The World Health Organization (WHO) is planning a review of the potential risks of plastic in bottled drinking water after researchers uncovered particles in many major brands. Currently, there is no research to show that microplastics can undermine health, but the WHO says it wants to find out if a lifetime of ingesting these tiny particles might have an effect.
The review comes after a study that screened more than 250 bottles of water from 11 different brands in 9 countries. They found that more than 90% contained tiny pieces of plastics and on average there were 325 pieces of plastics per liter. Continue reading “What’s In Your Water?”
There is something about spring that often makes people want to detox. Perhaps it’s the desire to reboot or recharge after a long, sluggish winter. While doing a detox can feel like a fresh start, we don’t need a particular time of year to help our bodies clear toxins. In fact, it is very important that we are detoxifying on a regular basis, and that we are continually making dietary and lifestyle choices that reduce our toxin load.
Sadly, toxins are everywhere and they cause cumulative damage. Every source of exposure adds up and can harm every aspect of our health. Continue reading “5 Ways to Reduce Your Toxin Load”
A fellow hockey mom introduced me to sheet pan meals. It sounded too good to be true. A healthy meal with things in your pantry in 30 minutes?! Well, not only is it true, my first attempt at it was delicious and sheet pan dinners have quickly become a much requested meal from everyone!
Roasting, broiling, and baking are nutritious ways to cook too, enhancing foods’ flavors while locking in nutrients that cooking methods such as boiling leach out. And for a busy, busy family, being able to have a healthy homemade meal In 30 minutes or less, with minimal cleanup makes this recipe a winner. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Sheet Pan Chicken with Vegetables”
In our next installment of Vitamins and Minerals from A to Zinc, we hit on vitamin K. Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that can be found in the diet and is also made by bacteria. The naturally occurring forms of vitamin K are phylloquinone (K1), found in plants, and menaquinones (K2 or MK), which are mostly made by bacteria living in the intestine.
Vitamin K is very sensitive to heat and light and is easily destroyed by these conditions. Unfortunately, this could mean many people miss out on this vitamin simply because they overcook their food.
There is a risk of vitamin K deficiency with any condition that impairs fat absorption, Continue reading “Vitamin K”
It is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme “Go Further Food” was chosen because what you eat and how you eat can make a huge difference. Whether it’s starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, choosing the right foods can make you go further! The theme also has an environmental perspective. Preparing foods to go further at home and within the community can have a positive impact by helping reduce food loss and waste.
So what can you do? Many Americans, when asked, put eating healthy and getting healthy at the top of their list of priorities. Continue reading “National Nutrition Month: Go Further With Food”