All posts tagged: Nutrition

10 Hydrating Foods To Help Your Skin Health

With higher temperatures and sweatier workouts comes an extra need to be conscious of your hydration level. In addition to allowing us to sweat and keep cool when we’re traipsing about in the summer or sprinting on a spin bike, being adequately hydrated has a ton of benefits for your body. Your muscles, including your heart, depend on hydration to fire properly; without water, they lose their capacity to contract and they decrease in power and endurance. You’ve probably experienced the foggy-headed feeling that comes with being thirsty; that’s because your brain requires ample hydration to function well, too.  The digestive system requires water to break down and move food through your system; dehydration can slow things down and cause waste to become, erm, backed up. Plus, once food is broken down and nutrients are extracted, your blood will carry those nutrients to your cells, a process that also requires ample fluid. When you drink more, you also visit the bathroom more, which is good. Regular urination flushes toxins and bacteria from the body and can …

Green Vegetables You Should Eat

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, we decided to create a list of our favorite “greens” to keep in the kitchen. Lucky for you, this list of foods boasts benefits ranging from energy boosts to gut health with some great cooking tips along the way. We hate to break with tradition, but it’s time to ditch the pot o’ gold for a bowl o’ green! Leafy greens (spinach/arugula/kale) Just because leafy greens are low in calories and high in water content doesn’t mean they aren’t doing anything for you. On the contrary, they are actually powerhouses when it comes to nutrition and something you should try to consume daily. They contain high amounts of vitamins A and C which are building blocks for your body’s natural defenses. Broccoli There’s a reason why our parents always told us to eat our broccoli. The vibrant green florets are well known for having many health benefits and often regarded as one of the healthiest foods in the world.  Broccoli contains high amounts of phytochemicals and other compounds seen …

Natural Sleep Aids

It’s no surprise to hear that an estimated 50-70 million adults in the U.S. have chronic sleep and wakefulness disorders, with insomnia being the most common. While there is still much-needed research to be done on sleep disorders and cures, most people are looking to their doctors for medications before researching any lifestyle behaviors and holistic remedies that could be just as helpful. Nutrition can play a huge role in promoting a better night’s sleep. Come nighttime, it feels like the stars in the sky are sucking the chaos right out of your long day. Phew! Humans are creatures of habit, and even though so much routine is involved in our day, everything can still feel like total madness. At night, it’s time to really wind (or wine?) down and be intimate with a special ritual that you can create on your own. Here’s how to set yourself up for a serene sleep, nightly: High-fiber complex carbs like whole grains and legumes Have you been experimenting with the keto diet and having trouble sleeping? It may …