Ten Questions About Alcohol

While much ado has been made recently about adults in their twenties and thirties adopting mindful drinking philosophies or giving alcohol up completely, recent figures estimate that 17.6 million Americans, or one in twelve people, struggle with alcohol abuse disorder. Among nutrition-related topics, the subject of alcohol is one of the most confusing for many…

So, About Your Endothelium…

Can we talk about your endothelium for a minute? Don’t be shy – we all have one! The endothelium is simply (or not so simply) the tissue that lines your blood vessels, heart, and lymphatic vessels. It is sensitive and easily damaged by high cholesterol or homocysteine (an amino acid that is strongly linked to…

HDL Cholesterol – Not Always Healthy

When it comes to HDL cholesterol, most people think, “more is better.” After all, it’s been drilled into us that HDL (“good”) cholesterol removes LDL (“bad”) cholesterol from the blood vessels so that it can be excreted from the body, thereby providing protection against heart disease and stroke. In fact, the relationship between HDL and…

Can Cholesterol Be Too Low?

Cholesterol is in the membrane of every cell in your body and is essential to making certain vitamins and hormones, produces bile acids so that you can digest and absorb nutrients, and plays a role in the release of neurotransmitters in the brain, so it would make logical sense that too low of levels might…

Pumping Iron – Why This Mineral Matters to Your Heart

When people think of heart-health, they generally think of three things: dietary fat, exercise, and sodium. Yes, those things are probably the most important for your ticker’s wellbeing, but there are lots of other small things that might add up over the years. Unless you’re a vegetarian or have had a blood test showing a…

12 Tips for Quitting Soda

Sugar-sweetened beverages are undeniably terrible for us and accept part of the blame for obesity, diabetes, weakened bones, kidney stones, poor dental health, and a slew of other conditions plaguing Americans. However, sugar-sweetened beverage consumption is not dropping quickly enough as more studies warning about the dangers of sugar-sweetened beverages are unveiled. Consumption still hovers…

America Runs on Donuts, and That’s a Bad Thing

Do you know how much sugar you’ve consumed today? If you’re an average American, it’s likely in the ballpark of 420 calories worth – 28 teaspoons! The recommendation is no more than 100 calories/6 teaspoons for women and 150 calories/9 teaspoons for men. Consider that a single piece of Black-Out Cake from The Cheesecake Factory…

Spice Up Your Health

A lot of what I hear about using spices and herbs focuses on how they can help you slash your sodium intake, which is a crucial part of keeping your heart, brain, and kidneys healthy.  At least equally important is the fact that these ingredients contain phytonutrients that have a profound effect on your overall…

The Link Between Lifestyle and Kidney Disease

One in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Some of the risk factors are out of your control, but there are several that you can do something about: Not Controllable: family history of kidney failure; being age 60 or older; being African American/Black, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific…

This Dietitian Loves Her Coffee: Here’s Why

  I’ve gotten a lot of comments from surprised people when they see that I’m drinking coffee because they falsely believe that it’s a “bad” habit.  It’s true that caffeine is an addictive stimulant and it’s also true that it has been linked to some pretty adverse health problems, including recurrent migraines, anxiety, insomnia, GERD,…