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Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Nutrition

* the opinions expressed are those of the author and not Nutrition Ink. In recent years hospitals began to update the way in which we think about nutrition regarding surgical recovery. For the longest time the standard in treating post op patients has been to progress them along the path of clear liquid, to full liquid, to solid foods over a few days or weeks depending on tolerance. This is hopefully a soon to be antiquated strategy in post-surgery nutrition. The current standard of placing a patient on a clear liquid diet followed by the full liquid diet has been effective but also slow to get results due to the low protein available on such diets. This is problematic due to a general patie

Nourishing Your Noggin: Nutrition for Brain Injury or Concussion Recovery

* the opinions expressed are those of the author and not Nutrition Ink. With the fast- paced, nonstop world we live in today, it is very likely that the majority of individuals within our population have experienced some type of head or brain injury, such as a diagnosed concussion. According to UPMC, “Between 1.7 and 3 million sports- and recreation-related concussions happen each year.” When an injury such as a concussion occurs, it is very critical to follow a strict regime to avoid potential life- threatening complications and optimize your injury recovery. For athletes who are sidelined due to head injuries, the recovery stage is particularly important in order for a quick, full recovery

The Truth Behind Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivities

* the opinions expressed are those of the author and not Nutrition Ink. If you’ve been to the grocery store lately, you’ve probably noticed quite a few products bearing “gluten free” labels. That is because the concept of “going gluten free” has recently become very popular and the amount of gluten free products that are sold, has greatly increased. In fact, global market data have predicted that between the years of 2015 and 2020, the sale of gluten free products would increase by an annual growth rate of 10.4%. However, amongst the general population, the number of people diagnosed with a real gluten intolerance such as celiac disease is said to be less than 1%. On the other hand, there ar

Are Eggs Bad for the Heart Health?

* the opinions expressed are those of the author and not Nutrition Ink. Eggs are one of the richest sources of cholesterol in our diet. As the relationship between cholesterol and heart disease is well established in the literature, it is common that people are questioning if they should avoid eating eggs to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Our body can produce cholesterol in the liver via biosynthesis and only about 25% of serum cholesterol is derived from diet. Recent studies show a weak relationship between dietary cholesterol (egg) intake and CVD risk in the general population. Serum cholesterol does not necessarily rise much due to egg intake, given that the response dep

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