Maintaining digestive health is an important part of so many peoples’ everyday lives. Probiotics have emerged as one of the most popular ‘go-to’ strategies for people who struggle with digestive health issues. While the popularity of probiotics added to a daily diet has risen very quickly, the industry has had to adapt to this in many ways. Continue reading
We’re frozen from our noses to our toes…es and we’re ready to recap our best tips for staying healthy during these last few months of winter. Read on for our favorite ways to make the most of the cold. Continue reading
When it comes to the subject of stress and how it affects your body, there’s a lot to cover.
Even when we narrow that subject down to your adrenal glands, there’s a lot.
We’ll try to stick to the basics.
Here’s what you really need to know about how depleted adrenal glands change your body and how you can change your whole worldview with your diet.
The Facts About Adrenals, Cortisol and Stress
Adrenals are walnut-sized glands that produce a plethora of hormones that regulate our bodily functions, including the infamous cortisol.
We all know that we’re supposed to chew our food thoroughly. We’ve all heard about nutrient absorption. But how are these things related?
What the heck are digestive enzymes, and where and how do they work to make our bodies break down food and nutrients the right way?
Here are the basics:
Whether you’re a fan of the gym or you’re just trying to add a bit of protein to your diet, choosing the right protein powder often requires serious effort.
There are so many kinds, with so many different, specific purposes, that it can be tough to keep track of what you actually want.
Your first step? Assessing your goals.
It’s happened to all of us. A friend with a slightly tired look approaches and asks, “Do I feel warm?”
Suddenly it’s your responsibility to diagnose a fever or oncoming sickness. Do you use your wrist? Do you measure against your own skin? What if you feel warm, too? There’s just so much to think about.
Giving your friends the role of temp doctor is quite trusting (because they are pretty likely to overestimate the incidence of fever), but with these tips, you can eliminate the need to ask anyone. And the next time someone asks you, you can pass these tips along, too.
Here’s how to tell if you have a fever, without asking your coworker:
If you’re so ready to get moving despite the big chill, we’re right there with you. But “ready” is just a feeling. And though you might feel it like crazy, your muscles may not.
That doesn’t mean you should stand there reaching for your toes before warming up. In fact, static stretching before you workout—especially in the cold—can be harmful.
That’s why these four dynamic stretches are the perfect way to get your winter workout started right. Continue reading
Did you know that approximately 65 percent of the human population has a more difficult time digesting lactose after infancy?
This stat may have slipped right by you. Maybe you missed it because milk is a staple for the average American diet. Maybe you missed it because “Got Milk?” is as ubiquitous a slogan as “Just Do It,” and the “do it,” in this case, is guzzle the dairy product like it’s going out of style – which it isn’t.
The most popular probiotic sources are dairy products—even in probiotic supplement formulations. We won’t argue that the probiotics a dairy-loving person can get from yogurt aren’t quality (most are)—but if dairy is less than ideal for your digestive system, they might not be for you.
After all, you eat the food or take the supplement in order to support digestion, and some of the support you need comes from the fact that you just ate dairy products.* Quite the conundrum.
That’s why finding a probiotic that features only non dairy strains matters.
Have you found the right probiotic for your body? Are you aware of your sensitivity level to lactose? Tell us in the comments!
For more information on non dairy probiotics, click here.
Trendy superfoods have been coming and going in and out of the spotlight for decades. But kefir is different. It has true staying power.
It’s one of the oldest products of its type (cultured milk) in existence. Kefir has been sold as kefir drink since 1908 in Moscow, and it keeps its spot on our health-food radar for a bunch of reasons.
In fact, many people believe that the origin of the word kefir is the word “keyif”, which refers to the “good feeling” you’ll get after drinking or eating it.
So, what is it?
Kefir is a grain, but is more popularly known as a drink, a fermented milk product made from using the kefir grains as a yeast/bacterial starter. You can buy it pre-made or make it at home. Continue reading