Weight Management: Success vs. Frustration

 

How should you pick a diet? How should it be implemented?

Many people are interested in losing weight to look better, become healthier, and increase their lifespans. While I see many patients who would like to drop a few pounds, I seldom put anyone on a specific weight loss diet. To increase the odds of success, I provide guidance about the benefits of whole foods over processed foods, suggest foods that will reduce inflammation in the body, and test for food sensitivities so people can choose the proper foods for their individual physiology. I view losing weight as a byproduct of good health, rather than as end unto itself.Read More »

Enhancing Fertility Before Baby

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 Women, and men, who struggle to conceive OR who want to optimize their health prior to pregnancy can focus on a few simple changes to enhance fertility. Simple changes can balance hormones, enhance pelvic blood flow, reduce inflammation that inhibits implantation, and detox harmful fertility disrupting toxins…

Read the rest of the article at our sister blog at Natural Preconception with Dr. Sinsheimer.

Health Benefits of Cinnamon

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Cinnamon is well-known as an aromatic spice that people enjoy adding to oatmeal and baked goods. Less well-known is the fact that it can also be used therapeutically to improve several common health conditions including high blood sugar, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

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Jessica Needle, ND practices at Optimal Health Center

 

Happy and Healthy on the 4th of July

July 4th is about a week away and Summer is the time for grilling and eating outdoors. While everyone loves the taste of good barbecue, research shows that grilling meats can cause the formation of cancer-causing chemicals called heterocyclic amines (HCAs). People who consume well-done meat on a regular basis are 60% more likely to get pancreatic cancer. Longer cooking times and high heat might also increase the risk of stomach, lung, and breast cancer.

Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to make grilling healthier while still preserving the flavor of the food.Read More »

Preconception Nutrition

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There is one aspect of creating healthy babies we can all agree- Nutrition! Prepping for pregnancy is all about eating well, and more than just eating good food, eating GREAT food. Your body will become the house in which your baby is created, and your baby will only receive the abundance of nutrients your body has to give. Your partner’s body will create half of the DNA and cell messaging to create your child, which can be enhanced with great nutrition. Eating a clean diet, robust with great nutrition a minimum of 3 months preferably 6-12 months prior to conception gives your baby a lifetime of wellness.

So, what DO you eat?

Learn more nutrition prior to pregnancy on our sister blog at Natural Preconception with Dr. Sinsheimer.

Healthy Hydration

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We write often about the importance of hydration. Here’s a healthy drink to prevent dehydration when you’re planning to be out in the hot summer sun or have spent too much time in dry, air-conditioned settings.

Coconut water is known for providing electrolytes, and this concoction will make it even better than sugary, artificially-colored rehydration beverages.

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The Ketogenic Diet: Pros and Cons

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True ketogenic diets, which provide up to 90% of calories from fat, are still used to treat epilepsy, other neurological conditions and cancer. Those who follow a ketogenic diet for better athletic performance or longevity tout the benefits for its effects on cardiac and metabolic markers.

But as with most issues related to human health, the evidence is mixed. Below we examine the pros and cons of a ketogenic diet. First, the good news…

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Jessica Needle, ND practices at Optimal Health Center

 

Farm-To-Table Dining at Heirloom Craft Kitchen

Optimal Health Center’s providers make a lot of recommendations to patients regarding healthy eating and treating food as medicine. They stress the importance of whole, unprocessed, organically grown foods. Helping our patients find local resources for healthy lifestyles is a big part of what we do and we’re always delighted when we find one we can share.

Heirloom Craft Kitchen in Indio is a welcome addition to the Desert and especially to the Eastern half of the Valley. We had an opportunity to enjoy a meal there the other night and think our local readers may enjoy it as much as we did.

As a diner, you’ll feel like you’re in your favorite neighborhood joint – comfortable, casual, relaxed, and friendly. You have the choice to sit at booths and tables, inside or on the patio, and enjoy friendly table service; or you can select from the grab n’ go case if you’re on the move. Every surface is impeccably clean and inviting, without feeling sterile.

Just like your favorite neighborhood joint, just about anyone, regardless of dietary preference, will find something delicious on the menu. Small and large plates, as well as sandwiches and salads are planned with special attention to local, organic produce and grass fed/free range meats. You can choose gluten-free and vegetarian options from every section of the menu and you vegans out there will enjoy an entire Vegan Friendly menu. As parents, you’ll be impressed there is a healthier kid menu with dishes kids will actually eat.

When you’re eating healthy and responsibly it’s so much easier to actually enjoy a dessert without feeling guilty about it – so be sure to check out the bakery items – we split a strawberry margarita cupcake and loved it.

 

Our Favorite Green Juice Recipes

shutterstock_232897306We all know we should eat our vegetables. With a green juice or green smoothie, you can drink your vegetables, too. Juicing provides an easily absorbed boost of vitamins and minerals in the form of a fresh, raw food. Green juice contains magnesium, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C and it reduces acidity and inflammation in the body. An 8-ounce serving of green juice generally has 80-100 calories and it can provide more than one third of the recommended daily allowance of the nutrients mentioned above.

Learn to make juices at home, with or without a dedicated juicer with these simple recipes.Read More »