Heather Ray is a freelance writer, editor & registered dietitian specializing in content creation around plant-based nutrition and nature themes.
Heather Ray, M.S., R.D.
Could You Be Lactose Intolerant and Not Know? How to Tell, From an RD
68 percent of the world's population is lactose intolerant. While this shocking statistic may not include you, your body still may experience adverse reactions after consuming dairy. One way to know if you're sensitive or allergic to dairy products is to pay attention to how much mucus your body is producing. It may seem like a lot of celebri...
You Need Zinc for Immunity, Says an RD. Here Are the 10 Best Foods for Zinc
If the last time you thought about zinc before the pandemic was as it was being smeared on your nose at the beach, you’re not alone. It’s true that zinc is having a resurgence now, as an immune-boosting super nutrient that has been shown to help your immune system fight infection including bacteria, viruses, and specifically the viruses that can cause flu or COVID. Zinc has recently been ... Rea
Do You Really Need a Protein Powder? This Expert’s Answer Will Surprise You
Most people have concerns about getting enough protein from their diet, especially when they make a shift from eating a diet rich in meat, seafood, and dairy to a more plant-based approach. Admittedly, when I made the switch I added pea protein powder to my morning oats and drank a plant-based protein shake after my workouts. But when I finall ...
Do You Need an Iron Supplement? 3 Things to Know Before You Take One
Raise your hand if you’ve ever taken a supplement without talking to your doctor first. Don’t worry, we’re not judging … but we’re not encouraging that either. We know how it goes, you read something about this or that, make a self-diagnosis, then start tinkering with supplements...