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Monday, 20 May 2013 09:56

Vitamin D and Bariatric Surgery

Vitamin D was once thought just to impact bone diseases like rickets and osteoporosis but medicine has come a long way since those original thoughts.

Published in Nutrition
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:40

Diabetics and B12

The other day I posted a blog regarding the great need for nutrient dense whole food nutrition and supplements that are needed for the unique needs of diabetics. Today I want to discuss one particular nutrient diabetics frequently miss, especially if they take the prescription medication, Metformin.

Published in Nutrition
Saturday, 11 May 2013 00:42

Diabetics Need More Nutrition

Diabetics need more nutrition than the rest of the population due to all the cellular damage which occurs inside their bodies. This occurs because of oxidative stress from the high levels of free radical damage to the arteries throughout the body from excess glucose. Diabetics have a greater need for antioxidant support to reduce this.

Published in Nutrition
Monday, 29 April 2013 09:23

Nutrition for Our Kids

Have you heard about the Senate Bill 464, called the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity act? It talks about improving both nutrition and physical activity for the parents and day care providers of school-age children. Even though this may be aimed more at pre-schools, why hasn't this been more broadly advertised, especially when diabetes and heart disease are currently epidemic with both parents and children now? These diseases are directly related to how we eat and live, and can be totally prevented with the right nutrition education.

Published in Nutrition
Thursday, 25 April 2013 09:39

What is ORAC?

ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It was developed by the National Institute on Aging by the National Institutes of Health. It is a standardized method of measuring the antioxidant capacity of special foods and supplements. The higher the antioxidant value of a food, the higher the ORAC score will be, and the more effective a food is at combating free radicals. The less free radicals you have, the healthier you will be. It may even help prevent heart disease and diabetes. It might even help reduce some wrinkling!

Published in Nutrition
Thursday, 25 April 2013 08:33

A Super Nutrition Charged Breakfast

Save this breakfast for a morning when you have time to cook the vegetables. This breakfast is especially healthy with the kale in it but a lot of people don't like its bitterness. But, when combined with the garlic, leeks and eggs, it makes it milder in taste. (Note, this recipe also tastes good with spinach, which is also a super food.)

Published in Recipes
Sunday, 14 April 2013 10:47

Food Label Lies

Even though a food label can give you some information about the food you consume, you still can't believe everything you read on a label. Last fall for example, 7Up was sued over its false claims suggesting it contained antioxidants. "There's never been a more delicious way to cherry pick your antioxidant!" the company touted.

All sodas in general are probably the worst kind of food item contributing to the obesity and diabetes epidemic prevalent today. Even if a soda did contain small amounts of antioxidants from real juice, it could never undo the damage all sodas incur with 36 grams of sugar equal to 10 sugar cubes! (Would you dare eat that? That's what you are consuming in the small 12 ounce size soda.)

Other food labeling lies:

  • "No added hormones": Sure, farmers are not allowed to feed hormones to animals so they use antibiotics instead, which speeds growth in animals the same way as hormones do.
  • Similar to the "no added hormones" lie, "antibiotic free" is also a meaningless term, and it's actually illegal to use it on packages, (except meat, and there's still issues with that) according to the USDA, although manufacturers use other similar terms to imply the same thing. You have to buy organic to get "clean food.
  • "Natural" is my biggest pet peeve. According to the government there is no legal definition of the word for most products. So, essentially there can added artificial sweeteners and even genetically modified foods, and, an animal can still be fed hormones.

Where are you being misled with food labeling? Go to http://www.rodale.com/10-food-label-lies to find more.

Published in Nutrition
Monday, 04 March 2013 09:36

March is National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, "It is a campaign month dedicated to nutrition education and information created annually in March. It focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits to reap the great benefits health brings. This year is its 40th anniversary."

Published in Nutrition
Monday, 18 February 2013 09:30

Vegetables Just as Important as Medication!

Sounds like mom was right again about having to eat your vegetables. Fruits and vegetables might come in first over medication in prevention of second heart attacks according to a five year study from McMaster University's Population Health Research Institute, headed by author and nutritionist Mahshid Dehghan involving almost 32,000 patients (average age 66.5) in over 40 countries. Data indicated that those who ate a heart healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables had a:

  • 35 per cent reduction in risk for cardiovascular death
  • 14 per cent reduction in risk for new heart attacks
  • 28 per cent reduction in risk for congestive heart failure
  • 19 per cent reduction in risk for stroke

This study was recently published by the American Heart Association Journal Circulation. To be clear, a healthy diet in this study consisted of a high intake of fruits, vegetables, limited amounts of whole grains and nuts, in addition to a generous intake of fish compared to meat, poultry and eggs. Lifestyle choices were also considered regarding alcohol consumption, smoking and exercise.

This is actually the first study to report on the protective impact of healthy eating for individuals with cardiovascular disease and those already taking medication to prevent a second heart attack, stroke or death. While medication reduces the risk, dietary and lifestyle choices can impact it even more so.

The important message here, is that it's a very false belief for patients to think they don't need to worry about how they eat as long as they take their medication. The facts clearly indicate that a healthy diet and lifestyle add significant health benefits along with heart medication for cardiovascular conditions. This is especially important to high risk heart patients.

Published in Nutrition
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