Gallstone Disease

Luckily, most people with gallstone disease will never have symptoms and won’t know that they have stones unless they are found incidentally during testing for another problem. However, for those individuals who are symptomatic, the pain can be terrible. While some people are genetically predisposed to forming stones or are merely unfortunate, some proactive steps…

Do You Need An Enzyme Supplement?

A friend recently messaged me about a supplement that she’s taking. The advertisements say that it makes your stomach flatter and improves your digestion – both great things! It consists of enzymes that break down protein, fat, carbohydrate, fiber, and lactose. The supplement would cost you $300 a year if you took it every day,…

Gout and Diet

You probably know someone who “has the gout” as I’ve heard it said dozens of times. If you have gout, you have a painful form of arthritis that develops when uric acid in the blood crystallizes, and these crystals then infiltrate and surround the joints. Uric acid is usually transported by the blood to the…

Breathe Easy – COPD and Diet

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the umbrella term for emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory asthma. These conditions result in stiffening, inflammation, and airway damage, limiting airflow and making breathing much more difficult. Symptoms include shortness of breath, frequent coughing, excessive phlegm production, wheezing, and tightness in the chest. COPD is one of those diseases…

The Pegan Diet – More Problems Than A Simple Misnomer?

What is the Pegan Diet? The Pegan Diet, developed by Dr. Mark Hyman in 2015, is a combination of the meat-laden Paleo diet and the word vegan. It is also a misnomer since the diet is certainly not vegan. Between half and three-quarters of your menu will consist of plants on this diet, but small…

Beyond REM – The Science of Chronobiology

Basics of Chronobiology Chronobiology is the study of time rhythms and how they affect our behavior and functioning. One hundred fifty messenger substances constantly circulate through your body and update your organs about the current environment – your body temperature, blood pressure, etc. There are three primary rhythms of chronobiology: Infradian Rhythms– these are rhythms…

The Good Mood Grocery List

Foods That May Alleviate Depression Several B vitamins, including folate, B1 (thiamin), B6, and B12, are essential to emotional wellness. The best sources of these vitamins are animal-based foods, including meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products. These vitamins are also found in a wide range of beans, nuts, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, especially dark…

The Nordic Diet vs. The Mediterranean Diet: Two Peas in a Pod

I am a huge proponent of the Mediterranean Diet and the Nordic Diet, which are quite similar. Both plans emphasize a plant-based diet (high in fruits, veggies, nuts, and legumes), moderate amounts of fish (two to three servings a week), eggs, and a small amount of dairy foods. Both plans also limit processed foods, sweets,…

Why the Term “Anti-Nutrients” is More Than A Little Misleading

Many people eat foods like white bread and white rice, which are refined low-nutrient foods, while avoiding healthful foods because they are afraid of the “anti-nutrients” in whole grains, beans, certain types of nuts, etc. This is upsetting to me because it’s absolutely unnecessary to avoid these foods. The notion that these foods are unhealthy…

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 strongly linked to heart disease)…