Anti-Aging & Kombucha

Colorful Bottles of Kombucha

Not the first, but certainly most recent: the New York Times’ T-magazine posted a new lifestyle article on the growing Kombucha trend.

What is Kombucha? Well, it is a strange fermented, effervescent tea concoction made through a process of 1) adding bacteria and sugar to black or green tea and 2) letting the mix ferment for several weeks.

Once before, in the mid 1990’s, Kombucha gathered a following heavy with do-it-yourself types who made the tea themselves. (Not the safest thing, since there is always a risk of potential contamination if not done under sterile […]

July 14th, 2016|Beauty, Fitness & Nutrition|

Pain Spray for Your Brain?

14119244_sI recently learned about a booming U.S. industry: brain gyms. They’re mostly online businesses that survey potential members to identify areas of cognitive function that they want to improve. Then, in a matter of seconds, software customizes computer games to help achieve those goals.

An obvious market for these e-ventures is baby boomers, the 77 million of us who want to delay not only the appearance of wrinkles on our face but also the fine lines we imagine to be emerging on our brains. Sure, I thought, as we age it’s great to find botanical products  like our

Powerful and Safe Pain Relief is Now Available for Pregnant Women

amazing-solutions-pregnancyMost women find pregnancy to be both beautiful and fulfilling. But let’s face it: not everything about 40 weeks of gestating a baby is pleasant. Those nine months often bring normal but annoying aches and pains. Until now there have been almost no over-the-counter remedies offering adequate relief and the assurance of safety for baby.

In case it isn’t obvious: most prescription pain relievers are categorically unsafe for pregnant women because they have been linked to increased risk of birth defects. Drugstore medicines are not very appealing, either. Aspirin, for example, is associated with bleeding in […]

November 11th, 2015|Pregnancy & Babies|

If You’re Getting Steroid Injections for Pain – Listen Up

24387820_sEvidence just keeps mounting. The benefits of epidural steroid injections (ESIs) may not be worth the risk. In fact, over a year ago, the FDA issued a warning that this popular treatment for back and neck pain can actually be dangerous, resulting in “rare but extremely adverse events, including loss of vision, stroke, paralysis and death.”

Other experts have found an association between ESIs and increased blood sugar in patients with diabetes, slow wound healing, and accelerated bone loss, particularly in older women.

Not a pretty picture. But before we get carried away with anti-steroid fever, let’s […]

October 6th, 2015|Pain Relief, Research|

Summer Time Fun in the Sun: Skincare Tips that Help Protect, Prevent, and Correct

25707940_sSummer is here and what a glorious time of the year it is! Whether it’s lounging at the beach or enjoying an outdoor BBQ with friends, this is probably the best time of year for outdoor fun. Born and raised in California, my love for the sun knows no bounds. But my love for skincare runs even deeper! That means I always make sure to properly prep my skin for any activity I have planned.

Remember, sun damage starts in childhood and is cumulative. It can take up to 20 years for its full effect […]

June 29th, 2015|Anti-Aging, Beauty|

Alone Again, Naturally: The Importance of Spending Time by Yourself

8581034_sI used to think that ‘being alone’ meant being lonely. Maybe that happened because I grew up in a large family, constantly surrounded by relatives. I did not spend time by myself as a child. Instead, I had to discover the joys of solitude once I grew up. Now it is essential to my well-being. Of course I still love spending time with my family and friends, but I have come to crave alone-time. It restores my sense of well-being and helps me in ways I never thought possible.

A growing body of research supports […]

June 1st, 2015|General Health|

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 […]

February 27th, 2015|Fitness & Nutrition, General Health|

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 […]

February 18th, 2015|Fitness & Nutrition, Pain Relief|

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 […]

February 11th, 2015|Cooking & Food, Fitness & Nutrition|

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 […]

February 2nd, 2015|Vaginal Dryness, Womens Health|