Let Your Age Shine with These 4 Nutrients

by Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D. The belief that aging is inevitable is in many cases a myth. It is not age per se, but years of abuse that wear down our bodies. (1) Many aspects of aging can be slowed or avoided – from wrinkles and age-related health conditions to middle-age spread and even to…

5 tips to help you age healthier

Are the foods on your plate helping you stay healthy through the years? We know what foods are ‘good’ for us, but did you know that what’s on your plate today could affect the way you age? A recent study, by DSM and Groningen University, looked at why some populations age healthier than others. The…

Common Misconceptions about Supplements

In our last article, we talked about the difficulties of meeting recommended guidelines for essential nutrients. “Even if you follow a healthy diet, a busy lifestyle can make it difficult to obtain the recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals from food alone,” says Elizabeth Somer, a leading registered dietitian and author of several books, including…

Making the nutritional grade

As we enter 2016, many of us are thinking about our health and nutrition. After the indulgences of the holiday season, it’s time to take a closer look at what’s on our plate. When it comes to getting essential nutrients through food, it’s not enough to add the right foods to your menu, you also need…

Four Lifestyle Factors that Affect Brain Health

What’s the most important thing we can do to maintain brain health as we age? According to a new study, it’s not one thing but a combination of several things that may help slow cognitive decline in older adults. A recent study was done over three years with nearly 1,700 older adults who had mildmemory…

How to protect your eyes year-round

As the temperatures cool down (goodbye summer, see you next year!), the sun may be shining a little less brightly, but that doesn’t mean you should pack your shades away. Maintaining healthy eyes and vision is a year-round job. 5 ways to keep your eyes healthy throughout the year: Wear sunglasses: Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet…

New Year, New You: How to stay with your nutrition goals

If you’ve made a resolution to live a healthier life in 2014, congratulations! We all know how important exercise and healthy diets are, but it can be difficult to stick with them. A lifestyle change is often more effective than any single action. Why not use the four dimensions of brain health as your basis…

Step into the New Year with a smile

Being happy is almost a universal goal for everyone. Why not start 2014 off on the right note – with a big smile? Majid Fotuhi, MD, PhD and author of Boost Your Brain: The New Art and Science Behind Enhanced Brain Performance has nine brain health tips to help you be happy: Get a check…

Nutrition Tips for Expecting Moms

Nutrition plays a major role in the health of expectant mothers and their babies prior to and throughout pregnancy. It is important to focus on real foods to ensure you are getting the proper nutrition to help your baby grow and develop. Colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nonfat milk are staples in…

What Nutrients are Important for Eye Health?

What’s good for your heart and brain is good for your eyes – especially when it comes to nutrition. The connections aren’t too surprising – your eyes rely on tiny arteries for oxygen and nutrients just like your brain does, and your heart relies on much larger arteries. Keeping all those arteries healthy can help…

Eat Healthy Without Breaking the Bank

Registered dietitian Elizabeth Somer has some great tips to eat healthy without breaking the bank on groceries. Her advice recently appeared on MainStreet.com and we’ve shared some highlights below: Blueberries: Blueberries are high in antioxidants and vitamin C and are readily available frozen, making them an easy addition to a smoothie. Walnuts: Walnuts are chock…

The benefits of omega-3s for infants

A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition highlights the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, particularly DHA, for infants. Researchers found higher intakes of DHA during pregnancy were associated with longer gestation duration and birth size. DHA omega-3 is considered one of most important nutrients for babies, along with folic acid and…