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…

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…

September is Healthy Aging Month

September is Healthy Aging Month – a great time for people of all ages to re-evaluate how they are taking care of their bodies and minds. As we age, it’s natural to become more concerned about our health. The good news is there are several steps we can all take to maintain better health, such…

Tips for a healthy heart

Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death in Americans, according to the Center for Disease Control? It is important to maintain good cardiovascular health. Check out these tips: Get a pet. A recent study from the American Heart Association found owning a pet, particularly a dog, may reduce your risk for…

Hot Nutrition Tips (Part 2)

Nutrition has never been so hot. According to Elizabeth Somer, registered dietitian and author of “Eat Your Way to Sexy,” recent research has enhanced the field of nutrition. From vitamins to oats, check out some more of the recent findings. Read about the first four discoveries here. Hot Discovery #5: Omega-3s for mood, mind, and…

The difference between good and bad fats

It’s often said that Americans consume too much bad fat and not enough good fat. So, how can you tell which is which? The Bad Fats Saturated fatty acids are found mainly in animal sources such as meat, poultry and butter. Trans fatty acids are found in vegetable shortening, some margarine, snack foods, cookies and…

Four Dimensions of Brain Health

The four dimensions of brain health are the lifestyle factors that may help to improve overall brain health. By focusing on four key areas: diet, physical health, social well-being and mental engagement, you can help to support brain health and function throughout life. Diet Your brain — and the foods you feed it — plays…

Building Beautiful Minds

The Wall Street Journal recently published a story on the popularity and benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. The article highlights the DOLAB study, recently published in the journal PLOS One, which found DHA may help to improve reading and behavior in underperforming children ages 7-9. Brain health experts advise parents to include DHA supplements or…