Posts Tagged ‘Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O.’


Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

As we gear up for our summer vacations, many of us will experience the dehydrating effects of air travel.  Today’s flights include a quick visit from the beverage cart, occasionally accompanied by a pack of peanuts or crackers.  Undercover Agents know the Golden Rule:  hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.  Yet, drinking water on a plane is a double-edged sword; if you do not drink enough the epidermis dries significantly; if you drink too much, though, he lower body retains too much liquid. So what’s a non-ankle-swell-enthusiast to do?  Dr. Christopher Calapai DO, an anti-aging expert and long time health advisor to the New York Rangers, shares how to fight flight-induced dehydration with foods!

Watermelon  “Watermelon is one of the most hydrating foods there are,” says Dr. Calapai “It’s a great alternative to plane snacks which have large amounts of sodium, which in turn make you more dehydrated.”  Pack big thick slices in a large plastic baggies and take them in your carry-on.  They will not be relinquished at the TSA checkpoint and will help you avoid salty snack

Cucumbers  Cucumbers are about 96 percent water and contain no saturated fats or cholesterol.  According to Dr. Calapai, they are also high in Vitamin B6, “which helps in the production of serotonin which is the brain chemical that controls mood,” he shares.  Sliced or cubed they are also TSA-approved.  Dr. Calapai suggests preparing small cucumber-watermelon bites, as they make delicious snacks.   (more…)


Sunday, August 7th, 2016

Summer DrinksWhile our doctors frequently preach the benefits of drinking more water, let’s be honest … water gets boring. Perhaps you’ve done just about everything to make your plain glass of water more enjoyable?  If you’re running out of ideas and are tempted to reach for a caffeinated beverage you’re not alone. We spoke with a variety of experts who gave us six recipes that’ll pack a punch of flavor and add health and beauty benefits to your H2O!  If you’re new to infused water it’s easy. Chop up the ingredients, let them sit over night in your water pitcher and sip your way to healthy hydration inside and out.

Mango Ginger

This combo might seem weird, but adding the health benefits of ginger and the antioxidant power of mangoes is a surprisingly tasty mix! “Mangoes contain so many vitamins that help boost your immune system. It has antioxidants that maintain youthful glowing skin and aid in the production of blood cells,” says Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O., an anti-aging expert and long-time health advisor to the New York Rangers hockey team.  “Ginger is also helpful in fighting infection, has been linked to lower cholesterol levels, may reduce muscle aches, and helps digestion,” adds Dr. Calapai.

Grapefruit Rosemary

Recently rosemary was found to be the main ingredient eaten by residents of an Italian village with one of the highest populations of people who live past 100! “Rosemary improves circulation and sends more blood to the brain which is linked to greater concentration and potentially reduces risk of Alzheimer’s,” says Dr. Calapai. Grapefruit is not only delicious but it’s a natural fat burner, boosts metabolism and cleanses your liver.

Melon Mix

Cut up watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe chunks and throw into your water over night. “This melon variety tastes great and is amazing for your skin,” says Dr. Kally Papantoniou, a board certified dermatologist and clinical instructor at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. “Melons are immensely hydrating, meaning more hydration per cup of water. They are also chock-full of antioxidants that keep skin clear plus they contain vitamins that promote collagen production which helps skin cell turnover.” (more…)


Sunday, February 21st, 2016

VitaminsThe plethora of vitamins on the market reads like the alphabet, literally from A- Zinc. Do we, as women need to guzzle 50 a day to be healthy?   How much should we really be spending?  Here’s your guide to vitamins at every age according to Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O., an NYC anti-aging physician who has been called, “The Stem Cell Guru.”  Dr. Calapai believes that in a perfect world, all of our nutrient needs would come from individual food groups.  However, many of us need some “nutritional insurance”  through a good multivitamin.  “Research shows taking a well-balanced multivitamin throughout your lifespan helps fill in nutritional gaps in your diet,” the good doctor advises.

What To Take In Your 20s and 30s
Calcium: These are the decades to bone up, as in, maintain your bone mass. Dr. Calapai recommends adults aged 19-50 years take 1,000 milligrams of calcium, daily. If you don’t receive enough calcium from your diet, you may need to take a supplement containing elemental calcium. Elemental calcium refers to the actual amount of calcium in a supplement that’s available for your body to absorb—the rest are compounds making up the supplement. But when supplementing your calcium, read the labels carefully, cautions Dr. Calapai . “For example, if you buy tablets such as calcium carbonate, each tablet contains 1,250 milligrams of calcium,” he says. “Unfortunately, only 500 milligrams is elemental calcium.”
Vitamin D: The reason we’re severely lacking vitamin D nowadays, much more so than even our parents were, is because we’re missing out on the number-one source of vitamin D: The sun. “Vitamin D is a pro-hormone made in the skin upon exposure to sunlight, and production of it is rapid and robust,” Calapai says. “Within 10 to 20 minutes without wearing sunscreen, people make between 10,000 and 20,000 IU. But because of widespread sunscreen use, total sun avoidance, and our increasingly indoor lifestyles, our vitamin D levels have fallen drastically.” Dr. Calapai says, “Take at least 2,000 IU per day year-round. And although you technically don’t need to supplement on the days that you know you’ll be outside when the sun is high, it’s just easier to take it every day than to try to remember when and not to.”