Dr. Taz MD’s Guide to Living Healthy, Naturally Newsletter Issue Ten

The goal of the Dr. Taz MD’s Living Healthy, Naturally guide is to inform our readers about current and topical health issues. To ensure that our readers have the best available information our research team at our Atlanta Center of Holistic and Integrative Medicine is aboard to help vet our material from a broad group of established and reliable sources.

With gratitude,
Dr. Taz Bhatia MD


Living Healthy Tip

iStock_000022659945_SmallA compound in avocados’ healthy monounsaturated fats (MUFAs), may trigger your body to actually quiet hunger. 

Lean sources of protein help you feel full without adding fat. However, most women don’t know if they get enough protein. Increase your intake with salmon; it’s lean and full of MUFAs.

Green tea hydrates like water, which can help fill you up and shed pounds. The antioxidants in green tea will up your fat and calorie burn. 

 Dark chocolate is full of MUFAs; studies show eating a diet high in these healthy fats can rev your metabolism to burn fat and calories.

Quinoa is rich in hunger-fighting protein. You’ll stay full longer on fewer calories and avoid overeating at other meals. 


Beauty Buzz

Woman cleaning her face with cotton swabDAY 1: Exfoliate from head to toe with a sugar scrub
DAY 2: Moisturize to hydrate dry skin
DAY 3: Tame unwanted body hair
DAY 4: Deep condition your tresses
DAY 5: Whiten and brighten your teeth
DAY 6: Show your nails a little TLC
DAY 7: Early to bed for extra beauty sleep


Ask Dr. Taz MD

_DSC8542 2_Doctor_Tasneem_Bhatia_01_LoResQ:  I have a diminished body condition due to advanced neuropathy and atrophy. Now my body is not producing enough acetylcholine to provide a normal sleep cycle. Even with taking melatonin, I get less than four hours of sleep. Is there any available replacement therapies or meds to recover acetylcholine levels?

A:  Altered sleep cycles are often difficult to recover. I would suggest getting sleep neurotransmitter testing and determining specifically what the defect is. You can try supplements like GABA or the amino acid tryptophan, but the most effective strategy is to identify the missing neurotransmitters.

For more Ask Dr. Taz MD or to ask your question, follow this link. 


Redefining Healthy: Are You Really Healthy?
The GET HEALTHY 2014 Test for Your Whole Family By Dr. Taz MD

Couple training on beachYou made the resolution. 2014 is going to be your year to get yourself back. You will be your healthiest ever. You made your appointment for a physical, and did all the routine tests; paps, mammograms, colonoscopies, and cholesterol screenings.

Congratulations on the effort, but you may still not be healthy. I have seen thousands of patients through my practice pass routine tests only to find themselves battling some illness soon after or simply still not feeling well. Take my test to help you decide if you need a second look at your most valuable asset; your health. This is a test for your whole family as well.

Follow this link to find out how healthy you really are. 

5 Reasons You May Not Be Losing Weight

Follow this link for Dr. Taz’s tips.


Dr. Taz MD’s Solutions for Living Healthy Naturally: 
Treating SAD Naturally

SAD, or Seasonal Affective disorder is a disorder similar to depression that affects some people during certain times of the year. Most of the time, those with SAD experience their symptoms from late fall through winter although there are some who suffer from SAD during the summer months. About 5% of the US population experiences SAD for 40% of the year [1]. Symptoms of SAD include hypersomnia, depression, carbohydrate cravings, weight gain, and social withdrawal [2].

While we cannot say exact what causes SAD, there is evidence to support that the change in daylight hours during winter months does play a role.  

For more about treating SAD naturally, be sure to read my recent blog.