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A Healthy Take on Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow – Healthy & Helpful Tips with Melissa

A Healthy Take on Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow – Healthy & Helpful Tips with Melissa

Uplifting the Muddy Buddies on the back of the Rice Chex Cereal. This is a Healthy snack you will not regret making for your family to snack on!

Meet Our New Podcast Host, Melissa Bistricer, RDN – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 534

Meet Our New Podcast Host, Melissa Bistricer, RDN – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 534

Meet the newest addition to the InVite Health Podcast team, Melissa Bistricer, RDN! Melissa is passionate about the role of food in nutrition and is excited to speak about different ways you can support your overall health.

Sugar and Mental Health – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 429

Sugar and Mental Health – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 429

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InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH

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We all know that sugar is something we should really try to avoid at all costs when it comes to our dietary intake. But when we look at the mental health implications that go along with high sugar intake, this is when it becomes incredibly alarming. Today, I want to talk about the true impact that sugars have when it comes to our mental health.†

The relationship between sugar and health 

When we look at our society as a whole, we know that Americans intake way too much sugar. The average American adult consumes roughly around 75 to 80 grams of sugar per day, which is three times the recommended amount. These sugars come from sugary beverages and high-processed foods.†

Then we look at all of the health implications that go along with sugar consumption, beyond that of just diabetes. That’s the first thing that most people think about, but we also have to think about the mental health implications.†

There was data collected in the UK where researchers followed over 10,000 men and women for 30 years, between the years of 1983 and 2013. The researchers were looking at their dietary intake of processed sugars and trying to see if there was any type of increased risk for developing a mental health disorder such as anxiety and depression. The reason why it is so critical to draw this correlation is because over 40 million adults in the United States suffer from mental health conditions.† 


These findings are also extremely alarming as researchers have predicted that by the year 2030, major depression will be the leading cause of disability in economically privileged countries.† 

Stopping the effects of sugar on mental health

There is a very simple fix to help stop the impacts of sugar on mental health status. We stop with the sugary beverages and the processed foods. We start eating whole foods again and start to consume things like water or green tea, as opposed to sugar water, which is not only harmful to our mental health, but also to our energy status and overall well-being.†  


Anxiety disorder itself is highly treatable. Unfortunately, many people who have it are given anxiolytic drugs, but they are never given the advice that they should change their diet. Perhaps it’s their diet that’s driving so much of this by basically disrupting the normal communication pathways within the brain, which is incredibly problematic.†

In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH discusses how the high-sugar foods we eat so frequently can impact mental health. She details several studies on this topic and provides explanations of how sugar works within the body.†

Key Topics:

  • How much sugar should you be taking in a day
  • Research on sugar and mental health
  • How sugar works within the body

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Promoting Healthy Weight Loss with Trim Hx – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 358

Promoting Healthy Weight Loss with Trim Hx – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 358

Poor diet, low activity rates and lack of motivation can all prevent you from achieving your weight loss goals. The good news is that there are supplements like Trim Hx that can help get you back on track.

Foods for Energy – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 327

Foods for Energy – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 327

Did you know that some foods are better for your energy levels than others? Turn to highly nutritious foods and supplements for longer lasting and higher quality levels of energy.

How Incorporating Cultural Lifestyle Changes Can Benefit Your Health

How Incorporating Cultural Lifestyle Changes Can Benefit Your Health

According to the CDC, 39.4% or 78.6 million U.S. adults are obese. This may be due to numerous reasons including sedentary lifestyles and accessibility to fast food. Obtaining calories is effortless; many beverages and foods average the amount of calories the body should consume in a full day in just one serving. Not to mention that the high-calorie, low-nutrition fast food is much cheaper than organic, healthy options. Many Americans seem to follow unhealthy habits – the first meal of the day is a bagel and a large cup of extremely sugar-filled coffee, lunch is a quick drive-thru run to the burger place right down the street, and dinner is many times just a quick defrost away. So what are other parts of the world doing to stay ahead of the curve and how can incorporating cultural lifestyle elements into your diet contribute to your overall health?

Cultural Lifestyle of Japan

Take Japan for example – a team of researchers led by Kayo Kurotani at the National Centre for Global Health and Medicine in Tokyo, set out to examine the association between lower health risks and Japanese dietary guidelines. According to the study, in 2005 the Japanese government developed a food guide, commonly called “the spinning top”, which, they believe, illustrates the balance and quality of food in the daily Japanese diet.

Cultural Lifestyles

Data from detailed food and lifestyle questionnaires comprised of 75,944 participants between the ages of 45 and75 were used. Researchers found that both men and women with higher scores on the food guide (better adherence) had a 15% lower total mortality rate over 15 years. “Our finding suggest that balanced consumption of energy, grains, vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, eggs, soy products, dairy products, confectionaries, and alcoholic beverages can contribute to longevity by decreasing the risk of death, predominantly from cardiovascular disease, in the Japanese population”, researchers reported.

Cultural Lifestyle of European Countries

In a study published in the journal Public Health in 2003, researchers concluded that “European countries with the highest levels of walking and cycling have much lower rates of obesity, diabetes, and hypertension than the United States. The Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden, for example, have obesity rates only a third of the American rate, while Germany’s rate is only half as high. Moreover, the average healthy life expectancies in those 4 European countries are 2.5 to 4.4 years longer than in the United States.” This could be for a variety of reasons, including their diet and non-sedentary cultural lifestyle. In the Netherlands, for example, cycling is the main method of transportation.

Cultural Lifestyle in The Mediterranean

According to an article entitled, “The Mediterranean Diet: A History of Health” published in the Iranian Journal of Public Health, a cultural lifestyle diet followed by those in the Mediterranean originates from ancient civilizations stretching throughout the valley of the Nile River – the Mediterranean diet. Authors of the study report, “From this study emerged clearly, as the populations that had adopted a diet based on the Mediterranean Diet presented a very low rate of cholesterol in the blood and, consequently, a minimum percentage of coronary heart disease. This was mainly due to the plentiful use of olive oil, bread, pasta, vegetables, herbs, garlic, red onions, and other foods of vegetable origin compared to a rather moderate use of meat.” In a 2011 study performed by the American College of Cardiology, the Mediterranean diet proved beneficial for metabolic syndrome, and individual components including waist circumference, HDL-cholesterol levels, triglycerides levels, blood pressure levels and glucose metabolism.

From diets, to exercise to lifestyle changes, throughout the world every culture has proved to provide numerous methods of staying ahead of the health curve.

What do you do to stay ahead of yours? Leave us a comment to join the conversation!


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