Keep Your Kidneys Happy and Healthy

Your kidneys are almost certainly underappreciated, and they might be overworked, too. First of all, you should probably know what these small-ish fist-sized organs do for you. They keep you alive by filtering waste and impurities from your blood (the waste is stored in your bladder until you excrete it in your urine). They also…

Some Ugly Truths About Weight Loss

There are some ugly truths about weight loss that many dietitians and health coaches avoid discussing. I choose to talk about them because I want people to understand why it’s so damn hard to lose weight and to stop immediately blaming themselves when their efforts don’t pay off. I know that this sounds depressing to…

Pumped Up on Amino Acids or Just Hot Air?

You’ve probably heard people talk about taking amino acid supplements, but what are they, and are they good for anything? Essential amino acids can only be acquired by eating protein; these include histidine, lycine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, isoleucine, leucine, and valine. If you’ve ever heard the term “complete protein,” it means that a food…

Four Weeks to Spring Clean Your Life

It feels like winter still has much of the nation in its icy grips, which makes cleaning up and getting ready for the spring even more enticing – as if we can somehow hasten the arrival of warmer weather by making our homes more appealing. Why don’t you take a break from cleaning windows and washing…

HIIT vs LISS

HIIT certainly has a cult following. Sometimes it seems like it’s the only type of workout that I hear mentioned these days. There are very good reasons for people who are physically able to do HIIT to do so – namely it improves cardiorespiratory fitness both during exercise and at rest, and you will continue…

How Much Exercise is Enough?

Many people mistake being busy for being active. Your feet can be aching, and you can feel as though you haven’t sat down all day…but that doesn’t mean that you’ve been physically active! Thirty minutes of brisk walking five days a week is sufficient to lower the risk of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease,…

Common Myths About Heart Disease

Heart disease is only a concern for older adults. In fact, plaque can begin to build up in the arteries in childhood or adolescence. The number of women dying from coronary heart disease between the ages of 35 and 44 has grown in recent years. As the problems of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension…