(article) Look to Your Diet to Naturally Aid Your Recovery

healthy foodWhen you take your fitness seriously, there is always a chance that you may suffer an injury during the course of training, and indeed around 1.9million people attend the Emergency Room each year due to sporting injuries1. This isn’t just frustrating when it gets in the way of your usual workout schedule, but it is typically a painful experience while you wait for your bones or soft tissues to heal. Although effective painkillers are available to ease your discomfort and these seem like the easy option, pain relievers have their draw backs. Physical Therapy is a useful addition to standard medical treatment to avoid over-reliance on drugs, but there are various changes you can make to your diet to enhance healing and reduce inflammation. One popular approach is to adopt an anti-inflammatory diet2.

Dangers of heavy painkiller use

If you wonder why relying heavily on painkillers is an issue, there are three main problems. Firstly, even seemingly harmless over-the-counter drugs can have adverse effects when taken for more than just a few days. For instance, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories like aspirin and ibuprofen can cause digestive upset and in more severe cases stomach ulcers, bleeding and altered kidney and liver function3. There is also a risk that with a drug like paracetamol you may inadvertently overdose, as even taking less than the daily maximum of the medication over several weeks can lead to liver damage4. The last issue is that with a more severe serious injury that doesn’t respond to over-the-counter treatments, you may need a prescription painkiller, which is typically an opiate. These drugs not only lead to unpleasant side-effects, such as nausea, constipation and drowsiness, but they are highly addictive. Around 2million Americans abuse prescription painkillers, which usually requires specialist treatment, and ironically, some of the medications used to treat opiate dependence are addictive. As a result, looking to other strategies to reduce reliance on analgesia is advisable.

Get the right balance of fats

Although you may think that omega-3 fatty acids are mainly advocated to protect your heart, they have a diverse range of properties, one of which is reducing inflammation5. That is why these fats, which largely come from oily fish, are often favored by people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis to reduce joint inflammation. There is also evidence that these oils relieve muscle pain as well. If you dislike fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel, and you struggle to increase your intake of vegetable sources like flax seeds and canola oil, omega-3 supplements are available. Indeed, taking around 500mg of a combination of DHA and EPA oils may help to prevent muscle soreness that is associated with exercise6.

However, omega-3s aren’t the only type of fat that is important when it comes to reducing inflammation. Besides increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids, you should also reduce your intake of omega-6 oils, while replacing these with monounsaturated fats; the usual advice about cutting back on saturated and trans fats also applies. Omega-6 fats, which are found in large quantities in vegetable oils like sunflower and corn oil, have the opposite effect of omega-3s, so instead encourage inflammation. Meanwhile, monounsaturates are more similar to omega-3 fats, and seem to have anti-inflammatory properties7. Good sources of monounsaturated fats include olive and canola oil, almonds, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, avocados and olives.

Focus on whole foods

We are already encouraged to place an emphasis on fruit, vegetables, pulses and whole grains in our diet, but this is even more important when you want to reduce inflammation, as diets rich in unprocessed plant-based foods help to reduce inflammation8. Oats and pulses in particular are useful, as their high content of soluble fiber helps them to reduce blood sugar spikes that are otherwise associated with inflammation. When it comes to vegetables, green leafy varieties such as broccoli, cabbage and kale are among the best, possibly because vitamin K and the other protective plant nutrients in these foods help to fight inflammation. It is therefore a good idea to include a generous helping of vegetables with meals, choose whole grains in preference to refined carbohydrates and use peas, beans and lentils as an alternative protein source to meat, eggs and cheese.

Include healthful herbs and spices

Herbs and spices aren’t just a tasty flavoring, as many have health-promoting properties as well. Various herbs and spices are known for their anti-inflammatory effects, such as ginger, chili, basil, oregano and thyme, thanks to the inflammation fighting ingredients they naturally contain9. Using these and other seasonings that reduce inflammation in your cooking each day is therefore advisable during recovery.











contributed by Jen Myers




Combate Americas, authority entertainment, autoridad mmaNEW YORK, NY (August 7, 2014) – Combate Americas, the first U.S. Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise created by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) co-founder Campbell McLaren to serve the nation’s fastest growing demographic, made history with its competition reality series on Friday, August 1, becoming the first fight-themed program ever to win a major television honor at the 29th annual Imagen Awards Show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel International in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Amongst the tough competition Combate Americas conquered for “Best Variety or Reality Series” was Mark Burnett’s smash hit singing competition reality series The Voice that is set to roll out its seventh season of programming on NBC.

“It is an incredible honor to receive this award just after our first year of operations,” said McLaren, the CEO of Combate Americas who also served as an Executive Producer on the reality series. Reggaeton superstar and former professional boxer Daddy Yankee serves as the Combate Americas League Commissioner and appears in the reality series in this capacity.

 “One of the immediate goals with Combate Americas,” continued McLaren, “was to create an authentic show that Latino fight fans in the U.S. would not just enjoy, but also identify with on both a personal and cultural level. Winning the Imagen Award for ‘Best Variety or Reality Show’ confirms that we achieved this goal.”

The 10-episode, self-titled reality series that was produced by Bunim/Murray Productions and longtime fight industry executive Mike Afromowitz, premiered on mun2, NBCUniversal’s leading bi-lingual cable TV platform for 18-34 year old adults, on Sunday, February 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The show is hosted by Latin Grammy Award winning pop duo Chino y Nacho and MMA reporter and fitness model Andrea Calle.Andrea+Calle+Sixth+Annual+Fighters+Only+World+v0SEc2mE11ul

In addition to the hosts and Daddy Yankee, the series features a number of guest appearances by other celebrity athletes and entertainers, including legendary UFC champion and Hall of Famer Royce GracieTop Chef Estrella hostess and former Miss Universe runner-up Cynthia Olavarria; and Lucha Libre superstar Blue Demon, Jr.

The Combate Americas reality TV series explores the lives, personal struggles and triumphs of 10 aspiring world champions who hail from various parts of the U.S. as well as Mexico, as they engage in grueling and tricky physical competitions that culminate with matchups between the fighters in the Combate Americas cage, La Jaula.

The series has also been nominated for “Best Reality Moment” by Premios Tu Mundo (Your World Awards), which airs live on Telemundo from American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla. on Thursday, August 21. The winner of the award will be determined by fans, who can vote for their favorite moment here.

The showdown between series welterweight (170 pounds) arch-rivals, undefeated Danny “The Machine” Morales of Chicago, Ill. and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu stylist J.C. Llamas of Bakersfield, Calif., has been selected as a nominee for “Best Reality Moment” by Premios Tu Mundo.

The 23-year-old Morales, who was incarcerated at the age of 16, discovered the sport of MMA and his calling in life in his jail cell while flipping through the pages of a magazine. Llamas, a spirited 28-year-old, grew up in poverty in Mexico and accepted his first professional fight with just six weeks of training, in order to be able to pay for medicine needed by his ill grandmother.

Combate Americas is slated to roll out its live event series in the fall on a date to be announced in Miami.


Combate Americas, LLC. is the first U.S. Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise in history, designed to build Latino fighting champions and serve Hispanic fans, one of the world’s most avid groups of prize fighting enthusiasts.  The Combate Americas franchise includes reality TV programming, live events and mobile programming.  The company’s CEO, Campbell McLaren, is universally recognized as the co-founder/co-creator of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).  New York Magazine described McLaren as “the marketing genius behind the UFC” and Yahoo! Sports proclaimed that he “knows more about the sport than just about anyone in it today.”  With an unprecedented product and a blue-chip ownership and management team, Combate Americas is poised to break new ground and bring about a new era in world championship level MMA competition.


Mike Afromowitz, Combate Americas, LLC.; (917) 566-8754, mikea@combateamericas.com

(video) Andrea Calle makes news again, doing a sexy workout in miami

MMA PERSONALITY Andrea Calle stopped by a Miami park to get in a pretty amazing workout.

The Colombian model, who appears in MMA TV shows such as Combat Americas, was spotted getting her cardio workout at a Miami park. She plays a tough coach on the TV show, putting the fighters through their paces, and here she worked up a real sweat to keep herself in top shape. Calle, whose derriere has been compared to J-Lo’s, has a huge social media following and we can see why.



(images) Andrea Calle Is One Sexy Journalist

It’s not often that you think of a journalist as a sex symbol but Andrea Calle is the exception. Latin Television PERSONALITY and Model Andrea Calle was recently spotted on the beach in Miami. The model showed off her toned and fit physique in a sexy animal print two-piece bikini.

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(article) in-office Zoom! teeth-whitening treatment review

zoomI will start doing reviews on products I use. As you probably can imagine, I need to keep up to date in beauty products that are in the market. I have to admit I am a fan of Groupon, specially for services. One of my last purchases was a zoom treatment for $99, this treatment can range between $400-$550.

I know of many celebrities that get the zoom treatment done. What kept me away from doing it was that people told me that the teeth get really sensitive, to be honest, I was afraid. But finally decided to do it!!

To my surprised the teeth do get whiter like 5 shades, so it does work. The treatment is a bit annoying to apply. They apply the product several times, and by the last application you do feel your teeth bothering you, but nothing that can’t be resisted. I notice that eating cold, sour things made it worst but eating warm things and drinking temperature room water helps. By the time I was going to bed I felt more sensitive, but by the next morning the sensitivity was gone, and my teeth were whiter than ever.

I did make 1 mistake, when I got to the office they offer me a trays for home maintenance for $150. I think I should had bought it!! I do drink coffee one to two cups a day, which doesn’t help to keep your teeth white. A tip for coffee drinkers, drink your coffee with straw.

So, to conclude I give the ZOOM in-office treatment 4STARS, I do recommended it, and please do share your experience and questions. I will be bringing more reviews and videos.