Holiday Survival Guide

When it’s the end of the year it’s that time of year.

Friends, family and parties with tons of running around, decadent foods and seemingly less time for self care. As a wellness and whole-listic health expert – and human, I know how it goes. I also understand just how tempting it can be to throw out healthy habits for “easy” unhealthy ones.

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Healthy Skin Habits For The Summer

Protection & Prevention

Protect Your Skin Safely & Naturally Rejuvenate

Sunscreen with a little SPF can only take you so far. Make sure to incorporate healthy skin habits this summer.

  • Try natural water-based Sunscreens.
  • Avoid heavier make-up or oily tanning lotions.
  • Enjoy the natural doses of Vitamin D and avoid the tanning salon.

The days are longer but the bags under your eyes don’t have to be! Make sure to get as much sleep as you can.

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A Whole Picture Approach To Weight Loss – Intro. To Functional Medicine

An Introduction to Functional Medicine & Weight Loss

At our Weight Loss Medical Center in Sorrento Valley my approach to how we help patients lose weight, gain strength and manage pain is Functional.

Functional Medicine is…

“Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership.”

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How To Stay Active In The Summer

Don’t try to “Beat The Heat” this summer.

Be one with the heat of the summer and dive into new ways of basking, working out and keeping your body active during the summer. On the hottest of days, which are commonly – right around the corner in San Diego it’s a great time to take up Water Aerobics, lap swimming and cooling down with some early morning yoga.

Here are 5 ways to stay active, cool and pumped-up this summer!

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Together We Can Lose More

Stay Connected & Lose Weight With Medical Weight Loss

The summer is full of pop-up experiences, vacations and temptations to overindulge every weekend. There’s no more important time of year to stay connected to a supportive, expert community to hold yourself accountable and on-target with your weight loss goals.

Although, you might think it’s too late to meet your summer “beach body” goals it might just be the perfect time to get the expert support you need to stay your weight loss course. Rather than googling a million new ways to diet, survive vacation foods or work out when the sun’s out – check-in with an expert health and weight loss professional.

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Is it too late for a “Beach Body?”

5 Ways To Look And Feel Better This Summer

1. Stay Fresh

Hydration is numero uno #1! You can opt for drinking more water, staying hydrated by eating and drinking things with high volume of electrolytes and water. Like watermelon, coconut water and aloe vera infused beverages. Steer clear of over-doing it with sports drinks that claim to support your hydration. You may end up drowning in high amounts of sugar or sodium that can actually slow you down.

2. Stay Natural

Summer is definitely a great time to soak up some Vitamin D. However it’s still very important to be safe and avoid those harmful ultraviolet rays. Sunscreen is essential. However SPF isn’t the only the thing to check for. Try a sunscreen lotion with natural essential oils and ingredients. To help maintain your skins moisture. Like shea butter oil, almond or carrot seed oil which have natural SPF protection. Continue reading

Am I a hypochondriac? Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Wondering if those achy breaky pains are real?

The Mayo Clinic describes Fibromyalgia as “…a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.” Research shows that Fibromyalgia affects the way your brain processes pain, leading to pain and sensitivity in certain body areas coming and going and varying in pain-level. Continue reading

Trust Your Gut

Trust your gut it’s on to something.

Our guts seem to be where fat and discomfort take refuge.

It seems no matter what changes we make to our diet or exercise the fat and paunchy status of our gut is the most resilient. It just won’t go. 

Multiple studies have shown that regardless of weight most people do not have the optimal balance of good and bad bacteria in their intestines. This imbalance can thwart your weight loss efforts completely.

How to put your gut in check?

Probiotics can be a start. Probiotics, often found in yogurt or probiotic supplements have a high and healthy dose of good bacteria. More important they can actively participate in stabilizing the bacteria in your intestines and positively activate your digestive system.

“In the latest study, obese people were able to reduce their abdominal fat by nearly 5 percent, and their subcutaneous fat by over 3 percent, just be drinking a probiotic-rich fermented milk beverage for 12 weeks.” – NutraIngredients


You might want to try these:

  • Lassi (an Indian yoghurt drink, traditionally enjoyed before dinner)
  • Fermented milk, such as kefir
  • Various pickled fermentations of cabbage, turnips, eggplant, cucumbers, onions, squash and carrots
  • Natto (fermented soy)

Take it easy on these:

  • Antibiotics
  • Chlorinated water
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Agricultural chemicals
  • Pollution


Would love to hear which Probiotic rich foods or supplements you’ve tried. Did they make a difference? Let us know in the comments below.