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How Does Caffeine Affect Exercise? A Guide for Those in Nutrition and Health Training

Caffeine is a substance found frequently in energy drinks, gels, pills, and shots that advertise performance-enhancement effects. However, what exactly are these effects, and are they truly beneficial for athletes?  As a future professional in the nutrition and health industry, it’s important to be knowledgeable about the claims and effects underlying different sports-related supplements. This includes knowledge of ergogenic substances: those that are intended to enhance one’s physical performance.  Caffeine is perhaps the most widely consumed ergogenic substance, used all throughout the world millions of times a day to stay awake or boost productivity. Read on to find out how.. READ MORE »

Curious About CCRP Courses? Discover These Facts About Natural Health Product Licensing

The career of someone involved in clinical research has a lot to do with pharmaceutical and health products, but this isn’t only limited to the prescription medications that may initially come to mind. Natural Health Products (NHPs) are substances that don’t require a prescription to purchase, and includes, but is not limited to:         Vitamins         Minerals         Herbal remedies         Homeopathic medicines         Probiotics         Chinese traditional medicines         Ayurvedic traditional medicines According to a 2010 Ipsos-Reid survey,.. READ MORE »

Food and Exercise During Pregnancy Explained for Students in Sport and Nutrition Training

If you enjoy working with people and have an interest in activities that promote health, a career in sport and nutrition may be right for you. Whether you want to work in fitness, become a health coach, or pursue opportunities in healthcare, it will be useful to have an understanding of the types of exercise and nutrition that support pregnancy. During pregnancy, parents will likely experience a range of emotions, and feel both excited and nervous throughout. As a sport and nutrition professional, you can help. What kinds of questions might come up and how should you answer them? Keep.. READ MORE »

Know These Food Allergies and Intolerances if You’re Interested in Getting a Food Handling Certificate

In 2019, Food Allergy Canada launched the National Food Allergy Action Plan. This initiative is aimed at guiding policies that will improve quality of life for Canadians with food allergies. The current available estimate is that 1 in 13 Canadians self-report having an allergy, which amounts to approximately 2.5 million people who would benefit from such policies. How are these allergies dealt with in Canada? Canada has what are called “priority food allergens”. These refer to the list of foods associated with 90 percent of allergic reactions and there are labelling requirements for them. While many allergies may be familiar.. READ MORE »

Doing Nutrition and Health Training? Know These Fermented Drinks

In November 2019, the BC Centre for Disease Control began a collaboration with the BC Institute of Technology to test over 700 bottles of kombucha from all over Canada for their alcohol content. What prompted this study? Although kombucha has been commercially distributed for decades and the amount of alcohol allowed is regulated, procedures for transport, storage, and testing are still a little murky. If you are interested in the scientific fundamentals of nutrition, the history, processing, and regulation of fermented drinks provide a framework to consider several aspects of food processing and how it relates to health. Fermentation refers.. READ MORE »

In Sport and Nutrition Training? Here’s How Fish Oil Boosts Recovery

Fish oil is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, known to boost heart health and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Fish oil is also used for recovery in athletes. Since the human body requires omega-3s, they are a good idea to consciously incorporate into a diet in general.  For physical activity and recovery, the anti-inflammatory acids also reduce muscle breakdown, so this has a valuable effect on recovery. In particular with clients who are injured, fish oil can enhance the body’s ability to preserve muscle tissue while not in use. Read on for more about fish oil and.. READ MORE »

How a Sport Nutrition Certificate Helps You Understand the Value of Nutritional Assessments

Assessments are a large part of working in the fitness industry. They allow for information to be gathered about clients with minimal guesswork. A client’s diet will affect their health and performance, both at present and in the future. In cases where clients incur injuries or illness, eating correctly can also improve their chances of a speedy path to recovery and restoring their wellness. Factors affecting a client’s diet include: Finances Access Time Habits Psychological influences, like obsession with food and/or body weight Information they have been given It’s important when helping someone with their nutrition to assess and evaluate.. READ MORE »

The Importance of Micronutrients for Nutrition and Health Program Grads

As you will learn in your program, micronutrients are essential for bodily function. Vitamins and minerals, or micronutrients, are distinct from macronutrients, which are fat, carbohydrates, and protein, as they are needed in smaller amounts. They play important roles in energy, growth, and other aspects of human health. The main difference between the two types of micronutrients is that minerals come from soil or water, while vitamins come from plants or animals. In addition, vitamins, which are organic, can be broken down structurally while minerals, which are inorganic, cannot be. The most effective way to get adequate micronutrients is from.. READ MORE »

A Guide to Different Types of Fats for Students Pursuing a Diploma in Nutrition

If you’re pursuing a career in nutrition, you’re probably aware of these macronutrients: Protein Carbohydrates Fat Within each of these categories a wealth of variety exists, serving different purposes and offering various benefits when added to a diet. There are two kinds of fat widely heard of in mainstream discourse: Saturated fats, which usually exist as solids at room temperature Unsaturated fats, which usually exist as liquids at room temperature Sometimes, saturated fats are dissolved in unsaturated fats, so that the two types coexist in an item. Fats are essential in the human diet for healthy organs and cell growth,.. READ MORE »

3 Social Media Nutrition Myths You Can Debunk with Sport and Nutrition Training

Social media is where many people turn for quick tips on nutrition and fitness. With flashy influencers, quick videos, and wellness trends everywhere, there’s more information available than one can fully process. With the high traffic of online resources, it can get tricky to determine between fact and myth. As someone with an education in sport and nutrition, you can help clear up some of these false claims when you enter the industry, by focusing on scientific fundamentals. Here are a few of the common myths that appear on social media and why they aren’t true. Read on for a.. READ MORE »

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