FAQs

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By dotFIT experts
on December 15, 2009
You are describing symptoms common to improper pre-workout food consumption. More...
By dotFIT experts
on November 04, 2008
While it is true that any food (carbs, protein or fat) can be stored as body fat when daily calorie intake exceeds expenditure, where the fat is stored is not determined by the type of food. More...
By dotFIT experts
on October 18, 2008
If you’re intensely working the same body parts with resistance training and not resting the minimum of 24-48 hours before working the same muscles (the more intense and voluminous the workout, the longer the necessary recuperation time), you are definitely holding back your progress. More...
By dotFIT experts
on November 03, 2008
This is almost a trick question because insulin responds to virtually everything you put in your body. Its role in the body, after all, is to take amino acids, glucose and fatty acids and put them into storage for later use. More...
By dotFIT experts
on November 04, 2008
Insulin plays a major role in keeping us alive, but in short, this hormone is not responsible for weight loss or continuous body fat gains. Only we are in control of our weight. More...
By dotFIT experts
on November 04, 2008
Gender & hormonal differences play major roles in the different fat storage patterns of men and women. Some researchers believe the historical roles of men and women in hunter/gatherer societies may have influenced this. More...
By dotFIT experts
on November 18, 2008
No. Weight gain is a result of eating more calories than you burn on a regular basis, not when you eat. More...
By dotFIT experts
on December 15, 2008
You are on the right track by adding exercise and losing weight. In fact, that’s about the only non-clinical/medicinal solution that has been shown to work. More...
By dotFIT experts
on January 21, 2009
When walking is used in conjunction with an appropriate calorie diet, weight loss will occur. More...
By dotFIT experts
on January 28, 2009
According to recent scientific studies, the more the better...when weight is plotted over time, the trend is extremely accurate and indisputable at determining the body’s change. More...
By dotFIT experts
on March 17, 2009
The only weight loss benefit resulting from a colon cleanse is the weight removed from your intestines. In other words, the number on the scale may go down immediately after you cleanse, but unless you are “dieting” that number will return to normal soon after. More...
By dotFIT experts
on March 17, 2009
No and no. Some religions call for occasional fasts, and some people derive satisfaction from fasting. But a fast won't "cleanse" your body of "toxins" in any way. More...
By dotFIT experts
on March 24, 2009
The different settings on the Skyndex caliper dial are meant to account for the different types of body fat distribution between men and women as well as the changes that occur with aging. More...
Nutrition is almost always the barrier to improving fitness levels or breaking through plateaus. More...
You can certainly improve your fitness levels without supplementing your diet by simply eating better More...
Yes as long as the person is declared “healthy” after a physical examination. Muscular athletes often have high BMIs but are healthy More...
Yes and in more ways than just being fit. Eating healthy and exercising regularly, even if it’s as little as daily walking More...
Your dotFIT program will do it for you. For a general estimation, use the following: More...
Almost all restaurants will make meals the way you like. Meaning, you tell them how you want your meal prepared or More...
Yes, you should always eat before a workout, but the timing and size of your meals and snacks will depend on your goal and More...
In general, yes, and it can certainly help keep you from getting “less smart”, meaning exercise has been shown to be the most powerful More...
The good news for you is 2-fold: 1) you don’t need traditional exercise to lose weight and 2) “exercise” can be as simple as moving More...
Capsules containing mercury-free omega-3 fatty acids from fish with 600 mg of omega-3s made up of 240 mg of EPA and 360 mg of DHA More...
Generally, no. Continuous mega-doses of vitamins or minerals can cause short and long-term adverse events More...
Fish oil from fatty fish contains higher amounts omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA, the 2 fish oils that provide health More...
Fish oils are fats found in fatty fish (e.g. mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon) that have been shown to have many potential benefits More...
Over 20 years of published studies have demonstrated that people consuming at least 2 to 4 servings per week of fatty fish have many More...
The acai berry may be a good source of antioxidants, fiber and healthy fats, but that doesn’t mean it’s a better choice than other fruits containing More...
If you have the true “double chin” it generally means you are carrying excess fat under the chin near the throat area. The fat tends to sag More...
You should take your multivitamin with a meal in order to maximize the digestive effects of stomach acids and to help control the release of the pill More...
Sure, and they generally are consumed with other health supplements. Most people will take their health supplements More...
Anyone can boost their metabolism by simply consistently increasing their physical activities, including standing and moving in More...
Based on individual physiology, (we are all slightly different), most anything could be bad for one’s health, including shellfish, nuts, certain fruits, etc., among those with allergic More...
Preliminary research conclusions suggest astaxanthin, a carotenoid found in algae and aquatic animals, has strong antioxidant properties More...
Vitamins are not metabolism boosters in adequately fed people. However, vitamins perform important functions in almost all More...
No, don’t expect much if you are using a cheap $3.00-5.00 per month product that is mass marketed. You cannot manufacture a multivitamin and mineral formula More...
No, especially if you only consume normal amounts of soy once or twice a day. Earlier animal studies and poorly controlled More...
Considering many people have below-optimal levels of Vitamin D the answer is there is probably no work environment related link unless More...
The body naturally does an amazing job at balancing calories consumed and calories burned to keep your weight relatively stable daily. Therefore, More...
It can certainly help when the diet has very poor calcium content, but the body needs other nutrients simultaneously in order to More...
Everyone should take a daily multivitamin and mineral (MVM) supplement. Other supplements may be helpful under certain conditions as long More...
Nothing can substitute for a healthy diet; we can only supplement a healthy diet with a good Daily Multivitamin and mineral formula More...
You can only get so much in a single pill that is easily swallowed; the perfect profile for different groups is listed below. You will notice More...
Yes, a properly formulated multivitamin and mineral formula (MVM) will raise your vitamin B12 levels. Make sure the B12 in the More...
Nutritional supplements generally referred to as dietary supplements (DS) can deliver nutrition the diet often can’t to help improve health More...
Below displays the most common supplement programs used by exercisers and people concerned with maintaining and improving More...
Your best precaution would be to do your homework on the company responsible for the product and recommendations by making sure More...
Below displays the most common programs for male exercisers and/or men concerned with maintaining and improving their health More...
Calcium supplements can be beneficial to almost everyone if their diet is not supplying ~1000-1200mgs/daily, which most diets More...
Pre-formed vitamin A can be toxic at high levels (>10,000 IU or 3,000 mcg), thus, unless instructed by a qualified doctor, you would never More...
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) may be able to temporarily slow some aspects of the aging process but that might not be a good idea More...
First of all everyone should take a multivitamin & mineral formula (MVM). Being a vegetarian you may have a greater need for a MVM than most non-vegetarians More...
Yes because how do you know you are eating right? Do you know exactly what’s right, and can you check your foods to make sure all those “right More...
Multivitamin & mineral supplementation can be very important to health, especially if your diet is not regularly varied and More...
You will increase your risks of many age-related chronic diseases such as cancers, dementia, osteoporosis, heart disease, More...
The 3 common vitamins that have a higher potential for deficiency since they can’t be stored are vitamin C, B-complex and More...
Yes, supplements for deficiencies have all been validated to improve overall health. If you are anemic More...
The human diet requires both macronutrients (protein, fats & carbohydrates) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, etc,) to grow, develop and More...
Used properly, legal dietary supplements are very safe. This doesn’t mean they all work as claimed but there are relatively few More...
Your foods (mainly fruits, whole grains & vegetables) and daily multivitamin and mineral (MVM) formula should contain most of the antioxidant nutrients More...
Vitamin and mineral supplements may not slow aging but may help you live better longer depending on your daily diet and other lifestyle choices, More...
The same way everyone does, eat fewer calories than you burn until you reach your goal. Sometimes being 40 makes it less convenient or more difficult More...
The goal will be to maintain your healthy weight, which has been an elusive proposition for most dieters. The large majority of More...
If you are watching and controlling your caloric intake, you can probably get away with the minimum recommendation of 150 min/week of what More...
Successful weight losers would be defined as people that lose weight and keep it off for at least 3 years. Successful weight losers/maintainers never More...
The number on the scale only tells you your weight, and while weight compared with height (your body mass index or BMI) can be an indicator More...
If you don’t know how much you’re eating, you won’t know when to stop, making you unable to control unwanted weight gain. Knowing how many More...
Not everybody does; in fact it’s quite common to lose weight when highly stressed. Stress affects everyone differently and that includes how More...
In very simple terms, a high-fat diet cannot satisfy your appetite as well as a high-protein diet when the calories are equal in both. This More...
To gain weight you need to eat more calories than you burn so that the extra calories are deposited into your body tissues, with the majority More...
No, DHA can also come from other sources such as seeds, eggs and some plants, but in much weaker concentrations than in fish. Also More...
For most people eating fruit on an empty stomach poses no problems. Others may end up with a slight stomach upset and More...
It’s certainly too early to say ingesting cocoa powder might “breakdown” plaque buildup. However, much evidence exists to support the More...
No, they both have the same basic nutritional components thus the same effects on your health. Sea salt comes from the evaporation More...
From a health standpoint, if you are getting all your necessary nutrients from the allowed foods and you supplement anything you may be More...
No, unless you have been diagnosed by a doctor to have some kind of disorder or allergy when exposed to some component of the coffee More...
Probably nothing you didn’t need before the removal of your gland based on your dietary shortcomings. The difference would be More...
Although not conclusive for everyone, there may be a cardiovascular health benefit for certain people especially as we age. Coenzyme Q-10 More...
Yes, you don’t need to drink in excess, you simply need to make sure you start your activity completely hydrated and replace More...
Without supplementing with a plant source DHA supplement, it’s a little difficult to get the amount of DHA that has associated More...
Depends on your allergies, meaning you would discuss with your allergy care doctor first. It would be unusual to have an allergic reaction to More...
Most pediatricians will say at about 10 months you can introduce beets into your baby’s diet. Steaming beats for easy mashing into a More...
Yes, they do but not equal to their wild counterparts. Wild fish contain more of the healthy omega-3 fatty acids, per pound (or certainly per calorie) More...
The same way all foods are digested. Digestion actually starts in the mouth from chewing and secreting digestive juices that begin to More...
No, in fact that’s generally why people take an omega-3 supplement – because they aren’t eating fish. Also keep in mind that not all omega More...
No specific omega oil has been called out specifically for “concentration” but evidence does exist showing that certain omega-3 fatty acids may More...
Most adults should take in less than 2,300 mg (~1 tsp of salt) of sodium per day and that’s combining the sodium content of everything you More...
The quick answer is yes because the vast majority of the mixture would be water and the small amount of Kool-Aid (KA) mix would be fairly insignificant More...
Yes, or at least very close. Coffee, as I am sure you know from making it or watching it being made, is almost all water and it enters the body More...
The safest and most practical way to increase the body’s level of vitamin D is by taking a daily multivitamin mineral formula (MVM) that contains More...
There is no “should” drink recommendations for either coffee or alcohol, but health benefits have been associated with moderate alcohol More...
Yes. Coffee and tea, as I am sure you know from making it or watching it being made, is almost all water and it enters the body just like a glass More...
The best way to take vitamin D is with a meal and it doesn’t matter what time of day. Ideally you are getting your vitamin D from More...
Often yes, at least when it comes to a complete multivitamin and mineral formula (MVM) but if you are purchasing singular vitamins like vitamin C, E, D, etc. More...
If you can’t get your calcium from a non-seafood/shellfish diet (i.e. non-tainted dairy or vegetables), which most people do not, simply look More...
Yes but unfortunately too many, and most with misleading claims or dubious recommendations due to high doses being potentially problematic More...
Yes, and that’s the best way to take it. The generally recommended supplemental dose of both vitamin C and D should easily be More...
There is a very small percentage of people who should not take a multivitamin and mineral formula (MVM) that contains iron because of a condition More...
Our first recommendation is to make sure you are consuming a healthy diet; good examples include the meal plans provided in the dotFIT More...
Probably not everyone, but certainly the majority of the population does. According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), most Americans More...
Yes, but not too much or not at all if advised by their doctor because of a specific condition where iron may be contraindicated. More...
We, and anyone understanding basic biochemistry, think very little of vitamin water or other “vitamin-spiked” foods or fluids, primarily because More...
The answer must come from the surgeon who removes the gland. Everyone is different and especially based on age. Before surgery you will More...
Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect our body’s important molecules such as proteins, More...
B7 also known as biotin is something everyone should get through diet and their daily multivitamin and mineral formula (MVM) for added insurance More...
Men and women up to age 50 would use formulas based on diet, activity and gender. After 50, for the majority of the population, the formula More...
Men and women up to age 50 would use formulas based on diet, activity and gender. After 50, for the majority of the population, the formula would More...
Carbohydrates are pure energy foods that you continually use to keep your body alive and in motion. Protein is used primarily to maintain More...
Yes, there’s more at stake than just the way you look. Recent studies show that approximately 65 percent of Americans are overweight. And, More...
Hormone differences distribute fat in different places. Females need fat in breast and hip areas as an aid to birthing and caring for offspring. Additionally More...
The body uses carbohydrate to produce energy and convert other nutrients, such as fat, to energy, thus the body has a much larger need More...
This is a tough question because insulin responds to virtually everything you put in your body. But we will briefly describe insulin’s functions: More...
Simply because they probably liked it and they were likely at a point in their life that any basic healthy diet, better than they were previously consuming, More...
If you have health problems related to heart disease or being very overweight, measuring heart rate can be a prescription number to make sure More...
You need to use the bodybuilding formula of feeding the muscle while starving the body fat. Meaning, eat correctly and enough including protein intake More...
Losing muscle is not generally healthy, slows our metabolism and can be debilitating in the long run when it comes to daily functioning. Therefore the More...
The right answer is to restructure your diet but within the total calories appropriate for your overall body composition goals (e.g. weight/fat loss, or muscle gain). More...
What you mean is what is the biggest deficit you can be in and not lose muscle/lean body mass (LBM). We say this because there is no starvation mode More...
Wow, three questions in one. First of all, there is no ideal body fat that you should as long as you are below an unhealthy amount, which is More...
According to the FDA, yes, and most other nutritional scientists agree. They have no DIRECT health effect, good or bad (no matter what you read on More...
Contrary to popular belief, nothing truly significant happens to your metabolism at anytime except in severe starvation when your body fat would be EXTREMELY low More...
A lot depends on the method you are using to calculate target or maximum heart rate and its accuracy because all formulas can do is estimate More...
Once you know how many calories you are allowed daily to achieve your goal, you want to spread them out as much as you can. More...
Yes, there are, and if you think you have symptoms of vitamin deficiency such as iron or vitamin D, then you see your doctor (not the internet) for a More...
Certainly not "lots" but moderate amounts of both coffee and alcohol have been associated with some health benefits. Keep in mind as you read More...
It's not a bad place to start but it's certainly not a guarantee you are getting the best product. USP stands for The United States Pharmacopoeia. The USP More...
Moderate alcohol consumption is considered 2 drinks/day for men; 1 for women. One drink contains 14 grams of alcohol meaning: one 12 oz More...
Alcohol is notorious for leading people to overeat because of its physiological effect on appetite and because it is generally consumed in a social setting where More...
Moderate drinking as it relates to alcohol consumption is considered 2 drinks/day for men; 1 for women. One drink contains 14 grams of alcohol meaning: More...
Besides not drinking at all, drinking slightly less alcohol and/or spacing (at least an hour between drinks) your total consumption evenly throughout More...
Not true. If you drink enough alcohol from any source (wine, beer, whiskey, etc.) you will get a hangover. So other than not drinking at all, drinking slightly More...
There’s lots of folklore around this topic. There is only one tried and true hangover reliever but you have to have your wits about you before you go to bed More...
Hangover cures are mostly wishful thinking or personal if someone feels that something works for them. There is only one tried and true hangover reliever: More...
Moderate alcohol consumption has been associated with the following health benefits: reduced risk of heart attack and stroke; increases HDL (good cholesterol) More...
Moderate alcohol consumption has been associated with some health benefits: reduced risk of heart attack and stroke; increases HDL More...
It's a slippery slope. Although there are health benefits associated with moderate alcohol consumption, it's not clear if it's truly alcohol itself or the lifestyle More...
Red wine consumed in moderation has been associated with improved heart health and reduced risk of related diseases such as obesity and diabetes More...
It may help if you eat well and exercise regularly. It has long been thought that red wine confers protective effects against heart disease because More...
Red wine consumed in moderation has been associated with improved heart health and reduced risk of related diseases such as obesity and diabetes. More...
Red wine consumed in moderation has been associated with improved heart health and reduced risk of related diseases such as obesity More...
Maybe not all the benefits related to red wine's purported protection against cardiovascular disease, but white wine probably also delivers More...
Probably, and there is certainly no downside to adding higher levels of vitamins and minerals that are part of our body's antioxidant systems to your More...
If you’re eat perfectly all the time and you get optimal amounts of exercise every day, then you can certainly improve your fitness levels without supplementation but the long term More...
Nutrition is almost always the barrier to improving fitness levels or breaking through plateaus. Poor nutrition means poor fitness and improper nutrition for your fitness goal equates to no progress More...
You asked the right person because first, we are big football fans as we all played growing up and our son is currently playing Division 1 at CU Boulder. Second, we love to eat More...
Plan, record, dilute, pace, eat, leave, and remember (see below). The other part of the answer is to avoid a few of the functions where you know everyone will be drinking more More...
Hangover cures are mostly wishful thinking or personal if someone feels that something works for them. There is only one tried and true hangover reliever: More...
Besides drinking slightly less alcohol and/or spacing (at least an hour between drinks) your total consumption evenly throughout the event so More...
Yes, as long as you make it up if you are striving to arrive at a weight loss goal by a certain date. Otherwise put your diet on hold and just maintain your weight More...
If you're an athlete, follow the guidelines shown below and you will be hydrated perfectly. You can't trust your thirst. The sensation of thirst occurs when the water deficit is ~2% of body mass. Performance can More...
If a blood or urine test administered by your physician has confirmed that you have low levels of sodium you have options. Depending on the severity they may recommend More...
Exercise headaches occur during or after sustained, strenuous exercise. Activities most commonly associated with exercise headaches are running, rowing, tennis, More...
Foods that are low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and total fat and that emphasize fruits, vegetables, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products are good for high blood pressure More...
You don't need to. The notion that fasting cleanses actually “clean” the body is more of a marketing ploy than sound science. The human body naturally expels toxins via detoxification More...
A double-walled stainless steel tea tin is the best way to keep your green tea fresh for up to a year. Green tea needs to be kept away from More...
Bioflavonoids contained in lemon have antioxidant effects and are thought to be responsible for the beneficial effects of lemon. Coumarins found in lemon appear to reduce free radical More...
While the exact cause of breast cancer is unknown, pink grapefruit would be a huge stretch to say it could be a culprit. There are certain risk factors that are linked to the disease (e.g. gender, More...
If you are allergic to nuts there are good substitutes such as olives, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and avocados and are all excellent sources of the nutrients, including unsaturated More...
Urine is 95% water of which 2.5% is urea and 2.5% a mixture of minerals, salts, hormones and enzymes. The small amounts of toxins that are found in urine are not abundant enough More...
In the US it's basically up to your taste buds; in fact tap water in many areas has been shown to superior to some bottled waters. And much of the bottle water we purchase came from More...
If you are looking for wild salmon, check your local grocery store or specialty grocery store in your neighborhood. You can also find wild salmon in the wild. Just kidding, but true. Like wild salmon More...
While we don't necessarily recommend "cleansing" because it's more marketing than science, if you choose to do so here is some important information on herbal cleanses. Herbal formulas More...
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a processed food is defined as any food other than a raw agricultural commodity and includes any raw agricultural commodity that More...
All-natural herbs & spices like onion, black pepper, parsley & basil can be used as a salt substitute without sacrificing flavor. Mrs. Dash offers 14 different seasonings that are salt-free. More...
Orally, cranberry is usually well tolerated and certainly at a normal intake of 1-2 cups/day. However, in very large doses, for example 12-17 cups/day of juice, cranberry can cause More...
The half-life, which is the time required by the body to metabolize or inactivate 1/2 of a substance activity, for caffeine (doses lower than 4.50mg/lb) ranges from 2.5 to 10hrs. Meaning, caffeine More...
No. You may be thinking of the home remedy for decreasing rheumatoid. The golden raisin and gin cure is purported to reduce inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis. Gin is the More...
Generally yes because they have far less fat and calories than their penned in counterparts like cows or pigs that end up in the meat markets. Wild meats such as venison (which More...
As long as you steep it long enough to release the antioxidants, you can drink it hot or cold and get the same potential health benefits. Research has shown More...
Irvingia Gabonensis (IGOB131), the extract found in African Mango seed, has been studied both in petri dishes and humans (two studies to date). Referred to as “Dika nuts” by locals More...
The raisin and “insert favorite liquor here” cure is purported to reduce inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis. Gin is the preferred liquor. Gin contains juniper berries, which give gin its More...
The African Mango diet is the newest diet/supplement on the market promising rapid weight loss by eliminating unwanted fats from the body. Eating a specific wild mango from More...
Currently, there is no research to show that soy has adverse effects with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). Soy isoflavones (found in soybeans) are currently being researched to help More...
Beta-sitoserol can be found in various sources of the plant kingdom (i.e. cashews, avocados, pumpkin seeds, wheat germ, corn oil and soy beans) and also in fortified margarine and More...
Make sure that you are washing both vegetables and fruits separately from fresh cuts of meat, eggs, etc., in order to avoid cross contamination. Rinse fruits and vegetables with warm More...
Oleo is better known as margarine and is used as a butter substitute. Oleo is made from vegetable oil and is low in saturated fat and cholesterol-free. Due to it needing to go through More...
There is some compelling research that demonstrates that cabbage juice may assist with ulcers (ulcerative colitis). Since cabbage, being a vegetable, has other health benefits, it will More...
Suma root is also known as Brazilian ginseng and is found in South America. Suma herbal root is used for many purposes but mainly as an adaptogen (helps the body deal with More...
There is some compelling research that demonstrates that Mila (a botanical source, from the chia seed, of omega-3s and other potentially healthful nutrients) may be effective at More...
Below is our general health recommendation for all adult women up to age 50 years who are not trying to conceive, not pregnant or lactating. More...
Margarine is made from vegetable oil, is low in saturated fat and is cholesterol-free. Due to it needing to go through a hydrogenation process so it can be solid at room temperature, it More...
Refined grains are grains that have been processed where typically the germ and the bran have been removed. This process removes nearly 80% of the nutrition from the grain and More...
A 5.5 oz/155 gram (approximately 1Ž2 of a fillet) fillet of Atlantic or Pacific Halibut provides 220 calories, 42 grams of protein, 0 grams of carbohydrates and 5 grams of fat (no More...
No, our bodies only produce what is known as the non-essential amino acids (NEAA). The other amino acids, known as the essential amino acids (EAA), which the body cannot More...
Nuts such as walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, cashews and pecans provide a great source of protein, minerals, "good" monounsaturated fats and other nutrients and they are also good More...
There are many healthy proteins choices for breakfast but it's a matter of personal taste. Eggs are most common and healthy as long as you don't eat too many. One whole egg daily More...
The options for a healthy lunch or dinner are increasing daily. You can have it all in your salad by adding your favorite protein like chicken, lean beef, fish, etc. This is a great choice More...
Lipoproteins are the principal means by which lipids (fat) are transported in the blood. These lipoproteins are characterized by their density: high density lipoprotein (HDL), low density More...
Instant Protein is a brand name for a powdered, protein supplement/replacement that is currently available on the market, but it is also a name people use for a quick and easy way to More...
Instant protein is a type of protein supplement/replacement that is used as a quick and easy way to replace or supplement their diet with additional or required protein in a quick and More...
Unless your doctor has diagnosed you with a condition where you need to avoid this type of protein or simply need to keep your protein level below a certain amount, there should be More...
Instant protein (also known as protein powders/replacements) should not be used by people with kidney disorders, Phenylketonuria or any other condition that does not allow excess More...
Instant protein (also known as protein powders/replacements) is a quick and easy way to replace or supplement your diet with additional or required protein. Someone who is in need More...
Typically, 20-25 grams of protein per meal for most individuals but no one, unless instructed by their physician, should consume all their daily protein needs from a supplement. Use a More...
While 100% fruit juices are much healthier than sugary sodas, pomegranate juice was ranked #1 according to a UCLA study based on levels of antioxidants. Pomegranate More...
It is recommended that we eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. This task can be a chore to accomplish on a daily basis. It is always a good practice to do everything More...
After Gallbladder surgery, many foods that were commonly eaten before the surgery now cause pain and discomfort. This is due to the body no longer being able to process certain More...
There are a number of artificial sweeteners to choose from. It is difficult to determine which is the best, since they are all considered safe for the general population, when used at moderate levels. More...
Coconut oil is a very heat-stable oil thus it is suited to methods of cooking at high temperatures such as frying. Due to its stability, it is slow to oxidize and, thus, resistant to rancidity More...
The issue of soy and isoflavone activity is in question today based on its potential effect on estrogen levels. Until more definitive research is available, 1 serving per day should be a More...
There are a number of different delivery systems for increasing calcium in the diet. Obviously, the most popular and easiest/most convenient way to ingest calcium is from dairy More...
Healthy eating is important to a diabetic person in keeping the blood glucose (better known as blood sugar) in the target range. Physical activity is also important and, in some cases, More...
Healthy eating is important to a diabetic person in keeping the blood glucose (better known as blood sugar) in the target range. Physical activity is also important and, in some cases, More...
Almond milk is derived from the processing of almonds and is a good option for people who are lactose intolerant. Almond milk provides ~60calories/cup which is much lower than More...
The short answer is NO. When our calorie intake consistently exceeds or matches our calorie burn, we do not lose weight. Period. Sources that claim toxins within our bodies cause More...
Low Phosphorus Fruits, (One Carbohydrate Serving (15 grams)) Apples, plums, tangerines one small fruit (size of a tennis ball) strawberries, More...
The B vitamins include B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (Pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxamine), B7 (biotin) B9 (folic acid), and B12. They are together or separately More...
No (other than how we may cook them, like french fries and onion rings). Our children at the dinner table may not think so but a diet high in vegetables has always been considered a More...
Unless you have a peanut allergy, eating a large amount of peanuts at one sitting will only add calories to daily your intake. Peanuts pack in calories and fat, but most of the fat is More...
Beets are a great source of healthy nitrates, which have been shown to help lower blood pressure. Researchers have found that ~25% of nitrates from beets are absorbed in the More...
The short answer is no. Juice does not contain adequate amounts of carbohydrate, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals that your body needs on a daily basis to optimally perform its More...
Flavonoids consist of a large family of compounds found and made in plants called polyphenols. Scientists are interested in the potential health benefits of flavonoids associated with More...
All persons of all ages should use a daily MVM to complement one’s best efforts to define and consume a proper diet. At a minimum, MVM supplementation is insurance against More...
I have often heard that MVM users notice an improved appearance and rate of growth of hair and nails. To grow or build tissues and structures in the body, essential nutrients are More...
If your diet fails to meet your nutrient needs, then supplementation is always a valid recommendation. More...
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is important to the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin its firmness and strength, More...
By their very definition, vitamins (and minerals) are essential nutrients. Essential substances, when discussing nutrition, are those that the body cannot manufacture at all or in More...
Vitamins B6 and B12 are both involved in systems that keep the amino acid’s derivative homocysteine in check. Elevated homocysteine levels are associated with higher risk of many More...
Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) is the average daily dietary intake of a nutrient that is sufficient to meet the requirement of nearly all (97-98%) healthy persons. DRI’s have More...
White wine, like most alcohol products, has its impact on health. White wine has many of the same health benefits attributed to red wine, it just gets it done with different substances. More...
This appears to be more of a cultural issue than a scientific one. Many European countries customarily eat the salad after the main meal, while Americans tend to eat it before More...
There are several simple dietary changes you can make to positively impact your cholesterol. For one, increase your soluble fiber intake. Foods high in soluble fiber include oatmeal More...
There are definitely concerns when it comes to seafood imported from China. Historically, they have been higher in unapproved More...
Despite the belief that soy milk must offer a variety of health benefits, that is not accurate. It is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, but has essentially the same calorie and More...
Coffee consumption may help prevent several chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, mellitus, Parkinson's disease and liver disease (cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma). More...
The trick to spray butter is to go easy on the sprays. The more sprays you use, the more fat you get. The label lists the serving size as three pumps or a short More...
No, but most think it is a bit dry. Uncooked oats are in many cereals, like Meusli, and are often used by bodybuilders or others trying to gain weight. Keep in mind that a serving of one More...
Excessive folate intake can mask B12 deficiency symptoms. For that reason the upper level (UL) of folic acid More...
High blood iron, hemochromatosis, has two types: primary and secondary. Primary hemochromatosis is a genetic condition where too much iron is absorbed by the body and it builds More...
There are eight different B vitamins. They are involved with a wide variety of metabolic and bodily processes. Folate, for example, is involved in cell division and growth. Certainly if More...
For a healthy person, probably none. However, it has been used for improving athletic performance, though this has not been substantiated in controlled studies. Additionally, it is used More...
Not likely. In fact, generally the opposite is experienced. Many people with poor diets notice an improvement in hair growth and quality when increasing B vitamin content in their diets More...
If you are unable to meet your calcium needs through your diet, then any calcium supplement can be useful. The highest amount of calcium by weight is calcium carbonate, at 42%. It More...
There are as many options here as there are people to follow them. Ideally, it is one that nourishes your body and suits your likes and lifestyle. To help you in designing healthy menus, More...
Not necessarily. There are a few instinctual, inborn cravings in humans, designed to help us when food availability was not as reliable as it is today. These include the taste for sweet, More...
Vitamin D, of course. Depending upon the degree of inadequacy and other factors, high-dose vitamin D supplements are often prescribed by a physician. Regular supplementation and More...
What supplements, if any, one should take are affected not only by diet, but by one’s desired health outcome. Supplements, as the name implies, are just that, a supplement to one’s More...
None. Only animal products contain cholesterol. Cholesterol is synthesized in the body of living things. More...
Both ways are simply different delivery systems for the live cultures. Yogurt or live culture beverages are common in many countries. Probiotics, the live active cultures, exist in many More...
Soy and soy-based foods contain phytoestrogens and their consumption at high levels in many countries has occurred for decades with no problems. When the possibility of the More...