Top 5 Alternatives to Sugar-Laden Treats

So many of my patients say they don’t have enough “willpower” or “strength” to overcome their cravings for sugar. Rest assured your cravings go beyond willpower. Not only is sugar addictive, but as human beings, we are wired to desire sugar! To our ancestors, sweet meant safe and quick fuel that would help them outrun…

7 Steps to Give You More Energy

I remember a time when I always felt tired.  I did not have the energy to do fun activities and often wanted to go to bed early.  I was overwhelmed by simple tasks and wondered if I would ever have energy again.  This was around 14 years ago.  In the 3 years before this time…

Top 5 Fitness Apps

It’s likely that your phone isn’t very often far from your fingertips. From emails for work to catching up with the whereabouts of your kids — there always seems to be a reason to grab for your phone.  Since it’s so close, you might as well have some wellness-focused apps to help make mindful movement…

Inner Glow

We’ve all been lured by the latest and greatest face cream, or serum, that promises to diminish wrinkles, plump the skin and provide a radiant, dewy glow. In the quest for perfect skin, we’re willing to try anything, at any cost, to look like the image staring back at us from the pages of this…

Top 5 Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

Limit caffeine: Caffeine can cause tightening of the blood vessels and a sharp rise in blood pressure soon after consuming. This may be due, in part, to caffeine’s stimulation of the adrenal glands to release stress hormones. A little might be OK, but you should talk with your doctor or nutritionist about how much is…

Top 5 Tips for Preventing Cancer

Screening for cancer is not the same thing as preventing cancer. Many of us go for our annual mammograms and colonoscopies, thinking that we are being proactive and preventing cancer. Although these screening exams and tests can be helpful for early detection, a healthy lifestyle is way more important for true prevention. The American Institute…

I Did Everything Right…But I Still Got Cancer

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 30, this is exactly how I felt.  My undergraduate and graduate degrees were in nutrition and exercise physiology and I practiced what I preached.  I was careful with my diet and exercised regularly.  My weight was in the normal range and I ate many…

How Functional Nutrition Can Help You Heal

You have probably heard the saying, Food is Medicine. Nowhere is this more evident than at The UltraWellness Center, where about 80 percent of our patients get better with nutrition intervention alone. But food is food, right? What could be so unique about the functional nutrition approach as compared to conventional nutrition? To understand the…

Top 5 Diet Changes for Autoimmunity

Eat more dark leafy green vegetables: These veggies are packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients that protect cells and DNA from damage. They are rich in fiber, folate, carotenoids, vitamins C and K, iron and calcium. They help support the immune system and reduce inflammation throughout the body. Try adding more arugula, watercress, spinach and dark…

Stimulating the Vagus Nerve

If you have never heard of the vagus nerve, now is the time to learn! This nerve is a very important part of the autonomic nervous system, the part that controls involuntary action such as breathing. It serves as a communication pathway between the brain and the gut, sometimes referred to as the “brain-gut axis”.…

Top 5 Lifestyle Changes to Combat Anxiety and Depression

Follow an Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Research shows that people with anxiety and depression tend to have more inflammation in their body. The standard American diet (otherwise known as S.A.D.) is loaded with inflammatory compounds such as sugar, refined carbohydrates, processed oils, preservatives and so on. Getting away from the SAD diet and adopting one that is…

Food is Medicine: My Culinary Medicine Chest

With the promise of warm summer days upon us, I find myself daydreaming about and planning my herb garden. Just picked herbs add an entirely new dimension to my summertime culinary creations, but it’s their long-standing medicinal uses that pique my interest when planning the garden. My top 5 herbs include: Basil, well known for…