Yoga Pose: Warrior I (Virabhadrasana I)

    Coming Into the Pose Begin with your feet 3 1/2 to 4 feet apart. Turn your right toes out to 90 degrees and the left toes in to 45 degrees. As you inhale, draw your fingers up toward the sky, brining your arms parallel to one another and perpendicular to the floor. Press the edge of your left …

Prenatal Stress and Aging

When you’re pregnant, your baby depends on you for nourishment and a safe place to grow and thrive. As I often say, the mother is the seed and the soil for her baby. Your nutrition, your immunity, and your gut health become your baby’s nourishment, immunity, and gut health. But how does your prenatal stress levels affect your baby? You …

Tips to Stay Warm Outside During Winter Exercise

When the cold weather begins many of us take our running and other fitness routines indoors. But if you are one of the fearless who doesn’t want cold weather interrupting their outdoor activities, here are some tips for you to stay warm while you exercise outside this winter. Start Slow. If you are new to exercise, this is especially important. Allow yourself …

7 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

When the holidays have arrive many of my patients begin asking for ways to avoid holiday weight gain. For many of us the holidays mean being surrounded by family, friends and extra calories. This is also the time of year when Americans tend to gain the most weight. What’s the problem with adding just a few extra pounds over the …

Butternut Squash Soup

This creamy soup is simple to make and is a delicious meal on its own or as a side dish. The roasting of the squash creates a rich flavor. Ingredients: 8 cups peeled & cubed (1 inch) butternut squash. About 2 1/2 pounds. 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2-3/4 teaspoon salt 14 ounce chicken or vegetable broth, …

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Seven Ways to Decrease Your Breast Cancer Risk

We all share one common trait that puts us at risk for breast cancer- we are women. While that is one risk factor we can not change, there are many places in our lives where we can take steps to prevent breast cancer. 7 Ways to Decrease Breast Cancer Risk Add More Fruits & Vegetables To Your Diet: Vegetables found …

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Autism Prevention with Prenatal Vitamins

A recent study in the July issue of Journal of Epidemiology suggests that taking prenatal vitamins may decrease the risk of autism by approximately 40%. Yes, research is suggesting autism prevention with prenatal vitamins is worth a conversation with your doctor. Autism Prevention with Prenatal Vitamins Mothers of children with autism and autism spectrum disorder were less likely to report taking prenatal …

IUDs Offer Protection Against Cervical Cancer

New research has shown that IUDs offer protection against cervical cancer. IUDs Offer Protection Against Cervical Cancer Intrauterine devices or IUDs are a form of birth control that may be beneficial in reducing cervical cancer by 45 percent when compared to women who have never used one, a large literature review has found. The review, published in the Lancet Oncology, explains …

Recipe: Roasted Beet & Dandelion Salad

Beets are an excellent source of many vitamin and minerals, including folic acid, potassium and vitamin C.  When shopping for beets, choose small to medium sized roots that are a deep and rich color. The quality of the greens do not necessarily reflect the quality of the root, but if you are going to eat the very nutritious greens be …