Do You Need to Detox?

It seems everywhere you turn, someone is talking about detox diets or cleansing fasts. US cardiology researchers reported in Science Daily that you can lower your risk of developing coronary artery disease and diabetes along with improving cholesterol levels by fasting.  They also found that a 24-hour fast can boost natural human growth hormone (HGH) […]

American Health Perceptions

A study conducted by Catalyst Healthcare Research (CHR) found that most Americans who are overweight or obese see themselves as being in good health.  These same people are often well educated and are aware of the health risks related to obesity. The study found that 60% of Americans believe obesity is the number one threat […]

Building Better Bones

Most of us think of our bones as a solid, static mass that is hard and unchanging.    The fact is our skeletal structure is replaced approximately every ten years. Bones are dynamic, living tissue that consists of about 25% water, 25% protein and approximately 50% mineral salts including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium. Bone […]

Body Composition

Most people keep track of their weight using a common bathroom scale. Doctors take it one step further by recording weight and height measurements to determine a persons body mass index or BMI. The problem, as more and more studies are pointing out, is that weight or BMI are not always a good indicator of […]

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 […]