Guest blog post from Dr. Trupti Gokani, MD, Neurologist and Director of Zira Mind and Body Center, in Glenview, Illinois. She recently appeared on the Dr. Oz show to discuss the benefits of Ayurvedic medicine and how your doshas can predict and solve your biggest health complaints. Plus, home treatments to restore your balance.
With the fall and winter holidays come, for many of us, an extra five pounds. The fortunate ones managed to lose last year’s holiday weight, and likely have the best of intentions of not gaining them back. If those five pounds never really quite rolled off, you may be alarmed at the prospect of adding an additional five more as another season sets in.
Colder weather and longer nights can bring out carb cravings in even the most dedicated avoider of bread, bagels, fruit cake, muffins – need I go on? And a relative chill in the air can tempt us to slow down and hunker down indoors, resulting in exercising less and eating more. READ MORE ￫
The definition of “organic” has been changing for years. Buying organic is not the promise of purity it once was. The latest shift in USDA organic labeling standards—enacted without any public input—is raising the hackles of many food industry watchdogs. READ MORE ￫
Before you crack open your next beer or sip your next glass of Chardonnay, consider red wine instead. Red wine will make you feel better than any other drink, not because it will get you tipsy (which it can!), but because it’s loaded with resveratrol—a plant chemical with many known positive effects on heart health. Beyond its impact on the circulatory system, resveratrol may also be helpful for promoting immunity, and preventing obesity and Alzheimer’s disease. READ MORE ￫
I once had a patient who was very thrifty, and her thriftiness extended to a commitment to never, under any circumstances, if she could help it, throw food in the garbage. I recall her stories of her concocting delicious-smelling meals from old cottage cheese, soggy vegetables, and even meat that seemed beyond its prime. She’d proudly serve these dishes to her husband and child, who were used to this and tucked into the meals without batting an eyelash. READ MORE ￫
Unless you’ve been living in a cave or on a desert island for the past 15 years, you know sugar is bad for you. You know that it packs on the pounds and that, when consumed in excess, it increases your risk of deadly diseases such as heart disease and cancer.
You may not know exactly how this addictive, white, powdery substance—something many of us connect to our fondest memories (birthday cake!) and look to for comfort on a daily basis (mid-workday Starbucks Frappucino!)—has these effects. We’ll get to that in a moment. READ MORE ￫
No matter where you’re eating–at home or at your favorite Italian bistro–it’s important to be mindful about what you are putting into your mouth. Restaurant food is convenient, filling and usually delicious. Unfortunately, eating just one meal out can cause you to reach or exceed your daily calorie, sodium and fat intake for an entire day. READ MORE ￫
You’ve had a long day. It’s dinnertime and you’re hungry. Do you really want to go home and prepare a meal from scratch, and then clean up? Wouldn’t it be easier to just go out to eat? Restaurant ambience helps you unwind, and you know just the place to get your favorite comfort food. You’ve worked hard. You deserve this! READ MORE ￫
Recent medical breakthroughs in diet, exercise, nutrition, “vitamin” supplementation, and even hormone optimization have caught the interest of the public at large, the scientific community, and private industry alike. It seems we are on the verge of a longevity renaissance. And I agree! READ MORE ￫
Lean in. Empowering women is always a worthy endeavor. Anything which encourages us to better care for our health, and lower our risk for certain disease and illness is something we should all get behind.