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The Health Benefits of a Vegan Diet

The Health Benefits of a Vegan Diet

Veganism has increased in popularity in the last decade, with a 600% increase between 2014 and 2017 alone. Today, a plethora of trendy new eateries offer more vegan food and treats. Even more, many success stories have touted veganism as a miracle worker for weight...

Why Exercise is Still Essential on Lockdown

Why Exercise is Still Essential on Lockdown

If you’re a very active person, you may have struggled during this lockdown. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way the world we knew operates daily. As gyms were ordered to shut down, those who work out were only given the option to exercise in their home or...

An Intro to the Mayo Clinic Diet

An Intro to the Mayo Clinic Diet

If you’re interested in transitioning into a healthier lifestyle that includes weight loss, then the Mayo Clinic Diet may be for you. The Mayo Clinic’s food pyramid focuses on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. By replacing bad habits with ones that include foods...

Long-Term Health Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

Long-Term Health Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

Now in 2020, eating healthy has become a priority for many people, and finding the right diet that suits your lifestyle is a great way to start. One of those diets includes a plant-based diet. Let's take a look at some of the long term health benefits of this...

The Basics of Neurology

The Basics of Neurology

The brain is, by far, one of the most complex and fantastic organs in the body. Although those of other study areas may not agree, the mind should be studied steadily over a lifetime. If we were to look at another well known and complex organ, perhaps the heart can be...

Health Benefits of Sunshine

Health Benefits of Sunshine

Sunny days make us feel better, but did you know that there are actually health benefits to sunshine? It’s widely known that spending time in the sun can help our bodies produce vitamin D, a key nutrient for bone and heart health that almost half of all American...

Intro to the Paleo Diet

Intro to the Paleo Diet

There are many different diets on the market that promote holistic health. One such diet that you might have heard of is the paleo diet. Many other healthy eating tactics such as calorie counting, macro tracking, and food journaling can frankly complicate the process...

Natural Remedies to Aid with Digestion

Natural Remedies to Aid with Digestion

Your digestive system is composed of a group of organs working together to help break down the food you eat into nutrients that your body uses for energy. Foods are broken down into proteins, fats, and carbohydrates before being released into your bloodstream to help your body grow and repair itself. The way food is broken down is by enzymes that each adheres to certain molecules to break them down further into something the body can handle. Protease is specifically engineered to break proteins down into amino acids, lipases break down fat, and amylases break down carbohydrates into the body’s main source of energy, glucose (and maltose). If a body is lacking any of these digestive enzymes, the corresponding nutrient can’t be broken down or properly digested. For example, someone who is lacking in lactase might have trouble digesting dairy, which leads to lactose intolerance. For this reason, choosing foods that naturally contain digestive enzymes can help enhance the digestive process.

Herbs with Healing Properties to Include in Your Cooking

Herbs with Healing Properties to Include in Your Cooking

Oregano and basil will perk up that tomato sauce you’re simmering and add zest to that grilled chicken. Did you know that oregano and basil also have strong antimicrobial and antioxidant qualities that can actually help boost your immune system? In fact, many of the herbs that are staples in your kitchen have medicinal properties, and healers have been using them for centuries. Here’s a closer look at four of those herbs.

How to Transition to a Vegan Lifestyle

How to Transition to a Vegan Lifestyle

Going vegan is becoming more accessible now due to the influx of accessible alternatives and information online, but transitioning to a vegan lifestyle still takes time and patience. There are many reasons why someone may decide to go vegan, but whatever the reason, the change can be overwhelming.