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The Rise of Eating Disorders During the Pandemic

Living with the symptoms of an eating disorder is tough at any time. And the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made the challenge even greater for many people. “According to the National Eating Disorders Association, hotline calls related to eating disorders are up 70-80% in the last several months,” says Michelle Pearlman, M.D., a gastroenterologist at…

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Reduce Chronic Inflammation – With Food

What is inflammation, and why is it so bad for your health? Inflammation is the body’s natural response to fighting infection, injury, and toxins. But, widespread chronic inflammation can damage healthy cells, tissues, and organs. This can cause fatigue, fever, mouth sores, rashes, abdominal pain, and chest pain. Over time, the body’s inflammatory response can…

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Parents’ Patterns Prevail When it Comes to Kids’ Weight

Do you, your child, or both of you struggle with your weight? Does it sometimes seem like just too much effort to deal with it? Do you figure it might just be a cosmetic issue anyway? One in five children in the United States qualifies as obese. As a parent, understand that the most vital…

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Exercise Nutrition: Here’s What and When to Eat

You know your body needs fuel to lift weights, go for a run, or practice yoga. You also have nutritional needs after you exercise to encourage muscle growth and recovery. So, what should you eat and when? Before and after moderate- to high-intensity exercise, your body needs five basic nutritional elements:  fluids protein carbohydrates fats…

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Planning Keto-Friendly Meals

One of the biggest challenges of the keto diet is changing the traditional approach to meals. With a few tips and tricks, you can still eat the foods you love in a keto-friendly fashion. The ketogenic diet has certainly turned many heads in recent years for its ability to help people shed pounds with a…

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Not Going Out? You Can Still Eat Healthy

By Federika Garcia, M.S., R.D.N., L.D.N. Clinical oncology registered dietitian Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center   This quarantine has forced us to lose our typical cooking, grocery shopping, and dining out routines. Many people are not used to working from home, being home all the time, and having to cook every day. How have our eating…

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Plant-Based Diets Support Healthy Testosterone Levels

Men who follow plant-based diets have testosterone levels that are basically the same as the levels in men who eat meat, a study shows. This finding dispels a widespread notion that men need large amounts of animal protein in order to support healthy levels of this hormone. “We found that a plant-based diet was associated…

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Are These Leftovers Still Safe to Eat?

By Michelle Pearlman, M.D. Board-certified gastroenterologist   These days, most of us are cooking at home and enjoying restaurant takeout and delivery more often. You and your family might be wondering, are leftovers still safe to eat? When should you throw them away? Should you freeze them or store them in the fridge? Eating food…

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Build a More Resilient Immune System

By Karen Koffler, M.D. Medical Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine University of Miami Health System   There is an opportunity to learn and grow from every crisis. Now more than ever, the coronavirus challenges us to become our own best health advocates. Based on the people I see that are most affected by serious…

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