Happy National Nutrition Month

March is national nutrition month and it is also when the Annual Natural Products Expo takes place in Anaheim. Thousands of “natural” food, beverage, skincare, cleaning products, vitamins and related companies get to together and launch new products and new lines to thousands of retailers, manufacturers and health care professionals.

When I started attending Expo West in 2005, it was new and exciting to see all the “organic” brands I had just learned of and try their new and latest “healthy” product. Year after year, the crowd multiplied and it was evident what would be “in” that year. From soy products to rice products to lentil chips to coconut ice cream and from flax oil to turmeric, you can check out the trend in this industry at these shows.

Antibiotics: A Crisis

“The problem is so serious that it threatens the achievements of modern medicine. A post-antibiotic era—in which common infections and minor injuries can kill—far from being an apocalyptic fantasy, is instead a very real possibility for the twenty-first century.”

InstaCart: The Best New Way to Grocery Shop

It’s an all-too familiar situation for most of us: after a long day at work you’re facing coming home to an empty stomach and and empty fridge. The grocery store sounds like the last place on Earth you’d want to go.

Enter InstaCart. Log on to the website or app and choose from three different stores: here in Los Angeles, our options are Whole Foods, Costco and Ralph’s.

Once you’ve selected the store you’d like to purchase from, you shop away! The costs of food items are set by InstaCart, and are comparable to in-store prices. The website is comprehensive and easy to navigate (thank goodness, since frustration and starvation often can lead to hanger).

Sunscreen: The Problem or the Solution?

Fall is here and the days are getting shorter – and therefore we’re getting less incidental exposure to sunlight. Think that’s good news for you and your skin? Think again.

In “the old days” (100 years ago) people worked predominantly outdoors, exposed to direct sunlight for more than eight hours a day without sunscreen. Skin cancer only effected 1% of the population back then, and the more sunlight they got, the healthier they were. Boy, have times changed. Today, we work predominately indoors and are so fearful of sunlight that we cake on loads of sunscreens to protect ourselves from skin cancer. Yet, more people have gotten skin cancer than ever before. It is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer today.

New studies are showing that it may be what’s in the sunscreen that’s creating a problem for us.