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Breaking down the Carbohydrate, from Simple to Complex

April 27, 2020

Carbohydrates are often maligned in contemporary diets, such as Atkins™ and ketogenic diets, but when we understand how our body breaks down carbs, we don’t necessarily have to ditch carbs to lose weight. Dr. Ormsbee explains how the chemical structure of carbohydrates influences how our body processes them. […]

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How Many Carbohydrates Do You Actually Need to Thrive?

April 26, 2020

As much as carbohydrates get a bad reputation, they don’t have to be scary or off-limits. In fact, glucose is the preferred fuel source for your brain and your nervous system (as opposed to protein or fat). Dr. Ormsbee explains how many carbohydrates we should consume for optimal performance. […]

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How Much Added Sugar Do You Really Eat? Crouching Sugar, Hidden Fat

April 25, 2020

You’ve heard the message: Carbohydrates make us fat. If you do a quick search online for carbohydrate books, you’ll see over four million results pop up instantly—books like “The Ultimate Carbohydrate Counter,” “The Ultimate Low-Carb Diet Cookbook,” and the entire series of books by Dr. Atkins. Perhaps not all carbohydrates are evil, but as Dr. Ormsbee explains, there is one kind we should watch out for. […]

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race with the Oxidative System

April 9, 2020

In the oxidative system, unlike the other two energy-producing systems, you burn energy through light to moderate activity—even just sitting. However, you still need to exercise to get the most bang for your buck in this system, as Michael Ormsbee, Ph.D., explains. […]

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Exactly How Pain Is Gain in the Anaerobic Glycolytic System

April 8, 2020

When your legs start burning as you complete your first lap around the track, you may believe you have lactic acid buildup. In fact, as Michael Ormsbee, Ph.D., explains, lactate is actually a good thing. He also discusses the role of carbohydrates in fueling your body. […]

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Fuel without Oxygen: Understanding Creatine

April 7, 2020

You may be familiar with creatine supplements, but our body also produces creatine naturally. It is part of a system that helped our ancestors escape from wild beasts, and today it assists in climbing flights of stairs and lifting heavy weights. Michael Ormsbee, Ph.D., discusses the benefits of this anaerobic system. […]

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ATP: The Currency That Keeps Our Body Running

April 6, 2020

Most people think that energy is something you get from coffee or an energy drink. Bioenergetics, though, is so much more than that. Michael Ormsbee, Ph.D., explains how ATP, at the core of bioenergetics, fuels everything from digestion to muscular contractions. […]

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Which Nutrients are the Best Fuel for Our Bodies?

March 22, 2020

Have you ever wondered why you eat “healthy” foods, but still struggle with your health? Michael Ormsbee, Ph.D., describes the science of nutritional genomics, which links diet to genetics. He also explains which micronutrients are best for optimal energy. […]

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Too Much of a Good Thing? Cellular Health and Exercise

March 21, 2020

Is it possible to exercise too much? Michael Ormsbee, Ph.D., explains how excessive exercise can cause cellular damage, leading to conditions such as cancer and diabetes. But if you think this gives you a pass to be a couch potato, think again—inactivity is just as bad. […]

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