Choosing healthy food: one’s surroundings can help or hinder one’s dining choices

On January 3, 2020, in Commentary, by Erik

Although most people know which foods are healthy and which foods aren’t, people are still choosing unhealthy for many reasons. However, there are some ways to encourage healthier choices with mixed results. Having menus printed with calorie counts has not significantly increased healthier choices. Tying those counts to something more tangible like how much exercise […]


Water Tips for Efficient Exercise

On January 1, 2020, in Commentary, by Erik

Proper hydration is very important in maximizing a workout, no matter the skill level. Our bodies lose water through breath and sweat, and even a small amount of water loss can significantly reduce our performance. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, headaches, sluggishness, and loss of focus, all of which impact our exercise routine. We often […]


This Is All You Really Need to Know About Staying Hydrated

On December 31, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

Keeping hydrated is important during workouts to counteract sweat loss, combat fatigue, and prolong endurance. Drinking water often does the job, but longer or more intense workouts may require electrolyte replacement, which water cannot provide. Instead, try coconut water or sports drinks. Or you can supplement water by eating fruits high in potassium. There are […]


One step at a time: Simple nudges can increase lifestyle physical activity

On December 29, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

Modern inventions have seriously diminished the amount of physical activity required of people. This can be problematic since exercise can benefit the heart, overall health, and even the state of your finances. In fact, most Americans fail to meet the standard for recommendations for daily physical activity. This puts them at high risks for diabetes, […]


Exercise – the low-down on hydration

On December 27, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

Hydration is very important for the body to stay functioning. The body is composed of 60% water, and most organs rely heavily on water to perform. When we exercise, we sweat out the water and electrolytes, and lose the vital moisture. It’s important to replenish the water reserves once exercise is finished, and electrolytes should […]


Replacing Coffee With Green Tea Affects The Body In These 6 Ways, Experts Say – Bustle

On December 25, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

According to a 2018 study, 64% of adults in this country consume at least one cup of coffee each day. What you may not know is that green tea, which can be prepared hot or cold, is also caffeinated and has many health benefits. Specifically, green tea can be effective as an anti-anxiety tonic and […]


Importance of Hydration

On December 23, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

The human body is partially composed of water, with over half of an average human being water. Water is essential to both our physical and mental functions. Without adequate water, our organs will shut down. To determine if you are hydrated, urine should be clear or light-colored. Some side-effects of being dehydrated include dizziness, fatigue, […]


For Your Health: Navigating through stressful holiday season – KVOA Tucson News

On December 21, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

As the old holiday classic goes, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. However, December can also be the most stressful month. Here are a few tips that will help keep anxiety at bay so you can enjoy your cup of eggnog with your family. Throw out long held traditions if they’re causing […]


Eating healthy around the holidays – The Columbus Dispatch

On December 19, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

Many people give into temptation during the holiday season and slip into poor eating habits, but you can eat healthy if you put your mind to it. Eat the delicious foods in moderation. Don’t try to cut treats or indulgent food cold turkey. In fact, denying yourself delicious food might lead to binging later on. […]


How to stop negative self-talk

On December 17, 2019, in Commentary, by Erik

One of the most effective ways of handling stress in your everyday life is by first managing negative thoughts and adopting a more optimist outlook. A steady focus on positive self talk is directly linked to the following health benefits: increased life span, less depression, reduced distress, greater immune resistance, improved cardiovascular, physical and psychological […]