Friday, July 20, 2018

Nutrition

Whether you are looking boost athletic performance, slim down, treat a health condition or just trying to stay in good health, paying close attention to your nutrition is important. But it’s not always easy to figure out exactly what advice to follow. Between your family, friends and the internet, you’ve heard the exact opposite opinions about every food and diet out there. So, what is healthy? What’s not? To know for sure, you have to turn to the science, which is exactly what we do in our Nutrition Series. Browse the articles below to learn more about how your food interacts with your body and how you can build a healthier diet for yourself and your family.

Is Peanut Butter Good or Bad?

is peanut butter good or bad
Like most high-fat foods, peanut butter's had a serious PR problem for the better part of a century!   When studies in the 1940s linked high-fat, high-calorie diets to an increased risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke, the world turned its back on all fat-rich foods.  Whole food sources of healthy fats, such...

Top Five Foods for Increasing Energy

Most of us have a clear understanding that food is the body’s primary energy source.  Once consumed, it is broken down within the digestive system into either fats, proteins, or carbohydrates.  After they have been broken down into their smallest forms, they are then transported throughout the body to take part in their respective...

How to Improve Cognitive Function Through Diet

cognitive function
How to improve cognitive function?  A simple question that literally makes the supplement industry bazillions (that’s wayyyy more than billions, btw) of dollars each and every year.   But what does it even mean? Most people are aware that cognitive function revolves around certain aspects of mental performance, such as memory, learning, and problem solving.  But...

A Guide to Vitamins: Supplements and Natural Food

This guide to vitamins discusses both vitamins in supplements as well as vitamins in real, natural food.  Vital to the body's health, vitamins must be consumed through the diet in the form of nutrient-rich foods, such as powerhouse fruits and vegetables and whole grains, or through multivitamin supplements. Read More: Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables Vitamins are naturally-occurring molecules...

Fight Insomnia: Top 5 Foods to Improve Sleep Quality

fight insomnia
Did you know that you can fight insomnia by eating the right foods?  It is important to fight insomnia as soon as you notice it.  This lack of quality sleep can have a huge impact on your daily life if it goes on too long.  It can also have negative impacts on a number of mental...

The pH of Foods and Its Impact on Your Health

Alkaline and Acidic Foods
What Does pH Mean? If you want to understand how pH impacts your health, you need to know a few basic things about acids and bases.  From your science classes in school, you probably remember some of this.  (I actually took chemistry all the way to college level and never asked what pH stood for!...

Effect of Spices and Herbs On Your Health

Impact of spices and herbs on health
Spices and herbs are both of plant origin.  Whilst herbs come from the leafy, or green parts of a plant, spices come from the remaining plant material such as the bark, roots, flowers, berries or seeds. These versatile plant foods have been used across the globe for thousands of years, both in culinary use and...

Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables

Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made a list of foods that can reduce the risk of chronic diseases and named them "powerhouse fruits and vegetables" (PFV).  These foods are packed with nutrients that help fight diseases and maintain health.  Based on the study, Defining Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables: A Nutrient Density...

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