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By: drpmay | March 26, 2016


On Easter Sunday, while indulging in chocolate bunnies or colorful peeps and painted eggs, you might want to stop and ask, “Why does Easter have a bunny?”

 

The holiday was originally a pagan celebration that worshiped the goddess Easter.  She was the goddess of fertility and springtime, and her earthly symbol was the rabbit.  The Easter Bunny is German in origin. He shows up in 16th century literature as a deliverer of eggs. The significance of eggs came from their symbolizing new life as well as fertility and continuing life.  Colored eggs were left only for well-behaved good children!

 

The pagan holiday, which occurred around the same time as the Christian memorial of Jesus' resurrection from the dead, was combined with the Christian ...

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By: drpmay | March 11, 2016

This Sunday we will "spring forward" an hour, which means you'll be adding more daylight to your days -- but also losing a precious hour of sleep.

 

Even a small amount of sleep loss will affect your circadian rhythm, resulting in disrupted sleep.

It can take up to a week for your body to adjust to the time change, and lack of sleep can lead to health issues.

Studies have linked short-term sleep deprivation with irritability, lack of focus and a weakened immune system.

 

Lack of sleep also affects your diet, leading to eating larger portions, and a preference of high calorie, high carb foods, resulting in the likelihood of choosing unhealthy foods when grocery shopping.

 

That means that short-term sleep loss can set you up for ...

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By: drpmay | February 24, 2016

  

Want to wake up feeling fresh and ready to take on the day? Well, the best way is to have uninterrupted sleep.

A healthy gut will help with that! Yes, a healthy gut means not waking up with heartburn, cramping or having to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

 

Plan ahead for dinner so you are not eating and then going to bed. This is a bad idea. The process of digestion takes a while, and you do not want to be laying down right after you eat a big meal. Try and leave a few hours in between your dinner and bedtime, and see how you feel the next day.

 

What you eat right before bed will also make a difference in your sleep pattern. Try to stay away from spicy food and alcohol.  They irritate the GI track and tend to wake you u...

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By: drpmay | February 11, 2016

Are you having a hard time planning a romantic Valentine’s day that will be healthy and guilt free?

Valentine’s day can be healthy and romantic with a little bit of planning.

 

Dinner is always appreciated when it is home cooked, so prepare a nice piece of wild caught salmon, which is full of omega 3 fats, or a lean hormone-free cut of meat.  Add color to your plate with organic greens, which are a rich source of minerals (including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium) and vitamins, including vitamins K, C, E, and many of the B’s.

 

Roast sweet potatoes for a little sweetness to your dinner, and they contain potassium to help maintain a healthy blood pressure.

 

Of course, a nice glass of red wine to accompany your dinner will complete...