nutrition what you should know

The best practitioners understand that food is medicine.

In fact, research shows that poor diet contributes heavily to the cardio-metabolic illnesses — heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes — that cause 45% of all US deaths!

We now know about the connections between nutrition and inflammation, intestinal flora, and even the way your genes behave — all key factors in chronic disease and cancer.

Besides your long term health, what you eat and — often more important — what you don’t eat, make a huge difference in how you feel every day. Your food choices affect your hormonal balance, adrenal and thyroid function, and how you gain and lose weight.

The Standard American Diet (SAD) — with loads of simple carbohydrates, protein laced with saturated fats, and skimpy vegetables and fruit — is a recipe for poor health. Most of us like the idea of “eating right” but worry about surrendering the joy of eating to a plateful of sticks, twigs and weird produce.

That’s where we can help. With our information, you’ll learn how to eat (and make) healthy food that tastes good and nourishes your body from the inside out. Exciting new ingredients and recipes will turn your old favorites into wellness-supporting meals that even the pickiest eaters will enjoy.

You’ll be able to feel the difference in days, and will notice more powerful benefits in just weeks. So let’s get started now!

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The Women’s Health Network nutritional and lifestyle guidelines. This popular and easy-to-use guide shows you how to eat for better health and nutrition by using information and common sense to make good food choices every day. Little details make a big difference when it comes to wellness — and weight loss.

4 ways to get enough vitamin D for optimal health, By Dr. Susan E. Brown, PhD. The right amount of vitamin D helps your body defend against depression, heart disease, stroke, cancer and, of course, osteoporosis. But how much do you need every day, and can you even get that amount from food?

Eat safe — six simple ways to enhance the quality of your food. Should you eat that? Food safety is a big issue these days, from pesticides on produce to antibiotics in meat. The challenges of choosing safe, nutritious food continue to grow. Find out more so you can know what to look for at the supermarket.

Should you take a multivitamin every day? If you’re unsure about getting your everyday vitamins and minerals from pills, read more about this form of nutrition to cut through the confusion. See what Harvard University has to say about the issue and find out what to look for in a multivitamin if you decide it’s right for you.

Five Multivitamin myths — should you worry about your vitamins? One minute we're told we all need to take vitamins — the next, that vitamins aren't safe. What's the truth? Women's Health Network sorts fact from fiction about multivitamins for women and the health benefits of vitamins.

5 steps to simplify your healthy eating, by Dr. Amber Hayden, DO. Eating healthier becomes simpler when you start eating foods that are right for you, your lifestyle, your body and your life goals.

Is the food combining diet really best for digestion? by Dr. Amber Hayden, DO. While there’s no evidence that food combining diets actually work, here are my takeaways from the food combining rules that do promote optimal health and digestion.

The dangers of Splenda and other artificial sweeteners. Are you aware of the dangers of Splenda and other popular artificial sweeteners? Here we give you the truth about Splenda, as well as some healthy natural sweetener options to use instead.

Omega-3 fatty acids — essential to health and happiness, reviewed by Dr. Mary James, MD. From conception to old age, every cell in our bodies needs omega-3’s. Learn how omega-3 fatty acids benefit every body system — from the brain to the heart, breast, bones, colon, skin and more, this is one nutrient that can make all the difference to our health, our happiness, and — perhaps best of all — our longevity.

What's the difference between omega-3s, 6s and 9s? Essential fatty acids are keys to good health, but your body cannot make them on its own. Most of us get plenty of certain EFA’s and not enough of others. Learn more about these essential fats so you can understand the differences between them and find.

Tasty Mediterranean diet has it all. Women's Health Network recommends the health-promoting Mediterranean diet.

Antioxidants: what they are and why they are important. You’ve heard the word for years now, but do you really know what antioxidants are? Learn why these tiny little compounds can make a big difference in how you feel and look, and in your overall health.

What is gluten — and why are we so sensitive to it? Gluten contains proteins to which many women may be sensitive without realizing it. Learn more about where gluten comes from, which grains contain it, and some theories for why gluten sensitivity has become a problem for so many.

Is vitamin D deficiency casting a shadow over your health? Some are claiming that vitamin D is a miraculous solution to many health concerns, including depression, heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and others. We’ve used it therapeutically for years. Here’s what you should know.

Health benefits of soy. Learn how to decide whether adding soy foods or supplements to your diet is right for you.

Vitamin D testing and treatment. Information about vitamin D testing for women.

7 healthy food trends and how to make the most of them. It’s wonderful to have new foods to try out, especially if they’re good for you. Do the top trendy health foods live up to their health claims? See for yourself.

Tea time — 10 amazing ways tea helps keep you young. Did you ever wonder if drinking tea is as good for you as everyone says? Women's Health Network answers: yes! And tells you why tea can help support health for a lifetime.

Why you shouldn’t drink soda even if it’s diet. Both regular and diet soda have no nutritional value and cause a lot of health damage leading to weight gain, diabetes, brain issues, heart disease, bone problems and more.

Iron and ferritin — what’s the difference? Getting enough iron from diet and supplements can make a real difference in your health, but how do you sort out the meaning of different tests and their results? This helpful little article can give you some answers.

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