Category Archives: Nutraceuticals

The Truth About Chocolate and How You Actually Benefit From It

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, On Eyes Photography

Junk food is a slow killer. It’s making you diabetic, raising your blood pressure, and threatens to shut down your heart before the age of 50. No one really argues with how important diet is to long-term health. You are what you eat.

The question is, then: What is junk food?

Think about five foods you consider junk. Was chocolate one of your choices?

Should it be?

More and more we are learning that it’s less the what of the food we eat, but the how in the way it’s prepared. A hamburger from McDonald’s is bad, but what about a homemade grass-fed burger with gluten-free bread, and organic cheese? French fries are the worst, right? How about some sweet potato strips baked to a crunchy crisp in the oven?

Maybe it’s time to have another look at chocolate. While a Snickers bar a day won’t keep the doctor away, could this ‘guilty pleasure’ food be misunderstood?

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5 Supplements Critical for Men’s Health

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, hitthatswitch

We couldn’t let the ladies have all the fun – today Dr. Ross advises the gentleman on what supplements men should consider taking.

Below are general recommendations for anyone looking to improve their overall health and wellness. These five nutritional supplements should become part of a daily routine.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

5 Simple Ways to Enjoy Fall Fruits & Vegetables in Season

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Credit: Wikimedia, Jean-noël Lafargue

Summer produce season is long gone (boooooo) but the fall is ushering in some tasty fruits and veggies that can help keep you healthy and thriving, and maybe even pass on that cold that’s about to go around. (when isn’t it?)

To get the full scoop, we liked this handy seasonality chart from CUESA, since we’re in Northern California, but if you’re not a neighbor of ours, you can use Epicurious’ Peak Season Map (which is really cool) – it lets you pick where you are the the month you’re in, since every region differs.

We’ve picked a few of our faves below that are generally available in the fall, along with a couple of simple recipes that can help you incorporate them into meals and snacks. Happy munching! Continue reading

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4 Vitamins & the Important Signs that You Could Be Deficient

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, U.S. Department of Agriculture

We recently discussed how micronutrients, specifically minerals, play an important role in keeping your body healthy and functioning. You can read that post here.

When it comes to micronutrient deficiency, signs such as fatigue or cramps are often your body’s way of alerting you of potential bigger problems. Next on the micronutrient discussion list? Vitamins. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Unhealthy Gut? 4 Consequences You May Not Know About

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Popular books like Wheat Belly and quantified selfers like Ben Greenfield are drawing more and more attention to gut health and the different factors that impact it. Why? Because the health of your gut is critical to maintaining more than just gastrointestinal function.

When it comes to being a healthy and functioning individual and the food we eat, how does this impact your quest for optimal health and being your best self? Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

How Food Affects Your Mood in 4 Simple Steps

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Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, P!XELTREE

When you think of being in a bad mood, do you imagine lunging for some broccoli and grass-fed steak? Documentaries like Fed Up and books like Sugar, Salt, Fat are shedding light on slogans like the Pringles jingle, “Once you pop, you just can’t stop.” The reason? To expose these processed foods as products that hold a darker purpose, beyond Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.