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Photos: A kick-ass night at FIT Week Kick-Off Party

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Happy FIT Week, Columbus! You got things off to a rip-roaring start at our Kick-Off Party last night at Strongwater.

You hung in there through killer 15-minute workouts like true champions! We’re sure this is a testament to the strength and power you’ll show all this week during all the fun, exciting classes you signed up for.

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And a huge shoutout to all the awesome local companies who came out to share their goods and services with all the curious healthy people in Columbus. Be sure to use for FIT pass to cash in on discounts from these places and more this week, including from our sponsor Bibibop!

It was an awesome night last night and we can’t wait to see what you’ve got as FIT Week continues!

All photos by Rebecca Tien

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Truth or Trend: Do lemons help with digestion?

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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Lemons have been used for years in cooking to add acidity to foods, but is there actually a health benefit to using lemons in your food regularly? According to this social media post below, yes. The post alleges that lemons are a key to improving digestion due to their pH.

But, let’s stop there and explore whether or not there's any truth to this claim.

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First of all, yes, lemons are acidic and have a low pH, and our gastric fluids or stomach acid is also acidic with a normal pH range being 1.5-3.5. So, lemons and our gastric juices do have similar pHs, and the acidity of stomach acid is vital for correct digestion processes. Thus, one might think lemons would be great to eat every day to keep our stomach acidic and digestion flowing,

However, it’s not common for stomach acid to get out of normal range. Our bodies have a strong capability to maintain homeostasis, meaning if things get outside “normal” levels, our bodies will try to correct it from within. If your stomach acid is not in the normal range, that could be indicative of other health conditions that lemons may not be able to cure.

Take-Away: Continue to use lemons in your foods for acidity, flavor, and color, or if you really enjoy eating them—they do count as a serving of fruit! But, there is no need to force yourself to add more lemons to your diet for digestive purposes. Our bodies work hard to keep us stable, and if your gastric juices are out of range, visiting your doctor is the only thing that will help.

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Truth or Trend: Pregnancy Fit Tea

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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We don’t have to be a woman to know that pregnancy can be difficult time, so a tea that helps with the nausea and discomfort seems like a great idea, right?

Wrong.

While many herbal teas are safe for the general public and pregnant women, there are some concerns.

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First, some of the "beneficial" ingredients in the Flat Tummy tea above are not supported by any real evidence, let alone by information stating that they are safe to consume while pregnant. One of those ingredients is Rooibos (asparlathus linearis), which is touted as a "digestive aid" for pregnant women. However, this claim is not corroborated by a single study on The U.S. National Library of Medicine’s PubMed database.

Ginger is yet another ingredient present in the tea that has not been proven undeniably healthy for pregnant woman.

"Although several studies have found no evidence of harm from taking ginger during pregnancy, it’s uncertain whether ginger is always safe for pregnant women," according to the National Institutes of Health.

Not only is ginger a questionable ingredient for a child-bearing woman to consume, the Flat Tummy tea fails to specify exactly how much ginger was used to make it.

Take Away: Please do not fall for the schemes of these “Fit Teas.” If you are pregnant, please be cautious of all ingredients you put in your body and discuss with your healthcare provider before starting any supplementations.

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Truth or Trend: The “fat” foods

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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Waist trainers, crash diets, colon cleanses—all things touted as the next miracle solution for weight loss. With the help of our new Registered Dietitian columnist, we'll sort out the truth from the trash when it comes to health trends on your social media feeds, and provide healthy, sustainable alternatives for those to-good-to-be-true fixes. Welcome to Truth or Trend.

Diet culture strikes again with the lists of "fattening" foods you see floating around your feeds. These lists often include things like soda, pizza, ice cream, and French fries. As a Dietitian, it's unlikely that I'll encourage clients to start drinking soda, but it's also unlikely that I'll tell them they can never have soda again and must only eat "clean" in order to lose weight.

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Our diet culture has vilified high fat and high carbohydrate foods, while marketing teams continue to do an excellent job of portraying their products as alternative options that are “healthier.” However, all foods have the ability to make us lose or gain weight; it’s about total caloric intake and overall nutrition pattern. An organic “healthy” green juice could have just as many calories as a regular soda, while a sandwich from a fast food restaurant could actually be a good source of protein.

Take Away: Instead of putting foods into only “good” and “bad” categories, try increasing nutrient dense foods like fruits and vegetables while also allowing yourself to indulge in treats like fries to create a healthy and sustainable dietary pattern.

Becca is an Ohio native and University of Cincinnati graduate who works as a traveling consultant dietitian, currently living in Juneau, Alaska. She owns Centum Cento Fitness LLC, a company dedicated to using evidenced-based practice to help empower clients to build sustainable and healthy lifestyles through nutrition and fitness. Follow Becca on Instagram!

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