How to eat healthy may change with age

By: Katherine D. McManus
Posted on: July 31, 2020

Eating right can help keep your body and mind healthy and extend your quality of life. But some older Americans may face barriers to getting enough nutrients or calories. Physiological changes that come with aging can result in reduced caloric needs, which can lead to decreased food intake and altered body composition, even in healthy older adults. This can be compounded by diminished ... READ MORE

The many health benefits of chamomile

By: Suzy Cohen
Posted on: July 31, 2020

About a million cups of chamomile tea are served every single day. The antioxidant compounds in chamomile, including apigenin, have been proven useful for a variety of issues that might concern you. Here are some of the unexpected benefits of chamomile that you may not know of: Arthritis relief You might have heard about benefits from essential oil of frankincense for knee pain or... READ MORE

Avoiding kidney stones, digestive issues

By: Howard LeWine, M.D.
Posted on: July 31, 2020

Q: I recently passed a kidney stone. I never want to go through that pain again! What’s the best diet to avoid another kidney stone? A: First and foremost, be sure you drink plenty of fluids every day and avoid dehydration. Kidney stones form when certain minerals concentrate in the urine and form hard crystals. By drinking plenty of fluid, you can decrease the concentration of these... READ MORE

Best foods to eat for better night sleep

By: Matthew Kadey
Posted on: July 31, 2020

Having trouble sleeping? These snooze-inducing snacks can help you escape a slumber slump: Popcorn Eating a heavy meal within two hours of bedtime can keep you awake, but light-and-airy popcorn makes a great late-night snack. Popcorn contains carbohydrates that help send the amino acid tryptophan to your brain, where it is used to make serotonin — a sleep-inducing... READ MORE

Mexican zucchini soup is great for summer

By: Mee McCormick
Posted on: July 31, 2020

Years ago, my idea of home cooking was purchasing mainly processed foods and serving them along with salads and fruits, thinking I was cooking healthy for my family. Now I know that wasn’t the case. With some detective work, I discovered that I had many food allergies and sensitivities, which led me to master allergy-friendly cooking. I’m happy to say that a year after taking my... READ MORE

Food banks face spike in demand

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: July 31, 2020

Longtime volunteers for the Capital Area Food Bank were accustomed to working long hours packing boxes with fresh fruit and vegetables in a Northeast D.C. warehouse. What kept them coming back was the camaraderie and satisfaction of helping others. But in March, when the pandemic hit, some volunteers suddenly found themselves in need of food themselves. “I’m so sorry to have to... READ MORE