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Totem Ambassador: Tommy Benning

Totem Ambassador: Tommy Benning

We're proud to announce The Totem Ambassador Program!  We're even more excited to welcome Tommy Benning to the Totem team as an Ambassador! Tommy is our first East Coast ambassador. He has spent the last half decade making a living as a sales professional in the technology industry learning about and implementing various sales strategies and processes across the globe. He is driven by solving problems and facilitating human connection which is part of the reason why he wound up in sales and is the main reason why he volunteers his time as the Co-City Director in New York City for House of Genius, his true passion.

Tommy is also an avid runner and can often be found running one of the many routes around New York City. He completed the 2017 New York City Marathon (26.2 miles) in just over 3 hours and 30 minutes and has his sights set on breaking the 3 hour and 30 minute mark for the 2018 New York City Marathon. While he listens to audio books or podcasts on his long runs, he often chooses to run without headphones in order to take in his surroundings and center himself.

Totem Ambassador: Jane Frank

Totem Ambassador: Jane Frank

We're proud to announce The Totem Ambassador Program!  We're even more excited to welcome Jane Frank to the Totem team as our first Ambassador! Jane Jane is a Los Angels native and a Jiu Jitsu athlete. Jane has resigned from the medical field after 25 years to pursue holistic alternative style of healing for the public. Learn more about Jane in our interview and visit her Instagram to learn more. 

5 Weird Ways to Tell if You're Sleep Deprived

5 Weird Ways to Tell if You're Sleep Deprived

The CDC estimates that somewhere between 50 - 70 million people have trouble sleeping. American adults are sleeping less than ever. Compared to 20 years ago, we're getting way less sleep. There are many factors that play into this lack of sleep epidemic -- our jobs, our technology, our emotional states, our diet, our stress, the list goes on and on. One thing that is clear is that we've normalized how crummy it feels to not get enough restorative sleep each night, so it's hard to tell when your sleep is becoming chronically problematic. Beyond feeling tired all of the time, which can also be a lack of sleep messing with your hormones, we dug around to find a few more telltale signs that you need more sleep in your life. 

5 Signs You Might Be Low on Testosterone

5 Signs You Might Be Low on Testosterone

Testosterone is best known as the male sex hormone, but what a lot of folks don't realize is that testosterone is critical to women's health and well-being as well. Some researchers argue that we're currently living in a world where the population is experiencing its lowest levels of testosterone in history. There are a lot of reasons why testosterone is declining, including environmental factors, diet and nutritional factors, and general health factors. Although that study specifically focused on the decline of testosterone in American men, it's not a huge leap in logic to also assert that women are  suffering from a similar deficiency.

The Magical Velvet Bean

The Magical Velvet Bean

Velvet bean, or Mucuna puriens, has been exalted in Ayurvedic medicine since it was written about in the Rigveda - a sacred text written between 4500 BCE and 1600 BCE. Velvet bean has been documented in over two hundred traditional remedy formulations and its effectiveness has been scientifically validated many times over. We included velvet bean in our sleep optimizer, Lucid, because of the many amazing benefits that this bean provides that helps you get the most out of your sleep each night. Let's dive in and take a look at the defining properties this magical legume. 

The One Thing That's Missing From Your Fitness Routine

Our society doesn't value slowing down. We're in an always connected, always on, always "I need that yesterday," 24/7/365 world. We all suffer for it. People take this same frantic approach to their fitness routines. A pervasive attitude of "no pain, no gain" trickles through the fitness world, to the detriment of those who are trying to hit their goals. Whether we want to admit it of not, quality sleep is the missing ingredient to most people's fitness routines. 

Lucid Ingredients for Sleep Optimization

Lucid Ingredients for Sleep Optimization

Sleep. It's important.

Countless studies have shown that sleep quality and quantity effect every aspect of our lives. The rest we get (or don't) permeates into our lives physiologically, socially, emotionally, and even financially. 

We know how critical sleep is to a thriving life, but so few of us get enough sleep. In fact, the CDC estimates that somewhere between 50 - 70 million American adults have sleep disorders or wakeful disorders (where your poor sleep seeps into your day to day life and negatively effects it). Our modern society both demands higher performance from us, but also robs us of the time and calm mindset needed for a refreshing night of sleep...which is absolutely necessary to performing at your highest level. It's an endless cycle.