Calcium

CALCIUM Calcium is necessary for bone growth and development, and for maintaining heart, muscle and blood vessel function. Adequate calcium may be obtained from your diet. However, a calcium supplement may be beneficial if your diet is low in calcium-rich foods....

Constipation

CONSTIPATION DEFINITION Constipation is defined as having less than 4 bowel movements per week, or straining to have a bowel movement, or having hard stool that is difficult to pass. Stool should be formed smooth like a sausage. CAUSES –Not getting enough fiber...

Cholesterol

CHOLESTEROL Cholesterol is a waxy molecule that is found in food and in our bodies. Our bodies make all the cholesterol we need. Our bodies use cholesterol to make cell membranes, hormones and digestive juices. Unfortunately, cholesterol levels in our body may become...

Alcohol

ALCOHOL Alcohol is found in beer, wine, and liquor. It is made when yeast breaks down (ferments) the sugars in grains, fruits, and vegetables: Wine is made from the breakdown of sugar in grapes; vodka is made from the breakdown of sugar in potatoes. HOW MUCH SHOULD...

Prediabetes

PREDIABETES Prediabetes is a condition in which a person’s blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control estimates 1 in every 3 adults has prediabetes. A PERSON SHOULD GET TESTED FOR PREDIABETES IF...

Vitamin D

VITAMIN D Vitamin D is important for bone health, and an important part of keeping your immune system healthy. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and is not found in many foods, unless added by fortification. Some natural food sources of vitamin D are sockeye salmon,...