Happy New Year!
With every New Year, I always take time to reflect on the year past and what may be to come. This is an important year for me and for the practice. This February, we turn 5 yrs. old. It has been an unbelievable 5 yrs., with our patients helping us grow, learn and succeed. We will always be committed to providing the best medical care and for pushing the envelope in American medicine.
As our goals for this year and the next few emerge, we know that there will be changes. We are growing our team, expanding our practice, teaching residents and medical students, and continue to use our national profile to advocate for change in medicine and in how we all think about health. We are thankful for your support and role in this mission.
As I have told my staff, “Get ready for 2014! It will be another landmark year.” I hope that you all succeed in meeting your health goals and leave every visit with our practice energized, armed with information and ready to change the course of your own personal health.
Living Healthy Tip
Dr. Taz MD’s top 10 detoxifying foods
Practiced for centuries by many cultures around the world,detoxification is about renewing the body’s ability to fight disease and maintain optimum health. Incorporating detoxifying foods is a great addition to everybody’s diet. Our bodies are designed to resist damage from toxins such as antibiotic and hormone residues, heavy metals, carcinogens, chemicals and pesticides. If the body has a heavy toxic load, it may need a little extra help getting rid of them. Incorporating these foods regularly as part of your diet will help the body get rid of toxins.
- Green foods
- Lemons, oranges and limes
- Broccoli sprouts
- Green tea
- Mung beans
- Raw vegetables
- Raw seeds and nuts
- Omega-3 oils
3 ways to detox your skin from the inside out
WATER: Drinking water is an obvious way to achieve a glowing, hydrated complexion. Begin your day with a glass of water mixed with 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon honey. During the day drink green tea with lemon or ginger tea, which is bursting with skin-protecting antioxidants.
INCREASE PROBIOTICS AND FIBER: Adding a good probiotic to your diet helps purify your skin from inside out. Regular bowel movements and strong immunity are essential for clear, toxin-free skin and long-term health in general. Increasing the fiber content of your diet not only helps combat bloating, it has a tremendous benefit for your skin. Fresh nettles and dandelion greens are awesome inner cleansers – splash stinging nettle leaves with boiling water to make them delicious and mild.
HOME FACIALS: Once a week indulge in a home spa ritual. Choose a quiet evening and get into the mood with nice soothing music and a cup of nettle tea. Try a Green Face Detox using sea salt, clay, essential oils, activated charcoal (you can buy it in health food shops or online) and apple juice. For the Green Face Detox follow this link to books for better living (one of my favorite online resources).
Ask Dr. Taz MD
A: Its tough to not gain weight during the holidays. I follow a couple of simple rules which seem to help. No eating after 8 pm prevents excessive calorie intake. Staying active, even if there is limited time for organized exercise will also help. Walking, taking stairs and getting 10 minute bursts of activity throughout day can help. Finally, if you are eating extra calories, avoid drinking them as well. Limit sweetened drinks and alcohol to manage calories better this holiday season. For more Ask Dr. Ta MD or to ask your question, follow this link.
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Dr. Taz MD’s Solutions for Living Healthy Naturally: Redefining healthy in 2014 for your whole family
I know you all have your lists of resolutions, but I invite you all to begin my 10-Day New Year challenge. The New Year is a great time to cultivate new habits and start with a clean slate. For many of us, the weeks of holiday parties and festivities have also meant lots of unhealthy eating. Take my 10-Day Health Challenge to start your year on the right foot. Encourage your family, even your children to join.
- DAY 1: DISCONNECT
- DAY 2: REMOVE SUGAR
- DAY 3: TRY JUICING
- DAY 4: MOVE
- DAY 5: REMOVE DAIRY
- DAY 6: REMOVE MEAT
- DAY 7: GET A MASSAGE
- DAY 8: FEED YOUR SOUL
- DAY 9: SLEEP
- DAY 10: DON’T EAT PROCESSED FOOD
This 10-day health challenge will hopefully force you to cultivate new habits in the New Year and find some of the obstacles that may be in your way. Involve your family and make 2014 your best year ever. To read more about my 10-Day Challenge follow this link.
Happy New Year!