Embracing Healthy Family Practice with The Wellness Mama


Katie, the Wellness Mama, joins Sara Gottfried and Pedram Shojai on The Health Bridge. As you may already know, Katie is the mother of five children and it’s tough being a mom. In this episode, these three health and wellness gurus share parenting tips and strategies to teach our children healthy habits.



How do we make sure our kids (and perhaps even us) are eating healthily despite the fact that most kids’ menus are filled with unhealthy options? Is it possible to encourage children who hate vegetables to give them a go? And how do we make sure our kids are getting enough activity if all they want to do is play video games?

You’re really going to have to watch or listen this episode to get the full picture. However, we want to provide you with a great resource for healthy recipes for kids’ meals. Super Healthy Kids has an index of recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snack ideas. If you’re looking to spice things up for your family, give this resource a try. Sometimes we have to be creative when it comes to encouraging our children to eat more fruits and veggies. It’s not an easy feat, but nothing is impossible. Good luck!


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Back Pain: How Qi Gong and Yoga Can Help

Back pain is a common issue. Many people will experience some level of back pain at some point in their life.

In this episode, Pedram and Sara discuss different causes for back pain. For some it might be the way you sit at work, but for others it may be something more serious. In this episode Pedram and Sara come together with their different perspectives of Qi Gong and Yoga. They share different ways in which you can relieve back pain and methods that can prevent it from happening in the first place.

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What Makes Functional Medicine So Effective At Curing Illnesses? Interview with Dr. Mark Hyman

Unlike conventional medicine, functional medicine uses a systems-oriented approach to address the underlying causes of disease.

Functional medicine is medicine by cause, not by symptom. We need to reframe how we view disease and realize that everything is integrated in the body. By shifting away from the traditional disease-centered focus of healthcare to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine is more effective in finding a true cure. Traditional approaches tend to isolate sets of symptoms, but functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients to discover the overlooked factors that contribute to disease. [Read more...]

3 Not-So-Secret Lifestyle Changes That Can Turn Back The Clock


Let’s face it, we don’t really think about aging when we’re young. When we are in our prime, we put our bodies through a lot and usually without considering the consequences. Remember those college days filled with all-nighters and greasy cafeteria food? Now that we’re older and wiser, we wish we treated our bodies better. Until someone brilliant invents a time machine to take us back to our golden days, there are three not-so-secret lifestyle changes that can turn back the biological clock. [Read more...]

Flush Out Toxic Heavy Metals

Heavy Metals

In today’s world, we are plagued by toxins in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and even the foods we eat. New chemicals are being produced every year and are entering our environment faster than we can react. Heavy metal pollutants such as lead and mercury can damage our cells, which then leads to altered or decreased cell function. So what can we do to minimize our exposure to toxic heavy metals? [Read more...]

Real Health Care Reform Starts In Our Kitchens

According to Emory University, Americans eat fewer than 70% of their meals at home and less than a third of American families eat meals together more than twice a week. Many busy families opt for convenience and often times rely on factory-processed foods to get through the week without having to make multiple grocery trips. Combined with our nation’s history of support for fast food chains, it’s no wonder that obesity is an epidemic. [Read more...]

Fighting the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis Starts Today

The idea of antibiotics failing us has been looming in the back of our minds for some time now. Remember the movie where Will Smith famously finds a cure for the man-made virus that wiped out the entire fictional U.S.? How about “World War Z” where Brad Pitt stops a zombie-like pandemic? Although these situations are of the sci-fi nature and meant to entertain us, there’s some reality to these fantasies. Most people are aware of the risks of antibiotic overuse, yet not a lot has been done to combat this crisis… until now. [Read more...]

Back To School: Finding Your Rhythm & Dodging Illness


It’s that time of year again. Summer is over and the autumn air is trickling in. Our kids are headed back to school. Maybe they’re already back in the classroom, but that doesn’t mean we’ve done stressing. Back to school isn’t just for our kids anymore. Parents experience the same frenzy!

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Coconut Oil: Friend or Foe? How to Maximize Nutrition in Your Diet


When it comes to cooking oils, there’s no doubt that olive oil flies off the shelves the quickest…

Olive oil has been well studied and proven to bring heart-healthy benefits. The Mediterranean diet’s frequent use of olive oil has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease. So we know all about olive oil- but what about coconut oil? The long demonized coconut oil was banished from our pantries due to its high levels of saturated fat. Saturated fat is linked to a higher risk of heart disease which is why we failed to give it a chance. [Read more...]

GMO Scandal: Why You Should Avoid Genetically Modified Food

Chances are you’ve been hearing about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) all over the health and wellness sphere. It’s a buzzing topic for so many reasons, but the main reason why we care so much is because we’ve been eating them… whether we like it or not.

In the United States, more than 70% of the food stocked on the shelves of supermarkets directly or indirectly contain genetically modified (GM) ingredients. There are eight GM food crops on the market. The five major varieties are soy, corn, canola, cotton, and sugar beets. These five all have bacterial genes inserted, which allow the plants to survive deadly doses of herbicide. Farmers end up using more herbicides and as a result, the food we consume has higher herbicide residues. About 68% of GM crops are herbicide tolerant! If that’s not scary enough- there is a gene inserted into GM corn and cotton that allows the insect-killing Bt-toxin to be secreted in every cell. About 19% of GM crops produce their own pesticide. [Read more...]