7 benefits of showering BEFORE your workout

woman showeringNearly everyone understands the importance of taking a shower following a workout. A post-workout shower aids in recovery, helps relieve muscle soreness, and cleans sweat and bacteria from your skin to reduce the risk for infections and breakouts. But did you know that taking a shower BEFORE your workout also comes with benefits?

You may be thinking, why would I shower before my workout if I’m going to get sweaty anyway? Wouldn’t showering before my workout be pointless and a waste of time?

Showering before your workout offers a number of science-proven benefits that can actually enhance your performance, and bring you closer to reaching your fitness goals.Read More »

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6 fun ways to boost the flavor of plain cottage cheese

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Cottage cheese is one of my favorite foods because it’s loaded with nutrients like calcium, casein protein, and essential B vitamins, and makes for a quick and healthy snack to eat on the go. But some of the healthiest brands of plain cottage cheese are sorely lacking in flavor, or have an unusual, unappealing taste.

The brand of cottage cheese I buy only has three ingredients: cultured skim milk, cream, and salt. If I plan on enjoying my cottage cheese, I’ll usually have to add an extra ingredient or two to boost its flavor and make it taste better. Many other cottage cheese brands — especially the flavored cottage cheese brands — are loaded with sugar, corn starch, “natural flavor,” and other toxic ingredients that cause oxidative stress, and that can lead to weakened immunity, inflammation, and cancer.Read More »

Infatuation, and how it affects your brain chemistry

difference between infatuation and loveInfatuation can often be mistaken for love. It’s always been said that love can make you do crazy things, but what if infatuation is truly to blame?

Science nerds understand infatuation as a term that describes the way your brain chemistry is altered when you’re strongly attracted to someone. Some people call it a crush, some call it obsession, and some call it love.

If you’re not careful with managing your emotions, infatuation can make you do insane, impulsive things that can negatively affect your overall livelihood. Infatuation interacts with many of the same brain chemicals that control mood and behavior, and can make you feel euphoric and distracted to the point you may neglect other areas of your life just so you can get closer to that special someone.

But if you ARE careful with managing your emotions and staying in check, infatuation can be a lovely, beautiful thing that grows into real love. After all, infatuation is a prerequisite to every great love story, and can be a wonderful way to begin your life with someone you may truly end up falling in real love with.Read More »

3 awesome reasons to eat cottage cheese for bodybuilding and weight loss

Cottage cheeseDon’t let the “cheese” in cottage cheese deter you from this healthy superfood! If your goal is to lose weight, build muscle, and improve your metabolism, it’s time to stock your refrigerator with cottage cheese.

Cottage cheese offers an array of health benefits: it’s packed with nutrients, convenient to eat, and keeps you feeling full for long periods of time thanks to its high protein content. Even if you’re not trying to lose weight or build muscle, cottage cheese lends to a stronger immune system and improved overall bodily function.Read More »

Throwing a Frisbee “the right way”

playing-frisbeePlaying Frisbee is one of my favorite leisure activities. I’m always joking about how the man of my dreams will know how to properly throw a Frisbee and want to play with me regularly. Frisbee is fun, and puts me in a great mood.

My friend and I try to play at least once per week. In the beginning, our games were relatively mellow and we’d lazily toss the Frisbee back and forth between the 20 feet or so that separated us. Today, our games are played on baseball fields so we have enough room to run for and catch extreme Frisbee tosses.

My friend and I play with two different regulation Frisbees: a neon yellow one for daytime play, and this cool LED Frisbee by GoSports that lights up for nighttime play.Read More »

Why microwaved food is bad for your health

cartoon microwaveThe microwave was my mom’s favorite go-to appliance when we were growing up. She microwaved canned vegetables to complement steak or chicken, or heated up frozen burritos on the fly if we needed to be somewhere.

Leftovers were stored in plastic storage containers and heated up in the microwave for lunch and dinner. We even used the microwave to heat up candy bars stored in the freezer. My brother and I were always getting sick; if only we knew then what we knew today about the health hazards associated with microwave use.Read More »

5 ways to prevent hormonal imbalance from ruining your life

preventing hormonal imbalanceAsk most people what they visualize when they hear the phrase “hormonal imbalance” and they’ll describe a middle-aged, PMS-ing, menopausal woman. But what many don’t realize is that hormonal imbalance affects both men and women equally, and is partly to blame for major health epidemics such as obesity, low sex drive, and depression.

Thankfully, there are ways you can reverse problems with hormonal imbalance naturally without having to rely on prescription medications and costly invasive treatments.

Check out these 5 healthy ways to regulate and re-balance your hormones.Read More »