Why Everyone is Talking About Your Gut

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Flickr Creative Commons, Hey Paul Studios

The microbiome – specifically, your gut –  is getting a spotlight like never before. Fortune Magazine even deemed 2015 the “year of the microbiome.” Why? Because more and more research is being done to inspect the 6lbs of bacteria that reside in your body and its connection to a variety of diseases and conditions, from anxiety and mood to obesity and IBS. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

How the New Trans Fat Ban Will Affect You (and the Foods You Love)

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, m01229

U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finalized it: No more trans fats.

Partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” or GRAS for use in human food. Food manufacturers will have three years to remove PHOs from products. This means that PHOs may no longer be added to food after June 18, 2018, unless they are otherwise approved by FDA. Continue reading

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Metabolic Syndrome is Increasingly Common. Here Are the Warning Signs (and 5 Tips to Avoid It)

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Jeffreyw

In a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (May 19, 2015), researchers found that more than one-third of U.S. adults have metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Researchers also found the rate of metabolic syndrome increases dramatically with age – almost half of people 60 or older in the United States have metabolic syndrome, the study found.

This is suboptimal.

We’re in the business of helping people live longer, so let’s take a look into how metabolic syndrome occurs and what you can do to move yourself away from the “at risk” category. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Your Pre-workout Supplements: Hype or Health?

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Noodles and Beef

Fitness and sports nutrition trends are constantly evolving – one of the most recent trends are performance-enhancing supplements labeled as pre-workout supplements. These supplements make claims to up adrenaline, get you into “beast mode,” give you “amplified pumps,” and promise a lot of other aggressive adjectives. A few popular brands are C4, Optimum Nutrition (ON), and MuscleTech. Continue reading

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5 Mobility Biohacks to Improve Your Morning Routine (+ a 4 step plan)

Roll Out Your Feet (option 1)

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[This is a guest blog post contribution by Hunter O’Brien. More information on Hunter is below.]

It is not new news that exercise is an important factor of a healthy lifestyle. If you’re in some sort of physical practice, be it CrossFit, yoga, or endurance training, and   are looking to upgrade your performance, enhance your longevity, and get in touch with the physical, it could be helpful to ask what type of movement are you doing (or not doing) during the rest of your day. – After all, there are only so many HIIT trainings and Vinyasa classes you can attend. The rest of your day is dedicated to work, family, and all the other things life throws at you.

We are wired for movement, and as humans, we have evolved to move all day long. It is just as much a part of our personal biology as eating well and having healthy relationships.

While it is certainly unrealistic to consider carrying around a kettlebell in your purse, and too much “intense exercise” is detrimental to the body, that does not mean you have to save movement for the gym hour! Here are 5 movement and mobility strategies you can include in your morning routine to jump start your day. Just like a green juice or a Bulletproof coffee, you can consider them as nutrition….movement nutrition, if you will. Like many other biohacks, they will help you enhance your productivity and mental clarity, and add to the pursuit of your human potential. They might even help you improve a few biomarkers. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

4 Women’s Health Issues and How Nutrition Can Affect Them

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Patrick Feller

[This is a guest blog post contribution by Brenna Wallace of Real Dietician. More information on Brenna is below.]

Maintaining a nutritious, healthy diet is essential for women to manage the common symptoms of the body’s natural maturation and function. When it comes to women’s health matters, menstrual cycles, pregnancy, menopause and sexual activity are inevitable cycles most women experience and, therefore, can become remarkably affected by. As a woman, how educated and aware are you of the impact diet has in relation to these normal cycles? Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.