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Planning for Your Best Health in 2020

Welcome to 2020. A new year and new—or renewed—resolutions. We’re two weeks in now, which is a crucial time that can make or break those resolutions we set back on the 1st. So it’s important to be planning for your best health in 2020 now. Whether you’re determined to manage

Festive Figs and Their Health Benefits

One of the most ubiquitous foods during the festive holiday season is the fig. After all, have you eaten figgy pudding at any other time of the year? ​​​​​​​ Thankfully for us, festive figs are a very healthy fruit with a plethora of health benefits. Fig antioxidants can enrich lipoproteins

Vitamin C for a Healthy Immune System

Next week is Christmas, and a fair few of us might find an orange at the bottom of our stockings. So in honor of the orange, today we’re paying tribute to the secret ingredient that makes it so special: vitamin C. Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin

Weekly Wows: Dark Waters, pomegranates, and Food & Climate Change

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Healthy Bites: Soup Season & Nature Therapy for Dementia

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Weekly Wows: Phosphatidylserine, Our Wild Calling, and Allbirds

What Supplements I’m Liking Is it possible that longevity is cool? Celebrities are now seen with copies of Dan Buettner’s Blue Zones; Mike Roizen’s and my own RealAge Diet; The Longevity Book by Cameron Diaz; and the new Lifespan by David Sinclair. I’ve been fascinated by how we can live healthier

Healthy Bites: Cold Relief & Air-Cleaning Plants

Healthy Bites: Cold Relief There’s a nasty cold making the rounds right now that I’ve seen take down friends and loved ones for weeks at time. We all know there are myriad products that promise to reduce symptoms, from decongestants, cough suppressants, and pain relieving medicines. But we also know

Chocolate Covered Pomegranate Clusters

This is a recipe for Chocolate Covered Pomegranate Clusters. Preparation Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 3 minutes Servings: 4 Calories: 108 per serving Ingredients 1 large or 2 medium pomegranates, enough to yield scant 1 cup (8 ounces) pomegranate arils 2/3 cup (4 ounces) organic bittersweet chocolate chips, such as

Weekly Wows: DIY olive oil, hoshigaki, and the Foodbank of Santa Barbara

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The Surprising Health Benefits of Pineapple

Who can resist the juicy, vibrant flavor of a sweet and tangy pineapple? Apparently, not many of us—this prickly plant often ranks as one of America’s most in-demand tropical fruits. But beneath its rough exterior, the pineapple is hiding more than just flavor. There are many health benefits to eating

Healthy Bites: Thanksgiving & Gratitude

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The Health Benefits of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a holiday all about giving thanks (it’s right there in the name!). We hear a lot these days about the benefits of gratitude—but what does the research have to say about it? Thankfully, all the studies seem to back up the idea that practicing gratitude has a multitude

How to Protect Your Gut from NSAIDs

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, otherwise known as NSAIDs (pronounced phonetically, as in “N”said), are non-opioid painkillers that can help produce relief from a number of maladies. My patients use them to treat muscle aches, back pain, arthritis/joint pain, menstrual cramps and more. Many options such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin are

Weekly Wows: Mindfulness videos, Silymarin, and cranberry relish

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The Power of Potassium for Muscle and Nerve Function

Potassium is a mineral that, once inside the body, operates as an electrolyte and becomes essential to the maintenance of proper neural and muscle function. In partnership with sodium, it helps maintain fluid volume and pH balance, and creates what’s known as a concentration gradient that assists in heartbeat regulation

Healthy Bites: International Men’s Day & Foods for Digestion

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Natural Solutions for Digestive Troubles

Now that it’s November, the time of the year is swiftly approaching that involves eating, eating… and more eating. I love a good holiday meal as much as the next guy, but the temptation to over indulge (turkey! stuffing! potatoes! pie! okay, one more piece of pie…) can leave you

Diet Can Help Lift Depression

Several years ago, a woman named Barbara came to me for help with weight loss. At the time, she was 52 and she had gained nearly her age in weight (42 pounds) over the previous year. She was a biology professor and she’d been passed by for tenure for a

Weekly Wows: Nori roasted seaweed, Fantastic Funghi, and FoodMap of America

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‘Tis the Season for: Soups!

I find soups especially satisfying this time of year. They’re warming, as nutrient packed as you want them to be, and since they’re the original one-pot meal, typically pretty simple to put together. Below, you’ll find three of my favorite soup recipes, which you can follow to a tee or