Jul 22, 2018
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Celebrating 25 Years of Nutrition Care Systems by Sharing Wisdom from our Founder, Dorothy Stewart

What was the reasoning behind starting Nutrition Care Systems back in 1993? Nutrition Care Systems was founded to provide long-term care facilities with a service that brought the many aspects of residents’ ‘nutrition care’ into the fold of facility management/corporations. When I began my career as a corporate dietitian, most facilities had to find and … [ Read More ]

Changing Senses

Our senses help us to perceive and enjoy our current environment. The sensation of smell plays a big part in why we love to eat, enjoying the aromas of our foods helps us to look forward to the pleasures of tasting them. As we age so do our senses, and the sensations of smell, olfactory … [ Read More ]

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Lactose Intolerance

Those that are lactose intolerant must be careful when consuming dairy products or they can become bloated, have diarrhea, nausea/vomiting and/or gas. People with this condition lack the enzyme, lactase, which breaks down lactose, the sugar found in milk products. The enzyme lactase is produced, normally, in the small intestine. The symptoms of lactose intolerance … [ Read More ]

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Nutrition and Aging

Age may be just a number, but it is also a factor in nutritional status. It’s no surprise that as we age our bodies change. Some of these changes heavily impact our nutritional status and needs, such as decreasing lean body mass. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, lean body mass declines about … [ Read More ]

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National Nutrition Month® 2018: “Go Further with Food”

March is National Nutrition Month®; a yearly initiative sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and dedicated to the promotion and education of the importance of informed food choices, healthy lifestyle and physical activity. This year’s theme “Go Further with Food” is a reminder that the foods we choose to fuel or bodies with … [ Read More ]

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Osteoporosis

The word osteoporosis can be translated to ‘porous bones’1; this means bone density has decreased to the point where the bone is weak and can be easily fractured.  It is reported that 30-50% of women and 20-25% of men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Building strong bones is most crucial … [ Read More ]

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Vegetarian Diets

Many people are choosing to eat less meat and opting for a vegetarian diet, especially in recent years.  Reasons for adopting a vegetarian diet include improved health, religious beliefs, ethical reasons, and environmental concerns.  Following a vegetarian diet may decrease the risk of chronic disease, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. All … [ Read More ]

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Food and Drug Interactions

The widespread use of medications and dietary supplements along with the general population’s eating habits and health status can set the stage for numerous food-drug interactions.  Food-drug interactions can change the effectiveness of drugs or the side effects of medications can affect the nutritional status of an individual.  The elderly population is at an increased … [ Read More ]

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Vitamins and supplements

Search on-line the topic of vitamins and minerals and see what the public receives for information.  There are numerous conflicting opinions available on-line and in scientific studies.  Basic guidelines are that additional vitamins and minerals are not needed if one consumes a balanced diet based on USDA’s plate method.  If a balanced diet is in … [ Read More ]

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Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease and those affected are unable to tolerate gluten.  In those with celiac disease, gluten causes the immune system to attack its own bowel tissue and damages the small intestines.  The villi that line the small intestine are eroded.  This may lead to malabsorption and malnutrition as the villi are … [ Read More ]

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