Dana Nahai is an accomplished authority on nutritional science and wellness with published written and video content. Check here for recent and notable media coverage.
I’m a Dietitian and I’m Here to Tell You You’re Not Going to Stop Eating Sugar
You need to limit added sugar for the sake of your health, but if you're trying to cut it completely, it's time to relax. Let’s start by admitting you like sugar. Perhaps you’re hardcore and into Skittles, Lemon Drops, and Pixy Stix. Or you’re a lesser devotee who just won't let a doughnut pass you by. Or maybe you’re the delusional type who says, “I completely gave up sugar; I only use honey now.” It’s okay; you’re not alone.
FEATURED IN WEll and good | November 24, 2018
”EVER WONDERED ABOUT ANISE? HERE ARE 5 HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE LICORICE-LIKE SPICE”
“Anise is a culinary cousin of caraway, cumin, and dill,” says Dana Nahai, RDN. “The flavor profile of anise will range from fruity to bitter depending on the variety of the plant.” She adds that it’s an ingredient that’s been used across cultures for thousands of years.
“The anti-inflammatory effect of anise is both historically and scientifically documented,” Nahai says, citing a study that showed that anise capsules improved symptoms in people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
5 Health Benefits of Anise
1. It’s anti-inflammatory
2. It can help keep you regular
3. It’s an antimicrobial superstar
4. It could be an immune system booster
5. Anise has unique phenylpropanoids (AKA health multitaskers)
Learn more about the benefits of anise by reading full article.
FEATURED IN WEll and good | November 17, 2018
"BEFORE YOU JUMP ON THE GINSENG BANDWAGON, BE SURE YOU KNOW ITS BENEFITS—AND SIDE EFFECTS"
As more people around the world start working with the plant, it’s important to understand both how it can boost your health, as well as its side effects, says Dana Nahai, RDN. First of all, when speaking about ginseng, Nahai notes that we’re talking about a specific Panax variety, which is native to China, Korea, and North America.
“It’s bitter on the palate, and the pharmacological effect is far more potent when used as a tea, tincture, or powder than when infused, fried, or eaten raw,” she says.
And when you’re looking for the herb, “quality and bioavailability count for everything,” she explains, adding that you should do your research on the herb or supplement before you buy it. The registered dietitian nutritionist advises buying the whole root intact.
Ginseng’s Supercharged Benefits
1. It combats inflammation
2. It’s a potentially natural stimulant for focus and attention
3. It could improve sex drive in both women and men
4. It could prevent and alleviate side effects of cancer.
5. It can be beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes
6. It helps prevent and combat the flu
Learn more about ginseng benefits and potential side effects in full article.