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Alessandra Stasnopolis, RDN, LDN

Alessandra Stasnopolis, RDN, LDN, is a clinical dietitian and wellness coordinator in the Baylor Scott & White Health wellness department.

All about adaptogens: Do these healing herbs really work?

Adaptogen products are everywhere in the food and supplement market right now. Curious about what these supplements are and if they are worth the hype? Let’s find out! What are adaptogens? Adaptogens are defined as herbs or roots that possibly act like a “stress vaccine” in the human body. Ultimately, they’re proposed to reduce chronic stress …

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Emotional eating: Why do we turn to food to cope with our feelings?

How many times have you heard someone say, “I’m afraid I’ll binge on that,” “I’m a stress eater,” or “I’m a boredom eater?” Many people view themselves as “emotional” eaters and think they just need more self-control.  However, what if it isn’t about control or restraint, but instead an unmet need? What does emotional eating …

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Foods that may help boost your immune system

Every day, your immune system helps your body fight off foreign invaders like bacteria, viruses, fungi and toxins to keep you healthy. But during cold and flu season or other times when infection rates are high, your immune system could likely use a little extra nutritional love. To be clear, food cannot replace medicine. Food …

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Generational wellness: How each generation can thrive

We frequently talk about wellness, but what does it truly mean to live well? According to a Gallup study, well-being is tied to five common elements: Purpose: Enjoying what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals Social: Maintaining supportive relationships and love in your life Financial: Managing your economic life to …

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12 strategies for managing diabetes during the holidays

As wonderful and joyful as they are, the holidays also bring on a monster of things to worry about, including food. This time of year can be especially stressful if you have a chronic condition like Type 1 or 2 diabetes. There is already so much guilt surrounding holiday food and so many opinions on …

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What is collagen and can it boost your fitness?

Collagen products have become widely popular recently, making it one of the trendiest supplements currently on the market. Global Market Reports noted that in 2018 alone, the Collagen Peptide Industry brought in around $2950 million in revenue and that number is expected to grow to $4150 million by 2025. There are many collagen products out …

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Parents, beware: How diet culture is harming our kids

As the health and wellness industry grows, more products, apps, supplements and diets continue to emerge for adults. But recently, these dieting tools have taken on a newer niche market — children. While some of these nutrition devices and digital innovations can help empower a balanced lifestyle (something I’m all in favor of, as a …

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