Heather Reese, Patient Expert

Heather wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Food & Nutrition.

Food Factors In Asthma

Think what you eat has nothing to do with your battle with Asthma? Think Again. Nutrition Expert Heather Reese explains. Most experts agree that there is very little evidence supporting a direct link between food and asthma. However, there is a lot o...
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Keep Your Heart in Tick Tock Shape

Fifty percent of Americans have high cholesterol, according to recent statistics from the American Heart Association (AHA). Worse yet, 17 percent of Americans have a blood cholesterol level over 240, which puts them at high risk for heart attack and ...
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Weighing In: What foods should I avoid if I have gout?

_Question: I suffer from gout, are there foods that I should avoid? _ Heather Reese: The most effective treatment for gout is medication; however, avoiding foods high in purines may help prevent flare-ups and/or relieve your symptoms. Gout is a painf...
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Weighing In: Will fasting help my immune system?

_Question: I have a terrible cold that I have been trying to get rid of. We’ve all been told to have chicken soup and drink orange juice to help get rid of a cold. However, I have also read that fasting helps build the immune system. So, am I better ...
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Why Skipping Meals Won't Help You Lose Weight

I recently read that fainting dieters are one of the top reasons that New York subway trains run late And according to the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), this is a year-round problem. Since it’s the time of year when people make resolutions to ...
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Five Tips for Smart Shopping

Have you heard someone complain that they made an impulse purchase? My closet if full of them When we talk about impulse buying - we are usually talking about clothes, shoes, cars " but buying unplanned food items at the grocery store is another ...
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Low Cholesterol Diet: How to Cut Out the Fat

Obesity is a well-documented health crisis in America. Recent statistics show that 30 percent of U.S. adults are obese - this translates to more than 60 million Americans! Obesity impacts more than just your pant size - it also increases your risk of ...
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A Healthy Diet: Tips for Individuals With Bipolar Disorder

Nutrition Expert Heather Reese explains what you need to know about creating a bipolar-conscious diet. Two million Americans suffer from bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression. This very serious illness involves dramatic mood swings from hi...
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Questions on Mercury in Fish, Constipation and Water

I keep hearing that women who are pregnant should avoid fish that are high in mercury. Are there specific types of fish that pregnant women should avoid? There has been a lot of press lately on the risks associated with high mercury intake, particula...
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