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Happy National Coffee Day! Why You Should be Drinking Coffee

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Credit: Wikimedia, MarkSweep

Happy National Coffee Day! Did you know that, next to water, coffee is the most consumed beverage in the world

Many people look to a caffeinated mug first thing in the morning, but then feel bad about it. How many times have you heard someone swear to quit drinking coffee? How many times have you said it?

Like many items in nutrition, coffee has gained a bad rep, and rightfully so – if taken in excess, it can cause restlessness, which leads to a slew of other complications. The added sugars and processed ingredients are a caveat as well, but the real problem with coffee goes a bit deeper.

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.

Guest Post: Supplement Overload

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Caffeine? Glutamine? Omega-3s?  What’s your plan?

Whether you’re training for a 5K or planning to play a game of soccer, you may be looking for a supplement to help you get one step ahead of your competitor. With all the information out there about supplements claiming to improve your performance, how do you know you’re on the right track?

Before you visit your local health food store to purchase an ergogenic aid, do your homework. You may want to research whether or not there is any evidence to back up the claim about a particular supplement. In a recent abstract review of supplement claims, it was noted that 52.8% of the websites making performance-enhancing claims did not provide any references and there was no systematic review process for almost half of the references that were noted.

An athlete’s main concern is to improve physical performance, so he or she does not typically take the time to analyze or review studies. Most don’t even know where to start.

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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.

Guest Post: Don’t Throw Your Liver Into a Spiral

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In today’s fast-paced world, many of us are forced to juggle a multitude of priorities in our daily lives that compete for our time. Between meeting deadlines at work, demands at home, recreation, and personal time, we often compromise on sleep. While most of us can recover from the occasional sleepless night, those who habitually don’t get enough sleep over the course of months or years may face more long-term health consequences. It’s no wonder then that we find ourselves fatigued, stressed out, irritable, and maybe even battling a nagging cold or cough that just won’t go away. Not only does sleep deprivation impair cognitive functioning, memory, and mood, it also is linked to a weakened immune system and increased risk of chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.

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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.