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Switch Up Your Smoothies!

Whether you need some new ideas for breakfast, post-workout nutrition or a mid-day boost, a smoothie might be the wholesome option you’re looking for. However, some of us fall into a smoothie rut by throwing together the same ingredients over and over again, leading to a smoothie burnout. Here are some ideas to boost nutrition

The Link Between Impaired Sleep and Metabolic Syndrome

Impaired sleep is a chief contributor to metabolic conditions such as obesity and diabetes. This holds true regardless of the type of sleep difficulties a person is having. The reason for this is due to the effects on our hormones that regulate metabolism, appetite, and our blood sugar levels. Additionally, this shift in hormones contributes

How to Tame the Winter Blues

The Winter Blues Many people are familiar with the heavy sensations that come along with colder temperatures and darker days – the same kind of sensations that make many crave an extra cup of coffee or the unthinkable jelly donut for the hopeful – yet short-lived – jolt of energy to follow. These sensations are

Winter Exercise Tips

Staying active in the winter can be tricky for those of us living in the cold-weather states. Not only are the days shorter, but also finding the motivation to surrender our blankets can prove to be challenging. Maintaining a regular exercise routine can help ward off colds and boost the immune system, making wintertime activity

Pondering a Protein Powder?

Protein is one of three macronutrients used by the body for energy. Proper protein intake is also required for the body to properly mobilize stored fat for energy. Increasing your daily protein intake while on a resistance training program helps to increase lean muscle mass. Weightlifters and bodybuilders who have more muscle tissue tend to

Vitamin D & Kids

Vitamin D! By now, most of us have heard that sufficient vitamin D is of vital importance for good health. But did you know that it is particularly imperative for a healthy immune system, for both adults and children? And no time is this of more importance than now, as we enter into the wintertime

Forget Flu Season…It’s Elderberry Season!

It’s that time of year again. The shorter colder days of winter bring with them an increased incidence of cold & flu through the entire population. As any teacher or parent can tell you, school children and other individuals who spend their days in close contact with a significant number of other people have an

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is an often under treated cause of winter depression. SAD can also be responsible for feelings of over stimulation or mania in the summer when daylight hours are more abundant. Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder Fatigue Increased napping Hypersomnia Decreased Interest in social engagements Lack of memory Increased carbohydrate cravings Decreased

A New Tool for Muscle Related Pain Relief: Soft Tissue Therapies

The musculoskeletal system is vital to maintaining the integrity and protection of all other systems within our bodies. Collagen, the most abundant structural protein in our bodies, is a major component of skin, bones, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and blood vessels. This fundamental protein helps keep our connective tissues strong, our joints moving smoothly, and our

Superfood Truffles: a 6-Ingredient Recipe

In an attempt to create a super allergen-friendly, good-for-you, and easy-to-make treat, one of our staff members conjured up this awesome recipe!  She writes: “My house is typically dairy-free, and we also try to minimize gluten, so we’re used to dining with dietary restrictions.  I wanted to create a dessert that was both ‘safe’ and

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