As more states move to make marijuana, along with its byproducts like CBD oil, more readily available, many individuals infer that it is a safe substance. But just because some state governments have ruled in favor of making cannabis available for medical or even recreational use does not mean it’s risk free – for anyone and especially youth and pregnant women.
With all the pregnancy myths and old wives’ tales that have circulated for generations, it’s hard for an expectant mother to know what’s fact from fiction. Cautionary tales abound about what pregnant women can eat, drink, and do – and the confusion that results can have you spinning in circles. We want to put to bed some of the most common pregnancy myths – and share some advice that actually holds true.
Patients come in to see me every week who are trying to seek better paths for their nutrition and physical health, and there’s a new focus on cutting out sugar. This makes sense, especially when you consider that the suggested amount of sugar we’re supposed to eat every day is about 25 grams for women and 36 grams for men, but the average American consumes about 89 grams per day. That’s a lot, isn’t it?! In fact, most sodas contain about 39 grams of sugar. The question I hear the most regarding sugar is whether it’s better to cut sugar out completely or simply reduce the amount of it.
We’ve all been there. Someone makes cookies and brings them to the office to share. Or, it’s someone’s birthday and there’s cake on the conference table. Or, you remember that bag of snack mix you have in your desk drawer and 10 minutes later realize you mindlessly polished off the whole bag. Office snacking can wreak havoc on a diet or healthy lifestyle, but with a little planning, you can avoid harmful cubicle munching.
It’s safe to say that there’s not a person alive who hasn’t, at one time or another, experienced feelings of sadness, loneliness, and for some, depression. But for some people, those feelings absolutely and completely overwhelm them to the point of total despair and hopelessness. This alone would be cause enough for concern – a reason for any loved one witnessing this kind of pain to urge the sufferer to seek help.
Vitamin D has been quite the media star lately. Recent studies have tied vitamin D deficiency to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s, depression, heart health and cancer. Other research suggests a possible link between vitamin D and weight loss. By now, you may be thinking of vitamin D as some sort of wonder vitamin. But before you dash out on a supplement run, here’s a note of caution: More research is needed before the link between vitamin D and these conditions is fully known.
I say this without trying to downplay the importance of vitamin D because the fact is, vitamin D does have proven health benefits.
One of the most common reasons people give for not exercising is lacking the energy and motivation to get up and move. This is not at all surprising. Americans are busier than ever, working longer hours, spending more time taking their kids to and from activities, and spending their days off doing chores around the house.
“Are you getting enough fiber?” Your physician has likely asked you this question if the reason for your doctor visit was related to your digestion or weight. Many times, patients have no idea how to answer that question because they cannot honestly say how much fiber they consume through diet alone. They also typically don’t realize the importance of fiber.
Lemonade, hot dogs, chips, and flavored yogurt. These summertime snacks may sound harmless, but a recent study by the National Institutes of Health shows diets containing ultra-processed foods like these may lead to a larger intake of calories and weight gain, even if the nutritional content of the foods consumed are similar to foods that are minimally processed.
Juice cleanses have had a resurgence of popularity in recent years, with companies selling organic, cold-pressed juice for a cleanse lasting anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. The cleanse usually comes with a promise such as weight loss, detoxification, or better health. But do juice cleanses actually work?