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Can Your Running Shoe Save Your Joints?

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It’s an age-old discussion: Does the equipment you use have a significant impact on your athletic performance? We’ve seen golfers blame or praise their clubs, cyclists tweaking their bike tires’ PSI by single digits, and skiers texturing their skis by miniscule millimeters to improve speed. That may make some sense when you are talking about actual equipment, but does footwear actually make a difference when it comes to running? Shoe manufacturers are, of course, heavily invested in convincing you that their trainers can increase both speed and finesse. In fact, Nike is determined to make a shoe that can help […]

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Cultural Causes for Obesity in the U.S.

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We hear about obesity issues so frequently here in America that, quite honestly, it’s starting to fall on deaf ears. After all, how many times can we be told that we eat too much and don’t exercise enough? But what if we changed the conversation? What if we stopped looking at what we eat and instead focused on why and when and how we eat? What if we looked at other developed countries such as France and noted that while the French eat as much (if not more) saturated fat and desserts as Americans, their obesity rates are significantly different […]

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Is Your Water Wrecking Your Waistline?

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For the first time in history, bottled water sales have surpassed soda sales, with water consumption reaching 39.3 gallons in 2016, compared to 38.5 gallons in soda consumption.1 A significant reason for the increase in water consumption is thanks to the surge of sparkling water on the market. In fact, carbonated water sales topped at $797 million in 2015, and are expected to climb to $1.1 billion (with a B!) in 2020.2 More water, less soda—America is finally on the right track! Not so fast. Turns out, sparkling water may be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The Dangers Bubbling Under […]

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Does Cutting Carbs or Calories Burn Fat Faster?

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For as long as anyone can remember, it’s been a raging debate in the weight loss community: is it carbs that packs on the pounds? Or is it just calories? Both sides have their evidence and both sides are convinced they’re right. But there is a pair of fascinating new studies that have flown under the radar that may contain the most conclusive piece of evidence yet that weight loss is not just about calories. And that’s good news if you are like me and don’t want to starve yourself just to get back that slim, trim and sexy figure […]

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Whey: The Ancient Secret to Building Lean Muscle and Shedding Fat

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“Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.” This wise saying is attributed to the Greek physician Hippocrates (446–337 BC), considered the father of Western medicine. He used liquid whey—strained off when making cheese—to help his patients build muscle and strengthen their immune systems. Today, whey is known to be one of the richest sources of pure protein around, more easily digested than any other protein. It has an extraordinarily high nutritional value and contains all the essential amino acids your body needs, in higher concentrations than any other protein source.1 Not only that, it’s a […]

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Mushrooms: These 3 Fungi Actually BOOST Your Immune System

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These 3 Fungi Actually BOOST Your Immune System By: Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS Mushrooms have been used medicinally in Eastern medicine for eons. Now Western medicine is beginning to catch up, as the healing properties of mushrooms are being demonstrated scientifically. The three specific types with the greatest health benefits are Shitake, Reishi and Maitake. All three have powerful effects on the immune system and all three act as medicine. When you think about it for a minute, it makes an awful lot of sense that mushrooms have medicinal properties. Why? Because mushrooms are fungus. They scavenge on organic matter. […]

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Mushrooms: These 3 Fungi Actually BOOST Your Immune System

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These 3 Fungi Actually BOOST Your Immune System By: Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS Mushrooms have been used medicinally in Eastern medicine for eons. Now Western medicine is beginning to catch up, as the healing properties of mushrooms are being demonstrated scientifically. The three specific types with the greatest health benefits are Shitake, Reishi and Maitake. All three have powerful effects on the immune system and all three act as medicine. When you think about it for a minute, it makes an awful lot of sense that mushrooms have medicinal properties. Why? Because mushrooms are fungus. They scavenge on organic matter. […]

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Brussels Sprouts: A Superfood with Cancer-Fighting Potential

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For decades, the world of nutrition has been divided on many things. But there’s one principle of eating that health professionals of all stripes and colors have always been united on: Vegetables are good. Okay, no argument there. But while all vegetables are good, some vegetables are even more good. And for my money, the undisputed king of vegetable royalty—the top of the food chain in vegetable-land—is the Brassica family of veggies, also known as cruciferous vegetables. The category also includes kale, collard greens, cabbage, kohlrabi, broccoli, cauliflower, broccoli rabe and bok choy. Brussels sprouts are also a member of […]

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Beets: Use THIS to Lower Blood Sugar and Strengthen Your Heart

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Root vegetables have gotten a bad name. Sure, some of them (like potatoes for example) will send your blood sugar and insulin through the roof. But others actually have a fairly low net carb count (I’ll explain what the is in a minute) which means they have almost zero effect on blood glucose and insulin levels—which, as you know, is a very good thing if you want to burn fat and stay healthy. Not only that, but many of these buried treasures are packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber that can protect you from a wide variety of chronic illnesses. […]

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Astragalus: Cancer-Fighting Herb Shows Promise

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Could an ancient Chinese secret hold the answer for people debilitated by a very modern disease? That’s the promise of this herb that’s been used for millennia by practitioners of Chinese medicine and other traditional healing systems. In fact, the Chinese view it as the most important of all tonic herbs.  Often combined with other plant-based remedies, this humble root is said to strengthen the immune system, protect against the effects of stress, and treat various health conditions. But recent scientific research suggests another benefit: Taken in supplement form, his herb may be a useful therapy for people with cancer.

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