My daughter recently had my first grandchild (pretty exciting, right?). She's on a journey to getting back to her prepregnancy weight and lowering her blood pressure and the accompanying swelling that she struggled with. She's cut out processed and salty foods, and she's exploring an anti-inflammatory diet.
Just what is an anti-inflammatory ...Read more
There's a new diet plan that may help you remember things. It's appropriately nicknamed the MIND diet. It stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay.
A study at Rush University found people who followed the diet closely had a 53% lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Those who followed it moderately had a 35%...Read more
Can what you eat really improve your skin? Absolutely. And despite the marketing, it's much better to feed our skin from the inside (from food) than to slather on moisturizers and peels with the same nutrients.
Think about this: We have 19 million cells per inch of skin. Our skin is the body's first line of defense, a barrier that blocks other ...Read more
Berries in July, fresh off the vine, just seem to taste better. Besides being the right colors (red strawberries and raspberries, blue blueberries), they are refreshing.
If a handful of berries isn't part of your daily diet, this month is a good time to start eating more.
Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are all great ...Read more
If you could just make one change to your diet to help prevent future diseases, add more fiber.
Here are five diseases that fiber can help prevent:
No. 1: The latest research shows that eating a diet high in fiber from vegetables, fruits and whole grains is associated with a reduced incidence of breast cancer. Based on data from 20 ...Read more
This shelter-in-place time has had me thinking about habits -- the things I do on a daily basis to stay healthy. I think it's because so many habits were changed unexpectedly -- driving to work, going to the gym, eating out. My daily commute is now up the stairs to my office; my workout is a two-mile walk in the neighborhood; we eat all our ...Read more
Reducing Stroke Risk
Did you know women are more likely to have a stroke than men? And women are also more likely to suffer from a permanent disability or die from a stroke?
The good news is we can do something to lower our risk.
Data analyzed and published in the journal Stroke found that lifestyle changes -- even later in life -- can lower ...Read more
Diabetes runs in many of our families, mine included. That factor alone raises the risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.
Other risk factors include if you have prediabetes, are overweight, are 45 years or older or have an immediate relative with Type 2 diabetes. If you are physically active less than three times a week, have ever had gestational...Read more
Is there a way to prevent Alzheimer's disease with the foods you eat?
Researchers behind a study published in the journal Neurology found that antioxidants have been shown to reduce inflammation that may contribute to Alzheimer's. In the study, participants who at the highest amount of flavonols, a type of antioxidant, were 48% less ...Read more
Although the nation is slowly opening up, we're nowhere near operating at the "normal" we all knew before COVID-19. You may be at a stalemate for what to cook, what to buy and how to continue fixing your meals at home.
Here are some tips to help you continue to navigate this new lifestyle with your family.
-- Continue to plan your meals. Focus...Read more
During this shelter-at-home time, we're all trying to be extra careful about what we're eating -- plenty of fruits and vegetables for strong immunity, plenty of water for good hydration and plenty of exercise.
We may want to add plenty of vitamin D to the list.
Known as the sunshine vitamin, our bodies can make vitamin D when exposed to ...Read more
We don't often think our diet could have an effect on whether we can conceive or not, but research shows it does. Good nutrition and a healthy body weight for both partners can have a significant impact on the ability to conceive.
Infertility affects about 9% of married women of childbearing age, according to a national survey conducted by the ...Read more
Here's yet another reason to try the Mediterranean diet, which is actually not a strict diet at all but a pattern of eating that focuses on fresh, whole foods and avoids highly processed foods.
New research finds it may support healthy aging. And who among us doesn't want to live a long, healthy life? Research published in The BMJ in February ...Read more