Recommendations for Brain Health Throughout the Lifespan by Supatra Hanna

I just recently put together this spiffy handout about how to maintain and enhance good brain health through the lifespan for the folks at my practicum site Pasadena Rehabilitation Institute. Feel free to pass this on to friends and family. Our brains matter!

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Best Immune Boosting Foods

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Fall is officially upon us and now is the time when we can either conquer or be conquered by our immune systems. Getting a flu shot helps some, and I do suggest you all go out there and get one, but if you are averse to needles, there is a lot you can do to boost your immune system with healthy natural foods. So before you catch that cold take some time to adjust your diet to include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially ones that contain antioxidants. Antioxidants are chemical substances that pair up with damaging free radicals and remove them from your system. A free radical is any atom with an unpaired electron in its outer shell. Free radicals are highly damaging to your system and can cause inflammation and premature aging. Here is a list of the most important anti-oxidant vitamins that I guarantee will keep you on the bright side of healthy. Eat them raw or lightly cooked to retain their vitamin and mineral content. Continue reading

PMS Relief

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What is PMS really and why does it make life practically unbearable? PMS is caused by cyclic changes in hormones progesterone and estrogen, as well as changes in brain chemicals such as serotonin, with symptoms ranging from breast tenderness, acne, bloating, depression and irritability which can be exacerbated by stress and poor diet. What can be done naturally? The answers are actually pretty simple and highly effective. So if you suffer like I do, relief is close at hand. Continue reading

Sleepy Time

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My Dog Huey: Expert Napper

I am a 20+ year insomniac, and my struggle with the elusive lady known as Sleep has been arduous, fraught with pitfalls, and sadly, many failures. And thus, many a lonely and miserable night has been had by yours truly. Over the years, I have had greater and sometimes much lesser degrees of success battling this horrible condition, but now I can say I am pretty darned sure I have beat the beast. Fingers crossed. Continue reading

Men Get Bloated, Too

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It’s true. I don’t care if you men out there won’t admit to it, but I have seen you slily unbuckling your belt after a meal. I have seen your turkey coma in action post Thanksgiving meal. So, do not tell me that this post about bloating is a “chick” thing.

How do you get rid of bloating naturally? I ask myself this question at about the same time every month, and I am sure you have asked this question too, so here are some tips to relieve bloating no matter what your sex. Continue reading

I Hate Dr. Oz

So I am tooling around on Facebook and of course I see some diet ad sponsored by stupid Dr. Oz who I just cannot stand. Why? Why do I hate him so? Because he is an extremist, an alarmist. He’s scares the crap out of my mom on a daily basis with his cancer scares, his fibromyalgia horror stories, his O.C.D./germophobe nightmare pieces; it is simply maddening to watch her watch this schlock. I don’t like anyone who scares my mom. There are so many reasons to hate Dr. Oz. But most of all, I hate him for his diet and weight loss advice. From green coffee pills to his South Beach Diet secrets and now, here’s a new one I have never heard of: Garcinia cambogia. Dr. Oz, who claims not to receive a dime for endorsing these poorly studied products (yeah, right) says this little known supplement is the answer to our fat-busting dreams. But what the heck is Garcinia cambogia? Continue reading

Take the Green Pill…

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This winter I was so excited to take an Alternative Medicine course as a part of my requirements for a certificate in Alternative Nutrition. To my chagrin, the course was a bogus mishmash of poorly gathered material taught by an aging clunky teacher in desperate need of retirement. Nice guy, but wow… However, I did get a great book out of it: The PDR for Herbal Medicines. It is a massive tome filled with copious information about any and every herb you can imagine, and every single study done on each herb to date. Continue reading

The Skinny on Supplements

So many supplements, so little time, and so much money to waste. What should I take? Do I need more calcium? Should I take CoQ10 and why? What about fish oil? What vitamins will help me with PMS? Should I take a multivitamin? The questions are often complex, but thankfully, the answers can be relatively simple.

First and foremost it is important to examine what you eat. If your diet is a thrice-daily feed on filet-o-fish sandwiches and diet coke, chances are you are probably nutrient deficient. But how do you find out what nutrients, if any, you are generally lacking in your diet? Luckily, there is a convenient and easy way to find out what nutrients you are deficient in by tracking your diet for three days using the Super Tracker feature on http://www.choosemyplate.gov .

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