Dementia/Alzheimer's & Nutrition
Dementia is the loss of memory, cognitive reasoning, awareness of environment, judgment, abstract thinking, or the ability to perform activities of daily living. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia that involves slowly developing symptoms that get worse over time. Dementia resulting from vitamin deficiencies, or caused by underlying disease (such as brain tumors and infections) may be reversible. more...
Bone Health & Nutrition
Many factors contribute to the health of our bones, including gender, race, age, and nutrition. Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by weakened and fragile bones, increasing the risk for fractures. Good nutrition can help prevent osteoporosis, including plenty of calcium and vitamin D. more...
Cancer & Nutrition
Cancer begins when cells in the body become abnormal. As these cells duplicate, a mass of tissue made of abnormal cells forms and is called a tumor. Normal cells grow and divide and know to stop growing. Over time, they also die. Unlike these normal cells, cancer cells continue to multiply and do not die when they are supposed to. If the tumor gets bigger, it can damage nearby tissues and organs. Cancer cells can also break away and spread to other parts of the body. more...
Heart Failure & Nutrition
Heart failure occurs when the muscles of the heart weaken and can no longer pump blood efficiently to the rest of the body. This may lead to shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, loss of appetite, changes in heart beat, liver and/or kidney problems, and fluid retention (edema). more...
Constipation & Nutrition
Constipation is a decrease in bowel movements, or having stools that are hard or difficult to pass. Some common causes of constipation include:
- A diet low in fiber
- Not getting enough fluids
- Lack of exercise or physical activity
- Repeatedly ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement
- Eating large amounts of milk or cheese products
- Some medications, including pain medications, antidepressants, allergy medications, antihistamines, amongst others
- Iron supplements
Diet is one of many ways to manage constipation. more...
COPD & Nutrition
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a progressive lung disease that makes breathing more difficult. Common symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, fatigue, chest discomfort, weight loss, and coughing. more...
Diabetes & Nutrition
Diabetes is a condition where the body breaks down food into glucose (a type of sugar and the body's main source of energy), but is not able to use it.Glucose in the blood is regulated by insulin, which is made in the pancreas. There are two types of diabetes, one where the pancreas does not make enough insulin (type 1 diabetes) and one where the body can not respond normally to the insulin that is made (type 2 diabetes). more...
Diverticulosis & Nutrition
Diverticulosis is a chronic condition where there are sac-like pouches protruding from the large intestine. When these pouches become inflamed or infected, the condition is then known as diverticulitis. The most commonly suspected cause of diverticulosis is a low fiber diet. Consuming low fiber can lead to constipation, which can make it difficult to pass stool and lead to straining. This straining can put pressure on the colon, which may lead to the development of the sac-like pouches. Individuals with diverticulosis should consume a high fiber diet to prevent constipation. more...
Gout & Nutrition
Gout is a type of arthritis caused by the build-up of uric acid in the blood that leads to joint inflammation. Foods that contain purines can lead to an increased production of uric acid. Following a low purine diet may help with the management of gout. more...
High Blood Pressure & Nutrition
Blood pressure is the force put on blood vessel walls when the heart pumps and relaxes with each heartbeat. Blood pressure helps move blood through the body.High blood pressure is also called hypertension, and occurs when the heart works harder than normal to pump blood to the rest of the body's organs and tissues. Many people with high blood pressure do not feel sick, meaning they do not feel signs or symptoms. If not controlled, hypertension can increase risk for stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney problems, and eye problems. more...
High Cholesterol & Nutrition
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance the body needs to work properly. Cholesterol is used by the body to make cell walls, assist in food digestion, produce hormones, and help absorb vitamins. The body needs cholesterol to function, however if too much is present in the body, it may begin to build up in the blood vessels and increase the risk for heart disease. more...
Hydration & Nutrition
Dehydration occurs when the amount of water leaving the body is greater than the amount being put in. The body must have adequate amounts of fluid to perform nearly all functions needed to maintain good heath. Drinking inadequate amounts of fluid or becoming dehydrated can lead to confusion, increased risk for falls, fatigue, constipation, urinary tract infections (UTI), and weight loss. more...
Increased Protein Needs
Protein is used as a building block for the body. It is important for the body to function correctly, and there must be enough protein in the body to:
- Build and maintain bone, muscle, and skin
- Heal wounds
- Promote growth
- Maintain or gain weight
- Resist or fight infectionmore...
Joint Health & Nutrition
Our joints undergo a lot of wear and tear throughout life, which can contribute to joint pain and discomfort, or conditions such as osteoarthritis. There are many factors that can contribute to joint health, some of which involve food, nutrition, and lifestyle. more...
Kidney Disease & Nutrition
Kidneys get rid of waste and extra fluid in the body by filtering blood. They serve numerous other functions, including:
- Balancing chemicals in the body
- Helping control blood pressure
- Keeping bones healthy
- Making red blood cells
Liver Disease & Nutrition
The liver serves many purposes in the body, including filtering harmful substances from the blood, producing substances that assist with food digestion, and helping to change food into energy. more...
Food & Medication Interactions
Many medications can be taken with or without food and remain effective, however in some cases, if certain medications are taken with certain foods the medication can have a different effect in the body. Sometimes the medications effect can be decreased, increased, or take on a different effect entirely. Some of the most significant food and medication interactions are listed below. more...
Parkinson’s Disease & Nutrition
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic movement disorder. PD involves the failure and death of vital nerve cells in the brain, called neurons. Some of these neurons produce dopamine, a chemical involved in bodily movements and coordination. As PD progresses, the amount of dopamine produced in the brain decreases, leaving a person unable to control movement normally. more...
Stroke & Nutrition
A stroke occurs when there is a change in the flow of blood to the brain that leads to a change in and/or loss of function. Some risk factors for stroke include:
- High blood pressure
- Family history
- Health conditions including diabetes, heart disease, and obesity
- Lifestyle factors, such as a diet high in fat and cholesterol, lack of exercise, and smoking
Swallowing Disorders & Nutrition
Dysphagia is a term used to describe an increased difficulty in swallowing. Sometimes swallowing difficulties can occur when food is eaten too fast, or is not chewed enough. However, when there is an ongoing issue requiring more time and effort to swallow food, there may be a diagnosis of dysphagia. more...
Weight Gain & Nutrition
A side effect of some medications, health conditions, or of frequent hospitalizations is often weight loss. Weight loss in an individual who is overweight that is intentional and done gradually, can be healthy. However, if weight loss is unintentional and rapid, it can often be problematic, and may hinder rehabilitation or lead to further health problems. more...
Weight Loss & Nutrition
For some individuals, weight loss may be an appropriate way to improve health and manage certain diseases. When losing weight, it is important that it is occurs gradually. That is, no more than 1-2 pounds of body weight should be lost per week. When losing weight, the focus should remain on the loss of fat. If more than 2 pounds are lost per week, chances are this loss is going to be in the form of muscle and water, not fat. In addition, research has shown that people who have gradual weight loss are more successful at keeping the weight off over time. more...