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                                Cells that line the inside of the small intestine are the major entry point for nutrients to get into the body. These intestinal tract cells have a challenging balancing act. In addition to taking nutrients in, they also serve as a key barrier between the body and naturally occurring or environmental toxins that are commonly in food.

Nutrients enter body via cells in small intestine

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                                Cells that line the inside of the small intestine are the major entry point for nutrients to get into the body. These intestinal tract cells have a challenging balancing act. In addition to taking nutrients in, they also serve as a key barrier between the body and naturally occurring or environmental toxins that are commonly in food.

Updated on  April 23, 2017 at 3:10 pm
Cells that line the inside of the small intestine are the major entry point for nutrients to get into the body. Read More
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                                When we eat, food starts a fascinating journey through a complex and amazing tube that passes from one end of the body to the other. This tube, known as the gastrointestinal tract, performs many essential functions, with its major action being that of getting nutrients out of food and into the body.

Good health starts with gastrointestinal tract

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                                When we eat, food starts a fascinating journey through a complex and amazing tube that passes from one end of the body to the other. This tube, known as the gastrointestinal tract, performs many essential functions, with its major action being that of getting nutrients out of food and into the body.

Updated on  April 9, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Food is an enjoyable part of living that is intertwined with social life, culture and traditions. But what happens to food after it is eaten is rather mysterious. Read More
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                                Taro grows in one of Steven Bolosan’s taro farm in Waialua.

Varied diet offsets harm from natural toxins

BRUCE ASATO / 2010
                                Taro grows in one of Steven Bolosan’s taro farm in Waialua.

Updated on  March 26, 2017 at 5:32 pm
People often express concerns about toxic substances in their food, but what is rarely appreciated is how many toxic chemicals are present naturally. There is little or no regulation of these toxins produced by nature. Read More
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                                Foods contain nutrients that go to the liver and get repackaged into useful forms and then distributed to other parts of the body.

Liver acts as body’s center to process, distribute nutrients

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                                Foods contain nutrients that go to the liver and get repackaged into useful forms and then distributed to other parts of the body.

Updated on  March 13, 2017 at 7:26 pm
The liver helps process nutrients and fats in the body, as well as remove toxic components that can affect overall health. Read More
JAMM AQUINO / 2012
                                Chris Isham, left, leads participants during the free Honolulu Marathon Clinic in 2012 at Kapiolani Park. The clinic returns next month.

Marathon clinic a good start for endurance exercise

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                                Chris Isham, left, leads participants during the free Honolulu Marathon Clinic in 2012 at Kapiolani Park. The clinic returns next month.

Updated on  February 26, 2017 at 6:38 pm
Getting the most out of life involves the ability to be active, which requires a healthy heart. Read More
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Optimal cardiovascular health requires variety of nutrients

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Updated on  February 12, 2017 at 3:35 pm
Do you know about the nutrients necessary to build and maintain a healthy cardiovascularsystem capable of functioning for decades? Read More
 
 

Proper sleep just as important as nutrition, exercise

It’s easy to get out of sync with your usual sleeping schedule during the holiday season, but getting the right quantity and quality of sleep is important. Read More
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                                Fruit salad is a healthy option for those looking to keep the extra pounds off this holiday season.

Keep holiday weight gain at bay with calorie-shunning tips

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                                Fruit salad is a healthy option for those looking to keep the extra pounds off this holiday season.
It doesn’t matter if you’re the host or just a guest — there are ways to enjoy delicious treats without padding on extra pounds this holiday season. Read More

Titchenal, Dobbs summarize ‘take home’ messages

After 20 years and 600 “Health Options” columns, Alan Titchenal and Joannie Dobbs share some of their best advice with readers. Read More
Updated on  November 11, 2016 at 8:45 pm

Diet, genetics can raise risk of gallstones

Many of us have had issues with our gallbladders or know someone who has had gallbladder problems due to gallstones. Read More
Updated on  October 28, 2016 at 7:23 pm

If dieting omits a nutrient, its effects take time to show

When people are feeling and functioning well, it is common for them to assume that their diet is good and meeting their nutrient needs. However, once health starts to decline, and problems such as easy fatigue become common, people often start searching for nutritional solutions. There are, of course, thousands of health gurus or special products that promise to fix whatever ails you. Read More

Eradication of mosquitoes could save threatened birds

In many parts of the world, mosquitoes transmit serious diseases ranging from malaria to the Zika virus. Read More
Updated on  September 27, 2016 at 12:43 am

Despite studies, most folks are still lacking in vitamin E

In the past 50 years, there have been over 30,000 studies on vitamin E. Despite this, the most recent studies indicate that most adults around the world consume less than the recommended amount of vitamin E with many potential adverse health consequences. Read More
Updated on  September 12, 2016 at 7:29 pm

Nutrition labels to undergo changes in next few years

If you don’t like change and also read food labels, get ready for a bumpy road ahead. In the next few years there are a series of new federal regulations that will be changing the face of nutrient information provided to consumers. Read More
Updated on  August 22, 2016 at 7:25 pm

Nutrient shortages inhibit social development in kids

Anyone who has watched a newborn develop into a toddler and then into a child knows how fast and amazing this happens when everything works right. Read More
Updated on  July 25, 2016 at 9:13 pm
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Monitor hydration, training to stave off muscle cramps

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Updated on  July 11, 2016 at 7:48 pm
Do you get muscle cramps when you exercise? The combination of warmer weather and increased physical activity during the summer months raises the risk of experiencing muscle cramps. These cramps are commonly referred to as heat cramps or exercise-induced cramps. Read More

Passengers on long flights can cut risk of blood clots

Heading off for vacation can be relaxing and rejuvenating, but extensive travel can increase the risk of some serious health problems that could put you in a hospital far from home. Understanding the stresses of travel and what can go wrong can help you minimize the risk. Read More
Updated on  June 27, 2016 at 8:21 pm

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