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Is Eczema an Autoimmune Disease? Natural Eczema Treatment

Healthy RDHeidi Moretti, MS, RD is The Healthy RD.  A registered dietitian for 20 years, has a passion for functional nutrition and natural medicine.  Has researched supplements and plants as medicine throughout her career.  Loves helping people gain function and vitality by tackling the root causes of illness. https://thehealthyrd.com

20 Helpful Essential Oils for Nerve Pain

Healthy RDHeidi Moretti, MS, RD is The Healthy RD.  A registered dietitian for 20 years, has a passion for functional nutrition and natural medicine.  Has researched supplements and plants as medicine throughout her career.  Loves helping people gain function and vitality by tackling the root causes of illness. https://thehealthyrd.com

The Best Homemade Salsa For Canning

Healthy RDHeidi Moretti, MS, RD is The Healthy RD.  A registered dietitian for 20 years, has a passion for functional nutrition and natural medicine.  Has researched supplements and plants as medicine throughout her career.  Loves helping people gain function and vitality by tackling the root causes of illness. https://thehealthyrd.com

Canning Salsa Verde Recipe with a Tasty Twist

Healthy RDHeidi Moretti, MS, RD is The Healthy RD.  A registered dietitian for 20 years, has a passion for functional nutrition and natural medicine.  Has researched supplements and plants as medicine throughout her career.  Loves helping people gain function and vitality by tackling the root causes of illness. https://thehealthyrd.com

10 Creative Canning Salsa and Fresh Salsa Recipes (Roundup!)

Healthy RDHeidi Moretti, MS, RD is The Healthy RD.  A registered dietitian for 20 years, has a passion for functional nutrition and natural medicine.  Has researched supplements and plants as medicine throughout her career.  Loves helping people gain function and vitality by tackling the root causes of illness. https://thehealthyrd.com

Water Lentils: Health Benefits and Low Lectin Recipes

Healthy RDHeidi Moretti, MS, RD is The Healthy RD.  A registered dietitian for 20 years, has a passion for functional nutrition and natural medicine.  Has researched supplements and plants as medicine throughout her career.  Loves helping people gain function and vitality by tackling the root causes of illness. https://thehealthyrd.com

Huckleberry Syrup Recipe and Huckleberry Benefits

Healthy RDHeidi Moretti, MS, RD is The Healthy RD.  A registered dietitian for 20 years, has a passion for functional nutrition and natural medicine.  Has researched supplements and plants as medicine throughout her career.  Loves helping people gain function and vitality by tackling the root causes of illness. https://thehealthyrd.com

Chlorella Health Benefits+Liver Detox Smoothie

Healthy RDHeidi Moretti, MS, RD is The Healthy RD.  A registered dietitian for 20 years, has a passion for functional nutrition and natural medicine.  Has researched supplements and plants as medicine throughout her career.  Loves helping people gain function and vitality by tackling the root causes of illness. https://thehealthyrd.com

The Best Gut Healing Diet and Supplements

Can you heal your gut? Many easy steps can be taken to improve digestion, absorption, and to help your whole body in the process. A huge key for a gut healing diet is to improve the type of food and the number of bacteria that live in your digestive tract.  Another key factor for gut

What is an Autoimmune Protocol? Benefits and AIP Recipes

Healthy RDHeidi Moretti, MS, RD is The Healthy RD.  A registered dietitian for 20 years, has a passion for functional nutrition and natural medicine.  Has researched supplements and plants as medicine throughout her career.  Loves helping people gain function and vitality by tackling the root causes of illness. https://thehealthyrd.com

Best Frankincense Oil for Health

Updated May 24, 2019 Frankincense oil has legends that extend far and wide, from ancient Egyptians and biblical texts to modern day miracles.  Are these legends or facts? Let’s take a look at the rich history of frankincense essential oil uses and the research we have to support its use today. You will soon find

Capsicum Health Benefits and Uses

Updated May 15, 2019 Capsicum, or pepper, is a fruit that is a member of the nightshade family of plants.  The word capsicum stems from the Latin word “box” and pepper refers to heat. Capsicum health benefits are many, owing primarily to their legendary heat properties, but also high nutrient content.  The capsicum plants are

Marjoram Uses for Health

Marjoram is a beautiful herb that is renowned for its joyful qualities.  Essential oils, including marjoram essential oil, have been used for over 2000 years for health. Marjoram essential oil is gaining popularity again today because it may help get to the root of many health problems. Marjoram uses are vast, and include reducing pain,

13 Scientifically-Proven Lavender Essential Oil Uses

Lavender (Lavendula augustifolia) is a flowering plant that has been used for over 2000 years as an essential oil and used in foods to treat health concerns. The amount of evidence for lavender health benefits is actually quite remarkable when you put it all together. However, many websites claim that lavender essential oil uses are seemingly endless. Is this based in research? Let’s explore the scientifically proven lavender essential oil uses that we can apply today.

10 Potent Peppermint Essential Oil Uses for Health

Mentha piperita, or the peppermint plant, has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb and in cooking. Peppermint is found in many cleaning products, teas, candies, and stomach medicines today. Peppermint oil is also steam extracted into essential oil from the leaves for its health benefits. Experts in essential oils always have this powerful oil on hand. Here are 10 potent peppermint essential oil uses. You will most certainly find a use for it right away.

Kids Cook: A Culinary Challenge

Kids cook the most creative things!  We all need a challenge, but growing minds need it more.   As a nutritionist, I know that I need to get inspired to keep kids and adolescents excited about cooking, including my own kids.  They live in the moment. I needed to make a fun challenge, so here is what

Coenzyme Q10 Benefits for Health

Coenzyme Q10 functions as an antioxidant in the energy-producing parts of your cells. The cells highest in coenzyme Q10 amounts are organs, especially the heart. It also helps make energy units in the body called ATP. I like to think of coenzyme Q10 as the element your body has plenty of when everything is going just

Broccoli Sprout Benefits for Brain Health

Broccoli sprout benefits are numerous, and in part, come from a potent compound called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane easily crosses the blood-brain barrier where it can reduce the effects of toxins; this is a big reason why it is thought to protect neurons and the brain. What are Broccoli Sprouts? Broccoli sprouts are tiny broccoli plants that are

Lime Essential Oil Benefits for Health

Lime essential oil can be cleansing, invigorating, and calming all at the same time. This is because lime essential oil benefits for health are system-wide if used correctly.  Read on to learn about lime essential oil benefits for health and how to use it. Lime Essential Oil Aromatherapy Limes are transcendental. We can transport our minds

Best Heart Health Supplements for 2019

Healthy RDHeidi Moretti, MS, RD is The Healthy RD.  A registered dietitian for 20 years, has a passion for functional nutrition and natural medicine.  Has researched supplements and plants as medicine throughout her career.  Loves helping people gain function and vitality by tackling the root causes of illness. https://thehealthyrd.com

Cardamom Essential Oil: Plants as Medicine

Cardamom essential oil comes from the seed of the cardamom plant from steam distillation. Steam distillation of plants for medicine dates back as far as 2000 years ago. Cardamom oil may help the body because it helps immunity, acts as a decongestant, antioxidant, expectorant, tonic, carminative, and has anti-inflammatory effects. My goal is to give

Puerh Tea Benefits for Health

Puerh tea benefits stem from the deeply complex fermentation process of traditional Chinese tea leaves. It just might also be the most complex tea on the planet.  Puerh, a delicious and smoky tea, benefits health because is rich in antioxidants and fermentation products that reduce inflammation in the body.  By dampening inflammation, it may reduce

Lavender for Anxiety

The most legendary use for lavender is to help calm the body and mind. Find out how lavender for anxiety may be your next favorite remedy. Lavender has been used traditionally for many health issues, including infections, pain, improving mood, and digestive relief.  Lavender today is approved by the European Medicine Agency for use to relieve stress

Is Liver Superfood for Your Health?

Is liver superfood? Yes! Why was it ever considered unhealthy?  This really puzzles me as a nutritionist.  In contrast, walk down the aisles of produce and meat with me today.  Everything is strangely uniform in shape and size.  Chicken meat packages have tidily been placed in plastic with all fat removed.  They don’t look at

How to Treat Acid Reflux Naturally

Heartburn medications are given out with broad liberties, almost as if there are no consequences to their use. Heartburn drugs, or proton pump inhibitors, such as Prilosec and Nexium, are now over-the-counter, allowing anyone to take them.  There are deep and far-reaching consequences to taking these medicines long-term, and no one is talking about them.   It is

Homemade Aromatherapy Gifts for Health

Stress can be ramped up through the holiday season due to the cost of buying presents.  But it’s not only the cost: we all want to find presents that require careful thought and consideration of the person receiving. Aromatherapy gifts help to de-stress the giver and receiver. I am writing this blog to help ease

8 Handmade Chocolate Recipes that are Healthy!

This time of year, most people want to bake handmade chocolate treats. However, come January 1st people feel remorse, resolving to lose weight and become healthy.  The cycle repeats every year. This blog is dedicated to chocolate-lovers: Yes, you can have chocolate AND  feel good about it come January 1st. Chocolate can be VERY healthy.  Keep in mind,

Oregano Essential Oil Uses for Immunity

It’s taken me a long time to write about oregano essential oil uses. I think I’ve been holding it close to me because I may not be objective about the topic.  I’m ready now. Oregano essential oil uses are potent, so read on to learn more about how to use this wonderful, concentrated form of oregano.

9 Sage Essential Oil Benefits

The herb known as sage is time-honored as a potent, healing plant. Sage use as essential oil likely dates back as far as the Middle Ages; the method of steam distillation for essential oils was then developed [R].  Sage essential oil benefits are vast for health because it is a very concentrated form of sage. People have used sage medicinally

15 Easy Health Tips

Sometimes quick and easy-to-digest facts are most helpful for improvements in our health.    Too often, we focus in on negative things that we do.   I want to give you a quick list of 15  easy health steps that are fun! You can start doing some of these today to improve your health. I make

Ginger for Digestion: Nine Amazing Benefits

I’m calling ginger amazing.  This is because, in my clinical nutrition practice, it is.  New (old) ways of thinking in medicine make it so I can finally say things like this. Ginger for digestion benefits really works.  Read on to find out how to get the best digestive gains from ginger. First, I want to

Vitamin E: Natural Tocopherol and Tocotrienol Benefits

Vitamin E is made up of two classes of substances called tocopherols and tocotrienols. When found naturally in foods and in natural supplements, tocopherols and tocotrienols benefit our health. They act as antioxidants to protect the brain, may improve diabetes symptoms, protect the heart, and more.  When it comes to vitamin E, you should get

Plant-Based Milk or Cow's Milk: How to Choose

Choosing the Best Milk Plant-based milk or cow’s milk: which is best for health?  With so many new options on the market, the shelves can be very confusing. So many healthy-looking milk products are also loaded with sugar.  Find out how to choose the best milk option here. My Personal Story of Milk-Drinking There is

Asparagus Benefits + History and Cooking

Many varieties of asparagus exist, but only 1 is readily available today: green asparagus.  If you are lucky, you may occasionally spot a purple or white variety.  Asparagus, a vibrant, spring vegetable, has some serious health benefits. With over 100 known potent compounds, asparagus may be just what the doctor ordered.  Find out my journey

Cilantro Oil Detoxification Benefits

We need powerful plants more than ever to help us stay healthy. Cilantro oil is king of natural plant detoxification when it comes to heavy metals.  The ancient Egyptians knew of cilantro’s power and science is demonstrating its benefits today. Sometimes, knowledge of food informs our taste buds. If we know the benefits, it makes

Lemon Essential Oil Digestion Benefits

Despite modern advances in medicine, nausea and digestive disorders are very stubborn and resistant to treatment.  Lemon benefits for digestion are appealing because it is a safe and a potentially beneficial add-on for almost any digestive issue that you may have. What Causes Digestive Issues? The Standard American Diet gets in the way of a

The Power Of One: The Power of Food

We are individuals. We have unique needs. The right combination of foods for you as a unique person can be incredibly healing for your body. With the advancement of gene testing and the research about the power of foods’ effects on these genes, this is becoming way more recognized and accepted. This rapidly growing field

Can You Prevent Premature Aging With Diet?

Prevent premature aging with a healthy diet. We can do a lot to protect ourselves from the ravages of aging by knowing a few important details about the aging process and how foods can protect us. Now more than ever, our diets need more:  more spices, more herbs, more superfoods. Before the ages of modern

Coenzyme Q10 Supplement Benefits for Health

Coenzyme Q10 supplement benefits are vast because of the wide-spread roles of this powerful antioxidant in the body. I like to think of coenzyme Q10 as the element your body has plenty of when everything is going just right.  You are young, healthy, your diet is perfect, and you feel vital.  You don’t smoke or

Vitality and Work Performance Nutrition

Work performance nutrition is very important to help employees function at their best, to have vitality, and to even have work satisfaction. Some great research is pointing out how MUCH nutrition helps your employees and you. Nutrition and quality of life really matter at work and are tightly connected. Sure, we can look at numbers

Does Cinnamon Help Diabetes?

Does cinnamon help diabetes? My knee-jerk reaction to this topic is “of course it is.” Why? It is natural, it is a spice, and its flavor is gorgeous. My reaction comes from decades of reading nutrition research. A huge body of research points to the fact that spices have amazing health benefits. Most substances that carry

Food Aroma Memories and Joy: Making Crabapple Jam

Creating Food Memories by Aroma Some of my most vivid memories of childhood come from the aroma of delicious foods simmering in the kitchen.  Food memories are powerful! I grew up on a remote and beautiful ranch in northern Montana where food doesn’t come from a drive-through, so I have a lot of these memories.

Setting health goals

Most of us always have a health goal or two in mind. Whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle, clear up your skin, or something entirely different, it’s completely human to always be working toward something. You might not always meet your goals as quickly as you want to, and that can be frustrating.

Celery Benefits, Uses, and History

Celery’s surprisingly colorful history has sparked my imagination and has humbled me to the wisdom of great scholars of the past.  Are celery benefits scientifically proven?  Let’s take a look at what we know today. I decided that I wanted to explore the rich tales of this plant to see if our ancestral traditions surrounding this

5 Spicy Health Tips

Powerful Spice Combinations About a decade ago I got turned on to a flavor combination that I simply can’t resist: black pepper, oregano, cumin, and garlic.  When these four ingredients are toasted in a pan with a bit of olive oil, they become transcendental. I decided long ago that it wasn’t acceptable to buy “seasoning packets”

7 Coffee Health Benefits

7 Coffee-Related Health Attributes I do love talking about the health attributes of foods. Coffee health benefits are very vast and I will describe them for your here. I also include a recipe feature with coffee, which is a true love of mine. Here is an overview of coffee health benefits Focus Energy Memory Burns

Are Supplements Nutrition Quackery? How to Evaluate

Healthy RDHeidi Moretti, MS, RD is The Healthy RD.  A registered dietitian for 20 years, has a passion for functional nutrition and natural medicine.  Has researched supplements and plants as medicine throughout her career.  Loves helping people gain function and vitality by tackling the root causes of illness. https://thehealthyrd.com

37 Banana Facts You Will Want to Know!

Bananas are REALLY popular for a reason and they are full of some really fun facts!  They are also delicious, portable, sweet, and satisfying.  Banana facts for health are also surprising and vast.  Interesting facts about bananas are so numerous because of popular culture and taste! They are also a rich source of nutrients, antioxidants,

Healthy Road Trip Food List for Kids

Healthy RDHeidi Moretti, MS, RD is The Healthy RD.  A registered dietitian for 20 years, has a passion for functional nutrition and natural medicine.  Has researched supplements and plants as medicine throughout her career.  Loves helping people gain function and vitality by tackling the root causes of illness. https://thehealthyrd.com

Food As Medicine: Foresight or Fallacy?

Healthy RDHeidi Moretti, MS, RD is The Healthy RD.  A registered dietitian for 20 years, has a passion for functional nutrition and natural medicine.  Has researched supplements and plants as medicine throughout her career.  Loves helping people gain function and vitality by tackling the root causes of illness. https://thehealthyrd.com

Is Oat Bran A Nutritious And A Low Carb Oatmeal?

Healthy RDHeidi Moretti, MS, RD is The Healthy RD.  A registered dietitian for 20 years, has a passion for functional nutrition and natural medicine.  Has researched supplements and plants as medicine throughout her career.  Loves helping people gain function and vitality by tackling the root causes of illness. https://thehealthyrd.com

20 Helpful Essential Oils for Nerve Pain

Healthy RDHeidi Moretti, MS, RD is The Healthy RD.  A registered dietitian for 20 years, has a passion for functional nutrition and natural medicine.  Has researched supplements and plants as medicine throughout her career.  Loves helping people gain function and vitality by tackling the root causes of illness. https://thehealthyrd.com

13 Natural Antihistamine Remedies

  Seasonal allergies are miserable and disrupt daily life. Don’t worry: you have options.  Many plants and natural antihistamine remedies can go a long way to helping you manage your allergic symptoms. In this post, you will learn what histamine is so that you can be informed about how various products work. Read on to

Vitamin D3 Should Be One of Your Joint Pain Vitamins

Updated May 30th, 2019.  Joint pain is more than the result of an aging process or injury.  Nutrients can fall short, which cause your body to have fatigue, aches, pains, hormone imbalances and more.  Joint pain vitamins are just beginning to be recognized as important for reducing the need for dangerous pain-relieving prescription drugs.  Pain

Best Frankincense Oil for Health

Updated May 24, 2019 Frankincense oil has legends that extend far and wide, from ancient Egyptians and biblical texts to modern day miracles.  Are these legends or facts? Let’s take a look at the rich history of frankincense essential oil uses and the research we have to support its use today. You will soon find

Online Dietitian Health Gurus Talk About Their Favorite Vitamins

You may be missing out on vitamins and nutrients. In fact, you probably are. Getting advice about good supplements from experts in nutrition is the best way to get sound advice about vitamins. Who has the most training in nutrients? Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. Online dietitian experts talk here about their favorite vitamins for health, how much you need, and why these nutrients are important for your best health.

Coenzyme Q10 Benefits for Health

Coenzyme Q10 functions as an antioxidant in the energy-producing parts of your cells. The cells highest in coenzyme Q10 amounts are organs, especially the heart. It also helps make energy units in the body called ATP. I like to think of coenzyme Q10 as the element your body has plenty of when everything is going just

Improve Heart Health With Vitamin K2

Healthy RDHeidi Moretti, MS, RD is The Healthy RD.  A registered dietitian for 20 years, has a passion for functional nutrition and natural medicine.  Has researched supplements and plants as medicine throughout her career.  Loves helping people gain function and vitality by tackling the root causes of illness. https://thehealthyrd.com

Can You Prevent Atherosclerosis with Vitamin K2?

Healthy RDHeidi Moretti, MS, RD is The Healthy RD.  A registered dietitian for 20 years, has a passion for functional nutrition and natural medicine.  Has researched supplements and plants as medicine throughout her career.  Loves helping people gain function and vitality by tackling the root causes of illness. https://thehealthyrd.com

Lime Essential Oil Benefits for Health

Lime essential oil can be cleansing, invigorating, and calming all at the same time. This is because lime essential oil benefits for health are system-wide if used correctly.  Read on to learn about lime essential oil benefits for health and how to use it. Lime Essential Oil Aromatherapy Limes are transcendental. We can transport our minds

Vitamin K2 Deficiency: A Global Health Problem

Healthy RDHeidi Moretti, MS, RD is The Healthy RD.  A registered dietitian for 20 years, has a passion for functional nutrition and natural medicine.  Has researched supplements and plants as medicine throughout her career.  Loves helping people gain function and vitality by tackling the root causes of illness. https://thehealthyrd.com

Best Heart Health Supplements for 2019

Healthy RDHeidi Moretti, MS, RD is The Healthy RD.  A registered dietitian for 20 years, has a passion for functional nutrition and natural medicine.  Has researched supplements and plants as medicine throughout her career.  Loves helping people gain function and vitality by tackling the root causes of illness. https://thehealthyrd.com

5 Reasons Why Kids Need a Vitamin K2 Supplement

Healthy RDHeidi Moretti, MS, RD is The Healthy RD.  A registered dietitian for 20 years, has a passion for functional nutrition and natural medicine.  Has researched supplements and plants as medicine throughout her career.  Loves helping people gain function and vitality by tackling the root causes of illness. https://thehealthyrd.com

Puerh Tea Benefits for Health

Puerh tea benefits stem from the deeply complex fermentation process of traditional Chinese tea leaves. It just might also be the most complex tea on the planet.  Puerh, a delicious and smoky tea, benefits health because is rich in antioxidants and fermentation products that reduce inflammation in the body.  By dampening inflammation, it may reduce

Is Liver Superfood for Your Health?

Is liver superfood? Yes! Why was it ever considered unhealthy?  This really puzzles me as a nutritionist.  In contrast, walk down the aisles of produce and meat with me today.  Everything is strangely uniform in shape and size.  Chicken meat packages have tidily been placed in plastic with all fat removed.  They don’t look at

6 Ways to Increase Body Energy Levels

Why are We So Low in Energy? We are in a race against time.  I speak of the time required to get Americans healthy enough to reduce obesity and fatigue.  We need to learn to fuel well! Eating foods and taking key supplements can help us gain body energy. However, our typical foods zap us

Weight Loss Expert Interview with Dr. Lori Shemek

When I branched out into the world of online health, one amazing benefit that I have had is connecting with health experts across the globe. This group of experts is changing how medicine is done, and most importantly, changing people’s health and vitality. Weight loss is challenging, but much more approachable with the right professional.

8 Handmade Chocolate Recipes that are Healthy!

This time of year, most people want to bake handmade chocolate treats. However, come January 1st people feel remorse, resolving to lose weight and become healthy.  The cycle repeats every year. This blog is dedicated to chocolate-lovers: Yes, you can have chocolate AND  feel good about it come January 1st. Chocolate can be VERY healthy.  Keep in mind,

NAD Supplement Forms and Health Benefits

Vitamin B3, or niacin, has some fascinating health benefits. Niacin is an essential nutrient that plays a role in making energy, or NAD, in the body. NAD supplements for health come in a variety of forms. Find out if you should consider adding NAD or niacin to your daily routine. The potential for niacin compounds

Virtual Gastric Band For Long Term Weight Loss

The Virtual Gastric Band is a non-surgical technique which uses the power of hypnosis to retrain you to be satisfied with smaller amounts of food. Your unconscious mind will think that it has had a small band placed around the top part of the stomach so that you feel fuller faster and satisfied sooner. There are moments in

Can Gluten Intolerance Cause Weight Gain?

Excess weight can be tied to many foods and eating patterns.  One that many people may not think about is gluten.  Can gluten intolerance cause weight gain?  Learn more about how your carbohydrate choices may influence your weight. Important point: any food that may cause inflammation in the body may also lead to weight gain.

Is Coconut Healthy? A Wide-Lens Perspective

What a funny time we live in. Supermarkets display Paleo bars and virgin organic coconut oil right next to marshmallows, super-sized jugs of soda, and Cheetos. The consumer is faced with a myriad of conflicting messages in the media; one minute we are told that carbs are evil, and the next minute, we are told

10 Iron Deficiency Treatment Myths

This happened: I had an iron deficiency for years, perhaps decades before I finally figured it out how to effectively treat it. Iron deficiency treatment is far from perfect and there are many myths about food sources and supplements of iron. Why would a nutritionist not know how to recognize their own iron deficiency?! In

The Power of Fasting for Health + Side Effects

Move over breakfast, fasting is here to stay.  Sorry, Kellogg’s and Nabisco. Research in the world of fasting is becoming robust for helping with many aspects of health.  The power of fasting can benefit everything from your weight and inflammation to reducing cancer risk. As you will quickly find out, fasting is definitely not for everyone and

Do you Need Vitamin B6 or P5P Vitamins?

Vitamin B6 is fascinating. I hope that this in-depth look gives you a big appreciation of the vitality we get from nutrients. Activated vitamin B6 or P5P (pyridoxal-5-phosphate) are sometimes needed for best health and mood. Why?  Modern diets and medicines.  Read on to learn more about activated vitamin B6, food content, and why you

Ready to Reach Your Health Goals?

Most of us always have a health goal or two in mind. Whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle, clear up your skin, or something entirely different, it’s completely human to always be working toward something. You might not always meet your goals as quickly as you want to, and that can be frustrating.

Vitamin E: Natural Tocopherol and Tocotrienol Benefits

Vitamin E is made up of two classes of substances called tocopherols and tocotrienols. When found naturally in foods and in natural supplements, tocopherols and tocotrienols benefit our health. They act as antioxidants to protect the brain, may improve diabetes symptoms, protect the heart, and more.  When it comes to vitamin E, you should get

Building Strengths To Become Healthy

Building strengths in our lives has more impact than focusing on trying to improve our weaknesses.  We can either fight our tendencies or build on them to make them our strengths.  I hope that this week, you all can focus on your idiosyncrasies and make them your strengths in life. I chuckle right now because as we

10 Common Food Fears and How to Overcome Them

Original post June 3, 2018 Food fear can hold us back from many things in life.  By food fears, I am referring to anything about eating that makes us afraid.  This can be fear of trying new foods, food label fears, fear of uncertainty, fear of losing comfort, and fear of disappointment to name a

Body Image: It’s not about the fat.

Updated March 18, 2019 Often, our body image is closely tied to our self-worth. People often say they “feel fat.”  But, is feeling fat a true feeling? Why do we associate a feeling with body fat?  I want to take time to appreciate the wonderful breadth of knowledge and insight that my good friend and colleague,

Music Health Benefits

This week, I’m honored to have a guest blogger and fellow nutritionist featured here, Jeanette, Kimszal, RDN.    She is a bright nutritionist and dietitian who is determined to make people healthier and feel better. I love working with Jeanette and confiding in her about the future of food and the future of nutritionists in general.  She

Folate Versus Folic Acid: Are They Equal?

Will the Real Vitamin B9 Please Stand Up? Vitamin B9 has many names for similar compounds, which can get confusing.  They also are used differently by the body depending on the type.  Vitamin B9 can be called folate, methylfolate, folic acid, and other names.  However, this may shock you: Folic acid is NOT a vitamin. A

The Hypnotherapy Experience from a Patient Perspective

The hypnotherapy experience is the most important thing I have ever done for my health.  I look back a couple of years out and STILL know this. If you have struggled to meditate or calm your mind, hypnotherapy may be just what you need as well. Here is a narrative of my experience and how

What are the Healthiest Salt Options?

Did you know that if you avoid salt entirely, you may also be at risk for health problems?  The healthiest salt options will be explored here so that you can make informed decisions. The discussion of salt should be an easy one.  It’s bad for you, right? Headlines about salt are quite conflicting.  Two headlines

Zinc Deficiency Signs, Food Sources, and Absorption

Food and nutrients can have a lot of sex appeal.  But zinc conjures up images of the white-hued sunblock that hovering parents apply all over their toddlers on a July day. Not so sexy. Zinc has powerful roles in health, so understanding zinc deficiency signs and how to get the optimal zinc amounts for your

Coenzyme Q10 Supplement Benefits for Health

Coenzyme Q10 supplement benefits are vast because of the wide-spread roles of this powerful antioxidant in the body. I like to think of coenzyme Q10 as the element your body has plenty of when everything is going just right.  You are young, healthy, your diet is perfect, and you feel vital.  You don’t smoke or

8 Magnesium Health Benefits

Minerals like magnesium are dynamic and powerful factors that can make the difference between sickness and health. Magnesium health benefits are seemingly endless with over 300 known functions in the body. Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms Magnesium deficiency is contributing to most health conditions today. Lack of magnesium creates vague, nagging symptoms, making it go undetected for

Tryptophan Health Benefits Beyond Turkey

When people think of tryptophan, one word mostly comes to mind: turkey.  This is really a funny thing to me.  Tryptophan health benefits are very promising and vast. Let’s explore this substance called tryptophan, which is so much more than a Thanksgiving nap-inducer. Turkey isn’t even in the top 5 high-tryptophan foods. But, it is

How Vitamin K2 Helps Your Health

If you are eating leafy greens and believe you are getting all the vitamin K you need to be healthy…..you are only partly right. Vitamin K2 is a newly discovered and critical nutrient that is often missing in Western diets. Maybe vitamin K is a mystery to you altogether.  If so, it is important to

Becoming an Online Nutritionist: 2 Dynamic Dietitians

I feel so fortunate to have picked the career of nutrition and dietetics for my life’s work, and have met so many fantastic dietitians along the way. For this blog, I wanted to share with you six interview questions with an inspiring dietitian, Michelle Smith, MS, RD, that I met on Facebook Dietitians in Virtual Practice.