Ashley Koff, RD

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  • Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    Although inflammation is part of our bodies' natural defense mechanisms against foreign invaders such as bad bacteria, viruses, and toxins, too much inflammation can be harmful. When inflammation runs rampant or goes awry it can disrupt your immune system and lead to chronic problems and/or disease. It's...Read More
  • Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    Never forgo carbs entirely at any given meal. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to skip the carbs or save those carbs for a later feast. This will sabotage your energy equation. If you skip carbs at lunch thinking that you can then indulge in pizza with your kids at dinner, think again: you will...Read More
  • Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    I just wrote a book on this (Mom Energy: A Simple Plan to Live Fully Charged) so please know that there are lots of things but let me give you a few. The first is to focus on the quality of what you eat (I call this being a Qualitarian) so that your body gets what it recognizes most readily and as a result...Read More
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Keeping children's lunchboxes clean helps protect them from foodborne illness, an expert says.

    That's because dirty lunchboxes may contain bacteria that can make youngsters sick, explained Natasha Haynes, a family and co...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new survey of American adults across 18 states finds 17 percent drinking at least one sugary soda per day, with rates varying widely across states.

    For example, while about 12 percent of people in New York state or Hawaii downed one or more no...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new survey of American adults across 18 states finds 17 percent drinking at least one sugary soda per day, with rates varying widely across states.

    For example, while about 12 percent of people in New York state or Hawaii downed one or more no...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The types of food that many Southerners seem to prefer -- fried foods, sweet drinks and processed meals -- may be deadly for people with kidney disease, a new study suggests.

    A "Southern-style" diet was associated with a 50 percent greater risk ...Full Article

  • Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    By definition, comfort foods make us feel good, can lift a bad mood, and plain and simple be a form of stress relief.

    The emotional factor often provides the undercurrent to appetite. Our behavior around food is also intimately connected to deep emotional requirements such as the innate needs to feel...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Emergency Medicine:

    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of American seniors seen at emergency departments are either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition, a new study reveals.

    Among ER patients aged 65 and older, 16 percent were malnourished and 60 percent were either malnourished...Full Article

  • Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    Although every cell in your body needs salt to work properly, we consume far more than we need. Your chance of being deficient is nil. That's why when we take in extra salt, we require extra water to reduce the sodium concentration to an optimal level, which results in excess water retention throughout...Read More
  • Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    High-fat fish such as salmon are called brain food for a reason. Fats don't just add cushion and warmth; they are necessary for energy production, and even for your sanity. About two-thirds of our brains are composed of fat, and the protective sheath around communicating neurons is 70 percent fat. So...Read More
  • Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    The omega-3 fats in salmon as well as other cold-water fish, avocados, walnuts, flaxseeds, and olives have numerous proven health benefits, including those that protect the heart. One omega-3 in particular, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), is the nervous system's favorite fat. It's the most abundant omega-3...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Poor nutrition can translate to poor performance in school, experts say.

    Allison Bourgraf, a clinical dietitian at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Ohio, offers these tips about healthy diets for schoolchildren in a medical center n...Full Article

  • Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common ailments of the bowel (intestines). What can be frustrating about IBS is that it's not linked to any structural defects. In other words, it's a functional disorder. If you are personally familiar with IBS, then you know very well how much it...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that people who eat out consume an average of about 200 calories more a day than when they cook at home.

    They also take in more saturated fat, sugar and salt.

    The study has limitations. It doesn't say anything about whet...Full Article