Ashwagandha – The Unsung Adaptogen

Ashwagandha is a lesser known adaptogenic herb.  Adaptogens help you manage stressors.  It is called by many names including “Winter Cherry” and “Indian Ginseng”, and has been used for thousands of years in Indian Ayruvedic Medicine. It’s only been in the last 50 years that this member of the nightshade family of plants (Solanaceae) has emerged in the West as a potent healing herb, with growing popularity. Besides easing fatigue in cancer patients and improving Alzheimer’s, Ashwagandha has been shown to be very helpful for anxiety and other emotional disorders along with improving fertility. Originating in India and Northern Africa, ashwagandha is a small shrub with small yellow flowers and…
Read More

Increasing Workout Density for Better Results

Workout Density refers to how much total work you do in a given workout, and there are several different strategies to increasing workout density.   Tracking and progressing density is one of the key ways to insure you continue to make progress in your workouts.   In addition most of us are time crunched and the more we can get done in shorter period of time the more likely it is that we will get our workouts in. Supersets One of the ways to increase density in our workouts is to use supersets where we pair two exercises that work non-competing muscle groups.    For example doing a superset with a set of…
Read More

The Exercise and Blood Pressure Benefits of Beets!

One of the key tenets of exercise physiology recently got turned on its head.     For years exercise physiology students were taught that improving oxygen delivery to muscles was one of the keys to improved athletic performance and work capacity. It was established that oxygen delivery to muscles could be improved through several different processes including such as increased lung capacity allowing lungs to take in larger quantities of air and oxygen; the heart becoming stronger allowing it to pump more blood to the muscles which carries oxygen; or increasing the amount of red blood cells and hemoglobin in the blood which allows the blood to carry more oxygen to the…
Read More

Is Fish Really a Healthy Food?

For years we have been told that fish is a healthy food, but that is not always the case!   Unfortunately, both freshwater and saltwater fish are increasingly loaded with toxic chemicals making a very healthy food very unhealthy.   The good news is that you can find fish that is not toxic and provides all the many health benefits of fish without the toxins.      The key is knowing how to ask the right questions to know what you are eating. First it is important to understand that predator fish like shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tuna can be very high in toxins such as mercury.   Mercury is not something…
Read More

Ashwagandha – The Unsung Adaptogen

Ashwagandha is a lesser known adaptogenic herb.  Adaptogens help you manage stressors.  It is called by many names including “Winter Cherry” and “Indian Ginseng”, and has been used for thousands of years in Indian Ayruvedic Medicine. It’s only been in the last 50 years that this member of the nightshade family of plants (Solanaceae) has emerged in the West as a potent healing herb, with growing popularity. Besides easing fatigue in cancer patients and improving Alzheimer’s, Ashwagandha has been shown to be very helpful for anxiety and other emotional disorders along with improving fertility. Originating in India and Northern Africa, ashwagandha is a small shrub with small yellow flowers and…
Read More

Increasing Workout Density for Better Results

Workout Density refers to how much total work you do in a given workout, and there are several different strategies to increasing workout density.   Tracking and progressing density is one of the key ways to insure you continue to make progress in your workouts.   In addition most of us are time crunched and the more we can get done in shorter period of time the more likely it is that we will get our workouts in. Supersets One of the ways to increase density in our workouts is to use supersets where we pair two exercises that work non-competing muscle groups.    For example doing a superset with a set of…
Read More

The Exercise and Blood Pressure Benefits of Beets!

One of the key tenets of exercise physiology recently got turned on its head.     For years exercise physiology students were taught that improving oxygen delivery to muscles was one of the keys to improved athletic performance and work capacity. It was established that oxygen delivery to muscles could be improved through several different processes including such as increased lung capacity allowing lungs to take in larger quantities of air and oxygen; the heart becoming stronger allowing it to pump more blood to the muscles which carries oxygen; or increasing the amount of red blood cells and hemoglobin in the blood which allows the blood to carry more oxygen to the…
Read More

Is Fish Really a Healthy Food?

For years we have been told that fish is a healthy food, but that is not always the case!   Unfortunately, both freshwater and saltwater fish are increasingly loaded with toxic chemicals making a very healthy food very unhealthy.   The good news is that you can find fish that is not toxic and provides all the many health benefits of fish without the toxins.      The key is knowing how to ask the right questions to know what you are eating. First it is important to understand that predator fish like shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tuna can be very high in toxins such as mercury.   Mercury is not something…
Read More

Ashwagandha – The Unsung Adaptogen

Ashwagandha is a lesser known adaptogenic herb.  Adaptogens help you manage stressors.  It is called by many names including “Winter Cherry” and “Indian Ginseng”, and has been used for thousands of years in Indian Ayruvedic Medicine. It’s only been in the last 50 years that this member of the nightshade family of plants (Solanaceae) has emerged in the West as a potent healing herb, with growing popularity. Besides easing fatigue in cancer patients and improving Alzheimer’s, Ashwagandha has been shown to be very helpful for anxiety and other emotional disorders along with improving fertility. Originating in India and Northern Africa, ashwagandha is a small shrub with small yellow flowers and…
Read More

Increasing Workout Density for Better Results

Workout Density refers to how much total work you do in a given workout, and there are several different strategies to increasing workout density.   Tracking and progressing density is one of the key ways to insure you continue to make progress in your workouts.   In addition most of us are time crunched and the more we can get done in shorter period of time the more likely it is that we will get our workouts in. Supersets One of the ways to increase density in our workouts is to use supersets where we pair two exercises that work non-competing muscle groups.    For example doing a superset with a set of…
Read More

The Exercise and Blood Pressure Benefits of Beets!

One of the key tenets of exercise physiology recently got turned on its head.     For years exercise physiology students were taught that improving oxygen delivery to muscles was one of the keys to improved athletic performance and work capacity. It was established that oxygen delivery to muscles could be improved through several different processes including such as increased lung capacity allowing lungs to take in larger quantities of air and oxygen; the heart becoming stronger allowing it to pump more blood to the muscles which carries oxygen; or increasing the amount of red blood cells and hemoglobin in the blood which allows the blood to carry more oxygen to the…
Read More

Is Fish Really a Healthy Food?

For years we have been told that fish is a healthy food, but that is not always the case!   Unfortunately, both freshwater and saltwater fish are increasingly loaded with toxic chemicals making a very healthy food very unhealthy.   The good news is that you can find fish that is not toxic and provides all the many health benefits of fish without the toxins.      The key is knowing how to ask the right questions to know what you are eating. First it is important to understand that predator fish like shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tuna can be very high in toxins such as mercury.   Mercury is not something…
Read More

Ashwagandha – The Unsung Adaptogen

Ashwagandha is a lesser known adaptogenic herb.  Adaptogens help you manage stressors.  It is called by many names including “Winter Cherry” and “Indian Ginseng”, and has been used for thousands of years in Indian Ayruvedic Medicine. It’s only been in the last 50 years that this member of the nightshade family of plants (Solanaceae) has emerged in the West as a potent healing herb, with growing popularity. Besides easing fatigue in cancer patients and improving Alzheimer’s, Ashwagandha has been shown to be very helpful for anxiety and other emotional disorders along with improving fertility. Originating in India and Northern Africa, ashwagandha is a small shrub with small yellow flowers and…
Read More

Increasing Workout Density for Better Results

Workout Density refers to how much total work you do in a given workout, and there are several different strategies to increasing workout density.   Tracking and progressing density is one of the key ways to insure you continue to make progress in your workouts.   In addition most of us are time crunched and the more we can get done in shorter period of time the more likely it is that we will get our workouts in. Supersets One of the ways to increase density in our workouts is to use supersets where we pair two exercises that work non-competing muscle groups.    For example doing a superset with a set of…
Read More

The Exercise and Blood Pressure Benefits of Beets!

One of the key tenets of exercise physiology recently got turned on its head.     For years exercise physiology students were taught that improving oxygen delivery to muscles was one of the keys to improved athletic performance and work capacity. It was established that oxygen delivery to muscles could be improved through several different processes including such as increased lung capacity allowing lungs to take in larger quantities of air and oxygen; the heart becoming stronger allowing it to pump more blood to the muscles which carries oxygen; or increasing the amount of red blood cells and hemoglobin in the blood which allows the blood to carry more oxygen to the…
Read More

Is Fish Really a Healthy Food?

For years we have been told that fish is a healthy food, but that is not always the case!   Unfortunately, both freshwater and saltwater fish are increasingly loaded with toxic chemicals making a very healthy food very unhealthy.   The good news is that you can find fish that is not toxic and provides all the many health benefits of fish without the toxins.      The key is knowing how to ask the right questions to know what you are eating. First it is important to understand that predator fish like shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tuna can be very high in toxins such as mercury.   Mercury is not something…
Read More