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Clear the Air!

We often take it for granted, but the quality of the air we breathe plays a major role in our health and wellbeing. Poor air quality has been attributed as a causative factor in a number of serious health conditions, and according to the Harvard School of Public Health, poor air quality – otherwise known as air pollution – kills more than 3 million people a year worldwide.

That is a pretty dismal statistic, and one that makes you want to run for cover in the safety and clean air of your own home. Unfortunately, it’s estimated that for many...

October 30, 2018 by Angela Irish

Social Media Mindfulness

While it can be argued that social media serves an important role in our modern lives – after all, the level of connectivity that social media provides does help to bring people together and keep them connected – it’s also safe to say that there’s a fine line between just the right balance and social media overload.

Too much social media can easily lead to compulsive behaviors that disrupt your everyday life. Just think of all the times that spending time on social media has gotten you riled up, or even caused you to feel a little down about your...

October 22, 2018 by Angela Irish

Diet Trends

We’ve all heard that old saying “You are what you eat,” and at a very basic level, it’s hard to disagree with it. Science continually backs up the theory that the foods we choose to nourish our bodies with have a direct impact on our health – including how we feel and look on a daily basis. I think that it’s a fair assumption to say that most people have decent intentions when it comes to eating a healthy diet, but many of us also feel that we need a sort of “template” for meeting nutritional and weight loss goals.

October 10, 2018 by Angela Irish

Taking Care of Skin of Color

The amount of information about skincare that can be found on the internet is practically endless – a Google search for “skincare” produces over half a billion results in less than a second. While there’s a lot of good information out there, and occasionally some bad, most of it takes on a one-size-fits all approach. For example, there’s plenty of advice about taking care of your skin at different stages of your life but none of it really touches on any of the factors that can make our skin unique – such as ethnicity.

People of color, meaning anyone with...

September 13, 2018 by Angela Irish

10 Simple Ways to Increase Your Wellness Today

When it comes to health, many of us are planners. We like to plan for things like major dietary changes, new fitness routines or a major lifestyle switch. Planning and anticipating these types of changes can be a major morale boost and helps us feel optimistic about the future. The only problem is that sometimes, all that planning never makes it to the execution stage.

It turns out that we’re our own worst enemies when it comes to increasing wellness. That new diet you were excited about has a meal plan that’s too complicated or working in the time to...

August 29, 2018 by Angela Irish

Oral Contraceptives and Your Skin

We know that the appearance of our skin is often a direct reflection of something going on somewhere inside the body. Whether it’s an underlying health condition or occasional stress, the skin really is a mirror to your health. But sometimes, when our skin changes, it’s a result of something that we are doing or adding into the mix – for example, medications. It’s not at all uncommon to experience skin-health related side effects from medications. These effects can range from mild dryness and photosensitivity to a full on acne flare up.

One type of medication that we’ve come to...

August 14, 2018 by Angela Irish

How to Prevent Wrinkles

The fountain of youth. It’s something that many of us think about when we look in the mirror and start to notice those first few lines creeping up slowly, catching us off guard. Most of us want to stall those first signs of aging as long as possible but have little idea of how to keep them at bay. In desperation, we might even reach for the latest miracle cure, only to end up disappointed. So, what is the secret to the fountain of youth?

The first answer is to accept that maturing is a natural process and that it’s...

July 27, 2018 by Angela Irish

Fiber for Health and Beauty

Eat more fiber. It’s the advice that you’ve probably heard at least a millions times in your life – or so it seems. From your annual doctor visit to your favorite health blog, the topic of fiber comes up time and time again. Fiber is most famous for its effects on digestive health, but you might be surprised at all the ways adequate fiber intake supports your overall health and beauty. Let’s take a look at this nutritional miracle worker and find out why you really do need more of it in your life.

What Is Fiber Really?

Dietary fiber...

July 15, 2018 by Angela Irish

Are Your Phone and Computer Aging Your Skin?

We’ve all been hearing for a while now about the potential side effects of spending too much time in front of our computers and smartphone screens. The word is that the blue light is playing havoc with our sleep cycles and can cause some serious eye strain. Now, it appears that we have one more thing to add to list of consequences of our technology addiction – premature aging.

The Science of Blue Light

You might remember from science class that there is an entire electromagnetic spectrum of light that is defined by the wavelengths of energy produced by...

July 03, 2018 by Angela Irish

The Benefits of Sunlight

The long days of summer are upon us, and that means plenty of opportunities to enjoy the sun’s rays. But, wait a minute – sunshine is supposedly the nemesis of healthy skin, so shouldn’t we all be running for cover?

While, yes, it is important to protect your skin from the damaging effects of overexposure, it’s possible that sometimes, we get a little overzealous with our avoidance of the sun. A little bit of sunlight, in just the right doses, can actually be good for your skin. Let’s sit back, preferably with a glass of lemonade, and talk about all...

June 18, 2018 by Angela Irish