Ashley Koff, Prevention Magazine

Ashley Koff

Prevention Magazine

Washington, DC, United States

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Past articles by Ashley:

100 Best Supplements For Women

Here’s to your health Walk down the supplement aisle of any health food store, pharmacy, or major grocer and you’ll see hundreds—no, thousands—of pill bottles. Seven different kinds of vitamin C. Four folic acids (plus eight prenatals that contain it). An entire shelf of omega-3s—with some marked “super plus.” Plus what, exactly? If you’re (understandably) confused about what you actually need,… → Read More

How Can I Eat Healthy While Traveling?

Reader question: Seriously, how can I eat healthy while traveling? Ashley’s answer: Travel and nutrition can go together! Here are some quick and easy do's and don'ts for eating well away from home. D... → Read More

Are Bean Chips Better For Me?

Reader question: I'm addicted to chips but I'm trying to eat healthier. I recently tried a brand of chips that are made with beans—are these better for me than regular chips? Ashley’s answer: Is ... → Read More

Why Am I So Hungry The Day After I Overeat?

Reader question: Why am I SO HUNGRY a day after I overeat? Ashley’s answer: Yes, it does seem strange that instead of feeling full the next day, you feel hungry—so hungry, that it makes you want ... → Read More

How Do I Know If I Have A Leaky Gut?

Reader question: I keep hearing the term "leaky gut". What does that mean and how do I know if I have one? Ashley’s answer: Let's start with the basics. Your “gut” (that is, your digestive tract) is a tube that runs from your mouth to your anus, and just like any tube, it can develop a leak. Think of a car tire: a small leak might go undetected for years, and aside from a little air escaping, it… → Read More

Is It Possible To Eat Too Much Fruit?

Reader question: How much fruit is too much? Ashley’s answer: Fruit is both nature’s sweetheart and nature's cleanup crew. It should make a daily visit to your body to keep things moving, courtes... → Read More

Are Smoothies Healthy Meal Replacements?

Reader question: Are shakes and smoothies ok to drink as meal replacements? Any good products out there, or do I have to make my own? Ashley’s answer: Liquid nutrition has its merits. With smooth... → Read More

What Should I Look For In Tofu?

Reader question: You always hear about things to look for in meat you buy. What should I look for in tofu? Ashley’s answer: Your question is a gift to my Qualitarian ears! So many people assume that a... → Read More

Why Does Quinoa Show Up In My Poop?

Reader question: Why does quinoa show up in my poop?! Ashley’s answer: Don’t worry, it’s not you, it’s the quinoa! Well, sort of. Anytime a food shows up close to its whole form in our poop, it means ... → Read More

How Do I Gain Weight Healthfully?

Reader question: I stick to a Paleo diet, but my health issues have caused me to lose a lot of weight recently. I'm wondering how to gain weight healthfully—my goal is to add another 5-10 lbs. Do... → Read More

What's The Trick To Sticking With A Diet?

Reader question: Why can't I diet? I get up literally every morning with the intention of eating really well, and I so badly want to be slimmer. So Ashley, what's holding me back from sticki... → Read More

Seriously, I Can't Lose Weight. Help!

Reader question: I'm 52 and very active, but I've gained a stubborn 7 pounds in the last couple years that I just can't get rid of.  I exercise nearly every day. What's going on? I... → Read More

Organic Foods: Organic Bananas

Reader question: Bananas are the only fruit I don't buy organic—how big of a deal is that? Ashley’s answer: Well, are you a chimpanzee and only eat bananas all day? If so, I would say it’s a very big deal. If you have bananas once a week or less, then I think you can feel a little better than if bananas were a staple in your diet. But here's a question for you: why do you buy your other fruits organic?… → Read More

Are Organic Energy Drinks Safe?

Reader question: I've recently given up diet soda, but I miss the caffeine (and hate coffee). I've been trying organic sparkling energy water, which contains organic caffeine, 150% niacin, 150% B... → Read More

What's The Easiest Way To Shave 500 Calories?

Reader question: What's the easiest way to shave 500 calories from your daily diet?  Ashley’s answer: Let's start with you answering a question: Why do you want to shave 500 calories fr... → Read More

How Much Peanut Butter Can I Get Away With Eating?

Reader question: How much peanut butter a day is too much? Ashley’s answer: Patients have asked me questions like this for years! I find that there are typically two reasons for this type of ques... → Read More

How Do I Know I'm Getting Enough Protein?

Reader question: Is there a way to tell if I'm getting enough protein, other than adding up the grams on a nutrition label? Ashley’s answer: I sure hope so! Actually, I know so. For hundreds of y... → Read More

What Foods Are Full Of Omega 3s?

Reader question: I’ve heard that omega-3 fats are good for my heart. What foods can I eat to get more of these? Ashley’s answer: Omega-3 fatty acids indeed are wonderful for promoting heart ... → Read More

I Went Vegetarian...So Why Am I Gaining Weight?

Reader question: I recently went vegetarian and have noticed I've gained weight. The only changes I've made to my diet have been adding more avocado, more nuts, more organic veggies and greens, m... → Read More

Immune Boosting Foods

Reader question: Can I strengthen my immune system through food? Ashley’s answer: Food builds your immune system, so you bet. What you choose to eat and not eat will affect your immune system, meaning you can build a better, stronger immune system with every bite and sip. First, let's discuss my favorite immunity aid: mushrooms! They help everything in nature recover nutrients, and they do the same… → Read More