Did You Know...Your Vitamins May Need a Boost?

Many people are not aware that there are two types of vitamins, at least in regards to absorption. The first group is water-soluble vitamins. They’re called “water-soluble” because they only require water to be absorbed and transported. Since our body has plenty of water, absorption isn’t usually a problem. The group of water-soluble vitamins includes all the B vitamins (B1/thiamin, B2/riboflavin, B3/niacin, B6, folate, B12), vitamin C, and several more. They’re essential, but that’s not what this post is about. The second group of vitamins is said to be “fat-soluble”. As you may have guessed, they require more than water to be absorbed – they require fat. Fat molecules act as helpers for th

Debunking – and Validating – the Alkaline Diet

Gwyneth Paltrow does it. So do Jennifer Aniston, Victoria Beckham, and Jared Leto. Tom Brady does as well. The trend of eating foods with a high pH (more “basic”) and avoiding foods that are acidic is commonly known as the “Alkaline Diet.” Does it work? As usual, it’s complicated. First of all, let’s have a quick review of terms like pH, acids, and bases. “pH” refers to “potential of hydrogen” in an aqueous (watery) substance. If that substance is 0-7, it is said to be acidic. If it’s exactly 7, it’s neutral. If it’s 7-14, it’s considered to be basic. The major claim of this diet approach is that by eating foods with a high pH your body, particularly your blood, will avoid becoming too acidi

Don’t Feed Feelings; Not Yours, Not Your Children’s

There’s never a shortage of stress in our lives. I’ve heard people refer to “modern” life being stressful relative to how things used to be, but I think the truth is life has gotten more complex, not more stressful. I’ve never had to hunt food for my own survival – that would be stressful. Modern hunters simply come home and open the refrigerator if they return empty-handed. This highlights a stark contrast from our past. Food is more plentiful, and available, than ever. Our ancestors ate to survive. We, of course, need food to survive as well, but the abundance of it means it can now play other roles in our lifestyle. Food now can serve as a means to cope with stress and related feelings su

The Snowball Effect of Aging on Metabolism, and What To Do About It

If you’re a client of mine you’ve probably heard me talk about this topic before, but it’s a process I see so many people go through. An unfortunate byproduct of aging is muscle loss. Another unfortunate reality is that your metabolism drops. Is there a connection? Absolutely. Muscle is highly metabolically active, more so than fat tissue. If you lose it, your metabolic rate suffers. If someone is a passive, sedentary spectator to the aging process, here’s what typically happens: First, you start gradually losing muscle tissue, lowering your metabolic rate. Eating habits don’t change, and that combined with a sedentary lifestyle leads to accumulation of body fat. As body fat stores increase,

Trying to Just “Stop It”

We all encounter behaviors and patterns in our lives that, at some point, we try to change. It could be eating better, but it could also be quitting smoking, decreasing frivolous spending, or something else. Sometimes those changes are difficult enough that consulting a professional in the field is necessary. That’s where I come in, or in other instances a therapist, doctor, or maybe a financial advisor. Change is hard, and I’ve found one of the most difficult changes to make is to change your own behavior. That’s why having a strategy is essential. It’s also important to understand that the first approach you take may not always work, and that’s okay. You can and should learn from it and im

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