Integrative Health Blog

Raw Food Weekend Cleansing Retreat in Washington, D.C., Sept. 25-27, 2015

Posted by on Wed, Sep 02, 2015

I'm excited to announce that THE RAW FOOD INSTITUTE is having a 3 DAY CLEANSING RETREAT in Washington, D.C.

This retreat will be September 25-27, 2015, at National Integrated Health Associates, a leading integrative medical and dental center in Washington D.C.  (Yeah!)

This 3 Day Cleansing Retreat is back by popular demand to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area!

I have TWO SPECIALS GUESTS (I promise you will fall in love with them), that will be flying in from California to be there with me.  We're packing it FULL of the best information, fabulous food, and nourishing drinks. Check out the  list of topics we'll cover and information you will learn.

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Tags: the raw food institute, detoxification, raw foods

Neurofeedback and School Performance

Posted by on Tue, Aug 25, 2015

Neurofeedback has been shown to be a valuable tool for school performance. This biofeedback technique helps a client to learn focusing skills, which are critical to learning and memory. Neurofeedback can balance brain wave activity and improve overall mental flexibility and performance. It often reduces anxiety, which can lead to better behavior, and may improve emotional control, thus enhancing social skills.

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Tags: ADHD, neurofeedback, brain health

Missing Teeth? The Negative Effects on Your Brain

Posted by on Wed, Aug 19, 2015

The Brain Detoxes at Night

New research has recently revealed that the brain is protected via nightly cleansing. During deep sleep the brain shrinks about 40-50% to flush out toxins which would otherwise accumulate in the brain.  Altering this brain shrinkage results in toxic accumulation in the brain, which in turn may lead to brain degeneration e.g. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS, ALS and dementia.

This action by the brain of squeezing out toxins is similar to squeezing out water in a sponge. Unfortunately, this self protective cleansing technique by the brain is compromised by several factors.

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Easy Ways to Detox Your Body and Your Home

Posted by on Tue, Aug 11, 2015

We can’t always see and smell them, but our bodies are effected by the thousands of chemicals we are exposed to in our homes. Maybe you have done a detox in order to eliminate internal toxins and chemicals from your body, but have you done anything for your home? Ultimately, the air you breathe and the environment you are in most, affects your health. It doesn’t make sense to only concentrate on your body and not your environment, they go hand in hand. Common household items and body care products are being found to have negative health effects on our nervous, immune, reproductive, endocrine, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

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Tags: detox, detoxification, natural health

Massage: Help for Cellulite, the Ordinary Girl’s Arch-nemesis

Posted by on Mon, Aug 03, 2015

If you’re like most women, you have cellulite. Believe it or not, over 90% of women have cellulite at some point in their life. Every year you make a vow to eliminate it once and for all! But then, spring comes, you try on your bathing suit and there it is again... mocking you.

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Tags: massage, i-lipo, laser fat reduction and body shaping

Superfoods: Goji Berry Milk Tea

Posted by on Wed, Jul 29, 2015

How to Get the Most from the Goji Berry

One of the reasons Goji is so super is that it has a special type of molecule known as polysaccharides. In my previous article, Superfoods Hacks: How to Get the Most Out of Your Superfoods,  I talked about how the polysaccharides in goji have been shown to strengthen the immune system in a unique way, fight free radicals, and may even have anti-tumor properties. Boiling Gojis in water, like the Chinese have been doing for centuries boosts the yield of polysaccharides because they are water-soluble nutrients.  However, Goji doesn’t only have water-soluble nutrients, it’s also full of a host of other phytonutrients such as zeaxanthin and oil-soluble vitamins, like vitamin A. What that means is that Goji tea is only giving us some of the good stuff in found in the berries, but not all. Enter Goji Milk Tea. Goji Milk Tea can be made with actual dairy or with non-dairy alternatives like coconut, hemp, or almond milk; according to your preference. What matters is that the base milk contains lipids (fats) to pull out the oil soluble nutrients, ensuring that we get the most out of this incredible super berry!

This nourishing superfood elixer can be consumed warm or cool however, I enjoy it best when it’s a bit warm. The Goji, Chia, and Maca superfoods in this tonic are prepared for highest bioavailability of nutrients and work synergistically with one another, giving the drink a sweet buttery taste, and a lovely golden hue.

Goji Milk Tea Recipe

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Tags: superfoods, goji berries

Superfood Hacks: How to Get the Most Out of Your Superfoods

Posted by on Wed, Jul 15, 2015

There is a good, better, and a best way of doing anything in life, and when it comes to the best way to consume your superfoods, there is no exception. However, before we get into that, it might be best to take a moment to acknowledge where we are and how far we have come on our path to wellness. If you have been making an effort to incorporate superfoods into your diet, then go right ahead and pat yourself on the back for being such an adventurous advocate for your health. If you haven’t explored superfoods yet, and are beginning to wonder if I am talking about Superman’s diet, then not to worry; you will learn a few crucial superfood hacks that some people take years to learn. In this article we are going to explore the best preparation methods for my three favorite superfoods, taking into consideration both their traditional preparations and current science on achieving maximum absorption of what makes them “super”.

Goji, and Chia, and Maca, Oh My!

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Superfoods: How to Make Chia Seed Gel

Posted by on Mon, Jul 06, 2015

Chia is a nutritious seed that packs one powerhouse punch.

It is a great source of soluble fiber, minerals such as calcium, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorous, antioxidants, and omega-3s. Chia seeds can easily be sprinkled into oatmeal or baked into muffins, however the most versatile way to consume chia seeds is by making chia seed gel.

Chia Seed Gel Recipe

You will need:

  • 3 T Chia seeds (preferably ground)
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • A jar with a lid
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Tags: superfoods, omega fatty acids, chia seeds

Turmeric, an Anti-Inflammatory Supplement

Posted by on Fri, Jul 03, 2015

Are you aware of the many anti-inflammatory properties found in turmeric?

I listed the properties in a previous article in a recipe for turmeric milk. There are over 7,800 studies done on the benefits of turmeric! Reviewing these studies, Duke University concluded that turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases, and does so with virtually no adverse side effects (source).

I love to add turmeric to soups and other dishes but I don’t add it as often as I would like and I don’t use a large enough amount to reap all of its benefits. I had a little issue with a back spasm this week and immediately made an appointment with my chiropractor, Dr. Coy Roskosky, because he has a track record for always taking my pain away. During my appointment he reminded me to increase my anti-inflammatory foods. In need of acute inflammation help, I was very close to gulping down a spoonful of turmeric but quickly changed my mind after gagging at the thought of it. That’s when I created these turmeric balls- they are quick, convenient and delicious! (I mean not as delicious as raw cacao brownies, but I definitely licked the bowel when I was done). These little turmeric balls not only taste great, but they contain other ingredients that work synergistically with the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric.

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Tags: holistic nutrition, recipe, turmeric

Healthy Living: How Much Water Should You Drink?

Posted by on Mon, Jun 29, 2015

Water cleans, purifies, enlivens, refreshes, and quenches thirst. It splashes, rains, runs and makes everything grow…water is this unique substance that seems to contain the essence of life itself. Water, like food, is a study into itself.

Water is critical for health because of the many benefits:

•Increases immune function (significant increase in white blood cells)

•Boosts energy metabolism

•Enhances weight loss

•Superior hydration of body and blood

•Cardiovascular health benefits and blood pressure regulation

•Cellular detoxification

•Improves skin elasticity

Detoxifies the bowel and relieves constipation

Water is as much a nutrient as food

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Tags: water, detoxification