Ok, so I don’t know how I missed this, but in February the New York State Attorney General’s office issued cease-and-desist letters to Target, GNC, Walmart and Walgreens for allegedly selling their store brand health supplements with little or none of the advertised ingredients. (When I worked at a nutritional supplement store some years ago, I must confess, I always wondered about those herbal supplement bottles in our front aisle.) Anyway, so just how bad were the findings? In the case of all four retailers, none of their gingko biloba or their ginseng supplements contained any trace of those substances. That’s right–ZERO gingo biloba or ginseng found in “gingo biloba and ginseng supplements.” So what did they find in these retailers’ supplements then? Though … Continue reading
It all starts with Memorial Day, then there is the Fourth of July, followed by Labor Day and picnics with family and friends all summer long. Grilling and barbecues are an excellent way to kick-start a healthy spring and summer by making a few adjustments to the typical fare of hamburgers, hot dogs, mayonnaise-soaked salads and chips. Here are some tips for healthful, guiltless grilling. Marinate the leaner cuts of meat for more flavor with less fat. These are some leaner choices: Eye of round Top round steak Bottom round roast Top sirloin steak Round tip roast And these are other options, slightly higher in fat, but packed with flavor, include: Flank steak Tri-tip roasts Of course skinless chicken and … Continue reading
Now that it’s May, the farmers’ markets are open and ready for business! This is a great way to find fresh, locally grown produce and other goods for all of your favorite recipes. A farmers’ market is a designated place, usually several blocks long, where local vendors sell food directly from their farms to consumers at a lower price than grocery stores. You can find a fruit, vegetables, plants, bread, cheese, jam, honey and many other products. It’s also a great way to know how and where your food is grown, since you are able to speak directly to the farmer. Are you still unsure if you should visit your local farmers’ market? It’s the perfect opportunity for you to … Continue reading
It’s that time of year when we start to see the sun fairly often. With more sun comes more exposure to skin-damaging rays. Sunscreen should be(come) a staple in your daily routine to protect your largest organ, your skin. Chris Huerter, M.D., of CHI Health Alegent Creighton Clinic Dermatology, answers common sunscreen questions and provides some advice on how to be sunscreen savvy in this quick video.