90% of vegetarians and vegans may lack this essential nutrient

Renaissance Fitness and omega 3 fatty acids
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know eating oily fish comes with many health benefits. That’s because the omega 3 fatty acids DHA and EPA found in oily fish are essential nutrients for our body. Our brain and retina are abundant in omega 3 fatty acids . They have many more benefits from improved cognitive function, healthy aging, weight management and potentially even more.   If you are a vegetarian or vegan however, fish is obviously off the menu. &nbs...
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Vegetarians, vegans and b12 deficiency

I had a lot of great feedback from my last article on vegetarian dietary needs. One such point is that I might have come across a bit harsh on vegetarians themselves. If so this was not my intention. So I’d like to highlight, although being a vegetarian means you may need to be more aware of nutrient deficiencies.   It can be a very healthy diet and although it is very difficult to predict, some studies even show Seventh Day Adventists who ate little or no meat showed increases in he...
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The long-term dangers of being vegetarian

Being a vegetarian is often seen as commendable and almost a moral high ground, this may even be true. However I don’t want to get into that as it’s a pretty intense subject.   Instead I want to help anyone who chooses a vegetarian or vegan diet stay healthy and thrive. Because contrary to popular belief, a vegetarian diet can be hazardous to health.   If a vegetarian diet isn’t correctly designed it could end up being more unhealthy and dangerous than a standard diet. ...
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Why a lack of sleep could be making you fat – part two

By now i'm sure you've grasped the importance of getting enough sleep, if you haven't then I give up.  Hopefully though you have and now you want to know how to get a sound night's sleep. The big question is though, what's causing our poor sleep habits? Because although short sleep duration is bad for us. Obviously we didn't all just decide to start getting up earlier and going to bed later everyday. The amount of sunlight we have is no different, so what gives? The answer is our moder...
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Whats’ the deal with protein shakes?

Protein powders have been around for over 60 years now and people have been taking various forms of “recovery shakes” for even longer. Arthur Saxon the famous strongman from the early 1900s who still holds a world record of 168kgs for the bent press had a ‘health drink’. It consisted of dark lager mixed with a whole egg and plenty of sugar. Possibly not the best workout shake, but it seemed to work for him. So what is the low down on protein shakes, do you even need them? Most adve...
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