Kitchen Blood Thinners

Many of my patients are very happy to find out that natural blood thinners (with no adverse side effects) can be found in their kitchen. Here are my favorites:

  • Turmeric: This natural anticoagulant has anti-platelet effects.
  • Cayenne Pepper: This spice contains salicylate, a blood-thinning agent, as well as capsaicin, proven to have anti-obesity and anti-diabetic properties.
  • Cinnamon: A sweet spice you can shake over desserts and milky beverages, cinnamon is rich in coumarin, the powerful anticoagulant that’s used to make warfarin!
  • Garlic: Consumed daily, garlic may be useful for preventing thrombosis, as well as thinning your blood 
  • Helichrysum Essential Oil: Applying this oil to your skin has a relaxing effect on your blood vessels, making a few drops a wonderful addition to your body oil or natural lotion. 

Cooking Away Stress And Worry

You know cooking at home is a great way to make sure you know exactly what you’re consuming on a day-to-day basis. But did you know that the benefits don’t stop there!

Cooking is also fantastic for mental health. Culinary therapy, kitchen therapy, or cooking therapy is a path to nourishing your mind and feeding your soul. It’s also a form of stress relief that is recommended for people with depression, anxiety, chronic stress, eating disorders, and even ADHD and addiction.

Unfortunately, many of us are at risk of suffering from at least one of these conditions during our life. But it doesn’t matter if you do or you don’t, cooking can help ease away stress, worry, and awaken your sense. So now is the perfect time to whip out your spatula and other cooking utensils and make healthy recipes. 

Would You Say That To A Friend?

Have you ever noticed how some people treat themselves very harshly? Whether it’s calling themselves names when they make a mistake, or shrug off impressive achievements… Some people are so hard on themselves! 

What about you?

Today I invite you to treat yourself kindly, on purpose. All day. It can have a massive effect on your state of mind and your emotional health. And if you do find yourself beating yourself up about something, be gentle with yourself, and as yourself a question: Would you say that to your best friend? And if not, what encouragement or kind words would you give them instead?

How To Eat For Breast Health

Here’s a more serious topic today, but I come with good news. Breast cancer. Experts believe that 90-95% of cases are connected to environmental and lifestyle factors–that you can change!

Food is top on my list of lifestyle habits, as you know because it can make such a difference. So here are my favorite foods for long-term breast health:

  1. Spinach
  2. Blueberries
  3. Walnuts
  4. Broccoli
  5. Avocados
  6. Olive oil
  7. Garbanzos/Chickpeas
  8. Turmeric
  9. Sweet potatoes

I Love Your New Glasses!

Every day is a brighter day when you wake up after a good night’s sleep. Right? It makes me smile when I think about wearing blue light glasses inside during the evening. They look a lot like sunglasses! Yet I strongly recommend them to you if you have problems sleeping, or any form of insomnia.

These glasses could positively affect your metabolism, focus, appetite control, and benefit your eyes in various ways, including reducing eye strain, dry eyes, and blurriness. Pick up a pair for yourself, and tell me how you go. 

Great Skin Into Your Senior Years & Beyond

The secret to enjoying wonderful healthy skin into your 80s and beyond is taking the long game. 

Long-term health comes from long-term focus. Wrinkles, sagging, cancer. Who wants that? 

Yet there’s so much you can achieve with a few small changes. 

Think water intake, real food, fresh air, and light exercise.

Schedule in reminders so you change what you’re doing now to lay the foundation for beautiful skin for all your years.

An Inspired Work-Life Balance At Any Age

Whether your working years are over or your work is at home taking care of your family, a healthy work-life balance can transform your life.

I know, it can feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything, even if you’re retired. Yes: I class watching TV and sitting for long periods worrying about something (like money) as “work”. As health practitioners, we know that that’s no way to live. It often involves an unhealthy dose of hard procrastination, which I would describe as work.

Anyway, how can you achieve balance in your life in this area?

  1. Pencil your favorite activities into your schedule (if you don’t have one, start now!)
  2. Delegate some of your work activities
  3. Organize your time based on what’s most important to you
  4. Make time for yourself a “must” (but don’t make it your primary activity, either!)
  5. Ask about company policies: If you are still working, explore how you could get more time off to ensure you balance your life in a healthy way

My Patients Are Taking Cold Showers!

This career is so rewarding. And surprising!

Over this last year, some of my patients have asked me how they can get extraordinary health results without spending any more money. And depending on the patient, my answer has often been “Take cold showers!” And to my surprise, many have taken my advice and really love it! It’s not that I didn’t expect them to take my advice. I’m blessed with patients who value my expertise very highly. It’s just that most people see taking a cold shower as a type of cruel torture.

However, I don’t recommend taking a cold shower the first time you try it! Haha!

No, no. Go for 30 seconds of a cooler temperature after you’ve had a nice warm shower. Then decrease the temperature a little bit each time you do it. Begin today. Like many of my clients, I know you’ll love the feeling it gives you, and the wide range of health improvements. 

Deep Breathing For Relaxation And Health

This technique can be used to keep you calm anywhere, improve digestion, lower muscle tension, help manage anxiety, and even increase your endurance! 

Start by laying on your back with your knees bent up to your chest. Then put one hang on your chest and the other below your ribcage. Breathe in slowly through your nose, counting to 10. The hand on your rib should move as you diaphragm expands, but the hand on your chest shouldn’t move much at all.

Tighten your stomach muscles as you exhale through your mouth slowly, counting to 10 if you can before inhaling again.

A good way to visualize this is to think about your lower ribs expanding out to the sides as you breathe in.

Please do this now and enjoy the benefits!

Quiet Time Is So Important

There’s a style of meditation called vipassana, or “insight” meditation, that’s all about paying close attention to physical sensations in your body. Today, I’d like to inspire you to take 5 minutes out of your day and do just that. Quiet time is so important. 

Choose a quiet place and sit down however it feels comfortable for you. Then focus on your body and the physical sensations that are happening right now. Then practice naming them. Silently say to yourself “belly expanding” or “mind planning” as you notice whatever happens. If you get off track, just go back. No judgment. Try it for 5 minutes today, and you’ll feel all the benefits!