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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

Four Steps to Reduce Your Heart Disease Risk

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Show your heart the love and learn how to keep your heart healthy.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to reduce your heart disease risk. Some risk factors, such as family history and age, are out of your hands, but many issues related to lifestyle are within your control.

Mills-Peninsula cardiologist George Cohen, M.D., offers four simple steps to reduce your risk for heart disease. 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

Three Tips for Healthy Weight Loss

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The key to healthy weight loss is to implement a “triangle” of lifestyle changes – limiting unhealthy food options in favor of nutritious choices, managing portion control and increasing exercise, says Mills-Peninsula registered dietitian Donna deKay.

Making lifestyle changes stick is easier said than done. Here are three simple tips to achieve success:

Keep a food diary. The first step, deKay says, is to find out where your weight issues come from by tracking your eating behaviors – how much, when and why you eat – for three to five days. “Are you skipping breakfast? Do you snack mid-day? Are you grazing in the fridge after dinner? If so, why?” she says. “Identifying environmental and emotional triggers will help you uncover unhealthy eating patterns.” Read More

Fast Food Solutions

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Fast food: It’s a quick and convenient meal choice for many. According to a recent Gallup poll, eight out of 10 Americans report eating at fast-food restaurants at least monthly, with almost half saying they consume fast food weekly or more.

“With our busy lives, fast food can be a quick and convenient way to feed the whole family,” says  Sashi Amara, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula internal medicine physician. “Recognize, though, that fast food packs a lot of calories. Try and make sure it is just an occasional meal choice.”

If you do eat fast food, Dr. Amara recommends these healthier strategies: Read More

Change Your Diet to Reduce Cancer Risk

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Researchers estimate that one-third of cancer deaths are due to diet and lack of physical activity – nearly as many as caused by tobacco. In fact, for Americans who don’t smoke, eating the right foods and getting exercise are the most important things they can do to prevent cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

Studies have shown numerous connections between food and certain cancers. High-fat dairy is associated with prostate cancer. Red meat and processed meats are linked to colon and rectal cancer. Alcohol directly causes cancers of the mouth, throat and liver, and it raises a woman’s risk for breast cancer.

So you might ask: If certain foods help cause cancer, can changing your diet lower your cancer risk? Absolutely, says Jennifer Brown, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula oncologist. While your genetics and environment also influence your cancer risk, your diet is a key factor you can control. 

Want to reduce your cancer risk? Follow these recommendations from Dr. Brown and Debbie Kurzrock, R.D., a Mills-Peninsula registered dietitian who works in Radiation Oncology at the Dorothy E. Schneider Cancer Center in San Mateo.

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