Better Health Through Nutrition Resources (01)

Women's Health Matters from Women's College Hospital
Women's College Hospital in Canada maintains a website called WomensHealthMatters,CA, which contains a wealth of information concerning health issues for women. In its Features Articles is a section on Nutrition and Fitness, with articles on such topics as eating behavior (healthy habits and disordered eating), Omega 3 fatty acids, glucose, bone mineral density, bone health, iron deficiency, diabetes in younger women, obesity and depression, cardiovascular risk factors, and strategies for mindful eating, which means having a healthy relationship with food.

Spike Mendelsohn of Top Chef Shares Stories and Some Healthy Recipes
In this interesting article at FoodAndWine.com, Spike Mendelsohn shared some of his fun stories and healthy versions of ordinary recipes. He is famously known for landing as fifth place at Top Chef Season 4, an American reality cooking competition show. With his Good Stuff eatery sitting in Washington, D.C. near the White House, no less than President Barack Obama has visited his place. In fact, US First Lady Michelle Obama once mentioned that this restaurant as one of the favorite places to eat in D.C. His recipes that are featured here are Vegetable-Frittata Pie, Turkey-and-Apple Sandwiches, and Herbed Chicken Fingers. For healthy food catering in Aspen, CO., see Aspen caterer Flourish.

Holistic Nutrition
Holistic nutrition focuses on conscious eating to promote a healthy body and a sound mind and to strengthen the immune system in preventing and fighting disease. This article lists the guidelines for healthy and conscious eating, such as foods to eat, foods to avoid and other holistic nutrition considerations. It also offers explanations on why a variety of nutrient-dense foods such as whole grains, locally grown fruits and vegetables, organic foods, essential fatty acids and foods in their natural state must be consumed regularly, and why an excess of processed sugar, salt, trans fats, food additives and GMOs must not be part of the diet.

Vitamin D, Calcium Intact Does Not Reduce Colorectal Polyps, Study Finds
A large randomized study at 11 U.S. hospitals found that calcium supplements and vitamin D failed to protect against developing colon cancer. The study, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2015, refutes earlier observational studies suggesting that higher vitamin D or greater calcium intact lowered the risk of colorectal cancer. More than 2,200 adults aged 45-75 with a history of colorectal adenoma participated in the study, a randomized, placebo-controlled trial. They were randomly assigned to take either vitamin D3, calcium, both, or neither. Daily supplementation for three to five years did not reduce the risk of recurrent colorectal adenomas among study participants. What makes this study significant is that clinicians are routinely screening for vitamin D in routine health checks, and often recommending that patients take supplements, said Elizabeth L. Barry, PhD, a researcher at Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Norris Cotton Cancer Center and at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

The Effects of Osteoporosis
This website discusses osteoporosis and women, which many women do not realize can highly impact one’s health. The site says that one in two women and one in eight men over 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture, and 24 percent of hip fracture patients 50 and over die the year after a fracture. It includes information on how to keep your bones strong and healthy, such as eating a balanced diet with calcium and Vitamin D, doing weight exercises, not smoking or ingesting excessive amounts of alcohol, and going for bone-density testing and taking medications for calcium if necessary.