Balancing Hormones Through Better Nutrition

Last week I shared with you some new information about the close link between hormone balance and brain health. Since maintaining healthy brain function into our later years is so important to so many of us, clients have been asking me how they can maintain hormone balance through better nutrition. What we eat has a huge effect on our hormones, so eating for hormone balance is a great idea for everyone. Now that we know your mental health depends on it, it's even more important! Here are some tips for keeping your hormone balance in check: Be Careful with Red Meat....
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Breaking Nutrition: The Link Between Brain Health and Hormones

I spent this past weekend at an international conference on traumatic brain injury, and I was introduced to some incredible new research regarding the underlying causes of mental illness and the symptoms of brain injuries. This information is truly groundbreaking, and could potentially be of importance to so many people that I wanted to share it with you right away. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are in the news a lot recently, usually associated with combat veterans and professional athletes. But it is important to note that the causes of traumatic brain injuries are not always so obvious or immediate. Minor...
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A Glimpse Into Long-Term Weight Loss, Thanks to Reality TV

You may have already seen the recent articles regarding a follow-up study of Biggest Loser contestants. It's a fascinating study, both for the expected results and those that came as something of a surprise. But more importantly, the study paints a clearer picture of why weight loss can't be effectively achieved with gimmicky diets, no matter how bold the claims are. To no one's surprise, the study showed that after contestants lost a lot of weight, they tended to gain the weight back. While some of this may be explained by a return to old habits, the real culprit is...
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Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Finding the perfect gift for Mother's Day can be a challenge. There's nothing wrong with flowers, of course, but surprising Mom with a gift she can really use is a much better way to show how much she means to you. I've got a few fun ideas for the Mom who wants to stay healthy and happy, available from The Khader Center! One-on-One Cooking Classes with Filomena - Does Mom love to cook? Is she always looking for new ways to make delicious, healthy meals? Resident healthy cooking guru Filomena Gizzo, M.S., will work one-on-one to teach new ways to cook,...
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The Power of A Breath

Today I'd like to present a guest post from my good friend and yoga coach Joe Somodi. Joe is a longtime friend of The Khader Center and one of the most balanced people I know. He always has insightful things to share about breathing, meditation, and yoga. - Dina Hidden inside a recent professional sporting event are profound lessons of life about the mind and breath. Let me set the scene: 22-year-old Jordan Spieth has taken the pro golf world by storm. At this year's Masters, one of the four major golf tournaments of the year, he was the defending champion. Until Jordan...
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Dina Featured in Inside Chappaqua Magazine

When Inside Chappaqua Magazine first spoke to me about writing an article about my practice, I was happy to oblige. I'm always excited to talk about my own path to nutritional wellness, and what got me so interested in nutrition in the first place. Over the years I've helped a lot of people achieve optimal wellness, but it is also a very personal journey for me, and I'm so happy that my own constant learning and development can be an asset to others. If you'd like to learn a little bit about how my interest in nutrition was sparked, and...
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8 Tips for Beating Allergy Season

Bad news for allergy sufferers: Experts are predicting a particularly punishing allergy season this year compared to previous years (and the last few have been bad enough!). There's not much we can do about the weather or pollen count, but we can take steps to make sure you're one step ahead of your allergies. Follow these simple tips to enjoy an active, healthy spring! 1.) Shower at night. A lot of people like to shower in the morning, but here's the thing: all those allergens stick to your body, and taking them to bed with you is an invitation for...
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Get a Fresh Start with a Spring Group Detox

Spring is one of my favorite times to reflect and refresh, and one of the best ways to refresh is with a supervised detox program at The Khader Center! Detoxing now will help get you ready for an active, healthy summer. You'll have the energy to enjoy outdoor activities, healthier weight for the beach, and improved mood to get the most out of vacations. Most importantly, you'll set yourself on a path for better long-term health! Spring Group Detox at The Khader Center Saturday April 30th & May 21st, Noon - 1pm Pre-registration by April 27th required Call (914) 242-0124 With a group detox, participants...
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Personal Training with Donny Castaldo

I’m happy to announce a new service available for the first time at The Khader Center: Personal Training with our resident training expert Donny Castaldo. Donny graduated from The State University of New York in Cortland with a degree in Health and Sport, and is committed to effective, safe training using a combination of resistance bands and freeletics. If you’ve ever considered personal training, this is a great opportunity to try it with an amazing personal trainer and see how beneficial it really is. Not only has Donny been responsible for his own training, which led to a 2015 NCAA...
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Eight Foods That Could Be Causing Hidden Inflammation

Our digestive system is complex and sensitive, and surprisingly susceptible to inflammation. Inflammation is a triggering of the body’s immune system that can cause immediate discomfort, but more alarmingly, is linked to a number of chronic conditions, including obesity, arthritis, diabetes, and cancer. While different people react to food in different ways, these eight foods are some of the most common, and easily avoidable, causes of inflammation. Corn: American corn, or maize, is a highly inflammatory grain. Most corn is genetically modified, and GMO corn is particularly linked to digestive inflammation. This one is a total avoid food for everyone...
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