We often think of inflammation as the pain, swelling and stiffness associated with post-workout soreness or conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. But the causes of inflammation are not always as obvious. Chronic inflammation at the cellular level can be linked to a host of serious health problems.
Potatoes have long been unjustly handed a bad reputation due to their high carbohydrate content. They’re actually an extremely healthy food, packed with many important nutrients. And it’s hard to get bored with them because there are so many types and varieties, all unique in their own way.
I usually try to look at both sides of any debate, I really do, especially when it comes to my field of expertise as a dietitian. With regards to the Paleo diet, I recognize that it’s not the worst way to eat. Yet, I still have trouble with the approach and can’t get behind a regimen that excludes so many healthy foods, including dairy, beans, and grains – some of my favorite dishes.
I’d like to retire the word “superfood.” I don’t think a select few fruits and vegetables are the end-all and be-all of healthy eating. This is not to say that items like kale or blueberries aren’t especially healthful. But choosing a variety of whole plant foods as part of a balanced diet is much more important.
Concerns about mercury and other pollutants prevent some consumers from eating fish. Yet, scientific evidence consistently suggests that the advantages of seafood surpass the risks. Fish is an excellent source of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, and provides many important health benefits. In fact, it is likely you are not getting enough fish in your diet.
You’ve heard all about how important physical activity is, not just for weight control but for many other aspects of good health. Perhaps you’ve tried to exercise regularly or at least walk more often. So why would you want some sort of monitor to track your every move? That’s what I used to think. But now, for myself and for many of my patients, I know the benefits.