Food & Nutrition

Top Superfoods to Add to Your Diet

Looking to increase the quality of your diet? Superfoods are a great place to start. Remember: Dietary changes should not be about calorie restriction or deprivation, but rather the addition of nutrient-dense energy sources—particularly ones that are easily digested. The three top superfoods outlined below are foods with a very high benefit-to-cost ratio in terms(…)

The Dangers of a Low-Sodium Diet

Sodium often gets a bad rap. You may have heard that the average American diet contains way too much sodium, and that the recommended amount is only about 1 teaspoon per day—especially for people at risk for heart disease. However, the strange idea that salt causes hypertension (high blood pressure) is the opposite of what(…)

5 Simple Rules for Hydration

Hydration is a very complex topic. If you read my previous post, you already know that there’s no clear-cut answer to the question, “How much water should you drink?” The idea that “more is better” is simply not true. Good hydration is really about maintaining a good balance between water and mineral intake to help(…)

How Much Water Should You Drink?

Hydration may seem like a simple topic. Just drink eight glasses of water a day and you’re good, right? Not quite. The truth is that hydration is not simply about drinking enough water. It’s much more complex. There’s no clear-cut, universal answer to the question of “How much water should you drink?” Keep reading to(…)

5 Fantastic Health Benefits of Coffee

Coffee consumption is still a somewhat controversial topic, particularly in the health and wellness community. Coffee often gets a bad rap—undeservedly so. When you look at the scientific evidence, a different picture begins to emerge showing that there are, in fact, many health benefits of coffee.1,2 This blog post outlines five fantastic benefits of coffee(…)

The Truth about Prebiotics and Probiotics

Let’s address the myth of “good” bacteria in the intestine. So often, intestinal bacteria are referred to as some sort of miracle germ that improves health and function. They are proclaimed to produce nutrients, increase your ability to absorb nutrients, improve your mood, create an appropriate appetite, help you lose weight, etc., etc. But is(…)

The Power of Root Vegetables

Are you looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner but dreading that overstuffed, sleepy feeling that usually hits around pie-eating time? Consider replacing some of those rich or “heavy” sides with healthy Thanksgiving dishes that are easy to digest and packed with good nutrients. A good place to start is by tapping the power of root vegetables.(…)

The Dangers of PUFAs and Fried Foods

The problem with eating fried foods and fast foods is not simply that they are high in fat. It’s that they are high in a certain type of fat: PUFAs. In my recent posts on The Truth about Clogged Arteries and The Many Causes of Heart Disease, I’ve encouraged readers to eat a diet that(…)

Magnesium Supplements, Not Statin Drugs, for Better Heart Health

Heart disease has many contributing factors, including poor dietary habits, elevated stress, intestinal bacteria—and magnesium deficiency. It’s important to note that, despite popular belief, cholesterol alone is not to blame for causing clogged arteries and other forms of cardiovascular disease. In fact, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are not the solution to(…)