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Monday, 04 March 2019 13:36

Can Probiotics Affect our Mood and Stress? Yes!

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What do you do when your mood is off or you’re stressed to the max?

  Eat ice cream?  Binge watch Netflix?  Call your bestie?

  After reading this article, you may consider yogurt, a handful of walnuts, or maybe even some dark chocolate as your go-to mood-boosters and stress-busters.

  Today, we’ll unpack some of the exciting (and preliminary) new research about the link between your gut health and moods/stress. 
 
We’ll talk about your friendly resident gut microbes (mostly bacteria), probiotic foods and supplements, as well as foods to feed those gut microbes and probiotics (aka “prebiotics”). 

WHAT THE HECK ARE “GUT MICROBES?  ”

Oh, our friendly “gut microbes.” 

 They are the trillions of microbes that happily live in our gut. They help us by digesting foods, making vitamins, and even protecting us from the not-so-friendly microbes that may get in there.

  Believe it or not, these friendly microbes have mood-boosting and stress-busting functions too!


Tuesday, 01 January 2019 22:10

Creatine - Will it help my fitness goals?

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Is just about everyone taking creatine to help them reach fitness goals?
 
Creatine is, actually, the most popular ergogenic (athletic-enhancing) supplement in history!
 
And there is always new research coming out about it. I mean ALWAYS.
 
If you don’t have the time or desire to sift through the tons of studies, I have a pretty nice summary here for you.
 
The bottom line is that there are a few reasons why it is so popular!
 
DOES CREATINE HELP PERFORMANCE (ACCORDING TO THE SCIENCE)?
Tuesday, 18 December 2018 19:08

CAFFEINE AND SPORTS TRAINING

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Caffeine is sometimes called “the world’s most popular drug”.
 
It’s a very common naturally-occurring stimulant found in coffee and other foods/drinks. 
 
Its main effect is on the brain, helping to increase alertness and reducing fatigue. It’s also used for fat loss and in sports training.
Monday, 10 December 2018 21:01

Is Keto Good for Athletes?

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The keto health craze is here!
 
And if you’re wondering whether you should try it or not (especially if you’re an athlete), you need to read this!
 
The idea behind the diet’s popularity is that it can literally train your body to burn fat as fuel. This means your metabolism actually changes. You stop burning carbohydrates (your body’s preferred fuel), and start burning fat (and ketones) as fuel. 
 
You become “fat adapted.”
Friday, 14 September 2018 15:19

Intermittent fasting - Not just for weight loss

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If you want to lose fat, improve metabolism, and experience other health benefits all without giving up your favourite foods, intermittent fasting might be for you!
 
The gut (a.k.a. digestive tract) is not just a tube that absorbs nutrients and gets rid of waste - it’s a complex alive system that’s a huge foundation of health. And not just gut health, but the overall health of our bodies and minds. We know how important it is to get all of our essential nutrients from food - and this is a big part of what our digestive tract does. But, there is way more to the story than just that.
Tuesday, 10 July 2018 13:50

Mental Health: The Neurotransmitter Edition

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Natural Brain Chemicals and Your Mood
 
Brain and mental health concerns affect a huge number of people. But, where does it all come from? Does it start, or continue, because of the way the brain and nervous system is working?
Until recently, we didn’t know how much our gut and brain interacted. Some people thought that our brains controlled everything we did, consciously and subconsciously.
 
They were wrong!
Monday, 07 May 2018 16:16

Omega-3s - The fats we love to love

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Omega-3s get a lot of notoriety - and for good reason! Not only is one of them essential for good health, but we don’t get enough of them in our diets. 
 
Omega-3s are a kind of fat. Fats are not just a storable source of 9 calories per gram. Different fats are used by our bodies for different essential functions. They’re part of the membranes that surround each cell, and are especially important in the brain and nerves. They can mediate the effect of our immune cells as well as influence the production of neurotransmitters and hormones. Omega-3s are anti-inflammatory, and have health benefits for the heart, brain, and our mental health. 
Monday, 23 April 2018 14:04

8 Plants and Essential Oils that Clean the Air

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Breathing is a part of life that's of utmost importance, but something we rarely spend much time thinking about -- our bodies naturally take care of this task for us without any thought.  There's nothing sweeter than taking a deep breath of fresh mountain air, or breathing in the salty air as you look out over the ocean.  But how often do you consider the air you breathe day in and day out in your living space?  
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