Up until a few months ago, mushrooms meant one of two things to most people: a psychedelic or a veggie you chop up in a salad. Fast-forward to now and we're seeing everything from mushroom lattes to mushroom hot chocolates and teas, most of which are blended using powders made from varieties like reishi, cordyceps, chaga and lion's mane. These functional mushrooms are said to help with a long list of wellness-related issues, including focus, immunity and relaxation, but are they all they're made out to be? This is an especially important question because medicinal mushroom powders are considered supplements, meaning there are no regulations for them.
We don't need to tell you that stretching is important for preventing muscle soreness and injury when engaging in an exercise program, but depending on your age and health, you might not realize how critical it is for everyday comfort. Back and joint pain is no joke as you age. It's not always easy to carve out time to work on flexibility, which is why it's imperative to have an arsenal of personal tools for staying limber.
In case you haven't heard, probiotics, aka "friendly" bacteria found in food and supplements, are not only key for gut health but for overall health, too. They've become a non-negotiable part of many people's diets — and we're not just talking about the wellness obsessed. If you're loading your plate with sauerkraut and popping a daily probiotic and still feeling bloated and sluggish, however, it might be because you're low in a key piece of the gut puzzle: prebiotics. In the same way that calcium isn't effective without vitamin D, probiotics need prebiotics.
The holidays are near, and you know what that means: grand family reunions, obligatory catch-up sessions with relatives, and of course, all the feasts of delicious foods. The only downside? Overindulging at the dinner table. Sure, it's fine to eat your fill (and then some), but more often than not, we end up overdoing it — which can lead to some seriously uncomfortable bloating.
If you have bad breath, you've probably tried every remedy in the book at this point, from gargling mouthwash to swearing off onions. But, as it turns out, many of the causes of bad breath are not what we'd think. While diet, lifestyle and hygiene do have quite a lot to do with it, they're not the only three reasons an estimated 50 million people in the U.S. have bad breath.
Are you the type of person who struggles to work out solo, mainly to wander around a gym with no direction? Do you like to work out in a group setting where someone tells you what to do, while surrounded by others going through the exact same experience. If this sounds like you, you may benefit from taking a group fitness class. Whether you like to stick to one type of class like yoga or indoor cycling or you like to mix it up with Class Pass, there are endless types of classes and gyms to choose from. I tried out eight of the current most popular fitness classes and break it down so you know exactly what to expect and maybe it will help you start on a new fitness journey that you truly enjoy and want to stick with. Here's how I fared — from the invigorating to the most sweat-inducing.
Given the fact that birth control methods have been around since the dawn of time (seriously, condoms made from animal-derived materials were first used around 3,000 B.C.) and many of the modern methods of pregnancy prevention, such as the birth control pill, have been used since the early 1960s, you'd think we'd have a solid understanding of how they work. But, like many other things involving the female body, birth control is still surrounded by an air of mystery, even by those who've been using it for decades.
Let me set the scene: I'd just bumped into designer Jason Wu backstage at his New York Fashion Week show and was on my way to the bathroom. Feeling rather encumbered by my oversized camera bag — not to mention tired after a day of marching around NYC to hit as many shows as possible — I was very much looking forward to finding a moment of quiet refuge behind the fancy toilet stall door at The St. Regis Hotel.
We spend a lot of money (and time) protecting ourselves from the sun's damaging UV rays. From sunscreen to sun-protective clothing, we're well aware by now of how important daily protection is, even when it's cloudy out. But did you know there are harmful rays lurking in your home or office that can be just as damaging as UV rays? We're talking about blue light, and you're exposed to it every time you use your smartphone, laptop or television. Before delving into why you should be concerned about exposure to blue light, let's find out exactly what it is.
Coughs, sniffles and itches — ugh. As allergy season continues to wreak havoc on the estimated 50 million Americans who suffer each season, finding a solution to ease your symptoms might sometimes feel frustrating and hopeless. "As seasons change, pollens are released into the air. Trees, grass, weed pollen, mold spores, bee venom, pet dander, among others, emit tiny particles into the air, which your immune system recognizes as a foreign substance. This can cause symptoms including itchy and watery nose, red and itchy eyes, runny and congested nose, sneezing, coughing, hives, rash or even severe anaphylaxis allergic reactions," explains Epitomedical chief medical officer and founder of the Vedius app, Constantine George, MD.
"You are what you eat" is a saying worth listening to. Food doesn't just affect us physically, it also leaves an impression on our mental and emotional state. In fact, a growing body of research suggests a connection between eating patterns and depression. "Studies have shown that diets based on whole foods (fruits, vegetables, healthy proteins, whole grains) are linked with a lower risk of depression than diets filled with processed foods (desserts, high-fat processed meats, refined carb, sweets, fried foods)," says Sharon Palmer, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian. "Also, diets filled with anti-inflammatory foods are linked with lower risk of depression."
Nothing against your stretched-out yoga pants or flimsy, hand-me-down mat but your yoga kit is probably ready for a revamp. Reset, refresh and reinvigorate your practice with these eight wardrobe and gear must-haves, all of which work for your life both in the studio and out. Whether you're in downward-facing dog or picking up a post-class green juice, these essentials will help you look — and feel — your best. So go ahead, treat yourself.
For so many of us, fall is magical, a season which offers us respite from summer's relentless heat and humidity. There's so much to enjoy about the season: sweater weather, warm beverages, holidays, vacation time. But for some of us, as the mercury drops, so does our mojo.
There's a lot of prep that happens during the holiday season -- and much of it can be described in one word: stressful. Between surprising your loved ones with special gifts and planning gatherings for your family and office alike, the time between turkey day and New Year's Day flies by. But for some women, the previous 10 months can dictate the sentiment of the holiday season, especially if they battled extreme hardship. From divorces and death in the families to medical emergencies and other strife, here, seven brave women express how they overcome the most difficult situations amidst the joy of an otherwise happy time of year. Let their stories of hope, triumph and bravery inspire you to get through the long lines, the family tension and the ups and downs you know you'll face this go 'round.
Quick: think back to the first time you considered going on a 'diet.' You might have been in high school -- or even middle school -- when your body was changing and growing, and it made you uncomfortable. Or perhaps someone in the hallways made a comment about how 'fat' you were, or worse, a trusted loved one showered you with criticism tied to weight. Considering many young women begin thinking about their weight early int heir pre-teen experience, the quest of creating the 'perfect' body becomes a lifelong, fruitless mission. For some women, it takes life-altering experiences for their self-loathing attitudes toward their bodies and their eating habits to shift. Here, five powerful, strong women share their inspiring stories.
Ever had a poop throw you for a loop? The kind of poop that leaves you looking down at the toilet, thinking, 'How did that come out of me?' Or perhaps you consistently churn out the same kind of stool over and over again, but don't really know if it's normal because, well, you don't really spend a whole lot of time comparing it to other people's poo. Alternatively, you may not even take a peep at your poop because, ew, it's poop.
With a Starbucks on virtually every major city block, it's pretty clear that Americans love their coffee. Real estate trends notwithstanding, a 2013 National Coffee Association survey found that 83 percent of American adults drink an average of three cups a day. That's a whole lot of lattes.
If you smile into the mirror and are self-conscious about your not-so-pearly-whites, you're probably wondering how to whiten teeth fast. Because, honestly, when you barely have the energy to remove your makeup at the end of the day, time is of the essence.
You've made up your mind: It's time to go on a cleanse. The problem? You have no idea which of the hundreds of detox programs out there is right for you. We feel you. TBH, plugging "detox programs" into Google and sifting through the results is stressful enough to send you right back into the arms of that sinful pint of Ben & Jerry's. Well, it's your lucky day, because the planets have finally aligned -- and they're going to choose your cleanse for you.