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Seasonal Allergies: How to Fight Them With Food

Spring arrived early this year in my hometown, and so did allergy season. The sounds of sneezing and sniffling are everywhere, and allergy medicines are flying off the drugstore shelves. Fortunately, I no longer suffer from seasonal allergies as an adult the way I did as a child, and even … Read More

Refined Carbs: Are They Our Worst Enemy?

You’ve heard it before—food is fuel. The energy we get from food comes from three “macronutrients”—protein, fat and carbohydrates. Food also provides us with about 40 micronutrients: vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients (plant chemicals). Nutrients work together (nutrient synergism) and a diet rich in a variety of whole food fruits … Read More

Are Carbs Bad for You?

Some people claim that carbohydrates are fattening, while others say they trigger cravings. The underlying question is: Are carbs bad for you? The important point to remember is that all carbs are not created equal. Although most people are aware that carbs are in bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, sweets, and … Read More

Most Filling Foods: How to Satisfy Those Hunger Pangs

Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight goal can be a constant struggle, particularly if you're hungry all the time. You may feel constant cravings for sweets between meals or for your favorite junk foods in the afternoon and late at night. First step in controlling those cravings: Choose the most … Read More

Cleanse Diets 101: Is a “Detox” a Good Idea?

Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract is extremely complex, and scientists believe it to be a vital component of the immune system. The surface lining of the GI tract includes numerous bacteria, immune cells, and nerve cells that largely function to protect us against toxins and foreign invaders. This fascinating gut-immune link … Read More

What Triglycerides Range Is Most Likely to Cause Heart Disease?

Cholesterol may get the most attention, but a large body of evidence indicates that an unsafe triglycerides range is also an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease. In fact, recent studies show that high triglycerides are directly and significantly associated with cardiovascular death, cardiovascular “events” (any incidents that may cause … Read More

How to Lower Blood Sugar

Medications are a must for some people with diabetes, but there are other measures you can take to manage your condition. One of the key parts of managing all types of diabetes and ensuring that treatments are effective is monitoring your blood glucose level. Many things influence your blood glucose … Read More

Diabetes Diet: What You Should and Shouldn’t Eat

What can diabetics eat? That’s a natural question that people with diabetes may ask their doctors. With so many choices available to you, it’s only natural to wonder about which foods to avoid with diabetes. But a diabetes diet isn’t only about which, if any, types of foods are off … Read More

Low-Carb Diet Advice: Don’t Ignore Key Nutrients

If you’re thinking about following a low-carbohydrate diet, you may want to reconsider. Some foods that contain carbs also provide a wealth of nutrients and fiber—important for a balanced diet. On the other hand, if you typically eat lots of processed, high-carb foods made primarily of white flour and added … Read More

Prediabetes Diet: Advice That Can Keep You Healthy

Prediabetes affects approximately 9 percent of Americans and its incidence is on the rise. Fortunately, lifestyle modifications such as exercise and a prediabetes diet can often help people manage prediabetes and prevent them from going on to develop diabetes. If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, your healthcare provider will … Read More

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