My Top 5 Tips to Avoid the Flu

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The flu is NO fun. Those achy pains, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, fever, vomiting—the flu runs a wide gamut of uncomfortable symptoms. Because flu season affects millions of people and the virus is highly contagious, I wanted to share some important, timely tips to protecting your health this season.    Wash your hands—and wash… Read more »

Know the ABCs of Your ZZZs

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“Morning is not my friend.” “I’m dragging…and it’s only 1 p.m.!” “Ugh. It’s the middle of the night. Why can’t I sleep?”   I’m guessing at least one statement in that bunch is all too familiar—if not all of them. Disruption of nighttime sleep followed by daytime consequences is a vicious cycle for so many…. Read more »

The Sleep Quiz: Rate Your ZZZ Powers!

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We spend one-third of our lives sleeping, yet a restful night is elusive for so many of us. The effects of poor sleep are vast, ranging from increased inflammation and pain, loss of productivity and focus, irritability, anxiety, overeating, and diminished regulation of the immune system. Just think of the last time you tossed and… Read more »

When It Comes to Aging, Size Really Matters

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Lisa was increasingly tired and worn out from trying to keep up with her busy children and a hectic work schedule. She couldn’t resist eating sugary foods and collapsed into being a “couch potato” when she got home after sitting at her desk for hours at a time. Stress ruled her life, and she had… Read more »

Tuned Into The Rhythm Of Life?

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Are you tuned into the rhythm of life?  Did your alarm jar you from bed way too early? Have you greeted the past three mornings with just a little more grumbling than usual? I bet quite a few heads are nodding right now—both in agreement and in a fight against creeping fatigue! Yes, the annual… Read more »

Way to Glow! 5 Tips for Fabulous Summer Skin

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It’s summer and you know what that means. I hope you have plans to dig in and enjoy some adventures in the out-of-doors during this inviting season! Exposure to sun and wind, though, can be rough on the skin—and that’s no joke. The skin is your body’s largest organ, acting as a physical barrier between… Read more »

Ready, Set…Maximize Your Brainpower!

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In the past, medical experts believed that only a child’s brain had the capacity to develop and change. The assumption was that after an individual reached maturity, her brain stopped growing. We know better today. (Whew!) In the past three decades, science has confirmed that while the infant brain shows the greatest rate of growth,… Read more »

Menopausal? Feeling Old Is Strictly Optional.

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Many of my conversations with patients and clients in the 45-50 age range are centered around the types of symptoms that can arise at the end of menstruation. For some women, menopause is a challenge that is marked by discomfort. Others, though, simply glide through this transition gracefully, living a life rich in self-expression, wellbeing,… Read more »

Sleep, Part 3: Do You Dream?

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Do you dream? Good question, especially if you are wondering about the quality and quantity of your sleep.  A “yes” answer is what we’re looking for. Remember the four stages of sleep I discussed before? If you dream, that could be an indication that your body and brain are successfully reaching at least Stage Two…. Read more »

Sleep, Part 2: Go to Your Room!

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In my last newsletter, I described the ways that sleep deprivation affects the body’s essential functions. In short, sleep is a key component to health. Getting under 8 hours of sleep can lead to illness, obesity, and poor overall daytime performance. Feeling trapped in a cycle of daily fatigue and nighttime wakefulness? Applying the 3Rs… Read more »