Yes, Breakfast Still Matters

The Problem With Research Is breakfast truly the most important meal of the day? Unfortunately, many studies carried out to answer this question have different definitions of what constitutes breakfast and skipping breakfast. The methods used to correlate nutrient consumption and breakfast with overall diet quality are also inconsistent. However, the evidence remains strong that…

Simple Swaps Quiz

Test your nutrition knowledge with this quiz, proving that small changes can lead to big results.

Will Elderberry Prevent Illness?

Background Elderberry (Sambucas nigra) contains flavonoids, including quercetin and anthocyanidins. It is most often used for influenza, the common cold, and general immune stimulation. It is noted for its cardiovascular, anti-inflammatory, and immune-stimulatory properties. Buyer Beware Elderberry tablets, capsules, syrups, and gummies are considered an herbal supplement and are therefore not FDA-approved. The potency and…

Brush Up On Your Oral Health

Most everyone knows that poor oral care can result in tooth decay and gum disease, but did you know that your oral health is linked to your diabetes and heart disease risk? Plaque is a bacteria-laden film that can accumulate on your teeth and gums if you aren’t diligent about brushing and flossing. This plaque…

Are You Overeating Healthy Food?

Marissa has decided to eat healthier after finding out that her cholesterol and blood pressure are elevated. She is also hoping to lose a few pounds on her new eating plan. Marissa is 5’7″ tall and weighs 155 pounds. Her dietitian advises that she: consume 1,800 calories/day limit her sodium to 1,500 milligrams (mg)/day eat…

Gut Check: Symptom Relief for Common Gastrointestinal Problems

In recent years, the public’s awareness of gastrointestinal problems and the microbiome have skyrocketed. An increasing understanding of the link between the gut and overall wellness has been a boon to the food and supplement industry, some of which have been based on evidence, while others are a bit more questionable.  Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS…

HRAs, HSAs, and FSAs…Oh My!

All of these are accounts that can be used to reduce your taxes and help pay for medical, prescription, dental, and vision expenses.  An HRA is a Health Reimbursement Account. Ownership Your employer owns your HRA, and only your employer can fund an HRA. The money that your employer contributes to your HRA account can’t…

Know Your Options: Allergy Medications and Shots

Anyone who has allergies knows how miserable they are, causing sneezing, runny nose, and congestion, rash, itchiness, hives, or swelling, depending on the type of allergy. Besides obviously avoiding anything that leads to irritation and allergy symptoms, it’s important to understand the various types of treatment available to you.

The Essential Guide to Zinc

In 1963, zinc was officially designated as an essential nutrient. It sure is! Our bodies can’t store zinc, so we have to consume enough zinc-rich food every day. Perhaps best known for it’s importance to the immune system, zinc is also involved in hundreds of enzymes needed for regulatory and metabolic functions. This handout about…