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Does Diet Influence Menopause Timing?

Last week, I linked to a story about a popular vegan blogger, author, and influencer who found herself going into menopause at the age of 37 despite doing “everything right.” She exercised, she ate raw, she avoided gluten and refined sugar, and, most importantly, she avoided all animal products. Now, this wasn’t a randomized...

A battle plan for the information age

It would be foolhardy to pursue a full-scale elimination of technology in modern society. More realistic: a written plan detailing the parameters that suit your entire family. (For Spectrum Health Beat) While kids get some benefit from using digital and social media, such as early learning and exposure to new ideas, too much of it...

Definitive Guide To Sprinting, Part 2: Creating a Sprinting Workout (+Video)

Now that you’ve absorbed the rationale and benefits to add sprinting to your fitness program with Part One of the Definitive Guide To Sprinting, let’s get into the details of how to conduct a great workout. The following five guidelines are presented in logical succession, so you can refer to them frequently and ensure...

Definitive Guide To Sprinting, Part 1: Benefits of Sprinting

As Primal enthusiasts know, sprinting is an essential element to leading an optimally fit life. After all, it’s one of the 10 Primal Blueprint Laws, and perhaps the quintessential anti-aging activity. Brief, explosive all-out sprints are the single best activity to promote rapid reduction of excess body fat, achieve fitness breakthroughs, flood the bloodstream...

Rise of the urban tick

Biologists have seen a jump in the number of ticks in city parks. (For Spectrum Health Beat) As deer populations have exploded across America, moving from forests to suburbs to urban parks, they have brought the threat of Lyme disease to millions of city dwellers, a new study finds.In fact, the deer tick that spreads...

Tend those tiny toes

More oft than not, your toe problems can be traced back to an ill-fitting shoe. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Toes may well be the most neglected parts on our body, but when something goes wrong they can generate plenty of pain.And for those who like a good workout—running, hiking, soccer, walking and the like—these peanut-sized...

Behold the weekend warrior

People who exercise more often, even for short periods on the weekend, reduce their risk of developing chronic conditions. (For Spectrum Health Beat) You know the value of exercise for maintaining good health and managing chronic conditions like arthritis, but you also know how hard it is to fit daily workouts into a busy schedule...

Attack of the dad bod

If your cute and cuddly physique is an improvement from a year ago, then you’re on the right track. (For Spectrum Health Beat) For the sake of illustration, let’s pretend a man’s picture of good health falls someplace on a horizontal line.On one end, you’ve got the late John Candy; on the other, you’ve got...

A weight-free proposition

Weight-free squats are a fast and simple way to tackle a strength-building workout. (For Spectrum Health Beat) You don’t have to go to the gym for a strength-training workout.With these three moves, your own body weight provides the resistance needed to develop key muscles: Wall sit Start with the classic wall sit. Press your back into a wall...

The prudent pyre

A bonfire adds a warm, welcoming glow to any graduation party. Just make sure the atmosphere is calm, not raucous and reckless. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Bonfires are a popular way to celebrate big events among teens, but they’re at risk for serious burn injuries, an expert warns.“The only guaranteed way to prevent bonfire burn...

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