Finding and Fixing the Holes in Your Wellness Plan (Part 1)

Why is it that we may eat well, exercise and still struggle with our weight and health?

For many of us, making healthier food choices is a way of life. We read labels, we’re mindful of our portions, we limit the amount of sugar, junk and processed foods we eat, we limit our alcohol intake and we make a concerted effort to eat “clean” and healthy.

Many of us also commit to a consistent fitness schedule where we’re walking, running, doing classes, DVD’s, yoga, or organized sports regularly. We put in the time and effort necessary to create a lean, toned and fit body.

So with this kind of effort, why aren’t many of us looking, feeling and living our best?

While eating and exercise are huge steps in the right direction, they’re only a piece of the wellness puzzle. Continue reading “Finding and Fixing the Holes in Your Wellness Plan (Part 1)”

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Fight Inflammation With This Enzyme

The bromelains are a group of naturally occurring protein-digestive (proteolytic) enzymes. The stem of a pineapple contains bromelain, which is very helpful for protein indigestion, inflammation, arthritis and sinusitis.

Besides being used as a protein digestive aid, the enzymes in bromelain inhibit inflammatory chemicals called prostaglandins. The anti-inflammatory effect has been studied for its effectiveness in inflammatory conditions like arthritis and sinusitis. Pathway Bromelain contains 400mg of bromelain in each capsule.

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Sunday Radio Show: Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Treatment & Prevention of Brain Injuries

Join us this Sunday as host Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. Michael D. Lewis discuss the role of omega-3 fatty acids in the treatment and prevention of brain injuries.

Dr. Michael D. Lewis, MD, MPH, MBA, FACPM, is the founder and president of the Brain Health Education and Research Foundation, LLC. His postgraduate training was completed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and he is board-certified and a Fellow in the American College of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Lewis has been a pioneer in the clinical use of omega-3 fatty acids for the prevention, acute treatment, and rehabilitation of brain injuries including traumatic brain injury and concussions, stroke, PTSD, and other conditions. Over his career, his insights and revolutionary work have impacted thousands of lives and he is passionate about continuing to find improved solutions to the age old problem of brain injury.

Tune in this Sunday from 10-11am on 1500 AM (WFED) or listen live on the web. Our shows are streamed everywhere.

Last week’s show was on the use of brain SPECT imaging in the evaluation and treatment of Lyme disease. Click to listen.

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Dinner Tonight: Kale Salad

I belong to an organic produce delivery program, which means that every Tuesday I receive a beautiful assortment of organic fruits and vegetables. It’s convenient and a great way to ensure that we are trying new things and getting a variety of goodness in our diets.

This week my bin included kale, avocados and carrots, so I made this recipe. It was simple to make and so tasty that it will definitely be part of our meal rotations. I used maple syrup instead of honey (I had just brought some back from a trip to St. Joseph Island, famed up north for their maple syrup) and I used leftover grilled salmon from the night before. I also added radishes and spring onions, which were in my organic bin.

Kale is such a nutrient dense food, and I was excited about using it the way I would use a typical salad green like romaine or spinach. It is pumped with iron, B vitamins and calcium. Combined with all the other foods, this meal is packed with vitamins, minerals, and other super nutrients like omega-3!

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Supplements to Increase Fertility

After last week’s blog about fertility and diet, I received a number of emails about what else could be done to help boost fertility in women. I spoke to an herbalist and a naturopath about what supplements could safely be taken to help increase the chances of ovulation and conception, and this is what was recommended.

Chaste berry is an herb that helps improve ovulation and progesterone balance.

Vitamins B6 and B12, iron, magnesium, selenium and zinc have all shown to improve fertility. A good prenatal supplement contains all of these important nutrients and can be taken while you are trying to conceive.

L-arginine is an amino acid that helps improve blood circulation to reproductive organs for better egg development and embryo implantation.

Vitamins E and C are particularly important for women with endometriosis. These antioxidants reduce inflammation that may prevent fertilization.  Continue reading “Supplements to Increase Fertility”

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July 2012