Recovery and Health News

FULL SEND FAIL? GO RECOVER

So you recently ate shit working on your triple cork, that you ABSOLUTLEY did not land, and now you’re not feeling aces. But here’s the thing, the mountains are getting hammered with snow all week, and you want to get up there! Bummer for you right? Not exactly. I know a place in the LoHi area that can help you recover from your little full send fail. Denver Sports Recoveryhas tons of therapeutic modalities, all of which are here to help you recover the right way and get you back on the hill.  I was invited to partake in all the goodies and services offered in this building that no doubt, will help one recover from such an epic fall. Some highlights of the visit included getting to try all that a few of the different zones in DSR had to offer, including: Neura Performance, Onus iV Hydration and the fully stocked recovery center. Because I was so excited, I was a little early. The staff was finishing up lunch and I eagerly awaited my turn to try out all of the contraptions I was seeing.  First up, Neura Performance.  I was asked to strap into this “Spies Like Us” contraption pod looking thing that flips you around and upside down called the Gyrostim.  The point of this thing is to improve your reaction time, which is fantastic for those who have had concussions due to over confident attempts on tricks. It takes you into a dynamic brain training ground that presents repetitious cognitive and physical challenges that will help improve your brains reaction and processing times.  The GryoStimwas designed to provide powerful vestibular therapy for those seeking to recover from concussion, traumatic brain injury and other neurological conditions.  Plus it’s fun and there are lasers! LASERS! Think laser tag targets in a space pod. As my reaction time got quicker while I was being spun around I realized that my air awareness could be improved by spending some time usingthis machine. Now I see why some local snowboarders including Dylan Alito swear by this place.

R: Dylan Alito | P: Aaron Dodds

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5280 Denver Mile High Magazine Article

5280 Denver Mile High Magazine recently mentioned our expanded space and new gadgets. We are thankful to have support from 5280 Denver Mile High Magazine on our newly expanded sports recovery center. We offer services to both average athletes and professional athletes. Our expanded space is now 3,600 square feet. We have helped sports stars from the World’s Strongest Man to multiple Denver Broncos players. Some of our most recent clients include former Bronco player Malik Jackson and local UFC fighter Brandon “Rukus” Thatch. In addition to the expansion we also added new machines, training tables, treatment rooms and a reception area with a retail space. If you aren’t familiar with Denver Sports Recovery Center, some of the services we offer include:
  • Acupuncture
  • Laser therapy
  • Sports massage
  • Stretching
  • Cupping
  • Muscle activation
5280 articleOne of the new machines which we added to the center is a cryosauna which is still awaiting city approval. The cryosauna encourages anti-inflammatory and toxin –flushing response by safely exposing the body to temperatures as low as -256 degrees. Our newly expanded center will also be housing an infrared sauna. The infrared sauna will help with blood pressure reduction and skin rejuvenation by penetrating tissue with infrared light. Our sports therapy center also houses 3 of our partner businesses:
  • NeuraPerformance (concussion and brain therapy)
  • Onus iV Hydration (IV treatment)
  • Invincible LLC (physical therapy)
We encourage athletes to walk-in, schedule an appointment or sign-up for one of our membership packages.
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Denverite Article on DSR Expansion

DenveriteIn July we expanded our athletic center in Highland and added new machines. We are thankful to have received support from online publication Denverite who mentioned our newly expanded sports recovery center at 2242 W. 29th Ave. in Denver Colorado. We spent more than $150,000 to double the space of our facility to 3,600 square feet. After maxing out our old space and feeling like we were working on top of each other we knew it was time to expand. We are thankful to have grown to more than 200 members since opening in 2012. At Denver Sports Recovery we teach people about “active recovering”. Our sports recovery center works with athletes of all types on stretching and using the newest technology to help athletes recover.     Memberships range in price from $89-$199. Each of our memberships include unlimited access to:
  • Hot/cold tub
  • Infrared sauna
  • All recovery tools
  • Discounted rates with our specialists
In addition to our expanded space and new machines our partner therapy businesses also moved in with us during the past year.
  • NeuraPerformance which offers custom brain based programs for performance and brain health.
  • Onus iV Hydration which offers all the benefits of an IV without having to go to a hospital.
Visit Denverite to view the full article on our expansion.
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Top 10 Fall Produce Picks

IMG_7435_2 Autumn is here (yay!) so here are my top 10 picks for seasonal produce during this beautiful time of year. Buying seasonal (and ideally local) ensures that you’re getting the freshest fruits and veggies at the peak of ripeness!

1. Winter Squash

Nutrient-dense, fiber-rich, and filling, squash is just the best in autumn. There are so many varieties! My faves are butternut, red kuri, delicata, acorn and spaghetti. They’re easy to peel, chop, and roast for a meal or side.

2. Brussels Sprouts

Full of cancer-fighting compounds, these baby cabbages top my list for the cruciferous veg category. Brussels sprouts have cholesterol-lowering benefits while being chock full of vitamins C and K. I love roasting until caramelized and drizzling tahini over them.

3. Celery Root

Celery root, or celeriac, is a knobby ole thing but don’t let its appearance put you off. It’s delicious, versatile and brimming with vitamin K and antioxidants. It’s also an aphrodesiac – yew! Celery root is great mashed and in soups, stews, and casseroles.

4. Kohlrabi

Low in cals, high in antioxidants, fiber, potassium and iron, kohlrabi is not a veggie which should be overlooked. It’s hard to explain the taste of kohlrabi, but I guess I would liken it to a mild radish. Great shredded into salad or roasted.

5. Parsnip

Not sure what a parsnip looks like? Look for “white” carrots. They are packed full of nutrients, including fiber, folate, potassium and vitamin C. You can make parsnip mash by cooking them until soft and then mashing with coconut milk and salt. They’re also delicious cut into rounds and roasted.

6. Sweet Potato

Everyone’s favorite tuber is rich in beta-carotene which gives your skin and eyes a healthy glow. They are high in potassium which can help regulate muscle cramps and headaches. Another good one to mash! Try mashing SPs with coconut oil and cinnamon to make a satisfying snack to curb sugar cravings.

7. Turnips

Turnips are kind of a daggy vegetable. Not many people get super excited about turnips, but they’re actually quite delicious and a great addition to any Fall meal. They are part of the cruciferous fam so they’ve got all the anti-cancer awesomeness of their cousins (kale, broccoli, etc.). I throw chopped turnips in soups and stews, hide them in casseroles, or roast them with carrots and onions.

8. Apple

Fall and apples are basically synonymous in my mind. Apples are great for maintaining a healthy heart as they’re super high in polyphenols. They contain fiber and pectin which helps escort toxins and other waste out of your body!

9. Persimmon

A.k.a. the “Food of the Gods” in Latin, persimmons are one of a few foods associated with killing breast cancer cells without harming normal breast cells. Full of healthy vitamin A and C, eat these bad boys when they are ripe and sweet like a tomato.

10. Pomegranate

Poms are a yummy and beautiful superfood. High in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, they are excellent for heart health and joint health. They’re a great flavor addition to winter salads, or just pop ’em on their own!

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Moroccan Lamb Tagine with Spiced Millet

IMG_20151006_192134913_HDRThis dish has Fall written all over it. Eating a stew that’s been simmering all day in the crock pot on a chilly night – that’s what I look forward to as the days get shorter and the nights get colder. To make this dish, you don’t have to have a tagine. In case you’re wondering, a tagine is a conical shaped pot with a wide, shallow base and a tall lid fitting snugly inside. As the food cooks, steam rises into the cone, condenses, and then trickles down the sides back into the dish. Ideal for stews and, of course, tagines. It’s cool to have if you want to wow your dinner guests, but realistically I don’t have enough room in my kitchen cupboards. So a dutch oven, or a crock pot, will serve the same purpose and you probably already have at least one of those. I’ve outlined two different ways you can make this dish depending on time constraints and equipment you own. You can serve the lamb with spiced millet (recipe below) or, for a Paleo-friendly version, serve with cauliflower rice.

Moroccan Lamb Tagine – Two Ways

Serves 10-12 Ingredients:
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 white onions, chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground ginger or 1 Tbsp fresh grated
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • sea salt, as needed
  • 3 lb. lamb shoulder or leg, boneless, trimmed of fat, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 cups water or vegetable stock
  • 4 carrots, bias cut
  • 15 oz. can of diced tomatoes with juice
  • 29 oz. can of chickpeas (*can omit for Paleo)
  • 1 cup dried apricots, quartered
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 6 oz. Mediterranean-type olives, such as kalamata, pitted and halved
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice and 1 Tbsp zest

If you’re short on time….

Use a Pressure Cooker and Braising Pan:

Pressure Cooker: 
  1. Salt the lamb pieces.
  2. Add 1 Tbsp oil to the pressure cooker and seal the lamb pieces until browned.
  3. Add 1 cup of stock or water.
  4. Place the lid on the pressure cooker and bring up to pressure. Turn down to low heat and allow to cook for 1 and 1/2 hours.
Braising Pan:  While the lamb is cooking…. 
  1. Heat braising pan on medium heat.
  2. Add 1 Tbsp oil and toss in onions. Saute until shiny.
  3. Add carrots and saute until they soften.
  4. Add turmeric, ginger, and fresh garlic and let cook for about 1 minute.
  5. Add 1 cup of stock and the can of diced tomatoes with juice.
  6. Salt to fit.
  7. Turn down the heat to low. Cover the pan and let simmer for 1 hour.
Combine:  Once lamb is done, add the lamb and juice to the braising pan. Let cook all together on low for 20-30 minutes. Add chickpeas, dried apricots, and olives and cook for about 10 more minutes until they soften. When you’re ready to serve, stir in lemon juice, lemon zest, fresh cilantro and a grind of black pepper.

If you’ve got all day…

Using a Crock Pot:

  1. Add onion, carrots, ginger, garlic, turmeric, lamb, stock, tomatoes and salt to the crock pot.
  2. Let simmer on low for all day, or 8 hours.
  3. About 10 minutes before you’re ready to eat, add the chickpeas, apricots and olives.
  4. When you’re ready to serve, stir in lemon juice, lemon zest, fresh cilantro and a grind of black pepper.

Spiced Millet

Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup millet
  • 3 cups of water or broth
  • big pinch of salt
  • pinch of cinnamon, curry powder and all spice
Directions: Add all the ingredients to a saucepan. Bring up on high heat to a boil and then down to low. Simmer for about 35 – 40 minutes until all the liquid has absorbed. Serve it up! Enjoy!
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