Probiotics, defined as 'good bacteria', are getting a lot of attention these days and there's a very good reason why. Your body has over 500 probiotic strains. So needless to say, they have the potential to greatly impact your everyday health. Because of the growing popularity of probiotic supplements, there are an overwhelming amount of options making it difficult to choose the right one. Before buying a probiotic supplement that seems great, make sure you know which strains it contains and how those specific strains impact your health. To help, we've created a list of the 21 most-researched probiotic strains and listed out their benefits.
Ahh, Thanksgiving. The best holiday of the year if you love to eat delicious food, hang with loved ones, watch football, and not have to put out money for gifts. The only downside is the full, guilty feeling the following morning when you recap the pounds of unhealthiness you consumed. There's hope! All of the dishes you know and love can be made paleo-friendly. No, we're not kidding. Check out some of our favorite recipes below.
Lebron James. Hope Solo. Ray Lewis. Kevin Garnett. Blake Griffin. Tom Brady. Chandra Crawford. What do they all have in common? They're professional athletes! Well yes, but other than that......they all do YOGA. Why? Keep reading and we'll tell you. For the record, I tried it this past weekend. It was humbling and I absolutely loved it.
"The truth is that we can learn to condition our minds, bodies, and emotions to link pain or pleasure to whatever we choose. By changing what we link pain and pleasure to, we will instantly change our behaviors." - Tony Robbins
Attach pleasure to the short-term pain you get when you work yourself to the point of exhaustion. And attach pleasure to the long-term goal, whatever that may be. Constantly remind yourself why you make tougher decisions than the mediocre population and enjoy the journey along the way.
Ever have one of those days where you just crave every snack food that's bad for you? Yes you have. Don't lie. We've all been there! You grab the bag of Sun Chips, tell yourself you're only going to have a few, and before you know it the bag is empty. So, what is it that makes these snack foods so irresistible, causing us to lose our minds? According to a Texas A&M Health Science Center registered dietitian, there's a difference in what you think your body craves and what it actually needs.
When most of us hear the word "stress", our minds automatically travel to ideas of worry caused from work, anxiety, or any other life problems. We neglect to realize that even exercise is considered stress on our bodies. It's physical stress. The definition of stress is a physical, mental, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension. So, while we're busy trying to stay calm in stressful situations in our lives, we also have to combat the physical stress we put on our bodies when we exercise in the effort to stay healthy and fit. Here are 13 foods you can strategically work into your daily diet in order to keep yourself cool, calm, and relaxed.
Here's a cold, hard fact: More than 68% of adults in the US are overweight, according to the National Institutes of Health. What does that mean? It means that about 68% of us haven't made enough of an effort to take care of our health. As the obesity rate increases, so does the rate of heart disease, cancer, and things alike. Direct correlation? I'll let you decide. Weight-loss pills fly off the shelves every day. Why? Because most of us are looking for a quick fix! There is no shortcut to any place worth going. The answer to getting anywhere worthwhile is simple. It's been the same for centuries and it'll be the same for centuries to come. Are you ready for the answer? It's hard work. Surprised? I didn't think so. Outside of the fact that you need to take care of your health to live a great life, summer is right around the corner. How's that for a little short-term motivation? Here are 5 things that you MUST do if you're serious about getting fit and not being a part of some terrible statistic.
1. Have a "why" that is bigger than any excuse.
You go hard. Day after day in the pool, on the bike, on the track, in the gym. Because you push the envelope, your body needs to recover from time to time. How often do you need to recover though? Do you take days off because it's a good idea for your muscles and joints, or is it because you feel sore? Soreness stems from inflammation. Inflammation happens when you put stress on your body. It's a normal response. But, that doesn't mean just let nature take its course and neglect helping your body battle against it. Most of us turn to a pill called Advil to help with the pain and inflammation. What if I told you there was a natural remedy that has proven to not only match Advil's anti-inflammatory effects, but that also had several other benefits? Bilberries look just like blueberries on the outside but are red on the inside and they pack a SERIOUS punch full of anthocyanins. Here are the 9 health benefits of the bilberry's anthocyanins:
What's for dinner?? How about something paleo like a sweet potato stuffed with beef and blueberries! I bet your mouth is watering. Mine is at least. Antioxidants, protein, complex carbs, deliciousness, what else could you possibly want?