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Natural Health

National Nutrition Month: Go Plant-Based!

March is National Nutrition Month and there is no better way to nutritional wellness than taking steps to adopt a plant-based diet.

We know and understand that the world of nutrition can be quite confusing. One expert will say one thing and the next will say the exact opposite. Fortunately, there is much science to support the plant based diet. When you really start to dig into it, it becomes quite difficult to turn a blind eye. 

Here are some documentaries to get you started in understanding why a plant-based diet is so critical for your health. 
- Food Choices

- What the Health

Eating a plant-based diet is delicious, nutritious and environmentally friendly. Although there is a learning curve, it does not have to be difficult. Simply begin by increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables, non-glutinous whole grains and legumes. This will easily begin the process of crowding out some of the animal protein and processed foods in the diet. 

Need help, give us a call. Dr. Danielle Zanzarov, PhD is our traditional naturopath and practitioner of clinical nutrition. She is well versed in the power of the plant based diet. Her clients witness amaing results with a plant-based diet... ask any one of them! You can reach her at 1-855-552-9355 ext. 102 or Danielle@SouthBayWellness.com

Take hold of your health with a step in the right nutritional direction.

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Beat Stress!

​​​​​​​February is heart health month and we would be remiss if we didn’t take this opportunity to talk specifically about women’s heart health, considering February 12th was the International Day of Women’s Health, and March 8th is International Women’s Day.

So what, specifically, makes the difference in women’s heart health, versus men? According to the APA, approximately 50% of women experienced an increase in their stress levels in the last 5 years. We know diet, exercise and genetics play a tremendous role in heart disease, but don’t underrate stress as a contributing factor. Stress increases your blood pressure, can result in binge eating, and reduced energy.

Here are 6 great ways to beat stress in your life, and maximize your heart health in a completely non-invasive way:

  1. Take time for yourself. This could mean something as simple as an extra long shower, a few minutes alone in the car before you head into chaos, or tuning out the world with a pair of headphones and a soothing playlist.
  2. Ask for help. Oftentimes we try to take on too much to avoid inconveniencing anyone else. It takes a village!
  3. Be realistic. Maybe you’ve heard the saying “if you want it done right, do it yourself”. But maybe just getting it done is good enough. So the clothes may not be folded the way you like, but at least it’s done and out of the way. The dishwasher may not be loaded for optimal cleaning, but there are dirty dishes in there;  set it and forget it.
  4. Mindfulness techniques. We literally can not say enough about the incredible benefits of this simple activity. If you need help getting started, here is a great resource: http://bit.ly/2zSpOsI
  5. Exercise. I know, I know. But trust me. It is scientifically proven that exercise does wonders for your stress levels. You don’t have to go to extremes! Stretching counts too!
  6. Neurofeedback. If you’re looking for a long-term stress solution we have the answer! Neurofeedback results can last for as long as 40 years after treatment! Find out more here: http://bit.ly/2y3jgp7

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Trick-or-Treat Ideas

It is Halloween already! Time to get ready for all the cute trick-or-treaters who will be knocking on the door. Halloween is a fun holiday for the kids but does it need to also be an unhealthy holiday? Unfortunately, our kids are already bombarded by traditions loaded with dangerous food dyes, artificial flavors, tons of sugar and allergens. As parents, we get to set the example for our children. We can start this Halloween by removing the junk food focus. Here are some ideas for treats you can give out that are not candy related:

  • Non-toxic slime
  • Pencils and pens

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A Letter From the Candy Fairy

 

PARENTS: As we are all committed to the health of our children, we hope that you will welcome the candy fairy into your Halloween tradition. She will need a little help from you. Below is a letter from the candy fairy for your kids.

 

thumbnailHi everyone! I am the Candy Fairy and I need your help.

You see, I have thousands of little sprites that I have to feed throughout the harsh winter months. Unfortunately, it is hard to forage through the snow and ice to find food. Luckily, I have a precious magical ability. I can change any type of candy or junk food into a healthy fruit or vegetable.

That means Halloween is a blessing for me and my family if I have YOUR help. This is REALLY important since most kids don’t even know about me.


So, here is how you can help me: 

On Halloween, go out and have fun trick-or treating. Collect lots of fun treats. Then, if you are ever so kind, gather all of those treats into a bag and leave them on your front porch. During the night, while everyone is asleep, my sprites and I will come out and collect all of the treats. In exchange for your kindness and generosity, we will leave behind a special gift for you.

 

But wait… the magic that allows me to turn candy and junk food into fruits and vegetables for my little sprites ONLY works if the person who gave them to me followed the directions of their adult. So, if you decide to keep any for yourself, you can only keep the amount your adult says you can … otherwise we can’t use the treats.


THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
The Candy Fairy

 

© Danielle Zanzarov * South Bay Wellness 

Danielle Zanzarov, PhD is the co-founder of South Bay Wellness. She is the Director of Holistic Health Services at South Bay Wellness. She is a Certified Nutritional Consultant, a Quantum Reflex Analysis Practitioner and is also board certified by the American Association of Drugless Pracititioners. You can learn more about Danielle on her bio page or check out some of her service pages including Nutritional Consultations and Weight Release Programs.

5 Apps for Healthy Eating!

Have you ever looked at a product in a grocery store and wonder if it was right for you? With all the different ingredients, including unknown chemicals, compiled with confusing labels, it has become increasingly difficult to make healthier choices when it comes to our nutrition. Luckily at the touch of your fingertips, you can find healthy eating apps that will fit every lifestyle. Each app is amazing in its own way. Perhaps you would like to avoid a certain type of allergen in your food? Well there is an app for that! Are you looking for healthier alternatives to easily accessible and overly abundant fast food chains? Well you’re in luck! Take a look below at some nutrition conscious apps and start your journey on the road to healthy eating.


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Cooking with Essential Oils

Our South Bay Wellness Team has been raving over doTERRA essential oils lately. From spraying their all-natural bug repellent TerraShield, to diffusing soothing Lavender, to their rub-on PastTense headache reliever, we can just not get over how may exciting ways there are to use these powerful oils! And now, we've found that you can cook with them too! We have TWO awesome summer recipes that are not only healthy, but can help uplift your mood! Check them out and let us know what you think!

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Choosing the Right Sunscreen

Shopping is not simple. With different brands providing the same product, it becomes unclear which brands are the most trustworthy. Sunscreen is one product that can leave a person confused and frustrated. However, we’ve made the task of buying sunscreen a little less daunting. Read on to see a list of sunscreens that have been approved by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health. We’ll also give you the scoop about a leading brand of sunscreen that is not reliable, as well as a homemade recipe to make your own sunscreen.


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15 Ways to Get More Vegetables Into Your Diet

We all know that eating our vegetables is important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But did you know that approximately 1.7 million deaths worldwide are attributable to low fruit and vegetable consumption? Vegetables are at the cornerstone of human nutrition, vital for a healthy and balanced diet. However, most of us aren't getting the recommended 5-7 servings/day. A serving of vitamin-rich, nutrient-dense produce doesn't have to be a chore. When treated correctly, vegetables can be the main event of your meal. Here's how you can get more vegetables (and more nutrients) on your plate.

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What we can't see can hurt us - EMFs

 Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) are very real and very present in our world even though we can not see them. What are they exactly?  EMFs are emitted by electronic and wireless devices. Low frequency EMFs are emitted mainly by appliances and electricity whereas high frequency EMFs are emitted by wireless devices like cell phones, cell phone towers, power lines, computers and more.  Considering the amount of devices and electronics in our world, we are virtually living in a sea of EMFs. Unfortunately, this sea of EMFs is damaging to our health.  EMFs interfere with the bodies own energy system, its natural cellular resonance. It stresses the cells of the body and interferes with their function. They impact cellular metabolism as well as ions within our bodies.  Exactly how dangerous are EMFs? This is a topic that is being widely debated in the scientific community at the moment. At one point in time, the Environmental Protection Agency requested that EMFs be listed as a Class B carc ...

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Decrease Stress and Improve Health

 Unfortunately, even being the healthiest eater in the world can not entirely counteract the impact stress has on the body. Stress can cause illness, disease, and simply take your energy away. It depresses the immune system, wreaks havoc within your endocrine system, and sends your body into a tailspin.  One of the most important things you can do for yourself and your health is to de-stress. There are of course many different ways to do that. Here are some suggestions: · Give yourself the gift of Reiki. (Carole Duva and Denise Mirante here at South Bay Wellness, are two of the most gifted Reiki Masters I know). · Find something you enjoy… AND DO IT! · Engage in regular exercise. This can include things such as yoga and pilates.  · Stop, breathe and smile. · Engage in talk therapy to work through issues that require resolution. In fact, we have some of the best therapists on Long Island here at South Bay Wellness. They are just a phone call away ( ...

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