Ask the Diet Doctor: Maca Root Powder

Q: What’s the deal with maca powder? A: Maca is a plant from the Andes that is of the mustard family. It was used traditionally in South America to treat infertility and imbalances in female hormones, and has since made its way onto health food store shelves and eCommerce shops across the world where its […]

The Deal with Detoxifying Foods

Are any foods truly “detoxifying”? I’ve previously written about how you should be very wary of any product that claims to be detoxifying. However, our world is full of chemical and natural toxins (caffeine, for example) that our body needs to deal with in order to maintain optimal function. The good news is there are foods […]

“Can I Eat Ice Cream After A Workout?”

Q: I’ve seen people advocating using ice cream as part of a post-workout shake. Is there any merit to this? This idea has been floating around online and in fitness magazines for a few years. But honestly, I wouldn’t recommend it. Adding ice cream to your post-workout shake isn’t a great strategy. Regardless of your […]

Ask the Diet Doctor: Cravings and Nutrient Deficiencies

Q: Do food cravings mean that I am deficient in particular nutrients? A: If you’re dehydrated, feeling thirsty is your body’s way of urging you to drink water. If you’re tired, feeling sleepy is your body’s way of urging you to sleep. Our lives are full of different situations where our bodies have a physical […]