Change Your Food – Change Your Mind

We all feel blue from time to time, but major depressive disorder (MDD) is a condition that lasts for a long period of time. It’s a disease that people can’t just “get over” or “snap out of.” While antidepressant medications have been helpful for many people with MDD, they come with side effects of their own,

The Health Secret “They” Don’t Want You to Know

If you are like most Americans, you are not following this critical health practice.  Who is “they”?  In this case, people peddling the latest complicated fad diet.

The secret is not-so-secret:  eat your veggies.  I have written previously that one of the simplest things we can do to improve our health and longevity is to ensure that we’re eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.  

Just Say NO to High Blood Pressure!

It has long been known that compounds known as nitrates have
a beneficial effect for the cardiovascular system.  The most common example of this is
nitroglycerin, a drug that is used for angina (chest pain due to spasm of blood
vessels).  Nitrates are transformed by
bacteria in the mouth to nitrites,

Chocolate: Health Food or Not?

At this time of year, perhaps you’ve finished off your Valentine’s Day chocolate, only to be looking forward to some chocolate in your Easter basket soon.  Americans definitely need to cut down on sweets:  The high sugar and saturated fat content in most milk chocolate can be a contributor to obesity and metabolic syndrome (a combination of insulin resistance,

Seeds of Heart Health for the New Year

You’ve probably heard my mantra for a healthy diet (borrowed from author Michael Pollan):  “Eat food.  Not too much.  Mostly plants.”  To expand on this, we can look to the Mediterranean diet — that style of eating that is based on whole grains, vegetables, nuts, legumes (beans), and smaller amounts of animal-based protein.