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De-stress, Build Bones, and Boost Metabolism

By now, you probably know that stress takes a tremendous toll on your body, often showing up in the form of headaches, intestinal issues, weight gain, hypertension, insomnia, and other health problems. Did you know stress also wreaks havoc on your bones and calorie burning capacity? If stress travels with you like unwanted baggage, take advantage of summer’s slower pace to let it go, boost metabolism, and build [...]

Why I Eat Organic Produce

There are at least two good reasons why I eat organic—and encourage my clients to do the same: Organic food contains fewer pesticides and more nutrients. Fewer Pesticides Chemicals in pesticides can be absorbed into fruits and vegetables, leaving behind trace residues that then get absorbed by your body. Each year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) pores over the results [...]

Why You Should Avoid “Fragrances”

We can get very attached to the smell of our favorite lotion or body wash, but there’s often something lurking behind the scent that can harm your health. Many fragranced personal care products contain chemicals called “phthalates,” which help the scent cling to skin and hair. The term hardly ever actually appears on the labels, but instead may be one [...]

Greens: Good for the Liver, Immune System, Gut, and More

The list of beneficial properties offered by greens is long and includes: Improving circulation Promoting healthy gut flora Improving liver function Strengthening the immune system Clearing congestion Greens provide a whole host of valuable nutrients, micronutrients, and phytonutrients. Chlorophyll (found in all green vegetables) is a powerful blood builder akin to liquid oxygen! If you are trying to get pregnant, you [...]

Boost Your Metabolism with Intermittent Fasting

Have you heard of intermittent fasting (IF) and wondered what it’s all about? Well IF simply involves alternating cycles of fasting and eating. Many studies show this can cause weight loss, improve metabolic health, protect against disease, and perhaps help you live longer. Specific benefits of intermittent fasting include: Lower glucose and/or insulin level Improved lipid profile and blood pressure [...]

Food and Mood: Lifestyle Changes Can Lift Your Mood

Do you feel like you’re constantly on a stress-induced rollercoaster? How do your fluctuating moods rule your days? Do you feel blue more often than you feel joy? If so, you’re not alone. One in 24 Americans suffer from dysthymia, or low-level, chronic depression. Fortunately, making small changes in your food, fitness, and friendships can significantly increase your overall happiness [...]