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Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find the joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.

Helen Keller

Natural Health TipsDoctor Lynn Anderson

Friday, September 02, 2011

Inflammation

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

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.



Thursday, March 03, 2011

Aero*Boga

Ok its spring time and time to shed those extra pounds from all the holiday cheer. Get up and dance! Get up and move! Don’t have time to do it all? Try my new online class Aero*Boga a one hour class that combines gentle and easy aerobic and yoga moves to give you a complete workout. Can’t make the class? Pick songs from the playlist below, make a playlist for your IPod and go for a brisk walk. Don’t have time for a brisk walk? Put your IPod on while cleaning the house, getting ready to go out or cooking dinner. Listening to music while doing activities tends to make us move more and faster. It amps up the caloric output and it makes everything we’re doing a little more fun.

Here’s another easy tip for burning calories. Those people who fidget tend to burn more calories. Watch a fidgeter and you’ll see what I mean. So start fidgeting…tap your foot, wiggle in your chair, place objects like the TV remote and the wastebasket away from your chair, drop your coat and handbag onto the floor so you have to get up, bend down, walk over and pick it up. Don’t have the time or knowhow to download the playlist? First five people who send me an email asking for the playlist will get a CD from me – free!  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)



Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Wine, roses and chocolate

Ask any woman and these three represent the essence of love and Valentine’s Day. But did you know that each of these has health benefits? That’s right; a glass of wine, a hunk of dark chocolate and a whiff of a rose can improve the quality of your health.

A study out of the University of Florence now reveals that a glass of red wine a day is good for your health, circulation and cognition. The study showed that those who drank a glass of wine a day as opposed to those who drank more or didn’t drink at all showed significant improvement in cognition, heart health and circulation. Interesting - love and sex are all about the heart, circulation and the ability to think and process.

Dark chocolate (not the candy store kind but the real stuff) is rich in antioxidants which go to work to fight those free radicals floating around in your body. One way to see free radical formation is to look at the age spots on your hands. We all have free radicals bombarding our body. That’s why a diet rich in antioxidants is good for your health. Antioxidant foods such as chocolate, red wine, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, spinach and prunes help the body neutralize the free radicals by preventing damage.
Dark chocolate also gives us an uplifting, euphoric, affectionate, loving feeling as it causes the body to release a feel good neurochemical called PEA – also known as the “love peptide”.

A rose is a rose – whether it sprung from the blood of Venus or not, the rose is the queen of flowers when it comes to love. In aromatherapy the oil of the rose is used to release nervous tension and depression, as it is uplifting, stimulates the heart chakra and balances the female reproductive system.

Is it any wonder men have always brought win
e, chocolate and roses to show their admiration for a woman? Being relaxed, open, calm, energized and balanced certainly makes way for love and sex to happen.
Show this article to your lover. He or she will get why you would love a glass of wine, chocolate, roses and thou for Valentine’s Day. And if you do not presently have a lover – give these to yourself and watch as your mood changes and you open your healthy heart to the potential for love to come your way.

Doctor Lynn



Tuesday, January 04, 2011

PRE

Last month’s tip was to drink more water. There is nothing new about drinking more water accept that now we have a study that proves drinking water before a meal reduces calorie intake by 75 to 90 calories per meal. That adds up to weight loss and maintenance.

Now I like water but quite honestly plain water is boring. To get myself to drink more water and at the same time adding prebiotics and probotics to my digestive system I add PRE to my water. It comes in granulated packets that can be added directly to a 16 ounce bottle of water. The formula comes in a variety of flavors. Full strength it’s too sweet for me. The sweetening agent is the herb stevia which is much sweeter than sugar but minus the calories. PRE has only 20 calories a serving; however I only use about half the package for each 16 ounces of water I drink.
The formula is a synergistic blend of probiotics and prebiotics which stimulate the growth of good bacteria in the digestive tract.

If you would like to try a sample – send me an email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and I’ll send you a free sample.

Drink up; and here’s to a healthy, happy and peaceful New Year!
Doctor Lynn


Thursday, December 02, 2010

Drink Water!

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.

If you are having a problem drinking a lot of water, try adding a little juice, flavored tea or you can add a dropper full of Damiana’s Nectar. It will give the water a light chocolately sweet taste.
I’m not a big water drinker and never have been. I never seem to get thirsty so I add a little prebiotic juice to my water which is good for my digestive system and keeps me hydrated. I also add Damiana’s nectar and my Pep Berry nectar when my immune system needs a boost.

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!

Have a healthy, happy and peaceful holiday season.

Doctor Lynn



Friday, November 05, 2010

Cottage Cheese

Want a healthy snack that helps to build lean body mass? Try eating cottage cheese. It gets its name from the fact that it was made in cottages from left over milk. It is low in fat and high in protein making it an ideal addition to a healthy diet. Cottage cheese is basically milk that is curdled by adding an enzyme like rennet or by the addition of edible acids like vinegar or lemon juice.  The action of these enzymes and acids cause the milk to clump. After the enzyme or acid is added to the milk and curdling takes place, the liquid whey is drained off and the curds are left.

Cottage cheese is made up primarily of slow-digesting casein protein and has very few carbohydrates making it an excellent snack food. The slow digesting proteins can keep your amino acid levels up during the night, which discourages muscle breakdown during your sleep.  Because it is a high protein food it can help stop cravings for junk food – it fills you up without filling you out!

Cottage cheese is also a good source of vitamin D and calcium. Mix it with some greens and other vegetables and you get a healthy delicious lunch that is good for the body, the mind and the soul.



Friday, October 01, 2010

Dry Skin

As winter time approaches many people experience dry skin. The skin is our biggest organ. It needs to be nourished. There are thousands of products out there promising to improve skin texture and remove wrinkles but the truth is the skin reflects from the inside out. Yes we can protect our skin from the environment by using sun screen products but it is essential to feed the skin to keep it healthy.

Stress often shows up first on the skin. To help and control the effects of stress it is important to get plenty of B complex vitamins. Pantothenic acid is part of the B complex. It is found in elderberries which is why I use elderberries in my Pep Berry Rob immune booster. Water is essential for healthy skin. I put a couple of droppers full of Pep Berry Rob in my bottle of water and sip it to nourish my skin and support my immune system.  Whole grains, leafy greens and lean proteins also supply the B complex vitamins.

For the outer skin I suggest a product I have been using for a few years. Dr Rosenbach is my dermatologist here in Los Angeles. I use his Advanced Barrier skin cream. It is a rich almost marshmellowy cream that is scentless so it does not clash with your perfumes. It is rich and absolutely wonderful for treating the out layer of dry skin. You can order it direct 310 556-5454Tell them Doctor Lynn sent you.



Friday, September 03, 2010

Sulfur

Sulfur a mineral used by the body for the manufacture of many proteins including, hair, bones, muscle and skin. It is known as a healing mineral as it aids every cell in eliminating toxic substances. Sulfur helps maintain strength in various tissues of the body such as hair, bones, teeth and nails. Arthritis, acne, stress, backaches, constipation, dry skin, wrinkles and migraines are some of the conditions that may have a relationship to a deficiency in sulfur.

Good sulfur rich foods are onion, garlic, egg yolks, meat, cranberries, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts, parsley, chives and oysters.