Individualized Nutrition, Pharmacy and Healthy Living


  • Understanding Blood Pressure

    by Paula Gallagher | December 11, 2018

    blood pressureAccording to the CDC, 75 million Americans have high blood pressure. And another one in three Americans are at risk for developing high blood pressure. Having high blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the United States. The American Heart Association now defines high blood pressure as 130/80 mm Hg or higher.

    Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries that carry blood from your heart to other parts of your body. Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day, but it can damage your heart and cause health problems if it stays high for a long time. Read more

  • Plant-Based Hanukkah Recipes: Sweet Potato Latkes

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | December 10, 2018

    Looking for healthy plant-based recipes to add to your celebration? The Physicians Committee has you covered! Watch the video below to see our healthful twist on a Hanukkah staple: latkes! Our plant-based Sweet Potato Latkes are free of oil and packed with fiber and antioxidants. Top with applesauce to make them extra sweet! Read more

  • Dinner Tonight: Lentil Stuffed Peppers

    by Paula Gallagher | December 5, 2018

    Traditionally stuffed peppers are made with some sort of ground meat. This recipe for Lentil Stuffed Peppers goes vegetarian with lentils instead of beef. Lentils are packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, way more than you would find in ground beef. They also have a heartiness comparable to meat so they make an excellent vegan-friendly substitution in pretty much any pasta, stew, and soup. Peppers, are chock-full of vitamin C also supply plenty of vitamin A, fiber and potassium.

    Lentil Stuffed Peppers

    • 1 cup cooked lentils
    • 1 cup spinach, shredded
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  • 6 Tips to Build Strong Bones Early

    by Paula Gallagher | December 4, 2018

    Most people think of osteoporosis as a disease that affects people over 65, but bone loss is something that can be prevented or at least minimized by supporting strong bones way before then. Although the best prevention for bone-thinning osteoporosis begins early, during the first two decades of life when you can most influence your peak bone mass by getting enough calcium and vitamin D and doing bone-strengthening exercise, it is never too late to adopt bone-preserving habits.

    Follow these six strategies to help support bone strength and possibly prevent osteoporosis. Read more

  • Meat Tax Would Prevent 220,000 Deaths

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | December 3, 2018

    Meat taxes global health. So why not have a meat tax? New research shows that a tax on red and processed meat – such as hot dogs, bacon and deli meat – could save millions of lives and billions of dollars in health care costs.

    Researchers from the University of Oxford estimate that in 2020, global meat consumption will result in $285 billion in health care costs and 2.4 million deaths from heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer. But a global meat tax could help prevent 220,000 deaths and decrease health care costs by $41 billion. It would also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Read more

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