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Prebiotics 101

Prebiotics 101

Probiotics are your gut’s best defense in the world of the microbiome. They’re the “good” bacteria that fight off inflammation and disease and boost your immunity.

But what about Prebiotics?

Prebiotics are non-digestible fiber compounds or carbohydrates that help feed the probiotics and help them grow. There are plenty of excellent ways to get prebiotics — you might already be eating them — garlic is one!  I’m breaking down how prebiotics and probiotics work together to help you stay healthy and keep your immune system strong. 

WHAT ARE PREBIOTICS? 

Why is fiber important for gut health?

Why is fiber important for gut health?

Fiber is found in most whole foods we eat from vegetables, fruits, to legumes and grains. But why is fiber important for gut health, digestion, and our overall health?

Read more about this important part of your diet.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

How to eat healthy during Passover

How to eat healthy during Passover

Passover is a challenging time of the year for the health conscious! This Jewish religious holiday often brings with it bigger meals, later mealtimes and sweet treats. The holiday socializes eating with loved ones and requires less physical activity. Rest assured, there are ways to stay healthy during Passover despite its food restrictions.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Fruits for an improved Digestion

Fruits for an improved Digestion

Your digestion plays a dynamic role in your health! It’s responsible for absorbing nutrients and eliminating waste. Unfortunately, many people suffer from digestive problems like bloating, cramping, gas, abdominal pain, diarrhea/constipation and among other reasons.

One of the common themes I discuss with my clients is all about digestion. I talk about ways to improve digestion, tips to decrease bloating, how to have regular bowel movements, and much more.

It’s a topic I love talking about! I wanted to share some fiber-rich fruits for digestion so you can start incorporating into your diet to help aide in bowl movements.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Quality matters.. don't skimp on these!

Quality matters.. don't skimp on these!

A handful of ingredients deserve the splurge. We’re talking quality over quantity. Not all ingredients are created equal. Some are nutrient dense ingredients, specifically, these are the ones you don’t want to skimp on.

Most would agree that they want the most nutrients for their dollar when they’re grocery shopping. That’s why it’s important to know which foods are worth splurging on.

Your body will thank you!

Spirulina the Superstar!

Spirulina the Superstar!

Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae considered a superfood due to its excellent nutritional content and health benefits. Spirulina has a high protein and vitamin content, which makes this popular among the plant-based communities. Research suggests that spirulina has antioxidant and inflammation-fighting properties.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Meal Planning 101

Meal Planning 101

Meal planning 101

A fundamental tool for healthy eating!

Try this tip so you never get bored with meal planning. If you’re new to meal planning or a pro, then you know there’s a possibility that you can get bored. Meal planning is one of several tools I use as a dietitian with my clients to keep them on track with their health goals. It’s a simple system, yet it can be overwhelming to start.

I understand!

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Mistakes when going Vegan...AND how to avoid them

Mistakes when going Vegan...AND how to avoid them

Mistakes when going vegan….and how to avoid them

There is no “right” or “wrong” way to eat. Each of us are unique. Our dietary needs, caloric requirements, lifestyle, etc. are all highly individualized and can change depending on what you're dealing with at the time.

It’s clear that we would all benefit from eating more veggies/fruits—more whole foods. For some people that means eating 100% plant based or vegan and for others that just means trying to get to your servings in a day. Whatever you are, there are a few issues when people transition into a more plant-based diet.

The goal is to help make it as easy as possible for you to incorporate more plants into your diet and find a balance that is realistic for you!

Note that these recommendations are also relevant if you aren't plant-based but struggle with low energy and healthy eating.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Seven Ways to Help you Stay Hydrated!

Seven Ways to Help you Stay Hydrated!

Our bodies are around 60% water, give or take.

Staying hydrated is important. Just because it’s cold and you may not be sweating as much, doesn’t mean we can’t get dehydrated in the winter! Beginning stages of dehydration can make you feel a little lethargic, may cause headaches, cause a feeling of “hunger” yet it’s thirst, dry skin, chapped lips, and constipation. When too much water is lost from the body, the organs, cells, and tissues fail to function, which can lead to dangerous complications.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Health Trends for 2019

Health Trends for 2019

Hello, 2019! While many trends come and go, these ones are here to stay in our book.

A fresh new year brings a host of buzzworthy health and nutrition topics that are important to Nutrition Connections (NC). The healthy eating movement has transitioned from a diet to a healthy lifestyle. Health food trends only continue to gain momentum.  So what’s new for 2019?

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

New Year..New you!

New Year..New you!

HAPPY NEW YEAR…Or happy *almost* New Year!

As 2018 ends, one thing is for certain, 2019 is going to be all about setting ourselves up for emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical success. So why not try the following ways to make 2019 your year!

 By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Nutrition & Marathon Training Tips

Nutrition & Marathon Training Tips

Marathon & Nutrition Training Tips:

Nutrition has always been a crucial player in my own running victories and failures (so many failures). My experience over the years has helped me form a few nutrition do’s and don’ts during training. Keep in mind that nutrition is very individual and there will always be exceptions but overall, I think this list is applicable for most runners.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

6 Tips for a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving

6 Tips for a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving comes once a year, so why not go ahead and splurge? Most pack on a few pounds during the holidays and keep that extra weight permanently. However, Thanksgiving does not have to sabotage your weight. A little know how can satisfy your desire for traditional favorites and still enjoy Thanksgiving festivities.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

“What I eat in day”

 “What I eat in day”

Are the “What I Eat In A Day” Posts Promoting Healthy Relationships With Food?

As the holiday season rolls around,diets and stressing about what foods you're eating can bring upon unnecessary anxiety. What matters is that you're eating whole foods that nourish your body and are meeting your unique nutritional goals and needs. Read More.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Whole Foods lifestyle 101

Whole Foods lifestyle 101

Staying nourished!

 If you’re new to a whole foods lifestyle and don’t know where to start or just need a refresher, start with these food principles for better health and well-being.

 Keep reading to learn all about the Nutrition Connections (NC) food philosophy!

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

SuperFoods

SuperFoods

Super Foods:

I’m all about making nutrition as simple as possible and one easy way to boost your nutrition is to simply add more of the good stuff! I’m sharing 4 of my favorite common superfoods that are probably already in your kitchen. You can easily incorporate into your favorite meals, snacks, or smoothies to boost the nutrition content.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

Ways to combat Stress during the Holidays or Any day!

Ways to combat Stress during the Holidays or Any day!

Ways to combat stress during the Holidays or any day!

The shopping and crowds. The back-to-back diet-busting parties. The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests — stress and depression. And it's no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few. We understand how easy it is to feel not so wonderful at this most wonderful time of the year. Stress is not a bad nor good thing, it just IS. The way we react, handle, manifest, and manage stress is where the typical trouble associated with stress will occur. Stress impacts our health and bodies in a multitude of ways including:

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN

How to choose the best Protein Powder

How to choose the best Protein Powder

Protein powders are a quick way to help ensure that your body is nourished and satisfied. We use them for a variety of reasons such as for weight loss, to improve sports performance and build muscle mass, and for overall wellness. See what criteria should be on your checklist before buying.

By: Carol Aguirre MS, RD/LDN