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For a long time, people decided what foods they would eat or avoid based on very personal factors – things like flavor, diet preferences, and allergies.   Increasingly, however, this is changing. Thanks to a greater understanding of food manufacturing processes and ecology, many people are starting to consider the environmental impact of their foods. This is particularly pronounced when it comes to protein, which is a fairly expensive macronutrient.   To help you make informed decisions, here...

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What is inulin? Inulin is a naturally-occurring type of soluble fiber that has a chemical structure that allows it to make it through the digestive process relatively unchanged.   Once it hits your colon, it can be used by “good” bacteria as a source of nutrients – a prebiotic. Inulin is included in our meal replacement powder because it provides a variety of health benefits as we review below.   Inulin and digestive health   Arguably the most common use of inulin is to allow for improved dig...

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Healthier skin can be within reach with the right diet and lifestyle choices.   Experts are now suggesting that the key to more youthful skin isn’t merely slathering an overpriced cream on your face. It’s about supporting skin from the inside out by practicing a healthy lifestyle, and including the right foods in your diet for great skin.   First, let us start with which foods you should limit in your diet if you are trying to support your skin. Too many alcoholic drinks, fried foods, and s...

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Collagen is the most abundant type of protein in the body. Although it’s most known for its role in the muscles and connective tissue, this important protein is actually found almost everywhere.    Although your body makes collagen, it’s possible to become deficient with a poor diet. Aging and some health conditions can also decrease the amount and quality of collagen your body produces.    There’s no way to test for collagen deficiency, but you can take a supplement if you notice collagen d...

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  When it comes to taking care of our health, we typically think about exercise and nutrition.    However, there is a third piece of the puzzle: sleep.    Ensuring adequate quantity and quality of sleep is vital to our overall health. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research, we need about 7-9 hours of sleep each night for our best health.    Still, adults in the United States are falling drastically short of their recommended sleep and exhibit poor sleep hygien...

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If you've spent any time around the health and fitness world, you've probably heard of macronutrients. But what, exactly, is a macronutrient? More importantly why do they matter so much?   The Broad Definition   Put simply, a macronutrient is a nutrient that your body requires in large quantities – typically because these substances are used for fuel. Generally, fats, protein and carbohydrates are listed as macros but some experts add water to the list as well.   This inclusion is a little co...

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Nutrition, in general, is a fairly broad and controversial topic. In fact, one of the most hotly contested aspects of diet is actually one that is so very basic to human health that it's fairly surprising how little the experts can agree on.   Specifically, we're talking about macronutrient balance – or how much of your daily caloric intake should come from each nutrient.   The Basics   To start us out, let's just talk about some of the general recommendations made regarding macronutrient bal...

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  Motivation can make or break your success; it’s what allows us the vision to achieve our goals. But, depending on the size of these goals, they sometimes feel insurmountable which leads to demotivation, procrastination and doubt.    According to a meta-analysis of research done by the University of Calgary psychologist Piers Steel, 80 percent to 95 percent of college students tend to procrastinate.   And the more that you put off a goal, the harder and less likely you are to achieve it.   ...

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  Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to support overall health and well-being.  This article lists the top five benefits of eating kale as well as some ways to include it in your diet.  1. Kale may promote healthy bones Eating nutrient-dense greens – kale, in particular – has profound benefits to bone health largely due to its calcium and vitamin K content.  There are many plant foods that contain calcium, ho...

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  At some point in your lifetime, it’s likely you’re going to be prescribed antibiotics. Thanks to modern-day medicine, antibiotics are important to help to cure a variety of infections caused by bacteria.  However, although antibiotics kill the bad bacteria, they also unfortunately wipe out the good bacteria as well. There are billions of bacteria that live in our bodies. These bacteria make up what is called our microbiome. Many of these bacteria live in our gut, which is why paying atte...

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