When the Luv Bug Catches You!

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When the Luv Bug Catches You!

 

By Edison De Mello, MD, PhD

Blame it on chemistry: Testosterone, Dopamine, Oxycotin, … and your nose, get you Ready for Luv.

Testosterone is not just the “macho hormone” that most people think of it as. It actually drives sexual desire in both men and women. The salivary transfer of this powerful hormone is believed to be what increases sexual desire in partners during kissing.
Dopamine levels, the brain’s pleasure hormone that plays a role in gambling and drug use, are also ...

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Beat the Statistics: Be the 8%

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Beat the Statistics: Be the 8%

 

By Sari Eitches, MD

Only 8% of Americans achieve their New Year’s Resolutions. Here are some tips to tip the odds of success in your favor.

  1. Make it social. Join an online group of people with similar goals. Join a local fitness or walking group. Make a standing date with a friend to hike and brunch on Sunday mornings or go to yoga and meditation on Thursday evenings. When we tie our ...
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Freeing Up Your Gut with Abdominal Massage

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Freeing Up Your Gut with Abdominal Massage

 

By Kevin Kunkel M.A.

The health of your body and mind relies on the health of your gut.  Consider:

  • nearly 80% of one’s immune system is in the gut, placing a large responsibility on our gut for fighting diseases, infections, and illnesses
  • Nearly 90% of the sleep and mood-regulating neurotransmitter Serotonin is made in the gut
  • the digestive system controls our metabolism and our ability to absorb the vitamins and nutrients critical for our health and energy level
  • the gut and brain are intimately ...
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My 6 Favorite Foods to Support Natural Detoxification

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My 6 Favorite Foods to Support Natural Detoxification

By Alexandra Mark

We are constantly exposed to toxins, from the food we eat to the air we breathe. Fortunately, our body is equipped to excrete these “poisons” that interfere with our normal physiology. On the other hand, the increase in toxic exposure puts a heavy burden on our body’s organs. It’s important to be aware of where these toxins come from so that we can do our best to avoid them. However, despite our greatest efforts, technological changes ...

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8 Heart Healthy Diet Tips

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8 Heart Healthy Diet Tips

Diet & Exercise. Yes, its really that simple, but taking charge of your health requires planning. Below are 8 diet tips brought to you by The Mayo Clinic to help you on the path to a heart healthy lifestyle.

1. Control your portion size

How much you eat is just as important as what you eat. Overloading your plate, taking seconds and eating until you feel stuffed can lead to eating more calories than you should. Portions served in restaurants ...

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Top 8 Produce for Late Summer

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Top 8 Produce for Late Summer

Summer is not over yet! It is peak season for these eight fruits and veggies. Not only are they most delicious this time of year, they are also at their most nutritious. Enjoy!

Tomatoes

Ripened in the hot summer sun, tomatoes are brimming with concentrated flavor this time of year. With so much flavor, fresh summer tomatoes can stand on their own or with a drizzle of olive oil and your favorite seasonings. Enjoy fresh tomatoes over pasta or “zoodles,” combine with ...

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5 Tips for a Healthier Transition into Autumn

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5 Tips for a Healthier Transition into Autumn

by Stacey Whittle, RDN, MNT

As we gradually move into autumn, the days become shorter and the temperature turns cool. It is the time of year that we go from the relaxed and carefree attitudes of summer to shifting gears and coming back into a more structured routine.

For many, the change in weather and fewer daylight hours affects our choice in food, what time we eat, as well as our motivation to exercise. If you have children it also means ...

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Eating Seasonally For Optimal Health

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Eating Seasonally For Optimal Health

We have become so accustomed to having access to fruits and vegetables year round that many of us are not aware when a fruit or vegetable is in season. Why is this important?

1) Nutrition: Fruits and vegetables picked at their peak ripeness have more nutritional value. For example, the redder a tomato, the more beta-carotene it contains. The fruits and vegetables found at your local grocery store were likely picked days, sometimes weeks, before it was placed on the store shelf.

2) Variety: ...

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Green Powders: Why use them?

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Green Powders: Why use them?

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

THE BASICS:

We all know that that the more greens we eat, the less likely we are to develop chronic diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. However, sadly most Americans do not eat nearly enough nutrient-packed dark-green vegetables – and thus cannot take advantage of their rich health benefits, such as decreasing inflammation, enhancing detoxification, and maintaining an optimal acid-base balance in the body.

Our nutritional needs should be met primarily through diet. Greens, ...

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Nutritional Deficiencies That May Lead to Depression

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Nutritional Deficiencies That May Lead to Depression

Depression and mood disorders can have a devastating impact on ones life. When the symptoms take hold,  it is essential to reach out and seek professional help.

The cause and treatment can vary greatly from patient to patient. Nutrition can often be overlooked and come as a surprise to many to its contributing factor in mood disorders. Below you will find a list of nutrient deficiencies that may lead to depression and mood disorder symptoms:

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Deficiency:

These are found in ...

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