Allergies or Intolerance?

“It must have been something I ate.” Lauren Weber, D.O. Oh, that dreadful feeling that comes after we’ve eaten something that doesn’t agree with us. While it’s one thing to have an occasional bout of food poisoning, it’s quite another to have a reaction to food because of a food allergy or food hypersen-sitivity, says…
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Good Food Can Fuel Cancer Fight

Devin Robinette, clinical dietitian If cancer is a battle, one of the most important weapons against it is good nutrition. Unfortunately, one of the first things patients may notice is a lack of appetite as their senses of taste and smell change due to their treatment. “When you have cancer you need good nutrition to…
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Seniors’ Nutritional Needs Change With Age

As seniors enter their “Golden Years,” not only do their bodies change, but so does their metabolism, according to Nancy McAfee, M.D. Although older adults still need plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fiber, they need to add or subtract a few things from the diet they followed earlier in life. Many older…
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Oh, Sweet Sorrow

The Truth about Sugar is Bittersweet It’s hard to believe there’s this much sugar in a cup of organic Greek yogurt, says Archana Goyal, M.D. Everybody knows cutting sugar from their diet starts with putting the kibosh on cookies, cakes and candies. But pasta sauce, wheat bread and saltine crackers? There’s sugar in these savory…
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Journey to Health Puts Focus on Good Nutrition

Journey participants Maria Escalera and Shelley Long What do you get when you put together a team of doctors, therapists, a psychologist and dietitians? The Journey to Health, a seven-week NorthBay Healthcare course that brings mind, body and spirit together in a one-size-fits-all training for teens, adults and couples. Offered several times a year, Journey…
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Weight Loss, Weight Gain, Life Happens.

Bill Abeling has a total hip replacement following his major weight loss. Two years ago, Vacaville resident Bill Abeling, 53, made a herculean effort to lose weight and dropped 125 pounds in less than a year. His incredible makeover was featured in the Winter 2012 issue of Wellspring. No, he wasn’t on The Biggest Loser—he…
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Top 10 Reasons to Drink water

Most people spend part of their days dehydrated. By the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Water is so important to life that we can live only days without it. Water can help: 1. Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids. An adult body is composed of about 70 percent water. This fluid aids…
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Do You Need a Daily Vitamin Supplement?

Most of us don’t get enough vitamins and minerals in our daily diet. In fact, less than 5 percent of Americans follow all of the recommendations in the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines. But dietitians say it’s better to get all of your vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, and other nutrients from food. That’s because foods such as…
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Probiotics Can Enhance Your Immune System

Unlike the bacteria that cause diarrhea, fever and many other symptoms, probiotics are live microorganisms that may improve your health and boost your resistance to some illnesses. They may also improve intestinal health for some people. Foods rich in probiotics may enhance your immune system, reducing your risk for some diseases, according to ongoing research….
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Food to Choose if You Want to Snooze…

Donald Doyle, M.D., often sends patients to a local sleep lab for tests and analyzes the results on his computer. Desperate for those 40 winks? Tossing and turning through the night? Maybe that insomnia has something to do with what you had to eat or drink before going to bed. Foods with carbohydrates and tryptophan…
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