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Sep 21, 2022

Are you getting 5-a-day?

September is National Fruit and Vegetable Month, but really, isn’t the start of every month a great time to make a habit change to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet? If you’re tired of eating the same fruits and veggies the same way, try something new! We often overestimate the amount of fruits… 


Sep 20, 2022

Listen up!

What a fun new experience to sit down with Kristin Pridgen, a Certified Health Education Specialist, for the Wholē Temple podcast. It was a great opportunity to answer questions (and dive deeper into a few misconceptions) about phytochemicals and the interaction between diet and health. Listen here. This article was part of the September 2022 e-news FRESH… 


Aug 20, 2022

Vitamin D Under Review

Vitamin D is a hormone made in the skin and transformed into the active form in the kidneys and liver that allows the calcium and phosphorus in our diet to be absorbed and used by the bones, heart, and immune system. Vitamin D can also be consumed in foods and supplements. Some foods that are… 


Aug 20, 2022

Buzzword Brief: Processed Food

Q: What is processed food?A: Processed food is food that is taken from its whole food form and changed in some way. This could mean that it has simply been flash frozen, portioned and packaged for convenience and prolonged shelf-life, or it could mean that it has been added to other ingredients to make a… 


Aug 20, 2022

Exploring Inflammation

It’s easy to think about some disorders that are associated with inflammation such as arthritis, phlebitis, bronchitis, and wound healing; but what about diabetes, hypertension, and even some cancers? They are also affected by inflammation. Inflammation comes from an injury or infection in the body. When injured, the immune system sends white blood cells to… 

Jul 27, 2022

Watermelon – More than a refreshing treat

Watermelons are a favorite research crop for Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie. She has helped improve commercial watermelon production, but has also done extensive research looking at the health benefits watermelon offers. She’s even done a few out-of-the-box projects, including overseeing a student-driven recipe development for watermelon-mango-guava fruit leather and evaluating a watermelon-based cream as a sunblock for UVA and… 

Jul 27, 2022

UV Awareness

Summer is certainly in full swing with high temperatures and lots of sunshine. This is a perfect time to remember the pros and cons of these sun-filled days. The sun is good for our gardens, our mood, and for vitamin D synthesis, but UV rays also put us at risk for skin cancer and eye… 

Jun 22, 2022

Do berries, exercise and the gut microbiome synergistically support brain health?

A group of collaborators from NC State University, UNC-Chapel Hill and Appalachian State University recently published a review article looking at the connections between brain health and flavonoids (in foods like tea, berries, and legumes), exercise, and the gut microbiome. You can use these connections to further the conversations with your patients about their lifestyle choices and prevention… 

Jun 22, 2022

Fight Cancer with Broccoli Microgreens

While attending the North Carolina Integrative Medical Society Conference on June 10-11 in Raleigh, I heard Dr. Emily Ho, PhD, from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University share her passion for broccoli and its phytomedicine features. Ho focused on the cancer fighting properties of this sulforaphane-rich vegetable. Sulforaphane is a phytochemical in the isothiocyanate family and can…