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Be kind to yourself for great health

A recent study has demonstrated that being kind to yourself (vs. activating the inner critic) has positive physical and mental benefits. Self-compassion activates a content and calm state of mind with a disposition for kindness, social connectedness and the ability to self-soothe when stressed. This is in contrast to negative self-talk (aka the voice of […]

 

The microbial reason for food cravings

Stop beating yourself up!! A recent study showed that those with elevated levels of the metabolite indole had stronger function and connectivity  in areas of the brain that is associated with “hedonic eating,” or eating for pleasure rather than for hunger. Those with higher levels of indole also were more likely to have food addiction. […]

 

Healthy Travel Tips

Paris in November was cold but still dreamy. It was my first time visiting and I really felt my type A personality shine through. Despite coming down with an awful cold and being freezing in not enough layers, I persevered through entire days and nights of sightseeing with many of those hours spent outdoors. I absolutely […]

 

NEVER have fruit for breakfast (if you want to lose weight and prevent diabetes)

Blood sugar spikes are BAD…they’re what cause us to feel hangry 30 mins later, lightheaded, or craving sugar. They may be especially bad first thing in the morning. You want to break-your-fast with a complete meal vs. one that is too high in sugar. Continued ups-and-downs  in our blood sugar creates a craving in our body for high carbohydrate foods. This can lead to weight gain….and eventually Type II Diabetes.

 

Must Have Essential oils for the Holidays

Reach for the lavender if anxiety levels start rising over the holiday to-do lists. Apply 1-2 drops on your wrists and hold your wrists up to your face to take at least 5-10 deep inhalations or add approximately 5 drops to a hot bath. This can help calm your mood almost instantly.

Lavender has also been shown to significantly reduce pain from headaches or migraines. In this case you should be inhaling the lavender essential oil for about 15 minutes.

 

3 ways to spot a toxic friend and why your health depends on it!

A few years ago, I did a really difficult thing when I “deleted” my oldest friend from my life. She had become such a toxic friend, that I finally realized I had to walk away. This was a valuable lesson for me, as I was someone who would twist herself into a pretzel to try to maintain a friendship. The cold truth is that when someone becomes toxic to your life, no matter who it is, the best thing you can do is, throw out the garbage.

 

What you need to know about Vitamin B12 and B12 shots

  You could be low in vitamin B12 if you’re experiencing fatigue, mood imbalances, nerve problems, if you’re elderly, have Celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, if you take antacid medication like Nexium, Prevacid, Zantac or Prilosec, or if you consume a vegetarian/vegan diet. If you consume large amounts of alcohol (binge drinking), you are greatly […]

 

How to become more yourself

Well, I would ask if you ever do things you don’t want to do or don’t have the capacity to do, just to please others? Do you ever do things because you worry what others will think of you if you don’t? Do you ever hide your true feelings because you’re scared that being completely honest will scare the other person away? Are you shy to speak up at work or in school because you think you’ll say something stupid? Do you ever act a certain way around certain people because you want them to accept you and think that you’re like them?

 

Micronutrient Mondays – **Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)**

Conenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 is part of a family called the ubiquinones and is a powerful antioxidant! Humans can synthesize CoQ10 so it’s considered nonessential, but nonetheless, deficiencies can arise. One of the biggest risk factors for deficiency is treatment with a cholesterol lowering statin medication, like Lipitor. It’s established that patients on statin medications have reduced CoQ10 levels. Some studies have shown statins can drop CoQ10 levels by as much as 40 percent.

 

Micronutrient Mondays – Chromium

Chromiuim is an essential trace mineral that’s important for optimizing INSULIN function and regulating BLOOD GLUCOSE.

When you consume food, blood sugar (glucose) levels rise, then your body releases insulin from the pancreas. Insulin lowers blood sugar by allowing glucose to enter your body’s cells.

 
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