Nutrition

Send Your Eczema to the Curb!

Approximately 31.6 percent of Americans—one in five children, and almost four percent of adults—deal with at least one form of eczema. People often think of eczema as just dry skin or a recurring rash, but eczema is not one specific condition. Instead, it’s an umbrella term regarding a set of skin disorders that cause particular…
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Daily Magnesium Sources

The consumption of foods that are high in magnesium is essential to our body’s cellular health. The biochemical processes that help us function at full capacity are significantly influenced by how much magnesium we consume. Nerve functions, our body’s capacity to manage blood sugar levels and metabolize energy, and the synthesizing of protein all rely…
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Artificial Sweeteners and Weight Gain

You’ve heard of the notorious Freshman 15, right? It’s not just campus folklore. In fact, there have been a number of research studies done on Freshman students in which thousands of them mysteriously gained weight. The research was being conducted to assess the ways that transitioning to college influences diet, weight, and metabolism among these…
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Calorie Restriction and Intermittent Fasting

If we’re fortunate, we grow older, but how we age—according to research—is within our realm of control. Calorie Restriction, or CR, is one way researchers are looking to re-imagine human longevity. In the anti-aging research world, there is a history of studies that point toward CR as a relevant part of an effective way to…
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Fructose – The Bad Kid

We have covered glucose, the body’s preferred fuel (and the brain’s only fuel). If this were school and we were grading papers, glucose would get an A+. Then there’s fructose, that obnoxious kid who sits in the back of the class and makes faces at the teacher. And pulls all the girls’ hair. And always…
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The Skinny on Glucose

Sugar. Most of us love it. We’re meant to love it; if we weren’t, why would our tongues have dedicated sweet receptors? So, sugar is not the enemy, no matter what the fad diet doctor of the moment would have us believe. The problem is that for most of human history, our access to sweets…
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The Importance of Bitters

What Are Bitters? Bitters have been part of traditional cultures for thousands of years as evidenced by the consumption of an aperitif, a bitter drink enjoyed just before a meal. It was thought that these strong-tasting cocktails would stimulate digestion, specifically in the stomach, helping to reduce any after-meal discomfort. In western cultures, we have…
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What’s up With Apple Cider Vinegar?

It seems as though apple cider vinegar is a panacea for just about everything! Several interesting books have been written about the amazing benefits of consuming ACV every day. With a title like “101 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar,” why wouldn’t you have a bottle in every room in the house? But let’s take a…
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Whey Protein Powders

Protein powders have become popular as meal replacements and as supplements for building muscle quickly. But what’s really in them? Highly processed whey, usually. Added sugar, very often. Artificial flavors, almost always. After all, who wants to drink a glass of yummy whey all by itself? Maybe that one guy who sometimes indulges in a…
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