Gallstone Disease

Luckily, most people with gallstone disease will never have symptoms and won’t know that they have stones unless they are found incidentally during testing for another problem. However, for those individuals who are symptomatic, the pain can be terrible. While some people are genetically predisposed to forming stones or are merely unfortunate, some proactive steps…

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…

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…

Some Ugly Truths About Weight Loss

There are some ugly truths about weight loss that many dietitians and health coaches avoid discussing. I choose to talk about them because I want people to understand why it’s so damn hard to lose weight and to stop immediately blaming themselves when their efforts don’t pay off. I know that this sounds depressing to…

Five More “Joint Health” Supplements

Bromelain Bromelain is naturally found in the pineapple plant and, when taken on an empty stomach, acts as an anti-inflammatory. Phlogenzym, a combination of compounds from buckwheat combined with bromelain, has proven to reduce pain and to improve knee function in people with arthritis. According to a 2016 review of studies, bromelain can reduce levels…

Can a Supplement Help Your Arthritic Knees?

By the year 2040, it’s been estimated that more than 78 million people will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Right now, 38% of Americans take a specialty supplement, 29% use herbal/botanical supplements, and 22% use nutrition supplements.  These figures will likely increase over time. Obviously, there are a lot of people who are betting on the fact…

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…

Breathe Easy – COPD and Diet

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the umbrella term for emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory asthma. These conditions result in stiffening, inflammation, and airway damage, limiting airflow and making breathing much more difficult. Symptoms include shortness of breath, frequent coughing, excessive phlegm production, wheezing, and tightness in the chest. COPD is one of those diseases…

Free Handout: The Good Mood Grocery List

Foods That May Alleviate Depression Several B vitamins, including folate, B1 (thiamin), B6, and B12, are essential to emotional wellness. The best source if these vitamins are animal-based foods – meat, poultry, and fish, as well as dairy products.  These vitamins are also found in a wide range of beans, nuts, whole grains, fruits, and…

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…