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What does Dehydration Feel Like? Ask A Nutritionist.

By Carrie Moores | July 31, 2023

It’s So Hot!  Avoid dehydration and drink plenty of fluids! South Carolina is having record breaking hot weather this summer. There are a few things you can do to stay cool that can prevent dehydration, especially if you spend time outdoors. And a most important tip is to stay hydrated! Dehydration is when your body loses…

A Dynamic Warm Up for Dynamic Living!

By Carrie Moores | July 25, 2023

Hi! My name is Melissa Frank and I am the new Executive Director of Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic. I am so excited to be a part of such an amazing organization, and am eager to help expand our services to provide uninsured, low income adults the health care that everyone deserves and needs. I received my…

Why Is Gut Health So Important? Ask A Nutritionist.

By Carrie Moores | February 15, 2023

Do you know that your gut has a very important role in your overall health? Your gut contains millions of microbes or bacteria that are mostly good for you. The ones in your gut, found in your small and large intestine help to digest food, and can also help with your physical and mental health….

Can My Diet Help With Sleep Apnea? Ask a Nutritionist.

By Carrie Moores | January 17, 2023

Diagnosed with sleep apnea? Changing your diet can help. Sleep apnea is a common cause of not getting a good night sleep. It happens when the muscles in the back of your throat relax. This action blocks your airway when you are sleeping and you stop breathing. It can last for over 10 seconds and…

Can Processed Foods Affect My Brain? Ask A Nutritionist.

By Carrie Moores | December 12, 2022

Too much ultra-proceeded foods can lead to decline in cognitive health. A new study has shown that eating too many ultra-processed foods in middle-age people can be bad for your cognitive health and lead to cognitive decline as you age. Cognitive decline means there is a decrease in your ability to learn, remember and make…

Community Spotlights: Lowcountry Period Project

By Carrie Moores | December 7, 2022

Did You Know – 16.9 million people who menstruate in the US are living in poverty. Two-thirds of the 16.9 million low-income women in the US could not afford menstrual products in the past year, with a half of this population reporting a need to choose between menstrual products and food at some point in…

Are Food Expiration Dates Real? Ask a Nutritionist.

By Carrie Moores | September 13, 2022

Confused about food expiration dates? Learn more about how you can save money – and stop wasting food. When you look at the expiration dates on food, what do they really mean? Expiration dates on most food items have little to do with the safety of the product. Best-by dates let you know when the…

How Do I Save Money at the Grocery Store? Ask A Nutritionist.

By Carrie Moores | April 28, 2022

Trying to Save Money at the Grocery Store? Here’s a Few Helpful Tips! Grocery prices are getting higher and higher each time you go food shopping. Here are a few ways you can reduce your monthly grocery bill. 1. Plan your meals. This tip is most important. Plan meals and/or recipes for the week that…

Is Moderate Alcohol Consumption Good for My Health? Ask a Nutritionist.

By Carrie Moores | April 7, 2022

Think a little alcohol is good for your heart? Think again! You may have heard or read that a modest amount of alcohol -such as a glass or two of red wine daily- can help lower your risk of heart disease or improve your blood pressure. But alcohol has also been linked to some diseases…

How to Maximize National Nutrition Month!

By Carrie Moores | March 10, 2022

It’s National Nutrition Month! March is National Nutrition Month.  Here are some nutrition, food and tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Try a few today! Eat breakfast. Include some lean protein, whole grains, fruits and even veggies. Try whole grain cereal and fruit, yogurt with fruit, or a whole wheat tortilla with fresh…

How Can I Take Better Care of My Heart? Ask A Nutritionist.

By Carrie Moores | February 8, 2022

Time to take care of that ticker! When we take care of our hearts as part of our self-care, we set an example for others to do the same. Here are a few ways to take care of your heart and the heart of your loved ones. Try and get five fruits and vegetables each…

Should My Diet Adapt With Age? Ask a Nutritionist.

By Carrie Moores | January 13, 2022

Want to help keep your brain, heart and skin healthy as you get older?  A new diet plan, called the MIND diet, was created to protect your brain and help delay or slow down dementia. MIND stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay.  It is a combination of the Mediterranean Diet and the Dash Diet…

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