Mini-Peppers With Herbed Goat Cheese: The Perfect Baked Or Grilled Addition To Your Summer Cookout

Do you ever see those packages of mini sweet peppers at the grocery store and wonder what you could do with them? Look no further, I have the perfect recipe! Peppers do bother some people, partly due to the fact that they are in the nightshade family. Common nightshade foods include peppers, white potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplant. There is a compound in these foods that can cause inflammation in some individuals. If not a severe reaction, healing "leaky gut" can often allow better tolerance to these and other potential food sensitivities. The cheese used here is goat cheese, which is much easier to digest than cow milk cheese. Many people who are sensitive to dairy, can tolerate a little goa

How To Keep Your Heart Healthy In These Stressful Times

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. It is the number one killer in females as well, which is often overlooked. Men present with the more classic, grip-your-chest type of symptoms. Females notoriously present with more subtle symptoms, which may even feel like indigestion. This is not meant to scare you, just to keep you aware, and to help you start a conversation with your doctor. Below are a few of my favorite heart health recommendations: Take CoQ10 100 mg twice per day. This is great for the heart. If you happen to be on a statin, you MUST be taking CoQ10 with it. (As a side note, this supplement is also great for fertility as well. Improves egg quality.) Aim

My Favorite Healthy Smoothie That Tastes Just Like Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream: Plus Some Health B

This smoothie has several nutrition superstars, but did you know that mint has the additional benefit of helping with indigestion and nausea? The compounds in mint leaves improve bile secretion which aids in digestion. If you suffer from nausea (menstrual, motion sickness, etc.) mint can help that too! Use in a smoothie, chew on a few leaves, or make infused water. I tend to get nauseous on airplanes (remember those?), so in addition to consuming mint, I find that using peppermint oil spray also really helps! But, for the delicious smoothie recipe, see below. Enjoy! Mint-Chocolate Chip Smoothie 1 1/2 cups non-dairy milk (I’ve been using Oat Milk lately) 1 banana 1 avocado 1 cup fresh spinach

A Peek Inside A Physician's Mind: How I Use Humility, Empathy & Intuition For Doctoring &amp

Humility My college neurobiology professor spent the entire first lecture speaking to us about humility. It was one of those perspective shifting moments that has stayed with me ever since. I was expecting to dive into neural synapse function and neurotransmitters. To hear this scientist lecture on humility was unexpected and eye opening. The truth is, even in science, and especially neuroscience, we don’t have all of the answers. You probably see an example of this with changes in nutrition recommendations, or preventative medicine guidelines, seemingly all the time. Don’t eat eggs, eat eggs, wait…actually don’t eat eggs. More on this later, but you get the point. Science changes. It’s fl

Coffee: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. What's In Your Cup?

I know I’m not alone in my love for this warming morning ritual. It starts days, brings people together, and crosses cultures. I have cherished memories of sipping café con leche at the corner coffee shop in my mom’s hometown in Spain. Even before that, as a small child, she would let us have a splash of coffee in warmed milk for a special treat, so I early on developed an appreciation for the taste, the smell, and the feel of that warm cup in my hands. I smile at the thought of my dad’s refusal to use a travel mug, a rebel like myself, and always taking his hot coffee in a regular mug on the road. Once out on my own in college, I experimented with different ways to prepare it (hazelnut cr

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