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Shift workers need not be zombies: 5 survival tips

Are you “working” when you are asleep but at work? Should you be paid for being on call when you are at home?

A recent study found that delaying meals because of working shifts can mess with your internal body clock. Here are five ways to survive the slog of shift work.


When the clock strikes midnight, your body tells you to sleep, not to eat lunch.

This is why shift work can play havoc with your dietary health.

New research shows that delaying meal times or having meals at irregular times can affect your internal body rhythms. The study, published in the journal Current Biology, found that a five-hour delay in meal times causes a five-hour delay in blood glucose rhythms.

“We think this is due to changes in the clocks in our metabolic tissues but not the master clock in the brain,” said Dr Jonathan Johnston of the University of Surrey, one of the authors of the study.

It is easy to let your blood sugar levels dip too low – particularly on busy shifts – so the trick is to plan ahead and organise what to eat during and around shifts.

“Make sure the fridge is stocked with healthy choices,” said Ms Suzy Reading, a chartered psychologist. “One way to do this is by cooking meals in batches and reheating them through the week.”

She also recommends taking pre- prepared meals with you if it is difficult to get healthy options at work.

What you eat can make a big difference, said Mr Chris Simon, a personal trainer. “If you want to have a high amount of energy to pull you through a shift, you should include brown rice in your meal. It contains manganese, which helps produce energy from protein and carbohydrates.”

Mr Simon suggests meals with about 3g protein, 3.5g starch (containing manganese) and around 6g of leafy greens. “This will give you a lot of energy, even at the end of your shift,” he said.


It is unlikely that you will finish a night shift and want to head straight to the gym for a workout.

However, you may want to plan a few activity sessions around your shifts, whether it is a quick swim before you start work or a long walk on your day off.

“When it comes to exercise, fit it in whenever you can,” said Ms Reading. “Any movement will do, including following some of the exercise routines on YouTube.”

Remember that exercise is not just about physical health, it is also about mental health, she said.

“Any movement, even gentle forms, has a potent antidepressant action. So, if energy is low or you are exercising before going to bed, opt for something soothing, such as a yoga session or a walk.”


All shift workers should be given adequate rest breaks (at least 20 minutes if the working day is longer than six hours) and those who are doing monotonous or hazardous work must be given more, said Ms Laura Livingstone , a partner at law firm Gordon Dadds.

“Night workers should work no more than eight hours in any 24-hour period,” she said. It is in the employer’s interests to have a healthy workforce, she added.


If you work unsocial hours, including weekends, it can be hard to fit in a social life. But stressing about it is not good for your mental health or your relationships, said Ms Anna Percy-Davis, executive and careers coach at Well Aware.

“When it comes to enjoying time with friends and family around awkward shift-work hours, quality rather than quantity needs to be the focus,” she said.

She suggests finding ways to spend time together and ensuring that those closest to you appreciate that you may be tired or your time with them is going to be limited.

“This does not mean you have to act like a martyr or that you expect loads of sympathy,” she said. “It’s about making those moments when you are together fun rather than stressed. Spending time with family and friends requires more effort when you are a shift worker, but it is not impossible.”


Sleeping during the day can be a nightmare with noise and light (eye pads and earphones can help), and can have long-term effects.

While you could try resetting your body clock by sleeping under the stars on your nights off – a study suggests that camping can help reset circadian rhythms – that is not a practical year-round solution.

Instead, try sleeping in a darkened room with your smartphone switched off, sipping chamomile or lavender tea and using an app for meditation to help you wind down.


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Pesky Mosquitos? Health Dept Tips to Lowering Your Exposure to West Nile Virus

With the warm weather comes the mosquitoes and with the mosquitoes the threat of West Nile Virus. As of June 5, 2017 the State of Connecticut began their mosquito trapping and testing for the virus.

In conjunction with the State and other Towns across Connecticut, the Town of Greenwich has begun the fight against West Nile Virus this month and will continue through October, 2017. The program involves conducting a preemptive larviciding program that will include the treatment of public and private roadway catch basins, public school ground catch basins and other property owned and operated by the Town if necessary.

Director of Health, Caroline Calderone Baisley stated, “Controlling the mosquito population in the larval stage through the application of larvicide has been found to be very effective over the years, so it is prudent to continue this action.”

The Town, along with several State agencies will implement an integrated mosquito management program that includes monitoring and surveillance, education and prevention. Adult mosquito control will only be considered if necessary. In Connecticut, in 2016, mosquitoes, domestic animals and humans were included in surveillance systems. The following is a list of those results:

• There was one (6) human case of West Nile Virus in Milford

• Mosquitoes were collected at 91 permanent mosquito-trapping stations in 72 municipalities throughout the state. A total of 173,988 mosquitoes were trapped and tested for WNV, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and Zika virus. WNV positive mosquitoes were found in twenty (20) Connecticut towns. The Zika virus was not isolated from mosquito pools in Connecticut in 2016.

“Although the town’s larvicide program will treat catch basins, the general public must be vigilant in eliminating standing water on their own properties and protecting themselves from biting mosquitoes at all times,” said Director of Environmental Services, Michael Long. “It is important to recognize that the highest risk of exposure to West Nile Virus infected mosquitoes is during the months of August and September.”

As in the past, the Department of Health will work closely with all agencies, including the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), which will identify and monitor mosquito breeding sites starting in June; the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES), which will trap and isolate arboviruses in the mosquito population; the Connecticut Department of Public Health, which will conduct surveillance of West Nile Virus infection in humans; and the Connecticut Department of Agriculture (DoAg), which will carry out surveillance in domestic animals.

When bitten by an infected mosquito, most people are able to fight off the infection and experience either mild symptoms, such as headache and fever, or no symptoms at all. It is believed that approximately one in 100 persons bitten by an infected mosquito become ill. In a minority of infected persons, especially those over 50 years old, West Nile Virus can cause serious illness, including encephalitis and meningitis. Infection leads to death in 3 to 15 percent of persons with severe forms of the illness. The virus is spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito, which becomes infected when it bites a bird carrying the virus. West Nile virus is not spread by person-to-person contact or directly from birds to people. Although there is no specific treatment or cure, the symptoms and complications of the disease can often be treated. Most people who become ill recover.

In some individuals, including the elderly and persons with compromised immune systems, WNV can cause serious illness that affects the central nervous system. At its most serious, it can cause permanent neurological damage and can be fatal. General symptoms occur suddenly between 5 – 15 days following the bite of an infected mosquito and range from a slight fever, headache, rash, swollen lymph nodes, nausea, malaise and eye pain, to the rapid onset of severe headache, high fever, stiff neck, disorientation, severe muscle weakness, gastrointestinal symptoms, coma or death. Residents are encouraged to see a physician immediately if they develop any of these sudden symptoms.

“Personal measures are extremely important to protect ourselves against biting mosquitoes during the day and at night,” says Michael S. Long. The following precautions should be taken:

• Avoid outdoor activities at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

• If you plan to be outdoors for a long period of time, wear long sleeved shirts, long pants and use mosquito repellent according to the manufacturer’s directions on the label (10% or less DEET for children and no more than 30% DEET for adults). Avoid application of repellents with DEET on infants and small children.

• Cover up arms and legs of children playing outdoors and cover playpens or carriages with

mosquito netting.

• Don’t camp overnight near stagnant or standing water where mosquitoes are most active.

• If you dispose of a dead animal – handle with gloves or bag the animal without touching it.

In addition, Greenwich residents are urged to continue to participate in the Town’s mosquito control effort by eliminating areas of standing water around their homes which includes:


• Get rid of old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles or any water holding containers.

• Fill in or drain any low places (puddles, ruts) in yard.

• Keep rain gutters, drains, ditches and culverts clean of weeds and trash so water will drain properly.

• Cover trash containers to keep out rainwater.

• Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets.

• Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store indoors when not in use.

• Make sure your backyard pool is properly chlorinated every day.

• Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water with sand or concrete.

• Change the water in birdbaths and plant pots or drip trays at least once each week.

• Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed around the house so adult mosquitoes cannot hide there.

• Eliminate collected water in boat or pool covers.

• Ponds and stagnant water bodies that do not support fish, frogs or other amphibians that eat mosquito larvae may be treated with a biological control agent such as Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (BTI) and Bacillus sphaericus (BS).

It is suggested that the Department of Health or Greenwich Conservation Commission be contacted when treatment is considered.

For more information about the Town’s larviciding program, personal protection and property management recommendations, the State of Connecticut mosquito management program, the following contact sites are available.

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7 best health tips and tricks of all time

#3 is a really interesting – and super easy – tip we hadn’t heard of until now. 

Photos: Instagram @rachaelfinch

Brush away the fickle fads with these tried-and-true tips that will bolster your physical and mental wellbeing.


What’s the difference between in-laws and outlaws? Outlaws are wanted. Boom-tish! We can often forget to see the lighter side of life but tickling your funny bone could protect you from a heart attack. That’s the finding of a study by The University of Maryland School of Medicine in the US, which found a link between laughter and healthy blood vessel function. The researchers believe that 30 minutes of exercise three times a week and 15 minutes of laughter daily is good for the vascular system.


The secret to a long and healthy marriage? It’s gratitude, according to a study in the journal Personal Relationships.

Researchers from the University of Georgia in the US asked 468 married people about their approach to money, communication and gratitude and found the couples who showed the most appreciation for each other were the happiest. “Even if a couple is experiencing difficulty in other areas, gratitude in the relationship can help promote positive marital outcomes,” lead author Allen Barton says.


So say the people of Okinawa in Japan. The Okinawans – who call this calorie-control rule “hara hachi bu” – are famous for having the world’s longest life (and health) expectancy and low rates of heart disease and cancer. The secret to calorie control is to practise conscious eating, by chewing slowly and mindfully, until you’re 80 per cent sated. You also need to choose your food thoughtfully. The Okinawans favour veg, wholegrains, fruit, legumes (soy foods) and fish, with a limited amount of lean meat.


The practice of meditation dates back thousands of years, and science has been uncovering the benefits ever since. A study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry showed meditation helped reduce stress in a group of people who were unemployed. After three days of intensive practice, they reported feeling more resilient in spite of being jobless. And in follow-up brain scans, the researchers discovered there was more activity in the parts of the participants’ brains related to focus and calm. New to meditation? Try an app such as Buddhify.


Humble vegetables are healthy food superheroes thanks to their antioxidants and phytochemicals, which can lower your risk of stroke, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and much more. Accredited practising dietitian Sharon Natoli, of Food Nutrition Australia, says: “When we look back at our first set of dietary guidelines from 1979, the advice to base a healthy diet on vegetables, fruit, wholegrains, legumes, nuts and seeds has been a consistent recommendation.” It’s just that we now call it a ‘plant-based diet’.


Yoga is a natural complement to meditation, and its origins have been traced back to at least the 5th century BC. Aside from increasing flexibility and reducing stress, regular practice may help the body ward off disease. A 2013 Norwegian study, published in the journal Plos One, found that yoga causes changes at a genetic level to boost immunity.


Walking is the most accessible form of exercise there is, and a long list of studies shows that just 30 minutes a day lowers your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and cancer. “Walking is something our bodies are made to do,” personal trainer Andreas Lundin says. “It also improves our posture from sitting all day at work.” Lundin suggests catching up with a friend over an evening walk to increase your step tally.

Dancer Amrita Hepi shows you how to stretch at your desk.

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Health department issues smoke safety warning, tips

ST. GEORGE — With extreme fire weather, hot temperatures and red flag warnings issued multiple times over the last two weeks, the Southwest Utah Public Health Department released health and safety tips Sunday.

So far this year, nearly 28,000 fires have burned more than 2.5 million acres. Currently, 18 large fires are actively burning across the country, including three that continue to burn in Utah, according to information obtained from the National Interagency Fire Center.

The Southwest Utah Public Health Department released a statement encouraging residents to be aware of health impacts from wildfire smoke, which contains fine particles.

One indicator that smoke has reached levels that pose a greater health risk is if visibility in the neighborhood has decreased to less than 5 miles, said David Heaton, public information officer for the health department.

These fine particles in wildfire smoke can cause burning eyes, running nose, scratchy throat, headaches and bronchitis and can worsen chronic heart and lung disease, Heaton said. Refraining from outside activities is suggested.

People who are at greater risk include older adults, pregnant women, children, those who have asthma and those who have a heart or lung condition.

Wildfire smoke protection tips 

  • Keep doors and windows closed and run an air conditioner with the filter clean and fresh-air intake closed to keep inside air free of smoke.
  • Running a swamp cooler can pull smoky air into the house. If heat becomes an issue, consider a portable swamp cooler or seeking alternative shelter.
  • Refrain from burning candles, smoking or vacuuming, which can add to indoor pollution.
  • Follow physician’s advice about medications and respiratory management if asthma or another lung disease is present.
  • Consider evacuating the area if you are having trouble breathing. Call for further advice if your symptoms worsen.
  • Dust masks provide no protection from the small particles found in wildfire smoke.
  • Evacuate if instructed by local officials. Follow designated evacuation routes and bring only essential items.
  • Pay attention to local TV and radio reports, along with official social media sources for up-to-date information for the area.


Twitter: @STGnews

Copyright St. George News, LLC, 2017, all rights reserved.



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4 deep breathing tips that can change your life

Jorge Cruise has written 32 books about carbs, calories and how to blast belly fat. But for his latest, “The 3 Choices,” he’s focusing on the “inner, rather than outer, transformation.”

The Los Angeles-based celebrity trainer and nutritionist, who has worked with Oprah Winfrey, Steve Harvey and Angelina Jolie, cites focused, mindful breathing as a critical component of good health, and he makes it one of the three cornerstones in his book. (The other two are self-acceptance and movement.)

Cruise said he realized the importance of good breathing when, eight years ago, his “life unraveled.” He and his then-wife had two children and a beautiful home, and he was living what appeared to be a dream life.

Until he realized he was gay.

Preparing for spring gardening


Getting your pots ready for spring planting.

Getting your pots ready for spring planting.

Here's Isla Holbox


Isla Holbox is a flat, sandy, increasingly popular island off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Why is business booming? Because and a great place to see whale sharks.


Isla Holbox is a flat, sandy, increasingly popular island off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Why is business booming? Because and a great place to see whale sharks.


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5 P**is Health Tips

Just as any part of your body, it’s important to keep your man-hood healthy and you can do so by following these five man-hood health tips. A healthy man-hood can add stamina and enjoyment to your s*x life and help build confidence as a man. As men age, a lack of testosterone can negatively affect the sperm count and male hormones that make you feel youthful and energetic. These changes can impact a man in several different ways but by following these man-hood health tips, you can make a difference and actually slow the aging process.

Eat Healthy. One of the most important man-hood health tips is to eat healthy on a consistent basis. A well-balanced diet can ensure normal erectile function and give your body the energy it craves. Maintaining a diet high in fiber and low in saturated fats can help keep a strong constant blood flow throughout the body. Eating healthy also helps to prevent clogged arteries and heart problems that can slow down the blood flow.

Quite Smoking. Deciding to quite smoking can benefit the body in numerous ways, including man-hood function. Smoking constricts blood vessels in the body that can result in plaque buildup in the arteries. These buildups of plaque can slow down and even block blood flow to certain areas of the body including the man-hood. Deciding to quit smoking is one of the most important man-hood health tips as it can help you live a longer and more fulfilled life.

Avoid Alcohol. While the occasional glass of wine is fine, those who drink on a regular basis should consider slowing down or even taking alcohol out of their diet. Excessive alcohol can lead to erectile dysfunction, impotence, and even shrinking of the man-hood. Alcohol affects your liver function which results in an increase in estrogen levels. High estrogen levels will lower your sperm count, which in turn will lower satisfaction during intimacy.

Daily Exercise. Daily exercise is good for your overall health and can help maintain your maximum performance in your s*x life. As one of the leading man-hood health tips, exercise can boost your body’s energy levels. Exercising at least three to four times per week is recommended to stay in top shape and to maintain a youthful feeling.

Nutritional Supplements. As one of the final man-hood health tips, nutritional supplements are a must for most men. Taking nutritional supplements can help keep longer erections and improve circulation. With practice, erections and ejaculations can be controlled and therefore be more pleasurable. Various creams and pills are also available to help increase circulation and sperm count to enhance male orgasms.

source: Mademen

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Tips to protect health in extreme heat – Tillamook Headlight

The following is a press release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

Following the excessive heat watches and warnings issued by the National Weather Service for western Oregon, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reminds local residents about steps they should take to protect their health from the extreme heat.

People suffering from heat stress may experience heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; fast, weak pulse; and nausea or vomiting.  Early signs include muscle cramps, heat rash, fainting or near-fainting spells, and a pulse or heart rate greater than 100.

People suffering from heat stress should be moved to a cooler location to lie down. Apply cool, wet cloths to the body especially to head, neck, arm pits and upper legs near the groin area where combined 70 percent of body heat can be lost; and have the person sip water. They should remain in the cool location until recovered with a pulse heart rate is well under 100 beats per minute.

Signs of the most severe heat-related illness, heat stroke, include a body temperature above 103 degrees Fahrenheit; hot, red, dry or moist skin; rapid and strong pulse; and altered mental status which can range from confusion and agitation to unconsciousness. Call 911 immediately and take steps to cool the person.

While children are especially vulnerable to heat illnesses, they may be unable to explain what is wrong but may act differently than usual. In extreme heat, consider changes in a child’s behavior to be heat stress.

Similarly, people with communication-related disabilities may have difficulty expressing a heat-related problem. In extreme heat, look for a change in behavior as a sign of heat stress.


Older adults face additional risk of heat stress and heat stroke, for a variety of reasons. The National Institute on Aging’s fact sheet explains more about how extreme heat can affect seniors.

To help prevent heat-related illness:

  • Spend time in locations with air-conditioning when possible. 
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Good choices are water and diluted sport electrolyte drinks (one part sport drink to two parts water) unless told otherwise by a doctor. 
  • Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.

As air conditioning use increases, electrical grids can become overwhelmed causing power outages. In power outages, people who rely on electricity-dependent medical devices, like oxygen concentrators, may need assistance so check on family members, friends and neighbors who use this type of equipment.

Community organizations and businesses can help local emergency managers and health departments plan for the community’s health needs amid the summer heat – and other emergency situations that cause power outages – using the HHS emPOWER Map. The HHS emPOWER Map provides the monthly total number of Medicare beneficiaries’ claims for electricity-dependent equipment at the national, state, territory, county, and zip code levels.

For more information about how to prevent heat-related illnesses visit the HHS public health emergency preparedness website at For information about how to better prepare for disasters and other emergencies, visit

HHS’ mission is to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans and fulfills its mission by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services. ASPR leads HHS in preparing the nation to respond to and recover from adverse health effects of emergencies, supporting communities’ ability to withstand adversity, strengthening health and response systems, and enhancing national health security.

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ON HEALTH: Tips on helping those with cancer

No one wants to hear the dreaded diagnosis, “You have cancer!” It is scary. It feels like your life will be turned upside down. There are many aspects to life with cancer – for the patient as well as everyone connected to that patient!

There is a real need to recognize and clearly identify all the various ways cancer impacts the patient, their family, the caregivers, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. etc. Everyone is impacted. Many people will say, “Oh, I’m so sorry” because they don’t know what else to say. Some people will say nothing and avoid the subject completely as though it doesn’t exist (that can be painful to the patient and family too). It exists. It may be around for a short or very long time.

There are those who will say, “If you need anything, call me!” Well, sadly when you call they are not available or cannot do what you need done. That can be quite understandable as everyone is so busy with ‘life.’ ADVICE: (1) Don’t offer if you cannot or are too busy. (2) If you want to offer to help, be specific. “If you need anything from the grocery store, I’m going. Let me know” or, “if you need help with the laundry” or (3) Call once in a while and ask. Say, “Hey, I have any hour or two. Is there anything you need that I can do for you?”

Be sure to ask before you decide to be helpful by making food and dropping it off. The patient may not be able to eat certain things or, may need to eat certain things for additional nutrition. The patient may be fine drinking Boost or other supplements, but the family may still need assistance. Call and ask.

Know that sometimes the cancer patient is also a major income-contributor. That paycheck may stop or be reduced while the patient goes through treatment. Bills still need to be paid – rent/mortgage, utilities, car expenses, and so on. Not everyone has paid sick to cover a battle with cancer! There are very few non-profits or government agencies to lend a hand to help pay for the non-medical needs of the patient and family. This needs to change.

For a legitimate, cancer support non-profit that does help patients with some of their non-medical needs, Maryland is fortunate to have the Cancer Support Foundation. This all-volunteer, non-profit has no paid staff, no fancy office, etc. Therefore, the donations received are used to pay for the website, phone and to help patients get through cancer as best as they can. For the past two years, a huge focus has been to get legislators to address when and how BGE handles shutting off electricity while a patient is in treatment as well as where and how patients can apply for energy assistance in Baltimore County. This is a very important and often a life-saving need that must be addressed.

For more information on the Cancer Support Foundation, go to their website

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I Went On A Quest For Legit Health Tips At Gwyneth’s Goop Summit …

Gwyneth Paltrow used to be best known as an actress, but in the last decade she’s built an even bigger reputation as a health guru. Her newsletter venture, Goop, peddles an enviable lifestyle — travel, fashion, anything that looks gorgeous in photographs — but with a central message of living a clean, healthy life.
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The Coolest Health and Wellness Social-Media Stars Share Their Secrets to Conquering Life

The Mindfulness Guru: Millana Snow

Follow her: @millanasnow

Her 9-to-5: Cofounder, Serene Book.

Rethink Your Alarm Clock: “I wake to ‘Caught a Long Wind,’ by Feist, at 7 a.m. Then I see where I am—emotionally, physically, and mentally—to set a vibrational tone for the day.”

Find Your Zen: “I meditate three times a day. The first is 22 minutes of Kundalini kriya meditation, then 10 minutes of silence to check in to my chakras, and finally a breathing exercise where I breathe in for 10 seconds, hold it for 10, and exhale for 10.”

Consult the Experts: “If I’m feeling stressed, I go to Reiki healers, who help with my energy, and I recently started visiting Michelle Harper at Metaphysica Spa in Los Angeles to get a crystal healing facial.”

The Workout Fanatic: Remi Ishizuka

Follow her: @rrayyme

Her 9-to-5: Fitness blogger,

Switch Things Up: “I work out six days a week for an hour in the morning. Each day has a different focus— legs, abs, arms, butt—and I repeat moves until my muscles burn like crazy.”

Stop and Smell the Oils: “I have a custom essential-oil blend from Body Bliss with 15 drops of lemon, three drops of rose, six drops of basil, one drop of peppermint, and one drop of rosemary. I put it on my wrist before my workout and inhale three times.”

Step Up Your Stretching: “I’ll foam-roll for about 10 minutes. It’s a more active form of stretching.”

The Holistic Artist: Nitsa Citrine

Follow her: @nitsacitrine

Her 9-to-5: Creative director, Sun Potion Transformational Foods

Later, Morning Smoothie: “For breakfast, I make my matcha potion: Sun Potion’s White Dragon Matcha, pine pollen, reishi mushroom, coconut cream, and tocos [rice bran solubles]. It’s great for my immunity and energy.”

Rinse, Repeat:“I do oil pulling [swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for five to 20 minutes] with organic cold- pressed coconut or sesame oil, which helps pull the toxicity out of my mouth.”

Fill Your Glass with the Craft Vibes: “I drink biodynamic wine from VinFuzion and Casa Barranca, grown and harvested in accordance with the lunar cycles.”

The Biohacker: Dr. Mally Maloof

Follow her: @drmollymd

Her 9-to-5: Personalized medicine practitioner.

Timing Is Everything: “Meal timing is key to maintaining optimal circadian rhythm [sleep schedule]. I eat within 30 minutes of waking.”

Forget Your Fitbit: “I wear an Abbott FreeStyle Libre Pro continuous glucose monitor so I can watch my sugar throughout the day.”

Test Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself: “Check your genetic deficiencies, micronutrient levels, and personal biochemistry to see what supplements you’d benefit from. I don’t metabolize estrogen well, so I take diindolylmethane [a supplement said to break down estrogen in the body into a beneficial type of the hormone] and turmeric.”

This article appears in the July issue of Marie Claire, on newsstands now.

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