Not too long ago, a friend of mine suggested that I acquire some sort of health and/or fitness certification in order to instill more trust upon my visitors here at The Health Realist.
Well, as much as I appreciated his good intentions, I explained to him that pursuing such an endeavor just wouldn’t be worthwhile.
First of all, I don’t expect health and fitness related work to be a major source of income for me. This is just a blog that earns me some extra money every time I sell a Squatty Potty or Convict Conditioning book. It’s not a full-time job, and I’ve never expected it to be.
More to the point, though, I want this blog to appeal to intelligent people who can think critically enough to understand that the legitimacy of a claim based upon the authority and/or popularity (or lack thereof) of the person expressing it. Continue reading
Having strong forearms is an absolute essential for anyone who wants to both project and implement true strength and power.
They’re important for looking strong because, aside from your neck, no muscle group is as frequently on display to others.
And you need them to actually be strong because having a powerful grip and sturdy, resilient hands is absolutely necessary for accomplishing a great multitude of physically demanding tasks.
As the old saying goes: You’re only as strong as your weakest link. Having big “beach muscles” won’t be of much use if you can’t even hold onto what (or who) you’re trying to manhandle.
Most workout enthusiasts understand the importance of forearm and hand strength to at least some degree.
Unfortunately, however, few seem to know how to truly make the most of this all-too-frequently misunderstood muscle group. Continue reading
Keeping your teeth clean and bright white isn’t as expensive and time consuming as most people think.
You don’t have to stop drinking coffee, tea or red wine. You don’t have to use chemical-laden whitening strips, and you probably don’t even need to go to the dentist (I haven’t been to one in over 6 years).
All over the internet, countless testimonies with verifiable results are proving that optimal dental hygiene can be achieved through some of the simplest, cheapest and most effective means possible.
In the vast majority of these cases, you’ll find that such people regularly engage in at least one of the two following practices:
- Brushing with baking soda, turmeric powder, charcoal powder and/or any other mild abrasive with a natural polishing effect
- Extracting toxins and bad bacteria from the mouth through the process known as “oil pulling.”
Below, I will explain why these procedures are so important for maintaining optimal dental health, and also how to best put them into practice.
The bridge is a simple yet challenging maneuver that offers a multitude of athletic, aesthetic and therapeutic benefits.
Many great athletes, trainers, coaches and fitness enthusiasts in general have made it a staple to their training programs, and it is still widely considered to be the king of all exercises throughout the East.
Here are 6 important reasons why you should be bridging on a regular basis:
1.) Stretches and Strengthens Multiple Muscles at Once
The bridge impacts almost every single muscle group in your entire body. Continue reading
As I repeatedly emphasized in a previous post, our mind’s ability to focus and relax is heavily influenced by our experiences and lifestyle choices. In fact, our brain literally wires and can rewire itself based upon these factors.
Neuroplasticity: The brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.
Thus, concentration and peace of mind, like most everything else in life, can be immensely improved upon through consistent effort and practice. Taking pharmaceuticals might be the easiest way out of having a cluttered and hyperactive mind, but they aren’t necessary, they aren’t safe and they don’t cut to the root of the problem.
It is only through making the necessary changes in lifestyle habits and environmental surroundings that we can truly enable our mental faculties to function at their fullest.
I elaborate upon 6 ways in which this can be accomplished below. Continue reading
That’s right, a whopping 10% of deaths in America come from preventable hospital mistakes. The statistics might vary slightly from one source to the next, but both mainstream (e.g. NPR and U.S. News) and alternative (Taki’s Magazine) news outlets agree that the numbers are alarmingly high.
What Are “Preventable Hospital Errors”?
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders today. Not surprisingly, it is also among the most controversial. Its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, remedies and even very existence remain highly disputed among many.
While I am certainly no psychologist or neuroscientist, I’ve put a great amount of time into examining this topic while trying to be as open-minded and objective as possible.
I am not going to argue that a real, genetically inherited brain disorder known as ADHD doesn’t exist. Nor will I argue that pharmaceuticals can’t be of potential value for certain cases.
What I will argue, however, is that in the vast majority of supposed ADHD cases:
- someone without ADHD is being diagnosed as having it simply because he exhibit its common symptoms.
- these symptoms are rooted in environment, experience and lifestyle.
Let’s examine why these are reasonable positions to hold. Continue reading
In a previous post, I explained the all-encompassing importance of testosterone and why every man should strive to maintain a healthy level of it in his system.
I also acknowledged a multitude of physical lifestyle factors that strongly influence how much of this vital hormone one’s body produces, such as diet, exercise, drug use, sleep and sexual habits.
Most importantly, though, I wanted to make it clear just how great of an impact one’s mentality has upon this process.
Your body’s testosterone production is largely contingent upon what behaviors and thought patterns you routinely engage in. So, if you think and act like a man, your body will reward you accordingly.
Below are 5 surefire ways to help make this come about.
Testosterone is the vital male sex hormone that strongly influences the ways in which we think, act and physically develop as men.
A man with a healthy level of it will naturally be courageous, dominant and assertive. (The slang synonym for these traits, “ballsy,” didn’t come about from nothing!)
He will have a strong sex drive, lots of energy and fast muscle growth.
His mind will be sharp and focused, and he will be able to sleep well at night.
As we can see, how much testosterone you have surging through your system will play a major role in how you experience just about everything in life.
Clearly, every man should strive to have a good amount of it. Unfortunately, many men in the modern world aren’t doing too well in this department, especially when compared to previous generations. Continue reading
It is fairly common knowledge that Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and the painful symptoms that accompany it such as heartburn and indigestion are heavily influenced by what foods you eat.
Perhaps the most common long-term solution to prevent and counter GERD is simple and also well-known: Ingest more alkaline and fewer acidic substances.
Obviously, it’s best to avoid acidic products such as soda-pop and junk foods entirely. This doesn’t mean you should abstain from all acid-forming nourishment, however.
An acidic bloodstream and the debilitating symptoms that can only occur while in this state can be avoided quite easily. Simply consume a balanced ratio of acid/alkaline nourishment and you should be fine.
Throw some chopped apple and banana into your oatmeal. Mix in some broccoli and onion with your beef. Continue reading