Personal trainers in gyms often recommend extra protein in the form of powders and bars to boost muscle mass and improve performance. Does the average person need this extra protein, does it work as promised, and are there any downsides to consuming all that extra protein? Two main sources for the protein in manufactured supplements… Continue reading Protein Supplements
If you want to know if the air in your city is clean to breathe check out this great resource from our government called the Air Quality Index (AQI). The index is updated every day, and it measures five major air pollutants: Ground-level ozone Particle pollution (particulate matter) Carbon monoxide Sulfur dioxide Nitrogen dioxide Read… Continue reading Air Quality
Your liver is an incredible organ that works hard 24 hours a day. Lots of the food you swallow gets absorbed from your stomach and intestines, and then travels to the liver. Your amazing liver helps digest nutrients, store energy for later, make other substances that your body needs, and it also works to cleanse… Continue reading Love your liver
If you eat meat, please be humane and healthy. Buy pasture raised chicken and eggs. If you live in the Bay Area, buy your meat from a farm like Marin Sun Farms. If you live elsewhere, local harvest may be able to help you find organic, pasture-raised chicken and eggs.
Gout is a very painful inflammatory arthritis, caused by uric acid crystals forming in the joint. This happens when there is too much uric acid in the blood, and it can enter into the joint. Then the joint becomes swollen, red, and excruciatingly painful. Often the big toe is affected. More Americans are now experiencing… Continue reading About gout, get the sugar out!
1.9 million people aged 20 years or older were newly diagnosed with diabetes in 2010. And the number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes is increasing. It has tripled over the last thirty years, to almost 21 million adults, and it is estimated that there are 7 million people living with undiagnosed diabetes. By 2050, it… Continue reading Diabetes
Read “The toxic truth about sugar” by Robert Lustig, Laura Schmidt, and Claire Brindis in the latest issue of Nature
As much as you can, avoid added sugar in your diet. One good way to do this is to completely avoid drinking sodas, or juices. Drink water, or some plain milk, or tea and coffee without added sugar. Eat the whole fruit instead of drinking the juice. Get lots of fiber by eating whole grains,… Continue reading 5 simple habits for a healthy weight
The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least twice per week. This is because fish contains lots of omega 3 fatty acids, which are good for the health of your heart. Fish contains omega 3 in the form of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Plant sources like walnuts, canola oil, hemp and… Continue reading Fish for food?
We humans have a long history with barley. Roman gladiators used to eat barley for strength, it was one of our first cultivated crops, and beer made from fermented barley might have been our first concocted beverage. Nowadays, most of the barley we produce is used to feed animals and to make alcoholic drinks like… Continue reading Beneficial barley