The One Vitamin You Are Low In

  By: Elizabeth Somer, M.A.,R.D. Unless you’re supplementing daily with vitamin D, it’s likely you are deficient and don’t even know it. Up to three in every four people tested are low in this vitamin. What’s the risk? Until recently, vitamin D’s sole job was to support calcium absorption and deposition into bone, thus lowering osteoporosis…

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…

Eat Right: Spicy Thai ‘em Up Sweet Potato Soup

This warming, spicy soup,from Eat Your Way to Sexy by Elizabeth Somer, features nutritional powerhouse sweet potatoes, which contain vitamins B6, C and D and iron, magnesium, potassium and carotenoids. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup chopped yellow onion 10 cups sweet potato (peeled and cubed, approximately 3 1 /2 to 4 pounds of whole potato)…

Brain Quiz: Myth vs. Truth

Take the quiz below to test your knowledge of these common brain myths and truths. 1. Can adult brains grow or change? A. Yes B. No   2. Is memory loss a sure sign of Alzheimer’s disease decades later? A. Yes B. No   3. Does physical exercise benefit the brain and make it grow…

Tips to Help Improve Your Memory

Are you great with faces but bad with names? Do you have to write everything down or risk forgetting what errands need to be run today? You’re in the right spot. Nelson Dellis, a professional memory consultant, was an everyday guy who became interested in techniques to improve his memory. He is now the two-time…

Fitness Tips From a Pro

Ernestine Shepherd is the world’s oldest female body builder, at a young 75 years old. Ernestine says it takes determination, dedication and discipline to be fit, and that getting fit can happen at any age.                           Here are three of her favorite exercises:…

Three Ways to Support Your Mental Health in May

David Perlmutter, MD, a neurologist and fellow of the American College of Nutrition, says that it’s very important to exercise your brain each day to keep your mind engaged. Keep your mind active by engaging in brain-healthy activities such as these, suggested by Dr. Perlmutter: Stay curious by learning new activities and skills, and even…

The Good Kind of Fat to Eat

You have probably heard that omega-3s are good for you, particularly the omega-3 fat DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Surprisingly, despite all of the reported health benefits of DHA, the American population is not getting enough of this important nutrient. To understand this healthy fat better, nutrition and wellness expert, Monica Bearden, answers some common questions. Why…

Foods That Boost Your Mood

Food does more than just energize the body – the right foods play a vital role in determining your mood by giving your brain the fuel it needs to run. We all know April showers bring May flowers, but sometimes that just isn’t quick enough. Here are tips from Elizabeth Somer, M.A. and Registered Dietitian,…