Healthy Chocolate, Part II

By Riva Preil It’s no secret that chocolate is extremely popular throughout the world.  However, its reputation has long been one of a calorie rich junk food or candy with little or no nutritional value.  The reason for this is the addition of so many harmful ingredients- sugar, oils, fillers, and waxes- which dilute the …

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Healthy Chocolate?!

By Riva Preil Fortunately for all of us- Yes, it’s true! Unknown to most people, chocolate originated as a life-giving and energy-providing beverage.  More than 2,000 years ago, the Olmec, Mayan, Aztec, and other Mesoamerican cultures consumed cocoa in the form of a healthy beverage eventually known by the Aztecan word xocolat, which means “bitter …

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Posture Protection

By Riva Preil The holiday seasons are wonderful times spent with family, friends, and prayers. It also provides physical therapists a perfect opportunity to review some basic postural advice in order to prevent back pain during the prolonged hours of sitting and standing in the same position. While sitting, avoid slouching or slumped positions as …

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Why Drinking MORE Water Helps You Leak LESS

By Riva Preil Sounds counterintuitive, right? Believe it or not, drinking adequate amounts of water, specifically 64 fluid ounces per day (= 8 cups of water) promotes bladder health and helps people with urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence, the unintentional voiding of urine, can be related to bladder filling and storing deficiencies. Normally, the bladder (also …

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Learn More about Endometriosis with Padma Lakshmi!

Learn more about endometriosis treatment and patient interaction at this free Lunch and Learn with Endometriosis Foundation of America co-founder and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi! Amy Stein will also be a featured speaker at the upcoming Endometriosis Lunch & Learn with Padma Lakshmi.  If you're in the NYC area on September 29th, please join …

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Love Your Colon: Part II

by Riva Preil I know you have been waiting patiently for more details about the I Love You massage.  Well, today is your lucky day, because you are about to discover a wonderful way relax your core and help promote colonic motility. Here’s how to do it: Lie on your back- preferably on your bed, …

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Love Your Colon: Part I

By Riva Preil Anyone who has ever experienced constipation knows how uncomfortable this condition can be.  It is important to eat adequate fiber (please refer to previous blogs for details), drinking eight cups of water each day, and participate in exercise regularly. It is also important to consider the anatomy involved with normal defecation.  The …

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Pediatric Pelvic Floor Therapy at BBPT

By Riva Preil Many children face challenges during the toilet training years.  Some children have difficulty with controlling urine flow during the day, and other children have difficulty remaining dry through the night (commonly referred to as bedwetters).  Both of these can affect the child’s emotional, psychological, and social well-being.  They might be embarrassed if …

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Our Blood Pressure is Out of Control!

According to this article in Time Healthland, nearly 1 in 3 Americans has high blood pressure, but not nearly enough have it under control. High blood pressure is a major factor in heart disease and susceptibility to heart attacks, so it's best to get it under control as quickly as possible! One of the top …

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Easy as Pumpkin Pie

Now that you and your fellow bloggers have heightened levels of fiber consciousness, you will be happy to know that one of this season’s favorite vegetables, the pumpkin, is a healthy-eater's new best friend. Not only are pumpkins chock full of fiber (3.5 grams per half cup of canned pumpkin, 1.5 grams per quarter cup …

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