Health & Habits

Post-workout Nutrition

Post-workout nutrition is one of the most important aspects of our exercise routines, and for good reason. After our workouts, we can become physically depleted, dehydrated, and mentally exhausted. Therefore, our nutrition for recovery should aim to meet three primary goals: refuel, rehydrate, and repair. Replenishing vital nutrients, rehydrating and restoring electrolyte balance, and repairing damaged muscle tissue accomplish these goals. Adequate recovery is critical for us to better respond to increases in training volume and intensity.
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What are Adaptogens?

Whether we’re familiar with adaptogens or not, their popularity and availability seem to be growing every day. Adaptogens are a class of plants that are intended to boost our resistance to and tolerance of both emotional and physical stress. As the name suggests, this group of more than 70 plants adapt to meet our needs, and bring us balance the way a thermostat controls temperature: they turn up our energy when we’re fatigued and help us relax when we’re restless. They're also purported to address issues as disparate as trouble focusing, headaches, dry eye, high blood pressure and even cancer.
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The Benefits of Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient that is necessary to keep our bodies functioning properly. It’s a water-soluble vitamin in the vitamin B complex that keeps nerves and red blood cells healthy, contributes to the successful synthesis of DNA, and promotes normal functioning of the nervous system. Because it plays such an important role in so many body functions, it’s critical we receive adequate levels through our diets. It’s a regular topic of conversation between vegans and vegetarians since it’s only found naturally in animal products such as eggs, beef, fish, poultry and dairy. However, omnivores fall short on this vitamin as well, so it’s crucial we all investigate the amount we get on a daily basis.
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Buyers Guide: What to Look for in a Protein Powder

Protein plays a vital role in the daily functioning of our bodies and is essential for muscle growth, healing, reproduction and maintaining a healthy immune system. We use protein to build and repair tissue, therefore making it an essential macronutrient for muscle growth. But muscles aren’t the only part of the body that benefit from protein - brain function improves, fatigue is reduced, and even weight loss can occur. Protein breaks down into amino acids (the building blocks of protein) which are essential to the synthesis of hormones and neurotransmitters.
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Ayurveda | The Benefits of Turmeric+

Known as the oldest healing system in the world, Ayurvedic medicine has spent 5,000 years cultivating harmony within the body to bring about good health. The term “Ayurveda” stems from the Sanskrit words ayus, meaning “life,” and veda, meaning “knowledge.” Its healing philosophy revolves around the body’s three governing elements, or the tridoshas, which, when there is too much of one, throws the body out of balance and creates disease. The doshas are as follows: vata, which governs energy formation and conservation, tissue respiration, and related mechanisms; pitta, related to enzymes and neurological systems and neurological hormones; and kapha, related to water and electrolyte balance.
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What’s the Best Type of Creatine to Take and Why?

We’ve already covered the creatine basics and safety here, and touched on the details of creatine loading here. For the uninitiated, creatine is arguably the most well-researched molecule in all of sports nutrition, and the subject of hundreds of scientific studies. It’s been proven to help us build muscle faster, get stronger faster, improve anaerobic endurance, and improve muscle recovery. As creatine has grown in popularity, supplement companies have developed new chemical formulations designed to optimize bioavailability, combat digestive issues, and improve functionality. Because creatine today has multiple forms, it can be difficult to choose the right one to help us reach our goals. Let’s take a look at the most common types of creatine on the market
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