Pyramid Nutrition Services Blog

October 1, 2020

To keep your body strong enough to fight with inflammation and virus, it is important to keep your gut healthy. Gut and immune systems seem like an odd combination but they are tightly related, which means keeping your gut health can improve your immune system.  Gut health is not only significant for the immune system, but also mental health! It is the so-called ‘gut-brain connection’, which means that anxiety can be influenced by stomach problems, and vice versa. When you feel nervous or angry, you can sometimes feel mild or even intense discomfort in the gastrointestinal tract (...

August 31, 2020

Many people tend to relate fat to so-called ‘unhealthy’ foods like fried and greasy fast foods. Such fast foods indeed contain lots of fats, which are mostly saturated fats and trans-fat. Saturated fat is one type of fat, mostly from animal sources, and this kind of fat is normally considered to be ‘unhealthy’. Trans-fat is artificially formed through industrial processing, for the purpose of increasing food shelf life.  Since trans fats are considered to be a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes, FDA banned trans-fat in all U.S. food in 2015 and gave food-m...

August 4, 2020

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is noted to dominate >10% of patient diagnosis across the healthcare spectrum. “Each year, approximately 120,000 Americans develop end-stage kidney disease and initiate dialysis, which is costly and associated with functional impairments, worse health-related quality of life, and high early-mortality rates, exceeding 20% in the first year. Recent declarations by the World Kidney Day and the U.S. Government Executive Order seek to implement strategies that reduce the burden of kidney failure by slowing CKD progression and controlling uremia without dial...

As we continue to trend through the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, immunity remains on our minds. Studies suggest sleep deprivation can reduce the body’s ability to build up defenses against illness. Immune systems with healthy sleep were better at “remembering” a virus and had an enhanced ability to attack it. 

Along with proper diet and regular exercise, getting enough sleep has come to be known as the “3rd pillar of health”.  The average adult requires between 7-9 hours of sleep per night.  Shorting yourself time spent asleep, night after night, accumulates as “sleep debt”...

March 27, 2020

Immune-Boosting Nutrients: 

  • Beta Carotene is found in plant foods, such as sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots, mango, broccoli and tomatoes.

  • Vitamin C-rich foods include citrus fruits, berries, melons, tomatoes, bell peppers and broccoli.

  • Vitamin D is found in fatty fish and eggs. Milk and 100% juices that are fortified with vitamin D also are sources of this important nutrient.

  • Zinc tends to be better absorbed from animal sources such as beef and seafood, but also is in vegetarian sources such as wheat germ, beans, nuts and tofu.

  • Probiotics are “good” bacteri...

February 27, 2020

These are the weekly costs of groceries for a family of 4 with 2 kids ages 6-11 per the USDA 2018 (end 2018/most recent)

 Thrifty plan    Low-cost plan   Moderate cost plan      Liberal plan

      $148.70          $195.60                $243.80                      $296.60

How does your spending compare?? Do you feel like you spend too much at the grocery store? Check out the tips below to help. 

Budget Tips From Actual Co...

November 25, 2019

With the holidays upon us, we’re all going to overeat, and that’s nothing to feel guilty about! We tend to eat more socially (distracted eating leads to overeating). Not to mention, no one wants to miss out on their favorite foods that they only get to eat once or twice a year. Still, the fatty, heavy foods and cocktails we consume around the holidays (although delicious) can leave us feeling lethargic and even uncomfortable. Here are some holiday tips to feeling your best:

Eat breakfast You might be tempted to skip breakfast in preparation of your big dinner, but eating something...

November 7, 2019

Intermittent fasting (IF) is one of the latest diet trends. It sounds intriguing; finally, we have found an effective diet that does not restrict what or how much we eat. IF allows you to eat the same types of foods and the same number of calories, just within a shorter time period. The idea behind IF is that having a longer time between eating will lower insulin levels and allow us to use our stored energy in the form of fat. Insulin is a hormone that is released to bring glucose (from carbohydrates) from the bloodstream into our cells to be used as energy. Excess glucose that th...

September 3, 2019

Did you know you can control inflammation with the foods you eat and beverages you drink?

Inflammation is a vital part of the immune system's response to injury and infection. It is the body's way of signaling the immune system to heal and repair damaged tissue, as well as defend itself against foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria. 

Without inflammation as a physiological response, wounds would fester, and infections could become deadly. 

However, if the inflammatory process goes on for too long or if the inflammatory response occurs in places where it is not needed, it can...

August 15, 2019

Ronald Reagan, when President of the United States, proclaimed August “Peach Month” and called upon the people of the US to incorporate this nutritious fruit into their diets and asked interested groups to celebrate this month with appropriate programs and activities.

Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 11:05 a.m., June 16, 1982. 

National Peach Month recognizes the fuzzy stone fruit that provides us with a bounty of sweet goodness all summer long! The National Peach Council is a voluntary organization comprised of growers, packers, shippers, processors, and others affili...

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