Bleeding Gums – Is It a Vitamin C Deficiency?

Bleeding gums have long been thought to be a sign of gingivitis (a mild form of gum disease) caused by a buildup of plaque at your gum line.  If you’ve ever experienced this, then you were probably told you need to brush and floss more often.  But a new study has found another possible cause […]

The Truth About Fad Diets

Have you ever heard your friends brag about being on an amazing weight loss diet?  Maybe you felt out of the loop, wondering what these “miracle” diets are all about, and why you’re missing out on the perceived benefits.  Fret not! We’re here to reveal the truth behind these diets and whether or not they […]

The New Dietary Guidelines for Americans Include Nutritional Supplements

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have just released the latest 2020-2025 dietary guidelines for Americans, something they have done every 5 years since 1980.   Although the overall benchmarks of healthy eating have largely remained the same, the latest edition recognizes the use of dietary […]

How to Protect Your Eyes

January is National Glaucoma Awareness month and a perfect time to think about protecting this most precious organ.  Glaucoma damages your eye’s optic nerve (which sends images to your brain) due to a buildup of pressure inside your eye.  The symptoms of glaucoma can start so slowly that you may not notice them but if left undetected or untreated, glaucoma can lead to irreversible […]

Do You Look Tired? These 4 Nutrients May Help.

If you feel like you have darker undereye circles during the cold months, as compared to the warm months, you’re not alone.  The lack of sunlight during the fall and winter can disrupt your circadian rhythm – your normal physical and mental behaviors that follow a 24-hour cycle.  When this rhythm is disrupted, it may […]

Winter Health Tips

Winter is here and as the temperature drops, many people find it increasingly difficult to maintain a healthy diet. The combination of holiday eating, lack of sunlight, less physical activity, more comfort foods, deficiencies in essential vitamins and minerals, and more hibernation can not only lead to weight gain, but also wreak havoc on your […]

COVID-19 and Alcohol Use

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us in one way or another-  from job loss and financial stress to extreme social isolation.  And now researchers say there is another alarming consequence to be concerned about.  It seems many Americans have turned to alcohol to cope with the stress, anxiety, isolation and uncertainty of the […]

Plant-Based Diets & Bone Health – Is There a Risk?

If you’re one of the many Americans who has decided to go vegetarian or vegan for health benefits (e.g., lower blood pressure, reduced risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, just to name a few!), there’s one possible negative consequence you may not be aware of.  A recent study found that people on plant-based diets, […]

Prebiotics & Probiotics – Is There a Difference?

In our digestive tract, there are billions of bacterial organisms floating around. However, not all of them are harmful. Probiotics are friendly bacteria that live in your intestines and support your body’s immunity to defend against disease. They function by controlling the growth of disease-causing bacteria. Prebiotics, on the other hand, are indigestible carbohydrates, or […]

The Nutrient Thieves

Everyone knows that prescription drugs can come with side effects, from minor annoyances to very serious complications.  But what you may not know is that many commonly prescribed medications (and over the counter, as well) can deplete your body of essential nutrients.  And as with side effects, the longer you take them, the worse they […]