Lifestyle, Nutrition

How to Grow Your Own Herbs & Reduce Sodium Intake

If you read my post on 8 Ways to Eliminate Bloating, you may remember that high levels of sodium in your diet can cause issues with bloating and water retention. In fact, that’s really just one way an over-abundance of sodium can be harmful. Our bodies require moderate amounts of sodium for regular function, but many American’s are consuming close to twice the amount of sodium recommended by USDA guidelines. Continue reading “How to Grow Your Own Herbs & Reduce Sodium Intake”

Nutrition

I Tried: Taking Collagen for a Month

Collagen products have been picking up popularity in recent years. Magazines, beauty experts, and celebrities have raved about the benefits of collagen for its supposed cosmetic properties (Jennifer Aniston reportedly accredits it to her ever-youthful glow while Kourtney Kardashian has praised its overall skin and health benefits). Could collagen supplements really live up to the all the hype they’ve been generating? I decided to find out. Continue reading “I Tried: Taking Collagen for a Month”

Nutrition

8 Ways to Eliminate Bloating

Bloating. We’ve probably all experienced it at some point. It can throw off your day, make you feel uncomfortable and sometimes be a great source of pain. It can range from a minor annoyance after a big meal to a consistent, reoccurring issue that makes you self-conscious of your body and food choices. Today we’re going to look at some common causes of bloating and eight things you can do to live a happy, healthy, bloat-free life. Continue reading “8 Ways to Eliminate Bloating”

Nutrition

Supplement Spotlight: Magnesium

If you’ve ever walked into a vitamin or supplement store, you know the sheer volume of the pills, powders, and vitamins can feel overwhelming. What’s useful or relevant to your routine? Is the supplement you’re holding backed by science or a sketchy infomercial shenanigan? It’s enough to make your head spin, really.

Last time in our supplement spotlight we looked at BCAAs and Amino Acids. Today, we’re going to look at magnesium, the role it plays in our health and fitness and some of its forms on the supplement market. Continue reading “Supplement Spotlight: Magnesium”

Nutrition

What’s the difference between a vegetarian and a vegan?

 

Meatless diets have been steadily gaining notoriety in the USA. According to a 2008 study published by Vegetarian Times, 3.2 percent of Americans (7.3 million people) follow a vegetarian diet, with another 10 percent (22.8 million) of American adults saying they follow a largely vegetarian-inclined diet. Continue reading “What’s the difference between a vegetarian and a vegan?”

Nutrition

Supplement Spotlight: BCAA’s and Amino Acids

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There are a lot of health items out there geared towards enhancing your performance in the gym. It can be intimidating and overwhelming trying to sort through all of the pills, powder, and supplements out there to figure out what’s useful and what’s a waste of money. While there are no shortcuts or magic pills, there are some products out there that can support or complement your fitness routine. I’m no supplement guru, but I can share some of the knowledge I’ve learned and products I’ve found helpful along the way in my own fitness journey. Today we are going to look at AA (amino acids) and BCAA (branched-chain amino acids) supplements.

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Lifestyle, Nutrition

5 Protein-Packed Guiltless Pleasures

As a comfort eater, nutrition has always been a challenge for me. Striving to fuel my body with the right nutrients while keeping my inner fat kid happy is a delicate balance; I want to lead a long, healthy life… But I also want tacos. And cupcakes. Continue reading “5 Protein-Packed Guiltless Pleasures”

Nutrition

How Much Meat Should I be Eating?

Fresh butcher cut meat assortment garnished with Salad and fresh rosemary. Copyright Bigstockphoto.com

To say Americans love their meat would be a bit of an understatement. In fact, the United States consumes more of it on average every year than nearly any other country in the world. But don’t take my word for it -allow me to just pop into my Veducational Laboratory for a moment to gather some statistics. Continue reading “How Much Meat Should I be Eating?”

Nutrition, Uncategorized

6 Signs That You’re Dehydrated

Believe it or not, every day a large portion of the American population walks around unknowingly dehydrated. It can happen any time of year, in the blistering heat of summer or the chilliest winter. Chances are, you’re dehydrated at this very moment. Continue reading “6 Signs That You’re Dehydrated”

Nutrition

How to Build a Better Salad

We’ve all been there –that moment of evaluating our dinner plate and admitting it could use more green. For one reason or another, people recognize the importance fruits and vegetables in a balanced diet. The challenge lies in knowing how to find and incorporate that balance.

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