Vitamin D: Why It's Essential For All Of Us Especially During Pregnancy

Today's post is relevant to all of us.  I was just reminded by a patient of mine that she was looking for recommendations on vitamin D and that I haven't even blogged about this super trendy topic.  It's especially relevant because vitamin D is essential for immunity - which I am doing my best to keep boosted during pregnancy. 

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Preventing Stretch Marks

There's no hiding the belly anymore.   I'm still getting used to and continuously fascinated by my growing bump.

One of the first pieces of advice I received from a best friend was to: moisturize the belly to avoid stretch marks!  I was told this months ago before there was any bump but I diligently followed her instructions and looked for belly balms.

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All fat is not created equally: white vs. brown fat

Dr. Christine here with her first Serenity Natural Health blog post!

I was mulling over different ideas for what to write about when it hit me: Spring is here, the sun is shining, and after this brutalwinter, I am ready to shed my layers…and some extra (insulating) pounds!

I came across some interesting research that seems oh-so-appropriate for all of us after suffering through this unending winter.

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The Beauty of Gray? Not Yet (Please)

I tell people that aging is a natural process but it's not so cool when it happens to me. Sooo, let me tell you.... I have been noticing more gray hairs recently. Not just the 2 or 3 strands I used to occasionally see. (Yes, I know, the old wives' tale about not pulling grays or a hundred will grow back.) At the rate I'm pulling my grays out, I'll be bald soon!! I realize I'm being a really vain. But I see this as an opportunity to do some experimentation (on myself). If it helps a little, great! If it doesn't, I'll age gracefully (or find a great natural colorist).

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Rule 40 - Be the kind of person who takes supplements - then skip the supplements.

Michael Pollan mentions a great topic here that I'd like to elaborate on. I often get asked my opinion about supplements. Most recently, a patient of mine forwarded me this article - The Vita Myth: Do supplements really do any good?

The article is a bit harsh, but I agree with most of it. First off, one-a-days are useless. When I have somebody take a multivitamin, it's usually 6-8 pills a day, which turns most people off. Seriously, how do you think they can pack all those vitamins and minerals into one pill? For me, the best vitamins are from real food.

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Welcome and Healthy Fats

Recently I met other holistic health practitioners in NYC at a health fair. They maintained blogs and mentioned the usefulness in doing so. So I'm succumbing to the World of Blogging. I hope to post useful information and my thoughts of health issues that come up. I encourage you to log on and post comments. Please feel free to ask me questions via the blog or via email at Welcome and enjoy!!

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