Nutrition

Nutrition Articles

Can diet heal chronic pain?

Chronic pain is often the result of chronic inflammation, and the evidence is quite strong that a person’s diet can contribute to inflammation as well as help to reduce it. Research has found that the best way to control inflammation and help ease chronic pain is to reduce amounts of known inflammatory foods, like processed “junk” foods, and eat a variety of foods that can strengthen the immune system, which helps keep inflammation under control. (Locked) More »

Extra protein does not build more muscle

While it might seem natural to think that increasing protein intake could help improve muscle strength and performance, a new study confirmed that taking in more than the Recommended Dietary Allowance did not improve lean body mass, muscle performance, or physical function among older men. More »

Fermented foods can add depth to your diet

Fermented foods, which are preserved using an age-old method, can provide health benefits if eaten regularly. Fermented foods containing live active cultures can help support a healthy gut microbiome, which helps to ensure that the lining of the intestines is strong and doesn’t allow digested material to leak out of the intestinal tract. This condition, called leaky gut syndrome, has been linked to a number of chronic diseases and health conditions. (Locked) More »

Precious metals and other important minerals for health

The body doesn’t manufacture essential minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, chromium, copper, and iron. Instead, the minerals come from diet. Most people can meet recommended intakes of dietary minerals by eating a healthy diet rich in fresh foods. But some minerals, such as magnesium, iron, potassium, and calcium, may be harder for people to obtain in the proper amounts. In those cases, it may be necessary to increase dietary intake of certain minerals or to take a dietary supplement. But it depends on an individual’s needs. (Locked) More »

Clean out your pantry, clean up your health

The typical American pantry is loaded with unhealthy foods. Boxed, bagged, canned, and jarred foods are often brimming with refined grains, salt, added sugars, or saturated fat. Rather than risk temptation by keeping processed, unhealthy foods in the pantry, it’s a good idea to swap them for healthier foods. Ideas include swapping refined bread products for whole-grain versions, and trading bottled marinades for homemade spice rubs. Replace treats like cookies with fresh fruit. (Locked) More »

The smart way to look at carbohydrates

Many people believe a healthy diet means reducing or eliminating carbohydrates, but carbs provide the body’s primary energy source, glucose, which fuels everything from breathing to thinking to running. The Institute of Medicine recommends adults get 45% to 65% of their daily calories from carbs, but they should be from healthier sources like nutrient-rich whole grains, legumes, nuts, fruit, vegetables, and dairy. (Locked) More »