While supplementation is something most people hear about now a days, it hasn't had this mainstream popularity for that long. In fact, not too long ago the weirdo "health nuts" were the only ones using supplements. Then came the increase in demand for protein powders, pre-workouts, post-workouts and other fitness supplements from the bodybuilding community. Which spilled into the athletic community to help power high performance athletes. This caused the information to get out to the public on the benefits to these supplements, leading us to the present day where even the busy stay at home mom uses supplements to fill nutritional gaps, boost energy, replace a meal like breakfast and more! But, where did this story of supplementation really begin?
Tired of that extra baggage around your waist? Maybe you want to get back into your favorite pair of jeans? Or maybe your just want to be healthier and live a better lifestyle. Whatever your reason may be, weight-loss is a goal that many people have. The problem? Making that goal a reality. Many struggle with weight-gain and managing a healthy bodyweight their whole lives. Getting that weight off once it is on your body can be tricky for some. This can be attributed to all kinds of factors, including environment (exposure to toxins ect..), diet, lack of exercise, motivation and more. I will break down several factors to take into consideration when trying to lose weight and natural paths to success for your weight-loss goals!
With more and more people becoming conscious and aware about what they eat and put into their bodies, the demand for healthier foods is increasing. This increase in consumer consciousness may be directly related to the ever expanding body of evidence that proves organic foods are healthier and more nutritious. All while the genetically modified counterparts and the pesticides used along with them are proving to be more dangerous for the environment and deadly for people all the time.
Now that we have all stuffed ourselves over Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s time to start thinking about the New Year and New Years Eve. This is the last hooray for the holidays. One final blow out to bing out on snacks, munchies and junk food. Not to mention the alcohol that may be involved! So, what is a person to do that is thinking about starting the new year out right? Someone that wants to get after their goals and become the best version of themselves they can be in the coming year. Well, thats where this “Holiday Detox” combo comes in handy. Not only will it detoxify your body and promote your gut health, but you can even prevent some of these harmful effects from happening, even when eating junk foods and drinking alcohol.
One of the best traits that we have as a species is our ability to adapt over time and evolve. As we learn new things and gather new information and ideas, our outlook on the world changes along with our lifestyles. This can be seen in many areas of our daily lives, the big ones like technology and modern medicine have changed the way we live and how long we live for drastically. This is breakthrough science and innovation that we should be extremely proud of and embrace. We should also look to these practices and apply the same model to our diet and nutrition. The more knowledge we learn about the effects of certain foods, the more we should evolve our diet. This is something that MorelliFit and it’s founder Micheal Morelli have done by eliminating their “Whey Protein” and replacing it with a clean, smooth and delicious “Superfood Plant Protein!" This was a result of the new information on how dairy effects the body and Micheal Morelli’s decision to evolve his diet and the diets of others along the way!
While there are many nutrient dense foods that fall under the "superfood" category, there are some that seem even more super than the rest. One of these powerful plant foods is the coconut! This is one of the most versatile superfoods because it can be used and consumed in so many ways. Young green coconuts are harvested and drained for there "coconut water" which turns into "coconut milk" in the mature coconuts. Both of these liquids pack all kinds of nutrients and health benefits on there own. On the inside of the coconut shell in mature nuts is the "flesh" of the coconut. This can be harvest to eat or processed into oils and nut milk. Even the shell of this powerful superfood provides us with some charcoal and coir from the fibrous husk! I'll break down all these aspects of the coconut and benefits that go along with them, which will have you going nuts over these coconuts!
Winter is coming! That means cold and flu season will be coming right along with it. Yes, that dreaded time of year where runny noses and coughs run rampant throughout work places, schools and supermarkets. When liquid hand sanitizer is used as if it were holy water to expel these evil flu demons. This is also the time of year a lot of antibiotics are prescribed and lots of over-the-counter cold and flu medicines are sold. These antibiotics can devastate your healthy gut bacteria, which can cause all sorts of health problems. The over-the-counter cold medicines are very popular and readily available. While some may think this is a great thing, it has lead to the abuse and misuse of these medicines by both adults and teenagers alike. Luckily these things can all be avoided through the power of mother natures herbal plant medicines!
Who doesn’t love coffee? Okay, besides that one weirdo friend of yours who doesn’t like the taste (they are probably a psychopath by the way!), most people love coffee! We love it to the point where it is a staple in most homes. Something I know we freak out about in my house when its gone! But, why is this? What sort of powers does this magic bean possess? In reality there are many, but the big one most people would shout out when answering this question is, Caffeine! Or coffees ability to wake us up and get us going! While this is important to most of us, especially in the morning, there are other properties in coffee that may be even more beneficial.
We have all seen those infomercials on the latest and greatest prescription drugs, designed to mask the symptoms of all your health problems. Hopefully we have all also listened to the long list of side effects and complications that can occur from taking these prescribed drugs. Of the drugs that are prescribed, pain relieving are one of the most common. Risk factors of these drugs can range from addiction and abuse to a 50% increased chance of having a heart attack with common pain-relievers, including ibuprofen! No worries, mother nature has our back. She provides us with plenty of natural pain relieving options that come without the added risks!
Its been well documented that those who have been diagnosed with "Celiac Disease" cannot consume foods that contain gluten in them. This is a serious autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. Two and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications. So, what exactly is this gluten stuff, where does it come from, and are only those with celiac disease effected by it?
Do you have trouble focusing throughout the day? Or find yourself feeling drained and you still have 6 hours left to go? Have no fear, the "New Superfood Reds" are here! Not only does this blend of superfoods help with your mental clarity, focus and overall energy, but it also helps detox the body, fight aging, while boosting your metabolism and immune system along the way!
If you or anyone that you know is into health and fitness, then there is a good chance that you have heard of “BCAA’s”. While you have probably heard about them there are still a few questions that you may have. What they are? Where they come from? Or why you would even need them? I’ll answer all these questions and more, showing you how you’ll be breaking chains with these branched-chains!
We have all tried different things in life that didn't quite work out or that we didn't stick with. This could be for many reasons. Lack of motivation, discipline or countless other factors. Other times the task at hand just seems too difficult to grasp. This is the case more often than not with people starting a "New Diet".
Most of us love being outdoors on a nice summer day. From trips to the beach, to hiking in the woods, and everything in between. It's nice to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, whats not so nice is the heat that comes along with it! Heat that can make us feel tired and worn down, and even make us sweat enough to deplete our bodies of essential mineral electrolytes.
Luckily mother nature provides ways to stay cool and beat the heat naturally! I will cover various simple, but effective ways to beat the heat while outdoors. As well as natural ways to rehydrate and replenish your body after a long hot day! So, lets get to it!
If you are like most people, you have had days where your brain has felt a little foggy. Days where you can't quite focus on the task at hand, or when your'e just having a little trouble remembering things. What causes days like these, and is there anything to do to prevent them?
Many of us know that the worlds leading cause of mortality in developed and developing countries is cardiovascular disease (CVD). But do we know why? For many years scientists and doctors have pointed to the fact that Dyslipidemia, high low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C or "Bad" Cholesterol), triglyceride concentrations, and low high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C or "Good" Cholesterol) concentrations are associated with elevated CVD risk. This is what lead many doctors to attack dietary cholesterol, citing it as the source of high LDL levels, which could lead to CVD. In doesn't stop there, saturated fats have also been under fire for causing high LDL levels.
But is this actually the case? Can eating foods high in dietary cholesterol and saturated fats really lead to cardiovascular disease? I will answer all these questions and more, based on my research and the latest studies available, to find out all there is to know about cholesterol. The good, the bad, and the healthy!
It's that time of year, where a lot of us are outside enjoying the beautiful weather. No matter if its a barbecue, sporting event or graduation party. The one thing in common is that we are all enjoying some fresh air and sunshine. Among that fresh air and sunshine is a whole world of wildlife and wild plants. This diverse eco system is filled with edible plants and fruits that mother nature provides. From common food sources such as berries and apples to some not so common nutrient packed plants like purslane, which is widely considered a weed that is just picked and thrown out of a garden. I will break down some of the most common, easy to find and nutrient packed wild edibles out there.
I'm sure by now, you have all heard about superfoods. But what exactly is a superfood? And what makes them so super to begin with? Are they plants that were exposed to mass radiation, giving them super abilities to fight crime? Or are they aliens from another planet, possessing otherworldly powers? I will break down some of my favorite superfoods in detail to try and answer these very questions.
We all have days where we are a little moody and don't quite feel like ourselves. Sometimes it's is because of certain events that can be traced back to the source. Other times however, we are left in the dark, wondering why we feel the way to do. This results in many people getting prescribed pharmaceutical drugs to fix something that might be able to be fixed through your gut. Thats right your gut. Studies have shown gut microbiota that interact with brain regions associated with mood and behavior. Lack of these beneficial bacteria have also been linked behavioral disorders like anxiety. As well as neurodegeneration in the brain in the form of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
With the ever expanding list of Health & Fitness Supplements making it to the market. One question keeps emerging for athletes, health & fitness professionals, and anyone looking to reach there body's full potential, and feel the best they can possibly feel. What supplements are best for my health & fitness goals?