What does it mean to train like an Olympian? Is it a matter of mindset? Of access? Athletes like Simone Biles, Michael Phelps, and Florence Griffith-Joyner became household names for their Olympic achievements, earning massive endorsements and worldwide fame. But, of the 11,656 hard working athletes competing in Tokyo this year, most will never appear
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We’ve seen it all before—resistance band workouts (not to be confused with our Suspension Trainer™ workouts). Aka, those long stretchy exercise bands. Some are large circular loops. Some are straight flat elastic. And many have built-in handles. There are tons of options and they’re great for all-around training—and even sports rehabilitation or physical therapy—but the
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What are the effects of oatmeal, walnuts, extra virgin olive oil, and avocados on LDL cholesterol size?  When a headline reads “Avocados could improve your cholesterol—and more,” the article and others like it are largely talking about substitution experiments, where avocado is added to the diet as a replacement for animal fats. In that case, it’s no wonder cholesterol goes down. Dairy and poultry are the two greatest contributors of cholesterol-raising saturated fat
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Can guacamole lower your cholesterol as well as other whole–food fat sources like nuts, or is that just spin by the avocado industry?  “Avocados are the richest known fruit source of phytosterols,” the cholesterol-lowering nutrients found in plant foods, brags a review sponsored by the HASS Avocado Board. The operative word, though, is fruit.  Yes, avocados contain more phytosterols compared to other fruit, but phytosterols are fat-soluble
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In my book How Not to Die, I center my recommendations around a Daily Dozen checklist of everything I try to fit into my daily routine.  In my book How Not to Die, I suggest we try to center our diets around whole plant foods. Some plants are healthier than others, though. Apparently, you can live for extended periods eating practically nothing but white potatoes, for example,
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What happens when children with autism on gluten- and casein-free diets are covertly challenged with wheat and dairy? The first randomized, control study of a gluten-free and casein-free diet for autism found that parents reported their kids did significantly better in the diet group than in the control group, but that could just be the placebo
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In my previous articles on oil pulling, I discussed how the ancient practice may be no more effective than swishing with plain water for plaque and gingivitis, doesn’t whiten your teeth, and may even worsen dental erosion. What about oil pulling to treat tooth sensitivity? About a quarter of people have sensitive teeth, for example,
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What did the most comprehensive double-blind study of diet for autism find, and what are the potential downsides? When you read in alternative medicine journals that there is “a great deal of evidence that foods containing casein or gluten contribute significantly to ASD [autism spectrum disorder] and should be eliminated from the diet” and that “implementation of a strict casein- and gluten-free (CFGF) diet almost always leads to symptomatic improvement,” the authors are presumably talking about
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What works better against aphthous ulcers? Honey applied with a cotton swab three times a day after meals was compared head-to-head against an over-the-counter soothing pain-relieving paste and a prescription steroid cream.  We’ve known about painful aphthous ulcers, commonly referred to as canker sores, for thousands of years. “They are the most common lesion of the oral mucosa,” the lining of our mouths, perhaps named by
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Fasting has been branded the “next big weight loss fad,” and about one in seven Americans report using some sort of fasting as a means for weight loss. This infographic is a guide to explore some of the key facts to help you to make your own choice. Dr. Greger compares the advantages and disadvantages of
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What evidence exists to suggest oil pulling can effectively treat serious diseases, such as paralysis, meningitis, cancer, and AIDS?  I’ve produced videos on how coconut oil is safe to put on your hair or put on your skin, but you certainly don’t want to eat it. In fact, you may not even want to be in the same kitchen when coconut oil is being heated. I don’t know where people got the idea
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By now, you are probably familiar with my Daily Dozen checklist, a simple tracker that can help you get into the habit of including some of the healthiest of healthy foods and exercise into your everyday routine. But, if you need some extra support and inspiration to get those boxes checked off, join our free Daily
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Oil pulling is put to the test head-to-head against chlorhexidine mouthwash for oral and dental health measures.  What are the potential risks and benefits of the ancient practice of oil pulling, in which oil is swished or “pulled” between the teeth for 15 minutes or so and then spit out? There are wild, unsubstantiated claims online and even in the medical literature, including the British
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A review of the effects of oil pulling concluded that, indeed, the ancient practice “may have beneficial effects on oro dental hygiene,” or oral and dental health. I’ve talked before about studies investigating oil pulling and dental health, but what about oral health? That’s the subject of my video Oil Pulling for Teeth Whitening and
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Just when you thought there was only way to jump rope (aka, super fast), we’ve unleashed two jump rope experiences to liven up your cross-training and cardio—introducing the all-new TRX® Speed Jump Rope and TRX® Weighted Jump Rope. Yes, you can cross-train with them using your TRX® Suspension Trainer™. Yes, they both provide a serious
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In a circa 2021 fitness landscape full of endless burpees, boot camps, and live streaming cardio, Rashid Shabazz, also known as “Roc,” is sticking with bodybuilding as the go-to training methodology at his suburban Atlanta gym, Roc Fitness. A former IFBB pro bodybuilder, Shabazz’s affinity for hypertrophy-style workouts isn’t just nostalgia or confirmation bias. No,
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Everyone who trains at the gym on a regular basis knows what separates the greats from the rest of the pack — leg day! It’s the most challenging day of the week, and the more intense the workout, the better. Whether you train quads and hamstrings together or separately, these are the workouts that matter
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As the top athletes in the world begin their contest prep, organizers of Olympia Weekend are busy preparing for the most anticipated event of the year. After pulling off what many have described as a miracle last year, overcoming the challenges of a global pandemic, event producers are eager to welcome fans back to Orlando,
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Dad’s are men of many hats. Dads practice soccer with their tweens, delight flying toddlers in the “airplane” game, and launch 60lb kids through the air from swimming pools. Dads shuffle-run the baseline while wildly waving young sluggers through to home plate. Dads cradle whaling babies, crying children, and sobbing teenagers. Dads radiate a strength
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