What is Gastritis? Symptoms, Causes, & Treatment

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Gastritis is inflammation of the stomach. The cause, symptom, severity, and duration fluctuate on a case by case basis. The majority of cases are caused by the bacterium helicobacter pylori, which is estimated to infect 50% of the world’s population. This makes chronic gastritis an extremely frequent affliction. Here we will take a closer look … Read more

What is Diverticulitis? Symptoms, Causes, & Treatment

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Diverticula are small protruding pouches that can form in the lining of your digestive system. They most commonly form in the lower regions of the large intestine, especially after age 40, although they rarely present any problems. In certain occasions one or more of these pouches can become infected or inflamed in a condition referred … Read more

Raw Butter Benefits

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Most dairy products we see in stores today have been pasteurized, but what exactly does that mean? Pasteurization is the process in which a substance is heated to eliminate potential pathogens and increase shelf life. The problem with applying this to dairy products is that it also eliminates beneficial bacteria and destroys enzymes and vitamins. … Read more

DASH diet vs Mediterranean Diet: Which is Better?

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Of all the healthy diet plans out there, there are two that are probably the most-researched: the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) and the Mediterranean diet. Both of these diets have been shown to have significant health benefits, and aspects of each inform some of the most common recommendations made by dietitians, physicians, and … Read more

Nutrition for Athletes

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Top athletic performance requires talent, training, and plenty of fuel. Proper nutrition is essential for athletes, but what that looks like can sometimes seem elusive or mysterious. So what can an athlete do to optimize their diet in order to achieve their performance goals? Essential Nutrients for Athletes The nutrients that are essential for athletes … Read more

Nutrition and Mental Health

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It has been understood for a long time that poor nutrition is a major risk factor for non-communicable diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and others. What we are just starting to realize is that the very same unhealthy habits that are harmful to our physical health can also affect our mental health … Read more

Why Is Nutrition Important?

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Messages about nutrition and the latest diets are everywhere. With all the attention devoted to discussing nutrition, it seems like it must be pretty important. But why? What can nutrition do for us that is worth all the hype? Nutrition is Important in Each Phase of Life Nutrition is crucial for the growth and development … Read more

How to Read Nutrition Labels Like a Dietitian

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Imagine you’re in the grocery store, and a package of something catches your eye. Maybe it’s a new brand of a product you use regularly or a delicious-looking new product from a brand you like. Maybe it’s an ingredient for a recipe you want to try that you’ve never purchased before. Maybe your child just … Read more