Your mother always told you that breakfast was the most important meal of the day – but does it matter when you eat it? And what if your dinner time fluctuates wildly from day to day? Does meal timing actually … More
Author Archives: Dr. Natasha Turner
I’m not trying to talk you out of the hand sanitizer, but when it comes to good bacteria–like the kind that live in the human gut–sometimes more is more. Under normal circumstances, such “probiotics” live within our digestive system in symbiotic harmony. However, our modern diets and medications have been wiping them out, and leaving many people with a serious imbalance of good gut bacteria. More
With a wide range of health benefits, cherries—and more specifically tart cherries—are an oft-overlooked superfood. But whether it’s insomnia, joint pain or belly fat you’re dealing with, cherries may be just what the doctor ordered. Here’s why.
As spring comes upon us, our attention often turns to achieving new health goals. Whether yours is getting into skinny jeans, fending off allergies, fighting a change-of-weather cold or breaking a post-winter gym plateau–read on. Here are some cutting-edge dietary supplements I recommend having at your disposal. Though some of these are quite trendy, they’re well worth the hype. More
“I eat the same thing every day …” I can’t tell you how many times in a week I hear this sentiment, usually accompanied with dismay over continuous digestive problems, migraines, acne, low energy or difficulty losing weight.
But what may surprise is that this–eating the same thing every day–can be exactly what’s causing your ailments or preventing weight loss. While eight common foods (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, soy, wheat and shellfish) cause 90% of all food allergies, this is far from an exhaustive list of things in the diet that could be causing an allergy-like reaction. More
When you think of stress you may think of the acute stressors, like a deadline to get your taxes done, being late for an important meeting or a last minute project that your boss plopped on your desk. Some stresses are, however, more subtle—but no less detrimental to your health or feeling balanced (hormonally and mentally!). Here are a few overlooked examples of chronic stress and some tips on what you can do about it. More
Believe it or not, inflammation plays a role in everything from digestive disorders and allergies to arthritis and belly fat. Why? Because the fat-burning pathways in our liver and muscle cells are controlled by a group of proteins called PPARs, which influence the interaction between our insulin sensitivity, inflammation and weight. A PPAR imbalance can contribute to inflammation, obesity and insulin resistance—which is is why optimizing the power of our PPARs can be highly beneficial for weight loss or maintenance.
If you find yourself popping sleeping pills and still tossing and turning all night, you may want to look at a few foods you can add into your diet that will help you get a longer, deeper sleep.
With Spring officially here (at least according to the calendar, if not yet the weather), there’s a certain level of excitement to ditching the winter clothing and getting your mojo going for the sunny season. Here are five sure-fire ways to boost your body’s thermogenic rate so you can burn more calories and get your metabolism working like a fine oiled machine. More
If the groundhog was right, warmer weather is imminent. That motivates some to ramp up their workouts, and who can blame them? There’s a lot of pressure for women to prep their “bikini body” ramping up this time of year. But many of the best reasons to get or keep moving have nothing to do with the scale (or anything itsy bitsy). Let the spring sun inspire you to push your fitness routine a little father, and it could benefit your brain, disease risk, mindfulness and longevity. More
Human growth hormone (HGH) is the one hormone that will substantially affect not only how old you feel but also how old you look. It’s essential for tissue repair, muscle building, bone density and healthy body composition. Want to boost your HGH level without breaking the bank? Read on for five natural strategies. More
The combination of certain foods and your medication(s) can affect how the drug is broken down, absorbed or metabolized in your liver. Whether you have just started on a new medication or you suddenly find your medication isn’t working as effectively, I suggest checking to make sure your prescriptions are consumed away from the most common offending food interactions. More
If your food cravings are out of control, your memory forgettable, your skinny jeans unwearable and sleep unattainable, you could be suffering from a hormone imbalance. There are six things that can throw your hormones out of balance, and they may just surprise you. More
Believe it or not, vitamin C has benefits that extend far beyond simply boosting your immune system. In fact, it should take a permanent place in your supplement arsenal. Here are four great vitamin C benefits, including helping you handle stress, shed stomach fat and spiking your stamina. More