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People often use the terms sodium and salt interchangeably. However, they are not the same thing and the misnomer causes confusion (at best) and health problems (at worst). Salt is a molecule made of ~40% sodium and ~60% chloride. This distinction is important because sodium and chloride have some distinct functions in the body. As […]


Potassium is the 3rd most abundant mineral in the body behind calcium and phosphorus, which makes it really important. (Not that the other micronutrients aren’t also important. I’m not showing any favorites here!) There is a lot of information here and it can be kind of confusing because some of the symptoms for too much […]


Since we’ve covered all of the macronutrients, we’re moving onto the micronutrients. And we’re starting with the minerals because so many of us are deficient in them. (Women, especially, are familiar with the need for calcium, but the other minerals are just as important and often lacking as well!) Magnesium makes up ~1% of body […]


With all the news about how uber healthy green vegetables are, it’s clear that we need to be consuming them on a regular basis.  Broccoli and spinach have been touted as two of the healthiest vegetables in the world for a long time.  Kale and Brussels sprouts are the recent sweethearts of health food supporters.  […]


If you were inclined (which I suspect you aren’t) to look up the definition of food (noun, \ˈfüd\) in the on-line Merriam-Webster dictionary, you would get the following: material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy inorganic […]


If you follow nutrition news even a little bit, then you know that the latest and greatest information often seems to contradict previously indisputable facts.  One day eggs are dangerous because of the naturally-occurring cholesterol in the yolk and the next they are a super food touted for protein quality.  One week salt intake is […]



Since I did my first cleanse more than 10 years ago, a smoothie has been my go-to breakfast. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy brunch out and sometimes make a special breakfast at home. But this has become comfort food for me and my body always feels awesome when I have it. Smoothie 1.0 […]


Curious if you should feel guilty after your Christmas dinner? Here’s some good news about all that yummy food… Turkey is almost all protein which is the building block of almost all body tissues.  It is also great source of the amino acid tryptophan (which makes you sleep well) and has selenium (a mineral essential for […]


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