Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA): An essential fatty acid that, along with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), belongs to a group of fats called omega-3 fatty acids. ALA is found in some plant foods and oils, such as flaxseed, canola, soy, walnuts, and oils extracted from these foods. (See: Omega-3
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The link between diet and blood pressure is undeniable. Maintaining a healthy weight can help you better control your blood pressure. And following a low-sodium diet may be particularly important if you have, or are at risk of developing, hypertension. To learn more about foods that lower blood pressure, you
Gout is a form of arthritis in which a build-up of uric acid in the body results in deposits of sharp crystals forming in the joints. It typically affects the big toe, although gout also can affect other joints. People with gout also are more likely to suffer from kidney
What causes heart attacks is the stoppage of blood flow through a coronary artery. The heart muscle that normally keeps pumping blood out to the body and the lungs becomes starved for oxygen. Without a steady supply of oxygenated blood, heart muscle tissue becomes damaged. If blood flow remains blocked
The term “nutrition” has a variety of definitions, some more scientific than others. For the purposes of this blog, my answer to “What is nutrition?” is simple: the foods and beverages you consume to keep your body healthy and functioning. The nutrients in those foods and beverages are what provide you
If you’re worried about high blood pressure, a new systematic review of scientific evidence has good news: Changing your diet really can make a difference. Not surprisingly, the most effective diet for reducing hypertension was one designed specifically for that purpose—the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) plan. But other
Gout attacks quickly, usually at night and most often on your big toe. The pain heightens about eight to 12 hours after onset. It can be extremely painful, and the first 24 hours are usually the worst. A gout attack typically lasts three to 10 days. However, the answer to
When you have a chronic health condition or are at increased risk of a chronic disease, such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, or celiac disease, it’s natural to focus on foods you should limit or avoid. However, you’ll likely find eating more enjoyable if you shift your attention to substituting
Ready to Shift?
You don’t have to overhaul your eating habits overnight or give up all of the foods you love to attain good health. Instead, think about making small shifts in your diet or eating pattern to incorporate heathier options. If you make small, positive changes in the way you’re
A New Way of Thinking About Diet
For the first time, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) emphasize the importance of choosing healthy dietary patterns—not just individual foods or specific vitamins and minerals—to prevent chronic disease.
“Over the course of any given day, week, or year, individuals consume foods and beverages