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 …

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) teach their patients to use diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and cutting edge natural therapies to enhance their bodies’ ability to ward off and combat disease. NDs view the patient as a complex, interrelated system (a whole person), not as a clogged …

Yoga Pose: Warrior II (Virabhadrsana II)

Virabhadrsana II or Warrior II is strength building pose for both the mind and the body. It stretches the hips & joints while also helping to improve posture. You can incorporate this pose easily into your yoga practice or take 1 minute out of your day to step away from life’s demands and come into this pose. Coming into the …

Grocery Store Tip: Shopping for Meat

Meat is one area where you want to pay close attention to how and where the animal was raised. Always look for organic fed animals. Genetically modified plants are often used in animal feed, which means that even if you avoid it in the produce isle you may be eating it in the end through your meat. Local meat is …

Resveratrol: The Edible Fountain of Youth?

Resveratrol is a compound that belongs to the polyphenolic group. Some plants make resveratrol  when they are stressed from ultraviolet (UV) radiation, fungal infection or injury. This is why red wine from dry regions with lots of UV exposure have the highest concentration.  Red wine has gotten a lot of attention for being an excellent source of resveratrol, but there are many other …

What Role Does Diet Play in Male Infertility?

What Role Does Diet Play in Male Infertility? It’s a common question that my female patients ask on behalf of their male partners. Infertility is a concern among many couples. It is defined as the inability to get pregnant within 12 months of having unprotected intercourse. When most people think infertility their minds automatically focus on the female aspect of …

Gluten Sensitivity: More Common than Once Thought

Doctors have long suspected gluten to be a trigger, if not the cause of some of the symptoms their patients report. Many patients experiencing a range of symptoms from IBS to migraine headaches have experienced relief  from their issues by removing gluten from their diet. A recent article entitled, “Clues to Gluten Sensitivity“, provides information that explains why a gluten free …

Grocery Store Tips: Shopping for Produce

Ideally, the produce section of the grocery store will occupy the majority of space in your cart. When you make your way to the check out line, double check that your cart is filled with a rainbow of fresh fruits and vegetables. Choose produce grown locally and in season. This ensures the highest nutritional value, peak flavor and the best …

5 Heart Healthy Foods + What Foods to Avoid

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in America. Heart disease is created through a combination of factors, one of which being diet. And while there is no one food that will cure heart disease, there are some healthy foods that you can add to your diet to help repair damaged cells and nourish your heart. Here are 5, easy to eat; heart healthy foods that can help improve your health.