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We all want smooth, healthy skin. There is a huge market for skincare products, but the best way to care for our largest organ is the same way we care for all of our organs—by following a healthy diet. The fact is, what we put on our plate—as well as what we don’t—can have a […]
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Food for Healthy Skin

We all want smooth, healthy skin. There is a huge market for skincare products, but the best way to care for our largest organ is the same way we care for all of our organs—by following a healthy diet. The fact is, what we put on our plate—as well as what we don’t—can have a […]

Eat Better, Shop Better, with this Simple Plan

Would you like to permanently reduce time spent shopping and preparing food, while improving your diet and health? The step-by-step guide that follows will streamline your interactions with food, help take the stress out of healthy eating, and put a system in place that will pay health benefits for years to come. Step 1: ASSESS […]
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Handling Your Heartburn

It’s a safe bet that antacids have a permanent place in your medicine cabinet. That’s because more than 60 million Americans experience heartburn, also known as acid indigestion, at least once a month, and some studies suggest that 15 million Americans experience symptoms daily. While antacids and other over-the-counter medications are often the quick fix […]
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Coffee is Good for You…But it Might Not be the Caffeine

Good news for coffee drinkers: a review article published in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that drinking coffee does not increase risk for cardiovascular diseases and cancers, as once thought. In fact, consumption of three to five standard cups of coffee daily has been consistently associated with a reduced risk of several chronic […]

Avoiding Animal Products Does Not Ensure a Healthy “Plant-Based” Diet

In observational study recently published in the BMJ found that a healthy plant-based diet was associated with lower blood pressure, but an unhealthy plant-based diet was not. The study compared dietary recall and blood pressure data from over 4,600 men and women ages 40 to 59 living in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, and […]

Italian Clean-the-Fridge Vegetarian Chili

Ingredients: 1 (15-oz) can black beans 1 (15-oz) can kidney beans 2 Tbsp olive oil 5 to 6 cups chopped vegetables, whatever is in your fridge or freezer ¼ to ½ cup vermouth, cooking sherry or white wine 1 (15-oz) can tomatoes, roughly chopped, including juice ¾ cup low-sodium vegetable broth (more as needed) 2 […]

Diet Swaps for Lowering Your Blood Pressure

If you have high blood pressure (or would like to avoid it) you probably already know you should be limiting your intake of foods high in the mineral sodium. But did you also know you should be increasing your intake of foods containing other minerals? Potassium, magnesium, and calcium play important roles in blood pressure […]

Preserving Brain Health Through a Heart-Healthy Diet

We have all forgotten why we walked into a room or had trouble recalling a common word, and the frequency of these lapses almost universally increases with age. On top of this normal cognitive decline of aging are the risk for dementia and stroke. Fortunately, there are concrete steps we can take to help protect […]
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Swaps for Heart and Brain Health

Simple swaps—like choosing foods with unsaturated fats to replace those with saturated, unprocessed or reduced sodium foods over typical high-sodium processed products, fruits instead of foods with added sugars, and whole grains in place of refined—have been identified as important steps for improving the diet quality of the U.S. population. These easy exchanges are practical […]
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Q. I’m trying to cut back on sodium intake. Is garlic salt a good...

A. Helen Rasmussen, PhD, RD, FADA, LDN, a research dietician and dietary services supervisor at the HNRCA, answers: “Excess sodium intake may increase risk for high blood pressure, stroke, osteoporosis, heart failure, stomach cancer, kidney stones/kidney disease, and headaches. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends adults aim for no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of […]