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…

Anemia of Chronic Disease

When you hear the term “anemia,” you probably either immediately picture a vitamin-mineral supplement or a nice, juicy steak in your mind, if you picture anything at all. Many people don’t know that the second most common form of anemia is caused by the inflammation that arises in a variety of chronic diseases. No vitamins…

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 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…

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 protecting against heart disease and stroke. The relationship between HDL and heart disease is…

Can Cholesterol Be Too Low?

What is Cholesterol Good For?  Cholesterol is in the membrane of every cell in your body. It is essential to make 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. It would make logical sense that too…

When Water Became More Than Water

At least there was one thing that dietitians didn’t have to spend too much time thinking about – water. That was an easy one, and all advice could be summed up in two words: “drink more.” If you feel tired, a little irritable, less willing to work, and forgetful, you might be dehydrated. End of…

Does Your Job Cause Diabetes?

The Impact of Stress In an extensive German study that collected data from more than 5,300 employees aged 29-66, scientists found that the women under a high level of work pressure had a 45% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. About 20% of people are affected by high levels of mental stress at work….

The Foods You’re Most Likely to Binge On

Binge eating refers to eating 5,000 – 15,000 calories in one sitting. Stress and negative feelings often precede a binge eating episode, and binge eaters usually eat in secret and hide food. Besides drastically increasing the chances of being overweight or obese, binge eating is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart…