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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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.[…]

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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[…]

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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.

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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[…]

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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.

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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?

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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[…]

8 Ways to Increase HRV − Biohacking with Biostrap

Heart rate variability (HRV) is one of the best ways to measure your health and performance.  HRV measures the distance between your heartbeats. Your heart doesn’t beat in perfect rhythm; your nervous system constantly changes the length of time between your heartbeats in response to your environment. You want that change to happen — it’s[…]

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Why Top Athletes and Coaches Obsess about HRV

When it comes to tracking your physical performance, weight, strength, and speed are great places to start. But for deep, next-level insight and the best results possible, you should track your heart rate variability (HRV).  This article is going to explain why tracking your HRV can help you work harder, recover fully and quickly, sleep[…]

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The Benefits of Yoga in a Well-Rounded Fitness Routine

In recent years, healthcare professionals of all stripes have embraced holistic and preventative methods toward reaching overall wellness, and more and more encourage patients from a variety of backgrounds to incorporate yoga into their weekly routines— so what exactly are the benefits of yoga?

New Years Recovery Plan: Using HRV To Recover From Your NYE celebration

Recovering from a party or celebration is not completely unlike recovering from a race, vigorous workout, illness, or stressful deadline at work. Yes, it is different and the degree of required recovery depends on the choices you made. However, your heart rate variability (HRV) reading will likely show less variability due to a late night out, food indulgences, or alcohol consumption.

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Should Wearables Be Taken Seriously?

Will wearable technology be as important as the hype leads us to believe? Our answer is yes! Here’s a breakdown of why wearables should be taken seriously.

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Tracking Your Sleep with Biostrap

Sleep influences all of the body’s major physiologic systems, including thermoregulatory, musculoskeletal, endocrine, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and immune systems, as well as weight. That’s why it’s important to ensure you get enough sleep and the right kind of sleep.

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Optimize Your Cardio Routine

Love it or hate it, cardio is a necessary component of any healthy lifestyle whether you’re training for a marathon or simply working toward a healthier heart. Here’s how to make the most of your cardiovascular training.

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First Night Effect: How To Sleep Well While Traveling

In honor of finishing out National Sleep Week, we wanted to talk about sleeping while traveling. If you are like most of us, you have trouble getting enough quality sleep while traveling. People often blame jet lag, but scientists recognize first night effect and sleep debt may be the real villains.

Managing Stress With HRV, Resting Heart rate, & SPO2

Elite athletes use Heart Rate Variability (HRV), resting heart rate and other metrics to manage their training regimens and recovery time. By tracking these biometrics, athletes optimize their mix of recovery time and training.

Tips On How To Improve Sleep Quality

If there’s one thing everyone needs more of, it’s sleep. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 40.6 million American adults are only sleeping for 6 or fewer hours each night. That’s 1 in 3 Americans who are living sleep-deprived. We have a few tips on how to improve the length and quality of your sleep.

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