What is Muscle Confusion, Is it Valid, and How to Change Up Your Workouts – The FITT Acronym Explained

Listen to Dr. Neal address this topic on Episode 195 of the podcast Optimal Health Daily.

The term, “muscle confusion” isn’t a scientific term by any means; instead, “muscle confusion” is a simplification of a valid concept – forcing the muscles to adapt to new movements. A related term you likely have also encountered … Read the rest

Crossfit Review and Opinion from a Personal Trainer and Exercise Physiologist

Listen to Dr. Neal address this topic on Episode 185 of the podcast Optimal Health Daily.

If you can believe it, CrossFit has already been around for nearly 20 years. For those of you that may have heard of CrossFit but aren’t really sure what it’s about, I’ll briefly explain: it’s basically a form … Read the rest

What are the Best Sources of Water? Filtered Water vs. Tap Water vs. Bottled Water vs. Alkaline or Ionized Water

Listen to Dr. Neal address this topic on Episode 180 of the podcast Optimal Health Daily.

Most health professionals do want people to drink more water in general. There is a lot of confusion about how much water we need to drink and whether bottled water is safer than tap water.

How Much Water

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What Order Should I Do My Exercises and How Many Sets and Reps Should I Do?

Listen to Dr. Neal address this topic on Episode 175 of the podcast Optimal Health Daily.

What order should you do your exercises and how many sets and reps should you do? The simple answer is that it depends. The order of your sets depends on your goals and what you’ve been doing at … Read the rest

The Essential Oil Revolution: What Are the Health Benefits of Essential Oils? Are There Side Effects?

Listen to Dr. Neal address this topic on Episode 170 of the podcast Optimal Health Daily.

Essential oils are definitely big business right now. The way they’re marketed, it seems as though many of our common ailments can be relieved or cured altogether by these! But is that really the case? Let’s discuss…

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The Best Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Alternative Therapies for Autoimmune Diseases

Listen to Dr. Neal address this topic on Episode 165 of the podcast Optimal Health Daily.

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What Is an Autoimmune Disease?

For those that aren’t aware of what we mean by autoimmune disease, basically we’re talking about conditions where, for some reason, the body chooses to attack its own healthy cells. There are … Read the rest

Are Low Carb Diets Like Atkins and the Ketogenic Diet Safe in the Long Term?

Listen to Dr. Neal address this topic on Episode 160 of the podcast Optimal Health Daily.

In a nutshell, lower-carbohydrate diets appear to be safe for most people in the long-term. And, if you’ve read or listened to me before, you know there’s a “but” in there somewhere… and you’d be right. Notice I … Read the rest

Sports and Exercise Supplements and their Effectiveness on Performance and Muscle Growth

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Listen to Dr. Neal address this topic on Episode 155 of the podcast Optimal Health Daily.

Before getting into pre-workout and post-workout supplementation and its effectiveness on performance and muscle growth, I’ll start by saying that I am not sponsored by any food or supplement manufacturer. My goal as always is to tell you … Read the rest

Should I Take a Daily Vitamin & Supplements? The Straight Answer

Listen to Dr. Neal address this topic on Episode 150 of the podcast Optimal Health Daily.

There seems to be so much conflicting data with regards to taking vitamins or supplements. It seems like scientists, doctors, and dietitians or nutritionists cannot come to a decision on whether taking them will help at all. Plus, … Read the rest

Reducing Statins for Heart Attacks: Lowering Cholesterol and Getting Off Heart Attack Medications

Listen to Dr. Neal address this topic on Episode 145 of the podcast Optimal Health Daily.

This past week, my mom suffered a heart attack. Here’s how it played out: after experiencing two days of worsening chest pain, she finally went to urgent care (at the insistence of my sister, a Medical Doctor). They … Read the rest