Category Archives: Food & Nutrition

Nutritional Supplements and Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a type of inflammatory bowel disease causing inflammation and ulcers on the inner lining of your large intestine.  Common symptoms include abdominal pain, bloody stools, diarrhea, fever, rectal pain, weight loss and malnutrition.  Researchers believe it is caused by an overreaction of the immune system, however genes, other immune disorders, the […]

Nuts About Heart Health

February is American Heart Month. Sadly, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. While following a heart-healthy diet can help reduce your risk of heart disease, one particularly beneficial food item is nuts!  In fact, research shows that people who regularly eat nuts are less likely to have heart […]

Prenatal Care

Staying healthy is very important overall; however, it requires even greater attention when you are pregnant. Prenatal care should not be overlooked because the growth and development of a healthy baby requires a lot of care, attention, and adequate nutrition. To prevent risks and unwanted health concerns for both the mother and the baby, early […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

6 Eating Habits That May Be Zapping Your Energy

Do you feel tired all the time, even after a full night’s sleep?   If so, you may want to take a closer look at your eating habits.  What and how you eat can affect your energy level throughout the day. Here are six eating habits that could be making you tired:   Skipping meals, especially […]