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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"…

Measuring Your Blood Pressure at Home: A Review of the iHealth View Wrist Monitor

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a serious medical condition that occurs when fluid (blood) pressure within the arteries is chronically elevated. If left uncontrolled, hypertension can trigger the onset of numerous life threating events…

Exercising to Naturally Lower Your Cholesterol

High cholesterol (also known as hypercholesterolemia) is a chronic health condition in which there's too much "bad" cholesterol and an abundance of triglycerides (fats from foods) floating around in the bloodstream. Although heredity and other…

Simple Strategies for Deciphering Food Labels

As a healthy lifestyle blogger, shopping at Costco is by far one of my favorite pastimes. Not only is it a great way for me to stock up on affordable whole foods for the family, but it’s also an opportune time for me to observe the general…

Understanding Cholesterol, Sodium and Potassium Values on Food Labels

You can find the cholesterol, sodium and potassium content of packaged products in the middle of the Nutrition Facts label. These values are always listed in milligrams (mg) and it’s important to monitor your intake of each. Now, I must point…

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,…

Healthy Eating Tips for Gaining Weight on a Budget

While on "foodie duty" at a new upscale-casual eatery in the Chicagoland area, I had a brief, albeit thought-provoking, conversation with my waiter, Joseph. What sparked this conversation was my mentioning the intermittent fasting style of eating…

That Sugar Film: The Not-So-Sweet Truth About Sugar

While spending a warm, sunny morning at a local Starbucks with my biweekly Caffè Latte, I couldn’t help but notice this late 30-something woman with her daughter and two sons ranging in age from about 8 through possibly 12. A nice-looking…

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…

Product Review: A Closer Look at Modere Solutions for Weight Management

As a health expert, writer and blogger, I’m constantly on the hunt for new and innovative health-promoting products and brands that are both effective and safe. This holds especially true for weight loss foods, supplements and services, as…

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…