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The Benefits Of Getting Outside

We all intuitively know that when we spend time outside, we feel so much better. Our mental clutter subsides, our skin looks healthier, and our outlook on life opens up. There’s actually a science to what’s going on here. Read on!

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UTIs and Yeast Infections Decoded

Magnificent as they are, our lady parts can sometimes give us trouble. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and Yeast infections are two of the most common issues in our nether regions. We’ve all either heard of them or had them ourselves, but I find that many of us don’t actually know what the infections are, or how to best treat them. I’m here to clarify the details of the infections, and give you some healthy ways to treat them!

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On Mental Toxicity

Look on the bright side. Stay positive. Keep your head up. Think good thoughts: We’re all familiar with these mind-numbing clichés, right? And we’ve probably all responded to a “Look on the bright side!” with an angry retort. #eyeroll

Here at the S.W. office (as I’m sure has been happening in your office too lately) we’ve been noticing more and more just how much of our headspace is occupied by this sour election season, continuing national tragedies, and an increasingly cruel national discourse marked by bullying and judgment and prejudice.

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Wellness Tips with Dr. Josh Axe

In many ways, September is sort of the “new year” – summer is over, the kids go back to school, and everyone resumes a more settled routine. This transition can be difficult – particularly if you’ve adopted some unhealthy habits in the summer months and want to get back on track. We need some help!

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S.W. Recipe: Date Energy Balls

When we’re really busy, our healthy eating habits tend to fall by the wayside; snacking digresses into a handful of chocolate covered raisins, a bunch of chips, or – worse of all – an iced latte. All of these snacks, while tasty going down, leave us feeling lethargic, kind of guilty, and totally hungry.

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On Skincare Rules

Shrewd beauty marketers have figured out one important thing about us consumers: We like rules. In fact, we’re deeply reliant on them: We need rules to navigate the treacherous world of beauty; without them we’ll become pimply, wrinkly, haggard, unattractive, smelly messes. Or at least that’s what we’re told.

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DEET or Don’t?

DEET – the active element in many insect repellents – is one of those ingredients that we have a “love-hate” relationship with. On one hand, it is consistently proven to be the most effective repellent available against insects like mosquitos and ticks. Furthermore, is the gold standard for protecting against life-altering illnesses like Zika and Malaria. (Yikes.) But studies like this one have shown that prolonged exposure to DEET can cause physiological abnormalities and cell death in rats. What’s more, DEET has also been linked to negative side effects like skin irritations, nausea, rashes, headaches, and dizziness.

 

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I Went on a Meditation Retreat: Here’s What I Learned

I’m perpetually floored at how easy it is to “check out” – how the world we live is built for distraction. It seems that everywhere we turn, there’s an opportunity to get lost in the various fluctuations of our busy minds or get derailed by the onslaught of daily stimulations. In fact, many of us – myself included – have difficulty enjoying the magic of the present moment.

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Wedding Season Wisdom: From the Bride

About seven years ago – as in, when I was in my early twenties – I was at the airport with my best friend Brienne. We were doing we normally do pre-flight: Spending inappropriate amounts of money on snacks and magazines in the airport’s Hudson News. While I don’t remember exactly what I purchased (probably a puzzling mix of highbrow / lowbrow –The New Yorker, US Weekly, Godiva chocolates, Cheetos), I do remember what Brienne bought: a Brides magazine.

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Crazy (Healthy) Food Ingredients, Decoded Part II

Queen of all things “superfood,” Rachel, our Director of Sales, is at it again. After the great response we got from her March post that demystified how and why to use a few of the sometimes-intimidating healthy ingredients you might come across, she’s back at it. Ahead is her second installment of the crazy-healthy powders, tonics and capsules you should think about adding to your wellness routine. Collagen, anyone?

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