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Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra shares the top 6 things to look for in a good heart healthy multivitamin to support not only your physical health, but overall wellbeing.

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How To Stretch: A Beginner's Guide

01/06/2022 | 6 min. read

Healthy Directions Staff Editor

Different muscles in the body require different levels of attention to loosen up properly. Stretching can provide flexibility and strength.

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How To Improve Memory Naturally

12/23/2021 | 5 min. read

Healthy Directions Staff Editor

Memory function ensures proper learning in our day-to-day lives. Let’s discuss what you need to know about memory and how to naturally improve it.

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Healthy Directions Staff Editor

Stress affects us all at some point in our lives, but chronic stress can also contribute to heart disease if left unchecked for too long. But, can stress kill?

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Healthy Directions Staff Editor

Exposure to certain heavy metals can cause toxicity and health concerns. Thankfully, chelation therapy is a proven treatment to help combat heavy metal poisoning.

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Creatine & Cognitive Performance

12/22/2021 | 6 min. read

Healthy Directions Staff Editor

Creatine is a proven supplement for exercise performance, especially for strength training. But can it help with cognitive performance too?

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Dr. David Williams

Dr. David Williams

Dr. Williams explains the importance of protein for brain health and the prevention of dementia and other brain diseases.

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Healthy Directions Staff Editor

Homeopathy as an alternative medicine goes back centuries, but its effectiveness is still up for debate. In this article, we explain everything you need to know.

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Lung Cleanse: Fact or Myth?

12/22/2021 | 6 min. read

Healthy Directions Staff Editor

Detoxification and cleansing diets are all the rage — but what about a lung cleanse? Are there truly ways to cleanse these all-important respiratory organs?

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Healthy Directions Staff Editor

Magnesium is a vital mineral with various functions in your body. It is also touted to help you with anxiety. Read on to know if these claims are valid!

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Healthy Directions Staff Editor

Calcium is an essential supplement for our bones to stay strong and healthy. A deficiency causes them to weaken and degrade.

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Healthy Directions Staff Editor

Eating healthy does not have to mean giving up flavor. There are many ways to add variety and taste to your healthy meals, as well as several appealing options.

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Healthy Directions Staff Editor

Everyone seems to be using CBD, but is CBD right for you? Here is everything you need to know about the popular supplement and how it can improve your health.

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Healthy Directions Staff Editor

Although bread gets a bad reputation, you do not need to cut it out to be healthy. This guide will help you choose bread that is both healthy and satisfying.

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Healthy Directions Staff Editor

Lemons deliver a powerful punch of energizing and repairing vitamin C. Make the most of your day by weaving them into your morning routine.

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Dr. Drew Sinatra

Dr. Drew Sinatra

In this week’s episode of Be HEALTHistic, Drs. Drew and Briana Sinatra welcome chiropractor, public health researcher, aromatherapist, podcast host, and author, Dr. Eric Zielinski — also known as Dr. Z. He wrote the bestselling primer on using essential oils for general health and today, we focus on his latest book, The Essential Oils Apothecary, which has more than 100 formulations to help with symptoms of many chronic conditions. First, Dr. Z talks about his background as a researcher and how he discovered the power of essential oils to heal. He explains what essential oils are, how they need to be manufactured for medicinal use, and why dilution is important. Dr. Z discusses how essential oils can be an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, and how they can replace the toxic chemicals found in many household cleaners. Next, he talks about ingestion (or oral dosing) of essential oils and the latest safety information, as well as the more traditional uses for EOs, such as aromatherapy and topical application. Drs. Drew and Briana ask Dr. Z about purity standards, and how to find the most high-quality oils. Finally, Dr. Z provides tips for getting started with essential oils, and shares some of his favorite “recipe” combinations for the whole family. Don’t miss this essential episode of Be HEALTHistic!

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Dr. Drew Sinatra

Dr. Drew Sinatra

In this week’s Be HEALTHistic Video Extra, Dr. Drew Sinatra welcomes registered dietitian and hydroponic gardening pro, Suzanne Amoruso, to discuss this trendy type of gardening that is growing in popularity. Dr. Drew asks Suzanne all about hydroponic gardening, which allows city-dwellers and those without outdoor space for a traditional garden to grow produce and herbs — with no soil, and year-round! From the tower garden equipment you’ll need to get started, to the types of plants you can grow, to helpful tips for yielding a big bounty, Dr. Drew finds out all you need to know about hydroponic gardening in this informative Wellness Wisdom video segment.

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Dr. Briana Sinatra

Dr. Briana Sinatra

In this week’s Be HEALTHistic Video Extra, Dr. Briana Sinatra discusses how menopause can affect a woman’s cognitive health and how many of the most common symptoms actually start in the brain. She explains how menopause can impact sleep — which in turn influences mood, energy, cognition, recall and memory — and provides helpful advice for what women can do to minimize uncomfortable symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats and insomnia in this informative Wellness Wisdom video segment.

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Dr. Drew Sinatra

Dr. Drew Sinatra

In this week’s Be HEALTHistic Video Extra, Dr. Drew Sinatra discusses a little-known correlation — the connection between fibromyalgia and gut health. From the latest statistics on fibromyalgia and how it’s diagnosed, to the simple breath test that detects gut issues like SIBO, to the breakthrough studies linking these conditions together, Dr. Drew shares information that can help improve your symptoms in this informative Wellness Wisdom video segment.

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Dr. Drew Sinatra

Dr. Drew Sinatra

In this week’s episode of Be HEALTHistic, Drs. Stephen and Drew Sinatra present another installment of their Pulse Check series, where they talk about trending health topics, emerging research, and what you should know right now. Today, the doctors dive into new articles and studies that reveal even more good news about some of their favorite healthy choices. First, the doctors discuss the latest research on a favorite beverage, tea — and how the polyphenols found in tea can help relax blood vessels, lowering blood pressure. Then, they dig into a study that confirms the more fruits and vegetables you eat, the longer and better you can live — and Dr. Steve shares one delicious tip that can cover all your daily servings. Next, the doctors discuss a factor for heart disease that is often overlooked; a fatty particle called lipoprotein (a), or Lp(a), and Dr. Steve explains the risks and gives his top recommendations for keeping it in check. The hosts then focus on the powerful effect music can have on our health, and finally, they give their “pearls” of wisdom on how to naturally lower the ever-growing toxic load in our bodies. Don’t miss this informative episode of Be HEALTHistic!

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Dr. Drew Sinatra

Dr. Drew Sinatra

Longevity…we don't just want to live longer, we want to live better and healthier as we age. In this week’s episode of Be HEALTHistic, Drs. Stephen and Drew Sinatra welcome top nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author, Ann Louise Gittleman, to talk about her latest book, Radical Longevity, and how it aims to redefine the aging process. First, Ann Louise and the doctors discuss ways to age gracefully with health and vitality — without growing old. She shares her “radical rules” to expand your youth span, emphasizes the foods, vitamins, minerals, and supplements that support immunity as we age, and tells the doctors why detoxing from chemicals and heavy metals in our toxic environment is crucial. Next, Ann Louise explains why certain cooking methods can age us faster, and which supplements are best at fighting age glycation. She and the doctors discuss how fascia and connective tissue play a role in aging, and why moving the lymphatics is a vital factor in the detox process. Finally, Ann Louise gives her top tip for boosting metabolism as we age. Don’t miss this illuminating episode of Be HEALTHistic!

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Dr. Drew Sinatra

Dr. Drew Sinatra

In this week’s episode of Be HEALTHistic, Dr. Drew Sinatra welcomes naturopathic doctor, author of Break the Mold, and educator on mold illness and treatment, Dr. Jill Crista. They discuss what mold and mycotoxins can do to your body, tips to identify if you’re suffering symptoms of mold illness, and how you can find treatment and support if you’ve been exposed. First, Dr. Jill explains how mold gives off mycotoxins — miniscule, invasive toxins that can seep into the body, creating a multitude of symptoms. She shares the most classic (and the often unusual) signs of mold exposure, and how we’re all different in our individual susceptibility to mold. Dr. Drew also reflects on his experiences with mold exposure, his symptoms, and his journey to healing. Next, the doctors talk about the most effective testing methods for diagnosing mold illness, and why leaving the moldy environment is the first step. Dr. Jill explains her five-step treatment protocol, how diet plays a role in recovery, and what foods to avoid if you’re suffering from mold illness and trying to heal. Finally, she gives her “pearl” of wisdom for those who think they’ve been impacted by mold and mycotoxins. Don’t miss this this truly informative episode of Be HEALTHistic!

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Dr. Drew Sinatra

Dr. Drew Sinatra

These days we’re spending more and more time looking at screens; most of us are immersed more than ever in the digital world, making it difficult to recognize and address tech overload. In this week’s episode of Be HEALTHistic, Drs. Stephen and Drew Sinatra welcome public health educator and author of Less Screen, More Green, Dr. Kerry Crofton, to talk about the science around screen time, how it impacts us and our kids, and how her Mindful Tech Plan can help us find more balance. First, Kerry explains why it’s important to minimize our kids’ dependency on screens, and how getting outdoors into nature is a powerful tool. She shares tips on how to unplug by “pausing,” and how to be more available to our kids despite all our digital distractions. Next, Kerry and the doctors talk about rethinking how we use electronics to find freedom from tech overload, and also how to use social media, WiFi, wireless and smart devices more safely. She shares some of her favorite “safe” tech solutions — which cut down on exposure to wireless radiation and electromagnetic fields (EMFs) — and she reveals her top “pearl” of wisdom on how to reduce tech time. Don’t miss this informative episode of Be HEALTHistic!

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Dr. Drew Sinatra

Dr. Drew Sinatra

In this week’s Be HEALTHistic Video Extra, Dr. Drew Sinatra discusses a health issue that has impacted him personally — healing from mold and mycotoxin illness. From the critical first step of getting out of a moldy environment, to some key foods to avoid, to the supplements, antifungals and antioxidants that can help you feel better, Dr. Drew shares his best advice for treating the wide-ranging symptoms. He also suggests simple but effective lifestyle solutions that could help rid the body of mold and mycotoxins — such as exercise, sauna therapy, and cold immersion — in this Wellness Wisdom video segment.

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Dr. Drew Sinatra

Dr. Drew Sinatra

In this week’s episode of Be HEALTHistic, Drs. Stephen and Drew Sinatra present another installment of their timely Pulse Check series, where they discuss trending health topics and what you need to know right now. Today, the doctors delve into some noteworthy new articles and studies that reinforce the importance of making healthy choices. First, the doctors discuss the latest research on alcohol and AFib, and how a drink a day may raise your risk. The doctors then talk about a new study on the positive impact of avocado on gut health — and how one delicious “Sinatra Salad” can cover all your daily fruit and veggie needs. Next, the doctors talk about the vital role our pets play in our lives, and also discuss the new research that shows how an afternoon nap can sharpen our cognition. Finally, Dr. Steve gives his “pearl” of wisdom about the link between mental health and heart disease, and why a good cry is the best medicine. Don’t miss this informative, brand new episode of Be HEALTHistic!

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Dr. Drew Sinatra

Dr. Drew Sinatra

In this week’s episode of Be HEALTHistic, Dr. Drew Sinatra welcomes fellow naturopathic physician, epigenetics expert, and bestselling author of "Dirty Genes" — Dr. Ben Lynch. They discuss the science of epigenetics, what the StrateGene® genetic test that Dr. Lynch developed can reveal about your health, and what you can do to help shape your genetic destiny. First, Dr. Lynch explains why he developed the StrateGene® test, how it’s different from other DNA testing kits, and how it highlights an individual’s medical susceptibilities. He also talks about his book, "Dirty Genes," which states that healthy lifestyle choices can help “clean” and repair your weak, underperforming genes by providing them with the resources to thrive. Next, Dr. Drew discusses the results of the StrateGene® test he recently took, and learns more from Dr. Lynch about what the test revealed about his genetic predispositions. Finally, Dr. Lynch gives his “pearl” of wisdom about epigenetics and how to understand what your genes are telling you. Don’t miss this fascinating new episode of Be HEALTHistic!

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Dr. Drew Sinatra

Dr. Drew Sinatra

Are you shortchanging your health? Are you missing out on opportunities to be as healthy as you can because you’re not making the right lifestyle choices? In this week’s episode of Be HEALTHistic, Drs. Stephen and Drew Sinatra discuss the importance of lifestyle medicine, and the three main areas you need to focus on for optimal health. From the best foods and nutrients to seek out, to balancing your mind, body and spirit with self-care, to the health screenings that are most essential — the doctors share what you need to know. First, the doctors discuss the significance of a healthy diet and understanding your food sensitivities, as well as being aware of nutrient deficiencies that may result from certain diets (i.e., keto diet) or medications (i.e., birth control pills or PPIs). Next, they focus on self-care and the mind-body aspects of lifestyle medicine — the power of proper breathing, why spending time in nature is key, and the benefits of cold immersion therapy. Finally, the doctors discuss the pertinent health tests we should ask our doctors about yearly — the heart tests that Dr. Steve recommends, as well as the list of preventive tests Dr. Drew suggests. They also share their ultimate “pearls” of wisdom about lifestyle medicine, and how you can start optimizing your wellness right now. You won’t want to miss this truly informative and engaging episode of Be HEALTHistic!

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Dr. Drew Sinatra

Dr. Drew Sinatra

The process of detoxification is as old as time, but we need it now more than ever in our highly-toxic, modern world. In this week’s episode of Be HEALTHistic, Drs. Stephen and Drew Sinatra welcome back former guest Dr. Deanna Minich — an expert in nutrition and functional medicine — to explain the power of metabolic detoxification to cleanse our bodies at the cellular level. First, the doctors talk about metabolic detoxification, the main organ systems involved, and why this process is crucial in lowering our toxic load. Dr. Deanna explains why plastics are so hazardous, what we can do to limit our exposure, and why the method of cooking and cookware we use matters. Next, she explains the phases of detoxification, and the nutrients and foods needed to move through them. The doctors also discuss the importance of detoxing the skin through a good sweat, and why proper breathing techniques are critical to keeping our lungs healthy. Finally, Dr. Deanna shares her number one tip for lowering your toxic load right now. Don’t miss this vital episode of Be HEALTHistic!

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Dr. Drew Sinatra

Dr. Drew Sinatra

In this week’s episode of Be HEALTHistic, Dr. Drew Sinatra and his co-host and wife Dr. Briana Sinatra welcome Dr. Aviva Romm — an integrative physician, midwife, herbalist, and author who focuses on women’s and children’s health — to discuss everything you need to know about thyroid health. First, Dr. Aviva explains why there’s such a high prevalence of thyroid disorders, what factors are causing it, and her view on prescribing medication. She describes the different types of issues, the most common symptoms to be aware of, and details all the thyroid tests you should ask your doctor for. Next, Dr. Aviva talks about her thyroid diet, and which foods and nutrients you should eat or avoid to support healthy thyroid function. She discusses how stress impacts the thyroid and the adrenals, and she shares her “pearl” of wisdom for women when it comes to their thyroid health. Don’t miss this vital episode of Be HEALTHistic!

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Dr. Drew Sinatra

Dr. Drew Sinatra

In this week’s Be HEALTHistic, Dr. Drew Sinatra welcomes mental health expert Dr. Jennifer Hartstein to discuss the impact that the coronavirus pandemic is having on our physical and mental health.

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