that we can’t wait to share with you. Sign up for our email list to be among the first in the world to experience the Sagely difference. Simply go to our homepage and click “Notify Me” – we’ll take it from there!

Thank you,

Team Sagely