Food as Medicine, Mental Health, Wellness

Power of fruit and veggies on mental health

Academic journal articles aren’t known for being inspiring, but I came across a paragraph that made me say “Whoa!”  It does such a beautiful job of summarizing the findings on how fruit and vegetable intake (FVI) can affect mental health in so many ways. See if you find this paragraph as powerful as I did. (Note:… Continue reading Power of fruit and veggies on mental health

Food as Medicine, Gut health

POTS and Gut Health: 15 habits that may help

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 POTS and Gut Health: 15 habits that may help

Food as Medicine, POTS nutrition

My Pre-IVIg (and Pre-Flight) Snacks

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

Food as Medicine, POTS nutrition

Natural help for migraines and headaches

If you suffer from headaches or migraines (and the word “suffer” may be an understatement), here is some good news: There are three natural, easy treatments that excelled when put to the test of randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trials. 1. Ginger. A 2014 study with 100 patients found that 1/8th teaspoon ginger powder worked as… Continue reading Natural help for migraines and headaches

Food as Medicine

More Potassium for Salt Lovers

Here's some good news for folks who need to lower their blood pressure, but who love their salt: Increasing Potassium helps reduce your blood pressure as much as lowering sodium. Research from Harvard Medical School found that it's the ratio of sodium to potassium--rather than the absolute amount of sodium--that most determines your risk for… Continue reading More Potassium for Salt Lovers