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3 New Reasons to Take a Walk in Nature

Last Friday night, someone broke into my car and stole a few things. They left behind my yoga mats and barre sticky socks, so they must not be into yoga or barre class (!). The perpetrators must be in significant pain. I live in an urban setting with a high crime rate. In fact, it’s among the highest in the country for both violent and property crime (ranked #1 … [Read More...]

Spiralizer Tri-Blade

Dr. Sara’s 2015 Gift Guide

These are few of my favorite things that I’m either giving or have received this holiday season. Wide range of prices for all levels of splurge! Xoxo Vegetable Spiralizer $30. This slices your vegetables in a spiral so that they can act like pasta. My favorites are carrots, zucchinis, cucumbers, cabbages, turnips, rutabagas, and cucumbers. Kitchen Herb Kit … [Read More...]


Ana Forrest Wants You to Clear Your Stuck Patterns with Yoga

My first impression when I met Ana Forrest in 2005 at a yoga workshop in St. Helena, CA? FIERCE. I gathered with 75 other yogis, mat-to-mat, in a hot room as Ana coaxed us to clear the junk, the stuck emotional debris, that hardens us and eventually sickens the body. My companion at the workshop was having a migraine, and sat on the sidelines. I took a break from the … [Read More...]


Stay on the Path During the Holidays: My Top 5 Indulgences, Rituals, and Healthy Holiday Recipes

I've decided to think and act different Thanksgiving this year, to borrow a phrase from Steve Jobs. Not long ago, I would happily forget everything I knew about healthful eating in favor of overindulging in holiday favorites. I would overeat carbohydrates and gluten (stuffing! Yorkshire pudding!) and wake up the day after Thanksgiving or Christmas feeling anything … [Read More...]


Nailed! Nail Polish Brands That Mess with Your Hormones (Plus the Polish I Personally Use)

New study proves that synthetic chemicals in nail polish may leach through your nails and into your bloodstream, leading to a sevenfold increase in toxic metabolites . . . . I’m doing something that feels totally weird. I’m at the nail salon in my Berkeley neighborhood, staring at a wall of pretty nail polish colors. It’s time for a pedicure. “Pick Your … [Read More...]


For the Love of Berberine: What It Is and Why I Take It to Lower Blood Sugar, Bad Cholesterol, and Weight (plus 5 FAQs)

Since I saw my first patient in 1989, I’ve refined my approach to health and healing. Probably the biggest needle mover is my growing respect for plant medicine and its role in healing. My enthusiasm for berberine is in lockstep with my personal and professional experience prescribing herbs, but also as the evidence continues to mount about their relative safety and … [Read More...]


15 Reasons to Rethink Red Meat

Who doesn’t love a grilled steak, washed down with red wine? Um, your microbiome, the aggregate microbes that live in your gut and play a major role in your risk of disease such as obesity, cancer, and diabetes. ((Turnbaugh, P., J. et al. "An obesity-associated gut microbiome with increased capacity for energy harvest." Nature 444, no. 7122 (2006): 1027-131.)) In … [Read More...]


Dedicated to Helping Women Balance Hormones Naturally

I believe in eating your leafy greens rather than popping synthetic pills. I believe in Ayurveda, integrative medicine, + yoga to cultivate your vitality. If this is the doctoring you seek, you’re in the right place!  Dr. Sara Gottfried