Individualized Nutrition, Pharmacy and Healthy Living

  • 6 Tips to Prevent Strokes

    by Paula Gallagher | January 16, 2019

    Strokes are the 5th leading cause of death in the United States. Strokes happen when the brain's oxygen supply is cut off, destroying vital nerve cells. In the U.S., 795,000 people have a stroke every year and about 14,000 of them die. And although there are some uncontrollable risk factors associated with strokes, such as age, gender (men have a higher risk than women), and family history, there are various underlying factors that can be controlled and prevented.

    There are two types of strokes. The most common is an ischemic stroke, Read more

  • Lunch Today: Pasta Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

    by Paula Gallagher | January 15, 2019

    My kids love pasta! Something about fusilli or penne or even spaghetti gets them to eat without complaining. This simple vegetarian recipe for pasta salad is perfect for school lunches plus it contains a variety of healthy foods including veggies, whole grains and healthy fats.

    According to research around the world, children who are raised on a variety of plant-based foods have a reduced risk of obesity. So while eating as healthy as possible seems like common sense, it is not always the easiest thing to instill in our kids. Hopefully this is one recipe that your family can use that is delicious and nutritious. Read more

  • 6 Reasons Athletes Are Running Toward a Plant-Based Diet

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | January 14, 2019

    Meat-free athletes – from tennis champion Venus Williams to Formula 1's Lewis Hamilton to Derrick Morgan of the NFL's Tennessee Titans – have already proven the performance-boosting power of a plant-based diet. Now, a new review my colleagues and I published in the journal Nutrients examines the science behind the advantages a plant-based diet provides to athletes.

    1. Even athletes are at risk for heart disease. In one study, 44% of endurance cyclists and runners had coronary plaques. A plant-based diet keeps athletes’ hearts strong by reversing plaque, bringing down blood pressure and cholesterol, and reducing weight. Read more

  • 6 Healthy Foods to Have on Hand to Save You Time

    by Paula Gallagher | January 9, 2019

    A nutritious meal does not necessarily mean cooking from scratch all the time. Like many families, time is the biggest issue when trying to put a healthy meal on the table. Luckily, there are many healthy foods that are packaged and time-saving that can help you get in and out of the kitchen faster than if you had ordered out!

    Baby Kale: You can find this in containers alongside the spring mix greens. It is rich in nutrients and antioxidants, but there is no need for chopping! As a bonus, it is less bitter tasting than full-grown kale, perfect for those picky eaters. Add baby kale to whole grain pasta, sandwiches, salads and green smoothies! Read more

  • Is a Vegan Diet Healthier than a Mediterranean Diet?

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | January 8, 2019

    Earlier this week, U.S. News & World Report placed the Mediterranean diet at the top of its list of 40 best diets for 2019. But when it comes to health, the science shows that there’s something even better: a plant-based, or vegan diet.

    We've all heard that the Mediterranean diet can boost longevity. But why is that? Mediterranean diets are typically rich in vegetables and fruit, low in meat, and relatively low in fat. This is a healthy approach – to the extent that it emphasizes these plant-based foods.

    One study in the British Medical Journal showed that certain components of the diet, especially high vegetable consumption and low meat consumption, were more strongly linked to longevity than other components, such as fish consumption. High fruit, nut and legume consumption also contributed to longevity. Read more


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