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Ask a Dietitian: Can Foods Prevent Yeast Infections?

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Question: Hi Paula. Can foods help with yeast infections? If so, what foods? Would you be able to say why it is that these foods might help with yeast infections? Is there any research to suggest that they would prevent yeast infections? 
~Danielle P. 
Yes, research has shown a number of foods may help treat and prevent yeast infections. 
For those who don't know what a yeast infection is, yeast infections are a type of sickness caused by a fungus. People can get yeast infections that affect various parts the body, including the skin (dermatitis), mouth (thrush), esophagus, and genitals. 
Foods that may help fight and prevent yeast infections include cayenne, clove, Chinese leek, garlic  grapes, wine, Pau D'Arco tea, and yogurt. Although I have had patients try to apply these foods to their infected body parts, I'd recommend eating or drinking these foods instead. 
I'm not sure how much in-depth science you want, but I will try to explain...
Cayenne: This spice's yeast-k…

Nutrition Basics, Part 3: Vitamins

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Often, schools don't have the time to teach nutrition. That's why I've been teaching Nutrition Basics in this blog series.

I already talked about the Macronutrients--carbohydrates, protein, and fat. 

Next up are Micronutrients, or nutrients we need in small amounts. There are two main types: Vitamins and Minerals. 

Today, I'm focusing on Vitamins. I'll cover Minerals next...

FAQs about Intuitive and Mindful Eating

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Intuitive eating and mindful eating are often presented together in the media but they are not the same thing. 
What is intuitive eating? Intuitive eating is being aware of hunger and satiety. Intuitive eaters eat when they are hungry and do not eat when they aren’t hungry. 
What is mindful eating? Mindful eating is being aware of taste, smell, and textures of food. Mindful eaters may eat when they are not hungry. As they eat, they focus on enjoying the food.


Nutrition Basics 2: Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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By now, I think most people have heard at least something about Omega-3s, which are a type of fat. But I'm going to delve a little deeper..
Omega-3s Basics Omega-3s are a type of unsaturated fat, the "good" fat.

You may have also heard of Omega-6s or Omega-9s. They are also unsaturated fats. 
If you want to get into science, Omega-3s have a double bond between two carbon atoms at the omega-3 position (which means that the third carbon from the end of the fat chain not attached to a glycerol backbone).
When talking about Omega-3s, you may have heard of specific fats, like alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA), and Docosahexanoic Acid (DHA)
These are different molecules, but they are grouped together because they all have a double bond in the omega-3 position. However, one Omega-3 fat is not the same as another Omega-3; you don't need to eat all of them... 
Essential Fats As I mentioned in my Macronutrients post, there are two essential fats: alpha-lino…

Are Diet Sweeteners Safe?

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Every day it seems that there are new diet products on the market. Are the chemicals used in them safe?
Artificial and natural no and low calorie sweeteners which are often added to these products are considered safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Similar agencies have also approved these sweeteners for use in other countries. 

That said, there are still possible side effects, just like medications recognized as safe may result in side effects.
Let’s explore these sweeteners and their potential health risks, starting with the oldest first.

Nutrition Basics: Macronutrients

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I've noticed many of my nutrition clients are lacking basic nutrition information. Since health classes aren't teaching the basics and many can't afford to see a dietitian, I thought I would share nutrition basics here for free...

Macronutrients are the 3 types of nutrients we need in large amounts. I'll get into Micronutrients, or those that we need in small amounts, in an upcoming post.

Macronutrients the nutrients that provide calories, which is a measure of energy we gain from food. The three macronutrients are carbohydrates (carbs), protein, and fatty acids (fats). Sometimes alcohol is also grouped as a macronutrient, because it provides calories; however, it is not an essential nutrient and I typically do not recommend its consumption.