By Caroline Wiswell MS RD LDN | July 11, 2018

Editor’s note: The most common thyroid disorders involve too little thyroid hormone production (hypothyroidism) and too much thyroid hormone production (hyperthyroidism). You can learn more about thyroid function here. If your doctor has diagnosed you with hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, you …

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By Caroline Black | July 8, 2018

How often do you take some time out to simply look after yourself? In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to overlook the importance of “self-care.” Unfortunately, telling yourself that you simply don’t have time to get some extra sleep, spend …

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By Erin Bahadur | July 6, 2018

You’ve probably heard of HIIT — high-intensity interval training — but you may not be as familiar with its counterpart — LISS. Here’s the deal on the workout gaining in popularity and whether or not you should do it. What …

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By Caroline Wiswell MS RD LDN | June 26, 2018

Aging can feel like a passive process, one day you’re 25 and the next you’re receiving AARP letters in the mail. Taking control of your health gives you control of aging, especially when it comes to managing health conditions like …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | June 10, 2018

It seems like everyone I know these days is trying a keto diet. From beauty YouTubers to friends who believe it will cure their MS, the diet has won a range of followers. There are even products at Whole Foods …

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By Caroline Wiswell MS RD LDN | June 6, 2018

Obtaining that Gwyneth Paltrow fresh-off-the-beach-long-weekend skin can seem impossible, with applying toner seven times (it’s a thing, seriously), exfoliating regularly, moisturizing day and night, and never forgetting sunscreen. While all of these things may help you get glowing skin, true …

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By Caroline Wiswell MS RD LDN | May 31, 2018

The risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer increases with age. In fact, most men diagnosed with prostate cancer range from 72-75 years old. Prostate cancer is usually localized and can be treated or removed entirely with early detection. Lifestyle …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | May 27, 2018

I’ve busted some SPF myths before, but since 90% of skin aging is caused by sun exposure, correct application is critical. According to the American Cancer Society, in the last 40 years, skin cancer is on the rise at over …

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By Caroline Wiswell MS RD LDN | May 17, 2018

Menopause is a time of change, hormonal, physical, and even mental. Understanding this time period and how it affects your nutritional status is the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Key changes after menopause include a higher risk for osteoporosis and …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | May 16, 2018

You know the story. You want to be healthy. You want to eat a good homecooked dinner. But, if you are like any working adult I know, you also have 5,000 things to do. You get stuck late at work. …

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By Caroline Wiswell MS RD LDN | May 8, 2018

Every season the USDA and FDA publish lists of in-season produce. These lists are great for a weekend farmer’s market trip, or to simply be aware of what produce is in season at your local grocery store. Why Choose In-Season …

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By Sara Murphy | May 6, 2018

If you’re searching for alternatives to traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for your menopause symptoms, then you likely have come across the term “bioidentical hormones.” But what exactly are they? How do they differ from traditional HRT? Are all bioidentical …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | May 3, 2018

Spring break time is here and summer is right around the corner. I see a future of beaches, sunshine, and SPF in my future. (There will not be a sunburn in my future ever again If I have any say …

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By Caroline Wiswell MS RD LDN | April 25, 2018

Salt is a key component in a heart-healthy diet. We need sodium (from salt, often used interchangeably) for our cells to function, but too much can increase your risk of a stroke. High salt intake can lead to hypertension or …

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By LFI Labs | April 22, 2018

Earth Day, April 22nd, is a day dedicated to raising awareness about the health of the planet, dating all the way back to 1970. Not surprisingly, many of the things we do to keep our bodies healthy can also keep …

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By Caroline Wiswell MS RD LDN | April 18, 2018

Fiber and heart health go hand in hand. Increasing your fiber intake is a key element to following a heart-healthy diet. Fiber is the structural part of plants that is not digested or absorbed. Why the difference between soluble fiber …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | March 24, 2018

Oi. It’s March, and for the first time in my life, I haven’t filed my taxes yet. I just finished a full year at a new job where I started making more money. Plus I’ve been freelancing and I’m never …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | March 17, 2018

I’ll be honest, every year I get swept up in the New Year, New Me craze, although this year, I think I managed to dial it back a bit. And here we are. Spring is in the air, and while …

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By Junior Marketer | March 14, 2018

Have you ever watched a commercial for prescription medicine and cringed slightly at the long list of possible side effects? Heart attack, stroke, blood clots, etc. Companies advertising such products legally have to give you all the info about the …

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By Junior Marketer | March 12, 2018

If you had told me in the third grade that I would one day consider fermented foods a healthy treat, I would have called you a liar. Cut to present day, where I love to pick up a bottle of …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | March 5, 2018

With all of the deserved hubbub over opioids in the media lately, the world has started looking for less addictive, yet still effective alternatives to narcotics. I’m going to share some of my favorite natural opioid alternatives today. Before we …

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By Junior Marketer | February 27, 2018

Whether you live in a town of 2,000 or a city of 2 million, is likely that your job involves a commute. The average American commutes around 30 min to their job, and even those who are allowed to work …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | February 27, 2018

Are you like me and started off the new year with the best of intentions when it came to fitness? Did you keep it up easily for the first month but now feel a bit less motivated? I hear ya. …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | February 26, 2018

I think everyone in my office is doing Whole30 or has just finished one. I have the cookbook sitting on my shelf. My facebook is flooded with posts about friends’ experiences with the diet. And almost everyone raves about it. …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | February 21, 2018

Pasta is one of those things that I will probably always eat too much of. When I found out that I had to be gluten-free, pasta was the first thing I sought out. This was back in the days when …

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By Junior Marketer | February 16, 2018

This month is National Heart Health Month. It seems that right now there is a day or a month dedicated to just about everything, from umbrellas to wine drinking. However, heart health month is something that you should certainly pay …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | February 12, 2018

Bullet journals are everywhere on social media. My Pinterest feed is filled with them. Instagram is filled with them. My mom even asked me if I had heard of them. Um….yes, mom. I use one. There has been an explosion …

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By Junior Marketer | February 7, 2018

Some diet fads come and go, and others stick around. One, in particular, that is more than just a trend is the Mediterranean diet. This is a diet that has been enjoyed by the people of Spain, Italy, and Greece …

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By Junior Marketer | January 30, 2018

It’s that time of year again. Flu season. Every news story highlighting the horrors of this year’s particular strain of flu, and mothers everywhere coating their children in a thick layer of hand sanitizer before they get on the bus. …

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By Junior Marketer | January 25, 2018

Weight loss fads are inevitable. Every year someone comes up with a diet or a weight loss tip that’s supposed to be the end all be all of weight loss. As many articles as there are praising this miracle diet, …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | January 22, 2018

It’s so easy to get caught up in weight loss goals in the new year. Gyms offer joining specials and Weight Watchers goes on a marketing blitz. I’ve been subjected to non-stop ads for Cortiva, a prescription weight loss drug. …

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By Junior Marketer | January 15, 2018

When you see yourself gaining a little winter weight, or you’re told you need to lower your cholesterol, the first thing you often think is about the foods you eat. When you’re feeling sad, lethargic, unmotivated, or even depressed, does …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | January 12, 2018

Every month. Like a mostly accurate watch, I, like other menstruating females get my period. I get the cramps. The bloating. The headaches. The lovely digestive issues. The mood swings. And for most of the 20-ish years, I’ve had my …

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By Junior Marketer | January 4, 2018

It seems like succulents, cacti, and small house plants, are a staple of almost any millennial home at this point. Not only are they adorable, but they’re a great way to add life and character to any room. Most who …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | January 2, 2018

This might sound a wee bit hyperbolic, but it really isn’t. It’s been estimated that women consume anywhere between 3 and 7 pounds of lipstick over their lifetimes. (The best number I have found is 3.6 pounds and it is …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | December 20, 2017

Beating Winter Skin It’s that time of year. The wind whips your face and hands. The cold air steals moisture and dry heat takes even more. Hair gets dry and staticy. And skin. Skin gets…cracked, scaly and sore. Even for …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | December 20, 2017

If there is something I love, it is sugar. Tasty, sweet. A perfect pick me up. I tend to be fairly un-picky about its form. From candy (Nerds anyone?) to baked goods to fruit, I love it all. These days, …

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By Junior Marketer | December 4, 2017

As 2017 comes to an end, we often find ourselves trying to determine what our New Year’s resolutions should be. This requires being a bit introspective about your own lifestyle. As well as deciding where to make small improvements, or …

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By Junior Marketer | November 20, 2017

Now is the time of year when so many of us pack up and take a flight to spend time with family and friends. While this might be one of the most popular times of the year to fly, it …

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By Junior Marketer | November 13, 2017

If you have any interest in health and wellness, then you’ve likely heard something about essential oils. They’ve exploded in popularity in recent years, and many people credit them with treating everything from headaches to depression. Sometimes it’s hard to …

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By Junior Marketer | November 10, 2017

The relationship between age and sleep is a frustrating thing. The younger you are the easier it is to go to sleep, but the less you want to. As you age your desire to fall asleep and stay asleep increases, …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | November 2, 2017

It’s not what you think. It’s not about a secret special amazing shoe. It’s the strength in your feet. As a dancer, strengthening my feet has been part of my fitness routine for as long as I can remember. When …

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By Junior Marketer | October 30, 2017

Open the first page of a crate and barrel catalog and instead of the cluttered living you’re in, you’re invited to look inside neatly designed stress-free living sanctuaries. Page after page of luxurious bedspreads, crisp clean bathrooms, and fully stocked kitchens …

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By Junior Marketer | October 26, 2017

Understand Detoxification and Cleansing Programs It can be easy to become accustomed to feeling awful. Actually, a lot of people become so acclimated to feeling unwell that they don’t even realize that it’s not how they are supposed to feel. …

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By Junior Marketer | October 23, 2017

Fall is finally here! The temperature might not reflect it but everything fun about the season is beginning to arrive. Pumpkins, apple cider, an excuse to stay up until 2 am watching horror movies on a weekday. Falls signifies the …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | October 20, 2017

Most days, I think I’m doing OK in the healthy eating department. And then I look at a nutrition label. Too often, common wisdom or the internet machine make dubious health claims that get accepted as fact. Health foods trends …

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By Junior Marketer | October 19, 2017

The pattern is the same. It’s 11:00 pm and you’ve decided that you’re going to hit the sack early and get a great night’s sleep. You’ll wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the day at 6 am. Then Netflix …

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By Chris | October 11, 2017

Maybe you don’t live near or gym or you perhaps your wallet doesn’t like the cost of membership. And as the gloomy winter drags on into the spring, motivation starts to drag too. Whatever the reason (or excuse) it doesn’t feel …

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By Junior Marketer | October 9, 2017

How many people can resist a coffee run in the morning? We often tailor our drink orders around what menu items we perceive to be sufficiently healthy. I personally have ordered Matcha waters from Starbucks thinking I was getting one …

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By Chris | October 4, 2017

Diet books make a lot of bold claims. Trendy diets sell the idea of metabolism manipulation by following a prescribed diet. I decided to dive deep into the subject to put together a quick guide that will tell you everything …

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By Chris | October 3, 2017

When the weather is nice out, it seems harder and harder to concentrate on things at work. Living in a climate where summers are to be cherished because winters are certain, as soon as those sunny, seventy-plus-degree days come along, …

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By Bridget Kuehn | October 2, 2017

Meal prep in advance of my busy week ensures that I keep things on-track and healthy. Every Sunday I’ll cook a protein of choice in my crockpot [typically chicken or pork], as well as chop a variety of veggies to …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | September 26, 2017

You can’t escape these little buggers. Bloggers and health enthusiasts everywhere are making them. Energy bites or energy balls are made by my coworkers. You can get them at Freshii. They make a great substitute for raw cookie dough cravings …

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By Junior Marketer | September 18, 2017

For some of us working out is a struggle and for others, it’s a joy. Regardless of which end of the spectrum you fall on, taking a total break from working out while traveling isn’t always a great idea. Beyond …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | September 11, 2017

Choosing a dietary supplement is hard. It seems that there are about a bazillion on the market making a variety of health claims. So what do you choose and why? First, there are some basics in identifying what you need. …

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By Junior Marketer | September 6, 2017

Travel is one of my favorite things in the world, so it pains me to admit that I’m fairly awful at it. Halfway through most of the trips I’ve taken I’m tired, cranky, and a real joy to have around …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | August 28, 2017

Life is hard. Work is hard. Adulting can be the pits. It’s easy to prioritize just about everything over self-care. And often times the only self-care that we do is squeezing in a spin class or a yoga class. We …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | August 22, 2017

I was sitting outside a dance studio last week, waiting for class to begin, and I started my pre-class ritual. As usual, I took out my tap shoes and my little accessories bag and set them to the side. Then …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | August 3, 2017

I’m bad at resting. I take at least one dance class every day of the week but Thursday, and that means Thursdays are core workout days. I use the excuse that improv class isn’t that intense…except when it is. My …

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By Junior Marketer | July 28, 2017

When the founders of LFI Labs first sought out to create a health and wellness focused company, they knew that charity would be a main component of their brand. At LFI labs we are not simply focused on the health …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | July 26, 2017

Superfood powders are everywhere. As mix-ins at the smoothie place. They can be toppings on your acai bowl, or even something to dissolve in small glasses of water. But what are they good for? How do you use them?   …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | July 20, 2017

Some days making it to the gym just isn’t an option. Maybe your car is in the shop or you got out of work crazy late. Maybe you just don’t want to drag yourself all the way to the gym. …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | July 12, 2017

It is halfway through the year – a perfect time for a mid-year slump, and also the perfect time for some affirmations. Realizing just how much of your New Year’s Resolution fell to the wayside. Or that it is July …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | June 23, 2017

Stretching: Often forgotten, yet critical In our quest to become strong, we often only think about making muscles stronger. That’s only part of the battle. Fitness requires mobility and flexibility. When I used to run, I would “stretch” after a …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | May 25, 2017

All good food is in bowls these days. From Buddha bowls to smoothie bowls, health is on the menu and on trend. If you’re a Kardashian fan, you’ve no doubt seen that clan eat their fair share of açaí bowls. …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | May 22, 2017

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. This post is also coming to you during Food Allergy Awareness Week. This year, I thought we should have a real, honest, heart to heart about gluten-free eating and food “allergies”. Both Celiac Disease …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | May 11, 2017

People at work joke, but my desk is a veritable snack station. And you’ll never catch me without some sort of snack in my bag. Having food allergies, this is a trick I learned a while ago to make sure …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | May 8, 2017

If you’re even mildly attuned to health news, you know that Americans, and office working Americans in particular, don’t move enough. We’re tied to our desks all day. And to get there, we ride in our cars. We drive home …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | May 5, 2017

Smoothies can be nutrition powerhouses and they can be decadent treats that rival milkshakes. I prefer the ones that fall somewhere in the middle. Packed full of good for you ingredients, but that still taste like a treat. When it …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | May 2, 2017

When I was talking to the owners of LFI about post ideas for this month, I suggested this post and they had no idea what I was talking about. After a little more research, I realized that these are darlings …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | April 29, 2017

Barre workouts are so 2014. If you’re bored with the same old grippy socks and pulsing, I’ve scouted five cool classes/studios to reinvigorate your fitness routine. Muv Method Based in Salt Lake City, this yoga studio specializes in programs designed …

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By Caroline Black | April 28, 2017

Food is an incredibly powerful tool; it gives us the energy to function, makes us happy and helps us to feel at our best. Many of us have experienced this—it’s why we love a delicious dinner after a long day …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | April 26, 2017

Most of us could do better when it comes to getting all of our nutrients, no matter how well we eat. There are a few key nutrients that many of us are missing. I’ve found the five most common and …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | April 7, 2017

I’ve noticed an exponential growth in the number of articles about the health benefits of turmeric on health-focused food sites as well as an uptick in mainstream media mentions – the root that gives curry its bright yellow color and …

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By LFI Labs | March 11, 2017

Prebiotic and probiotic. They’re two words you’re probably familiar with, but do you know the difference between the two? Sure, the prefix is a giveaway – one you take before the other. But there is more to it than that. …

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By Sara Murphy | February 1, 2017

Quinoa, amaranth, freekeh – huh? While pronunciation is tricky, chances are you’ve seen these wonder grains getting attention around the web and in the store. And for good reason. Ancient grains are the new superfoods. Okay, they are ancient grains, …

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By LFI Labs | January 27, 2017

Looking for a way to spice up your winter greens? We’ve got a few ideas. At LFI, we know that eating the same old thing every day can get boring – really boring. So why not change it up with …

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By LFI Labs | January 25, 2017

Tips for protecting your muscles and joints. “No pain, no gain.” Anyone who’s been to a CrossFit gym has likely heard this, more than once. And, there’s an element of truth to it. But when it comes to protecting your …

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By LFI Labs | January 18, 2017

Track your workouts with these apps. Remember the old days when you had to hire a personal trainer to plan and prepare your workouts? Or when you had to wear a pedometer to track the number of miles you ran …

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By LFI Labs | January 16, 2017

Let’s look at the word detoxification. The idea surrounding the word sounds great — of course we want to clean our body of toxins — but what does it mean and where do we begin? The internet is full of …

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By LFI Labs | January 11, 2017

A simple guide to help you lose belly fat in the new year. Recent studies tracking the weights of thousands in Germany, Japan and the US have found a weight spike following every major holiday, with the largest gains over …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | January 8, 2017

I’m not making any big, sweeping health & diet resolutions this year. Every year, I say that this is the year that I am going to make a difference and nearly every year, I get frustrated by April and am …

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By LFI Labs | January 3, 2017

New year, new you, right? Now is the time to try something different. Something to make you healthier and cut down your dependence on bad-for-you processed foods. Switching to a whole raw diet, whether as a lifestyle change or in …

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By LFI Labs | January 2, 2017

The holidays are over and you’re five pounds heavier. Ever been there? It’s not a great feeling. Too often we chalk that up to typical holiday weight gain, but what’s typical about weight gain? Alcohol, sugar and processed wheat can …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | December 31, 2016

It can be hard to keep up with your recommended daily water intake, it can be hard to choose water over the flavor of soda. (Interesting fact, if you find yourself craving sugar or soda you are likely dehydrated. Drink …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | December 29, 2016

NB This post contains affiliate links meaning that LFI Labs may receive a portion of your purchase. When it is time for a change, a cleanse can be a great way to kickstart a new diet regimen or simply reset …

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By LFI Labs | December 26, 2016

If we told you that you could significantly reduce your risk for cancer simply by changing your diet, you’d do it, right? Of course, you would. You’d clear the processed foods from your cupboards and ditch the soda from your …

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By LFI Labs | December 19, 2016

Fennel has been enjoyed for centuries because of its variety of health benefits. Appreciated by the ancients for its culinary and health uses. This aromatic spice is prized for its sweet woody taste, and full of nutrients needed for proper functioning …

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By LFI Labs | December 12, 2016

Let’s talk about one of our favorite herbs, epimedium. Native to China, epimedium leaves have long been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED), low libido, fatigue and even chronic inflammation. Over here in the …

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By LFI Labs | December 5, 2016

There’s an epidemic washing over our nation and it’s affecting millions of Americans each day. It’s lying in wait to ambush unsuspecting victims while increasing the risk of heart disease and cancer. It’s breaking down bones, muscles and joints and impeding nervous …

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By LFI Labs | November 28, 2016

Poor vitamin C. It really only gets attention during cold and flu season. But there’s so much more it can do for you. Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is not only one of the safest nutrients, it’s also …

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By LFI Labs | November 21, 2016

That Mother Nature, she’s kind of a witch. Especially in the winter, and even more so when it comes to your skin. As temperatures have dipped, you’ve probably noticed some changes in your skin condition. Dry. Scaly. Peeling. Rough. If …

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By Mary Fran Wiley | November 15, 2016

NB This article is based on personal research and experiences. This is not medical advice. I have linked to experts and research for more information. Please make sure to discuss any health concerns with your doctor before you start taking …

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By LFI Labs | November 14, 2016

“Getting fit, man.” “Working on my bikini body.” “Trying to drop a few pounds before summer.” When it comes to running, we’ve heard it all. And yeah, running will get you fit fast. But did you know there are more benefits …

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By LFI Labs | October 26, 2016

The health benefits of outdoor winter exercise Temperatures have dropped, trees have lost their leaves and there’s a frost in the air. It can only mean one thing: winter is here. And while some of you may still be mourning the loss of …

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By LFI Labs | October 19, 2016

What is SAD and how do you treat it? Winter blues got you down? Seasonal affective disorder, otherwise known as SAD, is a type of depression associated with changing seasons. Although no one can pinpoint its exact cause, it has …

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By LFI Labs | October 10, 2016

Glutamine is considered a non-essential amino acid, which actually sounds more misleading than it is. Its non-essential status really only means that the human body can produce it on its own. Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the …

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By LFI Labs | October 5, 2016

Work out together to strengthen your relationship. If you’re not working out as a couple with your significant other, you’re missing out on significant benefits. Couples who spend quality time together working up a sweat (yes, even outside of the …

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By LFI Labs | September 21, 2016

Whether maintaining a healthy lifestyle, trying to lose that last bit of baby weight or training for your next competition, consistently and effectively going to the gym can be both daunting and time consuming. Despite the commitment, once you begin …

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By LFI Labs | September 19, 2016

Metabolism is related to weight loss and weight loss resistance, but how? It can be frustrating if you’re having trouble shedding pounds, even though you are eating correctly and exercising. Maybe even more frustrating when there’s that one person that …

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By LFI Labs | September 5, 2016

Did you know you can help prevent heart disease with yoga? According to the American Heart Association1, healthy eating, exercise and meditation are recommended lifestyle choices to prevent heart disease. Yoga, which incorporates exercise and meditation, as well as controlled …

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