Healthy Bodies

Healthy Bodies

Question: I have some pretty serious cravings from time to time. Is this because my body is deficient in certain nutrients that these foods provide? Answer: Generally speaking, no! And this is true whether you’re craving brownies, spinach or Taco Bell tacos. Unexplained cravings can pop up during pregnancy however,…
Weightlifting accessories such as belts and gloves have been used for decades, but when is the right and wrong time to wear them? And are they really helping you? This article will focus on these two commonly used accessories, how they work, and when and when not to wear them.*…
How many times have you lost your balance and fallen over while putting on a pair of pants? How many times have you slipped on the ice and not been able to catch yourself from falling? How many times have you changed direction too quickly and lost your balance? These…
Question: How do you manage healthy eating while on vacation? Answer: There’s no doubt that eating healthy can be very tricky when you’re on vacation. Whether you’re short on time or you want to experience all of the different foods available, it can be difficult to stick to a particular…
Question: What are your thoughts on cheat meals, especially for those that are diligent with their daily eating? Answer: It’s an interesting question, but the answer really depends on how you define diligent. For those that follow consistent patterns of clean eating — meaning they follow a regimented diet of…
There is often confusion about how to train for optimal performance, whether it be for sports performance, rehabilitation or just wanting to get back into shape. The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) states that for proper adaptation and efficiency to occur, one must follow the structure of correction exercises…
Question: What are chia seeds, and how should they be used as part of a healthy diet? Answer: Most people know chia seeds as being responsible for producing a furry green friend called the Chia Pet. However, more recently this seed has gained popularity because of the health benefits it…
After a long, cold winter, the weather is finally starting to warm up and you are ready to get outside. Summertime offers some great outdoor exercise opportunities. You can try biking, swimming or playing beach volleyball to get active or to push through a plateau you may be experiencing. But…
  High school athletics has become more popular and competitive than ever, and the demands of the athlete have never been more crucial than right now. This article is meant to briefly explain how high school athletics, the athletes themselves, and the need for proper athletic training and performance is…
Question: I heard that snacking during the day can cause weight gain. Is this true? Answer: We tend to associate snacking with negative impacts on our weight and overall health as snack foods have a reputation for providing unwanted, empty calories and fat. However, recent reports suggest quite the opposite…
How many times have you stepped on the scale and not seen the number you were hoping for? It can be extremely frustrating. But what if that number wasn’t as important as you thought it was? In reality, the scale does not tell the whole story of a person’s health…
Whether you’re just curious or have a serious need to evaluate your daily calorie needs due to weight concerns, you may want to consider your basal metabolic rate (BMR). This figures the amount of energy (calories) one’s body uses when in a resting or non-active state. The BMR calculator is…
With all the flu viruses and colds going around this winter, people are wondering what they should be doing to fortify themselves against illness. One simple way to keep yourself healthy and your immune system strong is to exercise regularly. Consistent exercise does great things for the body: It keeps the…
Question: What’s best for vegetables — fresh or frozen? Answer: Vegetables are vegetables. The key here is that you’re eating them — be it fresh or frozen. When eating fresh vegetables, choose ones that are in season for enhanced flavor. If choosing to cook your vegetables, remember that the vitamin…
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