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Ask Dr. Etingin: Magnesium Foods; Garlic

Q. What is magnesium for, and can I get enough of it from my diet?
A. Magnesium is a very important nutrient in the body. It helps build strong bones and is involved in protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, heart rhythm, and blood glucose control. An adult body absorbs up


Smokers’ Diets Are High in Calories, Low in Value

People who smoke eat a poorer-quality diet than people who never smoked or who previously smoked, according to an observational study published April 4, 2018 in BMC Public Health. Researchers who analyzed data on 5,293 adults found a strong relationship between a smoking pattern and  dietary energy density.
Energy density (ED)


Keep Your Hips Mobile to Maintain Lifelong Strength

Think of your hips as your entrance ramp to the highway of movement. When they’re functioning well, the rest of your body (the traffic) is able to keep moving. When they’re not, you’ve got your own personal traffic jam.
“Walking, moving, it all starts at the hips,” explains Tiffany Chag, MS,


Finding Healthy, Flavorful Salad Dressings

If you have trouble choosing a salad dressing, its not surprising. In addition to traditional flavors, varieties now include names like green goddess, poppy, miso, citrus, and brown butter. Then there’s natural, organic, roasted, fat-free, lite, and signature. How does a person choose? Start by looking at the Nutrition Facts


Reduce Processed Meats to Improve Your Heart Health

A side of bacon or sausage with your eggs may be a breakfast staple you’ve enjoyed for years, and you might not think twice about a trip to the deli to pick up some corned beef or salami for sandwiches. But, health experts say we need to reduce the amount


Tackle Obesity with Lifestyle Changes, Not “Diets”

A recent Stanford University study took aim at the obesity epidemic with a year-long trial comparing low-fat versus low-carbohydrate diets among more than 600 otherwise healthy overweight and obese adults. The findings of this study, published Feb. 20, 2018, in JAMA, have been widely interpreted, but one result stands out:


Healthy Seafood Alternatives

Fish and shellfish are great sources of protein. They also are full of micronutrients, including vitamins A and B1, B2, B3 (thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin) and B12, calcium, potassium, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids. But, if you’re one of the many people who don’t have a taste for seafood, don’t


Achieving A Balanced Diet

Finding balance in your diet can seem challenging at best and difficult at worst—but it can be done by following a few simple guidelines.
“A balanced diet starts with a strong foundation of unprocessed foods: vegetables, whole grains, fruits, and proteins such as chicken, fish, or beans. Any food that is