What to Eat if You Get Constipated

August 8, 2018
Constipation is the opposite of diarrhea - it's when stool tends to stick around longer than necessary. Often it's drier, lumpier, and harder than normal, and may be difficult to pass.   Constipation often comes along with abdominal pain and bloating. And can be common in people with certain gut issues, like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).   About 14-24% of adults experience constipation. Constipation becomes chronic when it

The Pros & Cons of Elimination Diets

August 2, 2018
Our digestive system is a huge portal into our bodies. Lots of things can get in there that aren't always good for us. And because the system is so complex (knowing which tiny molecules to absorb, and which keep out), lots can go wrong. And that's one reason why 70% of our immune system lives in and around our digestive system.   This makes food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances a huge contribution to an array of symptoms all

What Makes Broccoli and Kale Superfoods?

July 25, 2018
Broccoli and kale are often touted to be “superfoods.” And, yes, they really are amazingly healthy for you.   If you’re wondering what exactly is in these green powerhouses that makes them so “super,” I’ve dived into the research to give you some nerdy reasons to make these a staple in your diet.   To start, they're both considered cruciferous vegetables related to each other in the Brassica family. This family o

What Makes a Food Processed?

July 17, 2018
The world of food can be so confusing at times. There was a time when it was clear what food was - it came directly from nature - whether foraging, hunting, or farming.   Now there are so many things we eat that don't resemble a natural food.   Michael Pollan has a famous quote, he said:   Eat Food - Not too much - Mostly Plants   And in his famous book, In Defense of Food, he defines what food should

Supplement Spotlight: Amino Acids

July 12, 2018
Amino Acids: Why you should be taking them for better recovery and improved performance. What are amino acids?  They are vital nutrients that build cells, support muscles, decrease fat synthesis, improve redox state, and promote energy production. In other words, they help you with your recovery and prevent muscle wasting by helping you keep your lean muscle mass. But, our body only naturally produces 11 of the 20 amino acids it needs. Th

Vitamin K: The Amazing Nutrient You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

June 1, 2018
Vitamin what? K?   Yup!   Why’d they skip vitamins F, G, H, I & J?   Great question!   That's because the "K" stands for "koagulation" which is the Danish spelling for "coagulation." Vitamin K is the vitamin that helps the blood to clot or coagulate. And that's just the tip of the iceberg of what this amazing, underappreciated vitamin does for our bodies.   It’s one of the four fat-so

I’m Sick. What Can I Do (Naturally)?

May 25, 2018
Getting a common cold doesn’t have to be so… common. There are things you can do naturally to make getting sick less likely.   But, if you do happen to get sick, there are things you can also do to help support your body to fight it off.   Good hand hygiene and overall healthy habits can reduce your risk of getting sick in the first place. And good nutrition can help your immune system fight off a cold quicker. Imagine y

Hemp Oil – Safe, Effective, and Completely Legal

May 12, 2018
Hemp Oil + - What is it?   Thorne’s Hemp Oil + is a synergistic, clean blend of phytocannabinoids that supports and regulates one of the body’s most important, yet little-known, systems – the Endocannabinoid System.* By nourishing this system, Hemp Oil + can benefit users by relieving stress, easing discomfort, and improving gut motility.* For many individuals, the positive effects of Hemp Oil + will be felt immediately. &n

Supplement Spotlight – Vitamin D

May 3, 2018
Fitness is a 360 lifestyle and we're here to help educate you about all aspects of maintaining optimum health and wellness. This week's Supplement Spotlight is on vitamin D. This supplement controls the expression of over 1,000 genes in the human body. Please read below to learn more about why everyone should be supplementing with vitamin D.    Why is vitamin D so important?   Nearly every tissue and cell in our body has a vitami

What is the Satiety Index?

March 31, 2018
Have you ever notice that some foods keep you feeling full longer? And others give you the munchies an hour later? That can make the advice to "stop eating when you feel full" a bit tricky if you're picking foods that aren't filling.   That's a phenomenon called satiety. It's the feeling of fullness, of being satisfied and satiated. It is the opposite of hunger and appetite.   The satiety index is a rating of foods that have

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