Articles and Essays

Catch up on my latest articles and essays on faith, fitness, and fortitude.

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Magnesium: Deficiencies, Health Benefits, and Supplements

When you supplement with most micronutrients, you don’t feel a significant difference, even though they make a difference. That’s not the case with magnesium. I’ve received numerous testimonials from clients and members after supplementing with it regularly. Once you understand all it does for your metabolism, which forms make the … Keep reading…

Health Benefits of Sauna | Tom Nikkola

7 Incredible Health Benefits Of The Sauna

Over the past decade, research has shown what the Finns and other Scandinavians have known for millennia. The sauna is good for you! I’ve outlined seven reasons you should sauna, and described how to sauna to get the most health benefit. I also included some of the most common questions … Keep reading…

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Sleep: Your most common questions, answered

What are the best sleep hacks? What’s the difference between deep sleep and REM? Which supplements support better sleep? These are just a few of the common questions people ask about sleep. In this blog post, I’ll do my best to provide you the answers to these questions and many … Keep reading…

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Growth Hormone: How to Avoid Low Levels and Boost GH Naturally

When it comes to hormones, testosterone, thyroid, and insulin get most of the attention. Yet growth hormone, also known as somatotropin, also plays an essential role in your long-term health, athletic performance, and longevity. It affects the health of your body as well as your brain. I’ll explain what growth … Keep reading…

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The Undeniable Metabolic Benefits of High Protein Diets

Is a high-protein diet the best diet you could follow? If so, what are the health benefits? Are there any risks? Read on, and you’ll understand why I believe a high-protein diet is the best diet for health, fitness, and even supporting quality-of-life later in life. What is a High-Protein … Keep reading…

Multivitamin Quality | Tom Nikkola

What makes a High-Quality Multivitamin “High-Quality?”

What makes a multivitamin a “high-quality multivitamin?” Why is there such a big difference in price between what your healthcare practitioner recommends, and what you find in retail stores? Why do you even need a multivitamin? Clients and VIGOR Training members have asked me these questions numerous times. I’ll provide … Keep reading…

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9 Reasons Strength Training Is Essential For Optimal Health

Muscle plays a significant role in your long-term health, fitness, longevity, and even your ability to ward off disease and infection. Yet the vast majority of Americans do little to no strength training. Investing three to five hours per week, lifting weights and doing other movements that challenge your muscles, … Keep reading…

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How are COVID-19 cases counted? Are they all “real” cases?

COVID-19 cases have increased significantly in recent weeks. In reaction to the rise in cases, numerous states and cities have rolled back their reopening plans. Masks are mandated across half of the country. It would be reasonable to assume that the numbers define the count of people who’ve tested positive … Keep reading…

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Guys, This Is Why You Have Low Testosterone

Low libido, difficulty building muscle, depression, and increased body fat. These are the four most common symptoms of low testosterone people ask me about. If you have low testosterone, you’re not alone. A 2006 study found 39% of U.S. men, age 45 and older, were testosterone-deficient. I’m confident the percentage … Keep reading…