Is Enriched Flour Really That Bad?

enriched-flour-badby Holly Klamer December 19, 2014

Enriched flour can be another name for all purpose flour, or better known as white flour. A lot of people prefer the taste and texture of white flour products: white bread, cookies, doughnuts and many packaged cereals and other snacks. White flour is stripped of many natural nutrients, but they are enriched with some vitamins and minerals that have been lost on the process. The USDA recommends eating at least half of all grain products […]

Benefits of Eating Organic Food

benefits-of-organic-foodby Holly Klamer December 17, 2014

Organic food is becoming more in demand, and many people associate organic as being healthy. There is some debate about whether organic food is healthier than conventional food, and many people have strong views one way or the other. The most common benefits associated with organic food is that it is lower in pesticides, better for the environment and more nutritious compared to conventional produced food. Here is a look at the potential benefits of […]

How to Set New Year’s Resolutions You will Stick With

New Year's Resolutionsby Holly Klamer December 15, 2014

According to data from the University of Scranton, about 45% of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions. Of the number of people who make resolutions, only 8% of people are successful in achieving them. Why is the success rate for New Year’s resolutions so low? There are many reasons people don’t achieve their goals. A big factor is the sharp decline of sticking to new habits after the initial first few weeks. In order for […]

6 proven health benefits of garlic

benefits-of-garlicby Holly Klamer December 12, 2014

Garlic has been used for centuries for its proposed health benefits. Garlic can positively affect heart health, boost immune function, possibly protect against certain cancers, provide a source of antioxidants, may have digestive health benefits and health benefits during pregnancy. Here is a closer look at health claims for garlic and research behind these claims. Heart health Garlic can help lower the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol build up in arteries. A 2006 […]

What is the Ketosis Diet and Does it Work?

does-ketosis-diet-workby Holly Klamer December 10, 2014

A ketosis diet is very low in carbohydrates, moderate in protein and high in fat. A ketosis diet contains about 50 grams of carbohydrates daily, and general guidelines for carbohydrate intake are over 100 grams per day. Ketosis diet is very restrictive diet and takes a lot of planning and dedication to follow. It is something similar to the Atkins diet. The ketogenic diet has been around since the 1920’s. However, some question the safety […]

7 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress

reduce-holiday-stressby Holly Klamer December 8, 2014

The holidays can be a treasured time for many, but sometimes the business and chaos associated with the holidays makes it feel more stressful than it should. Stress anytime of the year can have negative effects on your body because stress can release hormones in the body that impact metabolism. Holiday stress can also make us lose focus of the reason we are celebrating and bring up depression or bitterness in some people. Here are […]

Peanut Butter VS Almond Butter

peanut-butter-vs-almond-butterby Holly Klamer December 5, 2014

Most people grew up eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and peanut butter is a loved food for many. Almond butter has been growing in popularity lately, but is there a reason to switch from peanut butter to almond butter? Of course some people have taste preferences for either almond or peanut butter, but are there other reasons to choose one over the other? There are health benefits to both nut butters, but there are […]

How Much Protein Do You Need Per Day?

how-much-protein-per-dayby Holly Klamer December 3, 2014

Protein is one of those nutrients most Americans don’t have to worry about getting enough of. Certain populations do have an increased protein need, but if eating a healthy diet can still adequately fill their protein needs easily with diet. Proteins have many functions in the body including metabolism, immunity, fluid balance, make enzymes, hormones and pH balance. Protein does provide energy, but the body doesn’t depend on it as a primary fuel source. Here […]