Treadmill vs. Elliptical: Which is a better fit for you?

Many people ask me which cardio exercise is best for them. To answer this question, I think it’s important to take many things into account, and the following are just a few things to consider: What are your goals? Are you trying to lose weight, build muscle, improve cardiovascular health, etc? Do you have any injuries or physical limitations? What do you enjoy the most? What exercises a...
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Protein: Updates on Recommended Levels and Timing of Intakes

In the latest issue of my Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Newsletter, I read in interesting article with some updates to the current protein recommendations. To start, it is important to understand that one of the main functions of protein in the body is to build and maintain muscle mass.  Without adequate protein each day, we will begin to lose muscle which ultimately will lead ...
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New Research: Omega 3′s May Protect Against Osteoathritis

In September, I wrote a post on using an anti-inflammatory diet to improve health and reduce joint pain and stiffness associated with arthritis.  Incorporating omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish, flaxseed, walnuts, etc.) has been known to be a key component of an anti-inflammatory diet for some time, and has been recommended for joint health. Yesterday, there was an interesting article in Scie...
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Anti-inflammatory Diet: A Natural Way to Improve Health and Reduce Joint Pain & Stiffness

Inflammation is part of our body’s natural healing process and is necessary to help us recover from an injury or an illness.  Normally our body turns off the inflammatory response when our wound is healed or we recover from an infection.  However, when our inflammatory response does not get turned off properly, it can lead to a state of chronic inflammation which can be very destructive.  In ...
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Vitamin D Recommendations Increased

For years, there has been debate as to how much Vitamin D is needed in the diet to prevent deficiencies, and recently the recommended levels were officially increased.  The following chart reflects the recent changes: Age Group Previous Recommendation New Recommendation 1-50 years 200 IU 600 IU 51-70 year 400 IU 600 IU 71 years and up 600 IU 800 IU Tolerable ...
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Do EasyTone Shoes Really Make it Easier to Tone?

There is a lot of buzz about the new toning shoes like the Sketcher’s Shape-Ups and Rebock’s EasyTone Shoes.  After all, who wouldn’t want to wear shoes that “burn more calories, tone muscles, improve posture and reduce joint stress”?  Can these shoes really “tone your butt up to 28 percent more than regular sneakers just by walking”, or are these claims too good to be true? It ...
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American Children are Deficient in Vitamin D

Topping the health news today was another study that found that many Americans are not getting enough Vitamin D.  This is not a new finding.  In fact, I wrote on this very topic two times before (see my posts on "Vitamin D & Bone Health" and "Today Show Talks about Vitamin D").  The interesting thing about this study is that it was done on children, and it found that 70% of children are not...
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Got Milk Questions?

Milk labels can be very confusing, so today I'm going to try to clarify some of the common misconceptions with milk.  The following are the answers to some questions my patients frequently ask: What is the difference between Fat-Free Milk and Skim Milk?  There is no difference.  Skim, fat-free and non-fat milk are all terms used to describe milk that has 0% fat. Whole milk is often labele...
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Vitmain C May Prevent Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by too much uric acid in the body.  In December, I wrote about how Diet Can Help Manage Gout.  One dietary treatment mentioned is that vitamin C may be able to help in the prevention or treat of this disease, and a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine this week provides more evidence to support this. Researchers looked at nearly 47,000 men ...
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Diet Can Help Manage Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis that is caused by too much uric acid in the body.  An attack of gout can be extremely painful and causes sudden stiffness, warmth and swelling within a joint.  Much of this pain is caused by crystals that can form in the joints when uric acid levels get high.  If left untreated, crystals can form in other parts of the body, like the ears and kidneys (i.e. kidney ston...
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