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In ancient recipes, the three antidotes for dullness or boredom are sleep, drink and travel. It is rather feeble. From sleep you awake, from drink you become sober and from travel you come home again. And then where are you? No, the two sovereign remedies for dullness and boredom are love and a crusade.

- D.H. Lawrence

Natural Health TipsDoctor Lynn Anderson

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Staying hydrated keeps you young

It’s summertime and the living is easy and the days are hot.  Your body depends upon water for survival. More than half your body weight is comprised of water. Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to function. Water is an essential element for keeping the body-mind in good working order and helping the body to stay healthy and youthful.  Every day you lose water through urination, perspiration and stress. If you don’t replace the water you can get dehydrated.  Some of the symptoms of dehydration are little or no urine, dark urine, dry mouth, sleepiness and fatigue, extreme thirst, headache, confusion, feeling dizzy or light headed and no tears when crying.  Most people are told to drink 6 to 8-8ounce glasses of water a day. But the truth is that different people need different amounts of water.  Body size, activity level, stress level, hormonal fluctuation and weather all contribute to the amount of water you need.  Water is the best option for staying hydrated although fruit such as watermelon, juice, green and herbal teas, limited coffee and most all fruits and vegetable contribute to your daily water intake. Avoid sugary, high calorie empty drinks like soda.

Tips for staying hydrated; drink water with your meal. Order a glass of water before your meal in a restaurant and drink it while looking over the menu. Keep a bottle of water with you whenever possible. Drink green tea; eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Add a little flavor with PRE a prebiotic that is sweetened with stevia. Water down your fruit juice or add pieces of fruit to your water such as raspberries, strawberries, lemons and limes.

Remember every cell, tissue and organ in your body depends upon hydration, so drink up and keep your body-mind refreshed, strong and youthful.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The Dancing Warrior

Zap Cellulite with the dancing warrior! I’m adding a new move to Aero*boga – it’s called the dancing warrior. It’s a march with a lunge forward and a step back. Studies show (Quincy College in Massachusetts) that lunges are the best weapon against cellulite. That’s because lunges build lean muscle in the butt and thighs, two cellulite prone zones. Tight thighs and butt reduces the jiggling dimpling effect of cellulite. Watch that your knees don’t creep past your toes and that you press the heel of your front foot into the floor while bringing your arms in front, hands raised over head for added aerobic effect.  Do three sets of 12 to 20 reps on each leg, three to four times a week.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Chia Seeds

Beyond watching tiny little ceramic chia pets grow something green, chia seeds are a good source of fiber and are rich in antioxidants and ALA(alpha linoleic acid), the plant based omega-3 fatty acid. A chia seed it turns out delivers more omega-3 than flaxseed.

Once a staple of the Aztec and Mayan culture these seeds have been rediscovered. My daughter works in a restaurant that serves chia muffins. Not only do they taste good but they are good for you. If you’re in LA check them out at Le Pain. Chia seeds have been shown to help manage blood sugar for diabetes, protect the heart and there are reports that they give runners and athletes energy. They are light and easily digestible. You can purchase them in health food stores. Sprinkle them on yogurt, salads, cereals and mix into a smoothie. At only 66 calories for 2 tablespoons, chia seeds are a great way to get your omega-3!

Friday, March 02, 2012

Eat Your Greens!

Your mother told you to eat your greens and you told your children to eat their greens. Green vegetables and especially leafy green vegetables are a great source of minerals such as calcium, iron and phosphorous as well as Vitamins C and A. Try Swiss chard. This vegetable is low in calories and high in alkaline ash which means it balances out the acidity of other foods we eat, such as meat and sugar. Because it contains a great deal of vitamin C and vitamin A, it helps to ward off colds and is beneficial to the digestive system. It is best not to overcook it as its vitamin and mineral content will be reduced. Sauté a little minced garlic and mustard seeds in olive oil. When the seeds are toasted and the garlic is brown toss in chopped Swiss chard and stir until slightly wilted. Swiss chard makes a great healthy side dish that is low in calories, fights colds and brings balance to the chemistry of your body.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Not tonight dear I have a headache

Sitting at a computer screen intensely concentrating can be the cause of a tension head ache. Ever feel it in your neck creeping up behind your eyes? It’s your body communicating its need to stretch, release and let go. Headaches come and headaches go. We say someone gives us a headache which is a kinder terms than saying they are a pain in the A—!  Nobody gives you a headache. To successfully get rid of a headache, get up stretch, breathe and smile. Whatever the aggravation or the tension, remember it will pass. Better than a pill or a drink five minutes of yoga will successfully get rid of a headache. For a simple tension headache try this; sit quietly and close your eyes, inhale as you raise your shoulders up towards your ears and exhale as you lower them. Do this for one minute to successfully get rid of your headache. And if you would like to know how to get rid of a headache with music go to e-how, health, search, doctor Lynn and watch the video how to get rid of a headache with music!

Monday, January 02, 2012

Healing Bunions and Joints Naturally

Bunions are deformities of the big toe affecting the joint. Generally made worse by wearing pointy narrow shoes however bunions are also hereditary.  The joint of the big toe protrudes out as the toe slide in towards the other toes. Diet is important when it comes to pain and inflammation in the joints. Watch your protein intake and eat pineapple. Bromalain an enzyme found in pineapple is known to relieve painful swelling. Eat whole pineapple two times a day or you can get a bromalain compound at most health food store.

Exercise - gently pulling the joint back into position helps to relieve pain and strengthen the toe. Lay on your back. Pull your legs up and in with knees bent and feet flexed up towards the ceiling. Grab the big toes with your hands, pull slightly outward on the toes and drop your shoulders back to the floor. Hold and take 5 breathes – then release.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Increase metabolism naturally

Ok, so the holidays are coming and you want natural way to increase your metabolism, right? Well you’ve heard green tea will do it. But did you know adding a little mustard to your diet can increase metabolism? It’s called the thermo genetic effect. When we add certain foods to our diet we can increase our metabolism because these foods literally heat up the body, improve circulation and require energy to digest them. Now the addition of foods such as mustard, hot peppers and green tea is not all that significant but it’s important to remember that to control weight and to improve health is a synergistic process. We can’t look to one thing to be the “magic bullet”. Lean protein is the best thermo genetics food as it takes a lot of work to digest protein, thus burning more calories. When we add other foods such as mustard we increase the effect. Mustard is virtually void of calories so that makes it a good dressing and spread for lean meats. An added benefit is that mustard seeds are a good source of omega3 fatty acids which also helps to increase metabolism and improve both heart and brain functioning. Here is an easy and healthy side dish recipe from my new book; Recipes for Health, Sex, Happiness and Love; what else is there? I served this with lean chicken breast in an apple mustard sauce.

1 Bunch of fresh kale, 2 tablespoons of mustard seeds, a tablespoon of olive oil, several button mushrooms sliced and the peel from one small orange cut into small slivers. Heat oil and toast mustard seeds in the oil, add chopped kale, mushrooms and orange slivers and sauté until kale is tender.

This is a great side dish helping you get your omega 3, calcium and vitamin C and D.

Friday, September 02, 2011


When the immune system is working as it should be, inflammation plays an essential role in the body’s defenses. It acts as a barrier against foreign invaders such as viruses and bacteria. However when inflammation persists even without external threats it can do serious damage to the heart, joints and overall health.

Swelling, aching joints, arthritis, hay fever, heart disease, depression, diabetes and even crow’s feet have one common denominator; inflammation!

However we can, with a healthy diet and exercise, reduce many of the problems associated with inflammation. Certain foods such as berries are an excellent choice when it comes to lowering inflammation. But more important than simply eating one food is eating an overall healthy diet. Fortunately there are many foods that are anti-inflammatory. The basic guideline is to eat a plant based diet, lean proteins and healthy fats such as olive oil. Here are some tips for fighting inflammation:

Eat your colors – eat foods that are rich in greens, blues and reds such as blue berries, spinach, and strawberries

Eat legumes such as soybeans and lentils.

Include omega- 3 fatty acid by eating wild salmon and cod as well as flaxseed and walnuts.

Spice up dishes with garlic, ginger and turmeric.

Drink green tea instead of sweetened beverages.

And if you drink alcohol remember that a glass of red wine is the best choice. Red wine has anti-inflammatory properties and it goes great with a piece of dark rich antioxidant chocolate! (Now that’s fighting inflammation!)

Smile, be happy and of course exercise!

Inflammation is at the root of many chronic diseases such as arthritis. Try to make healthy choices when it comes to eating because it is so true that you are what you eat!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011


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. Try my aero*boga™ class for a complete workout.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Asparagus; Get obsessed

I recently returned from Europe where asparagus was all the rage. As well as being obsessed with Lady Gaga the Europeans are obsessed with spring time and the fresh stalks of asparagus. The talk about town from the Netherlands, to Brussels, London and Paris is that to be found on every menu is fresh spring asparagus. Now I love asparagus so the timing was right and I ate my fill. From country to country with every meal I indulged in those stately green and white stalks. Not only is asparagus a great source of antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals but asparagus has also been shown to be a great source of inulin which is a “prebiotic” that is an indigestible substance that moves from the gut into the intestines providing food for the good bacteria your system needs to stay healthy.

Chicory and Jerusalem artichokes are higher in inulin than asparagus; however asparagus delivers a powerhouse of nutrients that are good for anti-inflammatory problems as well as digestive issues.

Inulin is a unique type of carbohydrate that doesn’t get broke down in the digestive tract but moves to the intestinal tract where it becomes ideal food for the “good” bacteria necessary to keep the intestinal tract healthy; lowering the risk of allergies and colon cancer.

If you need to be obsessed about anything – Lady Gaga obsession would be good for your mind and asparagus obsession would be good for your body and Europe in springtime obsession is good for your soul!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Here comes the Sun

Should you or shouldn’t you get direct sunlight? Sunlight is a source of vitamin D. We need Vitamin D; however vitamin D is not really a vitamin. In its active form it is considered a hormone and our bodies can make it from sunlight. Its primary function is to help the body absorb calcium and phosphorous which the body needs to build and maintain strong bones. Vitamin D has also been shown to possess anti-cancer properties. When I was diagnosed with cancer one of the first signs was a deficiency in vitamin D. Vitamin D has also been shown to affect our biorhythms, moods and behavior. Spend a few days in a cloudy environment and watch how moods change. Sunlight seems to lift the spirits as it strengthens the body and boost the mind.
Human kind evolved under natural sunlight which means that we require a certain amount of natural light to keep us healthy. Fifteen minutes a day of direct sunlight is all it takes to enrich the body with vitamin D and to lift our mood. Take fifteen minutes a day and sit in the sun quietly feeling the warmth of the light as it penetrates your body, filters into your mind and soothes the soul.

Doctor Lynn

Monday, April 04, 2011

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.