Body Wise

Nutrition & Exercise
Articles in the “Body Wise” department provide readers with insight and news related to exercise and nutrition, emphasizing the important role these two areas play in overall wellness. Features cover exercise trends and advice from experts, in-depth coverage of timely nutrition topics, healthful recipes, tips for integrating fitness into your daily life, and more.

Strength Train at Home

Maintaining muscle strength through regular exercise as we age can help combat natural muscle loss, or sarcopenia. By Joan Pagano Sarco-What? Sarcopenia is the natural loss of muscle strength and function that occurs with aging. If you are over 40, you are already experiencing creeping muscle loss. Is it reversible? Yes—but only with an appropriate […]

Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry

Taste comes first in this collection of simple, delicious recipes from blogger and cookbook author Elana Amsterdam. When Elana Amsterdam started cooking gluten-free meals after a diagnosis of celiac disease, she had a pretty ambitious goal: to create meals that would satisfy the whole family, including her husband—whom she calls a “tough critic”—and her two […]

Understanding Your Migraine

Introduction For a disease that affects over 36 million people in the US, migraine is still a poorly recognized and under-diagnosed disease. By 2018, the number of migraine-specific treatments available in the US will be almost double what was available 2 decades ago. Studies show that most people are rarely offered these treatments. We will […]

Dietary Supplements: Marketing and Reality

By Sharon Reynolds On the grocery-store shelf, a bottle of turmeric capsules states that the product “promotes the body’s natural healthy inflammation response.” A multivitamin marketed at adults over the age of 50 claims to provide “energy and heart health support” and “anti-aging defense.” A website selling hemp oil promises “natural therapeutic benefits,” by stimulating […]

I love you, I love you not

by Mia James We know that we need food to survive and that when we make the right choices it can give us energy and help us fight illness and support overall health. And we often just simply enjoy it. Many of us, however, have a love/hate relationship with food, as we struggle to reconcile […]

Aging Well: Your Roadmap by Decade

A decade-by-decade guide to lifelong health and wellness By Mia James R&AConnection News: There is plenty of good news these days about getting older. Take, for example, that while aging is inevitable, the decline in health, activity, and general well-being associated with advancing years is not. By making health-sustaining choices now, you can look forward […]

For Some with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Beauty Really Is Pain

By Ashley Boynes-Shuck Fashion and arthritis aren’t typically topics that go hand-in-hand. But for millions suffering with various forms of arthritis, fashion can become either a problem, or an escape. Sometimes, it’s both. I’m someone who grew up being very interested in the world of fashion and beauty — and I still am to this […]

Building a Better Breakfast

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s a refrain we hear from dietitians, educators, and health experts—and it’s true. Your body has been fasting all night while you sleep. When you wake up, it needs fuel because it’s already running low. Skip […]

Cool That Inflammation

By Paulette Lambert, RD, CDE Director of Nutrition, California Health & Longevity Institute Discussions related to inflammation in the body and its role in chronic disease have been increasingly popular in health news. As the topic gains momentum, further media attention will no doubt spur the marketing of consumer products claiming to reduce the body’s […]

The Art and Science of Weight Loss

Good-bye, estrogen; hello, body fat! Ask any woman over 40 years of age and most will agree: it’s just not like it used to be when it comes to managing weight. About 90 percent of perimenopausal and menopausal women experience some weight gain, averaging 12 to 15 pounds between the ages of 45 and 55.