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Nov 2022

Movement is Gold

  A 2011 study showed the most significant factor for preventing respiratory infections—even more than diet and stress—was exercise. Key Points: – Exercising for even just 20 min. per week showed better infection prevention than no exercise at all. – Exercising 5 or more days per week was shown to reduce the risk of an upper respiratory infection by 43% and the severity of infection…

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29

Nov 2022

Chocolate and Sweat

What do Chocolate and Sweat Have in Common? Answer: Cadmium   Key Points: Chocolate can have high amounts of cadmium (and lead). Cocoa can be very high. Variations depend on where it was grown and how it was processed. Cocoa from Latin America has been found to have higher amounts of cadmium than those from West Africa. Cadmium is a toxic metal that accumulates in…

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14

Oct 2022

The Benefits of NAC

  NAC or N-Acetylcysteine is an amino acid that has many benefits when used as a supplement. It is one of the three amino acids your body uses to make glutathione—your body’s most powerful antioxidant and detoxification molecule. NAC can be used to boost detoxification and reduce oxidative stress in the body. It helps thin mucous which can help clear it from the respiratory tract…

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14

Oct 2022

Optimizing Sleep

Many of my patients are seeking help with improving their sleep. Sleep is so important for so many reasons. Sleep helps the brain detoxify through what is called the Glymphatic system. This may play a roll in preventing neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. Sleep also helps restore the immune system and is essential for regulating blood sugars and our stress response. I always emphasize…

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29

Apr 2022

The Dirty Dozen for 2022

  Environmental Working Group has published its research on the pesticide levels of conventionally grown produce in the United States for 2022. These fruits and vegetables were found to have the most pesticide residues this year: 1. Strawberries 2. Spinach 3. Kale, collard and mustard greens 4. Nectarines 5. Apples 6. Grapes 7. Bell and hot peppers 8. Cherries 9. Peaches 10. Pears 11. Celery…

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29

Apr 2022

Spring Detox

  As we crawl out of hibernation from the winter and greet the longer brighter days of spring our bodies adjust their circadian rhythms and acclimatize to the changing environment. Spring is the perfect time of year to do a dietary cleanse which can help shake off the accumulated excesses from the previous season. In my book, Body, I outline 3 different detoxification methods that…

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29

Apr 2022

Food Stressing You Out?

  Did you know food reactions can trigger an adrenaline response? When we react to foods we eat, an adrenaline response or stress response can be triggered and inflammatory chemicals can be produced. This isn’t considered a true allergic reaction, but more of a low grade sensitivity reaction. Food reactions can affect digestion, mood, pain, immunity, skin problems, brain function and seemingly unrelated concerns. Some…

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14

Mar 2022

Daily Detox

  Did you know that broccoli sprouts are a potent natural detoxifier? We are all exposed to environment toxins on a daily basis. The air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink and the products we use in our home and on our bodies all contain potentially harmful toxins. From heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium and arsenic and chemicals such as…

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18

Jan 2022

Being Your Own Health Advocate

  Everyone who receives my newsletter understands this concept to some degree. Basically, it means being responsible for your own health journey. One of my main passions is sharing education so others can better take care of themselves. While I’m not a doctor, the latin word “docere” means “to teach.” The more we learn about how to take care of our health, the more empowered…

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19

Mar 2020

Herbal Support For Stress and Immunity

Calming Herbs Passionflower, oatstraw, skullcap, chamomile, holy basil, lavender, California poppy, hops, St. Johns wort, catnip, lemonbalm, motherwort, valerian, linden, gotu kola, and kava are all herbs that have a calming quality to the nervous system.  They can help calm frazzled nerves, promote more restful sleep and ease tension. Use in teas or tinctures. Most accessible will be herb teas such as chamomile, lemon balm…

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