You might be reading this in the pouring rain or freezing cold, wondering whether this weather is cause for loading up on vitamin D (if you’re anything like me, you haven’t spent any real time in the sun in months!!). Not only is the vitamin essential for bone strength and overall immunity, but it’s key for skin health (a deficiency is associated with acne). It’s estimated that 1 billion people worldwide have a vitamin D deficiency. But like so many other things, the misinformation out there is mind-boggling. How much of this vitamin do we actually need? Where do we get it from? And how can we know if we’re lacking? I turned to Alexandra Caspero, MA, RD, CLT, RYT, and a nutritionist at HUM (a brand that makes a curated selection of vitamins and supplements), to fill us all in.
I’m not much of cook, which is unfortunate because I’m paranoid about everything from pesticides to GMOs (I need this portable molecular sensor already!). Like most people, I’m left hoping that what’s labeled “organic” or “grass-fed” actually is (though I’ve read countless stories about how that is far too often not the case). While I clearly can’t grow all my produce in my NYC apartment or go out fishing for my salmon, there are small things that we all can do to not only improve our health and nutrition, but our overall wellbeing. One of the easiest things we can do is grow an indoor herb garden; yes, even without sunlight or rain, it can be easy!
You might have heard about high-intensity interval training (HIIT). They say it’s the most effective way to work out because not only do you build muscle and burn fat quickly (compared to other training methods), but you burn calories for hours after the workout is done. Why? There’s an increased oxygen demand in your body that lasts long after the workout, leading to continued calorie and fat-burning for up to 48 hours after…
March 13th is Daylight Savings, so what better time to shed some light on sleep? Like many people, I’ve been suffering from troubled sleep for about as long as I can remember. Stress, anxiety, the wrong mattress, the wrong pillows, eating the wrong foods before bed…there are so many factors that can come into play with sleep (check this out for some tips on optimizing sleep). While ridding yourself of anxiety-induced sleep deprivation is certainly way easier said than done, there are a number of ways you can work to immediately improve your sleep. Here are three that I have found to be tried and true!
Probiotics have been thrust into the spotlight as of late, and while it’s always best to get these healthy bacteria strains from food, it’s not always feasible to load our plates with kimchi and sauerkraut. Countless wellness experts advocate adding a daily probiotic supplement to your diet, but they’re far from created equally. Recent skin breakouts and a bloated belly (despite a healthy diet) made me take a deeper look into the ins and outs of probiotics. I spent hours Googling (to the point at which my boyfriend said, “I see what you mean when you say you can get obsessive”), and the ideas out there are so ridiculously conflicting that I decided to reach out to some experts. Read on to find out what they say and for some trusted brands to boost your digestive health.
Condoms, at least I thought, were by and large purchased by men, but it turns out women actually buy 40% of them; and now a new brand, Sustain, is trying to capture some of that market by appealing to women with what they’re calling “all-natural condoms.”
I, like many resolutionaries out there, am on a clean-eating regimen to kick off the new year. And like everyone else with a resolution – or three – I will be vigilant for a solid two weeks before I slowly start to taper off and end up feeling depressed about my lack of resolve. So rather than subject myself to some overly-ambitious, extreme plan that’s bound to fail, how about taking small steps every day?
With little to no regulation in this country, many big food companies label their products as “healthy” and “natural,” leading people to think what they’re consuming is healthy when it’s anything but. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Just because your Oreo-like cookie is organic doesn’t make it a health food. To find out more, I turned to senior registered dietitian at Selvera Wellness, Amanda Foti, and asked her to bust what she considers to be the most common healthy food myths.
There’s nothing that will affect my mood quite the way the weather will. When it’s sunny, minor annoyances just roll off my shoulder; when it’s cold or stormy, I’m just PISSED.ALL.THE.TIME. To this day, I question how I survived four years at Cornell…though, truth be told, I didn’t go to class all that much because of my issues with the weather