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The 10 best diets for your heart

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

The good news is that many risk factors for heart disease are related to lifestyle and diet — meaning that you can reduce your risk with the right healthy habits. You can probably guess what many of these factors are: maintain a healthy weight, get regular exercise, don’t smoke, lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, and eat a healthy diet.  We’ve put together a list of the best diets for heart health, according to health …

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From the doc: Heart-healthy foods

In Dr. Jay Garcia MD, Nutrition by Jay J. Garcia M.D. September 1st, 2018

February is all about heart health! Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, but the good news is, risk factors for heart disease can often be reduced or prevented with lifestyle changes.  Eating heart-healthy foods is an important step to overall heart health! When it comes to heart health, the first thing many people think about is exercise. And exercise is important, whether you want to lose weight or maintain your weight. …

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The 10 worst drinks for your body

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

What you drink can have more calories than an entire meal, not to mention loads of sugar, artificial ingredients, and other unhealthy additives.  Some of the worst drinks for your body are marketed as “heath drinks”. It doesn’t help that many beverage labels are misleading. You may think you’re making a healthy choice by choosing a drink that reads “all natural,” but this type of language isn’t regulated by the FDA, and food manufacturers could …

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10 foods nutritionists never eat

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

There are foods nutritionists never eat. We’ve pulled together a list of 10 foods that nutritionists avoid at all costs. Nutritionists may not necessarily always agree on what constitutes a healthy diet — in part because differences in our genetic makeup influence how people respond to and process different foods. 1. Artificial sweeteners Sugar-free is always better for you, right? Not necessarily. Artificial sweeteners, also referred to as non-nutritive sweeteners, have been linked to numerous …

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Healthy game day snacks

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

Traditional game day foods tend to be greasy, fattening, and high in calories. Pizza, fried chicken, and nachos are common game day foods that sit heavy in your stomach.  Most game day snacks lead to weight gain if you and your family members are prone to mindless munching while watching TV during the football season. But we have some awesome, healthy game day snack options for you! But game day doesn’t necessarily have to offer …

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10 diet changes to make if you’re over 40

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

If you’re over the age of 40, there are diet changes you’ll probably need to make.  Around the age of 40, people start to notice that keeping off excess weight is more difficult for you than it’s ever been before. That’s because women in their 40s generally start to experience a decline in estrogen and metabolism as part of the natural aging process. Without regular exercise and good nutrition, these factors can increase the risk …

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Eat fat, lose fat: 6 ways to add healthy fats to your diet

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

It may sound like a contradiction, but adding healthy fats to your diet is a good thing!  Certain dietary fats are healthy. In fact, healthy fats are necessary for many functions throughout the body. For many years, all foods high in fat were thought to be the driving factor behind weight gain and obesity. It’s true that foods high in trans fats like donuts, French fries, and cookies can lead to weight gain, since these unhealthy …

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7 proven health benefits of chocolate

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

Growing evidence shows chocolate can be a healthy food. Chocolate is commonly enjoyed as a comfort food but more research proves it offers health benefits. That could make you feel less guilty for turning to this delightfully decadent food. Here are seven health benefits linked to consuming dark chocolate. 1. It offers important nutrients Dark chocolate with between 70 and 85 percent cocoa is packed with fiber, manganese, magnesium, iron, and several other minerals. However, …

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8 cancer-fighting foods

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

There are cancer-fighting foods that can help you stay healthy. Eating foods packed with cancer-fighting nutrients and antioxidants can reduce your risk of developing cancer, and help conventional cancer treatments like radiation therapy. Inflammation is often the root cause of cancer, as inflammation can lead to the multiplying of abnormal cells that trigger the growth of cancerous tumors. The key to fighting cancer with food involves consuming high amounts of healthy, whole foods packed with …

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7 foods that make you feel bloated

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

It’s easy to mistake bloating for actual weight gain. Bloating can be uncomfortable, unsightly, and make you feel as if you’ve put on excess pounds around your middle when in fact, all you did was drink a diet soda or eat a small pastry just hours earlier. Though it’s common to experience bloating every once in awhile, there are tricks for manipulating your diet in a way that can help prevent or reduce bloating. Here …