Recent GMI Blogs

All articles by Margie King, Health Coach

Whether you're an elite athlete or struggling with a flight of stairs, beet juice can make a difference.
Do you absolutely need a jolt of caffeine to get going in the morning? Are you convinced that a cup of coffee gives you an edge? According to one study, coffee's kick may just be a myth.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in diabetics, who have two to four times the risk of death from heart disease as other people. In fact, heart disease accounts for 80 percent of all diabetes-related deaths. But a simple kitchen staple, garlic, has significant potential for preventing heart disease among diabetics.
Purple Carrots Boast Ancient Roots. Carrots have become synonymous with orange but their ancient ancestors had a darker side.
In the dead of winter do you head for a sun-drenched island to get a summer tan? Don’t bother. Research suggests that you can actually avoid the sun altogether and still get the warm healthy glow you want. It’s all about what you put in your mouth.
Did you make a New Year’s resolution to get to the gym more often in the hopes of slimming down? Science writer Gary Taubes suggests that the exercise habit might just keep some people fat.
Good news for the holiday season! Champagne does more than tickle your nose. It may also protect your heart.
In the Christmas Bible story, the three kings brought the Christ child gold, symbolizing his royalty, frankincense, symbolizing his divinity, and myrrh, foretelling his death. Laboratory research now suggests that one of those gifts, myrrh, may have cholesterol lowering properties in addition to other health benefits.
What does the epidemic of depression and anxiety have to do with our obsession for dieting?
The algae growing on the surface of still water everywhere could be the key to a healthy vibrant life.
For thousands of years, ginger has been used as a medicine in the treatment of nausea. But ginger has many more medicinal properties. One study finds that daily doses of ginger could even soothe your aching muscles after that intense workout.
Doctors frequently misuse antibiotics when treating patients hospitalized with respiratory tract infections raising concerns about developing resistant strains of bacteria. Probiotics promote a strong immune system and healthy digestion in addition to providing many other health benefits. Here's how to get natural probiotics from your food.
Have you ever watched the way children eat? You can read the menu on their faces from milk mustaches, to cookie-crusted cheeks and dripping soup beards. As we grow up, we grow out of wearing our food on our faces – or do we? Our face and skin reflect our health and the quality of food that we put into our bodies.
According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, there is one staple in your pantry that is so closely related to heart attack and stroke that if we just cut its use in half, we could save 150,000 lives each year. They claim it’s the “single deadliest ingredient in the food supply.” Others consider it essential to human life and even a superfood. What is it?
Sweet potatoes can be an everyday healthy treat, and adding maple syrup boosts nutrition and flavor. Here's a simple and easy recipe pairing them for a healthy and delicious Thanksgiving side dish.
Ideally, this Thanksgiving you are ordering your organic, free-range turkey from your local farmer. It doesn't get any better than that does it? Actually, it does. Farmers markets are now featuring "Heritage Turkeys" for those wanting an even more authentic Thanksgiving dinner.
Almost everyone has heard of chia thanks to the popularity of Chia Pets, those fuzzy clay animals and people that sprout bright green fur and hair. But recently, the seeds of the chia plant have been rediscovered and popularized as a superfood that should definitely be a daily part of every healthy diet.
Beyond flavor and crunch, there are plenty of good reasons to throw some nuts into your brownies, banana bread, yogurt, muffins, pancakes, salads and smoothies. Antioxidants, lower oxidized cholesterol and better heart health are just a few of the benefits of indulging in nuts.
Chili peppers have been revered for centuries for their culinary richness as well as their medicinal benefits. But did you know that they can also help you lose weight?
What makes an apple so good for us? Is it the vitamin C? Vitamin K or B6? Is it the soluble fiber or the insoluble fiber? Is it the potassium or the phytosterols? Or is it the apple?
What can Merck's prescription drug Zetia do for you that niacin can't? Apparently, nothing at all. In fact, it could worsen your atherosclerosis.
Recently lots of products with health food ambitions are listing evaporated cane juice in their litany of ingredients. Is it better than white refined sugar and perhaps even a guilt-free indulgence?
Ask most women and they'll tell you that a good dose of chocolate really takes the edge off. It’s not a joke. Science confirms that eating dark chocolate helps relieve emotional stress and also lowers blood pressure.
Apples of course have a reputation for keeping the doctor away and now science finds that both apples and pears may keep strokes away. In the first study of the color of produce, Dutch researchers found that the white flesh of fruits and vegetables may protect against stroke. Other colors, not so much.
We’ve all heard this from a despairing dieter: “Just thinking about dessert (or pasta or bread or chocolate) makes me fat!” You may have said it yourself. But could it actually be true?
You already know that brown rice is a nutrition powerhouse compared to white rice. But you can do even better. Discover the benefits of black rice.
Just because you inherited some "bad genes" from your parents and grandparents, doesn't mean you are doomed to suffer their diseases. A healthy diet, including olive oil, can modulate the effect of these genes.
With no pretensions or aspirations for superfood status, the lowly cucumber still offers a surprising range of nutrients, and even some recently discovered health benefits for diabetics. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy its refreshing flavor paired with avocado is this quick and easy cold soup.
If you live in North America or Europe that jar of "cinnamon" in your cupboard is probably not truly cinnamon at all, but a very similar spice known as cassia or "bastard cinnamon."
Olive oil comes from olives, corn oil comes from corn and canola oil comes from … canola? Right… sort of. Canola oil is a genetically modified food made from a hybridized version of the rapeseed plant which is a member of the mustard or cabbage family.
Pumpkin seeds come from pumpkins, sunflower seeds come from sunflowers and sesame seeds come from... sesames? Sesame seeds have a broad range of health benefits, many of which have been scientifically confirmed. For their diminutive size, they pack a wide array of nutrients and health benefits.
It may sound like a dream come true for many of us, but a research study published in the FASEB Journal, suggests that resveratrol, the healthy compound found in red wine, could help counter the negative effects of being a couch potato.
Thanks to the efforts of a single Peruvian researcher, a neglected and little known ancient plant was saved from certain extinction about 50 years ago. Today that resurrected root is considered a superfood that improves energy, stamina and libido, and can help menopausal women balance their hormones naturally.
Butter has gotten a bad rap for many years, starting in the last century with the rise of margarine, which we now recognize as a deadly trans fat. More recently, butter has been shunned in favor of olive oil and canola oil. But here’s why we should reserve a place at the table for good old-fashioned butter.
We all know that leafy green vegetables are good for us, but do you know why they're so good? There are plenty of reasons but, when it comes to heart health, the secret is nitrates.
Arugula has become something of a rock star in the world of salad and like all good rock stars, it has surrounded itself with controversy to create mystique and keep the publicity coming.
Midlife women have been led to believe that hormone replacement therapy is an either or proposition: either you take it or you suffer the symptoms of menopause.
Investigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, studying the link between disease and nutrition, believe that eating just one cup of blueberries every day prevents cell damage linked to cancer.
Old adages usually survive because they're based on common experience. Everyone has heard the old saying, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." At least one clinical study has found that this may prove out scientifically, at least for menopausal women.
More and more women are being prescribed cholesterol-lowering statins and some doctors are even recommending the drugs be added to the water supply or dispensed at the McDonald’s drive-thru windows. However, postmenopausal women using statins may be increasing their risk of diabetes according to a study published by the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Just looking at a juicy watermelon seems to relax us perhaps because the image conjures memories of lazy summer days and informal meals. But a new study reveals that it’s not just in our heads. Eating watermelon lowers blood pressure – it’s true.

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