Growing evidence suggests that autoimmune conditions can stem from poor gut health AND that many cases of POTS/dysautonomia are autoimmune. Even people without without autoimmune problems should prioritize gut health because growing evidence links it to numerous aspects of health, both physical and mental. So here’s a handy list of 15 ways to promote better gut health:… Continue reading POTSies need to get gutsy: 15 habits for gut health
Do you have trouble swallowing? If so, you are not alone. A 2015 survey of 39 POTS patients found that 41% reported swallowing difficulty (Deb et al., found here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4365108/). POTS is not the only condition associated with dysphagia (trouble swallowing). A recent NPR story reports that every year 1 in 25 people experiences dysphagia, and… Continue reading Have trouble swallowing?
4 ways to save while eating better.
Over the years, our nutrition practice has witnessed countless people discovering three valuable lessons over Lent, and wishing they had internalized them sooner. Lesson 1: The loss is temporary. Giving up a favorite junky food (for Lent or any time) is hard....but only for a few weeks. Once a processed food loses its hold on… Continue reading Food Lessons from Lent
Before I get IVIg I like to eat a breakfast including some fresh salsa, guacamole, pesto, bruschetta or other food that includes crushed raw garlic. Is it because I want others to go running from my bad breath? Nope--it's because crushed raw garlic might have health properties to help prevent all three of my IVIg-related… Continue reading My Pre-IVIg (and Pre-Flight) Snacks
Nothing shows true love like food that is both romantic and healthy. Here are some Valentine's ideas to get you started: Breakfast: Flowering tea served in a glass mug or wine glass, so your Sweetie can watch it blossom Heart-shaped dallop of salsa on top of a veggie omelet Yogurt or oatmeal with berries shaped… Continue reading Valentine’s Menu Ideas
Many of us try to eat lots of seafood expressly to be more healthy. The FDA used to recommend that most adults eat at least 8oz per week...implying the more the better. Not any more. Although they still recommend eating 8oz per week for its benefits to heart and brain health, they now recommend limiting… Continue reading FDA: Limit seafood to 12oz per week
Watching football (i.e., hours of sedentary snacking and high adrenaline) is the optimal condition for promoting blood sugar spikes, fat storage and inflammation, if you don't watch it. One way to reduce the risk is to do a good workout before the game, to deplete your muscles of glycogen. Another option is to choose healthier… Continue reading Super Bowl Snacks
Some surprising nutrition findings explain why many Americans don't lose weight after the holidays, despite eating healthier. Here's the (rather humbling) summary, after grocery bills were examined for 207 households: On average, households bought more unhealthy food during the holiday season (between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day) compared to the previous months. No surprise. After… Continue reading New Year’s Res-illusions Mistake
Happy Almost New Year! If you want to improve your health habits in the new year, then here is a valuable tip: Willpower succeeds much better when you focus on what you WILL do, rather than on what you WON'T. For example, replace "no-no" resolutions like this: I won't eat bread at dinner I'll stop… Continue reading New Year’s Willpower Tip