What Happens to Your Body After a Marathon?

Running a marathon certainly impacts how your body feels. But what actually happens internally? During a race, the body goes into overdrive, uses up energy stores, breaks down muscle, and loses fluid and electrolytes. And afterward, the body needs to recover from that damage. Measuring blood biomarkers post-race can provide you with real data on your recovery status and explanations for how you feel physically after an intense event. This article outlines what to expect from your body and your ...

Are Citrulline Malate Supplements Beneficial For Strength Performance?

Athletes looking to elevate their strength or performance are constantly seeking a competitive edge, and they often turn to supplements for that boost. A popular supplement amongst strength athletes is citrulline malate. But it’s important to understand whether the science supports the intended use of a supplement before introducing it into a daily routine. So, does research support the use of citrulline malate for athletic performance? Or are these athletes investing in an ineffective ...

A New Study Finds That Flavonoids and Heart Health May Be Related via the Microbiome

Flavonoid-rich foods like berries, apples, pears, and wine appear to have a positive effect on blood pressure levels. This association is also partially explained by characteristics of the gut microbiome, according to a recent study published in Hypertension. [1] Past studies have provided strong evidence that the composition of the gut microbiome can partly explain the association between dietary flavonoids and cardiovascular health, but the present study is the first to provide data ...

Sauna Bathing's Impacts on Heart Health and Longevity

Sauna bathing has been used for centuries as a means of relaxation, but it’s becoming increasingly popular in the modern age among biohackers, athletes, and everyday men and women. Evidence suggests that the effects of sauna bathing go beyond relaxation, and instead may also improve cardiovascular function, reduce inflammation, and lower cholesterol. But how often do you need to use a sauna to reap these benefits? What temperature is considered optimal? Is sauna bathing safe for everyone? We’ll ...

Are Artificial Sweeteners Bad for You? Their Role in Weight Loss, Appetite, and the Gut Microbiome

The first artificial sweetener was developed in 1879, and despite being some of the most scientifically studied food substances on the market, their use remains controversial. [1] "Diet," reduced sugar, and sugar-free foods and beverages manage to maintain sweetness with the help of sugar substitutes like artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners don’t raise blood glucose (also called blood sugar) levels and have been promoted as a way to reduce excess sugar intake and better manage chronic ...

What are the Differences Between Food Allergies, Intolerances, and Sensitivities?

The prevalence of food allergies is on the rise in the United States. And recently, this has corresponded with an increase in the number of tests on the market that tout benefits to “heal your gut” and “understand what foods may be giving you symptoms.” These tests encourage customers to eliminate certain foods regardless of whether they’ve actually experienced GI symptoms from them.  This article aims to explain the science behind food allergies and to differentiate between food allergies, ...
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