Category Archives: nutrition

Can Pinterest Help You Lose Weight In A Healthful Way?

Cynthia SassHere’s an enlightened body image blog entry.  In this week’s Shape weight loss column, Cynthia Sass, RD, author of S.A.S.S! Your Self Slim, talks about dietsporational boards on Pinterest.

In Pinterest Dietspo: Motivational or Menancing?, she writes:

In addition to being a whole lot of fun, when kept in balance (I know, easier said than done!), I think Pinterest can be a great tool for supporting a healthy lifestyle, as I wrote about in a previous post How Pinterest Can Help You Lose Weight. But many of the dietspo or dietsporational boards really bum me out. Rather than viewing nutrition as a means of restriction or deprivation, I look at it as a strategy that allows me to feel well, have energy, nourish my body, manage stress, look better (hair, skin, etc.), sleep well, and be healthy, both physically and emotionally, and I want my clients to feel the same. That’s why pins like ‘nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’ make me sad.>>> Read more here.

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What a Relief! Constipation-Causing Vitamins Aren’t So Needed During Pregnancy

 

Iron supplements

Fewer iron supplements during pregnancy work just as well for preventing anemia, according to a new Cochrane review. This is nice news for pregnant women, who very often experience uncomfortable side effects such as nausea and constipation when they follow the recommendation to take the prenatal supplements everyday.

Lack of iron can cause anemia in pregnant women, potentially increasing the risk of complications at delivery. It may also be harmful to their babies, through increased risk of low birth weight and even delayed growth and development later in life. The researchers analyzed data from 18 trials involving a total of 4,072 pregnant women who took iron supplements alone, with folic acid or with multi-vitamin and mineral supplements. According to the results, women who took iron supplements once, twice or three times a week on non-consecutive days were no more likely to suffer from anemia by the end of their pregnancies than those who took them daily, and their babies were no more likely to be born early or have a low birth weight. See the study details

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Can a healthful diet help prevent sunburn?

Integrative Therapies for Healthy Summer SportsI’m not giving up my SPF 50 anytime soon, but I love the idea of enhancing my skin’s ability to protect itself by eating right. The recent Natural Standard eNewsletter highlights nutrients in food that can help the body produce melanin to protect the skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Sunburn may occur when the amount of sun or ultraviolet (UV) light exposure exceeds the ability of the body’s pigment called melanin to protect the skin. Many integrative therapies have been studied for their potential to protect the skin against such exposure.

Lycopene in combination with other carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, selenium and proanthocyanidins, may help in reducing sunburn. Carotenoids are highly pigmented (red, orange, yellow), fat-soluble compounds naturally present in many fruits, grains, oils and vegetables (green plants, carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, spinach, etc). Selected protective effects from UV rays have been observed in small, short-term studies. (more)

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10 Reasons to Love Integrative Medicine

10 Reasons Integrative Medicine Rocks!

From the American College for the Advancement in Medicine:

Why We Love Integrative Medicine

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Study: Soda pop rots your brain

Get the details from the fantastic site and health tool, PillAdvised:

Attention, college students cramming between midterms and finals: Binging on soda and sweets for as little as six weeks may make you stupid.

A new study from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) shows how a diet with high-fructose corn syrup slows the brain, hampering memory and learning…(more)

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Toxins on Shoes & Other Environmental Exposures to Avoid

Note to self: Be more strict about taking off my shoes as soon as I get home!

Thanks to Jeffrey Bland for passing on this information about new guidelines regarding environmental exposure risk by researchers at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. You can read about flea and tick collars and other sources of common environmental toxins here, or watch this slideshow.

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