“Doping” refers to when athletes take banned substances to enhance their performance. It is a major problem in sport and athletics internationally and has been done by athletes since organized sport became a popular pastime. Even in Ancient Greece and Rome, Olympians and Gladiators consumed dangerous substances to enhance their performance. The issue with doping is not only one of fairness, but also of safety. There are numerous health risks and complications involved with the substances typically used to enhance performance. Sports organizations and governing bodies have all taken a stance against the prevalence of doping in sport, but it.. READ MORE »
When thinking of things that influence a person’s body weight, the first things that probably come to mind are eating habits and exercise regimens. Though both these things do indeed factor into a person’s body weight, the overall picture is more complex. Food-related habits, like the consumption of high-fat and high-calorie foods, and the speed at which a person eats, can influence body weight. Exercise, or the lack of it, is also a determinant of body weight. However, there are many factors that come together to determine a person’s body weight, and not all of them are related to lifestyle.. READ MORE »
As any record-breaking athlete will tell you, a good diet plan can make the difference between a personal best or a disappointing finish. Nutritionists are essential to the success of sports teams and triathletes. Training for a triathlon is slightly more complicated because it is a mix of three very different disciplines: swimming, biking, and running. Triathlons can vary in distance from a short quick sprint to a grueling ironman. The recommended nutrition plan will depend on the length of the event as well as the gender, height, and weight of the athlete. Read on to find out how graduates.. READ MORE »
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 »
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 »
If you’re pursuing a nutrition certificate or even just have an interest in doing so, you’ve likely heard of Intermittent Fasting (IF), which has become something of a fitness trend. Though fasting has been part of human behaviour most of our history, the research and integration of it into the wellness industry has increased recently. Research is still ongoing, but the popularity of fasting makes it a prominent topic of debate and research in the field of nutrition. Average people do a version of intermittent fasting each day, while they are asleep. During this time, cell repair occurs and other.. READ MORE »
Is there such a thing as a one-size-fits-all diet? Check out why a new study says no and what that means for students in nutrition and health training.
A recent study has revitalized the debate about the possible health effects of eggs. Here’s what students in nutrition and health programs need to know.
If you’ve ever felt confused about carbohydrates, we can’t say we blame you. Few nutrients seem to attract as much conflicting claims as carbohydrates do. You may have heard some people claim that it’s best to avoid carbohydrates at all costs, while others will tell you a high-carb diet is actually healthiest! On top of that, you may have heard terms like complex carbohydrates, simple carbohydrates, total carbohydrates, and so on. We’re here to clear up some of the confusion. If you’re considering enrolling in a health and nutrition program, here’s a small taste of what carbohydrates are and why.. READ MORE »
Over the last few years, few foods have enjoyed the soaring boom in popularity experienced by coconut oil. Fuelled by rumours that the oil offered many different health benefits, sales skyrocketed all over Canada and the world. And while coconut oil has been touted to improve everything from dental health to hair, it’s primarily used as a cooking oil and healthy ingredient for various different recipes. However, these early preconceptions may have actually missed the mark. According to recent findings, coconut oil may not be all that beneficial after all. In fact, it’s actually considered by many to be a.. READ MORE »