Lifestyle

Salt—How Bad Is It Really?

Salt has gotten a really bad rap over the years. It is known to cause high blood pressure and increase the risk of heart disease. But is it really as bad as it is made out to be? How can something we require in our diets be so bad for us? Our nervous systems and muscles require adequate amounts of salt to function properly. Not…

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Are Protein Bars Healthy? Sometimes

Protein bars are all the rage these days. Some of my patients even eat them instead of meals. We’re busy, right? And it’s so easy! It’s, of course, better to eat a whole, real food instead of something processed, but sometimes you’re in a rush. That’s life. And intuitively it makes sense that something called a “protein bar” would likely be a good choice—especially if…

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How many hours of sleep is enough? | Ask Dr. Samantha

You really want to get enough sleep, as sleep is the single most important thing for keeping your energy up and your body in balance! What other questions do you have about sleep? Ask me your questions for future videos here!

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Healthy Cookware: It’s Important for You (and Your Pets!)

I often have patients and clients asking me about the best options for healthy cookware. This post will review both the good and the bad regarding the detriments and benefits of different types of pots and pans. Non-Stick Did you know that people with pet birds are told to avoid cooking with nonstick teflon cookware because the gasses they release can kill them (the birds not…

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Moving beyond “good enough”

How do you feel on a regular basis? Do you have all the energy you want? Do you feel great? Just ‘good enough’?  I promise you that you can feel not only better than you feel now, but you can feel great. It’s so common for us to get pulled along in our daily life, from task to task, or fire to fire, forgetting to…

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The Water You Drink: What to Watch Out For!

My husband is the water keeper. If anyone is wasting a drop in this house there’s hell to pay. As someone who can take (I know, don’t judge) four showers a day to warm my tiny little body up, I can get an earful on the regular. I can hear him unloading and reloading the dishwasher so we can squeeze in every last item. I…

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Why Supplement Quality is Important for YOU!

How do you know if you can trust that the supplements will have in them what they say they have in them? Short answer…it’s not easy. Having a trustworthy source of potent supplements is vital. Unfortunately, the supplement industry is not well regulated by the FDA or any regulatory organization for that matter. Because of the lack of oversight many supplement manufacturers falsely advertise their…

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Put Your Face in Nature

When I was dealing with some pretty bad anxiety a few years ago my yoga teacher gave me an assignment. She told me I had to put my “face in nature” every single day. Rain or shine. Anxious or not. It didn’t have to be for an hour, or even half an hour. Just ten minutes. If it’s raining, she said, grab an umbrella. If…

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Why is Sugar So Addictive?

Have you ever wondered why you can’t just eat one cookie at a time? Or why diets are so difficult to sustain? Or why you’re thinking about cookies right now instead of the words you are reading? It’s sugar, sugar! We evolved to seek out sugar. Our brains are hard-wired to make us love sweets. This was an absolutely crucial evolutionary adaptation when food was…

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Why Clearing Clutter Matters

For most of us when our space is organized and clean it’s easier to focus on the task at hand. But we don’t often think about the flip side: Clutter can drain your energy and significantly increase your sense of overwhelm. In the last few years the ‘minimalist’ movement has hit the bookstore shelves and is all the rage in just about every blog and…

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