One major issue I take with physicians and the medical industry as a whole (and I say industry because medicine has been completely commercialized) is that everyone immediately jumps to prescribing drugs to fix their problems. Not only has this contributed to impending public health crises like the opioid epidemic and antibiotic resistance, a lot of the time, significant research has been done on alternative, natural medicine that successfully treat a wide range of illnesses and symptoms. In this post, I’ll focus on a few more natural supplements that help with joint pain, and how/why they’ve been found to do so. Continue reading
I get a lot of questions asking what supplements I take. But I’m gonna preface this post with the fact that supplements are a highly subjective topic. It’s like coffee- some people like it, some people don’t, and the people that do all like to take it differently. So take what I’m saying with a grain of salt. There’s no guarantee that the things I like are gonna be the things you like, or what works for me is gonna work for you.
Nearly every fitness YouTuber, health blogger, or Instagram model you can imagine follows a flexible dieting or “If It Fits Your Macros” (IIFYM) approach to dieting. They advocate maintaining a lean build while enjoying life. And it obviously works. Nobody wants to fill their meals with only boiled chicken, brown rice, and steamed broccoli, all out of Tupperware. That’s boring. IIFYM supporters focus on their daily or weekly caloric and macronutrient intake in order to develop, and better yet, maintain fitness-model physique year-round. It sounds difficult and complicated, but so many people don’t realize that dieting is simple.
IT band stands for Iliotibial band. Aka, the super annoying thing that’s been causing me a lot of pain lately, and preventing me from squatting or doing any kind of leg lift. Yeah. It’s that bad. I went to the gym on Tuesday to try to finally get a lift in, and not only was I nearly crying in pain after about 5 minutes, I had to sit down for the rest of my time there and walking afterward was pretty painful. If this has happened to you before, then you know how much it sucks.
They say too much of a good thing is bad. Well, cardio isn’t even a good thing. I mean, it is, but it’s just not fun. Let’s be honest, it kind of sucks. Every time I go for a run, the entire time I just think to myself “this sucks, this sucks, this sucks, ugh when can I be done!?”
Well, I have good news! Too much cardio is actually bad for you. So now everyone who wants to slack on their cardio (ahem, me) has a justified reason to do so. Allow me to explain.