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…

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 sources of these vitamins are animal-based foods, including meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products. These vitamins are also found in a wide range of beans, nuts, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, especially dark…

20 Little-Known Facts About Diabetes

Diabetes – so many misconceptions, so little time! This complicated health problem is made even more challenging because it often travels with friends – other conditions, including 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…

Ten Questions About Alcohol

While much ado has been made recently about adults adopting mindful drinking philosophies or giving alcohol up completely, recent figures estimate that 17.6 million Americans, or one in twelve, struggle with alcohol abuse disorder. Among nutrition-related topics, alcohol is one of the most confusing for many people because it is often depicted as something very…

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 strongly linked to heart disease)…

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…

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. Those things are probably the most important for your ticker’s well-being, 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 deficiency,…

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…

Free Health Handout: Diabetes and Fatigue

There are many reasons that individuals with diabetes often complain of feeling tired and sluggish. Some of these reasons are physical, such as the side effects of medication or erratic blood glucose levels; other causes are psychological, like the exhaustion that can result from the constant vigilance that diabetes demands. This handout provides various considerations…