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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

Monitor hydration, training to stave off muscle cramps

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

Why Americans are fatter now

It is common knowledge that the average American now is heavier and has a higher body fat percentage than 50 years ago. Read More
Updated on  May 23, 2016 at 9:21 pm

Eggs offer a lot of essential nutrients but few calories

Many believe that eating food “closer to the land” provides more nutrients and health benefits than eating food produced by conventional large-scale producers. Depending on the food and the producer, this could be true. However, those new to the complexities of farming might not have adequate food safety knowledge to avoid foodborne illnesses. Food safety is especially important for egg production and handling. Read More
Updated on  May 10, 2016 at 1:37 am

Plant-based beverages lack same benefits as cow’s milk

New food products are being developed daily, and some definitely find their way to supermarket shelves. Over the last decade, plant-based milks have become increasingly popular as a substitution for cow’s milk. Read More

Body needs its water level to stay in constant balance

Water in, water out — it’s the most basic illustration of the body’s attempt to maintain water homeostasis, or the ideal balance of fluid in the body. Virtually everything the body needs is subject to a balancing act of taking in enough to balance unavoidable losses. Read More

Proceed with caution when treating GERD with drugs

Heartburn, the common term for GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is increasingly common and is occurring at earlier ages than in the past. Read More
Updated on  February 23, 2016 at 1:32 am

Establish your protein needs before other calorie sources

Unlike a car, which just needs one type of fuel, the human body requires three energy sources from food: protein, fat and carbohydrate. Over the past few decades, conflicting and confusing recommendations have come from a wide variety of sources about how these three calorie sources should be balanced in the adult diet. Read More

Food type dictates how well nutrients will be absorbed

Our Jan. 12 article stressed the critical importance to health of providing the body with an adequate supply of all essential nutrients. To do this requires the intestine to absorb an adequate supply of these essential nutrients. Read More
Updated on  January 26, 2016 at 1:33 am

Lack of essential nutrients can seriously impair health

Staying healthy or getting healthy requires good nutrition. Although you can find many self-appointed experts expounding on the perfect diet for all, no matter what, the way you eat must meet three key principles. Read More
Updated on  January 16, 2016 at 5:48 pm

Healthy hydration combines fluids and water-packed foods

Water is important for good health, but good hydration is much more than drinking plenty of water. The goal is not just to drink lots of water, but rather to maintain a balancedamount of water in the body and maintain a normal state of hydration. It is important to understand that water is an essential nutrient and comes from both food and water sources. Read More

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