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Short-Circuiting Fear

Short-Circuiting Fear

We are hard-wired for fear. This is very old behavior, and it's protective. As a species, we have very poor defenses! That's why we've developed our brains and become super predators. But we still have the ancient protective wiring in the brain stem. Here's what...

What’s Your Manicure Hiding From You?

What’s Your Manicure Hiding From You?

Vital information about the state of your health is literally at the tips of your fingers!  The state of your nails can reveal dietary deficiencies, circulatory problems, the toxic effects of stress or exposure to chemicals, and even the state of your emotional...

The Knack of the Nap

The Knack of the Nap

The concept of the Power Nap has been kicking around for quite a while.  Anyone who’s felt the benefits of a refreshing nap can testify to how energizing it can be.   But a nap can also leave you feeling groggy and disoriented.  How can we hit that sweet...

Sleep Hygiene

Sleep Hygiene

Sleep is our body’s repair time, so compromised sleep is a significant health risk.  If you are having trouble sleeping, identifying the cause is the very first step.  The mechanical factors are easier to deal with, so let’s start there. How old is your mattress? If...

Top Ten Brain Friendly Behaviors

Top Ten Brain Friendly Behaviors

This information comes from many brilliant sources, and was put into the Top Ten format by Jim Kwik, the memory & learning expert.  Here's my summary: A brain boosting dietWhole foods, lots of fresh vegetables, healthy fats, small amounts of clean...

Top Ten Brain Boosting Foods

Top Ten Brain Boosting Foods

Blueberries Anti-oxidant & anti-aging; neuro-protective; anti-cancer; supports digestion; heart protective; nutrient dense; healthy fiber Avocados Healthy monosaturated fat; contains lots of vitamin E and glutathione Broccoli Cancer-protective; supports...

The Cardiologist’s Top Twelve for a Healthy Heart

The Cardiologist’s Top Twelve for a Healthy Heart

We celebrate the heart in February because of Valentine's Day, but every month is heart month!  Here's a great list of heart-loving foods that Stephen Sinatra, MD likes, and you will too! Asparagus Rich in folic acid, vitamin C, and glutathione precursors, for...

Recipes

The Best (and Easiest!) Summer Drink Ever

I always like to start the day with lemon water, because it's so helpful for the liver and it tastes great.  In the summer, though, I'll drink it all day long.There are a lot of variations on this, so you can play around with it.  Here's my basic...

Steam-Grilled Green Beans

Don't want to waste the coals in your grill after you've cooked some barbecue?  Here's a way to put that heat to good use.Directions:1. Wash your beans and place them on a large square of aluminum foil.  Top with the cut-up rind of half a lemon—use one...

Marinated Pork Tenderloin

One of the pleasures of the summer is gathering outside in the evening, and eating freshly cooked fresh food.  Regardless of the season, I like my plate to be about 60% vegetables, and summer makes that really easy.  But there is definitely a place for...

Cooling Spinach Soup (with a bit of a bite)

As the season warms up, it's nice to have a cooling soup in your repertoire, especially one that's packed with both nutrition and flavor.  And it's fast!  This is a purely vegetarian and raw soup that pairs well with a wide variety of cooked...

Luscious Sardine Salad

This recipe breaks our knee jerk association of Omega 3s with salmon.Wonderful though salmon is, it's worth remembering the other SMASH* fishes are both delicious and inexpensive.  And, because they're smaller and lower on the food chain than salmon and...

Broccoli Rabe

Aka broccolini, broccoli rabe is one of those cruciferous vegetables that is a slam dunk for both taste and digestive health.   Steaming is always a good choice, but I do also like to oven-roast it. I find it easier to keep tabs on cooking progress in the...

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