• What is visceral fat?

    What is visceral fat?
    Most of the fat found in your body is called subcutaneous fat; but did you know there is another type of fat in your system? It’s called visceral fat or abdominal fat. This type of fat surrounds the internal organs. Studies show that people with high amounts of visceral fat are more prone to developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and hypertension. People who live...
  • Chia seeds – as fun to eat as they are to grow!

    Chia seeds – as fun to eat as they are to grow!
    Remember Chia pets? The pottery that grows? Until recently, and perhaps thanks to this marketing phenomenon, chia seeds weren’t thought of as something edible. But these little seeds pack a lot of health benefits! What are the health benefits of chia seeds? Chia seeds are primarily valuable thanks to their essential fatty acid (EFA) content. There are only a few healthy foods that supply omega-3s in our...
  • Do antibiotics affect gut flora?

    Do antibiotics affect gut flora?
    Thank you to one of my readers for asking: What are you thoughts on antibiotics? Specifically, do antibiotics really affect gut flora? As a Western-trained physician, I admit that antibiotics have saved lives. I don’t, however, believe that antibiotics are the only reason we get better from an infection; antibiotics simply aid the immune system to bring the infection down. There are some drawbacks...
  • Part I: Your diet – Understanding carbohydrates

    Part I: Your diet – Understanding carbohydrates
    Diet is such an important subject for your health that I’ve decided to discuss it in a four part series, beginning with a focus on how to read and understand the carbohydrate content on food labels, which carbs to eat, and which ones to avoid. Once you better understand food labels and as a fun sociological experiment, look into other people’s grocery cart at the...
  • Part II – Your diet: Dietary fats

    Part II – Your diet: Dietary fats
    Foods contain different types of fat; some are good for your body and some are bad. For several years, doctors and nutritionists have researched the benefits of a low-fat diet. Research has proven a reduction in fat intake is key to weight loss, cholesterol management, and preventing many health problems. We now know that it’s the type of fat consumed that makes your body healthy or...
  • Candida: what is it, and how can it be treated?

    Candida: what is it, and how can it be treated?
    Thanks to one of my readers for asking: Can you please explain what “Candida” is, what are the symptoms/causes and how can it be diagnosed and treated? What is the best way to treat candida. I have been doing research and I came across treelac, do you know anything about it? Candida is a single-celled form of plant life, an omnipresent yeast that inhabits...
  • Fat-burning supplements: worth all the hype?

    Fat-burning supplements: worth all the hype?
    Thanks to a reader for asking: Just wondering what your thoughts are on fat burning supplements? Like Hydroxycut? I have gone through the ingredients listed on Hydroxycut, and they are primarily caffeine and tea extracts. The blend of herbal teas in Hydroxycut is responsible for the energy supplement’s claims: Guarana powder, green tea, white tea and oolong teas. Together, this tea blend provides 200 milligrams...
  • Is diet soda harmful to your health?

    Is diet soda harmful to your health?
    Thanks to a reader for submitting this question: I’d like information on diet pop.Is it harmful to your health? Wow! This is a loaded question because artificial sweeteners are amongst the most talked about food additives out there. No one really knows what the future holds for these molecules. But if your only choice is pop then you need to ask yourself: “Do I...
  • What ares some natural ways to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

    What ares some natural ways to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?
    Thanks to one of my readers for asking: Do you have any suggestions to treat COPD and in an unconventional way? What is COPD?Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), also known as chronic obstructive lung disease (COLD), chronic obstructive airway disease (COAD), chronic airflow limitation (CAL) and chronic obstructive respiratory disease (CORD), is the co-occurrence of chronic bronchitis and emphysema, a pair of commonly co-existing...
  • Are nutritional shakes a good way to lose weight?

    Are nutritional shakes a good way to lose weight?
    Thank you to one of my readers for asking: I am looking to lose weight. What are your thoughts on the ingredients and nutritional value of ViSalus Science shakes? If all you’re doing is trying to lose weight, then yes. You will lose weight on these shakes. In fact, you’ll lose weight on any nutritional shakes. They are designed to fill your tummy so...
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