Nutrition

Why Activated Charcoal Has More Health Risk Than Reward

Remember when getting a lump of coal from Santa meant you were bad? These days, coal — or activated charcoal, to be exact — is offered in health stores, smoothies, and supplements as a “cure-all” cleanser for a variety of health ailments. While most cleanses or detoxes have no science behind them (primarily because most […]

Fitness

Are You Overtraining? (Here’s How to Tell)

How do you know if you are pushing too hard during your workouts? Overtraining is a real phenomenon. It is possible to train so much that you break your body down rather than build it up. But most people never come close to “real” overtraining, which is highlighted (lowlighted?) by physical breakdowns that are hard […]

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Does Having More Muscle Really Increase Your Metabolism?

Recently we received the following question from a reader: “I’ve always thought that adding muscle speeds up your metabolism. But then I read this isn’t correct. So what’s the truth: Does increasing your muscle mass really increase your metabolism?” -Phil, Vancouver For as long as I can remember, a lot of people have believed that […]

Nutrition

CBD Oil: Should You Take It?

Here’s how much times have changed. Less than 20 years ago, I used to drive past billboards warning against the use of marijuana. Use it or possess it, the signs warned, and you’ll go to jail. Two weeks ago, I was in a health food store with a 60-year-old relative who bought a (perfectly legal) […]

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