Posts Tagged ‘healthy lifestyle’

9 Benefits Of Pilates And How This Workout Works

Pilates is a workout routine that was introduced to the masses in the 1920s by Joseph Pilates. The main purpose of Pilates is perfect body coordination with emphasis on strengthening the body and obtaining perfect spinal alignment for proper posture. A number of machines are used in Pilates to improve body flexibility (The Reformer, the…

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Thickeners – What You Need to Know

Thickeners are one of many ingredients added to processed foods. And they do just that: thicken. They absorb water and form a gel-like consistency. They’re often used to make foods thick and creamy, without having to add a lot of fat.  Thickeners also tend to emulsify and stabilize foods they’re added to. Emulsification allows fats…

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Low Carb Diet 101

Low carb diets have been popular on and off since the dawn of the Atkins fame (and maybe even earlier?). But, what exactly defines low carb? Does eating this way actually help with weight loss? Are there any other health benefits (or risks) to eating fewer carbs? Let’s see. What is a carb? A carb,…

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Nutrition News- June 2018

Omega-3 fatty acids are a group of polyunsaturated fatty acids that play a variety of important roles in health. EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are two of the most important omega-3 fatty acids, and they are commonly found together in seafood and in fish oil supplements. While DHA and EPA most often function…

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Lifting For Strength Versus Lifting For Hypertrophy

Every serious lifter hits this crossroads at some point. To aim training towards becoming jacked and aesthetic or to eat all the food and smash all the weights? That is the question. The answer is going to be very individual here. Personally, I am of the mindset that both qualities should be strived for throughout…

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If You Take Medications, You Need to Know About Grapefruit

Grapefruit is good for you! It’s a vitamin C-rich citrus fruit that’s low in sugar and contains vitamin A, potassium, and fibre. It has a low glycemic index and does not spike your blood sugar when you eat it. The pink and red varieties also contain lycopene. It’s definitely a nutritious health-promoting food. It even…

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Strength Training Vs Muscle Building: What’s the Difference?

Strength training and muscle building are similar enough for most people to use the terms interchangeably, but different enough for practitioners to disagree on their importance. When you think muscle building, think body building – it’s all about size. Size is usually achieved by lifting about as much as you safely can only a few…

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Prebiotics 101

“Prebiotic’s”? Yes! They’re the food that we feed our probiotics, the friendly gut microbes that are oh so important for good health. Our gut microbes are alive, and they need to eat too. Their favorite foods are called “prebiotics” and include dietary fiber and resistant starch. The same fiber that keeps us feeling full slows…

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Supplementation and Research Studies

Have you ever wondered why supplements often get a “bad rap?” To be honest, sometimes it’s deserved.  There are a lot of bad products on the market full stimulants and other questionable ingredients. But, sometimes supplementation is unfairly maligned by a research study. One of the more interesting aspects about the research conducted on nutritional…

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Weight Training Frequency & Rest Days

When it comes to muscle-building, how often you train and how often you rest are just as important as what you do when training and exercising. This is because the actually muscle-building part of the process happens not in the gym, but when you’re resting. During exercise, muscles are strained and slightly torn. During recovery,…

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