Habits: Easy To Make Them… But How Do You Break Them?

32657850_sWe’ve all got ‘em: habits. Experts define habits as recurrent (and often unconscious) patterns of behavior acquired through frequent repetition. Some are good, like brushing your teeth each day or visiting our grandmother every Thursday afternoon. Still, if you are willing to be honest with yourself, you probably have at least a few bad habits that you would like to break.

Psychologists generally agree that all habits – the good and the bad – stem from natural human desires. Problems arise, though, when we do not learn good ways of fulfilling those desires. For example, it is […]

The Big Bonus of Group Workouts (Plus 3 Other Exercise Secrets)

30324943_sDo you look forward to that precious private time, when you can put in your ear buds and hit the pavement for a solitary run? Or walk into the gym alone for a blissfully uninterrupted hour of treadmill, elliptical and weight training?

Well, if you’re among the one in three Americans who strongly prefer to exercise alone, you better listen up because you might want to reconsider your regimen.

New studies definitely show a BIG advantage to group exercise. The first of these experiments was done at Oxford, looking at the school’s internationally renowned rowing team. The crew […]

Going Nuts? Confessions of a Former Nut-a-Phob

8436432_sFrankly, it used to bother me: the supposed health benefits of nuts. For me, they all seemed like fattening, expensive, no-thrill snacks. Combine them with chocolate chips or some dried fruit and, sure, I’m in. But to be eaten all by themselves? Blah. I figured I’d be better off with real candy (for fun) or fresh fruit (for health). Turns out, I dismissed nuts too quickly.

It is true, nuts ARE fattening so nutritionists say you should limit your intake to one hefty handful per day. But the calories in nuts come mostly from “monounsaturated fats.” You […]

Organic Feminine Care: Go Green… Everywhere?

20269689_sNowadays, you can find an organic version of almost anything. From organic foods to clothing or cosmetics, there seem to be endless ways for us to get our ‘green’ fix.

But what exactly does it mean to be organic? And are these supposedly more natural products really worth the time it takes to find them (and the extra money it usually takes to buy them)?  At least when it comes to feminine care products, the hype is 100% legitimate. Organic feminine care products really are all that they’re cracked up to be. They really are A LOT […]

Fight the Holiday Sniffles – And Win!

8121299_sThe holiday season is now in full swing, with almost constant hustle and bustle. From hosting elaborate family dinners to trimming the Christmas tree and wrapping all the presents that lay beneath its needles – it may feel as if there aren’t nearly enough hours in any one day to get everything done.

With so much to do and so few days left, this is one of the most terrifying times of the year to even think about catching a cold. So I want to offer a few tricks for preventing winter sniffles, stopping a cold […]

Oh Sleep, Where art thou?

31010394_sEveryone’s life gets hectic sometimes. Day-to-day responsibilities take their toll and you find your energy level completely drained. In those moments you want nothing more than to close your eyes and drift into blissful repose.

So why, just when you can finally lay your head down on a pillow and pull up the covers, does NOTHING happen? Exhausted and frustrated, you have to wonder how anyone can be so tired, yet unable to sleep.

Insomnia is no joke. It’s frustrating, and it’s bad for your health. Studies out of Columbia and Harvard find that your risk for many […]

Pumpkin Fever

32978912_sWith the year coming to an end, it’s finally time to pull out your coziest sweaters, beanies and scarves. For me, late fall always signals the start of the holiday season – and a revival of all things pumpkin! From skincare creams to savory foods, the Queen of Squash will reign in splendor for the next few months as countless pumpkin-based products flood the market!

As with every change of season, autumn can bring some wild weather fluctuations that wreak havoc with your skin. Many of us combat dry, chapped hands, elbows, legs – you name it. […]

By |November 4th, 2014|Anti-Aging, Beauty|0 Comments|

Cukkoo for Coconuts

15283076_sHere in L.A. – home of the beautiful, bronzed and trendy – you’ll find a zillion products on health food store and pharmacy shelves promising to boost health or enhance your appearance. Of course, a lot of them are more packaging than substance. But I’d like to recommend one new fad that more than deserves its popularity: coconut oil.

Due to its many uses and benefits, coconut oil has become the talk of the town. Best of all, in a marketplace filled with items that fail to do what they promise, coconut oil delivers more than the […]

Unscented vs. Fragrance: The Nose Knows (Or Does It?)

9358008_sEver wonder what the difference is between products that are “unscented” versus “fragrance-free”? Frankly, I always believed the two words were interchangeable. Boy was I wrong! And with so many self-proclaimed “natural” products to choose from these days, consumers should take the time to learn the difference.

Fragrance-free means that there are no artificial fragrances added to the product. This is especially important if you’re highly sensitive (or even allergic) to artificial fragrances. A common misconception is that “fragrance-free” describes a product that has no scent at all. This is an assumption I myself had until very […]

By |October 8th, 2014|Health News|0 Comments|

Learn More About the Causes of Pet Allergies and How to Avoid Them

13089570_sHave you ever come home to a purring cat, nestling against your leg, or a jumping-for-joy dog, wagging its tail? You caress your pet’s head, stroke it’s back, and then rub your eyes out of pure exhaustion, only to feel that sting. No, it’s not the sting of unconditional love, it’s the sting of burning, irritating, pupils. And that’s just the start of it.

An astounding 1 out of 6 Americans have either dog allergies or cat allergies whether they know it or not. However, that doesn’t stop the 164 million households in America from adding Fido or Whiskers […]

By |October 16th, 2013|Allergy Relief|0 Comments|