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How low sodium diets may increase health risks

Salt’s value has changed with the industrial revolution, but it still plays a very important role in our individual health. Salt has been used as currency. Roads and cities have been formed...

Seven tips toward a better diet for your kids

Let’s be real, feeding kids is tough! I’ve realized from firsthand experience with my three little ones that the goal here cannot be perfection. Through much trial and error, I ha...

Dietary fat: Is it your friend or foe?

Over the last seven years, I’ve created meal plans for clients in my clinics to combat a plethora of maladies such as chronic diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, joint pain, autoimmune condit...

Hijacking the brain’s reward mechanism

A key component of behavior change is the brain’s reward system, which consists of neurons in the different regions of the brain communicating to one another using dopamine, the feel-good ch...

Your thyroid and your weight loss

If you are worried about your thyroid, think it may be causing you to gain weight or have noticed your thyroid numbers changing as you lose weight, read on. In addition to weight ...

Will eating breakfast really fuel your day?

As we bring in a new year filled with new beginnings, it’s time to reflect on your own health and vision for what you want to achieve. You might establish new resolutions, or you ...

Cultivating your image of success

What will it feel like? For many of us, optimal health or our individual “peak state” has always been a far off dream. It’s been a dream that has been at our side for years – sinc...

8 health and wellness tips for the holidays

The holidays can be a stressful time for many. It’s been shown that stress and anxiety in all areas of life including family, finance, and health and wellness seem to increase dur...

When does the creep become a problem?

That darn scale – rarely reading how it’s supposed to, right?! Well, I have some good news: It’s normal for your weight to flux up and down. As much as you might like i...

Weight regain: Why it happens and what to do

Weight loss is much more complicated than calorie in and calorie out. For decades, we have been told that if we just exercised more, ate less (or at least ate everything in modera...

The art of letting go of excess weight

Letting go of anything – old habits, a relationship, that favorite pair of blue jeans – is uncomfortable, even if it’s for our own good. And the same goes for letting go of excess...

Maybe it’s low testosterone?

As we age, we tend to see dips in testosterone. This isn’t ideal as testosterone is a key hormone in keeping both men AND women at optimal health with high energy, supple skin, g...