Category Archives: Fuel/Recovery

Stem Cell Technology, Part Two. Umbilical Cord Blood

Umbilical Cord Blood

Now that you are starting to grasp how stem cell technology is evolving from reading part one of this post, let’s take a look at where we are at today. What are the latest products to ask your doctor about when the subject of stem cells as a treatment for injuries or health issues enters the conversation? Umbilical Cord Blood!  (more…)

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Stem cell technology, part one.

Stem cell ads are popping up everywhere. If you know anyone that has had reason to see a doctor specializing in orthopedic or regenerative medicine then you may have heard about something called PRP. There is a lot of misinformation out there, and we had to get to the bottom of it. We’ve learned a lot and can’t wait to share it with you! Read on!

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You are drinking the wrong wine!

wine

There are practices in wine making that I had no idea about. Although I really like it, I’m not an everyday wine drinker like some of my friends. I have always been interested in the health benefits, as well as the historical and spiritual benefits. My perception of wine making was always a natural one – a vineyard of rolling hills, hand picked and foot squished grapes, and farmhouses filled with oak barrels of fermenting grape juice.

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Stay hydrated, stay efficient

A hydrated mind

Many people are so used to being dehydrated, that they no longer recognize the normal signal of thirst. Any loss of water equaling 2-3% of our body weight will begin to affect performance adversely.

Water is required for everything from regulating blood pressure and body temperature to making sure your heart works correctly and that your brain is capable of doing its daily tasks. Loss of 4-5% of body weight in water results in reduced carrying capacity of the blood for nutrients (to the brain), as well as reduced ability to remove heat from the body. If you don’t stay hydrated you will be more susceptible to “brain fog”.

A hydrated body

The human body is full of water, your muscles and your brain are about 75% water, your blood is about 82% water, your skin is made up of about 70% water, and your bones are about 25% water.

In addition to helping your body maintain a stable temperature, staying hydrated — ideally by drinking water every 15 minutes or so during sporting events — helps keep your muscles strong and active. Water helps your body transport oxygen to your muscles, which means they are also more efficient during physical labor.

If your body is not hydrated, it doesn’t work efficiently. Even mild dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%. Slower metabolism means more fat stored and less used as fuel for your body.

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Why you shouldn’t eat breakfast or eat before a workout.

Dr. Mercola keeps posting articles on this subject, and it has me tickled pink because although this is what I have done intuitively for over 20 years, it goes against what almost all health professionals claim, which is: eat breakfast, it should be your biggest meal of the day.

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PEMF is a Pulsed Electromagnetic Field and it’s good for your health

PEMF

Get ready, this is a longer post than we usually do, but most people have not heard of PEMF. We hadn’t either until recently. We are amazed at what we have learned, and excited to share this therapy. PEMF stands for Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field. A PEMF device sends a magnetic pulse that emits a three dimensional magnetic field into the body. This helps to re-energize the cells by inducing electrical changes within them, which restores the cells to a more normal and healthier state.

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High Intensity Training (HIT) and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Workouts

High Intensity Training

High Intensity Training (HIT) and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Wait, they are two different things? Yes. You may have overheard either one of these talked about at the local coffee shop, at a wedding, or read about it in your favorite magazine or blog. But what is everyone really talking about? Here are the basics.

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Nutrients that support fitness. Rhodiola, Green Tea, Chromium, Royal Jelly, and more….

There are MANY nutrients that will support your fitness endeavors. This short list includes some of our favorite nutrients that support fitness. Some of these nutrients you have heard of, some maybe not. Click on the name of the nutrient to learn more.  (more…)

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“A” words for your Post Workout Smoothie. Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Oxidants, & Alkalize

Keep these three “A” words in mind when choosing ingredients for a post workout smoothie: Anti-inflammatory, Anti-oxidants, and Alkalize. Always reach for greens and plants for the alkalize portion (that is why we choose plant protein vs animal protein post workout). Herbs and omega oils give you powerful anti-inflammatory action, and super fruits will give you the most antioxidant protection, whether the whole food or a concentrate is used.

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Warning to all fitness and high-heel enthusiasts: Antibiotic use could put your tendons at risk for injury.

As cold and flu season approaches, the likelihood of coming down with an illness increases, therefore, the possibility of ending up on an antibiotic increases for many as well. A common antibiotic prescribed by doctors falls under the category of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. One of the most common is sold under the name Ciprofloxacin.

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Oils – Beyond the Omegas

We all know by now that healthy oil combinations include omega 3’s, 6’s, and 9’s. In recent years omega 7 has found its way into the limelight as well. These fatty acid chains in healthy oils are essential to our total body health. Most people understand the importance of including these in their diet, whether from food, supplements, or both, based on their understanding of the omegas.

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Curcuminoids have your back!

Curcuminoids

Curcuminoids are the bright orange pigments of the herb turmeric. They belong to the family of polyphenols that includes all bioflavonoids. Renowned for its free-radical scavenging and antioxidant activity, turmeric has been traditionally used in India to relieve jaundice, arthritic conditions, allergies, liver disease, digestive and urinary disorders, skin problems, and aid wound healing. Check out these 3 outstanding ways turmeric can benefit your health!

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The human body is an electrical machine & electrolytes are substances that conduct electricity in water.

electrolytes

The human body is an “electrical machine”. All vital bodily functions happen as a result of electrical signals being sent between the various parts of your body and your brain. In order for your body to operate at peak performance, these electrical signals must be conducted in an efficient manner, this is where electrolytes come in.

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Goji Water

I had forgotten how much I love goji water! I recently ended up with a surplus of goji berries, and didn’t want them to go to waste. I gave some to Michelle and she made raw, vegan goji berry bites, and I made goji water! As you may have guessed, goji water is easy to make, and the health benefits are outstanding!

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Nutrients needed for energy

Nutrients needed for energy

There are 5 nutrients needed for energy (especially when it comes to getting the most from your workouts) that are often overlooked. They are the keys that unlock optimal sports nutrition, and we tend to take them for granted. Being aware of their importance will remind you to choose foods and supplements that will support your fitness goals and your best health.

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