If you’re looking to decrease stress, stabilize your hormones, boost your sex drive, neutralize the acidity of your body, and blast your system with nutrients, look no further than that section at the health food store you always ignore: the supplement aisle.
I know what you’re thinking: Supplements? Aren’t those the often untested, unapproved sorta drugs that always seem too good to be true. For the most part yes—I largely avoid most of the powders, pills, and formulas available in this section of the health food store. But there’s one supplement that’s definitely worth picking up for any of the above conditions: Maca powder.
Maca-what? Maca powder has also been called “Peruvian ginseng”. Although it’s thought of as a supplement, researchers suspect this South American staple has been consumed for around 2,000 years. The Incas considered maca to be a gift of the gods, due to its superior nutritional value, and it’s one of the only plants to thrive in the tough conditions of the Andes mountains. Maca powder comes from the root of the plant. (more…)
Whenever a skinny celebrity speaks out about the diet she’s following everyone seems to listen, especially when she’s a former Spice Girl. Singer, wife of famed soccer player David Beckham, and fashion designer Victoria Beckham sent shock waves through the diet world years ago when she was seen toting around the diet book “Skinny Bitch.“ Not long after it became a bestseller. Coincidence? We think not.
These days she’s at it again, peddling another diet trend that’s bound to blow up in a matter of seconds, especially considering other stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and Kirsten Dunst are on board, too.
As reported by Health, notoriously thin Beckham has recently been crediting her lean figure to the alkaline diet, which is more of a theory than a diet model in itself. The diet is all about keeping our body’s pH levels in balance through the foods we eat and perhaps more importantly, the foods we avoid.
Though research on the alkaline diet is limited, it’s based on the theory that because our blood is slightly alkaline – a normal pH level rage is between 7.35 and 7.45 – our diet should help promote and maintain that. (more…)
Signing up for a triathlon or training for a 5K or other endurance event doesn’t just take time working out—it also takes time eating and planning a diet that is perfect for your exercise routine! We recently got some tips from Elisa Zied, registered dietitian, author, and founder and president of Zied Health Communications on how to improve your running and walking performance with the right tasty eats! After all, runners and walkers use more carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals than couch potatoes.
Over the past month I’ve tried something new: vegetarianism. I’ve read much about a vegetarian diet, including how it can reduce your saturated fat intake (if you choose the right foods), help reduce your footprint on the Earth and help you increase how many fruits and vegetables you eat. Plus, I just wanted to see if I could do it- and how, or if, it would affect my desire to eat meat. Well, I’m 20 days and counting as being meat-free in my diet, and while I haven’t craved any meat yet, I have noticed a few benefits I didn’t expect.
3 Unique Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet
1. More energy. Within just a few days of going meatless in my meals I noticed that I had more energy. This could be to my increased consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts and beans, but I found that even though I was eating the same amount of physical food at meals and snacks, that the food felt lighter in my stomach and I didn’t have that heavy after-lunch or after-dinner feeling that you can get. Instead I had the energy to go for a walk or even squeeze in an extra 10 minutes of exercise!
Bear Naked is everyone’s favorite granola, but now they can be your new favorite internet stop to find fun, wild and hilarious sports videos.
Bear Naked Granola, famous for using only real, whole ingredients in their granola, trail mix and cookie products to fuel you up for your favorite adventurous activities, has created a new Facebook community where fitness enthusiasts can watch and share videos of their favorite, unique sports. It’s also a great place to find inspiration for new ways to stay active, share tips and tricks, and find sports teams in your area so you can get in on the action.
These aren’t just any sports videos. No, no, to truly live Bear Naked, you must let your energy and imagination be your inspiration. Check out these videos from Bear Naked fans to see what I mean:
Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.
So, you’ve found the right clothes and shoes, and even the perfect music to motivate you through your workout. But before you hit the gym or the road, make sure you have the right fuel to keep your body going.
I came into health and fitness in stages. It was a true evolution of weight loss using caloric reduction followed by exercise. Today I maintain my weight by watching caloric intake and by healthy food choices that not only feed me but fuel me. (more…)
Yuri Elkaim is a registered holistic nutritionist, certified kinesiologist, and former professional soccer player. He is the owner of Total Wellness Consulting, a world-renowned fitness, nutrition and conditioning expert, and the author of Eating for Energy. Yuri is also the man behind the service Fitter U, which places personal trainer sessions on your MP3 player.
Have you ever wondered why certain people rarely get sick, look younger than they really are, have glowing skin, and seem to have boundless energy?
Well, their secret lies in what they do and do not eat!
What you put into your body ultimately determines how you look, feel, and function. Most people attribute getting sick or lacking energy to “external” factors such as the latest “bug” or the aging process, respectively, but fail to realize that what’s happening inside their body at a cellular level is much more important.
Your body (your blood specifically) is constantly working to maintain a slightly alkaline pH in order to function properly. When this pH gets out of balance (i.e. becomes acidic), your energy is depleted, you more readily pack on weight, and you experience problems such as fatigue, stress, depression, and various diseases.
Unfortunately, the modern Western lifestyle and diet has led most people to live in an overly acidic state. This has led to numerous health problems. (more…)
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