Dangerous Magnet Ingestion

High-powered “rare earth” magnets are colorful, fun-to-fiddle-with desk toys for adults. They may also be found in jewelry and in children’s toys from several years ago. But they’re also highly dangerous when in the wrong hands — or mouths. Magnet ingestion rates in children have been on the rise due to the growing popularity of … Read More

Beverages: Keep Your Cool, But Watch Your Weight

Contributor: Gillian Culbertson, MS, RD, LD, Nutrition Therapy The dog days of summer are upon us, and cool, refreshing beverages beckon. Everywhere you go, you see the frozen treats: fruit smoothies, slushies, iced coffees, milkshakes. Some provide a nutritional boost with added vitamins and minerals. Others are nutritional nightmares, adding significant calories and fat to … Read More

Herb-Friendly Recipe: Egg Salad with Tofu

Greek yogurt and tofu pack protein into this picnic favorite. Turmeric gives this dish its pretty yellow color, and along with garlic and parsley, provides: Antioxidants to protect healthy cells from damage (turmeric, parsley) Infection fighters to protect against bacteria, viruses and fungus (garlic) Fire-fighters to reduce the inflammation at the root of many diseases … Read More

8 Tips for Coping With Hay Fever

Trees, grasses and wildflowers bloom and flourish in warm weather. But these beautiful seasons can mean misery for allergy sufferers. When people with inhalant allergies breathe in plant pollens, their bodies release histamine. This triggers allergic rhinitis, better known as hay fever — the cause of all those sneezes, runny noses and itchy eyes. Hay … Read More

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Recipe: Grilled Peaches With Cinnamon Honey Yogurt Dip

Get the kids involved in making this simple dessert. Fresh peaches and cool dipping sauce make for a refreshing — and healthy —  way to cap off your meal. Ingredients 8 peaches, 2-2/3 inches in diameter8 ounces plain non-fat yogurt 2 teaspoons honey ¼ teaspoon cinnamon Preparation Preheat grill or grill pan. Combine yogurt, honey … Read More

Herb-Friendly Recipe: Cabbage Slaw with Basil

This colorful variation on coleslaw is heavy on fiber, vitamins, minerals and basil, a particularly healthy herb. Basil has a strong, sweet flavor with a hint of pepper and contains: Antioxidants to protect healthy cells from damage Infection-fighters that target bacteria Fire-fighters to reduce the inflammation at the root of many diseases Vitamin C to … Read More

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Foods That Fight Inflammation — And Why You Need Them

Using herbs, spices and other foods to help reduce inflammation in the body might not seem like a big deal. But it’s actually one of the best ways to protect your health, says Amy Jamieson-Petonic, Director of Wellness Coaching at Cleveland Clinic. Chronic inflammation — a normal bodily process gone awry — can contribute to … Read More

The Family Table: Invite Your Teens to Join You

Eating with the family on a regular basis can help your teens make healthy decisions during adolescence and beyond. Turns out that teens share more than food at family meals. “About 75 percent of teens say that they actually talk to their parents at dinner about what is going on in their lives. And 80 … Read More