Diet & Nutrition
Learn how to eat healthy and improve your health. These articles discuss various topics related to diet and nutrition with the goal towards enhancing your health, fitness, and life. Diet and nutrition play a vital role in the health of every individual. Nutritional status is a factor in every disease, whether dealing with the common cold, joint pain, or even cancer. Proper nutrition will also provide the mental and physical energy to get you through your day and rest well at night.
“Everything in moderation” is a common line often used by those trying to support their decision to eat and live a certain way while at the same time feeling as though they need to justify to others their lack of discipline and dedication to their health. You don’t need to live in a air-purified bubble and eat only raw food to be healthy, though there are some (actually many) products that have no place in your diet of “moderation” if you wish to be as healthy as you possibly can. (more…)
It’s always easier to prevent a problem rather than treat it, and this is especially true when it comes to the gallbladder problems. But how do you know if your gallbladder isn’t functioning up to snuff? You don’t want to wait for a gallbladder attack to tell you something isn’t right. In Part I, I discussed some of those more subtle signs and symptoms that many people have that aren’t normal – but a warning that the gallbladder isn’t all too happy. Now here in Part II, we’ll look at how to lower your risk factors for a gallbladder problem. We’ll also consider some natural treatments that may help you out whether you’re at the point of just not feeling perfect or at the other end of the spectrum – about to have your gallbladder removed because you’re just sick of all the trouble it’s giving you. (more…)
Gallbladder problems including gallbladder attacks are very common reasons for which people seek medical care. The pain and discomfort can unfortunately result in the removal of the little green organ followed by dietary restrictions (often low fat). But of course, all of our organs are there for one reason or another and although we can live without the gallbladder, removing it is simply removing a symptom of a problem, not the actual cause. (more…)
Probiotics have always been a hot topic in the natural “alternative” world of health care. These microorganisms which live in a healthy human’s gut are beneficial bugs that outnumber the total tissue cells present in the same body. That’s pretty amazing when you think about it. This healthy bacteria, along with what is known as the gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT), make up over half of a person’s immune system. Knowing that, you’d think that more mainstream doctors would focus on digestive health whenever treating a sick patient, not just one with a digestive problem but also someone with the common cold or flu. But this type of treatment, along with many other aspects of today’s health care, remains for the most part, untouched. (more…)
Fiber is one of those necessary components of a healthy diet along with proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and water. But fiber is also very misunderstood and misrepresented. It’s often thought of as “the stuff you need to have a good bowel movement” and nothing more. People are often told to get enough fiber in their diet and eat foods high in fiber to create a feeling of fullness to aid in weight loss and keep their cholesterol low. Actually that high fiber diet could be contributing to their health problems. (more…)
Here’s a list of ten questions I often get asked from patients as well as sources I use for certain products. Enjoy!
Are you a passionate soda drinker? Do you stockpile your cans of Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, or other tasty delight to appease your sweet tooth at its every beckoning? Do you get irate in a restaurant when you demand Coke but they only serve Pepsi, or vise-versa? Or are you just not sure what type of sweetener best fancies your metabolism? With so many choices, it’s hard to make an educated decision. Well Pepsi has come to your rescue – with Pepsi Next. Just one easier choice you have to make in life.
Ah Valentine’s Day and we get to hear all about how chocolate is so good for us. It can be beneficial both mentally and physically as it’s loaded with healthy antioxidants, minerals, and even stimulants. Chocolate was once considered the nectar of the gods. Actually, those who were once sacrificed to the gods were given chocolate mixed in blood before their hearts were ripped out – there’s a yummy thought for you.
So how good for you is chocolate? Well, that depends on the type of chocolate you’re eating and how often you consume it. After all, stuffing your face with even a somewhat healthy Paleo chocolate cake probably isn’t going to provide any health benefits, even if the levels of free radical fighting phytonutrients are comparable to some blueberries. But hey, I love chocolate too so read on and I’ll share the love.
It’s interesting when I see a patient and go over their blood work. They’re always most concerned about one thing – their cholesterol. Other blood levels could be significantly out of normal range, but typically most are worried if their cholesterol level is high, or not. Medical doctors, the media, and of course the pharmaceutical industry has ingrained in each person (including children) the notion that cholesterol is bad and if you don’t lower it, you’re gonna die. Really? I’m doing everything I can to raise mine.
Every year we hear the same thing regarding turkey at Thanksgiving – it makes everybody sleepy because of the high tryptophan levels. Turkey, tryptophan (an amino acid), and sleepiness are so closely linked you’d think the birds would come with one of those, “Don’t operate heavy machinery” warnings you see on certain medications. Interestingly though is that the feeling of physical and mental fatigue so many get from Thanksgiving dinner has nothing to do with the turkey. Actually, tryptophan levels in turkeys are pretty much the same as in other meats, such as beef and chicken. Eggs have close to four times the amount of tryptophan but you don’t hear anyone talking about an “omelet coma.” (For the record I’m taking credit for coining that false term.) (more…)