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Foods that can help keep your skin looking younger

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

Did you know foods can help keep your skin looking younger? A diet high in sugar and other unhealthy ingredients can accelerate the aging process and cause skin problems including acne and rashes. But a diet high in vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients can keep your skin looking smooth, supple, and youthful today and for years to come. Here’s a look at foods to avoid, and foods to consume more of if your goal is …

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What are antioxidants and why do you need them?

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

What are antioxidants, and why you need them to maintain good overall health? You may have noticed that many healthy foods and products boast “antioxidants” as their powerful, active ingredient. Antioxidants, which are substances commonly found in fruits, vegetables, and other whole foods, are vital for destroying free radicals that can alter healthy cells and increase the risk for illness and disease — including cancer. How antioxidants fight free radicals Free radicals are toxic compounds …

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From the doc: Are you consuming the right healthy fats?

In Dr. Jay Garcia MD, Nutrition by Jay J. Garcia M.D. September 2nd, 2018

Are you eating enough healthy fats? It might sound counterintuitive, but including the right sources of fat in your diet is essential for weight management. Your body needs dietary fats to keep your organs functioning optimally, absorb nutrients, provide energy, keep your heart healthy, and even help the body burn fat. What are healthy fats? We’ve been told for decades that fat is bad, but actually, certain fats are good for you — in fact, …

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The health dangers of sugar

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

Sugar is one of the most health-damaging substances you can possibly eat, yet this ingredient is abundant in many foods, including most processed and packaged foods — even non-dessert foods. High sugar intake is primarily associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes, but is also linked to a number of other serious health risks such as cancer and heart disease. Understanding the dangers of sugar can motivate you to steer clear of this ingredient, or …

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Are fat-free foods making you fat?

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

If you have a choice between two foods — one that’s “regular” and one that’s low-fat — it’s better to choose the low-fat version, right? Not necessarily. There’s a lot more to a food’s overall health value than whether it can be considered low fat. The low-fat mentality is so ingrained in our culture that most of us reach for these products without even thinking, but in some cases, they could be worse for you …

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How to eat healthy while you’re on vacation

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

We love vacations! You can stay healthy the next time you go on a trip, you don’t have to go off your diet. Vacations are a chance to relax, spend time with the family, and explore a new place — maybe even a new culture. They’re also a time notoriously associated with indulging. Calories consumed on vacation don’t count, right? Unfortunately, they do. Have you ever gone on vacation only to come home and realize …

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Liven up your meals with these non-boring salads

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

Salads are a great way to get more nutritious, healthy greens and vegetables into your diet. And they’re easy to make, whether you’re throwing one together for a quick lunch or making a family-sized version to take to a summer picnic. Think salads are boring? Try mixing it up — literally! — with some unexpected ingredients to create a seriously flavorful dish that works as a side dish or a main dish. Many of these …

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10 “healthy” foods that are making you gain weight

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

With all of the conflicting nutritional information available these days, it’s easy to get confused about what’s healthy and what’s not. Although these products and others lining the supermarket shelves try to pass themselves off as healthy, there are certain telltale signs that give them away as foods that will actually contribute to weight gain. The culprit in most of these and other types of packaged foods is sugar, in all its various forms. Foods …

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Plant-based diet weight-loss tips

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

When you think of vegetarians or vegans, what comes to mind? While many people adopt vegan and vegetarian diets due to animal welfare concerns or environmental reasons, there may be another reason to adopt a plant-based diet: it can help you lose weight. A review of several studies found that individuals on a vegan or lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet (those who still eat dairy and eggs) lost more weight than individuals in a control group, who had no …

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How to get more greens into your diet

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

Green foods are some of the healthiest foods you can eat (and no, that doesn’t include green M&Ms). Green foods like spinach, kale, asparagus, broccoli, and cucumbers offer numerous health benefits: they can help regulate blood pressure, lower cancer risk, promote bone strength, aid in vision, protect against heart disease, and strengthen your immune system. Eating a diet high in plant foods also helps protect the digestive tract and keep things running smoothly. Boost your …