Category Archives: Adventures of A Self-Healther

A Closer Look at Your Eyelashes

When it comes to my eyelashes, I don’t have anything to brag about. I swear I used to have them—I wore mascara and everything. Now these wispy, nearly invisible lashes have got me wondering if they even really matter. I mean, other than supporting the cosmetics industry, what purpose do they serve? Of course, I’ve […]

When Is Exercise Bad for You?

All self-healthers know that consistent exercise is crucial to optimal health. But it’s equally important to understand when exercise is bad for you. Of course, there are obvious times you shouldn’t exercise, like when you’ve been injured. Your body needs time to heal after an injury, and aggravating it in the name of fitness can […]

How Much Farting Is Too Much?

During a casual conversation the other day, a friend of mine proclaimed that she doesn’t fart. “What do you mean, you don’t fart?” I responded without even thinking about it. Then she clarified her point: she does, in fact, fart, but not very often. Like any decent human, this got me thinking about my own […]

Your Brain Wants You to Brush Your Teeth
with Your Nondominant Hand

Most of us perform nearly all of our daily tasks with one particular hand, whether it’s eating, turning a doorknob, or brushing our teeth. This is called hand dominance, and it’s established when we’re quite young. As toddlers (2½–3 years old), we start showing a preference for what will become our dominant hand. By focusing […]

The One Yoga Pose I Do Every Night

Confession time. I’m not much of a yogi. Don’t get me wrong—I’ve participated in a few yoga classes and felt great afterwards. I just haven’t made it a priority in my life. I’m more inclined to head outside for a walk or throw some punches at our kickboxing bag. However, there is one yoga pose […]

Adaptability—The Key to Optimal Health

Let’s not sugarcoat things here, folks. The last three-plus months have put many of us on edge. The lockdown. Unemployment. Living in fear of a dry cough, fever, or shortness of breath. While little pieces of our routines are coming back into play, COVID-19 has changed the way we function on a daily basis. With […]

Lifelong Learners Live Better

When something comes up in my world, I rarely think, Okay, so this is happening now. Let’s see what happens next. Nope, I want to know more. I want to have an idea of what to expect and try to outsmart it, if only a little bit. Of course, many things in life cannot be […]

How Do You Know If You Have Good Digestion?

“How’s your digestion?” Without fail, this is a question I get asked whenever I see a healthcare provider who takes a more holistic approach to things. My automatic response is always, “It’s good.” And then we move on. However, because I also work at a traditional Chinese medicine clinic, I hear this question asked of […]

Revisiting Our Definition of Nutrition

Every once in a while, I like to browse through the SRP Historical Archives looking for a random article to read. It’s inevitable that I’ll find some little gem of information that makes me go, “Now that’s interesting!” And that’s exactly what happened the other day. These articles date back more than 80 years, but […]

Fight Indoor Air Pollution with Nutrition

Whether we like it or not, most of us have been spending more time indoors lately. So it seems like the perfect occasion to consider the air inside your home—is it healthy, or could it use a little help? Indoor air quality can be impacted by a variety of dangers. Some of these we bring […]

The Impact of Social Distancing on Your Mental Health

The other day a good friend reached out to say she wished we could spend some time together. She said that she’d been feeling down, which at first took me by surprise (she’d never expressed feelings of sadness to me before). But the more I thought about it, the more sense it made. She’s a […]

Finding Opportunity in Challenging Times

Stating that these are challenging times isn’t exactly a news flash, right? Because of COVID-19, so many people are worried about every aspect of their daily lives—jobs, finances, their own health and the health of the people they love. While it would be foolish to tell you there’s nothing to worry about, posing the right […]

How Clean Are Your Hands?

In light of everything we’re hearing on the news lately, it’s important to remember that the little things we do throughout the day can have a big impact on how we feel in the days that follow. Besides the usual diet and exercise recommendations, one of the most essential daily habits you can adopt for […]

Reclaiming the Lost Art of Nourishment

In this day and age of instant gratification, the art of truly nourishing our bodies has been lost. Rather than looking to food for its honest purpose—providing the fuel our bodies need to accomplish everything it must do each day—food is now just the stuff we consume to fill the void in our bellies. We […]

What’s Keeping You Healthy This Cold and Flu Season?

If you’ve been considering yourself lucky because you’ve managed to avoid catching bugs from the people coughing and sneezing around you, I daresay that luck has nothing to do with it. The thing that’s been keeping you healthy is your immune system, plain and simple. And it takes more than luck to keep it—and you—strong […]

Anna Vocino Wants You to Eat Happy Too

It doesn’t take much digging to discover Anna Vocino is a woman of many talents. Spend a few minutes on her website, and you’ll see what I mean. When I took some time to talk with her awhile back, I quickly learned that her life has taken her down a diverse career path. Vocino, a […]

Top 3 Benefits of Having a Hobby

Many of us think we should only spend time on our hobbies once we’ve taken care of everything else (you know, the important stuff). After you get the house clean or set the annual budget for your business, then—and only then—you can finally do that fun activity that you get completely lost in. Well, that’s […]

Is Your Posture Ruining Your Health?

All day long we’re standing, sitting, and moving as we go about doing all the things our lives require of us. Then, at the end of the day, we flop down in our beds to get the rest our body needs in order to do it all again. Standing, sitting, and moving, day after day. […]

Build Your Home Gym on a Budget

Some of us just aren’t gym people. But every couple of years—usually in January—we think we should be gym people and make it our resolution to “join the gym and actually go this time.” But it never sticks. We may beat ourselves up about it a little bit, but we soon fall into our old […]