Health Notes

Fiber: The Fourth Macronutrient?

By Robert Luby, MD

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

“Fiber” may be the most underappreciated “nutrient”.  The trio of fat, carbohydrate, and protein are traditionally considered to be the three “macronutrients”.  However, it could easily be argued that fiber is so important for human health that it might be considered the fourth macronutrient.  There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble, and they both impart a variety of health benefits.

March's Health Genie: Healthy Kids

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Dear Health Genie,

I grew up on the Standard America Diet (S.A.D.). Veggies to me meant salad composed mostly of iceberg lettuce or baked potatoes or canned peas. As an adult, I have broadened my horizons and now enjoy a variety of fruits and veggies. In contrast to my own childhood, I am trying to establish healthy eating habits for my kids while they are still young. Getting them to eat a variety of fresh fruits and veggies is important, but a tricky task. Do you have any tips for encouraging kids to eat more produce?

Sincerely,
S.A.D. Mom

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Warding Off the Cold and Flu

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Dear Health Genie,

I am back in school and the weather is quickly turning.  Most of my friends are sick with the cold or flu and I want to avoid catching what they have, especially before my first round of exams.  What can I do to decrease my likelihood of getting sick?

Thank you,

Allison T.

September Health Genie: Energy Support

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Licorice Root

Dear Health Genie,

The summer has gotten the best of me.  After my vacations, long summer days, and outdoor activities, my energy is zapped.  I have a hard time waking up in the morning and am easily fatigued, both mentally and physically.  I want to refrain from multiple cups of coffee and energy drinks.  What are some natural remedies to increase my energy?

In need,
N.R.G. Boost

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Kombucha

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Kombucha

By Cristi Nunziata, Herbal Education Coordinator

You may think that kombucha is not your cup of tea, but if you haven’t already, there are many reasons that you may consider giving it a try. As a healthier alternative to soda, kombucha is fizzy and comes in a variety of flavors. Two brands are made locally, KIS and Aqua Vitea. You may also learn to make this healing beverage at home.

It is believed that kombucha dates back to the Chinese empire of the Tsim-Dynasty in 221 B.C. It was then passed on to Japan and finally India, Russia, and other Eastern countries. It was a popular beverage in World War II when black tea and sugar were sparse. Kombucha has been passed on from person to person for thousands of years and continues to be a popular beverage to this day.

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