17 Ways to Protect Your Microbiome and Keep Your Belly Blissful

Inside your belly is a thriving bacterial world, an eco-system commonly known as the ‘microbiome.’ It’s filled with bacteria – trillions of them, in fact – all going about their daily business of keeping you well. Without you’re being aware of it, they’re busily breaking down food; extracting nutrients; producing vitamins and brain chemicals; fending off microbial invaders; protecting you from disease; and performing hundreds of tasks essential to keeping your systems functioning optimally.

Fall In Love With Raw Cacao

I confess- I am in love…with raw cacao and dark chocolate. (Not to be confused with cocoa powder, which is involves roasting cacao at high temperatures). Whether it’s blended up in a delicious smoothie, used in my favorite dessert recipe, eaten on the go in a dark chocolate square, or especially as warm delicious homemade hot chocolate, it’s a powerful food in my diet.

3 Weight-Loss Rules to Rethink

Every day new patients arrive at my office with a variety of health issues that need to be addressed — and weight problems are close to the top of the list. One of the things that always surprises me is the durability of the weight-loss myths that so many of us were raised on. Here are three of the most common weight-loss myths out there — and why they’re wrong!

Super-Immune Kids: Four Tips To Keeping Kids Healthy All Year Long

The fluctuating temperatures of Fall and Winter add complexity to an already stressful season when it can be a challenge to not only stay healthy ourselves, but keep our children and family healthy as well. If we aren’t coming down with something, our kids are. Children are more susceptible to these changes as their immune systems are still developing and often provide an extra special challenge, dietarily.