Nutrition

Calcium: For Strong Bones, Muscle Function, And So Much More!

Stacey Penney
Stacey Penney |
We all know that calcium is essential for strong bones and teeth, but what else does it do? How about its critical roles in muscle contractions, nerve impulses, blood clotting, and cellular metabolism?
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Research Study Nutrition

Dark Chocolate Nutrition Facts: The Delicious Truth About Dark Chocolate

National Academy of Sports Medicine
National Academy of Sports Medicine |
By Brian Sutton MS, MA, NASM-CPT, CES, PES Have you ever wondered if dark chocolate is actually heart healthy? According to many news reports, dark chocolate appears to have many properties to help combat heart disease (1). Can this actually be true or ...
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Nutrition

Recommended Daily Water Intake for Health and Performance

Stacey Penney
Stacey Penney |
Just how much water should you drink on a daily basis? Does the food you eat count toward this amount? Do you need as much water when exercising in the cold as you would in the heat? Will drinking water speed weight loss? Does dehydration affect athletic ...
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Fitness Holidays Weight Loss Nutrition

Simple Nutritional Strategies – Part 1

Fabio Comana
Fabio Comana |
We all know the holidays are a time where we find it hard to resist the temptations of over-indulging, often leading to feelings of guilt, anger and disappointment if we lose the battle of the bulge. So what do many of us do?
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Nutrition

Caffeine and Exercise: Benefits for Performance

Stacey Penney
Stacey Penney |
Caffeine has become a regular part of our daily diets, found in items such as chocolate, coffee, tea, and soda, even over-the-counter medications, supplements and cosmetics. It stimulates the central nervous system, heart, and musculoskeletal system (1). ...
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Fitness Nutrition

The Paleolithic (Paleo) Diet

National Academy of Sports Medicine
National Academy of Sports Medicine |
By Brian Sutton MS, MA, CES, PES, NASM-CPT The world of nutrition is full of controversy, both disagreements within the scientific community as well as discrepancies (often marketing driven) between consumer media reports.
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Nutrition

Antioxidant Supplements

National Academy of Sports Medicine
National Academy of Sports Medicine |
By Sam Hutchison BS, NASM-CPT In today’s culture, antioxidants have become synonymous with healthy living. They can be seen in sports drinks, energy bars and supplements which are marketed to provide better health and function. Antioxidants can also be ...
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Nutrition

Fat-free, Sugar-free, and now Gluten-free?

Stacey Penney
Stacey Penney |
Are your nutrition clients going gluten-free? This topic is sure to cause some strong opinions and sharing of stories of how a gluten-free diet has changed someone’s life. The goal here is to share some of the details regarding gluten, who really needs ...
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Nutrition

Monitoring Hydration Levels

National Academy of Sports Medicine
National Academy of Sports Medicine |
With the hot weather upon us in the northern hemisphere, this marks a time for many to get outdoors and enjoy the warm weather, but caution should always be exercised given the potential risks for dehydration.  Fluid is perhaps the most important, but ...
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Weight Loss Nutrition

Mindless to Mindful Eating for Weight Loss

Fabio Comana
Fabio Comana |
Do your nutrient clients eat mindlessly? From our underlying clean plate mentality, to dietary danger zones, to chicken wings, storage containers and taller glasses, help them discover strategies to incorporate mindful tactics to overcome barriers to ...
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