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Gynostemma a day to keep the Dr away?

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On my day off this weekend, I wondered along the beautiful streets of Santa Monica to window shop, taste a few local treats, and bask a bit in the 80 degree dry sun (you jealous?)  I stepped into one of my favorite stores called Thunderbolt Spiritual Books (http://www.thunderboltspiritualbooks.com/) (512 Santa Monica Blvd), where they offered me a free cup of delicious tea.  “It’s a tea made with gynostemma that will change your life,” said the store owner.… Read more!

WATCH YOUR MOUTH! The skinny on D

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There’s a lot more talk about this Dynamic Vitamin D today than ever before, not to mention a lot more exposure–it’s all over super market shelves, all over marketing ads, and even all over our annual blood work.  (Gasp–Has Vitamin D become the new Vitamin C?)  You may even be one of the 40 million in 2011 whose Doctor told them to supplement.… Read more!

WATCH YOUR MOUTH! there is a yeast among us

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…that’s what my Doctor told me when I last saw her for a small rash that intensely itched on my thigh. She diagnosed it as “Candida,” said that there are trillions of unfriendly and friendly yeasts all over us, and prescribed a topical anti-fungal cream with steroids.  “Do you do a lot of yoga?” she asked.… Read more!

WATCH YOUR MOUTH! It is (in part) your fault.

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You only have to watch the TV for a few minutes to know what time of year it is—Resolution time, baby!  Indeed, the TV is working over-time telling us to start up that good ol’ annual pledge.  I even saw a commercial promoting a product that helps you lose weight, quit smoking, AND meet the love of your life all in 6 weeks, guaranteed!  (Yes, I was watching an infomercial at 2am.)  Unfortunately, no matter how much promise is behind the promise, statistics say we generally aren’t good about keeping them.… Read more!

WATCH YOUR MOUTH! getting to know your labels.

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I was walking through my favorite local grocery store in LA today when I saw America’s favorite brunette wearing Gucci’s newest tee, made of white organic cotton and stamped with a beautiful, shiny, and red apple.  At that moment I was struck at the realities of today: 1) fashion has finally progressed (far) past the rhinestone skull phase (thank the sweet universe); and, 2) healthy living has become more then a style…it’s now a movement.  If you live in a city like I do, where cigarettes and chips have been traded in for yoga mats and kombucha, it’s practically impossible not to take part.  Because I sorta like this trend (I’m writing a food/nutrition blog for pete’s sake), and because I think people are TRYING to purchase things that will improve their health, I want to do my part to ensure this fad doesn’t fade as quickly as the parachute pant.… Read more!