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What’s Your Liver IQ?

As a liver specialist (aka hepatologist), it’s my bias that the liver is the most important organ in the body. While this is a lighthearted opinion, in the 25+ years that I have been a practicing hepatologist, the general knowledge of how the liver works and what diseases affect it is generally less well know, compared to […]

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The Best Fruits to Kickstart Your Metabolism

Most people understand that metabolism refers to the rate at which your body converts the calories you consume into energy. Your metabolic rate changes depending on the level of activity you’re engaged in, but your basal metabolic rate—the number of calories you need to keep your body operating—stays fairly steady.   When someone is having […]

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Tweaking Grandma’s Recipes: Healthy Substitutes

My mother was an amazing woman who lived a full life that could be encapsulated in three words: family, faith, and food. She loved family, had an intense faith, and she was known for her love of preparing food. My mother considered cooking for the family and creating a healthful environment for the family to […]

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Get Healthy with a Diabetes-friendly Diet

Patients often come to me with varying levels of abnormal blood sugar—a “touch of diabetes” they’ve been told by their primary care physician. They’re not concerned about their elevated blood sugar because their doctor has not expressed concern. They have yet to be educated about the importance of making lifestyle changes now to avoid problems […]

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5 Ways to Help Your Child Learn to Love Healthy Foods

Health and happiness—two things every parent wants for their child. Good nutrition is at the heart of that equation. If a child is overweight, dealing with food allergies, or hooked on processed foods or refined sugars, that can negatively affect their appreciation of food as nourishment. And yet, getting a child to eat healthy can […]

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A Healthier—Yet Yummy—Labor Day BBQ

Ah, the annual Labor Day picnic. Every year, it’s a great time—getting together with family and friends to relax, catch up, and make some new memories. The only problem? It’s far too easy to eat and drink too much of all the wrong stuff. Uncle Phil’s grilled cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and brats; Aunt Josie’s three-cheese […]

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5 Ways to Increase Your Vegetable Intake

The constant recommendation everyone is talking about, including me, is to increase your vegetable intake. In my book “Eating Yourself Sick,” I discuss the merits of a plant-based diet (aka eat more veggies) and the positive effects of it on the gut microbiome, reduced total body inflammation, reduced cancer risk, better glucose control, and the […]

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Teach Your Teen to Have a Healthy Relationship with Food

Youth mirror their parents when it comes to learning how to eat. If, as a parent, your diet is less than ideal, then chances are your child will grow up making the same poor choices when it comes to food. My neighbors, Kathy and Chris, have long understood this. Both are working attorneys, but over […]

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Mindful Eating for a Healthier You

On any given day, I have the same conversation with at least 10 patients: I tell them that without nutritional food choices, regular exercise, and a healthier lifestyle, they’re putting themselves at risk for serious disease—obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and fatty liver. On their own, problems can change a person’s life. Together, […]

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5 Reasons 30 Minutes of Exercise Can Change Your Life

I regularly meet with patients that are struggling to do what it takes to get their weight under control to help turn back the clock on their fatty liver disease. Based on recommendations from an earlier appointment, they’re working to change their diet to healthier eating. But admittedly, it’s a struggle and, after failing to […]

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The Importance of Regular Checkups

Sometimes, it seems that healthcare takes a back seat to practically everything else in life. For the past twenty-five years, I’ve been making the analogy that people take better care of their computers than they do of themselves. Only one-fourth of computers around the world are unprotected from viruses these days. But nearly half of […]

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Broccoli for Breakfast—and Other Kid-Friendly Recipes

Foods marketed to kids can be some of the most challenging to overcome when trying to get your kids to eat healthy. Loaded with sugar, fat, and other unhealthy ingredients, and emblazoned with colorful, cartooned labels, they do a good job of reeling kids in and getting them hooked on unhealthy choices. Kids get accustomed […]

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GERD—It Is What You Eat

If you’re someone who suffers from a heartburn-like sensation after eating or upon waking, your body is trying to tell you something. It’s telling you that the food choices you are making are not working. What you may be experiencing is gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, and resolving the problem is going to take more […]

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Snoring and Diabetes—How are They Linked?

If you know someone who snores, chances are they may be suffering from a disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is a severe form of sleep disorder marked by chronic disruptions in sleep. Those disruptions are caused by an obstruction of the airway when the body relaxes during sleep. Why, you ask, does […]

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Are You Really Skipping the Sweets?

I love it when patients tell me they’ve made a conscious decision to eat better. After visiting my office and hearing a diagnosis of liver disease, it’s encouraging to know that they are taking an active role in turning around the problems that lie on the road ahead. I feel great to have made an […]

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The Fix for Migraines? Just Say ‘No’

You’re sitting at your work desk and suddenly it kicks in: Another migraine headache. Then you remember the piece of chocolate cake you chose from the lunch buffet. You knew it was on your list of still-developing trigger foods—those often-irresistible menu items to which your body says “no, no, no” even though your taste buds […]

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Meal Preparation: 31 Days of Wellness

The cornerstone of wellness is nutrition. As I have stated numerous times before, the art of cooking a meal is nearly dead. Young families rarely cook, having no time, lack of interest, and minimal skills. This must change if we are to pull ourselves out of the global obesity epidemic. We cannot turn over the […]

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Lentils: A Super Food to Love

There is a very nice entry from the New York Times Recipe for Health section, that features an assortment of healthful recipes you should all bookmark and check in with from time to time. Today I chose the entry on Lentils. If you have lentils, you have dinner. This high-fiber, protein-rich legume cooks in 20 to 40 minutes, depending on […]

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Airport Food: Trying to Eat Healthy?

As I sit here for an evening flight to Minneapolis, I realize that because of the flight delay, I’m going to have to force myself to eat something at the airport. My original plan was to tough it through the flights with nothing more than water and eat something on the healthier side once I […]

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Top 10 Tips for a High Fiber Diet

There is not a day that passes where I do not have a detailed conversation with my patients regarding the value of a high fiber diet. Diets high in fiber will help keep off unwanted weight, allow for regular bowel movements, control cholesterol, and help normalize blood sugar values. Because of the highly processed foods that […]

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Pop-Tarts Nation: Misery is Optional

While walking through my local supermarket this weekend, I strolled by the Pop-Tarts aisle to see what was happening in this section. Over the years, I’ve made fun of Pop-Tarts, not only because of their total lack of nutritional value, but because of the important place they have taken on the breakfast tables across America since 1964. So many […]

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Do You Really Need Daily Vitamins?

The simple answer is no, you do not need a daily “one-a-day” vitamin, despite the billion dollar supplement industry. While walking through a local discount warehouse store, I was amazed at the “wall of vitamins and supplements” on display. Looking closely at the picture I took, there is a specialized vitamin formula for just about […]

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