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Iron & Immune Health

September 7, 2021
Iron and Immune Health Iron is an essential mineral for good reason. Iron is a powerful element – both symbolically and literally. You don’t want too much of a good thing and you don’t want too little. In other words, when it comes to diet and supplementing, you want to aim for the Goldilock’s zone of “just right”. Just right can mean different things for different people at different stages of life. A good reference for how much iron you...

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Featured Health Recipes Seasonal

Beet + Pineapple & Manuka Honey Granita

August 31, 2021
BEET AND PINEAPPLE GRANITA  Originally published @onbetterliving With a texture similar to a snowcone, but with the flavor intensity of a sorbet, granita is a deliciously icy treat enjoyed in cafes and beachside bars throughout Italy to beat the summer heat. Luckily there’s no need to get on a plane to get your fix. In fact, granita is so easy to make, once you give it a try you’ll be sorry you didn’t start making it sooner. Granita recipes are...

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Critical Thinking

August 26, 2021
Being Well Informed about Supplements Thinking Critically about Supplements Thinking critically about supplements is more reasonable than impulse buying, but doing so is complicated. Choosing healthy food and supplements can be confusing and logic can often be counterintuitive. Thinking & reading critically requires some mental and emotional energy. It means we need to try to look beyond persuasive packaging to understand the reasons for a claim and evaluate if it holds up. The point of this article is not to...

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Omegas for Brain Health

August 24, 2021
Omegas for Brain Health After what we’ve been through, just about everyone could use a brain boost right now. Kids have undergone a year or more of disrupted schooling, and many of them have fallen behind. Adults are experiencing pandemic-induced brain fog.[1] And seniors who’ve been especially diligent about staying home are experiencing the effects of loneliness on the brain.[2] It’s a lot. Thankfully, there’s omega-3 fatty acids. Ever heard that fish is brain food? Well, it’s true. There’s ample...

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Summer Skin Health

August 17, 2021
Summer Skin Health Summer can do a number on your skin. The main culprit is sun exposure, which is responsible for the lion’s share of premature skin aging. But chlorine from the pool and salt water from the ocean can also suck the moisture from your skin, making it dry, rough, and scaly. What’s a summer lovin’ person to do? You know enough to protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen. And moisturizing from the outside with your favorite lotion...

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Iron Deficiency and Athletes

August 3, 2021
Iron Deficiency and Athletes Iron deficiency is an all-too-common nutrient deficiency that is more likely to affect certain groups and populations than others. Athletes of all types - professional, amateur and “weekend warrior” enthusiasts – are more at risk of iron deficiency than other groups of people. Iron deficiency can result in fatigue, shortness of breath, difficulty concentrating and poor circulation. As you can imagine, none of these symptoms are good news for athletes! Iron is used to make hemoglobin...

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Stress & Mental Health: What’s the Connection?

July 29, 2021
Stress and Mental Health: What’s the Connection? The pandemic has shone a spotlight on the role situational stress plays on mental health. According to the American Psychological Association, more than two-thirds of adults say their stress levels rose during the pandemic and almost half experienced everyday tension and mood swings.[i] If you or someone you know got sick, if you were an essential worker, or if you balanced working at a desk wedged into your bedroom with overseeing remote school...

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Where are You on the Mental Health Continuum?

July 27, 2021
Mental health can easily be affected by stress. This year more people than ever are showing signs of stress-related health issues; high blood pressure, stress-fueled eating with associated weight gain, nausea, weight loss and hair loss from worry, and the list goes on. Our mental health status occurs on a spectrum or continuum, meaning we all move back and forth between doing excellently and doing not so great. We hope to spend the most time ‘in the green’, where we...

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Featured Health Lifestyle Seasonal Travel

Road Trip Essentials: A Packing List to Make Your Road Trip Go Smoothly

July 20, 2021
Summer’s in full swing and lots of folks are hearing the call of the open road. Whether you’re taking a trip you’ve been planning for months or escaping for a spur-of-the-moment weekend getaway, what you pack can make or break your trip. Depending on where you’re going, you may need a bathing suit, hiking boots, your bike helmet, or dressy clothes for a fancy restaurant. But no matter where you’re headed, these travel essentials will serve you well: Face Masks:...

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Education Featured Health

Do You Even Science, Bro?

July 15, 2021
Clinical Trials and Supplements Jokes aside, having research papers that support your dietary supplement’s health claims is a huge boon in most global markets. In many cases, it allows for product specific health claims that rise above generic ones. It gives extra confidence and reassurance to consumers that what they’re investing in for their health will actually work for them. There are many different kinds of research articles that might be whipped out in support of a product or ingredient...

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