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Food as Medicine

Setting the Record Straight on Supplements

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

So many people today are confused about supplements. Even many doctors, nutritionists, and other health experts are uncertain. Why? Because there's so much conflicting information in the media.

Why You Should Never Eat High Fructose Corn Syrup

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

In America today, we are eating huge doses of sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup. It is sweeter and cheaper than regular sugar and is in every processed food and sugar-sweetened drink. Purging it from your diet is the single best thing you can do for your health!

How a Light Bulb Can Help You Sleep Better

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

Light plays a crucial role in helping the body function normally and produce the right amount of the essential hormone melatonin.

The Biggest Medical Discovery of Our Lifetimes: Finding the Cure for Chronic Disease

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

Many people are searching for functional medicine doctors because they're unsatisfied with what conventional medicine offers. They're unhappy with the way conventional doctors think about their health. They're discouraged by the focus conventional medicine places on just suppressing symptoms.

Is Milk Dangerous for Your Health?

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

A recent study out of Harvard found a lack of data proving that eating dairy leads to better bones, weight loss, or improved health. The researchers found, instead, a number of serious health risks, including cancer, tied to dairy consumption.

Are You Sick and Tired? Maybe It's Your Thyroid

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

All of these symptoms are potentially related to low thyroid function or what we call hypothyroidism. They can negatively affect your quality of life, but when you correct your thyroid function, you can get rid of these symptoms.

8 Steps to Stop Your Nighttime Binges

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

Do you sometimes sneak a late-night snack, even after you've had a big dinner? Or worse, do you find yourself hungry and craving sugar and carbs at night? You may think you're alone, but nighttime eating is a common problem.

6 Steps to Healthy Cholesterol

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

The truth is, your body needs cholesterol in order to function properly. So, it's not about having lower cholesterol; it's about having the right type of cholesterol.

7 Steps to Reverse Acid Reflux

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

44 percent of Americans have heartburn at least once a month. 25 to 35 percent have reflux. It causes tremendous problems, and nobody is asking why. Is there some other factor that's driving this epidemic?

Do You Have a Fatty Liver? 90 Million Americans Do!

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

The most common disease in America is something you probably never heard of, but it affects 90 million Americans and is a major risk factor for diabetes, heart attacks, and even cancer.

Breathe Easy: Addressing the Root Causes of Asthma

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

Asthma results from inflammation in the lungs. Rather than suppressing inflammation with powerful steroid medication (which is what most inhalers contain), we need to ask a different question.

Push the Pause Button on Adrenal Burnout

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

Chronic, unremitting stress takes a heavy toll on our health. Over time, it can lead to burnout of the adrenal glands, making it impossible for your body to respond normally to the stresses of life, leaving you feeling tired and crummy most of the time.

How To Cure Irritable Bowel Syndrome In A Few Days

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

Through the science of functional medicine, a new way of thinking about how to solve this (and every other!) complex health problem, you can fix this problem quickly by simple changes in diet and a few other simple strategies.

10 Ways To Ditch Your Cravings For Sugar, Salt, And Fats

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 10.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

The best way to ensure you are eating the highest quality, most nutritious food possible is to prepare your own food in your own kitchen. We are all chefs. You don't have to be trained at Le Cordon Bleu to know your way around a kitchen.

10 Reasons Why Summer Is The Season For Eating Well

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 10.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

It's easy to eat fresh, locally grown food when fruits and vegetables are as abundant and available as they are during the summer months. And when food is more available, it's more affordable, too.

Can Fish Oil Cause Prostate Cancer?

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 09.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

Bottom line, this type of study does not prove cause and effect. If I did a study on sunrise and humans waking up, I would find 100 percent correlation, but that doesn't mean that the sun came up because you woke up. Correlation, yes; causation, no.

How To Prepare For A Food 'Emergency'

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 09.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

Here are easy-to-make or easy-to-buy foods that you can grab and go anywhere with. We all travel out of the house frequently, and with a little bit of planning and shopping, we can stay healthy and keep ourselves out of food emergencies.

Got Proof? Lack Of Evidence For Milk's Benefits

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 09.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

There is absolutely no biological requirement for milk, and the evidence for low-fat milk is lacking, along with the bone benefits. The dairy lobby has its tentacles deep in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Summer Party Meals: Steak Salad, Potato Salad, And Ice Cream

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 08.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

We all have our favorite summertime foods: a juicy cheeseburger grilled to perfection, a hearty potato salad, or cool, refreshing ice cream. Here are some recipes I recommend as healthy alternatives to those warm-weather favorites.

5 Clues You Are Addicted to Sugar

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 08.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that, in fact, higher-sugar, higher-glycemic foods can be addictive.

3 New Diets For Weight Loss: What Works And What Doesn't

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 08.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

With all the new diet trends that seem to spring up daily, it's not surprising many people are confused about what to eat. At the end of the day, all diets use a gimmick or trick to make you focus on how to change your eating habits to be healthier.

Mark Hyman, MD: The Two Steps to Solving Our Real Energy Crisis

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 08.01.2013 | Women
Mark Hyman, MD

The path to energy, to well-being is not far for most of us -- it is a few bites of food, a few steps, a few moments of rest away. It is disarmingly simple, yet even the best and the brightest among us often fail to make the connection between how we treat our bodies and how we feel.

The One Diet That Can Cure Most Disease: Part I

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

If there is one thing I could encourage everyone to do, it is to take just one week to see just how powerful a drug food can be. There is nothing to lose but your suffering. It doesn't take months or years to see change. It happens in days or weeks.

The Most Important Thing I Learned From My Mother

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 07.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

Today, I want to celebrate my mother because she taught me something so essential and enduring that it has become my greatest passion: cooking. The closer we can get to the food we eat, the shorter the link between field and fork, the better off we will all be.

'The Cure Is In The Kitchen'

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

Time and money are the biggest perceived obstacles to eating well. Neither is real. We have bought in to the insidious marketing messages: "You deserve a break today." Give me a break!