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Winter Activity and Hygge

Winter Activity and Hygge

  Have you heard of the Danish concept of hygge? Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word that expresses the concept of a feeling or mood that comes by taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, everyday moments more meaningful, beautiful or special.  Simple examples include making a ritual out of making coffee and then lingering …

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Pterostilbene

Pterostilbene

Pterostilbene is a natural compound present in blueberries, cranberries, red grapes, and several plants in Asia. Pterostilbene has several powerful health benefits, in the areas cardiovascular health, cognitive function, neurological diseases and diabetes.

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Vegetable Diversity for a Healthy Diet

Vegetable Diversity for a Healthy Diet

We all know that vegetables are good for you, which is something that every single dietary philosophy agrees on.  It’s simply not possible to find a truly healthy person who doesn’t consume vegetables regularly.  However, did you know that many traditional hunter-gatherer societies ate as many as 100 different species of plants?  And this diversity of plant foods is severely lacking in today’s world. 

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Low Vitamin D in Childhood May Have Mental Health Effects in Adolescence

Vitamin D and Mental Health

A recent study conducted at the University of Michigan suggest that vitamin D deficiency in childhood may result in behavioral problems during adolescence, including aggressive behavior, anxiety and depressive moods. The study was done on school children in Bogotá, Colombia. Children with deficient blood vitamin D levels were almost twice as likely to develop behavior problems, as opposed to children who had higher levels of vitamin D.

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Can You Predict Athletic Success?

Can You Predict Athletic Success?

Lifting weights and long, slow distance are quite dissimilar, but there’s a profoundly important lesson that lifters can learn from a very special breed of distance runners – the tribe of super Kenyans.

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Nutrition & Epigenetics

nutrition and epigenetics

Ever since I learned about the concept of epigenetics about 8 years ago, I have been fascinated by the topic, and have read numerous articles and studies regarding epigenetics.  Epigenetics is “what” regulates how, when and how much of our genes are expressed.  

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Balancing Training with Recovery

Balance Training with Recovery

I often hear/ see/ read about the concept of “more” as it relates to fitness.  It’s like an obsession. More cardio. More deadlifts. More burpees. More calorie restriction. The problem is that “more” can lead to over training, injury, and illness, if you don’t balance your training.

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Turkish Get-ups

Turkish Get-Up

Turkish get-ups (TGU’s) are one of my all-time favorite exercises. TGU’s are also one of the exercises I sometimes dread! In reality, TGU’s may be the very best all-around fuctional exercises that you can do.

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