Archive for 2018

What Exactly Does Kombucha Do For You?

Drinking kombucha, it’s true, has become a bit of a fad lately. You can find this fermented beverage in most health food stores, farmers markets, and even your local grocery store. If you can buy it at the gas station, you can be sure it’s popular. Yet kombucha, however faddish, does have beneficial effects on your health.…

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Seasonal Reset

Author: atroughton89 The leaves are falling, the air is cooling off, and as much as I hate to admit it, winter is coming (or if you look outside this week, it feels like it’s already here). I like to think of the change in season as mother nature preparing to reset. In the fall she purges…

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Does a High Protein Diet Really Help with Weight Loss?

“High protein diet”, “eat 25g of protein with each meal”, “eat more protein” — sound familiar? If not, where have you been? By now in your journey toward greater health and fitness, it’s almost impossible to have not heard of high protein diets — ones like the Atkins diet,” “Paleo”, or “the Zone.” You may…

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Hemp Hearts – From Spartan

by Anne L’Heureux, R.D., L.D. Simple Hemp Heart Recipes Avocado Smashed Hemp Toast Ingredients 1 slice of your favorite toast ⅓ of a ripe avocado 1 Tbsp hemp hearts Dash of paprika 3 cherry tomatoes Optional: 1 egg Directions: Place bread in toaster. While it is toasting, mash together your ripe avocado and hemp hearts. Slice…

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Is It Healthy to Have a Low Body Fat Percentage?

Months before a bodybuilding competition, male bodybuilders usually aim to cut body fat as low as 3-4 percent body fat for that shredded look, while their female counterparts go as low as 8-9% for that beautiful, lean physique. This has led many to believe that their body fat levels should fall between the same percentages as bodybuilders. Is this healthy?…

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How Dehydration Affects Your Body Composition

You’ve probably heard or read about how you can survive for weeks without food but that you can only survive for days without water. Your parents probably told you repeatedly when you were young to drink at least eight cups of water a day. Water is known to help cleanse out the toxins in your…

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How Cold Exposure Changes Your Metabolism

In today’s society, comfort is king. Much of our technology – air conditioning, heated pools, goose-down jackets, portable misting fans – is designed to keep us within a comfortable band of temperatures. There’s nothing so good as A/C on a summer day. But humans did not evolve with these modern comforts. Instead, we evolved on…

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4 Signs Your Glutes Are Too Weak

Plus, four exercises that will help you rev up your rear. Your glutes are much more than just cushy pillows to sit on: They’re the most important muscle group in your body. “The glutes are our stabilizers,” says Briana Kline, Pilates instructor and founder of Roots of Integrity in Chicago. “They’re what push us forward…

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Weighing the Facts: When Should You Work Out?

Talk to some people about when the best time to work out is, and they’ll swear that mornings are best.  They’ll tell you getting out of bed earlier has all sorts of benefits, like making you more energized in the morning, feeling better throughout the day, and so on. Then, you’ve got the people on…

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Riding Towards a Better You: Using Cycling to Improve Body Composition

When looking for workouts and exercise modalities to improve body composition, there’s a number of options available to you. These options suit different groups of people based on several factors: convenience, equipment, and facilities required, technical skills required for the activity, and likelihood to cause injury or exacerbate previous injuries to name a few. On…

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PREPARE TO CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK ABOUT CALORIE BURN

Finlay Macdonald by Finlay Macdonald Ground-breaking new research makes it clear we should look beyond the immediate calorie burn of a workout, focusing instead on crucial longer-term benefits for body composition and metabolism. In this era of activity tracking, when we have instant workout data at our fingertips, it’s very tempting to judge our activity…

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