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.
If you're reading this, chances are you're an absolute health and wellness junkie.You probably love that post-gym feeling when you've just killed it with your daily workout, and you're probably queen of meal prep.
Thinking of adding vitamins to your wellness routine? It can be tough to know where to start. Sure, you can always nab a multivitamin — but it's also worth customizing your routine, especially since we all have different needs.
Have you heard of chromium GTF before? Well, uber-popular beverage brand Dirty Lemon — which is stocked at trendy retailers ranging from Chillhouse to Barry's Bootcamp, and happens to be a major disrupter with its own brick and mortar venture — is betting that its latest launch, Chromium Water is going to be the next big thing in the detoxing beverage space. While they're not the only ones pushing the benefits of chromium GTF, they are the first to push it in water versus in supplement form in a major, glitzy way.
Moringa is the newest wellness buzzword — and for good reason: It's packed with vitamins and nutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Derived from the moringa oleifera tree, this superfood has been grown and used in Asia and the tropics for thousands of years. There, it's known as the miracle tree because of all of the positive effects it has on the body; though it's on the new side for those of us in the west.
CBD is everywhere these days — it's touted as everything from a topical pain reliever to a sleep aid... and now, it's the beauty ingredient du jour. Its newfound popularity makes sense: Because in addition to being "buzzy," CBD oil is non-comedogenic, rich in antioxidants, and it works as a natural inflammatory. Oh, and don't worry: It doesn't include THC (the psychoactive component of marijuana), so you don't have to worry about getting high.
Now that the wellness and beauty industries are completely obsessed with CBD, it was only a matter of time before the trendy cannabis compound, said to have a myriad of benefits, got the Tom Ford treatment — which is to say, you can now find everything from CBD chocolates, capsules, gummies and balms, to tinctures, salves, lotions and oils in Net-a-Porter-worthy packaging. CBD lattes sold at beauty meccas like Chillhouse and post-yoga flow balms (just launched at Y7 Studio) are now a thing too. Many of these brands don't focus so much on the nitty-gritty medicinal talk, but rather let their glossy packaging do the CBD advocating for them. Here's a look at the standout brands with luxury CBD offerings.
Most of us take our immune system for granted, even though it's what keeps us from getting sick. Your immune system serves as your body's defense center, fighting infections and illnesses — and, in order for it to function properly, it's our job to fuel it (and the rest of our body) with nutritious food... preferably of the healthy, anti-inflammatory variety.
If new year, new you sums up your attitude about health and fitness ambitions, you're not alone. Now is the time to set some nutritious, realistic goals when it comes to healthy eating and exercising. Snacking, when done in moderation, can be a useful tool to keep your eating on track. The body needs protein (especially when you're working out) to build and repair itself. If you lead a busy lifestyle, protein bars are a convenient way to get the extra protein you need and a filling, nutritious snack. Think all protein bars have a chalky consistency or leave an overly sweet taste in your mouth? Heck, they don't even have to be sweet at all. Here, we've rounded up our eight favorite protein bars to keep you from skipping a meal or reaching for junk food.
While many of us might notice a little dip in our mood during the winter months, some of us experience a mood shift that's a bit more drastic. It's called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), commonly referred to as the winter blues, and is classified as a type of major depressive disorder where episodes of depression occur around the same time each year — usually in the winter months. "SAD is more common in women than men and the prevalence rates range from 9.7 percent in New Hampshire to 1.4 percent in Florida," says A.J. Marsden, Psy.D., an assistant professor of human services and psychology at Beacon College in Leesburg, Florida. "These rates support one theory as to what causes SAD, and that is the lack of sunshine and, more specifically, the lack of vitamin D that might bring about mild to moderate episodes of depression."
New beauty and fashion trends always seem to take center stage each year, and health and wellness trends are no exception. We're already seeing new workout and food trends starting to pop up rapidly as the year begins. We spoke to a handful of wellness experts about all the health fads you're likely to see everywhere this year. From new workout crazes to buzzworthy foods, here are 10 of the biggest wellness trends experts say will make a major splash this year.