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Warm Up and Heal: A Recipe for Healthy Chicken Soup for Winter Colds

December 11, 2023
Winter brings the joy of snow, cozy blankets, and the comfort of hearty soups. But it also brings the dreaded winter colds. When sniffles and sneezes arrive, there’s nothing quite like a bowl of nourishing chicken soup to provide comfort and relief. Today, we have a special recipe for a healthy chicken soup that’s perfect […]

New Year’s Nutrition Resolutions – Now’s the Time to Start Making Them!

December 11, 2023
As the calendar turns to a new year, many of us begin to think about our goals and aspirations for the coming months. While we often focus on resolutions related to fitness, career, or personal growth, it’s essential not to overlook the importance of setting nutrition resolutions. After all, a healthy diet is the cornerstone […]

Strengthening Your Immune System Through Nutrition: Expert Tips

December 11, 2023
As a nutritionist, I firmly believe that a healthy diet is the cornerstone of overall well-being. Our immune system, a complex network of cells, tissues, and organs, plays a vital role in defending our bodies against harmful invaders such as bacteria, viruses, and toxins. To ensure that your immune system functions optimally, it’s crucial to […]
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The FODMAP Diet

April 12, 2023
How a nutritionist can help with your gut health  If you suffer from the discomfort associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), you’re not alone.  There are different types of IBS: IBS-C is characterized by constipation and difficult bowel movements while IBS-D presents with diarrhea and loose, watery stool. There is also a mixture of these […]
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Making a Commitment to Your Health

March 6, 2023
The welcoming of a new year is often a time for people to commit to better health, but a resolution to eating better is always a good choice, no matter what time of the year. As a Registered Dietitian and Integrative Nutritionist, I can help you determine how proper nutrition can improve your chronic conditions […]

The Un-Sugar Coated Truth

March 6, 2023
How Sugar Affects Your Health Sugar is in almost everything we eat, but the type of sugar we’re consuming makes all the difference in how our bodies react to it. Some foods like fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and dairy contain naturally occurring sugars, like fructose and lactose. These sugars are actually good for the body, […]

Itching for Relief? Histamines in Foods and Drinks

August 30, 2022
Many of us know exactly when pollen season hits. It’s not just the yellow powder covering our cars. Our noses run, we get an itchy little cough, our eyes water, and our family is tired of saying “bless you” after our 10 sneezes in a row. We are having an allergic reaction to the histamine […]
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Get A-Head with Nutrition

August 30, 2022
There are many known factors that bring on headaches and migraines, including stress, sleep deprivation, light sensitivity, dehydration, changes in hormones, and skipping meals. But there are also several foods and drinks, called “triggers,” that can be responsible for the excruciating head pain. Not all migraine sufferers have the same food triggers, so it’s important […]

Bloating: The Flat Truth

August 30, 2022
We’ve all experienced it – that feeling of being overfull, even when we haven’t had large amounts to eat or drink. Sometimes your belly feels tight, like a balloon about to pop. Unfortunately, some of our favorite foods are the culprits that produce the gasses that fill our stomachs and cause discomfort and pain. So […]

Natural Support To Fight Infections

November 2, 2021
Most people think of synthetic substances when they hear the term ‘antibiotics.’ But despite their tremendous use in medicine today, antibiotics weren’t always made in a lab by smart folks in white aprons.    Natural antibiotics have been around for many centuries, well before the discovery of penicillin and other medicine.    Thanks to overprescriptions […]

Autoimmune Paleo Diet and Hashimoto’s Disease

November 1, 2021
It’s common knowledge that our nutrition plays a vital role in our health outcomes. Research links good nutrition to a longer life, better health, and a lower risk of chronic disease.   But what about nutrition for an already established disease?    Hashimoto’s disease is a condition that requires life-long treatment to manage. But can our […]

The Benefits of Collagen

October 31, 2021
You’ve probably heard of collagen before. For example:   “Take a collagen supplement to keep your joints healthy.”   But what exactly is collagen, how does it work in the body, and what benefits does it offer?   Let’s break it all down.   What Is Collagen?   Collagen is the most abundant protein inside […]

How To Prevent (Or Reverse) Sarcopenia

October 29, 2021
Sarcopenia is a common condition among older individuals. It becomes increasingly pronounced after the age of fifty and can worsen our physical abilities and qualities of life. The good news is, sarcopenia is also reversible and preventable. So long as we understand the condition and protect ourselves from it, we can lead long, healthy, and […]

Preventing Muscle Loss With Age

October 28, 2021
Preventing muscle loss becomes more difficult as we age. Thanks to various factors, such as reduced physical activity and lower testosterone levels, people lose their muscle mass gradually.   The problem is, muscle loss also comes with decreased strength and overall functionality. If you want to remain healthy, happy, and independent as you get older, […]

Should You Try Intermittent Fasting?

October 27, 2021
Intermittent fasting has gotten quite popular over the past decade.   But what is it, how does it work, and what impact does it have on the body? More importantly, how would you go about trying it for yourself?   Let’s break it down.   What Is Intermittent Fasting?   Intermittent fasting is an eating […]

Nutrition for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

October 26, 2021
We all obsess from time to time: what to wear, which route to take, how to approach a work-related issue, and more.   For most people, arriving at a decision and moving on isn’t that big of an issue. But for everyone suffering from OCD, ‘letting go’ and ‘moving on’ are often easier said than […]

Nitric Oxide for Cardiovascular Health

October 25, 2021
Curious about nitric oxide for cardiovascular health? We’ve heard the common heart-healthy tips:   Exercise often Eat healthy foods Avoid processed foods (especially those with transfats)   But according to research, one substance plays an essential role in our cardiovascular health: nitric oxide.   Let’s review what it is, how it works, and what that […]

Hydration for Runners

August 26, 2021
Running is great. It fills us with energy, builds our stamina, helps us lose weight, and elevates our mood.   But a good run depends on more than simply putting your running shoes on and heading out the door. One crucial piece of the equation is hydration.   So, with that in mind, let’s break […]

What Is The Flexitarian Diet?

August 2, 2021
Most people see diets as extreme ways of eating. For instance, carnivore and vegan diets come to mind.    With the carnivore diet, you can (and should) eat all animal-derived foods. On a vegan diet, you go to the other extreme – absolutely no animal products.   But what if dieting didn’t have to be […]

Micronutrients 101

July 18, 2021
We need good nutrition to feel good, maintain optimal health, have a robust immune system, and ward off disease. That much is clear.   But have you ever wondered why that is? In other words, why aren’t all foods beneficial for us?   There are many reasons for this, but a huge one has to […]

Potential Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms

July 11, 2021
Mushrooms are often subject to mixed opinions. On the one hand, mushrooms have enjoyed the nutritional spotlight for the last few years thanks to their active compounds, rich nutrition, good taste, and wide applications.   On the other hand, many people feel uneasy toward medicinal mushrooms and feel hesitant to eat them.   Regardless of […]

Electrolytes 101 | Learn How Electrolytes Work

June 6, 2021
Though many people don’t think about them, electrolytes play a vital role in the body. They are involved in many processes, including the regulation of nerve impulses, muscle contractions, controlling pH levels, and much more.   Without an adequate supply of electrolytes, disturbances occur, often resulting in health issues and – if the disbalance is […]

Pregnancy Nutrition

May 30, 2021
You’ve probably heard this a thousand times:   Healthy nutrition is vital during pregnancy.   Of course, healthy nutrition is always vital, but pregnant women should pay extra attention to what they consume.   The issue is, there is so much conflicting advice. Picking out useful pregnancy nutrition information can feel impossible at times. We’ve […]

Nutrition and UTIs

May 22, 2021
Our nutritional choices have a profound impact on our well-being, energy levels, and health. It should come as no surprise they can also help us deal with urinary tract infections and reduce our risks of getting them in the first place.    In this post, we’ll take an in-depth look at nutrition and UTIs, how […]

What Is Mold Toxicity?

May 9, 2021
Mold toxicity and mildew are descriptive terms to refer to a collection of organisms called fungi. While they may have very important roles in nature, they can pose serious health risks to humans in terms of infections, allergies, and toxins. Dangerous species of mold or fungi tend to thrive in warm, damp locations inside homes […]

Immune Support Through Nutrition

April 30, 2021
Each day, thousands of microorganisms try to make their way into your body. Some can be beneficial, others are neutral, but specific ones can wreak havoc on our health. This includes many bacteria, viruses, and fungi.   You don’t realize this is happening, and most of these invaders never make it inside your body. The […]

What You Need To Know About Food Addiction

April 18, 2021
Consciously or subconsciously, we link addictions to destructive behavior. Ask yourself this:   What’s the first image that comes to mind when you hear the term addiction?   For many, it’s an image of a person having their life destroyed by a drug such as heroin. For others, it could be an image of an […]

Nutrition and Mental Health

April 8, 2021
We all know that eating healthier foods improves our physical health. For instance, eating more fruits and veggies while also limiting processed foods can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.   But have you ever stopped to consider how your nutritional choices impact your state of well-being and mindset?    Research is starting to paint […]

What is allostatic load and allostasis?

April 5, 2021
Beneath the seemingly idle surface of your body, thousands of processes occur every day. A constant struggle exists between catabolism and anabolism, or health and decay.   These two opposing forces are fighting for supremacy and their war begins from the moment we are born.   Let’s take an in-depth look at these opposing forces […]

pH Level in Metabolic Acidosis

March 29, 2021
You’ve probably come across urine pH test strips in your local drug store or while shopping online.    If you’re like most people, you’ve probably wondered what these strips tell us and whether the information offers any value.   It all relates to the state of the body. More specifically, whether your organism is in […]

What Is The Ketogenic Diet?

March 22, 2021
What is the ketogenic diet?   I’ve used the ketogenic diet extensively, and one thing is clear:   It can work tremendously well for some people, so long as they have a clear idea of what they want to achieve and what they expect from it.   Today, we’ll look at the diet itself, what […]

Can’t Control Your Appetite?

March 8, 2021
What is the purpose of your appetite?   It is probably safe to assume that the answer to this question would be quite intuitive. We eat when we are hungry. Unlike plants, we do not have the luxury of sunning ourselves while immersed in damp soil and having food energy automatically created. We must consume […]
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How Insulin Resistance Works

March 1, 2021
What is insulin resistance?   Insulin resistance (IR) is the reduced capacity of tissues like those in the liver, muscle, and fat (adipose) tissue, to properly respond to insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is secreted by specialized endocrine cells in the pancreas. Insulin is responsible for shuttling sugar (glucose) into cells so that the […]

5 Delicious Low-Carb Smoothie Recipes

February 23, 2021
There are so many smoothie recipes out there that it can be hard to know which ones are worth trying. I’ve created a list and downloadable recipe book of a few of the best low-carb smoothies on the internet! These delicious, low-carb smoothies will leave you feeling full and satisfied while also packing a powerful […]

Common Nutrition Problems

February 15, 2017
What Do We Know About Diseases Caused By Nutritional Deficiency? Americans are no strangers to chronic diseases. The following are or can be common nutrition problems. Obesity and weight loss Hypertension Gestational diabetes Nutrition for pregnancy Menopausal symptoms Irritable bowel syndrome Gastrointestinal problems (such as IBS and IBD) Arthritis/joint pain Food allergies Weight maintenance Athletic […]
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Avoid These Common Foods If You Have Food Allergies or Sensitivities

January 2, 2017
Food can be our medicine and our poison. There are people experiencing symptoms and don’t know the cause. They are not sure what is causing their IBS, migraines, muscle and joint pain, or other inflammatory conditions. These conditions can cause discomfort and pain in many areas of their life.  Do you feel anxious about getting […]
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What is Integrative and Functional Nutrition?

December 15, 2016
Do you ever wonder why you aren’t getting any better? The answer may be right underneath your nose. Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine stated, “Let medicine be thy food and let food be thy medicine.” It was his belief that eating wholesome food is the basis of good health. Hippocrates also said almost 2500 […]