Berries: 5 Reasons to Add Them to Your Grocery List

When it comes to summer produce, it’s hard to beat berries in terms of both taste and nutrition. Now is the perfect time to pick up a basket of these gems. This handout covers five of the top reasons for savoring berries. 8 Easy Ways to Add Berries to Your Meals Add them to a…

Will L-theanine Fix Your Bad Mood?

The market for supplements, such as L-theanine, believed to enhance mood naturally, is booming, but do they really work? The recent news about mental health in the United States, such as the data found in The State of Mental Health report for 2021 (Mental Health America), is striking. Today we will look at L-theanine, an…

Osteoarthritis: 10 Facts That May Surprise You

You are not destined to develop osteoarthritis in your advancing years. Osteoarthritis is not caused by years of joint use. Although it is the most common joint disorder, many lucky individuals get through life without developing it.  The development of osteoarthritis is a surprisingly complicated process. First, there has to be an abnormality of cells…

Why You Need Leafy Green Vegetables

Anyone who’s ever read a book about nutrition has come across the term “leafy green vegetables.” You might even be tired of hearing the term so much, but there’s many good reasons for why it comes up in almost every conversation about nutrition and health. Here’s a quick rundown of what a leafy green vegetable…

Is Protein Combining Necessary for Vegetarians?

Protein combining is not necessary. It is a myth that the body can’t, for example, use protein from beans unless you eat rice at the same time. There are 20 amino acids, nine of which are “essential,” which we must get from food. Eggs and meat are the only foods that contain all nine of…

Vitamin C and Citrus Fruits: The Dangers of Deficiency

On a cold winter’s day, the sunny taste of citrus fruit might be some consolation. Considering that an orange only contains 62 calories and a small clementine packs only 35, these nutritional gems sure pack a powerful punch of nutrients, including vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium. Vitamin C Citrus fruit is perhaps best known for…

Vitamin B12: 5 Quick Facts That You Need to Know

Vitamin B12 deficiency is relatively uncommon in the young. There’s a good chance that you take a supplement containing vitamin B12 every day, but only about 6% of the total population below the age of 60 is deficient in this vitamin. According to the NIH, the prevalence grows significantly in older adults; the rate hovers…

The Essential Guide to Zinc

In 1963, zinc was officially designated as an essential nutrient. It sure is! Our bodies can’t store zinc, so we have to consume enough zinc-rich food every day. Perhaps best known for it’s importance to the immune system, zinc is also involved in hundreds of enzymes needed for regulatory and metabolic functions. This handout about…

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…