Drug interactions with foods, grapefruit

Be aware of potential food and drug interactions

By Helaine Krasner MS, RDN, CDN Many people are not aware that the safety and effectiveness of certain medications can be impacted not only by when they are taken but what they are taken with. Certain food components can either decrease absorption, thus decreasing effectiveness of a medication, or can affect how easily the body…

cooking with essential oils

Spice up your cooking with essential oils

By Linda Folken, RDN, CDN, CHC-ACE While cooking methods often depend on diet and personal preferences, there are several benefits to using essential oils in cooking. Not only will essential oils provide any meal with a powerful flavor, but they also provide a natural way to flavor food and can offer convenience when fresh ingredients…

B Vitamins

Four of the B vitamins: thiamine, biotin, folate and cobalamin

By Daphne Baldwin Kornrich, MS, RDN, CSOWM There are eight water-soluble B vitamins that do not provide energy, thus do not have calories, but act as cofactors and coenzymes in the release of energy from food. The B vitamins are: Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), Pantothenic Acid (B5), Pyridoxine (B6), Biotin (B7), Folate/Folic acid…

exercise for breast cancer survivors

The benefits of exercise for breast cancer survivors

By Barbara Broggelwirth, RDN, CDN Over the past two decades, exercise-oncology research, particularly with breast cancer, has made great strides and revealed very positive results. The research confirms that “exercise plays a vital role in improving cardiopulmonary function, psychological events, muscular strength, and endurance in breast cancer survivors” (1).

carbohydrates

Swapping carbs

By Daphne Baldwin Kornrich, MS, RDN, CSOWM, CDN Why are carbs so complicated? Carbohydrates are an essential macronutrient and are vital for our bodies to perform. Carbohydrates provide the necessary fuel for our bodies and minds to function. We could not survive very long without carbohydrates. When most people think of carbohydrates they think of…

Pilates Reformer

By Danielle Johnson, RDN, CDN Pilates is a physical fitness system whose benefits include improved flexibility, increased muscle strength (specifically abdominal, low back, hips, butt – AKA the core muscles), and improved balance/stability. Pilates focuses on using intense concentration during exercises that are performed in slow, small sets and can be modified for any persons…