There are a few universally accepted truths that we must all cling to in the never-ending debate over what to eat and what not to eat. Though they are a rare few, certain foods are irrefutably proven to be good for weight loss and your health in general.
Few events inspire more good vibes than a summer barbecue. Fresh cocktails, great company, and a flaming grill are a tough combination to beat. One drawback: a menu full of heavy, greasy culinary fare that can leave you in the sluggish, bloated state known as a “food coma.”
Here’s the thing: keeping your gut microbiome balanced takes consistent effort. Achieving optimal gut health doesn’t come from 30 days of probiotic supplements and kombucha. Just like us, our gut microbiome is continually evolving – which means it needs to be continually exposed to beneficial bacteria (so the bad bacteria never becomes too powerful).
We face an endless barrage of studies telling us not to eat this and not to drink that if we’re trying to lose weight. And there’s no shortage of self-proclaimed “experts” saying that dieters should avoid fruit altogether if they want to reduce the number on the scale. Science doesn’t bear that out. Fruit absolutely can be a staple of your diet without compromising your weight loss goals. What’s most important for weight loss is your gut health, and foods like fruit can help you maintain a healthy gut.
When it comes to skincare, experts agree that sunscreen, moisturizer, and exfoliation, plus drinking tons of water, are skin-friendly measures. Here’s what you don’t often hear:
The American approach to weight loss starts, for most, with calorie counting. Even if you do subscribe to the “Calories In, Calories Out” school of weight loss (many don’t, by the way), the fact is this:
If you’re a parent, you’re doing everything you can for your kids. You help them with their homework. You practice tennis serves and soccer passes. You get them into bed at a reasonable hour. But what are you doing to take care of their immune systems?
Our gut is the key to our immunity. Within our gut are several million living cultures of bacteria that are created and fed by the food we eat. These bacteria and fungi make up the gut’s microbiome. Your gut microbiome has a direct impact on your immune cells. If your gut is healthy, you will have better immunity.
We wear our nutrition on our skin, you might say: the food we eat has direct effects on our skin, the largest organ in (or on) the body. Feed your body well—and practice other skin-friendly habits—and you’ll find yourself with a glowing, clear complexion from head to toe.
Ah, the wonders of the human body! From the intricacies of brain function to the biomechanics of movement, it’s an amazing system. And in women, that system includes a complex relationship between vaginal health and hormones that shifts and changes depending on their reproductive phase. What can you do to foster vaginal health and maintain hormonal balance, whatever your life stage?