Your Brain Health Nutrition Guide: What You Should Know

by Tori Schmitt, MS, RDN, LD Your brain: it helps command everything you do. It powers digestion, circulation, breathing and thinking. It controls your body movements and emotions. Parts of your brain and nervous system help release chemical messengers that give you signals that it is time to eat, that you are thirsty, that you are…

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…

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…

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)…

The Role of Nutrition in Heart Health (Infographic)

83 Million Americans are living with heart disease or the after-effects of stroke. The numbers are scary, but we can do our part to help improve them by making simple lifestyle changes and focusing on heart-healthy nutrition – specifically omega-3 fatty acids, oat beta-glucan and vitamin D. Click on the infographic below to expand it and…

A Heart-Healthy Message from Santa and Mrs. Claus

Two of the most beloved holiday icons are leveraging their celebrity this season to bring attention to heart disease – the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. Mrs. Claus is inviting American families to join her in making the same, heart-healthy lifestyle changes she and Santa are taking on this year to raise…

Eat Right: Chocolate Espresso Tofu Mousse

What could be better than satisfying your sweet tooth while getting a boost of nutrients and protein at the same time? Indulge guilt-free (in moderation, of course) in this rich and flavorful chocolate espresso tofu mousse from www.youbeauty.com.  “Dark chocolate contains antioxidants, flavonols and iron – all wonderful nutrients for the whole body,” says Dr. Michael Roizen, co-founder of YouBeauty.com…

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…

Helping Children Get Proper Nutrients

Getting kids to eat properly is difficult, especially with so many tempting, quick options that may not provide them with the proper nutrients we all know they require. A recent study, the DHA Oxford Learning and Behavior (DOLAB) study, found nutrition had a positive effect on learning in underperforming children. The children who were supplemented…