All posts by Ashley Rekem

Ashley Rekem

About Ashley Rekem

I am a California transplant who now calls Maine home. I have a degree in Biology and enjoy researching and communicating how the body works.

How restricting calories affects your metabolism

The metabolic slow-down caused by caloric restriction has been scientifically proven for decades, yet nutritional authorities continue to recommend this strategy for weight loss. The advice goes something like cut your caloric intake by 500 calories per day and lose 1 pound per week. But this affects the body’s energy levels needed maintain basic metabolic […]

Gardening as preventive medicine

It goes without saying that gardening has substantial health benefits. In previous posts I discussed insulin resistance and how this condition leads to type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Putting the physical work in to grow vegetables burns fat and works the muscles to increase insulin sensitivity. And obviously the return, quality food produced, helps […]

Will you be gardening this year?

I just began seriously gardening last spring, and I found it to be the total package for overall health. I wish I’d started sooner. I like it so much, and find it so effective, that I turned gears last summer and made it the focus of my diabetes prevention efforts. Here’s the garden project I’ve […]

What I wish everyone was really talking about in the healthcare debate

By 2025 it’s estimated half of the American population will have some kind of chronic disease. People suffering from chronic diseases are the most frequent users of healthcare, accounting for about 80 percent of hospital admissions, 90 percent of prescriptions filled, and 75 percent of all physician visits. $1 out of every $5 spent in […]

Americans eat about 22 teaspoons of sugar daily, how much are you eating?

This past week the federal government’s new dietary guidelines were released, making the recommendation to limit sugar to 10 percent of one’s daily caloric intake or about 12.5 teaspoons. There are 4 grams in a teaspoon, so that’s roughly 50 grams of sugar per day. That’s still a ton of sugar in one day if […]

You can make great sauerkraut at home, cheaply, and your gut will thank you

Some researchers believe that the increase in autoimmune diseases in the West, like rheumatoid arthritis, stem from the disruption in the relationship between the body and its microbiome—trillions of microorganisms, mainly bacteria. Recent research has shown that gastrointestinal microbiota can affect resting metabolism, decreasing the body’s ability to burn calories, increasing the likelihood of developing […]