Ask Leyla: Are steel-cut oats better for my blood sugar?

This post was originally published on this siteQ: My brother-in-law was just diagnosed with prediabetes, with a hemoglobin A1C of 6.4. His trainer suggested he eat steel-cut oats as opposed to regular oatmeal because it does not affect your sugar like regular oatmeal. Is that true? A:…read more

Ask Leyla: Fructose vs. Sucrose

This post was originally published on this siteQ: In a recent podcast, you expounded on the negative effects of fructose. How does it compare to table sugar? Do they have different impacts on health, and if so, why? Aren’t they both “sugar”? A: While fructose and sucrose (table sugar)…read more

Ask Leyla: Frequently asked questions about supplements

This post was originally published on this siteSupplements are an important part of your comprehensive medical and nutritional treatment program, but many who are prescribed supplements have questions about their use and benefits. This week, I’ve tried to tackle some of the most commonly asked questions. Why…read more

Ask Leyla: Do I have to give up eating eggs?

This post was originally published on this siteQ: I have a problem with eating eggs lately. After eating them hard-boiled, scrambled, or as an omelet, I’m fine until the next meal a few hours later. Then I get abdominal pain and need to use the restroom. It…read more

Ask Leyla: Where has my energy gone?

This post was originally published on this siteQ: Do you have any suggestions for a 39 year-old female with fatigue and low energy? A: There are a myriad of reasons for low energy. Here are some obvious ones: Are you getting enough sleep? Most adults require six…read more

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? A: Many things can lower testosterone levels,…read more

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 sugar metabolism known as glycolysis. These amino…read more

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 bacteria called Oxalobacter formigenes metabolizes oxalates in the…read more

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 fish oil. She is fairly active every…read more

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? You would either jump up and down…read more

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 BCAAs other than whey protein? A: There…read more

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, according to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal…read more

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 you can eat bread if you don’t…read more

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 food.” As a result, the USDA, EPA,…read more

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 good idea to have a checkup and…read more

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 metabolism by changing what you eat. Insulin…read more

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 weight loss (or gain), and how can…read more