Somewhere between CBD bursting onto the main stage, and a long-overdue acknowledgment of the 100 trillion bacteria that live in our body, the wellness industry managed to further cement itself into the cultural Zeitgeist this year. And with stress levels continuing to reach a fever pitch for women everywhere, the timing feels exactly right for a better understanding of what’s really ailing minds and bodies in our modern world, as well as the healthiest and most robust ways to cope.
Midyear, the FDA approved its first purified form of CBD, otherwise known as cannabidiol, a largely nonpsychoactive chemical present in the cannabis plant. And since then, the category has exploded with a wide spectrum of offerings including tinctures, gummies, vape pens, facial serums, and body creams to whittle away at chronic pain and inflammation, as well as high cortisol levels. While clinical research for the therapeutic phytocannabinoid is ongoing, and understanding the natural remedy is key when navigating the space (some brands are derived from different sources, like hemp, while others are purely synthetic), it’s proving to be promising—so expect the breadth of CBD-infused products to expand even further in the New Year.
Enter probiotic supplements and fermented food and beverages, which supply “good bacteria” to help aid digestion, promote a strong gut lining, and enhance the immune system. But just as important as adding probiotics to your diet is knowing how the rest of your lifestyle comes into play in order to truly hone their benefits. In other words, maintaining a healthy diet and exercising daily are non-negotiables in the bigger picture of gut health.
The Hopeful Decline of Smartphone Usage
“A major source of stress in today’s world is the necessity to adjust to the rapid change [caused] by smartphones,” explains Dr. Herbert Benson, a professor of mind and body medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the Benson-Henry Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital. Whether the amount of phone time you clock falls into the “average” or “addicted” category, it’s important to understand the significant impact on our health, from exacerbating anxiety to increasing body tension.
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Guide For Bikini Wax For You Who Are Adventurous
As if the torture of the monthly waxing was not enough, here comes bikini wax to take the life out of us. A woman is perceived hairless, and even a little amount of it is considered manly or un-groomed! But all the cribbing aside, we love to look holiday-ready all the time, don’t we? That said, take a look at all there is to know about the Brazilian wax. You might just get impulsively adventurous
Let’s Start With What It Is All About
The removal of the pubic hair from the bikini line is quite simply, a bikini wax. It is a cosmetic procedure, and is done by peeling off the hair along with the hot wax that is applied on the skin. Ouch!! That sure sounds painful. But the secret to surviving that is staying absolutely calm.
There are four variations of the Brazilian wax, with different levels of cleanliness (and pain, of course), so let me quickly list them down for you.
The Different Types Of Bikini Waxing:
When you pull the hair off until the line of your standard panties, it is the standard or usual bikini wax. Most parlors usually do that when you opt for the full leg waxing. It leaves a neat triangle that you could trim off and keep clean at any point of time. It is quick and easy, and pain-wise scores 2 on 5. Very bearable I would say.
The Extension Of The Bikini Line:
Taking sexy a notch higher, this one’s going to leave you feeling extremely attractive, and almost G-String ready!!! I’m quite sure you can picture yourself already. This one leaves absolutely no hair poking out since a little over the bikini line is waxed out, leaving a smaller triangle. I would give this one a pain rating of 2 out of 5 as well, because it is not half as painful as what is yet to come (Now ain’t that creepy?).
The Brazilian Wax:
Now we are talking!! With this wax, you are left only with a small strip of hair at the landing. But otherwise it is all off, and when I say all off, I mean all off. You can let your imagination run wild! This one’s a 4/5 on the pain scale, and although it takes a good 20 minutes to strip the hair off, it is worth it!
Let’s Talk Hollywood:
This one’s definitely not for the faint hearted! This is like the epitome of bikini wax. And this one removes every bit of hair that exists between your legs. It takes just about 20-30 minutes and rates about 5/5 on the pain scale (Woooppss!!).
But once it’s done, you will not remember the pain, and the cleanliness it gives you – trust me, it is priceless. Just leave your apprehensions and inhibitions behind before you go for this one.
The Two Apprehensions You Deal With Before Going For A Bikini Wax:
Well, this one is like having sex for the first time (What is he going to think about my body?). But believe me when I say that when you go for a professional bikini wax, the beautician is so used to doing it, and has almost seen everything, that neither will she judge you nor will she make you feel uncomfortable. It might be new for you, but it is a part of her job. And she might have done so many in a day, that she probably won’t even remember any bit of what she saw. (And she will definitely not gossip, if you think that ‘s what she might do)
It is definitely going to be painful (don’t tell me I didn’t warn you before), but your therapist is sure to keep you comfortable and give you tips on how to make it as painless as possible. If you prepare yourself and go for the treatment, it will get a lot easier. You need to remember that if there is no pain, there is no gain.
Keep It Clean, Keep It Safe
It is extremely important to make sure the surroundings in which you get your Brazilian wax done, and the technician, are both very clean. The wax needs to be fresh and you need to make sure she does not double dip in the wax.
The risk of infection is always higher after the session, so make sure to take all the necessary precautions for up to 24 hours after the wax.
After The Treatment:
Most technicians recommend a soothing lotion after the treatment. It is good to use one. You will definitely experience a stinging and tingling sensation in those areas. But it will subside even before you know it.
Pro’s Guide To Healthier Courtside Snack
Get yourself ready. It’s March madness already. Whether you are a die-hard fan or just a regular spectator, you all might find yourself craving for those unhealthy stadium snacks. I know it is hard to resist those cravings. Almost impossible I’d say. But a nutritionist said there are ways to make the unhealthy snacks slightly controllable.
Fill Up First
If you have time before the game, we suggest you to eat first. Load yourself up with protein and fiber. Meals which are rich with these ingredients will keep you checked through out the game. By being full, you won’t over eat the first snack you see.
Drinking alcohol is often part of the experience. If you do so, please be responsible and drink not more than one or two glasses. Wine, light beer, club soda mixed with clear alcohol are all welcome for the experience. Take plenty of ice with them for pacing your intake. The most important thing is, don’t forget to buy a bottle of water before entering the stadium. There are two benefits from this. First, since most stadium snacks are salty, the water can keep the sodium level low. Secondly, drinking water will slow down your alcohol beverage intake.
Snacking With Strategy
Rather than denying yourself a snack, go ahead and choose one. Stick to that snack and order in individual serving to keep your intake checked. When it comes to what snack is the best for your health, nutritionists agreed popcorn and peanut are on top of the pyramid. Popcorn contains a lot of fiber and to make it healthier, get them without butter. Meanwhile peanuts are packed with protein.
Bring Your Own Snack
If you are in doubt about snacks in the stadium, it might be a good option to bring your own. Once you already know that the snack choices available will set off post-game sugar cravings, bring along a small bag of peanut or protein bar.
According To Science, There Is 4 Benefit Of Working in A Standing Desk
Sitting is the new smoking. Has anyone told you that yet? Research shows how a sedentary lifestyle can knock years off our lives. Now, that’s not something pleasing to know. Hence, With our work and lifestyle promoting sedentary living like never before. Therefore, it’s time for a change – which we have in the form of a standing desk. It’s all the rage right now. But is it worth it? How can it make your life better (and longer)?
Can Lower Blood Sugar Levels
Standing desks can improve your metabolism and also increase circulation. Reports suggest how sitting for long periods can elevate blood sugar levels and increase body fat around the waist. Thus, in yet another study, the blood sugar spike reduced by 43% in office workers. Hence, who stood for 180 minutes after lunch when compared to sitting for the same duration.
Can Protect Your Heart
Prolonged sitting has shown to cause a host of diseases, cardiovascular disease being the most prevalent of them. More shockingly, you might still be at risk of heart disease. Thus, even if you perform a good amount of physical activity every day. Hence, especially if the remaining time is spent sitting. Hence, in another study, short-term use of standing workstations had improved cardiometabolic risk parameters in office individuals.
May Treat Back Pain And Improve Posture
Back pain is one common problem in almost every office with a sedentary lifestyle. But studies have shown how participants saw improvement in their symptoms after using standing desks. Thus, using a standing desk was also found to reduce upper back and neck pain by as much as 54%. The desk, as per the study, can reduce sitting time and generate other benefits in addition to relieving pain.
Improves Mood And Productivity
Standing enhances your blood circulation, and this can help stimulate brain activity and improve your mood as a result. When you stand, you are bound to alternate your body weight between your left and right legs. This further improves circulation. Hence, with a better mood, you can also be far more productive. This also means less stress.
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