As a primary care physician, I get asked at least twice each week what I think about the ketogenic diet — does it really work? The short answer is yes, it works for some. The long answer is more complicated. Keep in mind, if you have any medical problems, especially chronic kidney disease, diabetes, high … Continue reading How to know if the keto diet is right for you
In this day and age, it seems like a new diet pops up every time we turn on the TV. As consumers, trying to sort through all of this information and divide fact from fad can be an overwhelming task. As dietitians, our job is to help people develop nutrition strategies to achieve their goals … Continue reading How fad diets affect heart health
If you suffer from heartburn, you’re not alone. It’s a weekly occurrence for 20 percent of Americans. But as medications to treat heartburn are now being linked to a growing number of complications, more patients are exploring alternative ways to relieve symptoms. A class of drugs called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are commonly prescribed for … Continue reading Why exercise and diet might be better heartburn treatment than medication
Will my weight and diet affect my pregnancy? Women are considered to have an ideal body weight determined by their height and weight called the body mass index (BMI). A majority of women are most fertile if they are at a healthy body weight. Women who are underweight and overweight may have more difficulty getting … Continue reading How your diet can impact your pregnancy
Spinach has been on the table for over 1700 years, with the first spinach meal likely served up in ancient Persia (now Iran). History books suggest that the King of Nepal introduced spinach to China in the 7th century and spinach was on the plate in Europe by the 11th century. Catherine de Medici of … Continue reading Spinach as a superfood: It worked for Popeye…or did it?
For many people, weight loss can be a challenge. But the even greater struggle can be keeping off the weight you lose. A recent story in the New York Times profiled former reality TV contestants from ‘The Biggest Loser,’ describing how despite their intensive weight loss during the season, most have struggled to maintain a … Continue reading After weight loss on ‘Biggest Loser’, war with metabolism rages on
I frequently hear from my patients that healthy and nutritious eating is expensive, not only in cost, but also in time. I can’t deny that yes, it takes more time to visit the grocery store or seek out a piece of fresh fruit than it would to hit up a vending machine for a candy … Continue reading 10 nutritious and portable snacks under $1
Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. It is estimated that more than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease, almost two-thirds of which are women. Several diets and specific foods have been found to be protective against cognitive decline and even Alzheimer’s. Recently, new research has emerged on a … Continue reading Follow the MIND diet for a healthier mind
We know that the brain plays a key role in all of our bodily functions – it’s the center of our intelligence and the controller of our movements and behaviors. But did you know that you have a “second brain”? This second brain is found in your gut. Beyond digestion, your gut contains an extensive … Continue reading Why caring for your second brain can improve your health
The brain is in charge of every function in the body — from breathing, to digestion to circulation. And yet, this important organ is just as susceptible to the negative effects of poor lifestyle choices as the rest of the body. What we eat (or don’t eat) can increase inflammation in the brain, thereby impacting … Continue reading Did you know you can improve brain health through your diet?