Humans evolved to move. Movement was literally survival. Our ancestors did not need to think unless they were moving. We have known for some time how beneficial exercise is with regard to weight, heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. But did you know that our brains’ biochemistry functions optimally if movement is a lifestyle? Did you know exercise creates neurons? We can grow our brains! Sparking Life, an organization founded by Dr. John Ratey, MD, is on a mission to transform America’s sedentary lifestyle. To bring movement back into our lives – to improve our children’s learning capacity, to reduce the negative effects of stress, to manage mental health issues such as ADD, anxiety, depression, and to maintain our cognitive abilities as we age.

It is never too late. Some is good; more is better.

Struggling with an elusive healthy weight? Confused about what to eat and what not to eat? Stop. Don’t overthink this anymore. Eat real food. Not too much. Every meal, every day. Read what Michael Pollan has to say in his book, In Defense of Food.

Do you already eat real food, but struggle with weight, digestive disturbances, gas, bloating? Dealing with inflammatory conditions such as allergies, autoimmunity, or compromised immunity? You should consider trying the Whole30. It is a whole food diet minus any grains and dairy, which trigger an inflammatory cascade in many people. If you cringe at the thought of giving up dairy or grains, realize it is not a forever thing, just long enough for you to learn about you.

Need help with beginning or maintaining a whole foods regimen that is right for you? Make an appointment and let me help you. Want group support? Gather your friends and meet with me as a group.

Done all of the above and still struggling with digestive disturbances? Let’s work together and figure out where your root disturbance is. Don’t be uncomfortable any longer. Make an appointment today.

Psychoneuroimmunology investigates the interactions between the brain and the body. Just like exercise turns out to be equally beneficial to the brain as it is to any other system in the body, a mindfulness or meditative practice is as good for the body as it is for the mind. Afterall, a person is a whole being rather than simply the sum of its parts. If you do not have a meditative practice, religious, spiritual, or otherwise, I encourage you to seek one out. UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center offers free downloadable short (3-19 minutes duration) guided meditations to get you started.

Looking for mindfulness resources for your young person? Check out Cosmic Kids’ free video resources at www.cosmickids.com.

Ever wonder about the ingredients in the shampoo bottle that you cannot pronounce? Wonder where dust particles come from? Get a burning sensation in your throat when cleaning the bathroom? Want to buy organic produce but also want to save money on your grocery bill? Wonder what could be lurking in your tap water? Check out the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit non-partisan consumer-advocacy organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. Their website contains volumes worth of research and knowledge on environmental contaminants, how they effect consumer health, and how to avoid them.