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As part of our belief that everyone deserves trustworthy wellness information, our blog strives to break nutrition research into bite-sized pieces.

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Ever crave chips, soda, or chocolate? Here are six snack switches that will truly satisfy your cravings and your goals.

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While you can absolutely build muscle on a diet devoid of supplements, the right supplements will maximize your progress. But which supplements are worth it, and which are a waste?

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Want “proof” that mocktails can be seriously fun and flavorful? Here are 10 delicious drinks you can enjoy without worrying about empty alcohol calories, draining dehydration, or designated driving.

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Americans have lost touch with the joy of eating and worsened our health on the way. In this article, you’ll find seven easy, actionable steps to reconnect with your food and your digestive system to improve your health.

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To maximize flavor and minimize cost, you need to know which fruits and veggies are in season. Here’s your guide (and creative tips on where to get the best local produce!).

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Find out what essential amino acids are, which foods they’re found in, and who is the most at risk for suboptimal amino acid intake.

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After working for several years in the field of integrative and lifestyle medicine, Dr. Kate Shafto has come to a realization: food has become a bother for Americans, and it’s costing us.

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For optimal recovery outside the gym and optimal performance in it, your body needs adequate levels of all micronutrients. In this blog, you’ll find which 8 vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants deserve your special attention.

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Crafting your own cool concoctions at home holds unlimited potential (and no unnecessary additives). Find something sweet for every dietary restriction on this list of easy-breezy recipes.

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With the help of apps, it’s become a whole lot easier to stay on track. In this list you’ll find seven Fitness Formulary staff members and seven new, clever, and powerful tools to optimize your health.

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Since your body needs approximately 40 vitamins and minerals each day, it isn’t always possible to get everything you need from food alone. To find the perfect multivitamin for you, look for these six characteristics.

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With mass amounts of conflicting nutrition information, it’s easy to feel like there’s no consensus on which foods are healthy. When it comes down to it though, the best nutritional advice can be explained in one sentence.

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Feeling scatterbrained or forgetful? Good news! Research suggests these 10+ nootropic supplements can enhance focus and fight cognitive decline. From blueberries to Bacopa, find out how to nourish your brain.

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Originally inspired by a tea and yak milk drink in the Himalayas, bulletproof coffee drinkers claim it boosts their focus, energy, and fat loss. But are these claims justified or could the drink be doing more harm than good?

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Many sunscreens come with poorly-researched, risky, or downright ineffective ingredients. Read on for sun safety tips, tricks, and safe product picks.

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Spending quality “fun” time with friends and family can and should be a part of your daily routine. Read on for 10+ ways to sneak in more smiles and active miles.

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We know being out in nature feels good, but new research suggests this free miracle drug goes much further than that. Here are 5+ research-based reasons to get outside.

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Instead of trying to live longer lives, it may be more valuable to focus on living longer active lives. On a national and personal level, the payback is priceless.

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Are claims of relieved pain and reversed depression based on any real evidence? Here are CBD’s potential dangers and benefits according to research.

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Dripping over Instagram models and lining drugstore shelves, the “cure-all” CBD oil has recently surged in popularity. But what is CBD, how is it different than THC, and what does it do in the body?

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While not eating for 16+ hours can seem intimidating, there’s no need to be afraid. Here are 8 ways to ease into intermittent fasting.

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Intermittent fasting has become wildly popular, bolstered by claims of fat loss and longevity. But what does the research say about these claims, and would intermittent fasting be a good option for you?

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As one of the best-studied diets and one of the easiest to follow, the Mediterranean diet decreases your risk for 7+ diseases.

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Dieting with the single goal of “fat loss” usually leads to failure. Here’s why (and a few ideas on what you can try instead).

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Many household cleaning products are toxic not only to germs, but also to humans and the planet. How do you find “clean” cleaning products?

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It’s estimated that the average American is exposed to anywhere from 70-150 chemicals a day through cosmetics alone. Which ingredients should you watch out for?

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1) soak or cook your grain or nut of choice, 2) blend it, 3) strain it, and 4) enjoy! Here are 18+ non-dairy, plant-based milk varieties to try at home.

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Most of the world’s population is lactose-intolerant, and others question milk’s ethics and potentially negative health effects. But how do you pick the healthiest alternative “milk”?

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At an average of 15 grams, most Americans are only 10 grams of fiber away from getting these huge benefits! But which foods are high in fiber, and what can you tweak in your daily routine to boost your fiber intake?

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While Step One Foods were created based on research, now the products themselves have an unbiased clinical trial to back up their cholesterol-lowering capabilities.

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Dr. Elizabeth Klodas, MD, FACC, is a cardiologist based in Minneapolis, MN and is the founder of Step One Foods. Step One Foods was created for people who can’t or don’t want to rely solely on medications to improve their health.

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Is supplementing probiotics actually promoting optimal health?

To get answers to this question (and more), we reached out to microbiome researcher Dr. Jae Sung.

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As long as you have some patience, a mason jar, and appropriate ingredients, many fermentations are easy, even for a beginner.

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Soy has the ability to influence our sex hormones, which means consuming it has a host of potential risks and benefits. Given the research, is consuming it a good idea?

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Eating more healthfully doesn’t have to mean giving up all your favorite foods and flavors. You can make simple, daily upgrades to your habits instead, and satisfy your high-carb cravings with delicious, nutritious alternatives.

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By this point, we’ve all heard wild low-carb success stories. But are claims of fat loss, improved energy, and reduced bloating worth the risks an intense low-carb regimen brings?

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Nearly a third of adult Americans try to avoid gluten. But is gluten intolerance/sensitivity “real”, and do you have it? Even if you can eat gluten, should you?

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Until relatively recently, the only reference to “Chia” in popular culture was the Chia Pet®. But what exactly makes ancient grains so healthy? How do you prepare them?

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Research shows juice and colon cleanses often do more harm than good. For a safe, effective way to “restart” your system, try out 7 steps to natural, gentle detox.

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How can you make changes to your diet, lifestyle, and workout schedule that stick? Here’s a step-by-step guide to get started.

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What factors put you at risk for vitamin D deficiency? What are signs that you might be vitamin D deficient?

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Sometimes, it can seem like enjoying food and losing fat are opposites. You can learn how to do both from a Confucian-inspired saying: “hara hachi bu”.

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Other countries have banned many additives you can easily find on American shelves. Let’s have a look at the additives (and the actual, unbiased research behind their dangers).

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Here at Fitness Formulary, our business is nutrition, so we thought we’d save you some trial and error by sharing our favorite conveniently packaged goods.

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Now, packaged doesn’t always mean ultra-processed. Here are three tips for picking clean-label packaged foods.

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Everyone wants a healthy immune system. But apart from washing your hands and getting good sleep, what can you do to boost your immune health?

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Plant-based, local, homegrown, raw, and sustainable: all part of the ‘pre-colonial’ diet. In the spirit of collaboration, here are a few nutritious, native ingredients to add to your diet.

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What does “glycemic load” and “glycemic index” really mean, and what are the five factors that change a food’s effect on blood sugar?

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With so many fish oil options on the shelves and little FDA regulation, how can you know which ones are the highest quality?

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The protein is advertised in many forms, from collagen “beauty shots” to bone broth. But is this animal-sourced supplement the anti-aging solution it’s cracked up to be?

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