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Why Change Is Hard (And How To Stay Motivated)

How many times have you made a resolution - a workout plan, a lifelong dream, a new diet that will help you burn more fat - only to abandon it a couple weeks later?  If you’ve tried to change, you know how the pattern goes. When you start something new there’s a honeymoon period. You’re really going to stick to it this time, and it’s exciting. It’s refreshing. It’s motivating. But, inevitably, the honeymoon period wears off. Maybe life gets busy, or you hit a sticking point, or you realize that your grand ideas demand a lot more effort than...

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How Gut Bacteria Influence Your Brain

  We’ve talked a lot about your gut biome - the ecosystem of bacteria and microorganisms that lives in your GI tract (gut). We’ve covered how to balance your gut bacteria for better performance and probiotics for muscle gain, weight loss, allergies, and more. It turns out gut bacteria affect your thinking, too - so much so that researchers have begun to call the gut biome your second brain [1]. Let’s talk about how gut bacteria affect your brain, and how you can improve everything from mood to cognition by changing your gut biome. In this article, you’ll learn about:...

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Dysbiosis: How To Balance Your Gut For Better Performance

Your small intestine (gut) is home to trillions of bacteria from hundreds of different species. They compete, cooperate, grow, shrink, and engage in an intricate dance that keeps a healthy balance. Your gut bacteria influence your whole body. There’s a direct pathway between your gut and your brain, for example [1]. Gut bacteria can even influence body-wide fat storage [2]. Your gut biome’s widespread influence gives you a powerful opportunity to strengthen your whole body. The flip side of that, though, is that when your gut bacteria fall out of balance, you can see a broad range of effects. If...

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Prebiotics And Probiotics For A Healthy Gut Biome

Right now, as you read this, an entire ecosystem of bacteria is living in your gut. In fact, you might be more bacterium than human: we have about an equal number of bacteria and human cells, possibly skewed slightly in favor of the little visitors [1]. That sounds strange at first - maybe even alarming - but it’s actually a good thing. Researchers are fascinated by gut bacteria; since 2010 there have been more than 8500 studies on the genus Lactobacillus alone [2]. With all that research, it’s becoming clear that your unique collection of gut bacteria has a huge...

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How To Make Your Mitochondria Stronger

“The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.” You probably heard your high school biology teacher say that phrase about a dozen times. It probably showed up on the midterm, too. Possibly in a fill-in-the-blank format. There’s a reason biology teachers hammer the phrase home. Mitochondria are important - they provide all the energy you use to live your daily life.   What exactly are mitochondria? Mitochondria (the singular is mitochondrion, by the way) are in almost every cell of your body. If your cell is a car, the mitochondrion is the engine. An engine takes gas and turns it...

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