Whether we are inactive or extremely active, chances are we all have used some form of
deodorant or antiperspirant. Body odor occurs when bacteria on our skin mixes with sweat.
There are various kinds of odor-causing bacteria that result in different odors based on the
reason we are sweating. Sweat caused from stress or hormones will cause a different odor than
sweat caused simply from expelling water and electrolytes from physical activity.
A simple and effective way to remove body odor is to shower with anti-bacterial agents.
Many essential oils like tea tree, lavender and lemongrass have strong antibacterial properties
and are safe to use as natural fragrances. Natural deodorants can also do the trick if we choose
the correct brands. Deodorant should still allow for perspiration, our bodies natural form of
detoxification. It should also contain ingredients that we recognize which could include coconut
oil, baking soda, beeswax and essential oils. Additionally, we can limit foods that cause an
increase in body odor like processed foods, refined sugar and dairy, and fried foods.
Antiperspirants are another product that can lessen body odor but before we grab one from the
shelf, we should make sure to understand the potential risks first.
Antiperspirants aim to do exactly what the name applies: stop us from perspiring. While
some people genetically tend to sweat more than others, let’s recall that our skin is a
detoxification organ. If we inhibit our body from expelling toxins out of our skin, we are trapping
them inside and allowing them to continue causing damage. Our skin also absorbs everything
we put on it, and as with deodorant, reading the ingredient label is imperative. Antiperspirants
often contain toxins and metals like aluminum which can lead to DNA damage, abnormal cell
function and changes in gene expression. Concentrating these toxins and metals in places like
our underarms can lead to a higher risk of lymphatic and breast cancer in women.
In order to keep ourselves smelling fresh but also working towards optimal health, it’s
best to do our homework when it comes to deodorant and antiperspirants. If we are simply
sweating from physical activity, we generally will not produce an odor from expelling just
electrolytes and water. Managing stress and eating healthy will also greatly lessen the need for
any additional products. When necessary, spending the extra few dollars on a brand without
chemical additives that has natural bacterial fighting agents will accomplish the goal and keep
us warding off the nursing home for years to come.
– Levy, Jillian. “5 Natural Deodorant Remedies, Plus How to Make Your Own!” Dr. Axe,
15 Feb. 2018, https://draxe.com/health/natural-deodorant/.
– Integrative Nutrition. “A Guide to Natural Deodorants.” Institute for Integrative Nutrition,
Integrative Nutrition, 17 Jan. 2018, https://www.integrativenutrition.com/blog/2018/01/a-
As the stakes are about as high as the hype surrounding this year’s Pumpkin Carving Contest the official rules and regulations are HERE:
1. First things first, this is under no circumstances a pumpkin PAINTING contest. Absolutely NOT. Pumpkins MUST be CARVED in order to be entered into the competition
2. Can I hollow out my pumpkin before I get to the event? YES! In fact, please do! This will be more conducive to some great carving as it leaves more time to carve and not just be squishing your arm elbow deep in pumpkin guts. Also, less mess!
3. A clock will be set for 1 hour and this is your carving time limit. So I would come with a plan so you don’t end up with some basic pumpkin face with 2 triangle eyes and a mouth that looks like it hasn’t seen the dentist in 12 years.
4. If you have a “Pumpkin Carving Guy” thats great and cool to tell people at parties but honestly extremely useful for very little and also not acceptable for the competition. You, yourself and you must carve the pumpkin being entered into the competition. But wait, can my kids help me? Sure, your 7 year old that got an A- in art class can help. Not to concerned about little Joey who can now draw to the level that is basically a glorified “Life is Good” t-shirt.
5. Scoring is as follows: Each individual who has carved a pumpkin gets a token representing their vote for best pumpkin. You will place that token in the pumpkin you think is the best carved. YOU MAY NOT VOTE FOR YOUR OWN PUMPKIN.
6. Most importantly, this event is BYOP & BYOPCU (BRING YOUR OWN PUMPKIN AND BRING YOUR OWN PUMPKIN CARVING UTENSIL)
If these rules seem harsh (or say, I don’t know, spooky), good. This isn’t just for fun people, this is to WIN A C2 ROWER. If we do not have such rules what would be have? Anarchy, we would have anarchy.
HAPPY CARVING TILT
TILT Halloween Party 2019
I am incredibly excited to announce that TILT Waltham will be hosting a Halloween Extravaganza on Friday 11/1!
Here’s a breakdown of what’s happening:
Trunk or Treat, Costume Contest, Face Painting and Pumpkin Carving
Dress Up, Bring your kids, workout, eat pizza and hang out with some friends!
The fun all starts at 4 PM!
4 PM – 6 PM Festivities and Activities
Trunk or Treat
6 PM – 8 PM Open 20.4
8 PM… Eat Pizza
Doing the Open WOD in class on Friday
Judging someone in class on Friday
Wearing your team color in class on Friday
Posting your score to the blog
Doing the Open WOD at Friday Night Lights
Judging someone at Friday Night Lights
Wearing your team color at Friday Night Lights
Bringing a friend to spectate at Friday Night Lights
For thousands of years we have been comforted with “chicken soup” when we are
feeling under the weather. It turns out there is more behind chicken soup than simply warming
our souls. Traditionally made chicken, beef, lamb, fish, or vegetable broth (to name a few) is
made from boiling bones, tendons, ligaments and other parts of the animal that we wouldn’t eat.
The finished product, now referred to as “bone broth” is packed with essential nutrients that can
greatly impact our health in a positive way.
The method of boiling down bones and other animal parts extracts nutrients into the
water. Bone broths are rich in collagen, the most abundant protein in our bodies. They also
contain gut-healing amino acids like glutamine which can repair intestinal permeability, also
known as “leaky gut”. Proline, glycine and arginine are other amino acids found in high
concentration in bone broth. They help boost our immune system, prevent the breakdown of
muscle tissue, stimulate the production and release of growth hormone, and can help
regenerate and repair cartilage and heal joints. Bone broth also contains glucosamine, another
powerful joint supporting nutrients, as well as abundant amounts of minerals and electrolytes
like calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus.
Bone broth is extremely easy to make, the hardest part in our culture is finding a place
that carries bones and other parts of pastured animals. Finding these parts usually requires
asking the butcher what he has hiding in the back room, as they are less readily found in the
front shelves or freezer. Once our bones are sourced, there are a variety of ways to make a
tasty, versatile broth. The base of most broths consists of bones, fat, meat, vegetables and
water. Apple cider vinegar is also added to help extract more nutrients from the bones. Bones
with meat should be cooked, while other bones and ingredients can be added raw. Add all
ingredients to a large crockpot, cover with water, bring to a boil and let simmer for 4-6 hours.
Then proceed to cook on low heat for 24-48 hours total. As the broth cooks longer it will become
more concentrated and gelatinous. Strain the broth through cheesecloth to remove herbs,
bones, vegetables and other particles and let the broth come to room temperature before
covering and storing in the refrigerator or freezer. Fat from the broth with separate and solidify
on top. This fat can be kept in the broth or removed and used for cooking.
Homemade broth is best consumed within 3-5 days or can be kept frozen for up to 6
months. There are also some high quality brands that can be found premade. When choosing a
store bought broth, keep in mind the quality of the product and be sure each ingredient can be
identified. Bone broth can be used to sip on, as a nutrient-dense caffeine free alternative in the
morning or evening. It can also be used in recipes and as a base for homemade soup or stew.
Due to its powerful nutrient profile, bone broth is considered a “superfood”. If we want to keep
our immune system strong, preserve muscle mass, boost our digestion and metabolism, and
ward off the doctors office this fall and winter, let’s try out some hearty bone broth to keep our
bodies primed for whatever life throws our way.
– Axe, Josh. “#BoneBroth Benefits for Digestion, Arthritis, and Cellulite.” Dr. Axe, 23 Jan.
– “Bone Broth Benefits: Everything You Need to Know.” Chris Kresser, 27 Aug. 2019,
As the seasons begin to change, cold and flu symptoms will slowly but surely emerge in
the general population. While we can certainly catch a cold any time of the year, certain viruses
flourish at different temperatures and the fall and winter are ideal for common cold viruses.
Some of us may be more prone to catching colds while others can skate through an entire year
with barely a sniffle. What causes some of us to get sick more often than others?
Our bodies “catch” a cold when we are unable to effectively fight off a virus. Not being
able to ward off harmful intruders can be a sign of nutrient deficiencies or a depressed immune
system. Other causes include lack of sleep, mold exposure, an impaired digestive tract,
increased stress and traveling. In all of these cases, the immune system is compromised. So,
how do we ensure our immune system is strong enough to keep the common cold and dreaded
Supporting our bodies with potent immune boosting foods is a great place to start. Bone
broth is an ancient remedy that has regained popularity over the last decade, for good reason.
It’s amino acid and mineral rich composition make it great for boosting the immune system and
repairing the gut, which is located within our immune system. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties and can break down mucus along with another cold-preventing beverage: hot water!
Water alone will help the body move nutrients in and toxins out, as well as breakdown
congestion. When we add in antiviral components like honey, ginger and lemon, we have an
immune boosting, and cold-fighting super drink! Last but certainly not least, garlic is an
incredible addition as it is antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal. Garlic is great for both
prevention and treatment as it will boost and aid the immune system in fighting off any infection
or virus present. Wondering why orange juice wasn’t on this list? It turns out that “OJ” may
actually do more harm than good when it comes to fighting off the common cold and flu.
Orange juice along with other concentrated fruit juices are not all they’re cracked up to
be when it comes to nutrient density. They also come laced with more sugar which can inhibit
our white blood cells from fighting off infections. When going for vitamin C, choosing a whole
orange that also contains water, fiber, and ample amounts of vitamin C, is best. Refined grains
can compromise our immune system by harming our digestive tract, causing inflammation, and
causing vital nutrients to be lost (leaky gut). Finally, conventional dairy can actually thicken
phlegm in the throat, making congestion worse.
Considering the steps above may not make us invincible to airborne illnesses, but it can
certainly give us the fighting edge. The common cold last for about 7 days, and if we empower
our bodies with nutrients that will help us fight it off, we can incur the least amount of “sick
days”. So let’s whip up an immune boosting concoction this fall and cheers to being able to
spend more time around our friends, family, and in the gym this “cold and flu season”, instead of
quarantined in our bedrooms!
– Myers, Amy. “10 Tips for Preventing the Cold & Flu Naturally.” Amy Myers MD, 13 Aug.
– Price, Annie. “Common Cold Remedies for Fast Relief and Prevention.” Dr. Axe, 7 Nov.
Branched-chain amino acids are a commonly used supplement in the athletic world.
They include three amino acids that have a chain branched to one side: leucine, isoleucine and
valine. These amino acids are also essential, meaning the body cannot produce them and we
must get them from a food source. There are also 6 other essential amino acids and 20 total
amino acids that our bodies need to grow and develop. As all amino acids are imperative for our
health, why are these three highlighted and recommended as an additional supplement?
BCAA’s are used to enhance muscle growth and aid in faster recovery time. They work
to prevent muscle loss by reducing the amount of muscle atrophy when taken around exercise.
More muscle mass means we burn more calories at rest, resulting in a better body composition
with less body fat. Since BCAA’s are converted in the muscle instead of the liver, they can also
support liver health by lessening its daily strain. If we would like to build and maintain lean body
mass, and recover fast enough to get back into the gym daily, BCAA’s are necessary to get us
there. We can find BCAA’s in supplement form, and also in animal proteins and legumes.
If we are eating a diet with a variety of high quality animal proteins, we may not need
additional supplementation! Chicken, beef, tuna, salmon, tilapia and turkey contain about
6,000mg or more BCAA’s per serving compared to the average BCAA supplement which
contains around 5,000mg. Multiply that by the 3 or so meals we consume daily, and we are certainly getting in those essential amino acids! BCAA’s can effectively be used to replenish our
bodies in the absence of animal protein, especially right after a hard workout.
When looking for a BCAA supplement, beware of brands containing high amounts of
sugars, fillers and dyes. These seem to run rampant in BCAA supplements, making them less
effective by exposing our bodies to harmful chemical agents that contradict the powerful
benefits of branched-chain amino acids. A good rule of thumb is avoiding products that have
ingredients listed that we can’t easily identify. To keep our muscles fueled and recovering
efficiently, let’s make sure to get high quality animal sources in most of our meals, and when
necessary, utilize a clean BCAA supplement to keep us feeling our best, inside and outside of
– Holeček, Milan. “Branched-Chain Amino Acids in Health and Disease: Metabolism,
Alterations in Blood Plasma, and as Supplements.” Nutrition & Metabolism, BioMed
Central, 3 May 2018, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5934885/.
– Link, Rachael. “The Essential Amino Acids That Enhance Muscles & Athletic
Performance.” Dr. Axe, 6 June 2019, https://draxe.com/nutrition/supplements/bcaa/.
Starting September 1st CrossFit TILT is starting it’s first EVER +1 Challenge!
Ok this sounds awesome but what is the +1 Challenge?
Read the steps below!
Step 1 – Pick a movement from this list:
A. Strict Pull-up, Banded Pull-up, or Ring Row
B. Hand Release Push-up, Push-up, or Box Push-up
Wait…do I pick one from column A and one from column B?
Nope! Just pick one movement.
For example, strict pull-up.
Step 2 – Once you have your movement do the following reps…
September 1st = 1 rep
September 2nd = 2 reps
September 3rd = 3 reps
And so on and so forth!
Ok this sounds fun how much does it cost?
Ok ok how do I win?
Everyone wins because we get better at either pull-ups or push-ups!
Can I do both, pull-ups and push-ups?!?!
Sure, but I would pick one because as the month goes on the volume goes up (Spinal Tap turn it up to 11).
Where do I signup?!?!
You don’t! Just start on September 1st!
Ok but September 1st is a Sunday…could I just do 3 reps on Monday combining day 1 and day 2? Sure why the heck not!
What if I’m not at the gym everyday? No problemo! Just make up your reps the next time you’re in!
Let’s do it!
TILT Squad get ready for football season with the TILT Combine!
This is a free individual internal competition on Saturday, September 21st in Waltham.
This will be a fun filled day of fitness events!
This event is for all skill levels. Modifications will be readily available for all participants.
Signups will be at the front desk!
The events are…
1. 1 mile run
2. The CrossFit Total
3. Freddy Kruger
4. 1rm Snatch
5. 3 rounds of:
12 Thrusters @ 95/65
Participants complete all 5 events.
Stay tuned for more details!
Activated charcoal is another historically used substance that has been making its way back into the spotlight. We may have seen it being used in the form of toothpaste, skin care masks, and of course as an emergency detoxification method for those who have consumed too much alcohol. Activated charcoal is not to be confused with the charcoal we use for grilling! It is formed through controlled decomposition of carbon based compounds like coconut shells and peat that are “activated” through the exposure to high temperature gases. The final product is a porous, negatively charged substance that is able to bind positively charged toxins and gases. Once bound, activated charcoal requires adequate amounts of water to flush through our system and out of our bodies.
Ingesting activated charcoal isn’t only for cases of alcohol poisoning, it can greatly benefit our bodies in other ways as well. It can be used to soothe an upset stomach, binding the gases produced by negative food reactions. It can help lessen our “toxin load” when it comes to environmental toxins like pesticides, chemicals, metals and molds. By removing toxins, activated charcoal use can improve the function of major organs like our liver, kidneys and adrenal glands. As our overall health is a reflection of the internal function of our body systems, it would seem that using activated charcoal is a no-brainer!
While there are plenty of benefits of using activated charcoal, there are also some potential side effects we should also consider. As charcoal is a porous substance, it can bind to substances like vitamins, minerals and medications, therefore interfering with their absorption. If we are going to try out this substance, it’s best to take 90-120 minutes before consuming a meal, supplement or medication. Activated charcoal may also cause constipation if too much is consumed, and should be avoided by people with chronic dehydration or severe intestinal damage. In cases of alcohol poisoning or drug overdose, activated charcoal has been effective in doses of 50-100 grams. For reducing and preventing digestive symptoms like gas and bloating, charcoal may be used in doses of 500-1,000 milligrams per day. Finally, 4-32 grams daily has been used to lower cholesterol levels.
If we choose to utilize activated charcoal, making sure we are using it properly is key. It can be a great supplement to help us detoxify from over consumption of alcohol, or from the toxins acquired throughout the day. Making sure to stay hydrated while taking charcoal will ensure we are moving the toxin-containing charcoal through our bodies efficiently. It’s best to keep activated charcoal use short term due to its ability to affect nutrient absorption. Therefore, activated charcoal can be a great addition to a weekly self-care routine in the form of a face mask or digestive toxin cleanse!
- Axe, Josh. “Activated Charcoal Removes Toxins, Whitens Teeth and More!” Dr. Axe, 5 July 2019, draxe.com/nutrition/supplements/activated-charcoal-uses/.
- Derlet, R W, and T E Albertson. “Activated Charcoal–Past, Present and Future.” The Western Journal of Medicine, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Oct. 1986, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1306980/.