Why Dietary Guidelines Are Changing: Full Fat is Back

When President Dwight Eisenhower had a heart attack in 1955, it changed the way science looked at nutrition. Experts determined that fat was a major obstacle to cardiac health. This hypothesis pointed the finger at fat and meat as the probable cause of heart attacks like the one Eisenhower suffered that day. Since that time, cardiovascular disease and fat have been linked together, especially after clinical research provided evidence that a low–fat, high-carb diet lowers the risk of heart issues. Researchers called cardiovascular disease an epidemic that centered specifically on the amount of fat and cholesterol people ate. They failed…. [Read More…]

Give Your Digestive Tract the Gift of Good Health this Holiday Season

Do the holidays upset your stomach? Family time, homemade treats, and alcohol are joyful parts of the holiday tradition in many households, but they can also lead to digestive problems. Everyday stress and even modern technology can also wreak havoc on your digestive tract. Fortunately, you can keep your digestive system happy and full of good cheer throughout this holiday season. Bring Holiday Cheer to Your Digestive System The enteric nervous system, which helps regulate the digestive system, includes the sympathetic nervous system that triggers the “fight or flight” response to danger and the parasympathetic nervous system that calms down…. [Read More…]

Can Prunes Help Your Improve Intestinal Health?

Generations of people have been eating dried plums, also known as prunes, to prevent constipation. A new scientific study shows prunes can positively affect the bacteria living in the gut and may even reduce the risk of colon cancer. Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related death among men and women in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society, claiming an estimated 49,190 lives in 2016. While advanced treatments improve the likelihood of survival, prevention is key to lowering mortality rates. About the Bacteria Living in Your Intestines There are trillions of bacteria living in the…. [Read More…]

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…]