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Three Tips for Building Strong Bones

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The secret to strong bones? It’s not just about boosting calcium.

Nine million Americans have osteoporosis and 48 million more are at risk of getting the disease, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Calcium helps strengthen bones, but many Americans, particularly women, don’t consume enough of this essential nutrient. So it’s no surprise that more than 40 million Americans took calcium supplements in 2012.

Natalya Denissov, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula family medicine doctor, says boosting calcium is important, but supplements are not the answer for most people.

“People need to make sure they get enough calcium, especially women who are pregnant or post-menopausal,” she says. “But get it from food, not a pill.” Read More

Breakfast Made Easy (Video)

With excuses ranging from “I don’t have time” to “I work out in the morning,” breakfast has become the most skipped meal of the day. But despite its bad rap, breakfast may be one of the best things you can do for your body.

Carolyn McCune, a registered dietitian at Mills-Peninsula Health Services, offers these tips on how to start your morning right.

Healthpoints 14 – Why Eat Breakfast? from Peninsula TV on Vimeo.

Get the Truth About Gluten

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More than a million Americans have sworn off gluten, claiming that a gluten-free diet has helped them shed unwanted pounds, boost their energy and feel healthier. But is this increasingly popular trend beneficial or even safe?

People who eat gluten-free diets typically avoid bread, crackers and pasta. And that’s just the start. Found in a myriad of foods such as salad dressing, soy sauce, mustard, baked beans and more, the gluten protein helps breads rise and sauces thicken. Cutting this common compound out of your diet can be surprisingly difficult.

“The avoidance of gluten is only important if you are experiencing uncomfortable or dangerous symptoms,” Mills-Peninsula gastroenterologist Vino Verghese, M.D., says. “Gluten by itself is not a harmful substance. It’s simply a protein complex found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye.”

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For Better Health, Hit the Farmers Market

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Your local farmers market provides fresh, local, seasonal produce, often at lower prices than a conventional or health food grocery store. What’s more, farmers market foods may also be better for your health.

Evelyn Khoo, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula family medicine doctor, recommends eating local food to maximize its nutritional content. “Nutrients lessen in produce over time,” she says, and conventional produce travels an estimated 1,500 miles on average to reach grocery stores.  Read More

Five Food Rules for Pregnant Women

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While it may seem like there are hundreds of things pregnant women shouldn’t eat, Rebecca Dupont, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula obstetrician says it’s not that complicated.

“If you follow a few simple food rules, odds are, you and your baby will be just fine,” says Dr. Dupont, who estimates she’s delivered more than 1,000 babies.

  • Avoid Raw Meat and Raw Fish. Raw or undercooked meat, particularly pork, lamb and venison, can cause toxoplasmosis, a parasitic disease that can lead to fetal brain damage. Similarly, poorly prepared raw fish can harbor dangerous parasites and bacteria. Read More

Is Eating Organic Better for Health?

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Whether at the farmers market or grocery store, organic goods typically cost more, but they are also touted as being better for your health. Is it true?

Organic products, including produce, grain, dairy and meat, are cultivated and processed without the use of chemical fertilizers, synthetic pesticides or herbicides, or genetically modified organisms. To be labeled organic, a product must be certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and meet national organic standards. Read More