We've heard about the harmful effect blue light has on our eyes, as the American Academy of Ophthalmology has warned about its detrimental effects on ocular health, including cataracts, growths, and even cancer.
Hunching over your computer for hours at work — not to mention carrying the weight of patriarchy on your shoulders — can definitely cause muscle tension. At first, it might seem like a minor issue, but as time goes by, the pain can really sneak up on you.
All fitness rules and diet restrictions tend to go out the window during holiday season. There just are so many potlucks to attend... plus, you're less likely to hit the gym because a) it's cold outside and b) you're traveling and visiting family and shopping for gifts and are generally all-around crazed.
No matter how hard you try, you can't avoid the fact the holidays are madness. You can, however, make sure that your body and mind are ready to take on whatever the "most wonderful time of the year" brings. Even with all the festive cheer, the holidays bring stress, chaos, and some potentially awkward family dinner conversations (you know it's true). Gear up for all that the season brings with these stress-relieving and mindfulness-inducing finds, ranging from bath time staples, to candles that'll give your home a zen feel.
Being sick is miserable. Seriously, cold and flu season is the worst: Fevers and chills, congestion, sore throats and coughs are never fun. But before you go running to the doctor for antibiotics, remember that the common cold is a virus... which means antibiotics won't work and you basically just have to wait it out. So, in addition to LOTS of rest and fluids, here are some home remedies you can use to relieve symptoms and feel better faster.
Working remotely has its pros and cons: Sure, you have more control over your schedule, you don't have to sit in rush hour traffic, and you get to enjoy the comforts of your home all day long... but on the flip side, you might find yourself more prone to procrastinating, and there might be more things lost in communication with your colleagues. Plus, not having a distinct separation between your home and workplace can also lead to burnout — which can in turn seriously affect your productivity and creativity.
Lizzo said it best: "I thought I needed to run and find somebody to love but all I needed was some coconut oil." This line comes from the aptly-named "Coconut Oil," which was on her debut solo EP. If Lizzo and her fabulous self spent time to title and write a song about this oil, then you know it's important. (Now, if you haven't heard this song, stop everything and listen because it is pure facts! The song is one of Lizzo's early classics and still rings true today.)
Whether you're stuck in a fitness rut (not the treadmill again!), are lacking motivation to get physical, or simply want to add a little pizzazz to your current exercise regimen, you're in luck. The fitness industry is absolutely ablaze, you guys — which means there's no shortage of fun new classes to try.
My parents — while lovely — weren't exactly savvy when it came to braces for me as a child. They insisted on letting me make my own choices, so when they asked me if I wanted to wear metal on my teeth for the next three years, my ten-year-old self declined. Fast forward to my 28th birthday and I decided it was finally time to straighten my teeth — especially since I'd spent the vast majority of my adulthood hiding my pearly-whites in pictures. I wanted to smile proudly... and I knew I needed help.
Gut talk might not be particularly sexy, but it's certainly on the tip of seemingly every wellness expert's tongue. And there are some very good reasons for this. We now know the gut to be our "second brain" — meaning, keeping it healthy is important for more than just digestion. In fact, it works to keep everything from immunity to inflammation to brain health in check. And major key to a healthy gut? Probiotics, aka gut-friendly bacteria.
Certain foods are good for you and certain foods are bad for you... right? Well, it's actually a lot more complicated than that. We spoke to Laura Silver, a registered dietitian, and she confirmed that it's more of a spectrum. "There is too much talk about categorizing foods based on whether they are 'good' or 'bad'," says Silver. "Foods simply aren't black and white, there are many shades of grey. In general, the more natural and whole a food is, the healthier it is. The more processed a food is, the less healthy it is."
Self-care isn't just physical; it also extends to your mind and soul. The state of your mental health greatly affects your every day performance, your relationships and your outlook in life. So it's important to take the time to relax your mind and reflect each day. After all, in this fast-paced, digital world, things can get confusing, messy and stressful.
There are many reasons behind to switch to a plant-based diet: Some do it for environmental reasons, some for religious, and others for financial or health reasons. And if done correctly, sticking to a vegetarian diet can have some amazing health benefits. As certified nutrition consultant Sarah Considine puts it, "If you are looking to increase longevity and overall wellness, the vegetarian diet is the way to go."
The dietary supplements that you're currently taking are already packed with nutrients that help your body become healthier. But some of them just get better when they're taken with their perfect match. Aside from complementing each other's effects, pairing certain supplements can actually amplify the benefits, giving you more effective results.
Starting a new exercise routine can be a lot of hard work: There's a lot of sweatiness, heavy breathing and sore muscles involved before you even begin to feel like it's really working. And as if that weren't enough to deter you, there's also the cost (seriously, why does fitness have to be so expensive?).
Chances are if you're at all invested in the wonderful world of wellness, you know about the Hannah Bronfmans and Amber Fillerup Clarks of the industry. While they represent a couple of our favorite sources for getting the top health and wellness tips and tricks, there are an abundance of incredible wellness influencers out there that are still flying a bit under the radar — so today, we're putting the spotlight on them.