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How Daily 20-Minute Workouts Can Change You For The Better

Our bodies benefit from almost any amount of exercise. But when it comes to the optimal amount, research indicates that 20-minutes is sufficient to improve and maintain great health, which is why Power 20 created a suite of exercise apps featuring 20-minute exercise routines. But how often should one do these routines?  Workout with Power 20 five days a week. To get… Read more →

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Yes, Potatoes Are Good For You

Potatoes have been given the short shrift in light of popular low-carbohydrate diets. It doesn’t help that we equate them with french fries and potato chips, either. Luckily, books like The Starch Solution are bringing potatoes back into popularity as one of the world’s super foods. Starchy foods like potatoes make us feel full and satisfied; they are not the cause… Read more →

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10 Ingredients That Add Umami to Your Meals

Umami, a Japanese word describing meaty or savory tastes, is one of the five flavors our tongues can detect. While we certainly crave the other four flavors – sweet, salty, sour, and bitter – it is the umami flavor that makes us feel most satisfied with our food. It isn’t surprising that “umami” translates to “delicious” in Japanese. Glutamate is the… Read more →

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Best Tools For Keeping A Food Diary

If you find yourself struggling to make healthful choices most of the time when it comes to eating, keeping track of your food intake might help.  A 2008 study of 1,700 overweight or obese participants found that the more participants kept track of their food intake using a food diary, the more weight they lost. As a written record of… Read more →

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How To Get Enough Sleep… In The Internet Age

A 2014 poll by the National Sleep Foundation found that up to 90% of Americans use a light-emitting electronic device before bedtime. Exposing our eyes to the LED lights emitted from electronics suppresses our bodies’ production of the sleep hormone melatonin, making it harder for us to fall asleep. Even if we are still able to get 8-9 hours of… Read more →

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Whole Food, Plant Based Smoothies

Smoothies can be a great option for breakfast or a snack; they are quick to whip up, require few ingredients, and can be sipped on-the-go. Anything referred to as a “smoothie” is often thought of as a healthy beverage. However, not all smoothies are created equal. Smoothies sold at popular chain restaurants are often made with ice cream, whole milks, sweeteners,… Read more →

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Healthy Baking Substitutes

Baking is a great way to share delicious homemade treats with those we love, but baked desserts and snacks are often rich in sugar and saturated fat. For those seeking healthier alternatives, we recommend experimenting with your favorite dessert recipe by making a few of these healthy ingredient swaps: Substitute white flour for whole-grain flour. Whole-grains contain more cholesterol-reducing fiber… Read more →

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Yes, You Should Exercise While Pregnant

Many of us think of pregnancy as a time to rest our bodies in preparation for labor. With hormone changes, morning sickness, and the change in appetite that comes with being pregnant, it also might be very tempting to do nothing but sit around and watch television all day. You may have heard of exercising during pregnancy being linked to… Read more →

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Plant-Based Milk: Which One Is Right For You?

With the growing trend of reducing or eliminating dairy from one’s diet for health, animal welfare, and/or environmental reasons, a number of non-dairy alternatives to milk have been made available at grocery stores to help consumers make the switch. In order to create a nutrient profile similar to that of cow’s milk, plant-based milks (PBMs) have also been formulated to… Read more →

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Vitamin B12 on a Plant-Based Diet

A plant-based diet can provide all the nutrients the human body needs to thrive, with the curious exception of vitamin B12. Neither plants nor animals directly produce vitamin B12. It’s produced by microbes that grow all over the earth’s surface and inside guts of animals, which is why meat is a common source of B12. Plant eaters would get plenty of B12… Read more →

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How to Build a Better Breakfast

Breakfast, commonly referred to as the “most important meal of the day,” is vital to providing the body with much of the fuel it needs to get through the day. However, a recent survey by Kellogg’s found that only about 34% of the adult participants ate breakfast every day. But what are the actual benefits of eating breakfast? In school-aged children,… Read more →

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Another Reason To Avoid Beef

Diabetes is usually linked with diets high in sugar intake. New research is now confirming that the consumption of red meat is also linked to an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes for adults. You’ve probably heard about Type 2 diabetes, but what is it really? Insulin is produced by beta cells in the pancreas and is used to control… Read more →

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Book Review: The Starch Solution

Adding to the call for people to switch over to a whole food, plant-based diet are the voices of Mary and Dr. John McDougall in their 2012 book, The Starch Solution. The eyebrow-raising core message: “The more rice, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and beans we eat, the trimmer, more energetic, and healthier we become.” John McDougall is credible.  John McDougall… Read more →

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Sports Injury? Power 20 Recommends SimpleTherapy

Note: Power 20 does not get paid by or have any financial relationship with SimpleTherapy. We just really love their service! If a nagging sports injury is preventing you from exercising, you probably need physical therapy. Enter SimpleTherapy, a remarkably well-crafted online service that guides anyone through physical therapy exercises. We got to know the CEO of the company while… Read more →

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Why There Is No “Right” Diet

Scientists and nutritionists may never identify an optimum human diet. When it comes to the human body and its interaction with the world, we face unknown unknowns; we don’t know the scope of our ignorance and we’re constantly discovering greater complexity. This epistemological problem is laid out in Colin Campbell’s new book, Whole. According to Campbell, the body is not… Read more →