Make the Flu Stop with You

by Tracy Ternes

A healthy diet, adequate sleep, regular exercise and good hygiene are the building blocks of a healthy body. Whether preparing for a possible flu pandemic or simply protecting yourself from a common cold, the following guidelines are your first defense against sickness.

Legumes May Lower Your Risk for Diabetes: New Study Reveals

by Tracy Rohland

According to a January 2008 article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, there are over 20 million people with diabetes in the U.S., equal to seven percent of the population. A recent study by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Shanghai Cancer Institute, suggests that an increased intake of legumes like peanuts and soybeans could reduce the risk of developing Type-2 diabetes by over 40 percent. This is great news for people who have Type-2 diabetes or are in danger of developing it as legumes are a simple and delicious addition to any diet.

NIH Recommended Diet Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

by Tracy Rohland

The latest news on healthy eating is related to the government-recommended DASH diet. DASH: Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, was developed by the U.S. National Institute of Health to lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and improve insulin sensitivity. The diet promotes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk and plant-based protein over meat. Recent studies have shown that people following this diet greatly reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke. The benefits of this type of diet however, do not stop at simply reducing the risk of life-threatening conditions.

Understanding Celiac Disease

by Tracy Rohland

According to a study by the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research, celiac disease potentially affects 1 in every 133 people in the United States and is one of the most under-diagnosed common diseases today. Celiac Disease, or gluten intolerance, is a digestive disorder that damages the small intestine and inhibits the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food. The disease is primarily genetic. Individuals with celiac disease may experience a variety of symptoms.

The Fight Against Heart Disease: A Plant-based Solution

by By Tandis Bishop RD and updated by Sabra Rebo, RD.

Time and again we see news reports on studies that remind us of the health benefits of a plant-based diet in reversing coronary heart disease (CHD). In 2010, a study was published in the World Health Organization’s weekly journal, the Bulletin of the World Health Organization. According to the study, nearly 400,000 people were expected to die of coronary heart disease in the United States in 2010.

Help Prevent the Spread of Flu

While the H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) makes this year’s flu season particularly worrisome, there is good news. According to Hawaii Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo, the rate of non-fatal flu cases in Hawaii — either seasonal or H1N1 — is down from earlier this summer. But, she warns that widespread outbreaks in some Mainland states could easily spread to Hawai'i at any time. To help prevent an outbreak, the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) recommends that everyone get the new H1N1 vaccine as it becomes available.

Important News for Diabetics: Stevia the Natural Sweetener

Stevia is an herbal sweetener that will not raise blood sugar and has been used throughout history for its medicinal properties. There are indications that stevia was used in native beverages since pre Columbian times. However, the first written record was found in the late 1800's in South America. Scientist Dr. Moises Santiago Bertoni wrote, "In placing the smallest particle of a leaf or twig in the mouth, one is surprised at the strange sweetness contained therein. A fragment of the leaf only a few square millimeters in size suffices to keep the mouth sweet for an hour.

Warnings About Pain Remedies

In the not-so-distant past, Aspirin was virtually the only non-prescription pain reliever on the market. It was the solution for anything from headaches and fever to cramping and arthritis. Then acetaminophen and ibuprofen came along to challenge the pain reliever monopoly, giving the world new options for their pains and fevers. These days, there is a new category of pain relievers known as COX-2 inhibitors. These drugs were designed to avoid the gastric bleeding that is a concern with drugs like aspirin.