What Do Hormones Have to Do With Your Diet?

Hormones are chemical messengers, coordinating the various parts of your body

Hormones are chemical messengers, coordinating the various parts of your body

Three Ways to Mess Up Your Hormonal Balance

You may have blamed your hormones for health problems from mood swings to weight gain to depression. Or you might have used hormones as a way to build muscles and strive for lost youthfulness. When you understand what hormones are and how they work, you can make informed choices to achieve hormonal balance and avoid dangers.

Examples of well-known hormones include insulin, thyroid, estrogen, testosterone, growth hormone, cortisol, and vitamin D. However, there are Read the rest of this entry »

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Sugar Is Not the Great Evil

While most would label sugar as the greatest evil in these doughnuts, in fact less than a quarter of the calories in this ultra-processed food typically come from sugar

While many would label sugar as the greatest evil in these doughnuts, in fact less than a quarter of the calories in this ultra-processed food typically come from sugar

The Health Effects of Sugar Are Exaggerated  While More Harmful Ingredients are Ignored

Sugar has become the scapegoat for everything wrong with the health of Americans. Media, government authorities, and even some doctors blame sugar as the chief culprit – if not the only culprit – for epidemics of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, even cancer. The truth is far more complex, and understanding sugar’s secondary role, vs. other dietary villains, will put Read the rest of this entry »

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Seven Dangerous Mistakes in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans give dangerous advice for filling your shopping cart

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans give dangerous advice for filling your shopping cart

How Can You Protect Yourself Against This Really Bad Advice?

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the official federal directive on how to eat, starts out with a promising goal. The Guidelines observe “about half of all American adults—117 million people—have one or more preventable, chronic diseases,” and pledge to use the “most current scientific evidence” to advise Americans on how to lose weight and get healthy.

Unfortunately, the Guidelines then go on to perpetuate the nutritional confusion and myths that result in so much unnecessary disability, medical costs, and premature death. While some reviewers note that the Guidelines are as not as Read the rest of this entry »

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How Many Cigarettes Should You Smoke in the New Year?

Smoking used to be considered normal, even attractive. Now we know how deadly it is, even at low levels of use. Eating animal foods is currently considered normal, yet what amount of animal products is safe to eat?

Smoking used to be considered normal, even attractive. Now we know how deadly it is, even at low levels of use. Eating animal foods is currently considered normal, yet what amount of animal products is safe to eat?

And How Much Meat and Dairy Are Safe to Eat?

Will smokers get much benefit from a resolution to smoke fewer cigarettes, as an alternative to quitting altogether? Decades of global research on tobacco use show cutting down on cigarette use is a positive step, but the health impact is not nearly as strong as you may expect.

For example, research in Norway found that smoking just one to four cigarettes a day increased the risk of death during the timeframe of the study by about 50%. An American Cancer Society study found that one to three cigarettes daily increased Read the rest of this entry »

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How Not To Die: Plant-Based Nutrition Facts and Fun

How Not To Die is an entertaining book that is packed with science and practical tips

How Not To Die is an entertaining book that is packed with science and practical tips

Dr. Greger Shows Nutritional Science Triumphs Over Dietary Myths

Dr. Michael Greger is best known for his site nutritionfacts.org, which showcases over 1,000 videos on nutrition and health. Each video tells a story using research journals articles and Dr. Greger’s commentary on what the facts mean. The popular enthusiasm for this approach shows that people really are hungry for science, and don’t want to rely on celebrity endorsements or vague, endlessly-repetitive articles to decide what to eat. People want to know “what’s the evidence, how can I break through the confusion of competing diets?”

In his new book How Not To Die, Dr. Greger uses the same evidence-based approach to tell the compelling story of whole foods, plant-based diets that can prevent, and often even reverse, the chronic diseases that kill most people in richer countries. In fact, there is so much research supporting Dr. Greger’s conclusions that the book list 149 pages of references.

But don’t worry, you don’t need to read all (or any) these thousands of studies yourself. Dr. Greger has Read the rest of this entry »

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Proteinaholic Wipes Out Protein Myths

Proteinaholic has an intriguing title that fully delivers on its promise

Proteinaholic has an intriguing title that fully delivers on its promise

Dr. Garth Davis Shows That What You Don’t Know About Protein May Be Killing You

The title of Proteinaholic captivated me, so I immersed myself in this book as soon as I could get hold of it. Proteinaholic lives up to its title, busting the dangerous myth that, when it comes to protein, more is better. This is a rich, multi-faceted book that effectively uses several strategies to document the hazards of high protein animal foods.

Proteinaholic paints the evidence-based nutritional picture in its glorious complexity. Yet even with all the science, the book is marvelously written, easy to understand and a pleasure to read. Proteinaholic generates excitement by directly attacking the protein myth at the center of American nutrition, a position few are willing to take.

The author, Garth Davis, MD, shares his own story of deteriorating health and

weight gain with high protein meals. He vividly describes his experience of “hitting bottom.” This desperation, paradoxically, was a good thing – opening his mind to question the real effect of eating animal foods multiple times a day. Dr. Davis began to spend Read the rest of this entry »

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The Long Life Diet

A diet that supports health throughout your life is the foundation of vigorous senior years

A diet that supports health throughout your life is the foundation of vigorous senior years

The Surprising Facts About What Healthy People Eat to Reach Their 100th Birthday

A long life, enjoyed in good health, is a dream that many seek to realize. Yet while life span has been slowly increasing in developed countries, freedom from illness and disability is, unfortunately, not following the same trend. Researchers found that baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) had higher rates of many chronic diseases than their parents did at each age. Compared to the prior generation, baby boomer risks are at increased risk for:

• Diabetes: by 46%
• Hypertension: by 38%
• High cholesterol: almost 6 times the risk

An international survey of adults 65 or older in eleven industrialized countries found Read the rest of this entry »

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The Journey to Plant-Based Health Just Got Easier

The Plant-Based Journey will take you on the awesome passage to healthy, sustainable choices

The Plant-Based Journey will take you on the awesome passage to healthy, sustainable choices

Lani Muelrath Guides You on a Well-Lit Path to Plant-Based Success

You’ve heard the success stories, seen the before-and-after pictures of what a whole foods, plant-based diet can accomplish for your health, appearance, and budget. Perhaps you set out to achieve those rewards for yourself, but got sidetracked wandering around the supermarket with an empty cart, with no idea what to buy for dinner. Or you got a stomach ache from an abrupt change in your habits and decided that plant-based was not for you. Maybe your interest in healthier choices simply got put on a future to-do list as you sped through one rushed day after another.

Now you don’t have to figure out this lifestyle on your own. The Plant-Based Journey is an encouraging, practical, and highly readable trail map for turning your healthy intentions into reality. This book is rich with information, ideas, and simple, inexpensive, and yummy recipes.

Author Lani Muelrath is an experienced teacher and health coach. Her background gives her Read the rest of this entry »

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Three Surprising Benefits of Whole Grains

People who ignore science would have you believe that, although the veggies in this picture are healthy, the whole grains in their midst are not. Research shows conclusively that the whole grains are excellent food as well, and have a long list of well-known health benefits

People who ignore science would have you believe that, although the veggies in this picture are healthy, the whole grains in their midst are not. Research shows conclusively that the whole grains are excellent foods as well, and have a long list of well-known health benefits

Whole Grains Are Healthy -And That Includes Whole Grain Bread

Whole grains have an image problem. Pervasive media stories and nutrition books warn that eating grains puts you at risk for obesity and chronic illness. When you look at the facts, however, whole grains are clearly health-promoting in numerous ways you can use to your advantage.

The choice becomes clearer once you understand what these foods are. Whole grains are the seeds Read the rest of this entry »

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The PlantPure Nation Cookbook Is a Recipe Delight

The PlantPure Nation Cookbook shows you how to easily prepare over 150 delicious and healthy recipes

The PlantPure Nation Cookbook shows you how to easily prepare over 150 delicious and healthy plant-based recipes

Kim Campbell Proves That Taste and Health Can Be Best Friends

The power of a whole foods, plant-based diet to transform health is compelling. But even with ample demonstration of this effectiveness, people may be reluctant to move to an eating plan with unappealing food.

This is where The PlantPure Nation Cookbook comes in. Filled with over 150 delicious plant-based recipes, as well as stunning photos that will make you want to drop everything and run to the kitchen to prepare the recipe that looks like you most need it now, this cookbook will have just about everyone happy to chow down on plant-based meals.

Author Kim Campbell generously shares her discoveries from 25 years of cooking plant-based meals, much of that time also as a busy working mom. Her recipes are family-friendly, affordable, and appealing to those new to plant-based eating, as well as to those who have been thriving on whole food, plant-based choices for decades. Eating enjoyment is in no way sacrificed to keep out Read the rest of this entry »

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