We've all heard plenty about our gut microbiome and how important it is to good health. What you may not have heard is that exercise may be as important as any probiotic to build a good gut microbiome.
Just what is our microbiome? Our gut microbiota starts with birth and affects functions throughout the body. Literally trillions of bacteria ...Read more
Healthy eating, working out daily, losing weight -- it's all in the habits, the tiny little habits that add up over time to be big habits.
James Clear, author of "Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results," defines a habit as a routine or behavior that is performed regularly -- and in many cases, automatically. Changes that seem small and...Read more
The Importance of Iron
I see quite a few patients who are low in iron. Without adequate iron, they feel fatigued and lacking in energy, with impaired brain function and a weakened immune system.
They're not alone. Iron deficiency is on the upswing, according to a 2021 study in the Journal of Nutrition. The study found that since 1999 the rates...Read more
Ever wonder how much water you should be drinking daily? The answer depends on a lot of different factors, such as your age, activity level, whether you're pregnant or breastfeeding, the temperature outside, your medications, your health, the food you eat and even whether you have access to air conditioning.
The U.S. National Academies of ...Read more
You probably know that extra salt isn't healthy. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. Most of us get upwards of 3,300 milligrams per day. It's true that most of that sodium comes from processed foods like hot dogs, bacon, sausage, canned foods, condiments, cheese, pickles and chips.
If you're like me, you worry about the men in your life developing prostate cancer, just like they worry about the women in their life developing breast cancer.
While our genes play a big role in the risk for prostate cancer, a new study finds a healthy lifestyle can make a difference in whether you die from it. Researchers found that among men...Read more
Is it really possible to eat healthy on a budget? With rising grocery costs, it may seem like doing the impossible.
According to a recent survey by The Hartman Group, some 85% of consumers have noticed food costs rising. Over half of those people say rising prices have impacted their ability to purchase foods, beverages and other grocery items....Read more
Most of us would agree on the importance of a healthy heart. Our food and lifestyle choices over our lifetime can make a difference in keeping our hearts strong and healthy. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, you can decrease your risk of heart disease by filling your plate with the right foods. Those include fiber-rich whole ...Read more
Consider a plant-forward diet to help reduce your risk of breast cancer. That's the finding from a new French research study, presented at the recent annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition.
For the study, more than 65,000 French female participants (average age 53) completed nutritional questionnaires in 1993 and again in 2005.
Currently, more than 1 in 3 American adults has prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And you may not even know you have it unless you've been tested.
Just what is it? A serious health condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as Type 2 diabetes. ...Read more
It may surprise you to know that research shows your diet can affect your susceptibility to hearing loss.
A study looking at the relationship between diet, tinnitus and hearing difficulties was published in the March/April issue of Ear and Hearing journal. Researchers looked at 34,576 U.K. adults between the ages of 40 and 69. Dietary ...Read more
I know I've written about this healthy way of eating before, but here's another reason to consider the Mediterranean pattern of eating. In a brand-new study (published in May 2022), researchers at the Reina Sofia University Hospital in Cordoba, Spain, looked at which diet was best for your heart after you've been ...Read more
A few healthy lifestyle changes can make a big difference in your blood pressure numbers, according to a study of 14,000 Chinese individuals. Researchers followed the individuals for up to 10 years and found that those who made healthy changes in their lifestyle had a significantly lower risk of death.
Just what are those healthy lifestyle ...Read more