What is Enough Magnesium to Support Sleep, Digestive Health and More

Most widely know for its ability to support relaxation, the benefits of adequate Magnesium (Mg) intake go far beyond restful sleep. Mg is the fourth most abundant mineral in our body that helps to maintain a healthy heart rhythm, blood sugar and blood pressure. It also maintains normal nerve and muscle function. Mg is just as important for your heart rhythm as it is for peristalsis (rhythmic muscle contractions that move food along your gut as it gets digested).

According to NHANES data more than one-half of the US population (ages ≥4 years) has intakes below the *estimated average requirement (EAR) for magnesium, yet low Mg intake is often overlooked as a potential cause of constipation, indigestion and fatigue. 

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Vitamin D Rich Foods for Bone Health and Beyond

Q: I am Vitamin D deficient and should be taking 2,000 IU’s a day. Without taking vitamin supplements or drinking milk, what else can I eat or drink organically to make up for the deficit that would be equivalent to taking 2,000 IU’s a day?

A:  The primary role of vitamin D is absorption and regulation of calcium. Osteopenia, osteoporosis, and osteomalacia are the chief consequences of vitamin D deficiency. Beyond bone health, there is emerging evidence that vitamin D supports the health of muscle and nerve tissue.The best way to avoid deficiency is to consume foods rich in vitamin D3, get some sunshine and take a supplement.

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Build a Healthy Lifestyle: Snacks

As a Registered Dietitian I am often asked what foods I always have in my pantry, refrigerator or freezer and why.  In this blog series we will dive into my kitchen and discuss all of the essentials, the nutritional value of each item and ideas for how to incorporate them into your lifestyle.

A well stocked pantry is an essential ingredient in the foundation of a healthy lifestyle so let’s take peek at what’s in my snack corner right now.

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Heartburn Relief through Diet & Lifestyle

Q: Is it just me, or does adding ginger to my diet – either in food, tea or eating a small piece each day – help with digestion and symptoms of acid reflux? I’m trying to avoid having to take Nexium, which has been linked to kidney damage, or any medication for the symptoms. What else can I do?

A: Occasional indigestion happens to all of us, but if you experience indigestion frequently (several times during the week or daily) you may have acid reflux — also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

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Build a Healthy Lifestyle: Freezer Essentials

As a Registered Dietitian I am often asked what foods I always have in my pantry, refrigerator or freezer and why.  In this blog series we will dive into my kitchen and discuss all of the essentials, the nutritional value of each item and ideas for how to incorporate them into your lifestyle.

A well stocked freezer is an essential ingredient in the foundation of a healthy lifestyle so let’s take peek at what’s in my freezer right now.

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The best non-dairy milk.

When I was toddling around in diapers I was a picky eater who often got ‘sick’ after eating. At first, my mom thought it was a phase but as I got older my eating patterns and symptoms didn’t improve so she scheduled a doctors appointment.

The nurse recommended removing all dairy foods – milk, cheese and yogurt. My mom followed the recommendations and started giving me Soymilk. According to my mom “That was it! I was a ‘healthy’ kid.”

So, I have been drinking non-dairy milks for most of my life and well… I’ve learned a lot along the way. Some non-dairy milks are not fortified with essential nutrients (like calcium and vitamin B12) and others have a ton of added sugar. To top it all off, the emulsifiers in some are not stable above a certain temperature so the solids separate out when heated (no hot cocoa…insert pouty face).

So, if you are sensitive to dairy, are vegan or just want to try something new: here are (in my opinion) the best non-dairy milks around.

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Build a Healthy Lifestyle: Breakfast Essentials

As a Registered Dietitian I am often asked what foods I always have in my pantry, refrigerator or freezer and why.  In this blog series we will dive into my kitchen and discuss all of the essentials, the nutritional value of each item and ideas for how to incorporate them into your lifestyle.

A well stocked pantry is an essential ingredient in the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. Let’s start with a couple of my ‘good morning’ pantry essentials. 

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