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The Unique Nutritional Benefits of Eating Green Bananas

Bananas are by far among the world’s most popular fruit. But, most people only eat bananas when they ripen from green to yellow since they tend to become softer and considerably sweeter in taste. This is unfortunate as bananas have a unique…

Eating to Naturally Lower Your Cholesterol

"Can I lower my cholesterol if I eat better?" I hear this question time and time again. And, my answer is always the same, "If you exercise regularly and move more, maintaining good eating habits will put you on a sure path to a healthy…

The Importance of Getting Enough Dietary Calcium

At some point in time, I think everyone has heard the phrase “Milk does a body good”. Whether among pregnant women, growing children or aging adults, regular milk consumption is almost always encouraged for good health. However, the widespread…

Eight Strategies for Naturally Boosting Libido in Women

Reduced sex drive is a common symptom experienced by many women as they move through different stages of life. Technically considered low libido, it can result from complex interactions between multiple factors such as decreased arousal or satisfaction,…

Red Meat: Nutritional Friend or Foe?

I recently had a thought-provoking conversation with a colleague of mine who was born and bred in Greece. It all started when I mentioned how the "Mediterranean Diet" seemed to be the next hot topic in the research arena after which he facetiously…

The Anti-Cancer Diet: A Practical, Common Sense Approach to Prevention

I’ve been thinking a lot about cancer these days. Perhaps because I’ve lost over a dozen family members, friends, and colleagues to this toxic disease over a course of only five years. Indeed, cancer is undoubtedly widespread and deadly…

Seven Simple Lifestyle Strategies for Alleviating Premenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a complex disorder triggered by hormonal changes that typically occur after ovulation. Roughly one in two women experience some form of PMS in their lifetime. The condition itself is associated with numerous unpleasant…

How Insulin Impacts Fat Burning and Weight Loss

If you or someone you know has diabetes you’re probably all too familiar with the term "insulin". However, what you might not know is that this powerful hormone can dramatically affect the body’s natural fat-burning mechanisms and ultimately…

Six Ways to Prevent the Onset of Gout

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis characterized by excessive swelling and extreme tenderness in the joints, most often the metatarsal-phalangeal joint located in the big toe. The signs, symptoms and general manifestations of gout are…

Seven Food Labeling Tactics That Are Making People Sick

For well over 20 years the eyes and ears of dieters, health enthusiasts and the general public have been continuously bombarded with confusing and oftentimes misleading packaging and labeling information courtesy of the food and beverage industry.…

Osteoporosis: What It Is and How to Prevent and Treat It

I recently overheard an older African-American woman tell a group of her friends that she "doesn’t drink milk or eat yogurt because [she] isn’t worried about osteoporosis". While it might’ve sounded funny to some, I was actually quite…

Drinking Smoothies with Diabetes: What You Should Know

A while back I met with a long time client who was extremely excited about her new hobby, making "healthy" smoothies. For the sake of privacy, I'll call her Karen. Over the course of my consulting with Karen, she had successfully lost…

Infographic: How America Has Become an Overly Medicated, Pill-Popping Nation

If I were to sum up my views on leading a healthy lifestyle I would simply say that: Exercise is medicine and optimal nutrition is an enabler of good health. I believe that human beings are designed to be physically active and that not doing…

Drinking Pink: The Disease-Fighting Power of Rosé Wines

Rosé wines ("pink" or "blush" wines) are some of the most underrated and overlooked wines in the United States. As main dietary staples in Provence these wines offer a crisp, acidic yet mildly sweet flavor that pairs very well with nutrient-rich…

The Body Mass Index Versus Body Composition: What You Need to Know

There is so much controversy surrounding continued use of the body mass index (BMI) in clinical and research settings. It’s well justified too. Because of this somewhat misleading tool a large percentage of people in the United States and…

Anxiety and Sleep Deprivation: How to Sleep Better

If you’re frequently exposed to stress due to work or school, conflicts with family or friends, or even while sitting impatiently in a traffic jam you may be at risk of developing anxiety or anxiety-related symptoms. Anxiety is a common condition…

Is Aspartame Making You Sick and Fat?

I have a confession to make: When I drink coffee, I sometimes add in a packet of Equal low-calorie sweetener. Yes, that would be aspartame. And guess what? My reason for using an occasional packet has absolutely nothing to do with some hidden desire…

Using an Exercise Ball as an Office Chair

With so many people sitting in chairs and in front of computers these days the back has become one of the most vulnerable areas to chronic pain and muscle injury. One way to potentially counter this problem is by replacing your traditional office…