Monthly Archives: August 2010

Paraben Toxins Detected in 92% of People Tested

Toxins, toxins, everywhere…or so it seems, right? Especially when I read a story like the one I read the other day about how parabens were found in 92% of people who participated in a recent study. And in case you didn’t know, parabens are in just about everything. So just what are they? Parabens are antimicrobial preservatives used widely in…

Detox Your Steak (No, that’s not an Oxymoron)

My Weekly ‘Renew You’ Challenge Disclaimer: If you’re a vegetarian, you might want to skip this post! Okay, so we all know that red meat is not especially healthy for us. The saturated fat content alone is enough to clog our arteries, and experts having been telling us for a while now that a diet high in red meat is…

Think All Drugs are Safe? Think Again.

Did you ever stop to think that all those bottles in your medicine cabinet might not be as safe as you thought? Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s true. Just because your doctor prescribed it or you found it on the shelf at the pharmacy doesn’t mean it comes with a “100% safe” guarantee.…

Too Much Fat, Sugar Linked to ADHD in Kids

You know the old saying, “You are what you eat”? Well, take it from me, it’s true! Just giving your body the right nutrients every day can make a big difference when it comes to staying healthy, and that’s what scientists in Australia are saying after studying more than 1,500 school-age children to see if a diagnosis of ADHD might…

What Do IBS and Brain Health Have in Common?

A lot, actually! Just recently scientists at the University of California discovered a difference in brain structure between people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and those who showed no IBS symptoms. What they found was that those with IBS actually had less gray matter in the areas of the brain that controlled things like thinking, reasoning and evaluating. Pretty interesting…

Eat a Rainbow Every Day

My Weekly ‘Renew You’ Challenge – Eat a rainbow everyday! Sounds pretty goofy, doesn’t it? But be honest, it’s not the first time you’ve heard this piece of advice, so why not give it a try? In fact, it’s such a good tip even I’m going to jump on the bandwagon! Eating a diet that includes of a rainbow of…

Another Strike against Caloric Sweeteners

Okay folks, the strikes against caloric sweeteners (like table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup) are mounting, and by now there are way more than three…so I say, “You’re out!” It’s long been known that eating too many refined carbs—which includes sugars as well as refined flour, white rice, etc.—is associated with a certain lipid profile (a series of tests that…

Expectant Moms Get Big Benefits from Probiotics!

When you’re pregnant it seems like everyone has some important bit of advice to give—do this, eat this, stay away from this—but really the keys to good health during pregnancy are a lot like any other day: follow a healthy diet and lifestyle, and the benefits are sure to follow. So the other day when I came across a story…

Get Over It! Let’s Talk Poop

My weekly “Renew You” Challenge: In case you haven’t noticed, I’m pretty comfortable talking about poop. Most of the people I work with are, too—in fact it’s kind of a running joke! But I think it’s safe to say that for the rest of society, the subject of poop has a MAJOR taboo.  Even the editor’s letter in a recent…