Melatonin: So Much More Than A Sleep Aid
Nov18

Melatonin: So Much More Than A Sleep Aid

Here’s a riddle for you: Why do blind women get breast cancer at about half the rate that sighted women do? We think it has to do with two things: light, and a hormone called melatonin. Most people who have heard of melatonin know it as a supplement that can help with sleep (which it definitely can). And it’s great for jet lag. But the melatonin story is a lot more interesting– and complicated– than its ability...

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My Single Biggest Challenge
May13

My Single Biggest Challenge

If I had to pick the single biggest challenge I have as a health educator, it would be this: Getting people to look beyond the headlines. (Omega-3’s cause prostate cancer! Saturated fat causes heart disease! Vegetable oils are “good for us”!) Looking deeper doesn’t come naturally to us—we’re a sound bite society with a short attention span and a lot of demands on our time. But to really understand anything—and that includes our...

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Does it Really Cost More to Eat Healthy?
Mar20

Does it Really Cost More to Eat Healthy?

I want to talk to you about two subjects virtually everyone is interested in: food and money. Specifically, I want to address the frequently heard complaint that it costs much more to eat healthy. Don’t worry—I’m not going to give you a lecture about how much broccoli you could eat for the price of a Big Mac, or how, if you were really inventive, you could make a four course nutrient dense meal for the price of two large bags of...

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You’re Probably Not Getting Enough of This Critical Nutrient…
Mar10

You’re Probably Not Getting Enough of This Critical Nutrient…

I’m often asked by magazines to compile lists of the most important supplements to take on a regular basis. One supplement that always makes the cut—no matter what—is magnesium, and here’s why. First of all, magnesium deficiency can affect virtually every single organ system in the body. It’s involved in more than 300 enzyme reactions in the body, including fat, protein, and glucose metabolism, muscle and membrane transport, and...

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The Science Alkaline Water Companies Don’t Want You To Know About
Feb14

The Science Alkaline Water Companies Don’t Want You To Know About

This is a guest blog by my friend, fitness expert and strength coach Jiini Cicero, BS, CSCS.  I have a reputation at my gym for being a myth-buster. Not a week goes by that a client doesn’t ask me whether a particular “muscle-enhancing” supplement is legit (usually not) or how many studies support creatine’s efficacy (a good many, actually). I admit: sometimes I have to research these queries. Such was the case when a long-time client...

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