Entries by Dr. Nina Cherie Franklin

Are You Cheating Your Health for 10,000 Steps?

For years, the pedometer has enjoyed widespread popularity amid health, fitness and wellness entities and enthusiasts due to its low cost, relative ease of use, straightforward feedback, and clear-cut message to users: “10,000 steps a day” for good health. Moreover, the advent of the pedometer has undoubtedly raised people’s awareness on the importance of walking for […]

Five Surprisingly Nutritious Post-Workout Drinks

If you regularly engage in intense exercise training, it’s important to pay close attention to what you consume after your workouts. This holds especially true for workouts lasting longer than an hour, as there arises a need to replenish the water, carbohydrates and electrolytes lost during prolonged physical activity.

Why I Preach Moderation as Opposed to Elimination for Good Health

Nowadays, so many foods have been dismissed and put on the hypothetical ‘Do Not Eat List’ list—Almost to the point that many people feel as though there’s nothing left to eat. And, I’m not talking about the laundry list of stereotypically unhealthy foods (white flour, rice and breads, candies, pastries, desserts, sugary cereals, processed meats, junk foods, and soft drinks) either.

How to Work Out Without Losing Weight

Many years ago I exercised for the sole purpose of losing weight and ultimately maintaining a killer physique. Sure, doing so also made me feel strong, energized and completely unstoppable, but in the end, it was all about the build. You see, I had conquered obesity before and was determined to never go there again.

Spring Into Action With Three Healthy Tips

Well, it’s officially spring! How are those health-related New Year’s resolutions going? Are you losing weight? Have you reduced the amount of sugar in your diet? Have you cut back on fast food? Hopefully, your goals weren’t so lofty that reality has set in and forced you to abandon them. If this is the case, […]

How Malnutrition Drives Food Cravings and Fuels Weight Gain

There’s a very fine line between maintaining a healthy body weight and being malnourished. Truth is, in this day in age when thin is in, a lot of people are simply starving themselves. They are cutting calories too much, eating too little, and, ultimately, depriving their bodies of health-promoting nutrients—All in an effort to maintain […]

Be Responsible: An Argument for Self-Care

I’ve never been shy about voicing my opinions about conventional healthcare, especially when it comes to shortcomings in preventive care quality. If you aren’t familiar with the term, “preventive care” essentially refers to any form of healthcare specifically aimed at ‘preventing’ chronic diseases and serious illnesses.

How Consumer Wearables Can Change the Way People Behave

With widespread promotion of physical activity and other healthy lifestyle behaviors, new breeds of fitness trackers, health apps and other self-monitoring options are hitting the consumer market every day. Wearable devices (“wearables”)  like pedometers, accelerometers, heart rate sensors, blood pressure monitors, and all-inclusive smartwatches are among the most common.

How to Perform Cardio Exercise the Right Way

Performing cardiovascular (cardio) exercise is one of the most effective ways to manage your body weight, better your health, and improve your overall fitness levels. In fact, as little as 30-45 minutes of daily cardio can help stave off unwanted weight gain and substantially lower your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and countless other […]

The Real Nitty-Gritty on Whole Grain Foods

With the widespread popularity of low-carb diets, a lot of high-quality foods have been unfairly demonized. This holds especially true for whole grain foods. Don’t be misled by all the hype, as whole grains are rich in quite a lot of nutrients. Whether you choose quinoa or brown rice, oatmeal or whole wheat breads, they’re […]