Cardio vs. Resistance Training: Do You REALLY Need To Do Both?

Cardio vs. Resistance Training: Do You REALLY Need To Do Both?

When it comes to exercise, there has long been a debate about which type is best. Is CARDIO the gold standard? Or do the benefits of RESISTANCE TRAINING far outweigh those of cardio?   While both forms of exercise provide huge benefits for your health, the choice depends entirely on your goals.   So, we’re going to examine a few common goals and evaluate the pros and cons. And what are the “rules” of cardio for different goals anyway?   Let’s put a little elbow grease into this one and crank the lid off – shall we?  What if your specific health goal is weight loss?  For years we’ve…

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Emotional Eating – What is it and how can I get a handle on it?

Picture this: You hit the snooze button one too many times, had a last minute project thrown at you at work, and then sat in an hour of evening traffic.    Finally home, you breathe a sigh of relief, head into the kitchen, and decide you deserve a snack after the day you’ve had. Maybe you reach for a few crackers, then a bit of chocolate.    Before you know it, you’ve munched your way through the entire kitchen without eating a proper meal. You’re stuffed, ashamed, and wondering what the heck just happened – WTF?!   Sound familiar?  It’s called emotional eating, and…

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Exercise, Sleep and Your Waistline

When it comes to managing your health and your weight, it’s no secret that exercise and sleep are huge factors.  You know that exercise will help you burn off some extra calories and boost your metabolism. But you also know that sleep is essential for your overall health and well-being.   Better to skimp on sleep and get up early to workout?   Or better to sleep in and skip the gym for another day?   Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that. We need exercise to sleep better, but we also need sleep to exercise. And when it comes to weight management,…

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Hair, Skin, & Nails – Why are they considered beacons of health?

Your physical appearance can tell you a lot about your internal health.    Most natural health practitioners include a physical examination since the condition of your hair, skin, and nails can be indicators of underlying health issues, like nutrient deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, and the health of your digestive system.    The growth and maintenance of healthy hair, skin, and nails is dependent on your intake, and absorption of a variety of nutrients, including plenty of vitamins and minerals.    You should regularly check out the appearance and condition of your hair, skin, and nails for clues as to what foods, and therefore what…

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Could Your Health Issues Actually Be Due To Nutrient Deficiencies?

Many nutrition professionals generally advise that a healthful, balanced diet can provide most people with the nutrients essential for good health.   Fruit and vegetables naturally contain a number of beneficial nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fibre, antioxidants and other biologically active components – or phytochemicals.   In fact, it has been documented that consumption of at least 5 servings per day is linked with a reduced risk of various diseases, including several cancers and heart disease.  Link to: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/82-625-x/2017001/article/54860-eng.htm   However, with the overall lack of nutrient bioavailability due to things like:   adequate fruit and vegetable servings  soil depletion   over-processing of food  treated water  It’s no…

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Detox Diets and Body Cleanses: Are They Even Safe?

Detox diets…body cleanses…colon cleanses…bowel cleanses…  You’ve probably heard all of these terms used in reference to “ridding your system of unhealthy toxins” — but what do these terms actually mean?   Do you really need to be on a ‘detox diet’ or ‘cleansing’ your body?   Are programs and products marketed as detoxes and cleanses even safe to do?  To start us off, all of these terms get a LOT of hype in the media, and people tend to use various terms interchangeably, which makes it especially confusing for consumers.   So what IS the difference between a Detox Diet and a Cleanse?   Generally,…

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Should You Avoid Food Colours & Dyes?

Despite the growing trend of healthier and safer food products being introduced into the marketplace, you might be surprised to learn that the consumption of artificial food colours, has been increasing over the years, especially among packaged products marketed to children.   Food colours and dyes have been around since the mid-1800s and were originally created from coal tar – today, they are typically made from petroleum. (yum!)  Many food manufacturers choose to use artificial dyes vs. natural ones because they create more radiant hues, whereas natural food colours tend to create more of a pastel look.  Artificial food colours are used by food manufacturers in a variety…

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What is a “Health Halo” and are my foods wearing one?

If you’re trying to eat healthier, you already know you should be including lots of fruit, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains.    But when you step into a grocery store, things get a bit more complicated. The majority of store shelves are crammed with a tempting assortment of pre-packaged and convenience foods.    So, how do shoppers know which foods are healthy options?    Most people turn to nutrition and health claims found on food packaging labels to help them decide which products to pick and which to skip.    You may think you’re doing a good thing adding “healthful” sounding foods to your cart…

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HIIT: what is it – and is it really the best fat burning workout?

If you follow the fitness industry, you’ve probably heard of the benefits of HIIT (or High Intensity Interval Training). The short, yet powerful workouts are touted as the best way to improve your overall conditioning, burn fat, and even balance hormones! (but that’s another article!) So, what is HIIT anyway? HIIT workouts involve working at an intense effort level for a short period of time followed by short recovery periods. Tabata workouts are one great example of a HIIT style workout. A Tabata session involves 20 seconds of intense all-out effort, followed by 10 seconds of recovery. This is repeated…

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Magnesium 101: What You Really Need to Know

Magnesium is one of those nutrients we don’t hear about too much, despite the fact that it’s one of the most abundant minerals in our bodies. Moreover, it’s the fourth most abundant mineral that we have! So what role does magnesium play? Do we really need to be consuming magnesium or taking supplements? Let’s find out… Magnesium helps lower our stress levels. In fact, magnesium is often referred to as the “relaxation mineral.” Serotonin, which is a natural mood stabilizer found mostly in our digestive system, requires magnesium for its production. Therefore, it is recommended that we take magnesium to…

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