Monthly Archives: May 2014

Seafood Intake, Mercury, and Cognitive Function

We have all heard about the nutritional benefits of fish, especially those fish high in beneficial omega-3 fats. But a diet high in fish has one often-overlooked downfall—mercury exposure. Mercury is a heavy metal that accumulates in fish up the food chain. Small fish are eaten by medium-sized fish, which are then eaten by large fish, all the while mercury…

Diet & Sleep Habits Linked to Inflammation – 4 Important Diet Tips

Clinical studies continue to link chronic, low-grade inflammation—also known as silent inflammation—with a growing number of health conditions and diseases. Because it can be present without being felt, this type of inflammation is particularly dangerous and can be harmful to the body over time. Recently, a team of scientists from Texas A&M University found a link between our internal “body…

Antibiotics in Agriculture Impacting Microbes in Soil

The use of antibiotics in raising livestock is widespread, so much so that it’s added as a growth promoter to the drinking water of many animals. As a result of overuse, the antibiotics are excreted from these animals in manure and urine, which results in the deposit of antibiotics into the soil. A recent study published in the Public Library…

US Adults Not Getting Enough Omega-3

The protective effects of omega-3 fats against heart disease are well known. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends healthy people consume a minimum of two servings of seafood (oily fish are preferred) per week, to provide an average 250 mg per day of EPA and DHA. They recommend supplementation with 1 gram EPA + DHA daily for people with…

Organic Diet Significantly Reduces Pesticide Levels

America’s toxic burden may not be getting any lighter, but that doesn’t mean we’re defenseless in the war against toxins. There are simple steps we can take every day to protect our bodies, such as investing in household air and water filters, choosing natural cleaners and personal care products, and opting for organically grown foods whenever possible. A recent study…

Breastfeeding Protective against Obesity When Follow-Up Diet is Healthy

Although many studies have linked breastfeeding to a protection against obesity, not all studies agree. A recent paper published in The Journal of Pediatrics sought to determine why this might be. They considered one important factor that previous studies had not—the quality of the diet following breastfeeding. When taking this important factor into consideration, they found that breastfeeding is protective…

Celiac Disease Linked to Higher Risk of Heart Disease

A new study has discovered a link between celiac disease and heart disease, a previously unknown relationship that will likely change the way doctors treat celiac patients. The study found that those people with celiac disease—even people under 65 years—were at increased risk of developing coronary artery disease when compared to controls. While these findings were surprising to the researchers,…

New Appetite-Suppressing Benefit of Fiber Discovered

It is well known that fiber has appetite-suppressing properties. In fact, Brenda and I wrote an entire book about it—The Fiber35 Diet. Fiber works in a number of ways to suppress appetite. Fiber expands in the stomach, taking up more space, which makes you feel full. In addition, fiber slows the emptying of food from the stomach into the intestines,…

Salt Restriction May Actually Be Bad For You

The recommendations for sodium consumption have come under question lately. Studies have found that very low salt intake, in line with recommendations by the American Heart Association and the Centers for Disease Control may be more harmful than helpful. A recent meta-analysis published in the American Journal of Hypertension analyzed 25 studies that included almost 275,000 people and found that…

Lower Stress for Allergy Relief

Almost eight percent of American adults have allergies, or more specifically, hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis. It seems as though the allergies this spring are at an all-time high. A recent study published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology found that among 179 individuals with rhinitis, those allergy sufferers under persistent stress experience more allergy flares than…