The Essential Supplement Guide for Vegan Athletes
Over the years, high-performing vegan athletes have proven that you can eat a plant-based diet and successfully compete at a high level. NFL player Tony Gonzales, ultramarathoner Scott Jurek, and bodybuilder Patrick Baboumian are just a few famous vegan athletes. Because strenuous exercise places high demands on the body, getting adequate nutrition is vital for all athletes. When you can't consume all the necessary nutrients through food sources alone, supplements can provide health benefits and increase performance to ensure you stay healthy and strong.
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The Mighty Protein Part 2: 5 Ways Collagen Can Help Thyroid Function
The thyroid gland creates and produces extremely important thyroid hormones that influence many of the body's functions. Thyroid diseases such as hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, Grave's disease, thyroiditis, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis can cause the thyroid to either produce too much or too little of these hormones. These thyroid disorders can impact the entire body, and some symptoms are more subtle and insidious than others. Interestingly, collagen, the body's most abundant protein, may be able to help promote a healthy thyroid and manage the symptoms of thyroid conditions. Here's how!
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What causes hyperpigmentation? Drugs, deficiencies, diet, and more
Hyperpigmentation is one of the most common skin concerns, especially among women of color. It's a skin condition in which certain patches of skin are darker than the surrounding areas. The most common form of hyperpigmentation, melasma, affects approximately 5 million people in the United States alone. Freckles, the "mask of pregnancy", and dark blotches are all considered different forms of hyperpigmentation. It can range in severity or contrast which affects how it is treated, but it is virtually harmless. So what causes hyperpigmentation, why is it so common, and is there anything you can do to avoid it? Keep reading to find out!
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Probiotics & Male Fertility: The Secret to Good Sperm Quality
Woman: "You need to go to the big game... why?" Man: "Because we want to start a family..." Woman: (stares blankly) "And the connection would be...?" Man: "The lactobacillus in the sauerkraut that I'll put on my hot dogs will improve my semen quality... obviously!" Woman: "Mmmm hmmm. Too bad obesity causes oxidative stress which damages sperm morphology, reduces sperm count, decreases sperm motility, causes sperm DNA fragmentation, and can affect your reproductive hormones." Man: "I'm cancelling your subscription to the International Society of Andrology..." Woman: "Yuh huh, in the meantime, here's a cup of yogurt to supercharge your spermatogenesis." Man: "Raspberry, my favorite flavor... Well played!"
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Why Miley Cyrus Swears by Omega-3s and You Should Too
What was once a fringe movement has made its way into the homes of mainstream celebrities. Pop artists like Lizzo, Billie Eilish, and the millennial queen of pop Miley Cyrus have all adopted a vegan lifestyle and are helping to spread the movement to their fans. But on a recent episode of the podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, Miley shared that she may have to forego her vegan diet due to one thing -- not getting enough omega-3s. Here's why Miley swears by omega-3s and why you don't have to sacrifice your vegan lifestyle to get them!
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Is it Brain Fog or Adult ADHD: Signs and Symptoms
Mental health awareness and visibility have never been better. In large part, feelings of anxiety and depression are no longer dismissed or ignored as normal or something that you must grin and bear. Similarly, awareness of the symptoms of ADHD is continuing to grow. Adults who always wondered why they had trouble concentrating or who experienced energy crashes growing up are now being diagnosed with adult ADHD and given a viable treatment plan. If you're struggling with mental clarity and alertness, keep reading to find out if it's temporary brain fog or if your symptoms could be a sign of ADHD.
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Are Meatless “Meats” Actually Healthier? Cruelty-Free Meat Substitutes in 2021
Vegan food has made it to the mainstream! Bland tofu is no longer the only "meat alternative" on the plate, and you don't need to go to a fancy vegan restaurant in order to get it. Heck, Burger King even has a vegan Impossible Whopper! This is a wonderful option for vegetarians, vegans, and people who are looking to eat a little less meat for one reason or another. As more "vegan meat" options make their way onto the plate, it has us wondering -- are they really healthier than the "original"? In this blog, we'll take a deep dive into the most popular meat substitutes, their nutritional value, and which meat-free meats are the healthiest and tastiest choices for 2021.
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Is Liquid Collagen Really Better than Collagen Powder?
Just five years ago, collagen supplements were seen as "specialty products" that you could only order online or buy in boutique health food stores. Walk into any convenience store or drugstore today and you'll find collagen in the skincare aisle, the drink cooler, and in pills and large jugs in the vitamin aisle. As research into the many health benefits of collagen continues to grow, so do the forms in which it can be taken, the latest of which is liquid collagen. With a higher price tag and alleged "higher bioavailability", does liquid collagen really live up to the hype? Let’s explore which form of collagen is the best.
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Female powerlifting: Muscle building, meal plans, & mindset.
Whether you're just considering powerlifting, or you're already competing, you'll love this up-close & personal take from former power-lifter, Abbie Seek. We interviewed Abbie as she generously shared all her pro tips, insights on mindset & nutrition, and even step-by-step recipes. Keep reading to get her personal and inside-scoop on a very challenging sport and the lifestyle that comes with it.
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How to Choose Supplements You WON’T Pee Out
One of the biggest misconceptions we hear about vitamin supplements is that they're a total waste of money because you just pee them out! "That's expensive urine!" they say. Maybe it's the way certain vitamins change the color of urine or the comments section below health and wellness videos that have made this misconception spread like wildfire. While it may be true for certain vitamins taken in excess amounts or vitamins that are not bioavailable enough, it certainly isn't the case for all vitamins. In an effort to save you time and money and help you become your healthiest selves, we've put together this guide on how to find the most effective vitamin supplements that you WON'T pee out.
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8 Daily Habits for A Healthy Thyroid
Managing the symptoms of hypothyroidism is never straightforward. Even recognizing the symptoms are related to hypothyroidism, rather than menopause or the common signs of aging, can be difficult. Whether you suspect you have a thyroid disorder or have been diagnosed, preventing flare-ups and managing the symptoms can be achieved through small daily habits, instead of waiting for a flare-up to kick your treatment plan into gear. Here are the basics of hypothyroidism, the common symptoms, and simple lifestyle changes you can make to holistically manage symptoms and stop flare-ups before they even start.
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8 Alternatives to Coffee for Coffee Addicts
To quote twitter wisdom, 'Just to be clear: I never *don’t* want iced coffee.’ There has never been a bad time for iced coffee. I will never be displeased by receiving iced coffee. At no point in my life will I ever say “no thank you, I don’t want iced coffee.”' Fast forward three coffees, five bathroom breaks, and a week's worth of jitters later and the thought of another coffee is sickening. When you need that extra 3 PM boost or simply want a more complex nonalcoholic drink to go with dinner, don't head to the coffee maker! Instead, try one of these delicious and healthy coffee alternatives for a gentle, energizing effect that won't last until 2 AM. They're good enough to turn the biggest "coff-a-holics" into believers!
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