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The Best 16 Must-Read Health, Fitness and Happiness Blogs for 2014

The Best 16 Must-Read Health, Fitness and Happiness Blogs for 2014

Millions of people all over the world write blogs, and millions more people read these blogs. With so many blogs about every topic imaginable, it can be hard to tell which ones have accurate information and which ones do not. For instance, when it comes to health and fitness blogs, it is important to get accurate information. That is why we have compiled this list of some of the best health and fitness blogs on the Internet.

1. Precision Nutrition

This blog talks about healthy eating and helps people make the best dietary choices for their lifestyles. Blog posts are geared towards average people and are loaded with great information.

Precious Nutrition

    2. Ask Lauren Fleshman

    Get all the information you ever wanted about running from professional runner Lauren Fleshman, five-time NCAA champion middle-distance runner and 15-time All-American middle distance runner.

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    Lauren

      3. Time to Cleanse

      Learn about cleansing diets, as well as many other health-related topics for the entire family, including furry family members. Don’t forget to take the quiz to discover your body toxicity.

      TimeToCleanse

        4. Fit-Bottomed Girls

        This blog promotes healthy activity, sensible eating, and having positive views about life, as well as about health and fitness. Find recipes, exercise routines, reviews on new fitness gear and books, and more.

        FitBottomed

          5. Sprouted Kitchen

          Learn about whole foods, seasonal vegetables, and how to create meals with these foods that are as delicious as they are healthy.

          Sprouted

            6. James Hamblin (at The Atlantic)

            Senior Editor at The Atlantic, Hamblin writes about many health topics, including caffeine, anxiety, autism, sex and more. Readers can expect new columns daily.

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            Atlantic

              7. Mile Posts

              Most runners have had moments when they have no get up and go. This blog tackles overcoming obstacles for runners. Writer Dorothy Beal has overcome three chronic illnesses to become a runner, and offers fitness tips, as well as words of motivation.

              Mileposts

                8. Q by Equinox

                The Equinox chain of gyms provides fashion magazine quality photos, as well as videos and endorsements from celebrities. Topics include fitness, lifestyle topics and even vacation tips.

                Q

                  9. fANNEtastic Food

                  Creator Anne Mauney is a Registered Dietician and online nutritionist who offers loads of healthy recipes, as well as tips for preparing and eating healthy foods. She also provides information about running, working out and general health tips.

                  Fannestic

                    10. Strength Running

                    Jason Fitzgerald writes about the benefits of strength training for runners. He teaches people about preventing injuries, recovering from injuries, and exercises to improve strength. This is a great blog for anyone who loves to run but who has had past injuries and wants to avoid more in the future.

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                    Strengthrunning

                      11. Oiselle

                      The apparel company provides a blog with information about stretching, strengthening, race information, and more.

                      Oissle

                        12. iRunnerBlog

                        Marathon runner Scott Miles offers resources for runners, including information from athletes, trainers, physical therapists, and nutritionists. Other topics include workouts, racing, and apparel.

                        IRunner

                          13. Dean’s Blog

                          Dean Karnazes, runner and writer for Runner’s World, writes about all things related to running.

                          RunnerWorld
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                            14. MindBodyGreen

                            This is a blog that is about a lot more than just physical health. It is also about relationships, finances, stress, spirituality, and many other things that affect overall mental and physical health.

                            MBG

                              15. Black Girls Run

                              Founded by Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks, this is a blog devoted to African American women who want to get in and stay in shape. Topics include fitness, healthy living, beauty, and fashion. Carey and Hicks have started almost 70 female African American running groups.

                              Black Girls Run

                                16. Om Gal

                                Yogi Rebecca Pacheco writes about the benefits of yoga and stretching, and also posts videos. This is her online diary, and one that is popular with many yoga enthusiasts.

                                Omgal

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                                  12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

                                  12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

                                  Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                                  But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                                  I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                                  Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory:

                                  1. Nuts

                                  The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                                  Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                                  Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                                  Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                                  2. Blueberries

                                  Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                                  When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                                  3. Tomatoes

                                  Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                                  4. Broccoli

                                  While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                                  Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                                  Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                                  5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                                  Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                                  The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                                  Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                                  6. Soy

                                  Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                                  Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                                  Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                                  7. Dark chocolate

                                  When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                                  Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate:

                                  15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                                  8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                                  Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

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                                  B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

                                  Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                                  Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                                  To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                                  9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                                  Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                                  Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                                  Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                                  10. Gingko biloba

                                  This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

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                                  It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

                                  However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                                  11. Green and black tea

                                  Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                                  Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                                  Find out more about green tea here:

                                  11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                                  12. Sage and Rosemary

                                  Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                                  Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                                  When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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