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Diet & Fitness

Diet and fitness are essential to healthy living. Learn about the pros and cons of all the latest diet trends and exercise programs. Get food swap advice and learn new exercise programs.

BMI doesn’t measure health. Exercise improves health. What measures should you pay attention to?

Curvy woman running in the woods
In 1970, a 23-year-old Austrian named Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger became the youngest ever Mr. Universe. The Guinness Book of World Records once called him “the most perfectly developed man in the history of the world.” Standing at 6’2” and weighing 235 pounds, he could bench press more than 500 pounds and barely had a ribbon […]

Fight arthritis pain by exercising

man swimming in the ocean, exercise to prevent arthritis pain
If you live with arthritis, the first few minutes of your day can be agonizing. The aches, pains and stiffness in your hips, legs and feet when you walk down the stairs. The throbbing pain in your wrists and fingers as you grasp your cup of coffee. The stiffness and aches in your neck and […]

FODMAPs as a treatment for IBS: What to Know

Whenever a patient presents with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the first thing I want to know about isn’t what’s coming out, but rather, what they are putting into their bodies. Your diet is a critical factor in how all of your body systems operate, especially your digestive system. And one group of very […]

Gardening for Health

At some point we’ve forgotten how fun it is to play in the dirt. Numerous studies show that gardening is not only a tremendous source of happiness, but also a fountain of youth for your body and mind. It’s one of several “green activities” I love to do in the spring, when our bodies are […]

Q&A on Eating Better

My patients often ask me for simple guidelines on how to eat for optimum health and well-being. Key word: simple. So here are questions and answers—my best simple advice. Why is healthy eating a mind game? Eating better is more a mental exercise than the physical act of getting nutrients into your system. Always think […]

3 simple steps to eating more healthy food

Good nutrition is the cornerstone of good health. Without it, all of your other efforts to become or stay healthy really are pretty worthless. For example, you can exercise every single day, but if you follow it up with a fast food meal and sugary dessert, guess what…you’re going to gain weight and develop blood […]

Organic Food: Definition and Benefits

I’m asked all the time if buying organic is worth the extra cost. My answer is always a resounding “Yes!” Not only is organic food safer for your body and the environment, it is nutritionally superior to conventional produce. I’ll get into the benefits a little later, but let me start by explaining what it […]

The Health Benefits of Potatoes

potatoes of various colors
I have a confession. I ate a lot of potatoes over the holidays. But you know what? I don’t feel guilty about it. Potatoes have a bad reputation but I’m here to set the record straight. There are a wide variety of potatoes and all are packed with vitamins and minerals. Best of all, they’re […]

Pumpkin Spice’s Health Benefits

I love this time of year. The signature tastes and scents of the season’s “pumpkin spice” are over the top delicious—and just as healthy. Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice? In this gift-giving season, what could be more welcome than the gift of good health, wrapped in irresistible tastes and scents? Pumpkin spice essential ingredients […]

Run to Improve Bone Health and Prevent Osteoporosis

man tying his shoe before a run
Bones are not the rigid “pillars” they appear to be. Bones are actually a type of tissue, ossified tissue in fact. And like all tissues in your body, bones are constantly regenerating – shedding old cells and replacing them with new ones. I say that because many of my peers in the medical field treat […]
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