170619 "Salty or Sweet.. The Science behind your Taste Preference"

What do you crave at the Movies? Are you a Salty Popcorn lover or a Sweet Candy person? For me, its all Popcorn. The sweet nature of anything but Chocolate or raw honey is quite distasteful to me. But why is this? What makes my brain go for one thing over the other? Well, It turns out that ‘TASTE’ is both premeditated and genetic. Where some of our taste is learned through exposure and through the make up of our GUT, there is also some imprinted tastes that are bestowed on us while we were in the womb!

030619 "New Science, Common Knowledge.. Food is better than supplements"

If you are a long time reader of my Content, there is no mistaking my love for research studies. Im absolutely crazy for the latest published study because two things usually happen; 1. The wide variety of research being done is inspiring and it gives me deep faith in the last bastion of objective virtue . 2. The Complex Research Reaffirms a lot of the simple thinking that we already know to be true! This week, Food Vs. Supplementation in regards to probiotics. The real truth that could save you money and time.

280519 "How Quick do you Absorb Water?"

I swear that as Both a Firefighter and an Athlete, I have heard every colloquialism about hydration you can think of.
”Hydrate today so you are good tomorrow”
”Drink Before you are Thirsty”
”1 Quart Gatorade to 2 Quarts Water for the Best hydration”
If it has to do with drinking for Performance, there is no myth I have not heard. But I have always wondered about the real Science behind liquid absorption. And with a little digging, I found that there is some really interesting Research on it that you should know about. So how fast do you think you absorb water?

200519 "Who holds the Power over Public Health?"

As the gears turn in our daily lives, there is a machine that hums overhead. We live in a time where consumption is driven by marketing and not by choice or necessity. Our fault is in the blind trust that the system has our best intrest in mind. I am speaking of the Food Product industry and its grasp on our lives. As the separation of citizen and government becomes more apparent, industry leans in on policy. By extension what happens to policy, has a downstream effect on Public Health. Lets peel back the package and see who really is in control.

"Fish Oil; The Secret Sauce Behind a Better SEX Life"

If you haven’t figured it out yet, Hormones Run the show. Your body is simply reacting to the stimulus acted upon it by the chemicals flowing through. No matter what it is you are doing, your endocrine system is responsible…. Walking, Thinking, Talking, and Especially SEX. We all know that a good diet and healthy living are important for maintaining the machine but there is growing research which shows that Fish Oil could have farther reaching benefits than just controlling triglyceride levels. Your Sex life (and performance) is a key indicator of overall health. Fish Oil may just be what you need to optimize this important aspect of existence!

060519 "Are you Peaking? The 'WHY' behind Seasonal Training"

What do you think your favorite sports stars are doing when they are not in season? Are they laying on a beach soaking up the sun? (Probably at some point) Are they buying expensive shit and dodging Paparazzi? (Most certainly). No matter what, I damn sure am certain that they are not playing their sport! This is because the ravages of professional athletics take a toll on the body and the last thing that needs to happen is more of the same.

290419 "5 Ways to Detoxify your Liver and Improve Performance"

Take a moment right now and place your hand just below the diaphragm. Inhale deeply, exhale and take a moment to thank your Liver. This little guy has been working hard for you all your life, a thankless job but one that is essential for your life as you know it. No matter what you have thrown at it, the Liver works hard to keep you on track. If you are like me, you and your liver could share some stories! Well today we are going to give thanks to our livers and Im going to give you 5 EASY DETOXIFYING TIPS to help you keep your Liver at Peak levels and boost your performance as an athlete. Given all that you two have been through, its time.. and probably overdue.

220419 "5 Reasons Why Isometric Exercises Will Make You A Better Athlete"

Success in Sport is defined by not just speed or strength. Underlying athleticism is in Position and Posture. The best athletes are those that can seamlessly perform a given task no matter the circumstances. Often this means having the utmost control over the position of the body in space. Isometric Training is crucial for developing the strength and flexibility necessary for optimal body control. The following are 5 Proven facts about Isometrics and why you need to be putting them in your training.

150419 "Mastering Your Mental State"

Life is unpredictable. As soon as you wake in the morning you become part of the wave in this worlds ocean. If you have a few years under your belt this is very apparent. We are all interconnected and subject to everyone and everything around us. Well, given this truth you still have control of the most important thing, your state of consciousness.

080419 "Your Daily Nugget: How our SPIT made us smarter"

The Evolution of our species is really interesting. Since most of us only conceptualize humans as we see them now, the reality is that the process of how we became and are becoming is MUCH more fascinating. At the root of our ability to speak, think, lift weights, and procreate is our genetics. The switches inside of our body that are either activated or disengaged, giving us the variety in human traits we see today. Genetic evolution has happened concurrently with our passion for moving around this earth. All manner of genes have gotten manipulated in order for us to survive, even the genes that are prevalent in our SPIT. Thats right, the liquid you are tonguing right now is a powerful tool in our evolution and science is just discovering now!

010419 "Top 2 Reasons why you should ditch your Cheat Day"

Popular dietary antics pervade our Nutritional Landscape. There are binges, fasting, liquid only, Vegan, you name it… someone is selling you on it. Maybe its commercialism or maybe its just us Humans always wanting to confuse the shit out of things and creating drama in our lives. To me, nutrition fads and social hashtags are ‘First World Problems’, created to dumb down aspects of our existence. BUT.. they could also be harming our health. While a good dose of entropy is beneficial for our health , the Cheat Day may be doing us more harm than good. Today Im going to dig into new research and lay out some not so new ideas as to why you should cut it out.

250419 "New Science; High Fructose Corn Syrup Boosts Cancer Risk"

In case you missed it this week, a unique study came out that was picked up by all the major new outlets. I always get excited when this happens as News agencies are concentrated on reporting the low hanging fruit when it comes to science. Studies are often used to give us information that is clearly obvious like, ‘Drinking Round-up is bad for you’ and ‘Exercise is good for you’. But there is also glimmering hopes that the population is getting smarter through persistent reporting on emerging topics. High Fructose Corn Syrup is a sweetener which has garnered lots of attention because of the Diabetes epidemic. Several studies are underway which will help to educate the population about its harmful effects and the prevalence in so many of our processed foods. Lets dive in today on this study, what it says and how it is going to be part of a trend in our health consciousness.

180319 "5 Facts about your DNA you should Know"

Im going deep today.. Real deep inside your cells to educate you all on the building blocks of who you are. DNA or Dioxyribonucleic Acid is the genesis of all living things on this earth. The macromolecule is anything but simple. Some speculate that the arrangement is as close to proof of a GOD as anything that science can offer. Think about it. Out of all the space junk floating around the universe Nature has found a way to carefully group nucleotides (Amino Acids) together to form the instructions for LIFE! If this doesn’t flip your lid, you gotta get with the program. Lets dive in on 5 amazing facts about your DNA.

110319 "5 Life Hacks that will add years to your life"

Telomeres.. Im going to lead with this today. Have you heard of them? Telomeres are end caps which live on each one of our Double Helix (DNA) like the ends of a shoe lace. Our DNA is not unlike our cells in that they have a protective shield which surround them. When the Protective coat around the DNA starts to break down, that is when aging begins to accelerate and chronic disease may take hold. While there are many lifestyle and genetic factors which determine Telomere health, Science has identified important steps that we can take to increase the length of our telomeres and our life span.

040319 "Why does Soda Water Taste so good? And is it Healthy?"

I have an addiction to confess. When I am in Costco and see the flat of flavored Soda Water for $7… Im like a fiend. I dont even make it out to the car before if pulled back the plastic covering, digging into it with vengeance like determination. I feel fulfilled when I have the weight of the full can in my hand, bubbles sparkling out of the top. I can take a whole can down in one go…. Well, chances are that if you are just like me. Soda Water has exploded in popularity in the last few years so Im going to dig into why it is , and if the naysayers are correct.. could it really be bad for me?

250319 "Research Shows; Fitness is good for the GUT"

Stop what you are doing and listen. Your GUT is talking to you. As athletes we need to be listening to our muscles, our brains, and our GUT. One is nothing with out the other in this business. New research by Stephen Carter of the University of Indiana has just been released that ties athletic performance, specifically cardiorespritory fitness, to a more diverse and robust GUT. Now, You know me and the GUT. For many moons I have been touting its importance on your ability to perform as well as ensure a higher quality of life. Well, here is the first research Ive found that points directly to fitness and the GUT. Read on to find out more.

180319 "Top 5 Most Nutritious Dried Fruits"

Shrivelled up like a 75 year old French Dude on a beach in August, Dried Fruit might not be much to look at but I bet it has one hell of a story! Sweeter than its fresh form, Dried fruit is an amazing alternative to Sugar laden snacks and add a surprisingly powerful nutritional element to all foods that you pair them with. Im going to break down my top 5 most nutritious dried fruits, so you can Thrive on to a full life.

110319 "Z,M,D; The Natural Way to Boost Testosterone"

No matter your gender, you should take a close look at your testosterone levels. Among all the metrics that are linked to a long and independent life, your testosterone levels are one of the most important. The Muscle building, bone supporting and Immune system boosting hormone is lacking in many athletes. Without rushing out to your doctor to get Testosterone Boosters, I am here to give you the ‘Al Natural’ way to maintain optimal levels through good nutritional habits. Read on; find out how its all about balance and food choices.

040219 "6 Habits of Healthy and Fit People"

There Is not secret pill . There is no 1 way to get there. Health , Fitness, and by extension… Happiness is a thoughtful and deliberate choice that results from small actions and a mind fixated on optimal life experience. Studying the ways of people who have seemed to ‘crack’ the code on being healthy and fit, I have come up with a short list that will help you reflect on your own life and maybe even give you a couple key benchmarks to begin to live by. Read on to discover the 6 habits of Healthy and Fit People.

280219 "3 Reasons why your Yogurt is lying to you"

While the vast majority of the critique on the food and beverage industry is currently focused on Soda and Sugar sweetened beverages, there is still dangerous sugar levels lurking in your refrigerator. At no other time in history have we seen such a epidemic emerging around metabolic disease and sugar has everything do do with it. But the fact is that SUGAR SELLS PRODUCTS. We have a sweet tooth in this country and the food products industry knows just how to exploit it. The addiction and the disease are going to overtake our health care system unless we stamp it out by paying close attention to what goes in our mouth. Even the ‘Healthy’ stuff needs to be questioned, so here are some key Red Flags that you should watch out for in your “Healthy” Yogurt.