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How Your Gut Microbiome Can Influence Your Stress Levels

Although it was largely unknown and underappreciated for a very long time, the humble gut microbiome has quickly become the hot topic in health and fitness. New research is constantly published to suggest more ways in which the bacteria that inhabit the human digestive tract can influence our overall health and well-being. ...Read More

How Tea Could Change Your Genes

Epigenetics is sort of the new hottest trend in the world of human biology these days. And for one simple reason: It’s awesome. While we’ve known for a very long time that your genes dictate a huge portion of your life, science had not fully explained how that system worked. Research has ...Read More

How Exercise Could Improve Your Body Image

By far, one of the most common reasons that people exercise is to improve their body image. Whether someone is looking to lose weight, develop muscle or just feel stronger and more capable, exercise and confidence typically coexist. Unfortunately, real, lasting changes in body composition can take weeks or even months to ...Read More

What’s Really Going On With Stevia?

On paper, stevia seems like a pretty amazing thing. First of all, it’s many times sweeter than sugar. Plus, it contains no calories. Finally, the natural plant extract has a remarkably long history of use in South America. And, for these reasons, it’s understandable that stevia has enjoyed a rapid rise in ...Read More

Common Fitness Advice You Should Avoid

Every day, you are bombarded with an absurd amount of health and fitness advice. And, frustratingly, most of it contradicts itself. One “expert” might tell you that this specific food will fix everything that ails you, while another insists that it’s the worst possible thing you could put in your body. So, ...Read More

Summer Hydration and Exercise Performance: Everything You Need To Know

Summer is upon us. Which is just fantastic. But that same glorious heat that frees humanity from winter and sends us flooding outside in droves can also create some problems. Especially for the athletes out there. After all, it can be incredibly tempting to move all of your workouts outside to soak ...Read More

Is It Better To Exercise On An Empty Stomach?

The issue of whether or not one should hit the gym before or after breakfast has been hotly debated for some time. Recently – thanks to the rise of intermittent fasting – the theory has surfaced that exercising on an empty stomach could help you burn more fat for fuel. Does this ...Read More

Three of the Best Spring Veggies

  Spring is glorious for all sorts of reasons. First and foremost: winter is over. So “yay!” to that. But also, more specifically focused on fitness, the warmer season opens up a new realm of dietary possibilities. Whereas the colder months of winter tend to limit you to heavy soup, stews, and ...Read More

The Positive Side Of Stress

In general, stress is seen as a bad thing. And, really, when you look at the statistics, that makes a lot of sense. After all, stress-related ailments are the reported reason for 3 out of every 4 visits to the doctor, costing the U.S. nearly $300 billion every year in medical bills ...Read More

What Are The Benefits of Aquatic Exercise?

Water-based activities exist in lots of forms. Of course, there’s swimming. That one is obvious. But, people have also gotten a lot more creative than that when it comes to designing aquatic exercise routines. Everything from aerobics to yoga have been plucked from their usual classrooms and dunked in the pool. Even ...Read More