The Incredible Health Benefits of Horseradish

Horseradish is part of the Brassicaceae family with cabbage; mustard and wasabi; and broccoli.    Broccoli gets all the press for health benefits, but horseradish is even better than broccoli in certain ways! By the way, wasabi is a root plant that is related to horseradish but native to Japan. Wasabi is actually slightly hotter than horseradish. Unfortunately, most of the wasabi sold in the U.S. is just horseradish blended with dry mustard and food coloring. Both horseradish and wasabi contain a powerful plant chemical called “allyl isothiocyanate” or AITC for short which gives them their heat.   AITC is a powerful chemopreventive agent that is one of several “glucosinolates”.   Glucosinolates increase…
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Crawling – Serious Exercise not just for Kids!

Crawling is fundamental to the development of proper movement for humans, and it is not just good for babies!     Crawling builds specific strength, mobility and movement skills that are key to mobility, stability and strength throughout life. The crawling pattern: Sets the base for walking and running Develops hand-eye coordination Develops visual triangulation that will later assist with reading Develops core strength and stability Develops mobility of foot, ankle, and hip Teaches the contralateral cross crawl patterning – this activates a special area of the brain called the “Corpus Callosum” located between the left and right sides of the brain, and it is responsible for helping the left and right…
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Is Muscle Mass the Key to Preventing Aging?

Research has proven that as humans age there is a decrease in muscle fibers and muscle fiber size.    Almost all of this decrease occurs in what are known as Type II (fast-twitch) muscle fibers.   The number and size of Type I (slow-twitch) fibers are not decreased nearly as much.    Type II fibers are large and produce high levels of force for short periods of time and fatigue rapidly.   Type 1 fibers are smaller and can produce lower force levels but are highly resistant to fatigue. This loss of muscle is called sarcopenia – meaning “abnormal reduction”.     It occurs for two reasons: first because individual muscle cells, aka muscle fibers, shrink…
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Exercises for Low Back Pain

Low back pain is often caused or exacerbated by a sedentary lifestyle.   One of the best solutions for the prevention and treatment of low back pain is the regular practice of core strengthening exercises along with mobility exercises. There several key exercises, when practiced regularly, can reduce and eliminate low back pain by preventing weakness and improving the low back’s ability to tolerate activity. The key muscle groups to target are the extensors an deep core stabilizers, the abdominals, and the gluteal muscle.    It is also very important to keep the hip flexors and hamstrings flexible so they do not pull the pelvis and low back out of proper alignment.…
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The Incredible Health Benefits of Horseradish

Horseradish is part of the Brassicaceae family with cabbage; mustard and wasabi; and broccoli.    Broccoli gets all the press for health benefits, but horseradish is even better than broccoli in certain ways! By the way, wasabi is a root plant that is related to horseradish but native to Japan. Wasabi is actually slightly hotter than horseradish. Unfortunately, most of the wasabi sold in the U.S. is just horseradish blended with dry mustard and food coloring. Both horseradish and wasabi contain a powerful plant chemical called “allyl isothiocyanate” or AITC for short which gives them their heat.   AITC is a powerful chemopreventive agent that is one of several “glucosinolates”.   Glucosinolates increase…
Read More

Crawling – Serious Exercise not just for Kids!

Crawling is fundamental to the development of proper movement for humans, and it is not just good for babies!     Crawling builds specific strength, mobility and movement skills that are key to mobility, stability and strength throughout life. The crawling pattern: Sets the base for walking and running Develops hand-eye coordination Develops visual triangulation that will later assist with reading Develops core strength and stability Develops mobility of foot, ankle, and hip Teaches the contralateral cross crawl patterning – this activates a special area of the brain called the “Corpus Callosum” located between the left and right sides of the brain, and it is responsible for helping the left and right…
Read More

Is Muscle Mass the Key to Preventing Aging?

Research has proven that as humans age there is a decrease in muscle fibers and muscle fiber size.    Almost all of this decrease occurs in what are known as Type II (fast-twitch) muscle fibers.   The number and size of Type I (slow-twitch) fibers are not decreased nearly as much.    Type II fibers are large and produce high levels of force for short periods of time and fatigue rapidly.   Type 1 fibers are smaller and can produce lower force levels but are highly resistant to fatigue. This loss of muscle is called sarcopenia – meaning “abnormal reduction”.     It occurs for two reasons: first because individual muscle cells, aka muscle fibers, shrink…
Read More

Exercises for Low Back Pain

Low back pain is often caused or exacerbated by a sedentary lifestyle.   One of the best solutions for the prevention and treatment of low back pain is the regular practice of core strengthening exercises along with mobility exercises. There several key exercises, when practiced regularly, can reduce and eliminate low back pain by preventing weakness and improving the low back’s ability to tolerate activity. The key muscle groups to target are the extensors an deep core stabilizers, the abdominals, and the gluteal muscle.    It is also very important to keep the hip flexors and hamstrings flexible so they do not pull the pelvis and low back out of proper alignment.…
Read More

The Incredible Health Benefits of Horseradish

Horseradish is part of the Brassicaceae family with cabbage; mustard and wasabi; and broccoli.    Broccoli gets all the press for health benefits, but horseradish is even better than broccoli in certain ways! By the way, wasabi is a root plant that is related to horseradish but native to Japan. Wasabi is actually slightly hotter than horseradish. Unfortunately, most of the wasabi sold in the U.S. is just horseradish blended with dry mustard and food coloring. Both horseradish and wasabi contain a powerful plant chemical called “allyl isothiocyanate” or AITC for short which gives them their heat.   AITC is a powerful chemopreventive agent that is one of several “glucosinolates”.   Glucosinolates increase…
Read More

Crawling – Serious Exercise not just for Kids!

Crawling is fundamental to the development of proper movement for humans, and it is not just good for babies!     Crawling builds specific strength, mobility and movement skills that are key to mobility, stability and strength throughout life. The crawling pattern: Sets the base for walking and running Develops hand-eye coordination Develops visual triangulation that will later assist with reading Develops core strength and stability Develops mobility of foot, ankle, and hip Teaches the contralateral cross crawl patterning – this activates a special area of the brain called the “Corpus Callosum” located between the left and right sides of the brain, and it is responsible for helping the left and right…
Read More

Is Muscle Mass the Key to Preventing Aging?

Research has proven that as humans age there is a decrease in muscle fibers and muscle fiber size.    Almost all of this decrease occurs in what are known as Type II (fast-twitch) muscle fibers.   The number and size of Type I (slow-twitch) fibers are not decreased nearly as much.    Type II fibers are large and produce high levels of force for short periods of time and fatigue rapidly.   Type 1 fibers are smaller and can produce lower force levels but are highly resistant to fatigue. This loss of muscle is called sarcopenia – meaning “abnormal reduction”.     It occurs for two reasons: first because individual muscle cells, aka muscle fibers, shrink…
Read More

Exercises for Low Back Pain

Low back pain is often caused or exacerbated by a sedentary lifestyle.   One of the best solutions for the prevention and treatment of low back pain is the regular practice of core strengthening exercises along with mobility exercises. There several key exercises, when practiced regularly, can reduce and eliminate low back pain by preventing weakness and improving the low back’s ability to tolerate activity. The key muscle groups to target are the extensors an deep core stabilizers, the abdominals, and the gluteal muscle.    It is also very important to keep the hip flexors and hamstrings flexible so they do not pull the pelvis and low back out of proper alignment.…
Read More

The Incredible Health Benefits of Horseradish

Horseradish is part of the Brassicaceae family with cabbage; mustard and wasabi; and broccoli.    Broccoli gets all the press for health benefits, but horseradish is even better than broccoli in certain ways! By the way, wasabi is a root plant that is related to horseradish but native to Japan. Wasabi is actually slightly hotter than horseradish. Unfortunately, most of the wasabi sold in the U.S. is just horseradish blended with dry mustard and food coloring. Both horseradish and wasabi contain a powerful plant chemical called “allyl isothiocyanate” or AITC for short which gives them their heat.   AITC is a powerful chemopreventive agent that is one of several “glucosinolates”.   Glucosinolates increase…
Read More

Crawling – Serious Exercise not just for Kids!

Crawling is fundamental to the development of proper movement for humans, and it is not just good for babies!     Crawling builds specific strength, mobility and movement skills that are key to mobility, stability and strength throughout life. The crawling pattern: Sets the base for walking and running Develops hand-eye coordination Develops visual triangulation that will later assist with reading Develops core strength and stability Develops mobility of foot, ankle, and hip Teaches the contralateral cross crawl patterning – this activates a special area of the brain called the “Corpus Callosum” located between the left and right sides of the brain, and it is responsible for helping the left and right…
Read More

Is Muscle Mass the Key to Preventing Aging?

Research has proven that as humans age there is a decrease in muscle fibers and muscle fiber size.    Almost all of this decrease occurs in what are known as Type II (fast-twitch) muscle fibers.   The number and size of Type I (slow-twitch) fibers are not decreased nearly as much.    Type II fibers are large and produce high levels of force for short periods of time and fatigue rapidly.   Type 1 fibers are smaller and can produce lower force levels but are highly resistant to fatigue. This loss of muscle is called sarcopenia – meaning “abnormal reduction”.     It occurs for two reasons: first because individual muscle cells, aka muscle fibers, shrink…
Read More

Exercises for Low Back Pain

Low back pain is often caused or exacerbated by a sedentary lifestyle.   One of the best solutions for the prevention and treatment of low back pain is the regular practice of core strengthening exercises along with mobility exercises. There several key exercises, when practiced regularly, can reduce and eliminate low back pain by preventing weakness and improving the low back’s ability to tolerate activity. The key muscle groups to target are the extensors an deep core stabilizers, the abdominals, and the gluteal muscle.    It is also very important to keep the hip flexors and hamstrings flexible so they do not pull the pelvis and low back out of proper alignment.…
Read More