Level Up Your Immunity With Food (free handout)

You’ve probably been giving a lot of thought to your physical well-being and immunity in the past few months. For sure, most of us are willing to dedicate a lot of time and effort to stay well. I want to say something cheerful like, “I’ll show you how a simple fruit salad can guarantee you’ll…

Do You Need An Enzyme Supplement?

A friend recently messaged me about a supplement that she’s taking. It’s advertised as making your stomach flatter and improving 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, so it’s essential…

Spotlight on Chromium

Chromium is perhaps best known for its enhancement of insulin function, but it also influences protein and fat metabolism. It has been hypothesized that chromium facilitates the transfer of insulin across cell membranes. Many studies have shown that chromium might be useful for controlling blood glucose among individuals with diabetes, although no benefit is seen…

Free Handout: The Diabetes Digest

We hear a lot about “plant-based eating,” and for some reason, many people feel the incessant need to make it more complicated than it is. It truly is the simplest and most natural diet in the world. There are no bad vegetables and no criminal fruits. Research has shown again and again that people with…

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…

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

A lot of people are eating white bread and white rice, refined low-nutrient foods, while avoiding healthful foods like legumes because they are afraid of the “anti-nutrients” in whole grains, beans, certain types of nuts, etc. This is upsetting because it’s entirely unnecessary to avoid these foods; the notion is an absurdist interpretation of food…

Pumped Up on Amino Acids or Just Hot Air?

You’ve probably heard people talk about taking amino acid supplements, but what are they, and are they good for anything? Essential amino acids can only be acquired by eating protein; these include histidine, lycine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, isoleucine, leucine, and valine. If you’ve ever heard the term “complete protein,” it means that a food…

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…

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…