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8/20/15 11:16 AM
According to the Health Services department at Cornell University (Gannet), “The most immediate benefit of dietary fiber is its improvement of digestive function.” This article will examine fiber’s role in digestion with particular emphasis on how it affects the colon.
8/13/15 11:10 AM
When it comes to peace of mind, your gut is largely influential. In fact, a 2008 paper titled, “ Brain foods: the effects of nutrients on brain function,” goes into detail on how the nutrients of food impact the enzymes of the gut, which consequently interact with neurons in the brain. But even though food has a real affect on mood (and brain function for that matter), many Americans suffer from digestive disorders. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) remarks that “60 to 70 million people are affected by all digestive diseases’—almost a quarter of the population.
7/23/15 10:01 AM
In the “Maintaining Health” series it was established that what you put inside your body determines, more than any other component, the trajectory of your health. This series, titled “Digestive Health,” will help you discover how food and drink is broken down; why the kinds of food that you ingest affect your digestion and consequently your health; and what you can do to keep your digestive system in optimal working condition.
7/9/15 10:55 AM
When it comes to food and mood, you are what you eat. We tend to soothe ourselves with foods that contain high levels of added fat, sodium, and/or sugar—among other things—when we’re feeling strained. In fact, our current mood is an often overlooked component of our health. In order to maintain one’s health, individuals should understand the relationship food has on their mood.
6/23/15 10:22 AM
Foods that are refined, processed, and/or packaged – whether organic or non-organic – often contain high levels of added sodium/salt, saturated fat, dietary cholesterol, added sugars/caloric sweeteners, added fats/oils, refined flours/grains, and/or hydrogenated/Trans fats. As your diet is critical in maintaining your health, knowing how to read the Nutrition Facts Label and the Ingredients List on food items is necessary in understanding exactly what you’re putting into your body. This article will examine these two items and can help you to make better food decisions.
6/11/15 9:16 AM
In the previous entry of the “Maintaining Health” series, it was established that what you put into your body is the most important factor in maintaining your health. But while reducing or eliminating refined, processed, and/or packaged foods is fundamental advice for cleaning up your diet, sometimes things get lost in translation when it comes time to shop. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the demand for organic produce has exploded from 2005 to 2014 and the trend looks to continue. However, it is important to note that simply eating organic food doesn’t necessarily mean that one’s diet is safer and more nutritious.
5/26/15 12:22 PM
This second “Maintaining Health…” blog is all about what we consume and understanding the value of our diets. By developing a deeper understanding of the role of food in our lives, we will be better prepared to make decisions that benefit our health.
5/12/15 9:38 AM
Over a series of blog posts, we’re going to explore a relatively overlooked topic: how does one maintain health once initial health goals are met? As the saying goes, getting to the top (becoming healthy) can ultimately be the easy part when all is said and done; staying on top (maintaining one’s health for life) is the hard part.