Healthy eating, Wellness

Protein Supplements

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

Wellness

Air Quality

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

Healthy eating, Sugar

Soda tax. Less soda = more health

I applaud Richmond City for adding a measure to tax soda to their ballot. I hope that it will pass and that other cities, and states will follow their lead. The one penny per ounce tax will raise money for the city. Another benefit may be that the additional cost may deter people from drinking… Continue reading Soda tax. Less soda = more health

Healthy eating, Wellness

Fish for food?

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?

Healthy eating, Wellness

Leptin and appetite

Your appetite is regulated by a hormone called leptin, which is produced by fat cells. Leptin actually drives your behavior. It is a messenger. It communicates with the hypothalamus in the brain to control appetite. Normal levels of leptin send the message to stop eating.  Conversely, if you are starving, with low levels of leptin… Continue reading Leptin and appetite

Healthy eating, Wellness

Another reason to eat organic

Pesticides and chemicals used to grow crops in conventional farms damage the health of farmworkers and harm their children. Millions of pounds of chemicals called organophosphates are used every year to grow crops. Chronic, low level exposure may affect neurodevelopment.  Other types of chemicals are used for example: carbamates, another neurotoxin, and pyrethroids, some of… Continue reading Another reason to eat organic

Advocacy, Wellness

What is wine?

Wine is a delicious beverage, and some people claim that the occasional glass or two of red is good for your health. But what is in a glass of wine besides grapes? I can’t help but wonder, what do the manufacturers put into it before they sell us the finished product. The only additives list… Continue reading What is wine?

Healthy eating, Wellness

High calorie malnutrition

It is possible to over-fuel your body and at the same time be malnourished. Many of the processed foods and simple carbohydrates in our Western diet do not provide us with enough essential nutrients. They provide empty (void of nutrients) calories. We often consume many more empty calories than we need and our bodies and… Continue reading High calorie malnutrition

Advocacy

49 countries have longer life expectancy than US

We are ranked 50th in the world when it comes to life expectancy. Yet, we spend more money per person on health than any other country. If we are spending so much, why are we at number 50 for life expectancy? Some of the main causes of premature death are cardiovascular disease, that is stroke… Continue reading 49 countries have longer life expectancy than US

Healthy eating

Warning! Sugary drink alert.

The recipe for coca cola is a highly guarded secret, yet one look at the ingredients list (e.g. high fructose corn syrup, caramel color and phosphoric acid) gives me enough knowledge to know that I don’t want to let a drop pass my lips. I don’t know what the natural flavors are, or what constitutes… Continue reading Warning! Sugary drink alert.