Start fresh With a brand new year comes an opportunity to start fresh. Whether you want to get fit, adopt healthier eating habits, look your best or improve your overall sense of well-being, now is the perfect time to take that first step. To get you on the right path, we asked medical doctor, nutritionist and life coach Susan Biali, MD, to share her top tips for making … [Read more...] about 10 Proven Ways to Have Your Healthiest Year Ever
Essential nutrition for women I’ve been in love with nutrition for over a quarter century now. I got a degree in dietetics before going to medical school, and after becoming a doctor I wrote a monthly nutrition column for The Medical Post, a newspaper for physicians. Despite my background, even I still find it challenging to navigate nutritional trends. Fads come and go, … [Read more...] about 4 Key Nutrients for Optimal Health and Happiness
Q: I want to join a gym, but I'm overweight and embarrassed about how I look when I exercise. Do you have any advice for me? AFirst, congratulations on being ready to commit to yourself in this way. Exercising regularly is one of the best things you can do for your entire life. Not only will you lose weight and tone your body, but you'll drastically boost your everyday mood, … [Read more...] about How Can I Be More Confident At the Gym?
The other day, a 28-year-old married patient came in for a refill of her birth control pills. As I wrapped the blood pressure cuff around her arm, she said: “I’m worried because I’m not interested in sex anymore. It’s been going on for a while and is starting to affect my relationship.” I was glad she spoke up. A 2010 study by the International Society for the Study of … [Read more...] about What Causes Low Sex Drive?
Q: I find myself snapping at my kids and husband over the smallest thing. I know I’m stressed, but I don’t know what to do. Help! A: I think that almost anyone can relate to this situation. Snapping at your loved ones over “small” things is one of the first major signs that you’re stressed and overwhelmed—my husband could easily provide multiple examples from my own life! … [Read more...] about Majorly Stressed? 4 Questions to Ask Yourself to Get Back on Track
Minimizing holiday stress Every year as the holiday season approaches, I get ready. I’m not talking about making my list and checking it twice, or ensuring I have enough eggnog or wrapping paper on hand. Instead, I commit myself to really enjoying the season. I refuse to be sucked into Christmas chaos, which can cause so much stress on our minds and bodies, and I am determined … [Read more...] about 10 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress
The secret to a fast metabolism In my late teens, I was obsessed with dieting and counting calories. I lived off low-fat yogurt and carrot sticks until a concerned friend (thankfully) referred me to a dietitian. “Restricting food this much won’t help you lose weight,” the dietitian told me. “You’re actually slowing down your metabolism.” She taught me to respond to my … [Read more...] about 10 Sensible Ways You Can Boost Your Metabolism
After experiencing depression while training to become a physician, I developed an interest in happiness and have studied, and taught, ways to create positivity and joy. A study published in Psychological Science in 2008 found that certain inherited genes seem to account for 50 percent of our happiness. But even if your natural tendency is to be more down than up, you can … [Read more...] about How to Boost Your ‘Happy Hormones’
Reduce Your Risk of Getting Sick I must start by confessing something: I’m a doctor who gets stressed about germs. If you’d ever had a patient with the flu cough in your face, felt their saliva land in your eye, and then ended up in bed for a week, you’d be a little paranoid, too. After more than 10 years of medical practice and being exposed to everything from the swine … [Read more...] about How A Doctor Prevents Cold and Flu
“What do you think about bioidentical hormones?” asked a woman in her 50s who had come as a “walk-in” to the clinic where I practice. “The gynecologist my family doctor referred me to told me that they’re unproven and it’s better to go with traditional hormone replacement. I’m scared to do that, though.” During my medical training I had learned the basics of women’s … [Read more...] about Why Is Hormone Replacement Therapy So Controversial?
One in three Americans has hypertension, or high blood pressure, and more than 80 percent don't know it, according to the American Heart Association. Hypertension occurs when the blood in your arteries pushes harder against the artery walls than it should. Over time, this pressure damages the walls and causes scarring that promotes the creation of fatty plaques; these can build … [Read more...] about 5 Key Facts About High Blood Pressure You Probably Don’t Know
When I was a child, I thought my body was perfect: My arms were strong enough for the monkey bars, and my legs were perfect for spinning around and around. But when I was 10, I overheard family members (who shall remain nameless) call me “chubby.” Seeing myself through new eyes, I began to worry about the size of my jeans and what I ate. Then came my 17th summer. Classmates … [Read more...] about Weight Loss Secrets From a Doctor Who Beat an Eating Disorder