Is it a Disease to Want to be Healthy?

Orthorexia, a phrase coined in 1996 by physician Steven Bratman is referred to as a “fixation of righteous eating” or in English, an obsession with eating only healthy foods.  This thinking is now getting some attention as a cousin to serious illnesses like anorexia and bulimia. Are people who make healthy choices a priority, whether […]

Quinoa: Is it a Grain?

Although often called an ancient whole grain, quinoa is actually a gluten-free seed that originates from the chard and rhubarb family.  It comes in a variety of colors including golden, red and black varieties. Quinoa is not simply tasty.   It is bursting with all nine essential amino acids, making it complete protein.   Although […]

The Healthiest Fat?

New research from Ohio State University suggests that people with higher levels of linoleic acid have leaner bodies. They also tended to have less health threatening visceral fat between and around their organs, less inflammation and lower incidence of insulin resistance. It turns out olive oil may not be best for heart health and diabetes […]

How Much Exercise?

We’ve all heard exercise is good for us but most are still confused about what kind of exercise to do and how much is really needed to obtain health benefits. Current guidelines for physical activity state that 150 minutes per week is a good goal. That works out to be just over 20 minutes a […]

Improving Body Composition

Simultaneously gaining lean body mass while losing excess body fat is considered the holy grail of body transformation. Many experts contend that it is not possible or at best, is extremely difficult. Researchers at McMaster University have found a formula that actually works. Although their protocol may be a little extreme for most people, the […]

Benefits of Limiting Sugar Consumption

A study conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and Touro University California found that reducing dietary sugar from 28% of daily calories to 10% for just 10 days resulted in a significant improvement in blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and overall weight. Fructose intake was reduced from 12% to 4%. The […]

Alzheimer’s Prevention

Dr. Gary Small, a New York Times best-selling author and director of the UCLA Center on Aging, in his book, The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program (Workman Publishing) said he expects an explosion of the brain-robbing disease.  He also has some steps people can take to reduce their risks. The latest report released by the U.S. National Center […]

Know Your Blood Pressure

Hypertension, commonly referred to as high blood pressure is a primary or contributing cause of death of over 300,000 Americans each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  It is known as the “silent killer” because there are rarely noticeable symptoms.  It also increases risk for heart disease and stroke. High blood […]