Dr. Sara’s Book Review: Top 10 Health Books

I’m so pleased that my latest book, Younger, made it to the New York Times bestseller list. Likewise, I love recommending other recently-released innovative books about health. Here are my latest top ten. 1. White Hot Truth: Has your self help become self criticism? A wise and hilarious exploration of … [Read more...]

Are Your Face Care Products Too Toxic To Use?

Soap, or oil cleanser? Facial mask, or exfoliation? Wrinkle fighting, or skin plumping? So many facial care products on the shelves claim to save our skin, whether from dryness or oiliness (or both) or aging woes. It’s one challenge to figure out what to believe. But the bigger concern is that most … [Read more...]

How to Overcome PMS and Painful Periods

You’re crampy and crabby, bloated and bothered. You sense that it’s that time of month again, and whoops! - you better buy tampons. Many of us view our periods as a routine nuisance. For some, the premenstrual and menstrual symptoms are particularly daunting: sore breasts, extreme mood swings, … [Read more...]

Viva Las Vagus: How Vagal Tone Impacts Your Health (and 10 Ways to ‎Improve It)‎

Sometimes I wonder how long I’ve had a problem with my vagus nerve. Years? Decades? Vagus means “wanderer.” This nerve—the longest one in your body—wanders all over your body to important organs such as the brain, neck, ears, tongue, heart, lungs, stomach, intestines, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, … [Read more...]

‎5 Secrets to Turn Back the Clock

Jennifer was a forty-four-year-old patient who arrived in my office feeling defeated, worn out, and “older than her years” as she put it. As a third-shift nurse who worked grueling twelve-hour nights - frequently picking up overtime - the stressful struggle to balance sleep, two kids, and an unemployed … [Read more...]

7 Ways Stress Jinxes Your Health, Waistline, and Aging

Mary was a thirty-nine-year-old patient who visited me complaining she felt burned out.  Her sixty-hour workweeks left her beyond fatigued, with frequent headaches, miserable colds, and raging tension that cut into her sleep. On top of that, she confessed that lately life had become meaningless, which … [Read more...]

7 Anti-Aging Benefits You Gain from Consistent Exercise

In a previous blog, I wrote about my fifty-year-old patient Gigi who complained about feeling “doughy” and stiff. Like many middle-aged female patients, Gigi found that maintaining lean muscle mass was increasingly difficult as she got older. I get it: I find it hard too. And sometimes I need a pithy … [Read more...]

7 Strategies to Increase Lean Body Mass as You Age  

Gigi was a fifty-year-old patient who visited me, lamenting that her muscles felt increasingly flabby – or “doughy,” as she put it. When I measured her body fat proportions, she had a healthy body mass index (BMI) of 24.5, yet she had nearly thirty-two percent body fat, and no longer felt lean. That … [Read more...]

‎5 Secrets to Turn Back the Clock

“I don’t mind talking about just about anything,” forty-three-year-old Melanie confessed, “but here’s something I hate bringing up because it feels so uncontrollable: wrinkles. I’ve been getting..." She paused - lowering her tone to a whisper as if confessing to a priest - “chemical peels.” I’d been … [Read more...]

Top 8 Aging Hacks I Prescribe for Anyone

You can’t avoid it. You can’t hide it. Wrinkles are inevitable, and sagging will happen, eventually. Yet you have more control over how fast you age than you may realize. The answer lies not in expensive products or injections, but in everyday lifestyle choices. These choices affect what occurs inside … [Read more...]