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And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.

~Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Sensitive Plant”

Natural Health TipsDoctor Lynn Anderson

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Oh that Halloween candy!

Candy, candy everywhere! The stores are full of sweet confections. Even the health food stores are promoting sweet treats. Indulgence can be sweet and pleasure should not be denied, but balance is best and moderation is the key.

May-be you’ve heard that candy is the new anti-obesity measure. In a research study, researchers found that children who ate sweets were 22% less obese than kids who did not indulge. Adults were 26% less likely to be overweight. Now before you run out and buy all that Halloween candy consider this: The study was funded by The National Confectioners Association and the reports from the research subjects were self-reported. Also the study did not make any sense. Candy consumers ate way more calories that non candy eaters and common sense tells us that more calories means more weight gain. The moral of this study is – if it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. So instead of indulging in candy and empty calories enjoy dark rich chocolate and nuts for a treat. Also if you eat lean protein with every meal, as well as, in your snacks you are less likely to reach for sweets.

BE WISE – don’t believe everything you read. Eat a healthy balanced diet because it is true that you are what you eat!

Friday, September 07, 2018

HEMP – HEMP- Hippie – Hip - HOORAY!

Hemp food products are making big headlines these days. That’s because the nutritional value of hemp seeds and hemp protein make hemp foods a great addition to a healthy diet. Hemp is a great source of plant protein (10grams in a 3 tablespoon serving), an excellent source for plant based omega-3 and rich in the mineral magnesium. Omega-3 helps to reduce inflammation and magnesium is essential for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps to regulate normal nerve and muscle function, as well as support a strong immune system. My favorite way to get my daily dose of omega-3, protein and magnesium is to sprinkle hemp seed hearts onto my yogurt. The hearts are easy to chew and digest. Kind of like putting crunchy chopped nuts on top of your favorite dish. Add them to salads, smoothies or just eat a serving alone. Any way you serve them; Hemp- hemp hippie hip hooray! 

Friday, August 03, 2018


Tomatoes - summer gardens are bursting with them so now is a great time to eat fresh vine ripened tomatoes. Tomatoes decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis. New research shows that the lycopene in tomatoes is beneficial when it comes to osteoporosis. A degenerative condition, osteoporosis is a chronic, silent disease that gives no warning. It is a weakening of the bones that only becomes apparent when there is a fracture or pain. That’s why we need to get bone scans and make sure we get plenty of nutrients, like lycopene, that support bone health.  More than 10 million Americans, 8 million of them women suffer from this debilitating disease. Scientists believe that cooking the tomatoes increases the effect of the lycopene. Make homemade spaghetti sauce or vegetable lasagna. How about roasted tomatoes as a side dish? Whether you say tomato or tomato it’s time to enjoy summer’s bountiful fruit. Don’t forget to engage in weight baring exercise and get plenty of vitamin D.

Friday, July 06, 2018

Go Nuts for Magnesium

Magnesium is critical for your health. It supports muscle, nerve and heart functioning, as well as blood glucose, energy production and bone structure. Did you know that calcium needs magnesium to help it do its job? If you eat a healthy diet it’s not likely that you have a deficit, but just to insure you get plenty of this essential mineral; go nuts! The top three good sources for magnesium are almonds, cashews and peanuts. If you don’t like nuts squeezed in-between these great sources is spinach. Don’t like spinach? Add avocado to your salad. Go Nuts!

Friday, June 08, 2018

Smile because your teeth are berry delicious

“Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did.” Over 400 years later, this quote by 17th century English writer Dr. William Butler still reflects our love of strawberries. What’s not to love?

We can eat them whole, make them into a pie and dip them in chocolate, but no matter how we eat them they are chock full of antioxidants, vitamin C and a great source of fiber.
But did you know that strawberries are not fruit? This fleshy edible part of the plant is actually the receptacle of the flower. The dots on the surface of the strawberry are called achenes. An achene is a type of fruit where the ripened ovary of the plant contains one seed. So the fruit is actually in the little dots of the strawberry.

Beyond being a great addition to your diet strawberries have many medicinal uses. The whole plant from the leaves to the stem and the root has been used by herbalist for many health issues from constipation to gout.

Here is a recipe to make you smile – strawberries contain malic acid which is a natural tooth whitener.  Smash fresh strawberries and apply to your teeth. Leave for five minutes and then dissolve a little baking soda in warm water, brush your teeth and rinse.  Your teeth will sparkle like the strawberry moon!

And if that is not enough to make you smile here is a recipe for the World’s Best Strawberry Pie. Delicious, healthy and compared to other pies low in calories.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Step Into the Vestibular

A vestibule is a partially enclosed area between the inside of a house and the street. This blog is not about a vestibule but about the vestibular system which includes your ear and the ear drum. The vestibular is responsible for your sense of balance helping to keep us upright and on good terms with gravity. Balance is essential to life and something many of us take for granted.

We monitor our environment and handle the forces of gravity automatically because of the vestibular system. Further it determines speed and direction.

35% of adults age forty and older have a vestibular dysfunction at some point in their lives. The annual cost for full related injuries is expected to be $44 billion by 2020. People with vestibular disorders may have vertigo, dizziness, spinning, fatigue, jumping vision, unsteadiness, brain fog, nausea, heating loss and ringing in the ears. All of these affect quality of life and present us with good reasons to take action when it comes to our balance.

Like other systems in the body the vestibular system responds to exercise. And although it is good to practice yoga balancing poses the most effective exercises are swimming, dancing and bouncing. Balance after all is pretty easy to maintain when you are standing still, but when we are in motion is when balance counts the most. Falls and broken bones most times can be attributed to losing your balance. So step into the vestibular and do something every day to improve and maintain your sense of balance.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Should you eat more fiber?

Although the call to eat more fiber is not new, fiber has become an additive in most of the foods we eat. It is called “functional fiber”. Fiber plays a role in decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease, weight control and weight loss, diabetes and regular laxation. Fiber tends to fill us up and has been promoted as a good source for losing weight. But does it really work?

Current data suggest that dietary fiber (intake of 20-27 grams per day) from whole foods may help with weight control. However the research has been inconsistent as to the exact effect eating more fiber has on both weigh control and weight loss. Studies do show that whole foods do digest slowly, we tend to chew more increasing salvia and whole foods tend to fill the gut and increase satiety.

Bite for bite peas and beans give us more grams of fiber than whole grains, berries and nut. However when it comes to calories berries is the best choice.

One ounce of nuts (20-40 half shelled nuts) on average provides about 3g of fiber and about 160 calories. Berries such as raspberries and blackberries provide about 8g in a 1 cup serving (123g) with about 64 calories per cup. If you add a cup of non-fat plain Greek style yogurt to the berries you have a delicious high fiber, calcium rich, low calorie breakfast or snack, making raspberries and yogurt the health tip of the month

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


A tonic is in the most basic sense simply something that tones. The word itself comes from ‘tonify’ defined by Merriam-Webster as “to give tone to”.  Growing up on a small Island off the coast of Maine tonics or folk medicine was just a part of everyday life. In the spring my family would make dandelion wine as a safe and healthy tonic to tonify and strengthen after the long winter. When making a tonic the herbs are steeped in alcohol extracting the nutrients from the plant and creating a drink that is rich and healthy. The alcohol preserves the extracted nutrients and assists the body in rapidly digesting the tonic. Dandelions make an excellent tonic for supporting health.

Folk medicine has always claimed the dandelion plant to be a powerful healer. It has been used to purify the blood, settle digestion and prevent piles and gall stones, among other maladies.  But facts speak for themselves; the greens of the dandelion are a great source of the recommended daily value of vitamin K, which may be the most important source of any other plant-based food to strengthen bones. It may also play a role in fighting Alzheimer’s disease by limiting neuron damage in the brain.

Dandelion greens give the body 112 percent of the daily minimum requirement of vitamin A as an antioxidant carotenoid, which is particularly good for the skin, mucus membranes and vision. A flavonoid called zeaxanthin protects the retina from UV rays, while others, primarily carotene, lutein, and cryptoxanthin, protect the body from lung and mouth cancers.

Dandelion greens are high in fiber, which helps your body shed waste. These greens also contain vitamins C and B6, thiamin, riboflavin, calcium, iron (crucial for generating red blood cells), potassium (to help regulate heart rate and blood pressure), and manganese. Other nutrients present in dandelion greens include folate, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper.

So… visit your local health food store. Ask for dandelion tincture (this is the closest you will get to a tonic) or buy fresh dandelion greens, steam and sauté them, and then enjoy the best tonic of all a healthy green dose of vitamins and minerals!

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Want to keep your resolutions? Make them Habits!

Habits persist even when we don’t have the energy to exercise motivation and self-control. So if we can set up new habits we might be better at achieving our goals. Research shows that people tend to default to a habit when stressed. So the conclusion is to create healthy habits as our default mechanism. It takes about two months to establish a new habit.  To do this we need to establish easy repeatable routines.  Let’s give it a try.

Routine number one;
try physical literacy. Find an exercise class that fits into your schedule and that you enjoy. Studies show that when we enjoy something we tend to repeat it over and over. You become literate in terms of physical vitality and adaptability.  It becomes a habit. So when stress hits we default to exercise.

How about resolving to be good to you? Make it a habit to eat one healthy meal a day.  Every day I eat yogurt and fruit topped with hemp seeds. This habit gives me a full range of important nutrients. No matter what else I eat throughout the day I’ve given myself good health in this one meal. Who knows this habit might lead to three healthy meals? These changes soon become “good” habits.

What about your goals? Just remember everything in life must give to receive. Sacrifice is the law of life. A candle burns and melts away to give us light. A tree grows to give shade, fruit and flowers. To achieve your goals make it a habit to focus on what you can give as opposed to what you will get. Soon the habit of giving will be rewarded with achievement.

So instead of resolving to change something just create “good” habits!  What will be your New Year’s habits?

When making your resolutions remember, your dreams, your life and, your happiness must be fed or they will die.  So contemplate, choose wisely and feed your life with happiness, prosperity, health and peace. Resolve to make these your New Year’s habits.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Health Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season

Drink water! Now that’s not anything new- except that now we have scientific research to back up the claim that drinking water before a meal can help you maintain and lose weight. With all the Holiday cheer ahead of us here’s a tip for the month ahead.

A study out of Virginia Tech concluded that those who drank water before eating a low calorie meal lost about 4 more pounds than a similar group on the same low calorie diet but did not drink water before their meal. The water fills you up so you eat less.

So before you indulge in all the Holiday Cheer; drink up with a glass of water. Think water, think happy Holidays, think no weight gain!

What five foods can help you to reduce belly fat? Plus a Holiday Drink Recipe that will warm the soul, nourish the body and please the mind!

Santa may be a little chubby in the middle, but you can reduce your belly fat and improve health with these five foods. All of these foods are high in MUFA- monounsaturated fatty acids- these fatty acids are healthy fats that should be added to a healthy diet. Avoiding unhealthy fats and empty carbohydrates along with adding these five foods and remembering the acronym SED: Strength training to preserve muscle mass, Exercise aerobically to burn fat, and your Diet should be healthy, calorie-controlled, which includes heart-healthy fats, will bring belly fat under control. MUFAs are not a silver bullet, but rather healthy fats that fill you up especially if you are on a calorie reducing diet. One of the real struggles most people have with a diet is removing fat. They feel deprived and hungry so by adding healthy fats we can reduce unhealthy snacks and empty calories. Try adding these five to your diet:

1. Oils – olive. Peanut, safflower, sesame. Walnut, soybean and canola – 1 tablespoon a day
2. Nuts and seeds – almonds, brazil nuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, pecans, pine nuts, sesame and pistachio( fresh not roasted)
3. Avocado ¼ cup
4. Olives – 10 large or 2 tablespoons of tapenade
5. Dark Chocolate ¼ cup

Monday, November 20, 2017


Yes. That’s right – enjoy the meal.

We all know the shoulds and the should nots when it come to the Thanksgiving feast. We know what to go light on, and what to pile on the plate. However, a little indulgence once in a while is good for the body, the mind and the soul. As yogis say – you only live once with this karma. Now so you don’t feel guilty about indulging here are a few easy health tips to keep your weight in balance.

  • Put the music on and start the party
  • When setting the table – Dance to Loco-Motion
  • Have guest get up after the meal and help clear the table dancing to a Conga Line – Conga
  • After dessert – Have guest - Twist Again
  • A Little Less Conversation – time to take a walk
  • After the meal get up and move. Take a walk with a family member and spend some quality time chatting. Thanksgiving is not about the meal, but about giving thanks for all the goodness that exists in your life. It’s a time to put aside conflict, strife and work, and enjoy your family and friends.

One half hour (that’s just 30 minutes!)Of brisk walking a day will burn an extra 100 calories. Not only does walking burn calories, but it also helps to lower blood pressure, reduce stress and the sunlight you get will help your body make vitamin D which is need for strong bones and good health.


Thursday, October 05, 2017

Fall into Health

Fall seasonal fruits and vegetables are some of the healthiest you can find.

Fall is a wonderful time to indulge in seasonal produce and keep up with the healthy lifestyle you fought so hard to preserve during the summer season!

Here is a list of a few healthy fruits and vegetable you should make sure to add to your autumn diet.


It’s apple picking season! Apples are a great source of fiber and abundant with vitamins and minerals. Although not very high in iron apples help the body to absorb iron from other foods. They contain more riboflavin than almost any other fruit. Rriboflavin also called B12 helps to support adrenal function, calm and maintain a healthy nervous system, and facilitates metabolic processes, such as helping to turn food into energy.  That’s why it is so true that, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

Cauliflower is rich in vitamin K, vitamin C and fiber. It’s also a good source of calcium although most of the calcium is located near the stem and the leaves. These can actually be eaten. Lightly steam or chop up and add to a salad.

In France it is not uncommon for folks to eat nothing but grapes for the first few days of the grape season. Because of their high antioxidant content grapes are a great health food. Like wine grape provide antioxidants to boost immunity. Grapes are high in magnesium, a mineral that is needed for good bowel movements.  Grapes are a great snack!

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes (one of my favorites) are delicious during the fall season! In addition to offering our body vitamin C (when baked in their skin), sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A and niacin; good for eyesight and circulation.

The Pumpkin is our favorite seasonal produce!  Pumpkins are so much more than something to carve for Halloween. They provide our bodies with a wealth of alpha and beta-carotene. After you’ve successfully carved your pumpkins this year, don’t throw out the seeds. Pumpkins seeds are a great source of alpha-lionlenic acid which helps individuals with heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Roast them up for a healthy snack.

These are just some of the wonderful fruits and vegetables that ripen in the fall. Include apples, winter squash, okra, cranberries and pears in your autumn diet.

So, do your best to preserve your health by falling into healthy eating habits this season!