(image from medlineplus.gov) Over the last five or ten years there has been a huge increase in the amount of research looking at mitochondria and the role these little engines play in our overall health. Mitochondria are small structures inside our cells that convert food and oxygen into energy in
It seems like everyone is tired. Many of us are overcommitted, we don’t get enough sleep, we are stressed, and maybe we don’t eat the best either. Fatigue is beyond feeling tired. Most of the time if you are tired, and you get some good sleep, you will feel better.
Chronic pain affects more than 30% of people worldwide; that’s billions of people that suffer every day. As defined by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), chronic pain is pain that persists or recurs for more than 3 months. For many people, this type of pain is
Artificial sweeteners have been around for decades promising benefits such as reduced risk for diabetes and weight reduction. However, what most research is finding is that they don’t do either of these things and they might be doing more harm than good. Over the years, as we learn more about
The popularity of “greens powders” has exploded over the past few years with companies touting all kinds of health benefits and as an easy way to get your veggie servings in. But is this true? Are there benefits to taking these powders, and are they just like eating vegetables?
As a dietitian/nutritionist the majority of my focus is on how food impacts our bodies and our health. But it is so important to also recognize the global impact of our food choices. We need to not just include our health in the decision, but also the biodiversity of the
Advertisements for sports supplements are everywhere! They usually include a sweaty, muscled, barely dressed model drinking something called Ripped Force, Jacked, Ultimate Shred or some other ridiculous name. The sports nutrition industry is a $40 billion plus industry. There is a lot of money behind that marketing. But do these
If you read this previous blog about types of salt (sodium chloride), you might recall that I mentioned salt is an essential nutrient. The body uses salt to maintain fluid levels and support muscle and nerve function. Sodium is critical for heart, liver and kidney function. Chloride, the other part