Health, Wellness & Lifestyle

Seasonal Allergies STILL Bugging You?

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The Solution May In Fact Lie On Your Plate The food on your plate may be giving you allergies. In a number of ways, the food you eat and your body’s response to spring and summer (seasonal allergies) are related. Grab your forks! Let’s dig into some natural solutions to boost your immune system, including […]

Learn More about FODMAPS

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By Desiree Nielsen, RD Before You Blame Gluten For Your Tummy Troubles…You Might Want to Learn More about the FODMAPS As a dietitian in private practice, I have noticed something interesting happening with my clients. Many will come to me having already eliminated gluten from their diets and yet, they are frustrated because their digestive symptoms […]

6 Ways to Improve Cardiovascular Health

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Want to reduce your risk for America’s #1 killer? All you need to do is optimize your blood pressure (aim for levels that are less than 120/80) and obtain an ideal lipoprotein profile, with triglyceride and LDL levels in the lower range, and HDL cholesterol levels in the higher range. Not sure how to go […]

Share a Little Cacao Love This Heart Month!

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Chocolate is exchanged as a symbol of love on Valentine’s Day, and for good reason — this superfood not only encourages feelings of happiness and bliss, it also helps boost your health in the process. Read on for the lowdown on cacao, its health benefits and all the details you need to know when hunting […]

Interested in losing weight while maintaining lean muscle mass?

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By sports nutritionist Nilo Ghajar-Williams According to research, high protein diets with moderate carbohydrate intakes along with exercise have shown to enhance fat loss while promoting muscle retention. Excellent sources of protein include lean meats, poultry, fish, yogurt, eggs, fermented soy (i.e. tempeh), nuts, and seeds. Consume low glycemic carbohydrates high in fiber in order to prevent […]

Vegan Diets May Not Meet an Athlete’s Protein Requirements

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By sports nutritionist Nilo Ghajar-Williams Most vegetarian diets (i.e. vegan) provide less protein than non-vegetarian diets, but still meet or exceed dietary recommendations for protein (given that a variety of foods are consumed and energy intakes are sufficient). Vegan athletes generally consume lower quality protein. This is due to the lower concentrations of essential amino acids in […]

6 Muscle Building and Recovery Foods

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Research has shown that athletes have greater protein requirements than the general population to meet muscle growth and recovery needs. High quality protein sources rich in essential amino acids are especially emphasized as they cannot be produced by the body. The branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) leucine, isoleucine, and valine are essential amino acids that demonstrate […]

Thyroid Awareness Q & A

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January Thyroid Awareness Month This butterfly-shaped gland is located in the base of the neck just below the Adam’s apple. The Thyroid is a relatively small gland that plays an important role that influences the function of many important organs–when there is imbalance it will impact your overall well-being. It is estimated that 200 million people worldwide […]