Dr. Dawna Ara, DACM

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Warm Carrot Soup for Better Skin

Carrot SoupCarrots are one of the oldest cultivated vegetables. A staple in most cuisines, the white, yellow and purple varieties were first cultivated in Afghanistan around 3000BC. The modern, sweeter and bright yellow and orange varieties were created in the Netherlands around the 16th century. 


Hot Cocoa with Immune Boosting Herbs & Mushrooms

Taking my herbs is something I look forward to every day. Not only do they help me to think clearly and feel good, but I’ve learned how to make them taste delicious.

Here I have homemade hot cocoa with collagen for skin and joint health and a homemade immune tonic with astragalus and mushrooms to keep me well throughout the fall and winter season. This warm and cozy drink is very calming and I look forward to drinking it as my day winds down. No, you cannot taste the herbs.


Autumn Food & Cooking

Autumn Harvest

As we move deeper into the autumn season, the foundation of our diet should be foods that are bountiful, local and ripe. Just as we rotate our wardrobe for the seasons, we should be rotating our diet as well. Most of us wouldn’t wear shorts and a tank top in the snowy winter, nor would we wear a heavy coat on a hot summer day. As such, we should reserve cold and raw foods for the warmer months, and eat warmer and cooked foods during the colder months.


The Complete Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Series

I know what you are thinking. Gluten free is annoying. You can’t wait for it to go away so you can go out to dinner without the embarrassment of your friend asking the waiter if each item on the menu is gluten free. You preferred when they were a vegetarian. At least then you could eat your naan bread and channa masala in peace without them giving you the stink eye.


Eating the Rainbow

An easy way to find out if you are getting enough nutrients is just to look down at your plate. What colors do you see? Is your food colorful and bright or does it look a little drab and dreary? Did you eat the same colors yesterday and the day before? If so, you might want to consider changing it up.


Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (Part IV): Cross Reactivity and Testing for Gluten Sensitivity

The best and cheapest way to test for gluten sensitivity is to simply take it out of your diet for 30 days, then reintroduce it back into your diet. If you feel better during those 30 days, or feel worse when you add it back in, then it is likely you have gluten sensitivity.


Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (Part II): What Is Gluten?

Gluten is a substance found in many grains including barley and rye but most abundantly found in triticum aestivum, otherwise known as modern day wheat. Grains are made up of an endosperm, bran, and germ. Gluten is group of proteins found bound to a starch in the endosperm of these grains.


Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (Part I)

While many healthy people with no real health issues may just be trying a gluten free diet out because they heard it was good for them, there are a lot of people who suffer terribly and will actually benefit a great deal by not eating it. If you have a gluten sensitivity eating it can can lower immunity and be the precursor to a list of ailments you’ve been suffering from. Are you having joint pain? If so, eating gluten can be the reason. Are you feeling depressed and anxious? Well, gluten can be the reason for that too. In those who have non-celiac gluten sensitivity, eating it can cause inflammation not only in your gut, but in other areas of your body as well.