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Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

Diabetes and Glycation Nov 2nd, 2020

  In 2020, diabetes has been diagnosed in 34.2 million individuals{2}. It is undiagnosed in 7.3 million people{2}. Prediabetes is also prevalent in 88 million individuals that are 18years of older{2}. These rates are growing year by year. Diabetes has become the world’s most significant cause of morbidity and mortality....

Rhodiola and Fatigue Sep 29th, 2020

Adaptogens support the body’s natural ability to deal with stress. One such herb which is an adaptogen is Rhodiola rosea. Rhodiola, also known as golden root, has been used in traditional medicine for centuries for people with low energy, over exhaustion, depression, anxiety, help reduce the effects of sleep deprivation,...

Alzheimer’s Disease and Insulin Sep 21st, 2020

Today s World’s Alzheimer’s Day! Alzheimer’s Disease(AD) is a type of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over several years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer’s, individuals lose the ability to carry on...

Glyphosate Found in Hummus Sep 2nd, 2020

Glyphosate is an herbicide found in the popular product RoundUp and is used to eradicate unwanted vegetation. The use of glyphosate has increased exponentially, It is used in over 750 different products, not only in agriculture, but also in home appliances. There have been many studies on glyphosate and health...

NEW! – E-Cookbook Apr 22nd, 2020

Hello all! I am excited to announce that I have co-created an e-cookbook with another fellow nutritionist. The e-cookbook is called, Walk into Our Kitchen. It is a blend of Egyptian and Pakistani cuisine with a health twist. It is great for anyone who loves to cook/try ethnic food. If...

Boosting The Immune System Mar 18th, 2020

Boosting Immunity   The rise of COVID-19 within the Tri-State area is concerning. What we can do is take measures to help prevent the spread of the virus and help build our immune system. That being said, here are a few precautions to take, along with herbal, food, and nutrient...

2020 Intentions Dec 31st, 2019

In order to make your life look the way you want, you need to remember one thing: it must be lived with intention. Intentions work with goals and require planning ahead and staying mindful of whatever happens next. Some of my 2020 intentions   Live a balanced life, giving quality...

The Pep in Peppermint Dec 26th, 2019

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Highly prized for their ability to help prevent convulsions and flatulence. Peppermint tea is also useful remedy for irritable bowel syndrome. It may alleviate the symptoms of headaches (including migraine) and stimulate liver and gallbladder functions. The fresh, spicy aroma of peppermint tea may also counteract motion sickness, and...

Opioid Crisis and Pain Classifications Nov 5th, 2019

Opioid Crisis and Pain Classifications Opioid Crisis The rate of overdose deaths from opioids has risen over 165,000 since 1999. Drug overdose deaths continue to increase in the United States. From 1999 to 2017, more than 700,000 people have died from a drug overdose. Around 68% of the more than...

Hawthorn for The Heart Jul 23rd, 2019

Hawthorn Tea (Crataegus monogyna) Hawthorn flowers, leaves, and berries have long been used to prepare medicinal teas and tinctures, and in recent years hawthorn has become popular with natural healers for treating heart ailments. Hawthorn has the ability to strengthen the heart muscle, promote blood flow and lower blood pressure. In...

World Thyroid Day – May 25th May 24th, 2019

World Thyroid Day – May 25th Every cell in the body depends upon thyroid hormones for regulation of their metabolism. The function of the thyroid gland is to take iodine and convert it into thyroid hormones which control various functions in your body. These hormones include: Triiodothyronine (T3) – active...

Tropical Detox Smoothie May 9th, 2019

Tropical Detox Smoothie During Ramadan, it has been customary for Pakistanis Muslims to drink rooh afza. I used to drink it when I was growing up but I have found alternatives which are much better. Why? First off, rooh afza has very high amount of added sugar. Sugar that is...

ND Talks: Interview with Dr. Palacios – Fasting During Ramadan May 6th, 2019

ND Talks Interview with Dr. Palacios on Fasting During Ramadan One of my friends and colleagues who is nonMuslim, Dr. Palacios, will be joining us with the fasts. Please take a look at the video below to see my interview with Dr. Palacios and his journey with fasting during the Ramadan....

Rooibos Tea Apr 8th, 2019

Native to South Africa. Benefits Contains 50% more antioxidants than green tea Rich in minerals – calcium, iron, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc, and magnesium Rich in Polyphenols – anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to help conditions of the heart and blood vessels (cholesterol, diabetes, atherosclerosis) Improves heart health – a study in 2012 found Rooibos Tea...

Apple, Pear, Ginger Detox Juice Mar 16th, 2019

Apple, Pear, Ginger Juice  Ingredients-1 medium piece of ginger, peeled and chopped2 large apples, washed and chopped3 pears, washed and chopped Instructions Wash all produce well In a low-rpm juicer, alternate pressing pears, apples, and ginger. Stir and serve immediately If you don’t have a juicer, you can add all...

Pineapple Ginger Cleansing Juice Mar 10th, 2019

This Pineapple Ginger Cleansing Juice is loaded with anti-inflammatory, digestive-boosting and liver cleansing properties.  Pineapple is a good source of vitamin c (which helps support the immune system) and magnesium (which is essential for proper nerve and muscle function). Pineapple contains a nutrient called bromelain which is a proteolytic that...

Let’s Talk About Sleep Sep 4th, 2018

All of us know we should get 7-9hours of sleep every night, yet, majority of us don’t reach that goal. And if we do, we might not be fully refreshed. This could be due to hormone imbalances or stress, such as pulling an all-nighter to cram for a test/paper. These...

Dr. Humaira’s Health & Wellness Tips for College Students Aug 28th, 2018

Students are busy with exam, papers, and maintaining an active social life that they often neglect their health. It is important to create a plan/routine that you can use throughout the semester to keep your health in check. Here are a few tips to help ensure you stay healthy and...

Signs & Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency Aug 13th, 2018

Approximately 80% of adults are magnesium deficient. The Recommended Dietary Allowance(RDA) for men is 400mg and women is 310mg.  Magnesium is required for Protein synthesis Blood sugar regulation Energy metabolism Blood pressure regulation Nerve function Neurotransmitter release Decrease constipation Deficiency Can Result In: Insomnia – magnesium is important in the function of GABA, a neurotransmitter that...

Watermelon Juice Jul 30th, 2018

Summertime is here and this is one delicious recipe you should definitely try! Watermelons are loaded with water and are incredibly hydrating. Watermelon is best known for it’s content of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant which is converted into vitamin A. Ingredients 2 ¼ cup of seedless watermelon, cubed & chilled...

Summer Skin Protection Jul 1st, 2018

There are 2 types of sunscreen: non-mineral which are made from chemical formulas and mineral sunscreen which are made from zinc oxide and titanium dioxide formulas. The latter are less toxic. Environmental Working Group found 67% of sunscreens didn’t work and many, due to their chemical composition, may disrupt endocrine hormones and...

Hydration in The Summer Jun 26th, 2018

With all the traveling and walking around in this summer heat, one needs to be hydrated. Drinking 1/3 to ½ your body weight in ounces is the key to hydration, however, many only drink an ounce of water per day. Severe dehydration has serious health consequences, but even mild dehydration...

Tips to Improve Digestion Jun 25th, 2018

During this fast paced day and age, one is always eating on the run and scoffing down food. This leads to improper digestion, decrease in absorption of nutrients, and health concerns such as constipation, bloating, headaches, acne, malnutrition and the list goes on. The following are tips to help you...

Injera: Ethiopian Flatbread Jun 10th, 2018

Awhile ago, I went to Bunna Cafe in Brooklyn and fell in love with the Ethiopian cuisine, especially the flatbread Injera. So I finally had a go at making it and it was a success. Did you know Injera is gluten free, spongy, sourdough flatbread which is fermented 1-3 days, depending...

Fitness Tips May 28th, 2018

Fitness Tips During Ramadan by Rami Allan  Unsure how to optimize your fitness during Ramadan? Let me help make it easier for you. If your goal is to lose a few pounds and burn body fat, then you’re in luck, well, that’s only if you can control yourself from the...

Basil Seeds Benefits & Recipes May 23rd, 2018

Basil Seeds (Ocimum basilicum) – native to Asia and the Mediterranean regions. Other common names – sabja, tukmaria, falooda Basil seeds are cousins to Chia Seeds. Basil seeds are black, tiny and round. Whereas, Chia seeds are little bit larger and more oval in shape and can be in a...

Importance of Water May 21st, 2018

Since I am fasting and can’t have any water until sunset, I just wanted to shed some light on the importance of water. I’ve come across many clients and friends who don’t drink enough of it, even though, we have filtered water within our reach. For people who know me,...

Meditation: Benefits and A Simple Guide May 17th, 2018

Meditation is a spiritual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts. Think of it as a “Mental Hygiene” – cleansing the self from within. While the aim of meditation is different for each person, the majority of the outcomes are same such as positive mood and...

Fasting: Types & Benefits May 7th, 2018

Fasting is used to lose weight, treat & identify medical conditions, cleanse and detoxify the body and has historically been practiced by various religions. During the Islamic month of Ramadan, majority of Muslims all over the world fast during the daylight hours. Fasting is a means of taqwa, guarding oneself from...

Lavender Apr 11th, 2018

Some info about lavender Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice found lavender to decrease anxiety and emotional stressStudy conducted in 2014 found lavender to be protective against diabetic symptoms such as weight gain and blood sugar dysregulationIn 2012, Swiss journal Molecules, found lavender to improve brain function via it’s antioxidant contentLavender oil has sedating effects and helps to improve sleep and insomnia.Other beneficial effects...

Seasonal Allergies Mar 26th, 2018

Relief from Seasonal Allergies Recommendations (Note: These are recommendations, and should not all be taken together unless guided by a professional. Make a consultation with your Naturopathic Doctor to obtain the best plan to assess your seasonal allergies) Environmental allergens cause an abnormal immune response resulting in seasonal allergies. Common...

Matcha Green Tea Mar 16th, 2018

Matcha Green Tea is that just one bowl provides over 5 times as many antioxidants as any other food – the highest rated by the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) method Green tea contains a specific set of organic compounds known as catechins. Among antioxidants, catechins are the most potent...

Pomegranates Mar 8th, 2018

Pomegranates have powerful antioxidants, three times more than red wine and green tea. These help to reduce inflammation and protect cells from damage the seeds of pomegranates have been used as a natural aphrodisiac Has been researched to treat high blood pressure and improve heart health – published studies by Phytotherapy Research, Clinical...

GLYPHOSATE: EFFECTS ON HEALTH Feb 16th, 2018

As seen on Naturopathic Doctor News & Review: DOCERE Who would ever think we’d be consuming herbicide/pesticides in foods other than fruits, vegetables, and grains? Well, think again. Glyphosate, an herbicide contained in the popular product Roundup, and used to eradicate unwanted vegetation, has shown up in one of America’s favorite...

Flu Prevention Jan 27th, 2018

We’ve come into one of the deadliest flu seasons yet! Here’s what you need to know: The flu is highly contagious disease. It is caused by an influenza virus which is spread through the air from person to person or through contaminated devices (remote control, doorknob, etc.). It won’t be...

Natural Humidifiers Dec 10th, 2017

 Wintertime dry skin is one way to tell your home is too dry  Naturally humidifying your space is money-saving and eco-friendly alternative.Plants can moisturize your home through a process called transpiration.  According to the United States Geological Society, once a plant is watered, moisture will travel through the plant from...

Cranberry Benefits Nov 21st, 2017

Spices To Warm You Up Nov 7th, 2017

In Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine, warming herbs are used to improve blood circulation, promote digestion, and bring warmth within the body. The author of The One Earth Herbal Sourcebook, Dr. Alan Tillotson, Ph.D. states “Herbs that are warming help to disperse and counteract pathogenic agents present when the body has excess...

Wet Sock Treatment Oct 31st, 2017

What is it? Type of water based therapy (hydrotherapy) Natural method to stimulate immune system by increasing blood circulation When is it used? Cold/Flu Sinus Congestion Cough Sore throat Bronchitis Fever Headache Migraine Inflammation Sinus Infection Mechanism of Action The use of both alternating hot and cold cause a pumping...

Lactose Intolerance vs Milk Allergy Oct 31st, 2017

  What is Lactose? Lactose is a sugar found in dairy product. It is broken down by the enzyme lactase which is produced in the small intestine. Over time, our body losses the ability to produce lactase which results in lactose intolerance. Lactose Intolerance Symptoms arise when lactose is not...

Echinacea Aug 21st, 2017

You may have come across these beauties while walking around. This plant is called Echinacea, also known as North American coneflower. It is used as a traditional herbal remedy for more than 400 years by the Great Plains Indian tribes due to it’s various abilities against cold/flu, inflammation, skin disorders...

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) May 29th, 2017

Once in a golden hourI cast to Earth a seed.Up there came a flowerThe people said, a weed – Alfred Tennyson The common flower you see sprouting through cracks on the sidewalk/pavement is called Dandelion, also known as Taraxacum offincinale in it’s latin name and “Lion’s Tooth” in French translation....

Manuka Honey May 24th, 2017

Manuka Honey Made in New Zealand from the Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) flowers after pollination by bees. If you are looking to buy Manuka honey, make sure to find one that has a high Unique Manuka Factor(UMF) which is the antibacterial strength of the honey. UMF is not in nectar of...

Why You Should Stand At Work For Two Hours A Day May 10th, 2017

Office workers, stand up from your desk for two hours a day We’ve known for some time that too much sitting increases your risk of diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease and early death. But until now it’s been unclear how much standing during the work day may counter this increased risk. Guidelines published...

The Key to Feeling Well Rested Isn’t Just The Amount Of Time You Sleep May 10th, 2017

A dark night is good for your health Today most people do not get enough sleep. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called insufficient sleep an epidemic. While we are finally paying attention to the importance of sleep, the need for dark is still mostly ignored. That’s right....

Feeling sick? Here’s when you should — and shouldn’t — exercise through it May 10th, 2017

Health Check: can I exercise while getting over a bug? As we move into winter, the cold mornings, dark evenings and rain tend to bring out the best excuses to miss a session at the gym or run around the park. But if you’re feeling tired and run down, can...

What Occurs Inside Your Brain When You Give Up Sugar May 10th, 2017

Here’s what happens to your brain when you give up sugar By Jordan Gaines Lewis, Neuroscience Doctoral Candidate Penn State College of Medicine Anyone who knows me also knows that I have a huge sweet tooth. I always have. My friend and fellow graduate student Andrew is equally afflicted, and...

The Science Behind Why Kissing Feels Good May 10th, 2017

Lips are the most exposed erogenous zone, which makes kissing feel very good Scientists in the Netherlands have reported that we share about 80m bacteria during a passionate ten-second kiss; a finding that makes puckering up seem cringe-worthy – and downright unsanitary at the start of cold and flu season. But take...

How Cat Naps Affect Your Mood And Memory May 10th, 2017

Want to boost your memory and mood? Take a nap, but keep it short We’re told to have power naps to keep us safe on the road and improve our alertness if we’ve had insufficient sleep. They even help our surgeons stay awake during long shifts. But siestas and nana...

How Fat And Sugar Makes You Keep On Eating May 10th, 2017

Fat and sugar-heavy diet harms your brain – and makes you keep on eating Do you eat only when you’re actually hungry? Many of us eat even when our bodies don’t need food. Just the thought of food entices us to eat. We think about food when we see other...