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

The True Health Benefits of Exercise

March 29, 2018
Exercise. It can improve your health on all levels. We’re not just talking about being fitter and stronger. We’re talking about overall health and longevity.   Regular exercise improves your heart health, brain health, muscle and bone health, diabetes, and arthritis. Beyond those, it also reduces stress, boosts moods, increases your energy, and can improve your sleep. And exercise prevents death from any cause (“all cause mortali

Need Help Going Dairy-free? Here are 6 Great Substitutes

March 21, 2018
Need Help Going Dairy-free? Here are 6 Great Substitutes If you're reading this, you likely are or are considering going dairy-free. You may have an intolerance, have been told to eliminate dairy, or just want to have less of it.   Either way, dairy is not an essential nutrient, and there are lots of things you can have instead. These include not just milk, but also yogurt, butter, parmesan, and even pudding and ice cream! &nb

How Do I Know If I Have a Leaky Gut?

March 11, 2018
"Leaky gut" is a popular topic in the health and wellness spheres these days. It's been blamed for many symptoms and conditions that seem to be all-too-common. Allergies, intolerances, joint pain, even autoimmune diseases can all be linked back to leaky gut.   But what exactly is leaky gut? What causes it? What kinds of issues are related to it? And most of all, what can you eat for leaky gut?   What is a leaky gut? Simply pu

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