Pre and probiotic supplements have risen in popularity over the last few years. They are sold to us as a means of supporting and maintain that “good gut” bacteria to help promote digestion. But what is the difference between the two? What benefits do they provide? And who should be taking them?
If you identify as female, you may have noticed that most of the supplements marketed to you contain biotin. It has been claimed that biotin is a beauty holy grail that can enhance your skin, nails, and hair. But are these just bold claims? What is biotin anyway and is it really the holy grail we think it is?
In the last blog, we took a dive into the candidiasis infection. We discussed the ways you can become infected, as well as the different variations of the infection. This week, we want to discuss the best way to treat the fungus overgrowth. We (and many other wellness professionals) believe the best method is through the prevention of the underlying cause. And the best method to cure candidiasis is through the food we eat on a daily basis.
As they say, fall is officially in the air. And with that crisp fall air come our favorite seasonal smells and fragrances. What does fall smell like for you? Crisp morning air? Bonfires? High school football games? Pumpkin and apple pie? And while you could try to re-create these fantastic fall smells with store-bought, chemical, and artificially fragranced products, why not try a hand at DIY essential oil projects. From hand soaps and body butter to room sprays and fabric refreshers, your home can be filled with your favorite fall season essential oil scents, all while gaining their therapeutic benefits!
Skincare seems to be a popular topic these days. You may see ads for regimens on social media. Popular YouTube videos cover morning and nighttime skincare routines. You may even see Korean inspired skincare trinkets and masks in the aisles of Target. And this is all for good reason. Our skin is a nifty organ as it is capable of both the processes of elimination and absorption. Everything we put on our skin (or expose it to) either enhances or hinders its function. Before you even leave your home for work in the morning, you’ve exposed your skin to nearly 300 chemicals! This is why it’s crucial to take care of your skin and to be mindful of the things we put it through!
Back pain can be miserable. Whether it’s that chronic low pain or spasms and aching neck, any kind of back pain can ruin your day, weekend, or an entire week. Unfortunately, back pain has become quite common. So much so that roughly 8 in 10 people deal with some type of back pain during their lives. Low back pain, in particular, is responsible for 2.6 million visits to the emergency room each year and is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Today, we want to review holistic back pain treatments you can try before you resort to drastic measures.
When you have to juggle work, family, friends, social engagements and other commitments, it’s easy to become stressed out. There are a number of ways to reduce tension and relax. However, some are much more effective for some than others. It’s important to find positive methods though. Even though some negative methods still bring stress relief, they actually bring more harm than good in the big picture. Holistic stress management looks at the big picture in regard to stress. It also takes a broader view of natural stress relievers and strategies.
We’re sure you’ve heard of the statistic that humans are comprised of 60% water. But you may not have known that we are also made up of something else – microbes. The average human has 100 trillion microbes, as they outnumber human cells ten to one. They are mainly found in the large intestine. And they include bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses, etc., that live in and out of the human body. All in all, the microbiome may weigh as much as five pounds. Don’t let the size fool you, the microbiome packs a punch. So, let’s discuss different ways of taking care of it.
The term “toxins” is everywhere in the realm of health and wellness. We are told that eliminating these toxins from our bodies is essential to obtain optimum health. Social media platforms have jumped on this profitable trend through influencer pushed cleanses and detoxes. But we have now learned many of them are just laxative teas – which can be harmful when consumed in large quantities. Resetting our elimination can help reset our normal functioning baseline. Not to mention allow for the rest of our organs to also perform at full capacity.
Essential oils are powerful plant extracts that have been used for thousands of years. They have aided many in regard to health, appearance, and mood. From cooking and cleaning to beauty and home remedies, essential oils can help you create a non-toxic environment for your family. Essential oils are a safe and green way to help you meet your goals. And as a bonus, your home is going to smell amazing without anything artificial. It finally feels like spring in Pittsburgh, so we have 5 DIY spring cleaning recipes to help you move away from using harsh chemicals and embrace warmer weather!