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Eyes Love Lutein… and Greens!
Aging, modern lifestyle choices and seasonal changes can all create issues for our vision. Give your overworked and underpaid eyes some extra love (naturally) with our Eyes Love Lutein™ formula*. Plus, learn about other holistic eye health practices from our in-house herbalist, Joanne Roberts.
Lemon Balm. Tea, Extract or Herbal Capsule?
In-house Ayurvedic Health Coach and Herbalist, Joanne Roberts, highlights the medicinal qualities and applications of herbal superstar, Lemon Balm. She also discusses the many benefits and drawbacks between various delivery methods like capsules, extracts and teas.
Self-Care, Stress Resilience and Hormesis
Stress resilience is a result of a balanced system and repeated low dose stress from exercise, cold showers, fasting, and also from diet and herbs. The process is known as hormesis. A recent paper discussed the Mediterranean diet and attributes the process of hormesis from certain food compounds to the success of this diet. In recognition of Father’s Day this month, we are extending an invitation to develop a regular self-care practice of ingesting some herbal hormetins for year-round resilience.
Nourishing the Heart
Q: Is it true that food alone is sufficient to nourish the body? For instance, for heart health?

A: I share with my patients this simple illustration: A health-promoting diet is like the tiles on a kitchen counter.
Nourish to Flourish in 2021
We have learned and survived much this last year. 2020 was riddled with a reawakening of health and wellness truths that we need to fortify our minds and bodies. Learn some simple, non-stressful ways to better fortify bodies from the rages of modern living and uncertain times.
Building Immunity from Within: Part 2 of 2
Learn how to take care of your immune system through improved gut health.
Building Immunity from Within (Part 1 of 2)
I'd like to bring more focus on eating to support and nurture our microbiome; the community “ecology” of bacteria that live in our gastrointestinal tract. 
The next time you contemplate making a meal, please ask yourself this simple question: “When you eat, who are you feeding and fueling?”
Why Organic Plants Provide Greater Health Benefits
Normally when we are in the store eyeing the organic tomatoes in comparison to their cheaper counterparts, we only really consider paying more because we desire a food without synthetic chemical pesticides and herbicides. Perhaps equally important are the natural compounds that are higher in organic food according to studies. Yes, that tomato may be more expensive, but did you know that it has higher levels of antioxidant and antioxidant activity compounds including polyphenols, vitamin C, lycopene, quercetin, and kaempferol?
Finding Your Summer Zen
Who would have imagined that 2020 would bring such disruption to the lives of humanity around the globe? As we are in the midst of summertime, a season that typically conjures a sense of nostalgia, joy, and fond memories of grand adventures, many of us are sequestered in our homes.
Stress and Anxiety
Q.  I am feeling super stressed out and would normally say that I can weather virtually anything. Yet, the current situation here and in the world is honestly getting the better part of me. Help!
Wellness for Women
Q.  I know you can’t give me individual medical advice, but might there be a couple of supplements that may nourish my body? My medical doctor knows that I have monthly breast pain and menstrual cramps with general body pain that lasts for 3 to 5 days. They suggested OTC medications. Is there something natural that I should talk to my medical provider about and try for a couple of months?
Nurturing your Body During Turbulent Times

It is officially time to help your body “adapt” with adaptogens

It is amazing how resilient and adaptable human beings are. And even as we are challenged in this ever-changing world, we are managing to redefine “normal” and collectively support each other in new ways.

Ideas for Reducing Holiday Stress
Q. I am feeling guilty about not getting excited about the holidays like I use too. I am a parent of two wonderful young kids and have a loving significant other, but over the last couple of years I am just not feeling the joy around the winter holiday season like I use to. I am finding it more stressful and I feel worn out. Do you have any advice?
Surviving Cold Season
Q. Dr. Meletis, I can’t figure out why I seem to get sick every year during the cold season, yet other people never seem to get even a sniffle. Do you have any insights as to why I am so susceptible to getting colds?
Why go organic?
Q. Dr. Meletis, I have friends and family that don’t understand why I choose organic food and supplements. How would you respond to the comment “Our grandparents didn’t have an organic section in their store, so why do you feel the need to buy organic”? Also, how can I help my body detoxify from unavoidable toxins?
Easing Back into School
Q. Do you have any recommendations to avoiding getting sick and stressed out as I prepare my my three young kids to go back to school?
Ashwagandha: Ayurveda's Most Highly Acclaimed Adaptogen
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is not just another adaptogenic herb; I find the clinical applications for this herb absolutely amazing. I am pleased to report that both self-directed consumers and the scientific community have finally discovered the amazing and broad benefits of Ashwagandha.
Men’s Health: Feeling Old and Tired

Q.  I’m a 40-year-old man with three awesome kids and a loving partner but I feel like I can barely show up to life. Honestly, I can’t believe how tired and overwhelmed I feel! Advise?

Coping with Menopausal Symptoms
Q:  What should I do to help my body cope with symptoms of menopause? I’m fine one moment, then the next second, I am having a hot flash or get brain fog.
Managing PMS Symptoms
Q. What can I do to manage my PMS symptoms?
Why all the Hormone-Related Conditions in Women?
Q: As a holistic doctor, what is your take on why it seems the last couple generations of women have been having their periods earlier and earlier, and there seems to be more endometriosis, fibroids, cancers, etc. Something just seems wrong or off.