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6 Label-Reading Mistakes to Avoid, According to RDs

 BY CASSIE SHORTSLEEVE MAY 23, 2019 Good nutrition sounds simple enough: Eat mostly foods that come from the ground, fill your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables and splurge only on occasion. But realistically, you probably find yourself confused when trying to decipher an ingredient list, label or packaging at the grocery store. If you’re confused, you’re far from alone: Some data suggests half of…

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The Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables

With the modern prevalence of cheap fast food and the standard American Diet, it’s no surprise that most Americans don’t hit the daily recommended intake of 2 to 3 cups of fruits and vegetables. However, nutrition-conscious Americans aren’t immune to it, either. The rising popularity of restrictive diets like the Ketogenic Diet and the Carnivore Diet may also…

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The Connection Between Stroke and Obesity

Stroke is a common cause of disability and is a prevalent worldwide health concern. It is reported in the literature as the fourth leading cause of death within the United States and for those who survive and work through the rehabilitative process, the impact of stroke can be devastating on a person’s health and overall function. Given…

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How Do Different Exercises Impact Your Body Composition?

Despite the tremendous amount of medical research produced in recent years, preventable chronic diseases continue to impact countless families. The most common health condition that is currently on the rise, being obesity. Obesity is defined as being excessively fat or overweight with the cornerstones of obesity treatment as diet and exercise. With that being said,…

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Can You Drink Too Much Water?

You probably can’t count the number of times you’ve been told to drink lots of water, stay hydrated, drink before you get thirsty, etc. — especially when you’re exercising. And at face value — and further — this is solid advice. Your body needs water to perform its basic functions, the sweat you lose when…

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What’s Better for Dehydration: Water vs Sports Drinks

Water makes up about 60% of your bodyweight and is the most important chemical in your body. It’s involved in everything, from regulating your internal temperature to protecting sensitive tissues and cushioning joints. Every single cell, tissue, and organ depends on proper hydration to function optimally.  When your body lacks enough water to function properly, it’s known as…

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All About Blood Pressure: Methods and Readings

Walk into your family doctor’s office for a physical examination. Of the many tests that may be performed, your blood pressure will almost certainly be checked. This is because blood pressure is a well-known measurement of cardiovascular health that gives insight into the inner workings of your heart, and your overall state of health. When…

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Winter Brain Fog Is Real. Here’s How to Beat It

By Hannah Chenoweth | February 26, 2019 Research shows that cognitive performance declines during winter and early spring. Adopt these simple strategies to stay sharper than ever, no matter the season. It’s no secret that most people feel like hibernating in the winter, but new research reveals your memory may actually go into hiding during the…

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3 Most Important Muscles for Staying Independent

By Lou Schuler | August 9, 2017 Turns out that healthy, active aging begins in the butt. Keep yours strong with this workout plan. If you pay attention to popular culture, you can’t help noticing that the kids seem obsessed with gluteals. Butt implants are a booming business, and a photogenic booty can turn anybody into…

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How Does Sugar Affect Your Brain?

Most of us are aware of the negative effects of eating too much sugar: tooth decay, weight gain, and diabetes all ensure processed sugar has a reputation for being bad for your health. But, what happens to your brain when you consume processed sugar? Why is sugar considered bad when your brain uses glucose for energy? In this…

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Free Weights vs. Bodyweight: Which is Better?

So you’ve got your diet and cardio routines down, or you have a plan, and you’ve been researching strength training. You know that it’s something every well-rounded exercise program includes, so you know you should have it in yours, too. But in your research, you’ve found that there’s a debate — one between which training…

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What Does Hot Yoga Do For You and Your Metabolism?

Hot yoga, also known as Bikram yoga, is one of the latest trends in the world of exercise. Traditional yoga, the kind that’s not done in a 105-degree room, has been around for a while. Experts say it originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. It’s still popular today, and for a good number of…

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Heidi Powell Has the Best Advice for Getting Rid of Your Tummy Pooch

(Photo: Instagram/@RealHeidiPowell) Author and co-host of Extreme Weight Loss, Heidi Powell, shares her best tips for moms who want to get rid of their “mommy pooch.” Check them out below! If you’ve had a C-section or a hysterectomy, and you are struggling with the surgical battle wounds, this post is for YOU! Now don’t stop reading if this isn’t…

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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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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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