Tag: metabolic syndrome

Sleep Your Way to Happy and Thin

Sleep Your Way to Happy and Thin

At this extremely busy time of year, it may seem like even more of a challenge to maintain your weight along with your good attitude. Could it be because you are not getting enough sleep? Through the years I’ve blogged often on how important sleep is to your health. And it’s simply so important that I wanted to have a…

Food as Medicine to Balance Your Blood Sugar

Food as Medicine to Balance Your Blood Sugar

I’m so happy to see that people are becoming so much more aware of the sugar in their diets, and the impact it has on their health. The term “blood sugar” is now common in conversation and most of us are happy to learn of ways to control the fluctuations that may result in metabolic syndrome, diabetes, or other inflammatory…

Demon Sugar Strikes Again!

This week it seemed there was an explosion of information shining the spotlight on the toxic effects of sugar. Not a new battle cry from me, of course. Still, to see such supportive scientific study done, especially with regard to protecting our younger generation, is heartening. One unique study reported in Time magazine was particularly interesting. Please take a few…

Low Fiber Intake, Higher Cardiovascular Disease Risk

If you haven’t yet heard that a high-fiber diet is good for your heart, I would be surprised. For years nutrition experts, including myself, have been telling people to eat more fiber not only to support heart health, but also digestive health, which is the foundation for total-body health. A new study published in The American Journal of Medicine analyzed…

Gut Balance is Key to Avoidance of C. difficile Infection

The bacterium Clostridium difficile (also known as C. diff) is a major pathogenic contributor to the development of antibiotic-associated diarrhea, or diarrhea that results from taking an antibiotic. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), C. difficile diarrhea is linked to 14,000 deaths in the United States each year.1 Interestingly, first line treatment for C. diff infection is antibiotics—the…

Obesogens—Why We Get Fat

Obesogens—a term coined by Bruce Blumberg, a biology professor at the University of California, Irvine in 2006—are dietary, pharmaceutical, or industrial compounds that alter metabolic processes and predispose some people to gain weight. Simply put, obesogens are toxins that make us fat. The idea that environmental toxins could be making us fat was only introduced in 2002, so it’s a…

Omega-3 DHA Counteracts the Harmful Effects of Sugar

  It is no secret that sugar is unhealthy. From high blood sugar to diabetes and heart disease, a diet high in sugar has far-reaching effects. But did you know that sugar is also bad for your brain? A recent study published in the Journal of Physiology found an interesting connection between a diet low in omega-3s and high in…

Increase Fiber for Teens and Don’t Worry So Much About the Fat

  A recent study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found a three-fold increase in the metabolic syndrome in children eating the least amount of dietary fiber when compared to the group eating the most. There were no differences when consumption of saturated fat or cholesterol was analyzed however. The researchers recommend focusing on increasing fiber in…