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Leyla Muedin MS RD CDN

Ask Leyla: What’s causing my low testosterone?

This post was originally published on this siteQ: I’ve been told I have lower-than-normal testosterone levels. Can you shed some light on what might cause that and if there is anything I can do to help raise my testosterone levels?… Continue Reading →

Ask Leyla: Do paleo/keto diets cause gluconeogenesis (“new glucose”)

This post was originally published on this siteQ: Do ketogenic and Paleo diets cause any muscle breakdown to produce glucose via gluconeogenesis? A: Gluconeogenesis (“new glucose”) is made in the liver from amino acids—the building blocks of protein—to support blood… Continue Reading →

Ask Leyla: Kidney Stones and the microbiome

This post was originally published on this siteQ: I had a kidney stone for the first time at 52 years of age, and I was researching why this happened at this stage of my life. I read how a gut… Continue Reading →

Ask Leyla: What can be done to improve bone mineral density?

This post was originally published on this siteQ: My sister is 59 years old and her bone health has progressed to osteoporosis. A year ago she started Fosamax, strontium, calcium, 1000 IU vitamin D and magnesium among other vitamins including… Continue Reading →

Ask Leyla: A closer look at the starch-based McDougall diet

This post was originally published on this siteQ: Can you tell me what you think about the starch based diet that Dr. McDougall recommends? A: What if I told you that the healthiest diet includes pizza, pasta, pancakes… and sugar?… Continue Reading →

Leyla Weighs In: Why I disapprove of restaurant “children’s menus”

This post was originally published on this siteFull disclosure: I do not have children—by choice. But this does not preclude me from having a strong opinion about how we feed our kids.  Check out any popular restaurant menu—especially chain restaurants… Continue Reading →

Ask Leyla: Is the stress of moving affecting my health?

This post was originally published on this siteQ: I moved to California from New Jersey about two months ago. Since this move, I’ve been experiencing hair loss, dry skin, and chest congestion. The chest congestion is persistent. I saw a… Continue Reading →

Ask Leyla: What do I need to know about branched chain amino acids?

This post was originally published on this siteQ: I know that branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are good to consume after a workout, but aside from whey protein, I’m not sure which foods can provide them. Are there any sources of… Continue Reading →

Leyla Weighs In: The causes of IBS

This post was originally published on this siteThe prevalence of IBS has increased dramatically over the last decade. In fact, an estimated 30 to 45 million people in the United States—10 to 15 percent of the population—are affected by IBS,… Continue Reading →

Ask Leyla: To eat bread or not to eat bread? That is the question.

This post was originally published on this siteQ: I’m still unsure about whether I should eat regular bread. I don’t have a gluten problem. Can I just eat bread when I feel like indulging? A: The simple answer would be… Continue Reading →

Leyla Weighs In: Take part in reducing food waste

This post was originally published on this siteAccording to the USDA Office of The Chief Economist in 2010, “31 percent of food loss at the retail and consumer levels corresponded to approximately 133 billion pounds and $161 billion worth of… Continue Reading →

Ask Leyla: Should I be taking daily aspirin, even without a doctor’s recommendation?

This post was originally published on this siteQ: What are the benefits or dangers of long-term aspirin use for stroke prevention? If it is of benefit, what does it actually do, and if it is not a good idea, why?… Continue Reading →

Ask Leyla: How should I prepare for pregnancy?

This post was originally published on this siteQ: What basic supplements and foods should I choose when considering starting a family? It’s not happening just yet, but I want to get my body ready. I understand it may be a… Continue Reading →

Leyla Weighs In: Insulin vs. Glucagon: Manipulate your metabolism

This post was originally published on this siteLast week I talked about the various hormones involved in metabolism and weight loss. Let’s take a deep dive into two of those important hormones: Insulin and glucagon.  You can actually manipulate your… Continue Reading →

Ask Leyla: What is the relationship between hormones and weight loss?

This post was originally published on this siteQ: One of the weight loss systems advertised on radio claims that you have to balance hormones in order to lose weight. What exactly does this mean? Which hormones are involved the most in… Continue Reading →

Leyla Weighs In: Happy New Year! A great time to establish healthy new habits

This post was originally published on this siteExperts say we don’t actually break a habit. We simply replace it with a new one, a new behavior. How we eat is actually a behavior. For example, if you’re always the first… Continue Reading →

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