The term “biomarkers” is a shortened term for biological markers. Biomarkers are a broad category of medical signs that provide an objective measure -accurate and reproducible – of a person’s medical state [1]. While there are different ways to get biomarkers, the most common method is blood draws. While we don’t entirely know all the […]

March 19, 2022

Sports nutrition is no longer about giving the football team more Gatorade or precisely prescribed macro ratios to be the leanest athlete around. Sports nutrition is being redefined within the industry and society. The more I coach people at all levels, ages, and skills, I have begun to hone my skills as a registered dietitian […]

March 16, 2022

Recreation sports and activities provide many benefits such as physiological functioning and health, social interactions, and mental health. The 2019 Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 19.3% of the US population engaged in sports or exercise each day in 2019 for at least half an hour. That equates to 63 million active people. However, there […]

March 1, 2022

Who doesn’t love caffeine, right? ☕ Caffeine is the most widely studied and used drug on the planet. It is naturally occurring in a variety of plants such as coffee, tea, and cocoa. Over 90% of U.S. adults consume caffeine on an average of 200mg/day (Fulgoni, Keast et al. 2015) . In recent years, it […]

January 25, 2022

Dietary supplements are products that are used to supplements nutrients that we may not get in our daily diet. The industry is filled with hundreds of supplement types and brands with several potential claims and benefits. However, the supplement industry is not tightly regulated in some regards, increasing the chances of having a product that […]

January 18, 2022

The types of carbohydrates that you consume matter. ALL carbohydrates are made up of these three simple sugars: glucose, fructose, galactose.  Glucose, fructose, and galactose are sugar molecules called monosaccharides, that when combined are called di- or monosaccharides. Glucose is found in grains, honey, table sugar, and fruits. Fructose is a sweeter sugar most commonly […]

January 11, 2022

In exercise ads, weight loss promotions, and even on treadmills telling you about this magical fat-burning zone that solves all of your problems. This magical zone they refer to is when you walk or do any low-intensity exercise that does not elevate your heart rate above ~60%, then you are burning mostly fat as fuel. […]

September 17, 2021

Would you ever take Calculus without ever taking Pre/Calc and Trig?  You might get by for a while, but eventually, you will get lost in the process and not pass the class.  The same goes with dieting. If you don’t have an understanding and ability to execute the nutrition basics to a healthy diet, then […]

September 17, 2021

Dieting is essentially the process of purposefully reducing caloric intake in hopes to reduce body weight. The constant pattern of dieting and regaining the weight is known as “yo-yo dieting” or “weight cycling”. For the purpose of this article, I will use the term weight cycling. Approximately 10% of men and 30% of women will […]

September 6, 2021

Your thyroid creates hormones that play a variety of different roles within the body. The thyroid can create too much or too little hormones  resulting in thyroid disease such as hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyroiditis, and Hashimoto’s disease. What is the thyroid? The thyroid is a small gland located at the front of the neck, right above […]

April 29, 2021