Trust Your Gut

Taking probiotics has become an increasingly popular way to maintain a healthy digestive system. Probiotics are live microorganisms – known as good bacteria – that are available in food or dietary supplements. “Our intestinal tracts are lined with bacteria that are very important in our digestion, and we need good…

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Fueled by Food

Planning to go on a long run or play in a soccer tournament this weekend? What you eat before, during and after your workout can make a big difference in your performance, says Penny Wilson, Ph.D., registered dietitian at Ironman Sports Medicine Institute in Houston. “Your nutrition can really make…

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Osteoporosis – the Silent Disease

Each year Americans break about two million bones as a result of osteoporosis, a “silent” disease that causes bones to become brittle and weak. Although anyone can have osteoporosis, your risk increases if you are Caucasian or Asian, have close family members with the disease, low body weight or are…

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Dehydration

As summer temperatures soar, so does your risk of dehydration. Thirst is often your body’s first cue that you’re low on water. “You’re already dehydrated by the time you’re thirsty, at least mildly, if not more,” says Matthew Ganio, Ph.D., director of the Human Performance Lab at the University of…

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Chia Seeds

Cha Cha Cha Chia You may recognize them from the Chia Pet plant novelties of the ‘70s, but today chia seeds have developed a new reputation as a superfood. Packed inside the little chia seed is a nutritional powerhouse of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber and protein. The use of…

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