We’ve all heard that food is medicine—but what about food supplements as medicine? Seann Bardell—co-founder of BioImmersion Inc. and creator of the company’s Therapeutic Food Supplements—explains how adding a variety of whole foods and concentrated extracts to our diet helps our bodies feel and function at their best. Historically, macronutrients, vitamins, minerals, fish oil, and fiber have been the center of nutritional advice. Now, we have added a new topic to our ongoing conversation about good health: To enhance our diets, and maximize the efforts of our journey toward good health, we must understand how to utilize phytochemicals (or phytonutrients) from plants. There is a tremendous growing body of research on the use of phytochemicals for...
October 03, 2014
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Last week marked the end of the Dairy Detox, and you all know what that means: I got to indulge in all my dairy-laden favorites, one by one, and soak in the deliciousness of it all. However, reintroducing these foods into my diet wasn’t quite what I expected. With my dairy-free days “officially” over, you’d think I’d be slightly more excited to return to all things creamy and cheesy, but I actually discovered that many of the habits I practiced during my detox are ones I’d like to continue. Why? Although I’m not convinced I have a dairy allergy or even a sensitivity, I have noticed that the benefits of going dairy-free often outweigh the side effects of giving in to temptation. I would rather my body feel better, and know my diet is making me...
October 02, 2014
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Last weekend, I was overjoyed and honored to be a part of the wedding between one of my best girlfriends, Brianna, and her new hubby. As her personal attendant, I knew I’d have my hands full making sure she looked and felt flawless on her big day. From reapplying lip gloss between photos to assisting the photographer with the sun shield to diligent shoe duty—which meant bar-hopping in the rain to make sure she could change out of her heels and into her comfy flats before the reception—it’s safe to say that both the bride and I were on-the-go from morning ‘til night. When I initially asked Brianna what she wanted most from me on her wedding day, she replied without hesitation, “Make sure I eat!” That got me thinking: What better way to help both...
September 26, 2014
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Last week, I shared my initial reactions to the non-dairy diet experience I’ve undertaken with my co-editor, Samantha. It’s been another dairy-free week, and I’m still feeling fabulous—my body, skin, and hair all seem to be in sync. And, I must confess: I don’t miss cheese as much as I thought I would. Because I was used to eating a lot of yogurt (Greek-style, usually with granola or fresh fruit), I never thought twice about introducing additional probiotics into my system. The term “probiotic” is somewhat of a buzzword these days, and the foods that contain them are becoming increasingly popular. Probiotics—live microorganisms found in cultured foods and beverages—are primarily beneficial to the intestinal tract. They help regulate...
September 16, 2014
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I’ve read my fair share of information regarding dairy consumption. Although credentials differ slightly from source to source—say, a published article vs. social media commentary—one sentiment remains fairly consistent: Beyond infancy, humans really just aren’t meant to consume dairy products. Those in favor of the milk mustache might argue that dairy intake defends against disease, and that the calcium, potassium, and vitamin D content in milk contribute to bone, muscle, and skin health. However, those against dairy in the diet emphasize that any nutritional benefits found in milk can be gained from better sources. For example: Calcium can be found in leafy green vegetables such as spinach and collards, as well as beans, oranges, and figs—plus, non-dairy...
September 09, 2014
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So, I’ve been on a bit of an ancient medicine binge lately. Most recently, my body has begun to harness the greatness that is apple cider vinegar (ACV). Before I started with Natural Solutions, I had never really considered drinking vinegar for health reasons, but after listening to testimonials and doing my research, I decided, what the heck? I’ll give it a try. At the end of this week, I’ll have been drinking about two to three tablespoons of ACV mixed with eight ounces of water every day for the past four weeks. Since then, I’ve noticed changes in my energy levels, the way my skin looks and feels, digestion, and even changes in my weight. I highly recommend that anyone looking for a health boost considers taking a few shots of ACV a day. If you do decide to try...
August 28, 2014
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Detox Tip #1: Start Green Have you noticed that green vegetables and fruits are the only recommendation that makes it into every diet book? Spinach, kale, arugula, and chard are rich in indole-3-carbinole, which is a natural detoxifier that controls how you regulate estrogen. Both men and women are at risk of estrogen pollution (fake estrogens from the environment – more on that in a future class!), and these hard-working greens help to tip the balance in favor of taking out the bad estrogens before they cause symptoms of estrogen dominance – including breast tenderness, cancer, moodiness, and weight gain. Other yummy greenies that upgrade your detox? Avocados, olives, sea vegetables (seaweed), steamed broccoli, lentils, split peas, spirulina, and blue green algae. Detox...
August 26, 2014
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This past week media, both mainstream and social has been focusing on the death of Robin Williams. The morbid side of our curiosity seeks out to find all of the details of this tragic event. We scour the web looking for details, but why? Robin Williams was one of the most talented entertainers that our current generations had the opportunity to embrace. The first time I remember seeing him was when he appeared in a guest appearance on Happy Days. From there he went on to his own sitcom, several successful movies and a career that entertained us for over forty years.    Those in the entertainment industry live a very difficult life. We expect so much more from them, yet they like us face the same every day pressures as every one of us face. But they have an added pressure...
August 16, 2014
Planning your child's yearly physical? Not sure what to expect? Roy Benaroch, MD, a general pediatrician who practices near Atlanta, Georgia, is in the business of telling parents exactly what they need to know when it comes to their child's health and wellness. This father of three shares the following advice to keep parents informed and prepared as they begin to schedule and attend start-of-school checkups. >>First, and most important of all, go to the visit. You’d be surprised how often children are brought by a cousin or aunt or sitter. Sometimes they bring a list of questions from Mom—but what kind of a way is that to communicate? Even better: If both parents have questions, both of you should try to go to the physical. I like meeting both parents. And...
August 14, 2014
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Last week, I decided to undertake an incline interval workout routine during which I voluntarily jogged, sprinted, and butt-kicked my way up and down the virtual hills of a treadmill every morning, Monday through Friday. Which brings me to my apology: I’m sorry that this post is a bit belated; I was too busy nursing my legs back to the amount of strength it takes to hobble to my computer. Wondering why I decided to run incline intervals five days in a row? For starters, I get easily motivated sitting at a desk all day. I’m bombarded with fitness stuff all day, from my twitter feed to press releases, and I get this mid-morning itch to move. I’ll see a new squat variation or a unique circuit combo and just have to try it, and it just so happened that last week I felt...
August 13, 2014