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When Inflammation Goes Bad

When body tissue is invaded by harmful foreign substances like bacteria and viruses, the immune system automatically sends white blood cells to the scene, where these cells then release chemicals to counter the foreign invaders. This natural “inflammatory response,” which causes the site of infection to get red, hot, and swollen, encourages healing.

How to Dine Out and Stay Healthy

Over the last several years, researchers with New York City’s Health Department decided to find out just how much sodium is contained in an average fast-food meal. To do this, they measured the sodium content of 6,500 (!) fast-food meals.

Does Nutrition Info Listed in Restaurant Menus Matter?

One fast-food chain in the state of Washington recently announced that-for an entire year-it had been posting inside its menus the nutrition facts about its meals. And yet its customers never seemed to blink an eye-hardly anyone changed their eating habits significantly. Are we Americans just not interested in what we’re eating?

Are You Getting Enough Probiotics?

Probiotics are the “good” or “healthy” bacteria that live in our gut and keep our gastrointestinal tract in optimal health. It’s estimated that this nice mix of microflora growing in our intestines amounts to some 100 trillion bacteria–10 times more than the 10 trillion total cells making up our bodies.

Are Protein Powders Made From Vegetables Recommended?

In my clinical nutrition practice, when a client needs a protein-powder supplement, I generally recommend whey protein isolate powder, even though it’s made from an animal source. I like the fact that whey protein contains all nine amino acids that our bodies must have to produce all the different proteins we need to function. Whey protein is also easily absorbed and used by the body, even after surgery or other stressful events.

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