Category: Health & Wellness

5 Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency You Should Know

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Vitamin D deficiency. Do you know the symptoms? How do you know if you are at risk of having it? What should you do if you are, and how do you prevent it? These are the questions that will be answered in this post…

11 Tips for a Blissful Night’s Sleep

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Do you ever have trouble sleeping? Trouble falling asleep…and staying asleep? Do you feel tired in the mornings, finding yourself struggling your way through the day with cups of coffee, wondering if it’ll ever get better?

Fortunately, while chronic insomnia may seem like a hopeless situation, there are many things that you can do to help break this seemingly unforgiving cycle. This post will show you some effective methods that you can incorporate into your day…so that you can start gaining back your nights.

10 All-Natural Ways to Improve Your Blood Pressure

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Perhaps you’ve been told you have “high blood pressure.” Or maybe you checked it yourself one day and noticed that it was 146/90. What now?

Today I will discuss some ways in which you can improve your own blood pressure without taking medications. But before I do, let’s first answer an important question: What is hypertension and what’s the big deal?…

Your Health Questions… Answered!

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Yesterday, in response to the “Ask This Doc” Q & A, I received many excellent questions, a lot of which are common concerns that I frequently encounter.

Therefore, I am posting some of those questions here today, along with my responses. I hope you will find them helpful as well….

🔷 Ask This Doc: Q & A 🔷

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Have you been wondering about anything?

Perhaps you have read something health-related on the internet but are not sure of its accuracy and would like the opinion of an impartial doctor…

Perhaps you just have a general question about how to improve your health…

I have noticed that many people have unanswered questions when it comes to health-related issues. Therefore, if you think I can help, I encourage you to ask them (of course this is not to replace your personal doctor’s advice, but just to offer you another source of information)…

10 Weight Loss Tips That Are Backed By Science

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Are you wanting to lose a couple of pounds? Do you ever feel disenchanted by the fad diets, ‘magic foods,’ and weight loss tricks out there and wonder if there is actually any proof behind them other than just anecdotal or celebrity claims?

You’re not alone.

Therefore, the purpose of this post is to 1) present to you some tips that you can easily incorporate into your life that will enhance your weight loss efforts and 2) show you the actual evidence behind them by directing you to some unbiased, peer-reviewed studies…

Got a Headache? Be Sure To Try This.

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Do you ever get headaches? Do you sometimes hesitate to pop a pill or find yourself without pain medications? I do. Therefore, I would like to share with you an easy technique that I find personally helpful for head and neck discomfort that you too can do anytime, anywhere.
Pressure points and how they work

Many headaches–especially those brought on by stress, fatigue, or anxiety–are caused by tightness in the neck and facial muscles that in turn diminish local blood circulation. One way to improve this circulation is to stimulate the nerves that regulate it by applying pressure to certain areas called pressure points. Stimulation of these points helps relax tense muscles and improve blood flow, and for many people, can bring immediate relief…

Water: How Much Is Really Enough?

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So how much water DO you need? Is “8 glasses a day” really true? What if you just don’t like water? Today, I will address the most commonly asked questions about fluid intake and give you essential tips on how much to drink, what to choose, and when…

Pain Medications: Choosing the Right One for You

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Advil. Aleve. Tylenol. Aspirin. Four widely used over-the-counter medications. How do you know if you are taking the right one?

The purpose of this post is to familiarize you with the major pros and cons of these medications as well as to help you differentiate who should and should not take them. Even if you already have a “go-to” medication, make sure you know these important basics, which is summarized in the table below.

Be aware that many medications are simply combinations of these (Excedrin = Tylenol + Aspirin + Caffeine), so always look at your medication label to see what you are getting.

Tip: Taking any pain medication with a caffeinated beverage will often increase its effectiveness, as caffeine helps speed up absorption as well as potentiate its analgesic effects. This is why some medications, like Excedrin and Midol, already contain caffeine (60mg…about the same as a small cup of coffee).

Therefore, without further ado…

5 Things Doctors Wish You Knew (that will empower you)

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Have you ever left a doctor’s office somewhat disappointed with your visit? Maybe you just spoke to a physician, but instead of having all your concerns addressed, you find yourself with even more questions? Do you ever wonder what doctors secretly wished patients would do that would make caring for you a smoother process?

My purpose in writing this post is to do two things: to provide practical tips that you can use today that will 1) help prepare you for encounters you might have with the health care system in the future…whether it’s a routine doctor’s visit or an unexpected trip to the ER, and 2) help you make the most out of your interactions with your physicians.

Therefore, without further ado…

4 Techniques for Instant De-Stressing

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Do you ever feel suddenly overwhelmed by things you need to do, or get that anxious feeling where you just can’t focus on anything?

You’re not alone.

As a physician, being able to think and function under stressful situations is essential. But regardless of profession, life–whether it is work, school, or family–has a way of overwhelming us. Or perhaps you are just one of the millions of people who are prone to experiencing anxiety symptoms on a regular basis. Regardless of the cause, the physiology behind this feeling is the same: a combination of neurotransmitters and hormones that signals your body to produce the sympathetic “fight or flight response”–the racing heart rate, quickened shallow breathing, increase in blood pressure, and the overall feeling of not being in control.

Therefore, the purpose of this article is to teach you four scientifically proven, easy-to-do techniques that you can do anywhere that will help your body and mind “reverse” this physiologic response, getting you back into a state of calm where you can actually focus on the task at hand.

Keep in mind that while each technique is useful by itself, they are more effective when done together. When performed properly, you should feel its calming effects almost instantaneously.

So the next time you are feeling anxious or stressed, try these…