About Rebecca McCusker

Rebecca has been freelance writing since she was eighteen years old, and she is especially passionate about health and wellness topics. She lives in the Ohio countryside with her husband and two Australian Shepherds, and when she's not writing, she's playing piano and guitar in her folk-rock band, Linden Hollow.

A Ketogenic Pregnancy: Is It Safe?

2018-05-28T15:48:09-04:00By |News|

When you become pregnant, your body's needs change. Your hormones go haywire, your uterus expands, you experience changes in your breasts, and your heart pumps more blood. During all these changes, it is important that the mother take the best possible care of herself. A healthy, well-balanced diet is one of the most important routes [...]

Perfect Keto Nut Butter is, Well, Perfect for Keto

2018-05-28T15:51:47-04:00By |News|

When it comes to nut butters, unwanted ingredients often slip inside. Nut butters can be loaded with added sugars, corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, excessive sodium, and artificial colors and flavors. When you’re on a ketogenic diet, you check labels to ensure that what goes into your body is healthy. The Ketogenic food company Perfect Keto just [...]

The Silicon Valley’s Favorite Diet? Brain-Boosting Keto

2018-05-28T15:52:06-04:00By |News|

The Silicon Valley is full of passionate people: Type A’s who thrive off a cutthroat environment. They work long work hours, answer emails in the middle of the night, and are under pressure to make as few mistakes as possible. This environment is stressful for anyone. CEO’s, tech investors, and some of the highest performers in [...]

Sports Drink Manufacturer Kill Cliff Uses Cutting Edge Low-Glycemic Sweetener

2018-05-28T15:52:40-04:00By |News|

Sports drink manufacturers are always trying to find better ways to help athletes hydrate, whether that’s finding the perfect mix of electrolytes or slashing sugar without sacrificing taste. Sports brand Kill Cliff is on the cutting edge of the no-sugar technology. While other sports drinks are packing their products with sugars, high fructose corn syrup, [...]

Noodles & Company to Introduce Low-Carb Options

2018-05-28T15:53:06-04:00By |News|

As our collective health knowledge evolves with the years, consumer habits change. Companies must adjust with the times. Noodles & Company, which had a strong debut in the nineties with continued success into the two-thousands, hit a road bump recently as consumers began cutting carbs. Fighting public perception These days, the most successful companies keep [...]

Doctor Requires “My 600-Lb Life” Patients to Diet Before Surgery

2018-05-28T15:56:26-04:00By |News|

Sometimes the best doctors are the ones who have tough love for their patients. Instead of shuttling his patients through the system, Dr. Nowzaradan, affectionately referred to as “Dr. Now” from the TLC show “My 600-lb Life,” ensures that his patients stick to a weight-loss diet before undergoing bariatric surgery. This pre-surgery diet is a [...]

Know Brainer Foods Launches Keto-Friendly Coffee Creamers

2018-05-28T15:56:53-04:00By |News|

The average coffee creamer is 60 percent carbs, which isn't great if you want only 5 percent of your calorie intake to come from carbohydrates.  Traditionally, those on the ketogenic diet avoid coffee creamers entirely, but many people prefer their coffee creamy and would rather find keto-friendly creamer options to make the most out of [...]

Pre-Diabetic Woman Launches Sugar-Free Product Line

2018-05-28T15:59:19-04:00By |News|

Polina Lopez grew up eating healthy and exercising. Her mother gave her oranges and nuts for sweet treats instead of cookies and ice cream. She’s always valued health, so she was surprised when her doctor told her she had pre-diabetes. The Importance of Reading Nutrition Labels Growing up in Russia, Lopez chose foods that seemed healthy. [...]

Study Shows Keto Can Be Alternative Treatment For Brain Cancer

2018-05-28T15:59:42-04:00By |News|

Every year 17,000 Americans get a brain cancer diagnosis. They start out with signs and symptoms such as loss of appetite, headaches that are worse in the morning, seizures, nausea and vomiting, weakness or loss of feeling in the arms or legs, stumbling or lack of coordination, abnormal eye movements, changes in vision, and changes [...]

Your Libido on the Ketogenic Diet

2018-05-28T16:00:22-04:00By |News|

Switching to a ketogenic diet can improve insulin resistance, help you lose weight, fight inflammation, and improve female fertility.  There is also quite a bit of evidence now to suggest that a ketogenic diet – when followed properly – can improve libido. Diets high in healthy fats and isoflavones can be therapeutic for sexual function. [...]

Studies Show Ketogenic Diet Enhances Male Fertility

2018-05-28T16:00:26-04:00By |News|

Numerous studies conclude that healthy fats and nutrients of the ketogenic diet are excellent for male fertility. Men with diets high in fresh vegetables, legumes, nuts, and fish have a higher sperm count, better sperm shape, and more active sperm than men who follow the typical western diet. The Importance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids [...]

The Ketogenic Diet and ADHD

2018-05-28T16:00:39-04:00By |News|

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common condition affecting more than 3 million Americans. It typically begins in childhood and can persist into adulthood. It can contribute to difficulties at school or work, low self-esteem, and relationship issues. Symptoms of ADHD include hyperactivity, limited attention, excitability, aggression, fidgeting, impulsivity, irritability, forgetfulness, and absent-mindedness. It can cause [...]

Digestive Enzymes and the Transition to Keto

2018-05-28T16:02:21-04:00By |News|

If you’re like the average American, you grew up eating a high-glucose diet. You ate bagels, pizza, cereal, spaghetti, and your body became accustomed to a constant influx of various sugars. When you completely change your diet, it means your body needs to change its response to the foods you eat.1 Don’t be surprised if [...]

Studies Show Benefits of Ketogenic Diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

2018-05-28T16:02:38-04:00By |News|

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a very common intestinal disorder that’s highly prevalent in women. It’s characterized by bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation. Healthcare professionals aren’t in strong agreement regarding what causes IBS. An unhealthy gut flora may be the culprit, although there are multiple other theories. The ketogenic diet might be able to help. Fewer [...]

Study Examines Effects of the Ketogenic Diet on Anxiety

2018-05-28T16:05:07-04:00By |News|

While the ketogenic diet has a long history in neurology, scientists are now beginning to discover what the ketogenic diet can do for anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States affecting 18.1 percent of the population,1 and there is speculation as to what role diet plays – if any – in the [...]

Keto In The Womb: What It Means For Baby

2018-05-28T16:05:21-04:00By |News|

Maternal nutrition is incredibly important during pregnancy, for both the mother’s health and the child’s. With the prevalence of the ketogenic diet, especially among those of child-bearing age, researchers have become inquisitive about the possible effects of the ketogenic diet on gestation. Does the Fetus Prefer Ketones? It is first important to understand that ketosis [...]

Insulin Resistance and Skin Health

2018-05-28T16:05:59-04:00By |News|

One major reason to embark on the ketogenic diet is to manage insulin levels, which can make or break a person's general health status. Our bodies need insulin to deliver energy to our cells. Once carbs are broken down into glucose by the digestive tract and absorbed into the bloodstream, insulin allows our body's cells [...]

Studies Show Keto May Help Treat Child Behaviors

2018-05-28T16:06:02-04:00By |News|

Parents may be unwittingly feeding their children behavioral issues in their breakfast cereal. Sugar hides in foods that appear healthy to parents, including seemingly kid-friendly foods such as oatmeal, applesauce, and cereal. The Impact of High-Glycemic Loads on Children Many American children are diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other behavioral issues that affect their performance [...]

Can the Ketogenic Diet Improve Muscle Mass?

2018-05-28T16:06:45-04:00By |News|

There is a lot of confusion surrounding weight loss and muscle mass. It is frequently claimed that the ketogenic diet is responsible for muscle loss as the body recruits amino acids from muscle to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. However, studies have repeatedly shown that this isn't the case when the keto diet is correctly followed. [...]

Medical Research Investigates How Diet Affects Female Fertility

2018-05-28T16:06:58-04:00By |News|

It’s been long established that eating complex carbs, a high intake of sugar, and being overweight are detrimental to female fertility. Obese women are more likely to suffer from infertility, and they’re less likely to respond positively to fertility treatment. The good news is that a ketogenic diet can possibly improve a woman’s fertility status. A diet [...]