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What are macronutrients: avocado and eggs on toast
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What Are Macronutrients? Understanding Protein, Carbs, and Fats

If you’re interested in fitness and nutrition, you’ve likely heard the term macronutrients, aka macros. It seems everyone is concerned about counting macros and calculating their daily intake. So what are macronutrients? Macros are the fundamental nutritional compounds your body needs to function: protein, carbohydrates, and fats. While some macronutrients get a bad reputation (looking[…]

Glycine for sleep: crumpled bed sheets
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Should You Take Glycine for Sleep? Research Says Yes

Having trouble sleeping? If you are, you’re not alone. According to the American Sleep Association, anywhere from 50-70 million U.S. adults have a sleeping disorder that prevents them from getting a good night’s sleep. Be it insomnia, snoring, night terrors, or other disorders, sleep problems affect 1 in 3 people at some stage of their[…]

CNS fatigue: an exhausted athlete hydrates on the sidelines
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What Is CNS Fatigue? Overcoming the Side Effects of Overtraining

Fatigue happens after all difficult exercises. Running a mile gets harder after you’ve already run two. Powerlifting becomes more challenging after multiple reps. Recognizing this fatigue is how we continue pushing ourselves to run further distances and lift heavier weights, growing faster and stronger with every workout. However, consistently overtraining to the point of exhaustion[…]

BPC 157: a microscope
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Understanding the Beneficial Effects of Pentadecapeptide BPC 157

Perhaps you can recall from your days of high school biology when the teacher briefly went over the importance of amino acids. Though the lesson that day could have expanded into a full-fledged college course, the final message was simple: amino acids are the building blocks of life on Earth. Perhaps hailing from a distant[…]

Cold thermogenesis: two hikers on a snowy mountain
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Cold Thermogenesis: How Low Temperatures Boost Long-Term Health

What do drinking chilled water, taking a cold shower, and polar bear plunges all have in common? They’re all examples of cold thermogenesis, or therapeutic cold exposure. Immersing in freezing water may be uncomfortable, but exposing yourself to cold temperatures can boost metabolism and ward off disease. Cold exposure is also important for regulating body[…]

Beta-hydroxybutyrate: a salad of low-carb vegetables
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How Beta-Hydroxybutyrate (BHB) Affects Weight Loss

The body utilizes three principal macronutrients to ensure it remains properly fueled at all times: carbohydrates, fats, and protein. Each of these fuel sources burn off on a predictable spectrum where each source serves a specific purpose. Carbohydrates, for instance, act as an immediate fuel source that we use often throughout the day. Fats act[…]

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What are macronutrients: avocado and eggs on toast

What Are Macronutrients? Understanding Protein, Carbs, and Fats

If you’re interested in fitness and nutrition, you’ve likely heard the term macronutrients, aka macros. It seems everyone is concerned about counting macros and calculating their daily intake. So what are macronutrients? Macros are the fundamental nutritional compounds your body needs to function: protein, carbohydrates, and fats. While some macronutrients get a bad reputation (looking[…]

Glycine for sleep: crumpled bed sheets

Should You Take Glycine for Sleep? Research Says Yes

Having trouble sleeping? If you are, you’re not alone. According to the American Sleep Association, anywhere from 50-70 million U.S. adults have a sleeping disorder that prevents them from getting a good night’s sleep. Be it insomnia, snoring, night terrors, or other disorders, sleep problems affect 1 in 3 people at some stage of their[…]

CNS fatigue: an exhausted athlete hydrates on the sidelines

What Is CNS Fatigue? Overcoming the Side Effects of Overtraining

Fatigue happens after all difficult exercises. Running a mile gets harder after you’ve already run two. Powerlifting becomes more challenging after multiple reps. Recognizing this fatigue is how we continue pushing ourselves to run further distances and lift heavier weights, growing faster and stronger with every workout. However, consistently overtraining to the point of exhaustion[…]

BPC 157: a microscope

Understanding the Beneficial Effects of Pentadecapeptide BPC 157

Perhaps you can recall from your days of high school biology when the teacher briefly went over the importance of amino acids. Though the lesson that day could have expanded into a full-fledged college course, the final message was simple: amino acids are the building blocks of life on Earth. Perhaps hailing from a distant[…]

Cold thermogenesis: two hikers on a snowy mountain

Cold Thermogenesis: How Low Temperatures Boost Long-Term Health

What do drinking chilled water, taking a cold shower, and polar bear plunges all have in common? They’re all examples of cold thermogenesis, or therapeutic cold exposure. Immersing in freezing water may be uncomfortable, but exposing yourself to cold temperatures can boost metabolism and ward off disease. Cold exposure is also important for regulating body[…]

Beta-hydroxybutyrate: a salad of low-carb vegetables

How Beta-Hydroxybutyrate (BHB) Affects Weight Loss

The body utilizes three principal macronutrients to ensure it remains properly fueled at all times: carbohydrates, fats, and protein. Each of these fuel sources burn off on a predictable spectrum where each source serves a specific purpose. Carbohydrates, for instance, act as an immediate fuel source that we use often throughout the day. Fats act[…]

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What are macronutrients: avocado and eggs on toast

What Are Macronutrients? Understanding Protein, Carbs, and Fats

If you’re interested in fitness and nutrition, you’ve likely heard the term macronutrients, aka macros. It seems everyone is concerned about counting macros and calculating their daily intake. So what are macronutrients? Macros are the fundamental nutritional compounds your body needs to function: protein, carbohydrates, and fats. While some macronutrients get a bad reputation (looking[…]

Glycine for sleep: crumpled bed sheets

Should You Take Glycine for Sleep? Research Says Yes

Having trouble sleeping? If you are, you’re not alone. According to the American Sleep Association, anywhere from 50-70 million U.S. adults have a sleeping disorder that prevents them from getting a good night’s sleep. Be it insomnia, snoring, night terrors, or other disorders, sleep problems affect 1 in 3 people at some stage of their[…]

CNS fatigue: an exhausted athlete hydrates on the sidelines

What Is CNS Fatigue? Overcoming the Side Effects of Overtraining

Fatigue happens after all difficult exercises. Running a mile gets harder after you’ve already run two. Powerlifting becomes more challenging after multiple reps. Recognizing this fatigue is how we continue pushing ourselves to run further distances and lift heavier weights, growing faster and stronger with every workout. However, consistently overtraining to the point of exhaustion[…]

BPC 157: a microscope

Understanding the Beneficial Effects of Pentadecapeptide BPC 157

Perhaps you can recall from your days of high school biology when the teacher briefly went over the importance of amino acids. Though the lesson that day could have expanded into a full-fledged college course, the final message was simple: amino acids are the building blocks of life on Earth. Perhaps hailing from a distant[…]

Cold thermogenesis: two hikers on a snowy mountain

Cold Thermogenesis: How Low Temperatures Boost Long-Term Health

What do drinking chilled water, taking a cold shower, and polar bear plunges all have in common? They’re all examples of cold thermogenesis, or therapeutic cold exposure. Immersing in freezing water may be uncomfortable, but exposing yourself to cold temperatures can boost metabolism and ward off disease. Cold exposure is also important for regulating body[…]

Beta-hydroxybutyrate: a salad of low-carb vegetables

How Beta-Hydroxybutyrate (BHB) Affects Weight Loss

The body utilizes three principal macronutrients to ensure it remains properly fueled at all times: carbohydrates, fats, and protein. Each of these fuel sources burn off on a predictable spectrum where each source serves a specific purpose. Carbohydrates, for instance, act as an immediate fuel source that we use often throughout the day. Fats act[…]

Paleo vs. keto: fresh fruit and a bowl of vegetables and protein

Paleo vs. Keto Diet: What to Know Before Going Low-Carb

Whether it’s getting more protein, losing weight, or boosting lean muscle mass, there are many reasons why people choose low-carb diets like the paleolithic (paleo) and ketogenic (keto) diets. If your goal is to decrease carbohydrates and sugar while increasing healthy fat and protein intake, you may be considering paleo or keto. Curious about the[…]

CDP Choline: a florescent brain pattern

How CDP Choline (Citicoline) Protects Your Brain

There are a number of compounds that play an integral role in protecting the body’s everyday functions. One of these is a naturally-occurring compound called cytidinediphosphocholine. Also known as cytidine-5-diphosphocholine and cytidine diphosphate choline, we’ll keep things simple and refer to this compound as CDP Choline (or its generic pharmaceutical name: citicoline) for short. CDP[…]

Polyphasic sleep schedule: a starry sky

Could a Polyphasic Sleep Schedule Make You More Productive?

Sleeping for eight hours a night ensures optimum rest and rejuvenation — or so we’ve been told. Take a quick look into pre-industrial sleeping habits, and you’ll see that the way we sleep is relatively new. What if, instead of giving up the entire night to sleep, we got up in the middle of the[…]

Resting metabolic rate: A woman does yoga on the beach

Resting Metabolic Rate: Understanding This Weight Loss Metric

Most people understand calories are essential for fueling the body. Circulation, digestion, and the conversion of food to fuel are all supported by daily caloric intake. What some people don’t know, however, is resting metabolic rate can make it easier to achieve weight maintenance and weight loss goals. Some factors that influence resting metabolic rate[…]

How to increase NAD levels naturally: An elderly person does exercises with a healthcare assistant

How to Increase NAD Levels Naturally and Reap the Anti-Aging Benefits

Do you ever wish you could be young again? Perhaps you rise from bed in the morning to aches and pains that only seem to grow more apparent as you age. Or instead, you may find yourself unable to do the same activities you once could, from jogging down the street to moving a heavy[…]

Avoid Injury During Workouts With Reflexive Performance Reset

Avoid Injury During Workouts With Reflexive Performance Reset

Think of your body as a well-oiled machine, working in harmonious fashion to accomplish a number of different tasks every single day. Sometimes these tasks may be as simple as typing a sentence on a keyboard — like this one — or they may demand vast quantities of explosive energy, like deadlifting or sprinting. Our[…]

What is GABA: A woman stands calmly on top of a boulder in front of a blue sky

What Is GABA? The Feel-Good Neurotransmitter You Might Be Missing

Have you ever blocked someone on social media so they couldn’t send you a message? GABA, an amino acid, works a lot like this feature. It prevents certain brain signals — most notably fear and stress — from reaching your brain and wreaking havoc throughout your nervous system. This is why people who suffer from[…]

What is carb cycling: a measuring tape wrapped around a fork

What Is Carb Cycling? Everything You Need to Know

Modern diets are a dime a dozen. Scrolling through social media, you’d think everyone was on some sort of diet the way they’re discussed in such fervorous detail. The ketogenic diet, or “keto diet” for short, eliminates carbs entirely and is a favorite of bodybuilders. The South Beach Diet insists a low-carb approach is the[…]

A cup of match tea, one of several natural nootropics, in a zen garden

8 Natural Nootropics to Improve Intelligence, Memory, and Focus

What do caffeine, lion’s mane mushroom, and green tea have in common? They’re all sources of natural nootropics, or cognitive enhancers used for brain health. While new to many of us, nootropics have been used in both Chinese medicine and ayurvedic healing for thousands of years. Whether its boosting brain power before a big test[…]

Sleep efficiency: a sleeping woman

Improve Your Sleep Efficiency for a Healthier Life

Both the quality of sleep and the amount of time we spend sleeping have been at the forefront of health considerations for quite some time. Recommendations from the CDC suggest adults should get no less than 7 hours of sleep over a 24-hour period. Adolescents, on the other hand, should get anywhere from 8-10 hours in[…]

An older woman holds a man's hand

What Is Mental Acuity? How Diet and Exercise Influence Memory Loss

Memory loss has long been accepted as a normal part of aging. But what if we could slow the progression of cognitive decline through lifestyle factors like diet and exercise? A growing body of research suggests that what we eat and how often we move play a major role not only in mental acuity, but[…]

MTHFR mutation: a cell

The MTHFR Mutation: Summary, Symptoms, and Treatments

While it’s true that every single one of us contain genes with genetic mutations, often times these differences are harmless. Every now and then, however, they can wreak havoc on our body. One harmful change includes a relatively common mutation referred to as the MTHFR mutation. No, it’s not some form of internet slang. MTHFR[…]

Target heart rate for weight loss: legs of people jumping in a fitness class

Target Heart Rate for Weight Loss: Make Workouts Work For You

Learning how to calculate your target heart rate zone is an important piece of the weight loss puzzle. Your target heart rate zone, comprised of an upper and lower heart rate, makes both high-intensity and low-intensity workouts more efficient — no matter how long they last. In addition to burning more fat and calories, exercising[…]

Heart Rate Variability Monitor: a model of a human heart rests on an open medical textbook

How to Utilize a Heart Rate Variability Monitor

There are many ways in which we can measure the effects of stress on the body as it pertains to physical activity and fitness. In the past, we’ve discussed utilizing the Borg rate of perceived exertion scale to determine how hard you think your body is working. Or instead we’ve broken down the complexities of analyzing[…]

How to increase deep sleep: A woman feeling refreshed

How to Increase Deep Sleep for a Better Brain and Body

If you’ve ever been roused from a deep sleep, you know just how frustrating (and tiring) it is to wake up before you’re ready. This is because deep sleep is essential for feeling, performing, and thinking at our highest level. Not getting enough sleep isn’t just setting you up for tiredness — it’s forging a[…]

Hands, a clip board, pills, and other medical supplies

What Is Biohacking? How to Make Yourself Indestructible

Perhaps you haven’t heard the term “biohacking” before. After all, the peculiar word is a seemingly random product of two other words that were essentially pressed together, biology and hacking. Yet even if the phrase is foreign to you, chances are you’ve encountered the concept of biohacking somewhere in your everyday life. For instance, the[…]

Sleeping heart rate: A woman meditates

Sleeping Heart Rate: Decoding The Clues To Long-Term Wellbeing

Do you know how fast your heart beats when you’re sleeping? If not, it might be time to find out. Countless studies have shown that resting heart rate is a key indicator of longevity. How fast or slow your heart beats during sleep can determine your risk of certain diseases and disorders, all while shedding light[…]

Rate of perceived exertion: A woman flips a tire

How to Use the Rate of Perceived Exertion Scale for Better Workouts

The intensity with which we exercise is one of the most important aspects of training and physical fitness. Not only can we utilize exercise intensity to determine if we’re working hard enough, we can use it just the same to determine if we’re not. There are many ways we can measure this rate of intensity.[…]

How to fix your sleep schedule: Feet coming out from under the covers of a bed

How to Fix Your Sleep Schedule: Healthy Habits and Routines

When you’ve pulled an all-nighter due to jet lag, anxiety, or one too many drinks, getting back on your sleep schedule can be a living nightmare. Sleeplessness compounds stress and anxiety, which can keep you tossing and turning until the birds start chirping. The good news is that returning to a normal sleep pattern isn’t[…]

A chart that tracks heart rate zones

How to Find Your Heart Rate Zones Using Your Maximum Heart Rate

Perhaps one element of heart health worth understanding — that few do — is your different heart rate zones. Whether your maximum heart rate can be utilized to calculate heart rate zones, and thus provide a more exact method of determining exercise intensity as opposed to relying on perceived exertion alone.

How to improve reaction time: football players on the field

How to Improve Reaction Time Through Physical and Mental Exercises

What do catching a ball, walking up the stairs, and covering your eyes have in common? They’re all ways that the body can react to its environment. Fast reaction time, which measures how long it takes for your body to respond to external forces, is essential for leading a safe, healthy life. Reaction time can[…]

How to increase myelin: A female athlete stretches

Remyelination: How to Increase Myelin for Longevity

As more studies reveal the role of myelinating cells in a healthy brain and body, more people are viewing it as an opportunity to boost longevity.
So what exactly is myelin and the myelin sheath, and what do these things mean for living your best life? Here, we outline everything you need to know about myelin loss and myelin repair, including how to create new myelin for a sharper, healthier, and longer life.

What is VO2 max: a bicycle and a cyclist's legs

What Is VO2 Max and How Can You Increase It?

Rarely does one explore the world of physical fitness and exercise training without hearing the puzzling phrase “VO2 max.” Utilized by both professional athletes and casual competitors alike, VO2 max is believed to be one of the greatest indicators of an individual’s endurance. But what exactly is it? And if elevated levels of it lead to a higher quality of life, how can we increase it?

recovery

The Latest Research on Resilience, Recovery, and HRV

Life can be stressful sometimes. In fact, life is stressful a lot of the time — a 2014 survey from the American Psychological Association found that 74% of Americans are chronically stressed, and that job pressure, money, health, and relationships are the top four causes of overwhelm in the average person. Stress is a normal[…]

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