Answering all of your health, wellness, fitness, and personal questions.
How Meditation Can Change Your Life, According to Science
Most people’s vision of mediation is a guru seated lotus style on a peaceful mountaintop, but there’s way more to it than that. Scientists and doctors are starting to catch on that mindfulness can be a powerful tool for healing. Even if you’re not a big fan of “woo” type stuff like massage or essential oils, you can’t deny actual medical studies that say that meditation changes the structure of your brain (1). It’s also a proven thing that there’s a connection between the brain and body, and that changes to our brain chemistry affect how our bodies work. With that, it’s really not a stretch to think that meditation can heal your body.
Cleaning Tips to Make Your Life Easier
Cleaning is an acquired taste. Some of us find it cathartic; We clean when we are stressed or anxious. Others only clean out of necessity-when the gunk in the toilet takes on a life of its own or the sheets begin to smell like something died in them. Dishes pile up and spill over, the sticky substance on the counters starts spreading down the cabinets... not a pretty picture.
Forget Pokémon Go, Fitocracy is the Fitness RPG Site You Never Knew You Wanted
Has your Pokémon Go gotten up and gone? Are you tired of endlessly hiking the harsh (and occasionally paved) terrain in search of both rare Pokémon and getting swole, but finding neither? Still, if you’re a little geeky and like to combine your workouts with your nerd-outs, Pokémon Go’s the best program for that. Right?
Best Detoxifying Rituals
With each new season comes reflection—including reevaluation of your health and habits. Maybe you’ve thought about improving your overall health by eliminating those toxins accumulated by breathing and eating in an industrialized world. Or maybe you just need to end a weekend of splurging and overeating.
Health Foods That Aren’t Actually Healthy
Navigating the dusty isles of the grocery store can be a daunting enough task itself. Combine that with the often overwhelming options of “health foods” that promise to help you lose weight, gain muscle, or generally keep your body in peak condition. While many of these foods do provide nutritious benefits, many provide nothing more than false promises.
Probiotic Foods You Need in Your Diet
Do you know all the probiotic foods you need in your diet? Normally the idea of bacteria makes people uncomfortable. We have all of these soaps, wipes, and disinfectants we can stash in our purses and backpacks for the specific purpose of killing bacteria. But anyone who’s sat through an introductory level biology class will remember that we can’t actually kill off all of the bacteria in the world. We need some of it in our intestinal lining to promote healthy digestive processes and keep our lives running smoothly. Frequently, we get ourselves off track in terms of growing healthy bacteria by eating foods that aren’t so great for us, or overloading on antibiotics. Luckily, there are food options out there, probiotic foods, that you need in your diet to help regulate your digestive system.
How the Wisdom of Confucius Can Help You Be Less of a Jerk
I’m sure you’re a pretty nice person. I like to think that I am too. But sometimes I let myself justify getting pretty snippy with the customer service rep - like it’s her fault that Comcast is stupid. Other times I find myself muttering under my breath when my kids eat graham crackers in my unmade bed, or I let a friend’s Facebook post piss me off for the rest of the day. Nobody’s perfect, but if you feel your inner Hulk bursting out in a rage every time the wind doesn’t blow your way, it might be time to try walking a more peaceful path. Let the Great Sage (aka Confucius) help you get there. He’s famous for little snippets of wisdom that can sound like they came out of a fortune cookie - until you look deeper. Sometimes a simple phrase can help you see things differently and make keeping your cool a little easier. Feel free to scrawl any of these on a post-it note or make them the background on your lock screen. If they really change your life, they might even make it onto a canvas you can look at every night as you fall asleep. Hopefully, you’ll be sleeping more peacefully when you’re treating others in a way that makes you both feel great.
“I ate too much. I’m depressed.”“Damn, he didn’t answer my text. Now I’m depressed.”“The store already closed, I’m depressed!”
Will You Make It to Immortality?
You think you're going to die some day? WRONG! Just hang in there; you’ve got this! This is already 2016…by 2045, give or take, we will all be immortal cyborg-things! No, really. We’ll be immortal cyborg-things.
Five Free Things You Can Do To Be Healthier and Happier Now
When I say “free” I am assuming that you have a source of clean drinking water and the internet. If you don’t have those things (at least the water), your potential for health and happiness are probably pretty limited (Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs comes to mind). But if you DO have those things, and you’re feeling miserable and lonely and dehydrated and achy, it’s worth taking a few simple steps to care for yourself. The term “self-care” is bandied about a lot on the internet these days, and sometimes suggestions for achieving it are unrealistic. Not everyone can afford a massage; not everyone can see a therapist. Those things can be wonderfully helpful for different people, but you’ve got to start where you are. Here are my top five favorite free, stay-at-home things to do when you're down.
Who doesn’t want to wake up happy and healthy with a bright mind every morning? You can easily accomplish this by incorporating some of the healthiest superfoods in your daily diet. If you’re wondering, “What makes the healthiest superfoods so special?” you’re not alone. What exactly is a “superfood”? To put it in basic terms, it’s a food that is really great for your overall health. It is almost like superfoods have superpowers, that’s how good they are for you. These foods are ideal for your body and can add a big dose of nutrients to your diet. A great advantage of superfoods is that you get a lot from a little. You don’t have to eat a ton of the same food to get the effects. Below we have assembled a list of the healthiest superfoods that you should try to consume daily to improve your health.
Best Sulfate Free Shampoos
Has the hairdresser recently recommended that you switch to a sulfate free shampoo? They may be onto something. What exactly are sulfates and why are they in shampoo? In the most basic terms, sulfates are very harsh cleaning chemicals that are added to shampoos to make it extra foamy and get hair super clean. This sounds great but the problem is that sulfates clean so well that they also strip away all of the good things in hair. You end up with dry, damaged hair that’s dull and lifeless. On top of that, sulfates are highly toxic to your body and are known to cause eye and scalp irritation. Yikes! Do you fear you will never be able to let go of your favorite shampoo? Don’t worry, there are dozens to choose from and we've picked out some of the best sulfate free shampoos on the market.