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Heart-Healthy Beverages: Think Before You Drink!

By Erik Goldman | Contributing Writer - Vol. 15, No. 1. Spring, 2014

When it comes to cardiovascular disease risk, what someone drinks can be as important as what he or she eats. But too often, clinicians overlook the beverage factor when making nutritional recommendations, says Steven Masley, MD, director of the Masley Optimal Health Center in St. Petersburg, FL, and author of the new book, "The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up (Hachette)."

Clearing the Air? The Benefits & Risks Of Electronic Cigarettes

By Kristen Schepker - Vol. 15, No. 1. Spring, 2014

In recent years, there has been an explosion in the popularity of electronic cigarettes. Marketed as a trendy alternative to traditional tobacco products, electronic cigarettes--known as e-cigs--are often touted as a safer, healthier habit.

Root Veggies, Not Other Produce, Cut Diabetes Risk

By Kristen Schepker | Contributing Writer

It's common knowledge that a healthy intake of fresh fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A recent prospective study and meta-analysis takes this piece of advice one step further, claiming that a specific type of produce may take the (sugar-free) cake when it comes to diabetes prevention.

Fructose-Sweetened Beverages Drive Significant Lipid Changes

By John Otrompke | Contributing Writer

CHICAGO -- Researchers are nearing completion of a multi-year study that they hope will further our understanding of the physiological impact of fructose and glucose in the human diet.

NANP Fosters Interdisciplinary Forum on Nutrition

By Danielle Hart, Contributing Writer

Last Spring, over 250 holistic health professionals gathered for the National Association of Nutrition Professionals' annual conference in Del Mar, CA. The organization is committed to building bridges between various healthcare professionals, to improve public access to effective nutritional guidance.

Thylakoids in Leafy Greens May Help Regulate Appetite

By Lauren Brandstadter - Vol. 14, No. 1. Spring, 2013

Everyone knows spinach and other leafy greens are packed with important nutrients. What's less known is that these veggies come with built-in appetite regulators. Thylakoids—the membrane-enclosed photosynthetic "pouches" inside the chloroplasts of green leaves—trigger satiety signals and slow lipid absorption in humans & other mammals.

The Daniel Plan: A Merger of Faith & Functional Medicine

By Gabrielle Zastrocky, Contributing Writer - Vol. 14, No. 1. Spring, 2013

The Daniel Plan, a holistic health initiative co-developed by a mega-church pastor and some of the pioneers in functional medicine is proving highly effective in motivating people to make meaningful and lasting lifestyle changes.

Hip Hop & Health

By August West
Hip hop heavy-hitters Method Man and Redman have gone vegetarian, following the lead of their Wu Tang Clan bandmate, GZA, who's been a raw foodie for years. They're part of a wave of health-conscious rappers trying to bring a positive, holistic message to young people.

Of Coaches & Credentials

By Brittany Cushman, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 3. Fall, 2012
The field of personal fitness coaching is growing rapidly, as more people seek professional guidance for getting into shape. Like any emerging field, the coaching world is also facing issues of credentialing.

Consider Adding "Pre-Habilitation" to Your Exercise Recommendations

By Brittany Cushman, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 3. Fall, 2012

Exercise programs that bridge the gap between rehabilitation and conditioning, and focus on restoring range of motion, can provide a good measure of "pre-habilitation" to prevent musculoskeletal pain, injury and long-term disability.

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