Ashley Koff, RD

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  • Ashley Koff, RD - Washington, DC - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    Respect what your gut has to say. Even the most finely tuned machine has its quirks -- if certain foods trigger gastrointestinal (GI) problems for you, avoid them. Common heartburn culprits: acidic, spicy, and fatty foods; caffeinated and carbonated drinks; chocolate; and onions. Make it a goal to replace...Read More
  • Ashley Koff, RD - Washington, DC - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    Navigating the supermarket today can be tricky. Supermarkets now place junk food next to healthy food. They also make it easy to grab what they want you to grab by how they place goods and attract your attention through specials and signs. Here's a classic example: you're in the produce department and next to...Read More
  • Ashley Koff, RD - Washington, DC - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    Most of the body's waste products are the by-products of the air we breathe and the food we eat. However, our intestinal tracts are full of bacteria and yeast that also produce waste. These bacteria and yeast are often called gut flora or intestinal microbes. Some of these bacteria are highly ben...Read More
  • Ashley Koff, RD - Washington, DC - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    Virtually all medications, whether they are over-the-counter or prescribed, can change your body's natural energy metabolism. Common energy-depleting culprits include proton pump inhibitors (e.g., Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid, etc.), birth control, antibiotics, sleep medications such as Ambien, SSRIs for d...Read More
  • Ashley Koff, RD - Washington, DC - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    Gut-friendly bacteria use fiber as their main food source, hence the recommendation to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, such as oats, barley, whole wheat, and popcorn. Fiber also aids the passage of food and waste through the gut. Aim for over 20 grams of fiber a day. But go slowly:...Read More
  • Ashley Koff, RD - Washington, DC - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    Proteins are found in both animal and vegetable sources. However, each food source contains differing varieties and amounts of amino acids, which are the individual chemical units that comprise proteins. In other words, amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. The terms complete protein or...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Public Health:

    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two-thirds of dietary supplements recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because they contained banned ingredients remained on store shelves at least six months after they were recalled, a new study finds.

    For example, in July ...Full Article

  • Ashley Koff, RD - Washington, DC - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    You don't want to eat around a craving or exchange one energy drain for another. Doing so is called "eating transference," meaning that you go shopping, for example, instead of eating -- in essence, you binge at the mall. Or maybe you're the type to use excessive exercise as a way to avoid eating. The human...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Despite potential health benefits, chia seeds may pose a risk if they are not consumed properly, according to new research.

    The tiny, oval seeds -- a rich source of fiber, protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids -- should not be eaten in th...Full Article

  • Ashley Koff, RD - Washington, DC - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    Healthy fats such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are at an all-time low in people's diets, whereas unhealthy fats (e.g., saturated and trans, are at an all-time high). But it's healthy fats that help fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E, and K move around the body, create sex hormones, build cell...Read More
  • Ashley Koff, RD - Washington, DC - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    Here are some tips to help you be freezer savvy with frozen foods:
    • Buy frozen organic fruits and vegetables, especially when it comes to berries and other fruits that go bad quickly when you buy them fresh. You can use organic frozen berries in yogurts, on top of frozen desserts, or in a smoothie
    ...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Love to dine out? You could be at higher risk for becoming overweight and having poorer cholesterol levels than people who prefer to eat at home, a new study suggests.

    Researchers led by Ashima Kant of Queens College, City University of New York, ...Full Article

  • Ashley Koff, RD - Washington, DC - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    Two general nutrition concerns apply strongly to the category of ready-made protein bars and shakes: unnecessary processing and unnecessary use of preserving agents. For example, if you're consuming a bar with nuts and dried fruit, why not just choose an apple with some nuts or nut butter instead? The difference...Read More
  • Ashley Koff, RD - Washington, DC - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    With the economy, food safety issues, and time efficiency on everyone's mind, the freezer offers one of our best tools for nutrition for optimal health. Whether it's fruits, vegetables, or fish, these foods are frozen immediately after they are plucked from a tree or the sea and washed. This means that these foods...Read More
  • Ashley Koff, RD - Washington, DC - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Ashley Koff, RD answered:
    Anything that reduces oxidation reduces inflammation, and anything that reduces inflammation reduces oxidation. That's partly why antioxidants are so important. These unselfish nutrients (including vitamins C, A, and E) donate electrons to free radicals, which interrupts the chain reaction and helps...Read More