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.
Everything changes when you're pregnant: Your lifestyle, diet, mood, and the most obvious of them all, your body. And in addition to the baby bump, your skin may undergo some changes throughout your pregnancy. It's different for every woman — effects range from that storied pregnancy glow, to hormonal breakouts, skin pigmentation, and even increased sensitivity.
Green thumb or not, plants instantly change the look and feel of your home. Whether you opt for terrarium full of succulents, a large floor plant, or something in between, plants boast many benefits that can give you a clearer mind, cleaner home, and even a better night's rest. And while any greenery is better than none, these picks — including snake plants, orchids, and bonsai — are the some of the most beneficial for your health and home. (Plus, it doesn't hurt that they're beautiful to look at.)
Protein definitely plays a key role in a healthy diet: The essential macronutrient is a building block for our hair, skin, muscles, and bones. And while protein can easily be obtained through regular consumption of animal proteins, those who observe vegan or vegetarian diets sometimes have to work a little harder to maintain a healthy protein intake, since plant-based foods may not be enough to supply the actual amount of daily protein you need.
We all know the importance of getting quality beauty sleep and, these days, brands are really putting the beauty in that expression to work. This trend can, in large part, be traced back to wellness and beauty influencers who regularly share their nighttime rituals on social media — Healthy Alibi, for example, posts near daily stories of her soaking in a bathtub post-dinner/pre-bed. As such there's been an explosion in beauty products that support sleep from aromatherapy bath products to beverage powders.
Yes, we all know that we should be exercising — it's the actual doing that's the hard part. That's where walking comes in: It's accessible and it has a surprising amount of health benefits, which range from boosting your energy levels and mood to decreasing your chances of catching the flu (always a win in our book).
Plain and simple: Life is hard sometimes. As the years go on, there are people who come in and out of our lives. For me, after graduating high school, I really started to solidify who my friend group was: I met new friends in college, had old ones at home, and stayed in touch with those that mattered most. One of the biggest lessons I learned was that some relationships are simply not worth taking along with you. It's tough to face, but some friendships are, well, toxic.
Why is it so hard to be good to ourselves? Our society seems to value doing more; we're always quick to brag about busy we are. But is busier better? Not necessarily: Because when we take care of ourselves, we're actually more productive. That's right, making time for ourselves to de-stress, feel better, and look after our health — both mental and physical — causes us to be more fruitful and creative; in all areas of our life.
A good night's sleep is surprisingly elusive, isn't it? Sure, some people seem to fall unconscious almost the second their head hits the pillow, but for the rest of us, it can be a bit of a struggle. Yet it's also a necessity: After all, effects of sleep deprivation range from garden variety crabbiness to a weakened immune system. So, what's a gal to do?
Making sure you get a decent amount of shut-eye these days can be a real challenge these days, as daily stresses, long hours at the office, and the temptation of scrolling endlessly through Instagram can definitely keep you awake far longer than you probably should be.
Been feeling a little down lately? Spring provides the perfect time to change the channel. After all, that pesky Seasonal Affective Disorder should hopefully be in the rearview mirror — and with warmer weather, you have so many more opportunities to let loose and have fun.
Whether you rely on fitness streaming to augment your gym workout or to guide you through a sweat session in the comfort of your own home, a whole lot has changed in the world of digital workouts lately. Fitness streaming has grown exponentially in three main areas.