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…

32 Foods That Improve Sleep

Salmon, halibut, and tuna, chickpeas, fortified cereal – The vitamin B6 in these foods aid the manufacture of melatonin. Tart cherry juice – In one study, two cups of tart cherry juice each day improved melatonin levels and improved chronic insomnia. Milk, yogurt, cheese, green leafy vegetables – Foods that contain calcium might make it…

Is Your Starch Resistant Enough?

Resistant starch, discovered by British researchers in the early 1980s, looks like starch but acts like a fiber, meaning that it passes through the small intestine to the colon without being digested. It seems to improve efforts to lose weight, treat digestive problems, and prevent both diabetes and cancer. There are several different forms of…

Choline: The Very Important Nutrient You Don’t Hear Much About

Maybe you’ve never heard of choline. You’re not alone. The DRI wasn’t even established until 1998, and the choline content of foods could not be measured until recently. Small amounts of choline are made in your body, but you get most of it in the foods that you eat. Foods like: Eggs Beef Pork Chicken…

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…

Are You On an Anti-Inflammatory Diet? Do You Know What That Means?

  Just a few of the headlines that have caught my attention and furrowed my brow in the past week: The One Anti-Inflammatory Breakfast You Should Eat to Lose Fat, According to a Trainer 4 Anti-Inflammatory Supplements Docs Swear by for Weight Loss 4 Anti-Inflammatory Foods Docs Say You Should Eat to Speed Up Your…

Moving Beyond Supplements to Medical Food

  Medical foods are becoming increasingly popular as patients and doctors alike search for alternatives to traditional medications. Medical Foods are in their own FDA regulated category and are defined as “a product specifically formulated for the dietary management of a nutritional need to manage a disease or health condition.” Unlike dietary supplements, medical foods…

My Growing Bones

When I was 30, and my body decided to rebel against me, I found out that I had osteopenia- actually, pretty severe osteopenia that resulted in the doctor writing, “warranting treatment…fracture risk is moderate”.  I drank (literally) a gallon of milk every day or two when I was young, and no, osteoporosis doesn’t run in…

Worry More About Magnesium and Potassium

People tend to be most concerned with nutrients that the majority of younger people aren’t at risk of being deficient in, like B12 or protein. If you eat animal protein or a very well-planned vegetarian diet and are under the age of 60, you’re likely ok on these two. What you’re probably not OK on…