Ultraprevention

10 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Mark Liponis, M.D.

When you consider that your immune system is your body’s natural defense against threats to your health, you may think that it best serves you by always being active and in fighting mode. But a strong immune system is actually one that remains calm and un-agitated until it is called to action.

Caffeine and Your Health

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Stephen Brewer, M.D.

For some, there’s nothing like the burst of energy from a morning cup of coffee or tea. And that’s perfectly OK. When consumed in moderation (no more than about two cups of coffee a day, for example), caffeine is safe for most people.

How Much Is Too Much Caffeine?

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Stephen Brewer, M.D.

While caffeine is not outright harmful to most people, it can—in addition to making you jumpy or irritable—potentially contribute to certain health problems, particularly if you overdo it. Find out if you could benefit from curbing your caffeine routine.

Inflammation and Heart Disease

Written by 
Bob Barnett
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Mark Liponis, M.D.

Because you care about your health, keeping your cardiovascular system working well is probably a core goal for you. So you’ll want to know about a new way of understanding the origins of chronic disease that has changed the way we think about preventing heart disease.

Inflammation: The Silent Risk Factor

Written by 
Holly Pevzner
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Mark Liponis, M.D.

Inflammation is something you’re undoubtedly familiar with—the skin redness that comes from a bee sting or the swelling that results from twisting your ankle. Inflammation—your immune system’s natural fix-it response—comes, it protects, it heals and then—poof—it disappears. At least that’s when things happen as they should.

Inspiring Words on Health and Wellness

"Healthy" means more than simply the absence of disease. Don't wait until something goes terribly awry to focus on your health. Be proactive and nurture yourself. These words of wisdom may help inspire you to live a life beyond "not sick."

Managing Seasonal Lows

Written by 
Cathy Garrard
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Param Dedhia, M.D.

The cause of this type of depression, which most often strikes in darker months, isn’t exactly known—which can make addressing it challenging. While all you may want is a surefire treatment, giving some new solutions a try may bring you renewed hope—even the help you seek.

Stress: The Forgotten Inflammation Factor

Written by 
Holly Pevzner
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Mark Liponis, M.D.

From losing weight to exercising regularly to getting more sleep, people are starting to take steps to keep inflammation in check—and that deserves our applause. But one weapon in this war is often overlooked—managing stress.

The Importance of C-reactive Protein

Written by 
Holly Pevzner
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Mark Liponis, M.D.

Think of CRP sort of like a crystal ball: Its presence can be one of the first things that hints at an underlying health problem. And because inflammation plays a role in the development of a myriad long-term health concerns, your CRP level can, essentially, foretell if such issues are likely to strike you in years to come.

Understanding Antioxidants

Written by 
Meghan Rabbitt
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Mark Liponis, M.D.

While the message about the importance of antioxidants has come through loud and clear—they help prevent cancer, are anti-aging, the list goes on—there remains much confusion about how, exactly, they work in the body, and what the ideal ways are to boost them.

What Is Cortisol?

Written by 
Holly Pevzner
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Mark Liponis, M.D.

Should you completely avoid stress? Not only is that impossible, but some level of stress helps you stay safe and productive. The key is to learn to manage stress to keep cortisol from impacting your health.

What Is Ultraprevention?

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Mark Liponis, M.D.

You hear a lot about preventive medicine these days, but the truth is that most of what we do at the doctor’s office doesn’t really stop us from developing illnesses. Learn more about avoiding illness, rather than simply detecting or diagnosing it.

What Is Your Immune System?

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Cynthia Geyer, M.D.

For something you can’t exactly point to, your immune system does quite a job of making its presence known. We are constantly learning more about the complicated intricacies of our immune system. While you can’t control its destiny, you can make lifestyle choices that support healthy immunity.

What You May Not Know About Diabetes

Written by 
Holly Pevzner
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Mark Liponis, M.D.

In addition to high blood sugar, people with diabetes are also likely have elevated levels of inflammation. By controlling inflammation levels, you’ll reduce your risk of developing other health conditions.

Your Mouth, Your Health

Written by 
Bob Barnett
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Param Dedhia, M.D.

Taking good care of your mouth can help keep your entire body healthy. That’s right: Your heart, lungs and more can benefit from those two important minutes you spend over the bathroom sink, morning and night.