DASH diet vs Mediterranean Diet: Which is Better?

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Of all the healthy diet plans out there, there are two that are probably the most-researched: the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) and the Mediterranean diet. Both of these diets have been shown to have significant health benefits, and aspects of each inform some of the most common recommendations made by dietitians, physicians, and … Read more

Nutrition for Athletes

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Top athletic performance requires talent, training, and plenty of fuel. Proper nutrition is essential for athletes, but what that looks like can sometimes seem elusive or mysterious. So what can an athlete do to optimize their diet in order to achieve their performance goals? Essential Nutrients for Athletes The nutrients that are essential for athletes … Read more

Nutrition and Mental Health

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It has been understood for a long time that poor nutrition is a major risk factor for non-communicable diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and others. What we are just starting to realize is that the very same unhealthy habits that are harmful to our physical health can also affect our mental health … Read more

Why Is Nutrition Important?

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Messages about nutrition and the latest diets are everywhere. With all the attention devoted to discussing nutrition, it seems like it must be pretty important. But why? What can nutrition do for us that is worth all the hype? Nutrition is Important in Each Phase of Life Nutrition is crucial for the growth and development … Read more

How to Read Nutrition Labels Like a Dietitian

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Imagine you’re in the grocery store, and a package of something catches your eye. Maybe it’s a new brand of a product you use regularly or a delicious-looking new product from a brand you like. Maybe it’s an ingredient for a recipe you want to try that you’ve never purchased before. Maybe your child just … Read more

Basic Nutrition

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Imagine you’re at the grocery store. You pick up an item and flip it over. What does all of that information on the label mean? Is that even an ingredient? How do you know what to look for? Nutrition is often talked about but rarely understood. In this article, you’ll find the basics of nutrition … Read more

Probiotics for Weight Loss

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“Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host” is a commonly agreed upon definition for probiotics. Probiotics have been known to help with numerous health issues, most notably conditions affecting the gastrointestinal system such as IBS, diarrhea, and C. difficile. But, do probiotics play a role in weight … Read more

Probiotics for Skin: Do Probiotics Promote Skin Health?

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Skin is the body’s largest and fastest growing organ in the body. Skin plays an instrumental role in the health of every individual in ways many don’t realize. Skin is the primary defender against infection, environmental changes, UV rays, injury, and chemicals. Similar to the human gut, the skin is colonized by various types of … Read more