In this month’s issue of Oprah’s O Magazine, Stephanie Pearson introduced us to Toni Bark, MD, a Chicago-area homeopathic doctor who believes in the power of consuming clean foods and products, looking “at the whole picture,” and circus fitness.

The article is a great profile of the vivacious 52-year old and her signature green tennies, and what they do together to stay healthy, happy and harmonious. It also outlines Dr. Bark’s “10 Smartest Things You Can Do for Your Body This Summer,” which includes INVERSION!

First on the list? Make the perfect summer salad. We love the recipe Dr. Bark shared, made with local organic greens and packed with foods with a low glycemic index rating. Summer is the time to get out and scour your local farmer’s markets for nutrient-rich produce!

She also enjoys a piping-hot cup of antioxidants every morning. You can search out special teas like Dr. Bark, or pack your breakfast full of antioxidant-rich fruits like blueberries, prunes, raspberries or strawberries. Antioxidants in our system are regularly depleted as they become oxidized when defending our bodies from harmful molecules called free radicals. The easiest way for us to replenish them is to consume them through foods rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium and Beta Carotene. Find a list here.

Dr. Bark also advises eating low-glycemic-index foods. Low-GI foods are based on a widely accepted food scale, ranking the carbohydrates in food from 1 to 100. The higher the number, the more the food will cause spikes in your blood sugar levels and consequently negatively impact other vital health stats. Check out our post on the glycemic index for more information.

And our favorite tip of all from Dr. Bark? Hang upside down. Inversion, whether by Dr. Bark’s “circus fitness” or perhaps less intimidating with a Teeter inversion table, “can improve blood flow to certain areas,” and can also be “good for your spine and neck with the gravitational pull from your head helping open up the disk space,” said Bark in her interview with O Magazine.

To view the entire article and top 10 list, go here.

Sources
http://www.oprah.com/omagazine.html/
http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsweek/Glycemic_index_and_glycemic_load_for_100_foods.htm
http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/facts/antioxidant1.htm
http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/prevention/nutrition/antioxidants.aspx