Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT North Miami Beach, FL, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in North Miami Beach, FL, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
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Calling for “long overdue reforms,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday outlined proposed legislation that would target pharmacy benefit managers to try to lower prescription-drug costs.Pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, are often described as “middlemen” in the health-care system. Working with insurers and other health plans, they play key roles such as negotiating with drug manufacturers, paying claims and building pharmacy networks.Florida lawmakers in recent years have repeatedly considered proposals to p...
Calling for “long overdue reforms,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday outlined proposed legislation that would target pharmacy benefit managers to try to lower prescription-drug costs.
Pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, are often described as “middlemen” in the health-care system. Working with insurers and other health plans, they play key roles such as negotiating with drug manufacturers, paying claims and building pharmacy networks.
Florida lawmakers in recent years have repeatedly considered proposals to place more regulations on PBMs, at least in part because of complaints by small pharmacies. Lawmakers have passed relatively modest changes, but DeSantis on Thursday indicated he will make the issue a priority during the 2023 legislative session, which will start in March.
“What we’re going to be doing is we’re going to protect consumers and increase accountability,” DeSantis said during an appearance in The Villages.
The announcement came amid a series of efforts in Florida and nationally that supporters say will lower prescription drug prices. Congress and President Joe Biden, for example, passed measures last year that will allow Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices and capped insulin costs for Medicare beneficiaries.
Also, DeSantis and state lawmakers in 2019 approved a plan to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada for government programs such as Medicaid, prisons and facilities run by the Department of Children and Families. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, however, has not signed off on the program, drawing criticism and a lawsuit from the state.
Pharmacy benefit managers are major — if often little-known — players in the health-care system. An industry group, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association said on its website that the companies administer prescription-drug plans for 266 million people in the U.S.
The industry says it helps lower prescription costs through such things as negotiating rebates with drug manufacturers and discounts from pharmacies.
“Using innovative cost-saving tools and technologies, PBMs are working every day on behalf of patients and payers to increase affordability and access to prescription drugs,” the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association website said.
But the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the Coalition of Independent and Community Pharmacies issued statements Thursday criticizing PBMs and praising DeSantis’ proposal.
“‘PBM’ should stand for pharmaceutical benefit manipulation because middlemen and payers are profiting at Floridians’ expense,” Steven C. Anderson, president and CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, said in a prepared statement. “Patients deserve more affordable access to medicines. Patients deserve the best value of care from the pharmacy and pharmacist they choose.”
As of early Thursday afternoon, detailed legislation had not been filed. But DeSantis said the proposal will include:
— Preventing what DeSantis called “spread pricing,” which involves PBMs keeping the difference between what they are paid by health plans and what they pay to pharmacies.
— Preventing a practice known as “clawbacks” by PBMs that can reduce money for pharmacies.
— Barring PBMs from mandating that consumers use certain mail-order pharmacies.
Lawmakers during the 2022 session passed a measure (HB 357) that sought to increase oversight of PBMs, in part by giving the state Office of Insurance Regulation more authority over the companies.
As an example, PBMs in the past were required to register with the state, but the Office of Insurance Regulation did not have power to enforce the registration requirement. The bill allowed the Office of Insurance Regulation to fine PBMs for violations of the requirement.
DeSantis in July also issued an executive order that, in part, required audits of PBMs that provide services in the state’s Medicaid managed-care program and the state-employee health insurance program.
The executive order also required state agencies to put certain stipulations in new, renewed or extended contracts that involve pharmacy benefit managers. For instance, one of those stipulations would prevent clawbacks.
Since Gabe Vincent first signed with the Miami Heat three years ago in January 2020, he has transformed his game from a gunslinging two-guard with a score-first mentality into a three-and-D weapon that can be used as a point guard.The result: A combo guard who can toggle between playing as a facilitator and scorer when needed.That versatility been on display lately, as Vincent played as a scorer with starting guards Kyle Lowry and Tyler Herro both out. Vincent, 26, set a new career-high with 28 points in Thursday’s win ov...
Since Gabe Vincent first signed with the Miami Heat three years ago in January 2020, he has transformed his game from a gunslinging two-guard with a score-first mentality into a three-and-D weapon that can be used as a point guard.
The result: A combo guard who can toggle between playing as a facilitator and scorer when needed.
That versatility been on display lately, as Vincent played as a scorer with starting guards Kyle Lowry and Tyler Herro both out. Vincent, 26, set a new career-high with 28 points in Thursday’s win over the Milwaukee Bucks and totaled 55 points while shooting 21 of 31 (67.7 percent) from the field and 10 of 19 (52.6 percent) from three-point range during the Heat’s two-game set against the Bucks leading into Monday afternoon’s matchup against the Hawks in Atlanta.
“He has the emotional stability to handle different roles that not every player in this league can accept,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of Vincent. “He can play off the ball, he can play on the ball, he can play as a little bit more a scorer, he can be more of a facilitator if we have our full health. Those kind of guys are so invaluable in this league.”
Herro returned to play Monday after missing the previous three games because of left Achilles soreness, but Lowry missed his fourth straight game because of left knee discomfort. That means Vincent made his fourth start in a row in place of Lowry at point guard on Monday against the Hawks.
Before this run of starts, Vincent had started just once in his first 27 appearances this season.
“Gabe has always been like that. He just plays his role to a T,” Heat star Jimmy Butler said of Vincent’s recent scoring binge. “Whenever it’s needed for him to play like that, he can. But that’s a pro’s pro, knowing that you’re a very capable starter in this league. And then whenever the guys get back, you come off the bench and you take on a different role. He’s always done that. I’ve seen it day in, day out. I’m not surprised.”
But prior to scoring 28 points and 27 points in the Heat’s two wins over the Bucks last week, Vincent was averaging just 8.1 points per game on 38 percent shooting from the field and 29.1 percent shooting from three-point range in his first 28 appearances the season.
Vincent, who has missed 12 games this season because of a swollen left knee, had not scored more than 20 points in a game this season before the two-game set against Milwaukee.
“I feel pretty good,” Vincent said when asked if his two-game scoring surge was a sign that he was feeling healthy. “So I’m sure there’s some correlation there. We’ve just been trying to take it one day at a time. I’m trying to be aggressive and just trying to impact winning in any way I can.”
Vincent, who is playing for his next contract as an impending 2023 free agent, will likely move back to a bench role whenever Lowry returns. But his value as a versatile guard who can start and play as a scorer when needed but also provide much-needed depth as a three-and-D reserve when the roster is closer to full health has been on display lately.
“Gabe is a pro’s pro,” Butler said. “He deserves all the praise that he’s getting. A big contract coming for the guy.”
Heat forward Haywood Highsmith is another player who has been relied on to step into a bigger role because of the team’s injury issues.
Highsmith has started in nine of his first 31 appearances this season. While playing through his own bumps and bruises, the 26-year-old Highsmith entered Monday averaging 4.6 points on 39.4 percent shooting from the field and 33.8 percent from three-point range and four rebounds this season.
Those numbers aren’t flashy, but Highsmith has found a role with the Heat as a versatile defender who plays as a screener, spacer and connector in an off-ball role on the offensive end. He’s also a quality rebounder at 6-5 with a 7-foot wingspan, averaging 7.1 rebounds per 36 minutes to rank fifth on the Heat in that category behind only Dewayne Dedmon (11.4 rebounds per 36 minutes), Orlando Robinson (10.7 rebounds per 36 minutes), Bam Adebayo (10.3 rebounds per 36 minutes) and Jamal Cain (7.6 rebounds per 36 minutes).
“He’s embraced this role,” Spoelstra said. “I think the role he played in summer league, I thought was really important. I think a lot of guys in that situation, they try to make a big splash and not play as a role player but to try to score 25 points a game. He played the exact role that we’re playing him in right now and that took some emotional stability. So you’re encouraged when guys get a lot better, but they also accept and embrace that kind of role.”
The Heat ruled out Nikola Jovic (lower back stress reaction), Lowry (left knee discomfort), Duncan Robinson (finger surgery) and Omer Yurtseven (left ankle surgery) for Monday’s game against the Hawks.
Lowry will miss his fourth straight game because of his left knee issue, but he did travel with the team to Atlanta on Sunday.
The Heat also made forward Jamal Cain inactive for Monday’s game in order to save one of his two-way contract days.
Sam Bankman-Fried's cryptocurrency exchange FTX was gearing up to move its headquarters to Miami less than two weeks before the company's collapse late last year.On October 26, West Realm Shires, operator of FTX's U.S. exchange, executed a lease for office space in a Brickell Avenue commercial skyscraper with sprawling views of Biscayne Bay — a deal that would've made the 35-story glass-lined building a new home for FTX and a hub for the cryptocurrency industry.By November 7, FTX was on the brink of implosion.After...
Sam Bankman-Fried's cryptocurrency exchange FTX was gearing up to move its headquarters to Miami less than two weeks before the company's collapse late last year.
On October 26, West Realm Shires, operator of FTX's U.S. exchange, executed a lease for office space in a Brickell Avenue commercial skyscraper with sprawling views of Biscayne Bay — a deal that would've made the 35-story glass-lined building a new home for FTX and a hub for the cryptocurrency industry.
By November 7, FTX was on the brink of implosion.
After Changpeng Zhao, head of rival exchange Binance, announced the liquidation of its FTX tokens amid media reports questioning FTX's financial stability, investors went scrambling for the hills. The price of the company's token plummeted more than 75 percent in a single day, wiping out billions of dollars in market value while FTX struggled to honor customer withdrawals.
FTX is now in bankruptcy, and its founder Bankman-Fried on house arrest, charged with a slew of fraud and conspiracy counts. Federal prosecutors claim he and his cohorts illegally diverted customer assets to fund his trading firm Alameda Research, which was run in part by his Bahamas penthouse roommate Caroline Ellison.
Though the bankruptcy proceedings are in the early stages, Miami landlords have swiftly negotiated the termination of their contracts with FTX in a bid to cut their losses and move on. Yesterday, the Delaware bankruptcy court approved the wind-down of two of FTX's high-priced Miami office leases, bringing a formal end to the onetime crypto giant's stint on Brickell Avenue.
First up was FTX's lease for a space in the Sabadell Financial building at 1111 Brickell, part of real estate group Parkway Properties' portfolio. The building is a 30-story tower with an upgraded lobby and "an expansive rooftop amenity deck with greenspace for yoga and other programmed fitness classes," according to a Parkway profile.
FTX, via West Realm Shires, had been renting a suite in the building since October 2021, prior to FTX unveiling its grander plan to set up headquarters in the Magic City. The contract, set to expire in 2027, was inked about six months after FTX acquired the naming rights to the Miami Heat arena.
Under a court-approved deal with FTX, the landlord, Brickell Owner LLC, agreed to cap its claim for damages under the lease at $211,000, which will be reduced by any base rent received for the suite through June 30. The landlord is entitled to keep West Realm Shires' $32,000 security deposit and will be granted a $19,000 administrative expense claim.
The bigger lease — the one tied to FTX's planned relocation of its headquarters from Chicago to Miami — was likewise nullified under the bankruptcy court's January 9 order. The lease would have entailed West Realm Shires renting premium space in a 35-story office building at 1450 Brickell.
Completed in 2010 by developer Rilea Group, the 500-foot tall building counts JPMorgan Chase and City National Bank as it tenants.
In a joint stipulation, the landlord, 1450 Brickell LLC, agreed to accept a $1.3 million claim for damages in connection with the FTX-linked lease. (As with the 1111 Brickell deal, that sum will be offset by any rent the landlord receives on the space through June 30.) 1450 Brickell LLC is entitled to a $98,000 administrative expense claim — and it's keeping an $820,000 security deposit paid by West Realm Shires.
The landlords negotiated with FTX to terminate the Brickell Avenue contracts after FTX asked the bankruptcy court to cut off several leases across the globe, stretching from Miami to San Francisco to Singapore. FTX's attorneys argued that voiding the leases would reduce leftover expenses and financially benefit FTX and its creditors.
The FTX relocation would have brought the crypto exchange into the ranks of several high-profile firms that jumped onboard a COVID-era Miami-bound tech exodus, including venture capital group Founders Fund, market-maker and hedge fund juggernaut Citadel, SoftBank, and crypto exchange Blockchain.com. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, who promoted the city as a global cryptocurrency beacon, had welcomed FTX with open arms, calling Bankman-Fried one of the most "innovative technologists" in the world.
Since FTX went belly up, the bankruptcy court has been fielding dozens of filings per week as FTX creditors and counter-parties line up in hopes of some resolution.
In November, Miami-Dade County asked the presiding judge to put the kibosh on the $135-million naming-rights contract that plastered FTX's logo all over the Miami Heat arena.
As the proceedings play out, the Department of Justice has been raiding assets tied to Bankman-Fried, including last week's seizure of more than $460 million worth of shares in trading platform Robinhood and $20 million in cash.
Ellison and FTX cofounder Gary Wang have pleaded guilty to multiple federal fraud charges in the Southern District of New York in the alleged scheme to divert customer funds. Both are reportedly cooperating with prosecutors.
Higher Ground photoMiami's latest round of openings includes the first Florida location of Plum Market in Aventura, the launch of Tropical Distillers' new bar and distillery in Miami's Allapattah neighborhood, and the addition of Bar Lab's Higher Ground at the Arlo Wynwood hotel.Know of any openings that aren't on our list? Email [email protected] Ground, the newest addition to Bar Lab Hospitality’s portfolio of c...
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Miami's latest round of openings includes the first Florida location of Plum Market in Aventura, the launch of Tropical Distillers' new bar and distillery in Miami's Allapattah neighborhood, and the addition of Bar Lab's Higher Ground at the Arlo Wynwood hotel.
Know of any openings that aren't on our list? Email [email protected].
Higher Ground, the newest addition to Bar Lab Hospitality’s portfolio of cocktail and culinary concepts, has opened on the third floor of the Arlo Wynwood hotel. True to its name, the indoor-outdoor, jungle-themed oasis serves as an elevated respite from the thrum of Wynwood below and is accessible from an exterior stairwell off NW 22nd Street or via the hotel elevators. The cocktail program takes center stage and is helmed by Christine Wiseman, Bar Lab’s global beverage director. A veteran in the hospitality industry for more than two decades, the native Californian has earned worldwide recognition for her cocktail prowess at spots like Virtue Feed & Grain, Ink, La Descarga, and Breakroom 86, before landing at Broken Shaker in Los Angeles. Cocktails are all meticulously crafted, shot through with herbal elixirs, exotic infusions, and freshly pressed juices. Under the direction of Brad Kilgore, the food at Higher Ground is meant to complement the cocktails with a rotating selection of raw bar and small plates like local crudo, shrimp cocktail served with cocktail sauce, and beef tartare dressed with umami oil and ancho chili served in chilled lettuce cups. 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
A new grocer specializing in organic and locally sourced food and products has opened in Aventura. The first Florida location of Plum Market quietly welcomed customers earlier this month, offering a new grocery shopping experience for South Floridians. The independently owned chain of full-service grocery stores has a strong commitment to the local communities they serve, and the Aventura store is no different; the location spent months sourcing local growers, artisans, and makers to include more than 1,000 local items. The neighborhood market also includes an in-house, fast-casual dining area for customers featuring chef-crafted prepared dishes alongside a curated selection of peak-of-season produce, grocery and apothecary essentials, and all-natural and sustainably sourced meats and seafood. Vino lovers will appreciate Plum's wine department, which presents an impressive selection of affordably priced wines handpicked by Madeline Triffon, a world-renowned Master Sommelier. Guests will enjoy sustainable sushi made on site, locally sourced artisanal baked goods, and specialty chocolates by Norman Love. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
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Miami-based Tropical Distillers has opened its doors as Florida's newest distillery and venue located in the heart of Allapattah. Tropical Distillers aims to offer guests an educational and immersive spirit experience of its liqueur brands via tastings, tours, events, an indoor-outdoor cocktail bar, and a gift shop. Home to J.F. Haden’s Liqueur, the line's mango spirit made with Florida mangos, Tropical Distillers recently debuted its newest flavors with its December opening, including J.F. Haden's citrus and espresso liqueurs, with several more on the way. The 8,000-square-foot experience features a fully automated craft distillery with an in-house cannery, as well as a 30-seat bar and tasting room decked out with colorful, old-school Florida tropical accents. Guests are invited to try creative craft cocktails like the "Cafecito" martini, "Floridian" martini, and an array of frozen cocktails. Tropical Distillers also has a 1,500-square-foot outdoor deck with additional seating and access to local food trucks. For $25, guests enjoy a guided tour of Tropical Distillers Thursday through Sunday at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m., which includes a five-spirit tasting experience and tour pick-up locations throughout Miami. Tasting room open 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. —A state bill is in the works that will help mothers transition back into the workforce."Hopefully, this year is the year that we’re going to see it passed," said Democratic Senator Lori Berman of Boca Raton, the pioneer of SB 144.It's known as the "Lactation Spaces bill" that the senator filed earlier this month. Sh...
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. —
A state bill is in the works that will help mothers transition back into the workforce.
"Hopefully, this year is the year that we’re going to see it passed," said Democratic Senator Lori Berman of Boca Raton, the pioneer of SB 144.
It's known as the "Lactation Spaces bill" that the senator filed earlier this month. She is pushing for private rooms in all county courthouses and district courts of appeals for women lawyers, judges, jurors, and all members of the public.
"A safe, hygienic space, where they can go to either breastfeed their child or pump breast milk," Berman said." There is an exception if it just physically cannot be done, and the bill is funded partly with private donations... which we work very closely with the Florida Association for Women Lawyers."
Donna Eng is the president of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and she said members had been pushing for these safe spaces across the state for years.
"Many lawyers were able to get their law firms to first open up dedicated room...they decided that courthouses would have to be next," said Eng. "They funded everything that was required, they worked with the court and the clerk of court to ensure that everything was installed and safely locked in the room."
Leaders hope that if the bill becomes law, funds would be utilized not only to create new lactation spaces but also to expand on existing rooms.
"The bathroom is a non-sanitary hygienic space. No infant should have to drink breast milk that has been pumped either in the front seat of a car, that’s not been private to any onlookers or in a bathroom," Eng said.
Lawmakers described some of the concerns raised by their constituents.
"Heard a story of a woman who said, ‘I actually left the workforce because of it, because it was too difficult for me to be able to do what I had to do with my child,'" Berman said.
Leaders hope that with this bill, there will be permanent safe spaces for mothers.
"There’s been a concern that since there’s been no law to protect the use of those dedicated spaces, that someone in the court could come back and change their mind and decide they didn’t want to keep that space anymore," Eng said.
According to the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, courthouses like the Main Courthouse on N. Dixie Highway do have lactation spaces. The North County Courthouse in Palm Beach Gardens, however, does not.
And on the Treasure Coast, for example, the Martin County Courthouse does have a lactation room. The St. Lucie County Courthouse and Indian River County Courthouse do not.
As for the District Court of Appeals, Tallahassee, Lakeland, Miami, West Palm Beach and Daytona Beach do not have lactation spaces.
"We want women to continue to be in the workforce even when they had children and come back to work after they’ve had their children," Berman said.
"Return to work is a big hurdle. Anything we can do to make it easier for women to return back to work and not have to choose between either breastfeeding or working," Eng said.
The same bill made its way all the way through the Senate floor last session, but it did not pass in the House.
Leaders are optimistic the legislation will pass this year.
The Senate Bill has yet to be assigned to a committee. Joint legislation filed by Democratic Representative Ashley Gantt of Miami, HB 87, has been assigned to the Civil Justice Subcommittee.
Last December, Congress passed the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act, which would require employers to provide private spaces that aren't bathrooms for nursing mothers. Additionally, with the passage of the Federal Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act in 2019, all federal courthouses now have lactation spaces.