Tips for Dealing With All That Halloween Candy

Halloween is a sweet time of year, no doubt, but what are you going to do with all that candy? You want your kids to have fun this season and candy is part of that, but it is also a good time to teach them about eating responsibly and paying attention to their health. As with most things, good planning and a little moderation are key. Think ahead and find ways to manage the candy overload, so everyone has a good time this Halloween. Schedule Your Trick or Treating Right Getting your child ready to go out and trick or…. [Read More…]

The Downside to Artificial Sweeteners

On the surface, artificial sweeteners may seem like the perfect fix. Zero calories equals zero guilt right? Well, that’s not how your body and gut see it. These artificial sweeteners may have no calories, but they do have a profound effect on your digestive system – and not in a good way. Artificial sweeteners – like saccharin, sucralose, and aspartame – pass through the body without being digested or absorbed. That’s why food and drinks containing these chemicals are able to claim zero calories. The body may not digest or absorb the artificial sweeteners, but that doesn’t mean they don’t…. [Read More…]

Probiotics and Blood Sugar

When your doctor takes a blood sample, one of the things they usually test is your blood sugar level to make sure your body is correctly regulating the amount of glucose in your bloodstream. Usually, most doctors will require that you fast before a blood test because when you haven’t eaten anything for a few hours, your blood sugar usually falls within a narrow range, thanks to a hormone called insulin that regulates it. Doctors will use the fasting blood test to establish a baseline to determine if the amount of glucose in your bloodstream is within normal limits. When…. [Read More…]

American Diabetes Month – Be Aware of the Epidemic

November is officially “American Diabetes Month,” so-named to raise awareness of just how common this health problem is becoming. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of cases of diabetes rose by 100% or more in 18 states between the years 1995 to 2010. That’s a pretty disturbing increase, especially considering diabetes is a risk factor for other health problems including heart disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, visual problems and even the risk of certain types of cancer. The most common type of diabetes is type 2 diabetes and it’s strongly linked with obesity. The reason?…. [Read More…]