Intermittent Fasting

I get asked a lot about intermittent fasting these days, and for good reason – there is a ton of research being done on this subject, and the science is sure to continue evolving for some time. The first step to getting a grasp on the science behind intermittent fasting is to get familiarized with…

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

I am a huge proponent of both the Mediterranean Diet and the Nordic Diet, which have slight differences although they have many more similarities. Both plans emphasize a plant-based diet (high in fruits, veggies, nuts, and legumes) and include moderate amounts of fish (two to three servings a week), and eggs, as well as a…

20 Little-Known Facts About Diabetes

Diabetes – so many misconceptions, so little time! This complicated health problem is made even more challenging to understand because it often travels with friends – kidney disease, heart disease, neuropathy, etc. How many of the facts below did you already know? By sharing what we learn, we can help others to avoid common complications…

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…

A Short Nutrition Quiz

You have to be an expert of sorts to walk through the grocery store nowadays, let alone the intense scrutiny that browsing the web or listening to the news necessitates. Test your knowledge with this quick quiz. Q: True or False: A “whole grain” roll might contain only one teaspoon of whole grain flour. A:…

Diabetes, Carbohydrate, the Glycemic Index, and the Ketogenic Diet

The lower your carbohydrate intake, the lower your blood glucose will be, right?!? You need 400-600 calories from glucose every day to fuel the brain, spinal column, and nervous system. An adult should never eat less than 130 grams of carbohydrate a day (175 grams for pregnant women). This amount of carbohydrate is the bare…