The Super Supplement for Athletes

The Super Supplement for Athletes

Nutrition for Women, Supplements for Women
All too often, the descriptive “superfood” seems more marketing than reality, but every now and then, a natural food proves exceptional in clinical settings.Consider the common beet. Long valued as a healthy vegetable, the taproot portion of the beet plant, aka the beetroot, has become a sports-nutrition sensation among high-performing athletes and a natural alternative treatment to help those suffering from cardiovascular conditions. How did beetroot earn its superfood reputation? Let’s look at the science.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteSay Yes to NOBeets have been a staple in the Western diet for centuries, and beetroot was used in the Middle Ages as a treatment for blood and digestive disorders. But it wasn’t until the last 15 years that scientists began investigating beetroot as a natural curative because of its abundance of nitrates…
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Ask the Nutritionist: Why Am I Craving Salt?

Ask the Nutritionist: Why Am I Craving Salt?

Healthy Eating for Women, Nutrition for Women, Nutrition Tips for Women
Question: As an athlete, I am craving salt. Why? Should I give in to the craving?Salt cravings can be linked to a lot of things, including stress, lack of sleep and even premenstrual syndrome, but since you’re athletic, most likely they are because of the loss of minerals — including sodium — from sweating. Salt cravings also can be linked to dehydration, especially if they are accompanied by dizziness, thirst, headache, irritability or cramps. If you don’t sweat a lot, you can probably replace those minerals and quench your cravings with tap water alone. If you sweat more or if you’re an endurance athlete, however, drink an electrolyte-enhanced beverage, eat a (healthy) salty snack or sip a broth-based soup to help replace your deficit.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteSpotlight On: BPA Bisphenol…
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The Comeback Kid: From Eating Disorder to Personal Trainer

The Comeback Kid: From Eating Disorder to Personal Trainer

Life, Motivation for Women
Haley Brennan began lifting weights at age 16 and began reading Oxygen magazine and following the workouts at the gym. By 17, she had competed in two figure competitions and was hooked on the fit lifestyle. “I craved the dedication needed for training and eating properly, and I wanted to spend my days continuously improving,” Brennan says. But while at college, Brennan was the victim of an assault at work, which caused her to disconnect from her social circle and turn to food for comfort. “As if someone flipped a switch, I went from working out six days a week to hardly at all,” she says. “My hunger was insatiable. All the progress I had made slipped from my fingers.”  Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteIn six months, Brennan’s weight shot up…
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How To Fuel Your Body For A Better Life

How To Fuel Your Body For A Better Life

Nutrition for Women, Nutrition News
Nighttime Workouts No Longer a No-NoThe standard advice for insomniacs is to avoid exercising in the evening, but according to a research review published in the journal Sports Medicine, late-day workouts might actually enhance sleep: Study participants who did an evening workout spent 20 percent more time in the deep-sleep phase that same night than those who hadn’t exercised in the evening. “When people spend less time in deep sleep, it negatively affects your sports performance the following day,” says Christina M. Spengler, M.D., Ph.D., head of the Institute of Human Movement Sciences and Sport at ETH Zurich. Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteIt is worth noting, however, that when participants engaged in vigorous workouts such as high-intensity interval training one hour before bed, it did have a negative impact on their…
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Age Better With New Supplement

Age Better With New Supplement

Life, Nutrition for Women, Supplements for Women, Women's Health
The slow creep of aging affects everyone, and before you know it, you’re over the hill and losing steam. But what exactly causes us to age? Scientists believe it is ultimately because of accumulated metabolic damage that occurs at the cellular level.As we age, certain biological compounds decrease, including one called NAD+. This coenzyme is found in all living cells and plays a vital role in energy metabolism, DNA repair and healthy cell function — particularly that of the mitochondria, the powerhouses of our cells that convert food to energy. As NAD+ declines, our mitochondria are adversely affected and damaged, resulting in less energy output and leading the corporeal aging process. Low NAD+ also alters the activity of enzymes called sirtuins, a class of proteins believed to play a role…
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A Natural Way to Defeat Depression

A Natural Way to Defeat Depression

Life, Women's Health
With the dark days of winter often comes the blues, and the American Psychological Association concluded that this kind of seasonal stress can contribute to health issues such as obesity, high blood pressure and depression. Almost 15 million Americans are affected by depression each year, which can interfere with everything from school to work to social activities, and you may feel hopeless, exhausted, lackadaisical or indecisive. The exact cause of depression is complicated, and it can be any combination of several known factors, including genetics, traumatic events, hormone imbalances and biochemical reactions in the brain. The good news is you can do something about it.The Endocannabinoid SystemAs you know, the brain is the control center of your body, and several neurological systems assist in sending messages to and from this…
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Kettlebell & Flow: Ditch Crunches for Good

Kettlebell & Flow: Ditch Crunches for Good

Kettlebell & Flow
What if somebody told you that you can get the toned tummy you’ve always wanted without ever having to get down on the ground to do crunches again? Sounds too good to be true, right? Wrong! Turns out, all you really need is bodyweight flow and some kettlebells.From a structural standpoint, our core exists to keep us erect and in certain positions. Your trunk is the leader of your upper and lower body: You cannot lift your knee up to walk without your hip flexors and your abs; you can’t rotate or throw a ball without using your obliques (and transverse abdominis). While you may have spent countless hours doing medicine-ball Russian twists, crunches, ab-wheel rollouts, Swiss-ball crunches, planks and cable woodchops, in reality you don’t need those targeted moves…
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7 Bodyweight-Flow Benefits – Oxygen Magazine

7 Bodyweight-Flow Benefits – Oxygen Magazine

Kettlebell & Flow
Just because the gym is filled with free weights, squat racks, Smith machines, bench presses, cables and pulleys, and countless other pieces of equipment doesn’t mean you actually need any of them to improve your fitness. While these tools are a wonderful aid to many styles of workouts, there’s something to be said for getting back to the basics — and that’s why bodyweight-flow workouts are so trendy these days.If you’re familiar with yoga, then you know a “flow”-style class (or vinyasa) connects various poses together in a flow of constant movement. Bodyweight flow is similar — it’s a combination of distinctive exercises in which you’re using the different anatomical lines of your body, and the goal is to be as fluid and smooth as possible in between movements. Like…
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How Breath Work Improves Strength and Endurance

How Breath Work Improves Strength and Endurance

Kettlebell & Flow
In almost every yoga class, there’s a point at which the instructor reminds everyone to breathe. At first, this may strike you as odd — but then half the room realizes they actually aren’t breathing and a symphony of exhales ensues. Isn’t it interesting how you can be moving and exerting effort but not breathing? It’s not like you even have to consciously breathe while you’re sleeping, yet we often stop during moments of exertion, like while trying to stabilize the torso.You can go days without water, weeks without food but only a few minutes without breathing. We need oxygen to feed our muscles, to prevent dizziness and to keep our joints lubricated. But we also need it to move properly and think clearly — without it, we won’t be…
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