Dr. Piazza: What’s in My Gym Bag?


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1. Vita Coco Coconut Water

Drinking coconut water is a perfect way to stay hydrated while gaining nutritional benefits. The not-from-concentrate coconut water I keep in my bag is a great source of potassium and Vitamin C. Plus it is refreshing after a workout or just when I have a quick break between seeing patients. Low in calories and with no fat and no cholesterol, coconut water provides more electrolytes than many leading sports drinks.


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2. MegaFood Men Over 40 Daily (whole food supplement)

With my hectic schedule, I want to be sure I am getting the vitamins and minerals I need to stay healthy and active. I can take this supplement at any point during the day, even on an empty stomach. Each tablet contains carotenoids and antioxidants derived from whole foods and organic herbs to help promote immune health.Gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian friendly, this supplement gives me the added peace of mind that my body is getting all the nourishment it needs.


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3. Sunfood Marine Phytoplankton

By mixing this liquid phytoplankton in my coconut water or green juice, I gain the benefits of one of the world’s most powerful superfoods.  Marine phytoplankton contains hundreds of carotenoids, minerals, amino acids and other nutrients. Sunfood Marine Phytoplankton, which is grown inside a simulated chemical-free ocean water environment, helps my body with cellular growth and offers me an amazing energy boost.


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4. Sunfood Digestive Enzymes

Because I am on the go so much of the time, I like to keep a supply of Sunfood Enzymes handy.

Small molecules that transform amino acids, fats, starches and minerals into forms our bodies can use, enzymes can aid the digestive and detoxification processes and accelerate the body’s assimilation of nutrients. With these enzymes, I can feel comfortable and full of energy even after a heavy meal.


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5. Go Raw Chocolate Super Cookies

I enjoy a sweet treat now and then just like anyone else. Made with raw cacao, these delicious cookies are packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, omega-6 and serotonin, so I can feel good about having a small indulgence. Plus they are gluten free, wheat free and nut free!


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6. Phi Science Crystal Water

At home and work, I drink fresh, filtered water throughout the day. When I am away, however, I count on Crystal Energy. By neutralizing chlorine, chloramines and other toxins in drinking or bath water, Crystal Energyhelps make water more hydrating, alkalizing and detoxifying to the body. Consisting of billions of particles of silica, Crystal Energy instantly turns water into a liquid crystal that more closely matches the water surrounding the body’s cells. This product increases the flow of water and nutrients across my cell membranes and therefore keeps me fully hydrated. Benefits of being fully hydrated include a better overall sense of well-being and less signs of premature aging.


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7. Aloha Green Powder

Because I enjoy the nutritional benefits of green juice and smoothies, I like to keep one of these pocket-sized packets handy for when I am away from home.  Made from 14 fruits and vegetables, this supplement is the perfect substitute for homemade green juice. I can add it to juice, soup or salad or even to a glass of fresh filtered water. The powder benefits my immune system and works to detoxify, hydrate and energize my body.


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8. Natural Missst Herbal Hairspray

With no plastic compounds and no synthetics, this herbal hairspray is full of amino acids which balance and fortify the scalp and nourish and protect the hair. Natural Missst blends gum arabic with panthenol, a natural hair thickener, to give hair a firm hold without stiffness or stickiness. I keep a bottle in my bag to use after my workout shower, and I never have to give my hair another thought during a busy day.