Nutrition & Wellness

Why You Need Salt in Your Diet

Why You Need Salt in Your Diet

When you were a child you were probably told that going in the ocean would help heal your cuts and scrapes faster. Or, perhaps your mother had you gargle with warm salt water to soothe a sore throat. . . . Yet, there is a huge debate as to whether salt is good for the rest of your body. For example, many people are told that they need to watch their sodium intake or they risk having . . . high blood pressure.

But, sodium is an essential nutrient . . .

High-Fructose Corn Syrup Boosts Intestinal Tumor Growth in Mice

High-Fructose Corn Syrup Boosts Intestinal Tumor Growth in Mice

Does sugar directly feed cancers, boosting their growth? The answer seems to be ‘Yes’ at least in mice according to a study led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Weill Cornell Medicine. Their study, published in Science, showed that consuming a daily modest amount of high-fructose corn syrup . . . accelerates the growth of intestinal tumors . . .

The Buzz about Caffeine and Health

The Buzz about Caffeine and Health

Americans are jolted with caffeine. On average, about 80% of adults take some form of caffeine every day . . .

But does all that caffeine have any effect on your health — either good or bad? “While caffeine can give you a temporary mental and physical boost, its impact depends on how much you consume and the source,” says Dr. Stephen Juraschek . . .

Is Diet Soda Bad for You? Here’s What It Does to Your Body

Is Diet Soda Bad for You? Here’s What It Does to Your Body

Is diet soda bad for you? Specifically, does it actually help you lose weight?

Long story short, no. In fact, a Purdue researcher says public health officials should tell people to avoid diet soda much like they do with regular, sugar-sweetened soda. Susan E. Swithers, PhD, a professor of psychological sciences and a behavioral neuroscientist at Purdue says . . .

Is Corn Healthy? Surprising Facts about the Nutritional Value of Corn

Is Corn Healthy? Surprising Facts about the Nutritional Value of Corn

People eating the average American diet today unknowingly consume more corn every day in one way or another than they’d probably ever believe. . . .

When combined with other plant foods . . . the nutritional value of corn has helped support growing populations . . .

Although unprocessed, organic, non-GMO corn itself isn’t necessarily bad for you . . . the kind widely consumed today is another story.

Why Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Bad for Us?

Why Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Bad for Us?

The idea that a high intake of refined sugar could be contributing to our obesity and chronic disease epidemics is nothing new. But, one sweetener has gotten a particularly bad rap: high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)! Many of us go out of our way to avoid foods that list it as an ingredient . . . So, what exactly makes this sweetener a hazard to our health?

The biggest concern . . .

Eggs

Eggs

Eggs have been the subject of debate in the nutrition world, having long been touted as the perfect food in some circles, and vilified by others for their cholesterol content, saturated fat, and potential for allergy or contamination. So which is it? We took a look at the literature to get to the yolk of the matter. Here’s what we found…

The 5 Worst Artificial Sweeteners, Plus Healthy Alternatives

The 5 Worst Artificial Sweeteners, Plus Healthy Alternatives

If you haven’t stopped using artificial sweeteners, please do so immediately! Artificial sweeteners, or non-nutritive sweeteners as they are sometimes referred to, have been controversial since they were first introduced to the market in the 1950s, and scientific research shows they are associated with many dangerous side effects.

Is Soy Actually Safe to Eat?

Is Soy Actually Safe to Eat?

While soy may not kill you outright, its ability to undermine health is significant, and as a wellness practitioner I always advise my patients to remove it from their diets. Why? Because soy plays a role in the development of a number of debilitating conditions, which can morph into far larger problems down the line.

Grain-Fed vs Grass-Fed and Finished Beef – Why Does It Matter?

Grain-Fed vs Grass-Fed and Finished Beef – Why Does It Matter?

Americans eat a lot of meat. In 2018, the United States Department of Agriculture projected that the average person would consume over two hundred pounds of chicken, pork, and beef by year’s end. . . . [But] we recommend viewing meat as a garnish or side dish rather than the focus of your meal. . . . [And] it’s very important to remember that not all meat is created equally.

Protect Your Heart with Coconut Oil… No Matter How the Mainstream Smears the Name of This Miracle Fruit of the Palm!

Protect Your Heart with Coconut Oil… No Matter How the Mainstream Smears the Name of This Miracle Fruit of the Palm!

For centuries, people who live in tropical climates where coconuts grow . . . have been using coconuts for their incredible healing powers.

They can protect your skin naturally from too much sun and keep it moisturized… they can condition your hair… and they can even kill . . .

11 Best Sugar Substitutes (the Healthiest Natural Sweeteners)

11 Best Sugar Substitutes (the Healthiest Natural Sweeteners)

An alarming fact: The average American is consuming 19.5 teaspoons of sugar every day and around 66 pounds of added sugar each year! And while the consumption of refined sugar is on the rise, so are artificial sweeteners.

Artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose, ACE K and saccharin have been debated for years in regard to their damaging . . .  

Are Eggs Good or Bad? How You Should Interpret This Latest Study

Are Eggs Good or Bad? How You Should Interpret This Latest Study

What eggs-actly does this mean?  A study just published in JAMA seemed to give eggs a bit of a beating after they’ve been on a roll since 2015. After all, that year the Dietary Guidelines of America no longer included a recommended limit on the number of eggs that you should eat a week. But does this new study scramble this situation . . .

Here’s the Exact Number of Cups of Coffee You Can Drink Per Day

Here’s the Exact Number of Cups of Coffee You Can Drink Per Day

A cup of coffee may be just what you need to get going in the morning.

A second cup is to get out the door, and a third (OK, even a fourth) is likely if you’re especially tired.

But if you frequently have half a dozen cups or more, you could be setting yourself up for some serious health complications, a new study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports.

10 Antinutrients to Get out of Your Diet … and Life

10 Antinutrients to Get out of Your Diet … and Life

Are you confused about what antinutrients are, where they’re found and if they’re actually a real threat?

Antinutrients are natural or synthetic compounds found in a variety of foods — especially grains, beans, legumes and nuts — that interfere with the absorption of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. They can even get in the way of the digestive enzymes, which . . .

8 Foods You Think Are Healthy—But Aren’t!

8 Foods You Think Are Healthy—But Aren’t!

“Reduced fat” peanut butter? “Enriched” flour? Sure, those sound healthy, but the poor nutrient quality of so many “health” foods has been masterfully obscured by clever advertising.

Let’s look at 8 of the top foods that you might think are healthy, but aren’t.

Products such as milk and cheese have been touted as “great sources of calcium” . . .

Is Red Meat Bad for You, or Good? An Objective Look

Is Red Meat Bad for You, or Good? An Objective Look

Red meat is the meat of mammals, which is normally red when raw.

It’s one of the most controversial foods in the history of nutrition.

Although humans have been eating it throughout evolution, many people believe it can cause harm.

Below is a review of the evidence on the health effects of red meat. . . .

7 Takeaways about Grains from My Book Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?

7 Takeaways about Grains from My Book Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?

For many years, we have been told by experts to eat lots of grains. In the infamous 1992 Food Pyramid, we were told to eat 6 to 11 servings of bread rice, cereal, and pasta every day! And we listened… and turned America into the “Fat Nation” with 70% of us now overweight.

Are Legumes “Paleo”? And Does It Really Matter?

Are Legumes “Paleo”? And Does It Really Matter?

I went on the Dr. Oz show in 2014 to discuss my book, Your Personal Paleo Code  . . .

Dr. Oz did a segment on Paleo . . . However, the feedback the show received from their viewers was that “The Paleo Diet” . . . was too restrictive. The producers invited me on because I consider Paleo to be more of a template than a rigid prescription . . .

Some people . . . were surprised to hear me tell Dr. Oz . . .

Sea Salt: Top 6 Essential Health Benefits

Sea Salt: Top 6 Essential Health Benefits

 . . . [I]n recent years, salt has come under fire and has been characterized as an unhealthy substance that we should cut out of our diets in favor of heart health.

[N]ot all salt is created equal and there is definitely a difference between unrefined, mineral-rich varieties like sea salt versus salt that has been heavily processed and stripped of all of its natural nutrients.

If You’re Still Drinking from Cows, It’s Time to Eliminate Dairy and See How Much Better You Feel!

If You’re Still Drinking from Cows, It’s Time to Eliminate Dairy and See How Much Better You Feel!

I’d been hearing someone on staff at my clinic coughing throughout the day for at least a couple of weeks. . . .

She had no fever… her lungs were clear… but she had nasal congestion.

So, I asked her, “Do you drink a lot of milk and eat a lot of cheese?”

It turns out that, like a lot of people, she did . . .

*See Publisher’s Note

Publisher’s Note on Soy and Oatmeal: This article is included on the site strictly for the detailed insights it provides regarding the detriments of milk. The author encourages the consumption of soy milk and oatmeal, however, neither one of which this site supports. For information on the ways that both soy and oatmeal are injurious to your health, please see the following articles: Is Soy Actually Safe? and WHAT WILL HAPPEN if You Eat Oatmeal Every Day?

*This Publisher’s Note is not medical advice. Please consult with your physician regarding any health concerns. Acting on any information provided on this site is done so at your own risk.
7 Takeaways about Meat from My Book Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?

7 Takeaways about Meat from My Book Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?

Eating meat will clog your arteries, cause cancer and type 2 diabetes, and take years off your life, right?

No, but you could be excused for believing that. A lot of people do . . .

Is meat really bad for us, or really good for us? If we want to live long, healthy lives, should we eat a lot of it, a little, or none at all?

Those are among the questions I tackle . . .

The Problem with Grains and Legumes

The Problem with Grains and Legumes

Prominently situated at the base of the food pyramid, grains are promoted as the fiber-rich foundation of a healthy diet. But are grains really a necessary part of your diet, or can they in fact be harmful?

If you have an autoimmune disease, you may already be aware of the fact that gluten, the protein in wheat that gives bread its sticky, doughy texture, is an inflammatory substance.

The Downside of a Low Salt Diet

The Downside of a Low Salt Diet

I recently got the chance to interview my friend James J. DiNicolantonio, PharmD, author of The Salt Fix . . .

We are constantly being warned about the harmful effects of salt. All health agencies, government bodies, and dietary guidelines tell us to cut our salt intake to no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day (about 1 teaspoon of salt) . . .

Unfortunately, we are only being told one side of the story.

Is Juicing Actually Healthy? A Doctor Explains

Is Juicing Actually Healthy? A Doctor Explains

To juice or not to juice, that is the question. While many health-conscious people have embraced juicing, I say it’s a trend that’s best embraced lightly. . . . I think of a tall glass of fresh-pressed veggies and fruit as an occasional treat . . .

As with most quick-fix health crazes, there are always at least a few downsides to consider. Here’s some food for thought . . .

Steady as She Goes

Steady as She Goes

Can a drink a day improve brain health?

There is no doubt that chronic alcohol abuse, whether in the form of repeated binge drinking or daily excessive intake, leads to addiction and innumerable, serious health problems. . . . 

However, low to moderate alcohol consumption, particularly wine and specifically red wine, has been associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and a number of other . . .

The Dangers of Low-Fat and Conventional Dairy

The Dangers of Low-Fat and Conventional Dairy

There’s no shortage of low-fat dairy options in your grocery store. And we’ve certainly been programmed to reach for those low-fat and fat-free cheeses, yogurts and skim milk options over the years. But the question is, are these fat-deprived products really better for us?

According to a growing number of studies, no.

The Truth about Butter & Dairy: Health Food or Inflammatory?

The Truth about Butter & Dairy: Health Food or Inflammatory?

Bulletproof founder Dave Asprey, who popularized putting butter in coffee, is well known for touting butter as a health food. What? Is this a joke? We’ve all heard that saturated fat is bad, so how can butter be good? . . . Let’s cut through the propaganda and look at the facts, to settle the butter debate once and for all.

The Perils of Snacking – Hormonal Obesity XIII

The Perils of Snacking – Hormonal Obesity XIII

[Fifty] years ago, there was a near universal belief that snacking was bad for us.  Your grandmother would say “It makes you fat”, or “You’ll ruin your dinner”. . . . But then we changed our minds. . . .

We’ve now decided that snacking is actually good for us.  That eating more often will make us thinner, as ridiculous as that sounds. I’m sure you’ve heard the advice . . .

Why You Should Ditch Artificial Sweeteners

Why You Should Ditch Artificial Sweeteners

“I know you’re not big on sugar and frequently tell people to cut down on it,” writes this week’s House Call. “But what about artificial sweeteners? Can I use those instead?”

Sadly, the answer is emphatically no. Human, animal, experimental, and other studies show artificial sweeteners can be just as bad and maybe even worse than regular sugar.


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