5 Self-Care Tips to Grow Your Health

5 Self-Care Tips to Grow Your Health

It’s been a super-busy spring in the clinic, where I’ve had a run on patients who are seriously worried about this whole AGING thing and they’re ready to do something about it! How about you? It’s during our 40’s and 50’s that some subtle (and not so subtle) shifts occur: our skin starts to show signs of aging, our energy fluctuates and the pounds creep on.

Have You Tried Fennel Yet?

Have You Tried Fennel Yet?

If you haven’t tried fennel yet, you’re missing out on its powerful benefits to support healthy-aging! Fennel is that unusual veggie that looks like a cross between a white onion and celery, with stalks forming a crown of green feathery fronds. Its mild anise, or licorice flavor has made it a favorite in both Italian and French cooking, where it is featured in the classic fisherman’s soup of France, bouillabaisse.

Study shows CURRY SPICES IMPROVE BLOOD FLOW, heart health; get the recipe!

Study shows CURRY SPICES IMPROVE BLOOD FLOW, heart health; get the recipe!

Curry is a magical blend of spices that has been a staple in Indian homes for centuries and its use has spread throughout Asia and the world. While there are endless combinations, most curries blend turmeric, ginger, cumin, cinnamon, or clove with garlic, onion and red chilies.

Heart Healthy Tips for Your Best Valentine’s Day

Heart Healthy Tips for Your Best Valentine’s Day

After decades of focus on the heart, cardiovascular disease still remains the leading cause of death in the United States. But it doesn’t have to be this way: we now know that most heart disease can be prevented and even reversed! Yet nearly half of adult Americans have high blood pressure. And most don’t know it. Nor do they realize that high blood pressure leads to heart attacks and stroke. So instead of giving candy hearts and wilting flowers this V-Day, here are some simple but lasting ways to keep your heart open and express affection to those you love.

My January Secrets to Soaring Energy, Weight Loss and Recharging Your Health

My January Secrets to Soaring Energy, Weight Loss and Recharging Your Health

Welcome to 2019! It’s so exciting to see that many of the practices I was trained in decades ago as a naturopathic physician are now not only becoming popular, but are also being validated.  From elimination diets to intermittent fasting, this is the year to explore the science of fasting and eating clean and alcohol-free for a month.

It never rains in California (except in my upstairs bathroom)!

It never rains in California (except in my upstairs bathroom)!

Yep, my home FLOODED! Not like the recent floods in Indonesia, the Carolinas, or Houston. Blessings to all those victims! Instead, the more common type of flooding disaster struck our home in mid-July:  

That’s when a pipe burst under the sink in our upstairs master bathroom, spewing water for hours…

Detoxify Using Herbs From Your Own Herb Garden

Detoxify Using Herbs From Your Own Herb Garden

By now you’ve probably heard that we’re living in a toxic soup. Over the last century, more than 80,000 chemicals have been developed, used and dumped into our environment…for us eat, drink and breath. Unfortunately we humans are now the guinea pigs in our own grand experiment and the data suggests a toxic problem.

Eggs for Your Brain, Heart and Health

Eggs for Your Brain, Heart and Health

As Mother’s Day approaches, I want to remember my Mom with a recipe that is perfect for Mother’s Day brunch and review some reassuring research about eggs, “Nature’s perfect protein”.  First, the much-maligned egg has been vindicated (once again), this time by an Australian study just published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Struggling with Indigestion?

Struggling with Indigestion?

What do apples, onions, hummus and ice cream have in common?

They’re all rich in FODMAPs: a set of carbohydrates that may trigger the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): bloating, gas, cramping, constipation or diarrhea.

Probiotics and Your Microbiome

Probiotics and Your Microbiome

Did you know your body is home to 100 trillion microbes whose population is largely shaped by what you eat and drink? If you’d like to improve your digestion, energy and mood, then meet your “gut microbiome” (the microbes and their genes that are living in your digestive tract). Like a city zoo, your large intestine houses roughly 1,000 different species, including bacteria, yeast, protozoa, viruses and worms. Your job is to cultivate a congenial clan that will support your health instead of erode it!

The Food - Brain Connection

The Food - Brain Connection

Have you ever felt almost “high” after eating pizza or a grilled cheese sandwich? It may be because these foods can act as opiates within our brain, leading to that “blissed out” feeling that often results in that “tired and toxic” feeling.

 

Food For Thought: The Gut-Brain Connection

Food For Thought: The Gut-Brain Connection

Our gut is a powerful biochemical reactor, capable of almost magically transforming the plants and animals of nature into the building blocks of our body: the carbohydrates, proteins and fats, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients to run all the metabolic reactions that promote health and prevent disease.

7 Steps to a Solid Night's Sleep

7 Steps to a Solid Night's Sleep

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to fall asleep easily, stay asleep all night and awaken refreshed? Sleep is so rejuvenating for the brain that it is now being considered “mental floss” capable of clearing dangerous amyloid-beta plaques and neuronal tangles from the brain. So if you’re one of the 70 million Americans struggling to get a good night’s sleep, here are several proven strategies to overcome the effects that our hectic lifestyles have on sleep.

How Sugar Drives Inflammation

How Sugar Drives Inflammation

Whether you’re a student struggling with ADD, an office worker on overwhelm or a Boomer facing memory loss, we all need help clearing the inflammation that fuels brain fog and cognitive problems.

It turns out that the primary driver of chronic inflammation is our excessive intake of simple carbs like sugar, refined and processed grains and artificial sweeteners.

Essential Fatty Acids: 8 Great Reasons to Give Yourself An Oil Change

Essential   Fatty  Acids:    8 Great Reasons to Give Yourself An Oil Change

If your skin feels dry, your mind is a bit hazy or you’ve got some unwanted aches and pains, it may be time for an “oil change”.

And while you might not dream of putting poor quality oil in your car’s engine, most Americans are sputtering along on a diet filled with bad fat. The result is inflammation: the fire at the core of chronic disease.The good news is that it is easy to include a few key foods in your diet that supply the critical omega-3 fatty acids: EPA and DHA.

Nutrition For Fighting Inflammation and Chronic Disease

Nutrition For Fighting Inflammation and Chronic Disease

What do diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer's have in common? They’re all driven by chronic inflammation.The good news is we can actually eat to beat the cause of the most dreaded diseases we face AND love it at the same time! So grab a cup of (anti-inflammatory) ginger tea while we explore some common causes of inflammation and my Top 5 Tips to extinguish that fire.

Make 2018 “Your Year to Build A Better Brain”

Make 2018 “Your Year to Build A Better Brain”

Are you dealing with brain fog or having trouble focusing? Does it impact your productivity and performance? Has it progressed to the point that you’re having trouble doing simple tasks you could before?If so, you’re not alone. Memory problems are one of the most common complaints I see in my practice, and it is growing more frequent every year.

Dr. Sally’s Vegetable Chicken Soup for Your Soul!

Dr. Sally’s Vegetable Chicken Soup for Your Soul!

Fight the flu and get back on your feet faster with the powerful healing benefits of chicken soup! Now that the cold and flu season is upon us, it’s the perfect time to make and freeze a delicious pot of chicken soup. Since the days of Hippocrates, chicken soup has earned its reputation as “health in a bowl”.

Enjoy the Spice of Life!

Enjoy the Spice of Life!

‘Tis the season of cinnamon, ginger and cloves (usually laden with sugar, fat and flour). Wouldn’t it be nice to revel in those flavors without the empty calories? Well, here are some tasty facts and an easy chai recipe to get you started!

7 Smart Steps to Staying Well This Winter

  7 Smart Steps to Staying Well This Winter

We humans are the most sophisticated species on the planet with profound natural healing capacities. Yet, when the holidays come, we ignore our natural instincts and over-eat, under-exercise, drink too much and stay up late, sabotaging our health. Let’s change that!