Doug Cook

I am a Registered Dietitian & Integrative & Functional Nutritionist and former Certified Diabetes Educator with over 15 years of clinical nutrition experience. I practice a holistic and integrative approach providing science-based guidance on food and diet along with nutritional supplements where appropriate. My strength lies in my ability to explain complicated nutrition and scientific concepts in plain language which I then put into everyday practical dietary advice. I have a unique approach to nutrition counselling. I have the solid education & training of a dietitian but know that there are many points of views outside this model, and I incorporate them into my practice.

7 Top Winter Superfoods

Strategies to stay well throughout the winter are really no different than any other time of the year: watch your stress levels get plenty...

Does The Cholesterol In Food Matter?

Memory and learning wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for cholesterol. It is a critical component of cell membranes without which cell structure would suffer. Cholesterol is used to make bile, helps in digestion and absorption of dietary fats, and is vital for the health of our brain cells. Learn the connection between the cholesterol in food and blood cholesterol.

Everything You Need To Know About Lentils!

Whether in a salad or soup or as the base of a main dish, lentils make a hearty and healthy addition to any meal. Here is everything you need to know about them!

Could A Leaky Gut Be Contributing To Your Health Woes?

Leaky gut is an important player in several diseases and poor health. Read more about the LGS; it's major contributors and medical conditions associated with it.

Is The Food Guide Or Over-Consumption To Blame For Obesity Problems?

The Food Guide correlates serving size and calories, outlining how much of what you should be eating. It recommends a daily intake of 2400 calories for men and 1800 for women. It needs to be personalized and not taken at face value. Overeating healthy foods is not likely a cause of obesity. Meal deals, cheap junk food, confusing food labels, etc. seem to pose the "bigger” threat.

4 Properties Of Sugar That Will Sound Sweet To Your Ears

Imagine a cup of coffee without sugar or plain yogurt with muesli. Not too appealing? There are reasons for our sugar cravings. Sugar amps up the flavor of food by balancing flavors of other ingredients. It acts as a preservative by reducing the water in food, making it inapt for microbes. It improves the appearance and texture of food, making eating more pleasurable.

How Does Folate Prevent Heart Disease?

Folate (found in plants) and folic acid (in vit B9 supplements) are converted to 5-MTHF. All 3 compounds regulate the dilation and constriction of blood vessels. Impaired expansions induce: narrow vessels-high blood pressure-damaged vessels-heart disease. They slash free radicals and homocysteine levels and aid in nitric oxide synthesis needed for apt endothelial function.

What Helps Prevent Cancer – Superfoods Or Lifestyle Changes?

Just relying on superfoods and supplements will not prevent cancer. Instead, stay lean without becoming underweight. Include minimum 30 mins physical activity daily. Include veggies, fruits, whole grains, and pulses in your staple diet. Avoid alcohol, sugary drinks, red meat, processed foods, and tobacco products. Smile and be stress-free. Avoid extended sun exposure.

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