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!

Root Veggies Are Making A Comeback

Root Veggies Are Making A Comeback

Root veggies are making a comeback as “clean carbohydrates”. They satisfy our need for energy, while providing an alternative to the dizzying array of refined carbs. Because root veggies are rich in fiber, they help fight hunger and stabilize blood sugar, preventing late night cravings. And of course, they’re free of gluten!

Roasted Butternut Squash, Yam and Red Pepper Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash, Yam and Red Pepper Soup

As the air turns crisp, it’s natural to crave our favorite comfort foods. Instead of reaching for mac’n cheese, gather the ingredients to make this mouthwatering soup. Then, while you’re binge-watching your favorite show, you’ll feel guilt-less pleasure with a bowl of warm soup in hand. Be sure to make enough to freeze for those cold nights ahead when you’re too tired to cook!

Lox Crisps with Avocado, Cucumbers, Shallots, Tomatoes and Capers

Lox Crisps with Avocado, Cucumbers, Shallots, Tomatoes and Capers

Move over bagel, there’s a new schmear in town. This low-carb twist on the traditional “lox and bagel with cream cheese” has all the flavor, with none of the allergens and empty carbs. Just trade the bagel and cream cheese for crisp rice crackers and creamy avocado. The smoked salmon delivers ~15 grams of protein with a dose of essential fatty acids to reduce inflammation and create soft skin.

Updated Hash with Chicken Sausage, Yukon Golds & Baby Greens

Updated Hash with Chicken Sausage, Yukon Golds & Baby Greens

This modern take on the classic “hash” dishes up two servings of colorful veggies in a golden sauté that’s ready in minutes. Save time by prepping the onion and microwaving the potatoes the night before so they’re ready for the skillet when it’s time to cook. These potatoes are teeming with flavor, flavonoids and keep your blood sugar stable all morning long.  This is something that could be made in a bigger batch on a Sunday afternoon for weekday mornings to come. Yum!