Category Archives: Lifestyle & Aging

Cholesterol 101

What is Cholesterol? Cholesterol is often viewed negatively by health and fitness enthusiasts, but it serves a critical role in our bodies. All animals create many important hormones using cholesterol as the precursor. Estrogen, testosterone, and corticosteroids–which are involved in many bodily functions such as regulating inflammation and metabolism–are composed of cholesterol.   What is “Good” […]

How to Set and Maintain Your New Year’s Resolutions

A new year and a new decade have arrived, and with them comes fresh energy to enact positive behavior changes and to create healthier habits. It’s the time to create resolutions, bold intentions, and strong declarations of purpose.  Sometimes, even after a promising start, that resolve that initially feels so good begins to fade after […]

5 Foods to Boost Energy and Brainpower

There’s really no other way to put it: your brain has everything to do with how you function every day. This bodily organ is a powerhouse that works non-stop, whether consciously or subconsciously, voluntarily or involuntarily. 

When it comes to mental clarity, cognition, and energy, most of us know that it’s the brain isn’t “firing on all cylinders.” The good news is that we can eat foods to kick those synapses and neurotransmitters into action. 

Here are five foods that will minimize brain fog and help you sharpen your brain for energy and focus. 

What You Need to Know About Sleep and Exercise

Your parents probably warned you about the dangers of not getting proper rest. Decades of research by scientists who study sleep have been showing that they were right. 

While retaining information and staying awake in class or while at work is important, the research makes it clear that proper sleep has extensive benefits to physical health, too. During the recovery period from exercise, these benefits can be profound. 

10 In-Season Fruits and Veggies to Try this Summer

Whether you’re a picky eater or unenthused by salads and pressed juices, eating more fruits and vegetables can be challenging.

Today, we’re giving you a cheat sheet for your next grocery visit that will help you in two ways:

1.  You can grab and go instead of deliberating on what you should get and/or avoid getting the things you always get.

2.  Get a wide variety of robust nutrients from fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables instead of ones that are grown year-round (and, therefore, have a good chance of being genetically modified or picked and harvested at inopportune times).

Is It Possible to Exercise Too Much?

We’ve all had a cold or the flu at some point. Among the numerous benefits, you’ve likely heard that exercise can help the immune system fight off illness–there’s some truth to it. However, the benefits depend on the level of activity. Research shows that regular exercise at a moderate level supports immune function better than being sedentary…but overtraining can actually impair our ability to fight off infection.

Read on to learn how too much exercise can backfire.

Vitamin C and the Immune System: Hype or Healthy?

Many of us grew up following common knowledge: when you feel like you’ve caught a cold, load up on Vitamin C. 

We know that this post isn’t a perfect fit for our Hype or Healthy series–after all, we know that Vitamin C and the immune system is linked–but, after this season’s wave of common cold and flu viruses, it got us thinking…

What exactly is Vitamin C and how much of a role does it actually play in the prevention of the common cold?

5 Morning Habits to Loosen Stiff Joints

Do you deal with morning stiffness or joint discomfort?

Stiff joints can occur in the morning due to a tough workout the day before, because of joint problems you have, or simply because you’re growing older. For most people, that stiffness eases up and goes away over time, but it’s no fun to deal with for the first hour or so. 

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