Nutrition

Nutrition

To Your Health: Detoxing the myths of so-called cleanse diets

By Leia Kedem

Cleanses and detox diets take many shapes and forms, but are similar in that they claim to remove toxins from the body and cause drastic weight loss. Many people even report high levels of energy and euphoria as well as feeling more spiritual overall. Sounds good, right?

To Your Health: Nothing in nutrition is black and white

By Leia Kedem

Have you ever gotten an email, text or letter that made you go, "Wow, what is her problem?" In text, short sentences and using lots of periods can convey curtness. In person, the same message is tempered by facial expressions, gestures and tone of voice. The written word is tricky — so much can be lost in translation.

To Your Health: Here's the dirt on 'clean eating'

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

Sleeping tight? UI study attempts to show link between rest, obesity in kids

We are a sleep-deprived nation.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control, nearly 30 percent of adults report sleeping less than six hours a day, rather than the seven or eight hours recommended. And just 31 percent of high school students report getting at least eight hours of sleep on an average school night.

To Your Health: Aphrodisiacs can really spice up your love life

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

They say sex sells, and ain't that the truth? Yet so many people shy away from discussing it in public. And seeking help when there's trouble in the bedroom? Yeah, right. Like any other aspect of health, we're quick to look for cure-alls.

Dieticians: Kids need less sodium

CHAMPAIGN — What do kids want for lunch and dinner?

Often it's the convenient, kid-friendly stuff like hot dogs, packaged pastas, pizza and chicken nuggets, all of which actually aren't so friendly when it comes to how much sodium they contain.

To Your Health: What's so super about 'superfoods'?

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

What do kale, dark chocolate, red wine, pumpkin, salmon, flax, walnuts and broccoli all have in common? They regularly appear grouped together as "superfoods."

Top of the Morning, Sept. 13, 2014

Things lean and mean STEVE WARNS won't do after finishing today's Crazy K at the Champaign County Fairgrounds (preview, B-1):

— Party. "I will be more interested in going to bed," he said.

— Show off a first-place ribbon. "Me and my knocked knees aren't going to set any records," he said. "But barring any major broken bones, I WILL finish."

To Your Health: What's the secret to winning the battle of the bulge?

By Leia Kedem

Dietitians don't always have the answers. We know what foods to eat and in what amounts for certain conditions, but it's not as cut-and-dried as just following the diet, especially when it comes to weight loss.