Should I take Nexium or any “proton pump inhibitor” medication for my acid reflux?
The latest #AskAshleyKoffRD question was from Steve, who shared his concerns and questions about taking a PPI (proton pump inhibitor) for his acid reflux (“heartburn”) – or rather his wife’s concerns – despite his doctor’s recommendation. There was an interesting study on this a few years ago, so I interviewed one of my favorite gastroenterologists. To understand the risks and benefits of PPIs for acid reflux, you should read this blog
Qi’a and Calm: Deliciously Divine
With the weather outside getting so cold, we want to introduce you to some deliciously divine ways to stay warm and stress less in 2015. Wake up on chilly mornings to a warm breakfast, like Nature’s Path Qi’a Oatmeal. Made with gluten-free oats, every bowl is made with chia, buckwheat, and hemp to keep you fueled all morning long. In the evenings, wind down with Natural Vitality’s Natural Calm. It is magnesium citrate – Mother Nature’s muscle relaxant – and mixes into warm water for a nice end of the day sip. How will you warm up and stress less in 2015? Tweet @AshleyKoff your tips; we’d love to learn and share!
Things that made this
Qualitarian go “HMMMM”
An Emergency HHOS Entry
Cold and flu season is upon us, which is why we’re especially concerned about the latest commercial we saw about an “immune-boosting” product called Emergen-C. The commercial claims that the product has more vitamin C than 10 oranges…and while this may sound like something outstanding, it’s not. It is essential to keep in mind that A) “more” is not “better” especially – as science has shown – when it comes to vitamin C, B) the vitamin C in the product is synthetic (i.e. not the “real” vitamin C from oranges themselves), and C) you can get your vitamin C (and other antioxidants and electrolytes) from LOTS of different fruits and vegetables, so no need to eat or drink 10 oranges a day. Better nutrition is simplified; unfortunately, this product oversimplifies nutrition a little too much leading to concerns about getting too much C and other chemistry lab projects that are unfavorable for better health. See it and other Health Hall of Shame entries, here.
Ashley’s Upcoming Adventures
Traveling around to bring you Qualitarian health tips
Ashley heads West at the beginning of the month…first to chat cultured food & supplemental foods at Lazy Acres Santa Barbara on January 8 then to be a judge at The Fancy (Specialty) Foods Show in San Francisco. Next, Ashley adventures back to NYC to tape her monthly Better TV Show segment. Fingers crossed she’ll also take in a few basketball games. Clippers, Cavs, Blue Devils…who are you rooting for?
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Hi! I’m Tori Holthaus, a Registered Dietitian working with Ashley. I am thrilled to bring you some of my favorite nutrition tips here in the AKA newsletter! For continued conversation and more healthy ideas, join me here!
I am so excited to announce a NEW 2-week program I created to help you eat better, feel great, and conquer your health…it’s time to Eat Right and get Back to the Basics! The program, available on the mobile application Vimify, provides 40 different meal and snack ideas, daily nutrition tips, and daily challenges with the encouragement and accountability of a social community to help you reach better health! I’ll also be highly involved in the program by watching you reach your goals, tracking your progress, and providing support. Learn more about the program here!