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Love Stress-Free Season
elieve it or not,
is a major aspect
of attraction. And
for most of the Animal
Kingdom, the odorless
power of pheromones reigns
supreme when it comes
to courtship and beyond.
That’s why you may want
to take a whiff of Dr.
Virgil Amend’s Pheromone
Advantage, or at least dab
some on your exposed skin.
This modern “love potion”
augments your natural
scent, and can be used
with your favorite cologne
or perfume. “Attraction is
really all about chemistry,” says Amend. “These
formulations tap into the power of nature’s
chemistry by triggering the signals every person
is programmed to sense and respond to.” To get a
30-day supply for $39.95, visit DrAmend.com.
If you need a natural pick-
me-up, nothing awakens the
senses like a dose of ginger.
For a sweet treat, mix some
ginger puree with vanilla
ice cream. For a healthier
alternative, grate some over
a fruit salad. You can also
opt to take it up to 3 times
daily in capsule form or
in pre-packaged natural
tea mixes. For great ginger
recipes, visit Epicurious.com.
Never underestimate the power of
substituting one or two meals a day
with a nutritious smoothie. You may be
surprised to know that even the most
basic ingredients take on new life when
paired with complementary flavors. Try
these innovative combinations, pour
them, stick a straw in and enjoy!
26 Tasty Trio
Take citrus to a new
level by combining
mango puree and
Make sure to add
lots of ice for a frosty
take on this Vitamin
As a former Emergency Room physician, I
was always impressed by the increase in the
number of patients seen in the ER during the
holiday season. Unmet expectations, loneliness,
pressure to find the “right” gift, and more all
seemed to take a toll on the well-being of folks
and they would find themselves with a body
that was breaking down. For those of you with a
history of anxiety during the holidays, there’s a
way to shed that this year and create a greater
sense of serenity. Three simple, daily tools can
make a world of difference…
1. Music: Your iPod can be an important
therapeutic tool. I’ve never met a patient for
whom some sort of music was not inspiring. Make
the music that you love the first thing you hear
in the morning, what you listen to in your car,
playing in the evening when you get home, etc.
2. Movement: Oddly, when we are under
duress, the first things we give up are our
life lines. And exercise is often one of them.
There’s a flood of biologic chemicals that get
released when you exercise that have a potent
anti-anxiety effect. Walking is one of the best
and most underrated ways to get the anxiety-
reducing benefits. Let nothing come between
you and your exercise.
3. Mindfulness: In several settings, learning
mindfulness-based meditation has significantly
reduced anxiety and improved self-esteem in
teenagers, depressed patients, those suffering with
chronic pain and many others. Ten minutes of a
quiet practice each day can set the tone for a space
between you and the drama of your mind.
Dr. Karen Koffler is Canyon
Ranch’s Medical Director. She
earned her medical degree at
the University of Miami and
served her residency at the
University of Colorado. She
did a two-year fellowship in
the University of Arizona, studying under the Father
of Integrative Medicine. For a consultation, email
KKoffler@CanyonRanch.com or visit CanyonRanch.
com. The Eco Gulp
Use soy milk as
the base of this
drink and add in 1
organic kiwi and
2 celery sticks.
Add Spanish Moss,
spinach and fresh
mint leaves for
The Power Sipper
extra-pulp orange juice
Vitamin D and
add equal parts