Health

First-rate foods protecting liver health

One of the most fascinating organs in your body is your liver. But do you know how healthy it is? That’s a tough question to answer yet all of us would be wise to protect and preserve this vital organ. Next to your skin, the liver is the second largest organ in your body. Weighing…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Feb 17, 2020

Prioritizing the 3 pillars of wellness

Look up the definition of ‘wellness’ and there’s plenty to choose from.  “Making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life;” “Necessary to live a higher quality of life;” or “The quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort,” are all good examples depicting the essence of…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Feb 3, 2020

This is what the inside of a health-promoting refrigerator looks like

Before reading any further, get up, open your refrigerator and take a look inside. What did you see? A peek inside your refrigerator can be a revealing look at how well your health goals are being met. Is it clean, well-organized and stocked with plenty of healthy foods? Or is it more of a disarray…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 17, 2020

Hydration still important during cold weather

Just because cold temperatures have arrived doesn’t mean keeping hydrated should be an afterthought. In fact, hydration is just as important in cold winter months as it is during hot, humid summer days. Likely you’re not breaking out in a noticeable sweat on a frosty winter day, but drinking a sufficient amount of water still…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 2, 2020

Crazy for cranberries all year long

The Holidays are here and for Americans, cranberries will be front and center next to the Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham on dinner tables across the nation. Seeing beautifully displayed bags of cranberries in grocery stores this time of year, is a cherished reminder of this special season.  For being a top antioxidant-rich food, it’s…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Dec 12, 2019
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Stress less, enjoy more this holiday season

Decorate the house, buy gifts, wrap gifts, address holiday cards, make holiday treats, host a party, go to parties, attend children’s school holiday events….and the list goes on.  Ever feel a bit stressed out this time of year? Relax.  We all do.  Yes, it’s a wonderful time of year but the pressure to make it…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Dec 10, 2019

Fitting healthy fats into your diet

Healthy fats; is there such a thing? Yes, and fitting them into a healthy eating plan is a smart way to improve your overall health and well-being. However, if there are “healthy” fats then there must be “unhealthy’ fats we need to limit. That is correct. But, how do you make the distinction between what…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Nov 5, 2019

5 spices to spice up your health

Did you know your spice rack is really your medicine cabinet? One look and you’ll be staring at some of the most powerful and effective secret weapons known for fighting inflammation, heart disease, cancer, and more. These aromatic substances used for flavoring food, have an impressive array of health potential.  Before automatically shaking salt or…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 15, 2019

Foods helping you “C” better

As a nation, we are aging – fast.  So fast that it is predicted1 that the number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to nearly double from 52 million in 2018 to 95 million by 2060, and the 65-and-older age group’s share of the total population will rise from 16 percent to 23…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 1, 2019

Are you under-consuming these key nutrients?

Let’s start with what many Americans over consume each day – excess sodium, unhealthy fats, and an abundance of overly sugary carbohydrates.  This barrage of overabundance over time can be a major detriment to our health. But what about nutrients we under consume also setting the stage for future health problems?  Scientists with the National…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Sep 16, 2019