• Nuts for You!

    When patients ask me to recommend healthy snacks, I tell them, “Snack on nuts!” Compared to many other snack foods, nuts are highest in nutritional value. Nutrient-rich nuts may contribute to weight management as well. One of my patients recently quipped, “I never met a nut I didn’t like.” There are many types of nuts: almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, filberts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts, to name a number of popular varieties.

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  • Potassium: The Unsung Mineral

    The body requires potassium, an essential mineral, in relatively large quantity – at least 4,700 milligrams per day according to the latest nutritional recommendations. Such a large concentration is necessary to maintain healthy nervous system functioning, regular heart rhythm, muscle contraction, water balance, and acid-base balance. Recent studies have shown other positive health benefits which result from optimal intake of potassium.

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  • Cinnamon: Not Just for Baking

    Cinnamon is one of my favorite spices. Besides serving as a flavor enhancer for food, this ancient fragrant spice has many health benefits – with potential to have positive effects upon diabetes, high cholesterol, and even cancer. Anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antioxidant properties are attributed to cinnamon as well.

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  • Fish for Health

    To lower the risk of coronary heart disease, the American Heart Association recommends that we eat fish at least twice a week. Besides containing protein and other nutrients such as vitamin D and selenium, fish contains omega-3 essential fatty acids, which play an important role in heart health and in proper functioning of the immune and neurological systems.

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  • Help Your Heart

    What can you do to help your heart? Start by having a greater sense of appreciation for what this miraculous organ does for you. Did you know that the heart is actually a muscle that pumps some 6,000 quarts of blood a day through thousands of miles of blood vessels? The heart beats 100,000 times a day and it humbly keeps up this routine 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – without any vacation time.

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  • Better Beverages

    There is no better beverage for the human body than water. Next to air, it is the most essential nutrient for all living creatures, including plants. The human body is made up of approximately 65% water, drawing comparisons to a water balloon.

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  • Snacks for Stable Blood Sugar

    In my nutrition practice, I often see patients with concerns related to either high or low blood sugar. I reassure them that healthy snacks and small, balanced meals, evenly spaced throughout the day, are essential for the body to maintain stable glucose levels.

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  • Eating Well When Eating Out

    In my nutrition practice, I find that many people who are watching their weight or following special diets are also concerned about eating out and may even avoid restaurants due to their uncertainty about how to eat healthy when they eat out. I try to reassure them that dining out can be pleasant, satisfying, and most importantly, healthy – as long as they follow certain guidelines.

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  • Water: Drink to Life

    All cells require water to carry out their vital work. The body must be adequately hydrated in order for oxygen to be transported to the blood and for nutrients to be carried through it. Water is also necessary for all bodily functions, including digestion, absorption, and circulation, and is essential for toxic removal and maintenance of body temperature as well. Other important health functions include lubricating the joints and maintaining proper muscle tone.

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  • The Oil Crisis

    We’re all concerned about the oil crisis that hits us financially every time we fill the car with gas. As a nutritionist, I’m also concerned about the oil crisis that’s affecting our health. Since the topic of dietary oils and fats is quite complex, I’ll start with the basics. Fats and oils are lipids with similar chemical structures. The term “oil” refers to a fat that is liquid at room temperature, and “fatty acids” refer to the basic unit of dietary fats.

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  • Soup Up Your Summer!

    A wholesome soup can boost the nutritional value of any meal. Due to their liquid state, soups are easily digested and absorbed. A nutritious soup made from beans, lentils, or peas provides you with valuable fiber, protein, and carbohydrates; vegetable and fruit soups are rich in essential nutrients as well.

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  • What to Spread on Your Bread

    Bread is a central food in the American diet. Consequently, I am often asked for advice about what type to eat as well as what to spread on it. My first recommendation is to choose whole grain bread. Typically, bread made of whole grains - such as whole wheat, rye, or spelt - contain more fiber, vitamins, and minerals, which are typically removed from processed, refined bread products.

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  • Vitamin D Deficiency: A Serious Concern

    Why do Americans living in the South have lower rates of certain cancers than those living in the North? According to Consumer Reports on Health, higher vitamin D levels, achieved through greater sun exposure, may have protective effects against cancer.

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  • Vitamins from A to Z

    Recently, the fitness director at the Central Queens Y asked me to give a lecture entitled “Vitamins from A to Z: Which vitamins are right for me?” In light of extensive research done in the process of developing VitaShield, my own multivitamin-mineral formula, I would like to share with you some important facts on this topic.

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  • Eating and Emotions: The Food - Mood Connection

    Nutrition plays a central role in the health of both body and mind. It has been discovered that certain foods may in fact offset the damaging effects of stress and promote emotional well-being. Scientific research helps to explain this fascinating connection between food and mood.

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