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Wellness

The Pursuit of Wellness: Coming back to Wellness
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The Pursuit of Wellness: Coming back to Wellness

Renee MacDonald's life reads like an episode of The Oprah Show: dysfunctional family, sexual abuse, violence and methamphetamine addiction. If it sounds dramatic, that's because it is. But it's hard to square MacDonald's backstory with the healthy, happy 41-year-old sitting opposite me, sipping the peach and green tea kombucha she makes under her Soul Sisters Kombucha label. "I've certainly come from a place of darkness," says Levin-based MacDonald. "I had to hit rock bottom to be able to come out the other side." Today the mother of three is in "an amazing place". "I have a loving relationship firstly with myself but also with my kids and my fantastic partner. My business is doing well, I'm furthering my study in Rongoā (natural Māori medicine) and helping others to manage th...
Wellness isn’t always welcoming. Meet the women bringing change to the industry
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Wellness isn’t always welcoming. Meet the women bringing change to the industry

When Jessamyn Stanley started doing yoga, she felt completely out of place. “I was almost always the only fat person, the only Black person, like I'm very physically different from everyone else in the room,” said Stanley, 33. “It was very alienating.” Despite wanting to quit, Stanley stuck with yoga for the emotional benefits. Nearly a decade later, Durham, North Carolina-based Stanley is a yoga teacher, author of “Every Body Yoga,” and a renowned body-positive wellness influencer who uses her hard-won visibility to flip existing narratives about who belongs in the yoga and wellness world. Wellness, however, still hasn’t come far in terms of inclusion. “To this day, especially if I go to a random class with people that I don't know, there's still a lot of prejudice,” Stanley ...
11 Wellness Platforms Created by Indigenous People You Should Be Following
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11 Wellness Platforms Created by Indigenous People You Should Be Following

The conversation surrounding diversity and inclusion in health and wellness comes up periodically without any transformative change within the $4.5 trillion dollar industry. It's evident that wellness is predominately marketed towards white people and is often seen as an exclusive luxury. Although the health and wellness industry isn't reflective of the various lifestyles, cultures, races, and ethnicities around the world and in the US, wellness is for everyone and should be accessible for everyone, which is why marginalized people are reclaiming the wellness space. Keep reading at PopSugar.
Apple Cider Vingear For Weight Loss: 5 Reasons Why It Is Effective
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Apple Cider Vingear For Weight Loss: 5 Reasons Why It Is Effective

or several thousands of years, apple cider vinegar has been used as a popular home remedy, in cooking, and as a health tonic. Its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties offer numerous health benefits including lowering blood sugar levels, reducing cholesterol, etc. Apple cider vinegar also promotes weight loss and fat reduction. Acetic acid- one of the main components of vinegar suppresses body fat accumulation. Here’s how apple cider vinegar aids weight loss: 1. Makes You Feel Satiated and Reduce Calorie Intake Apple cider vinegar can help promote fullness which can also lower the number of calories you consume. A 2005 study reported that people who consumed apple cider vinegar ended up consuming up to 275 fewer calories during the rest of the day. But do not take it alongsi...
Do you need breathing lessons?  Ancient techniques are this year’s hottest wellness trend
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Do you need breathing lessons? Ancient techniques are this year’s hottest wellness trend

Take a deep breath in. It’s a command we all hear at times of stress. Somehow we know that, when harnessed correctly, breathing has amazing curative, calming powers. Yet how we each do it varies greatly, and with wildly differing results. In the past three months, how we inhale and exhale has been the subject of breathless discussion. If anything, Covid-19’s affect on the respiratory system has highlighted how uncertain many of us are about how we should be breathing, in spite of the fact that each day we breathe 25,000 times, take in 30lbs of air into our lungs and consume about 1.7lbs of oxygen. Could you be in need of breathing lessons? J K Rowling certainly thought we could all benefit from a few pointers: she shared a video by Dr Sarfaraz Munshi, showing a breathing technique to...
A ‘Wellness Wearable’ on Your Wrist
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A ‘Wellness Wearable’ on Your Wrist

Leonor Anthony always fell ill during the second week of December. Emerging from the deluge of billionaires, hand-rolled cigars and champagne fountains otherwise known as Art Basel Miami, “I know I’m going to be horizontal for a least a week or two because it’s just too much,” the multidisciplinary artist and activist said. One year it was sheer exhaustion; in another, a bad cough that got worse. For the past seven years, Ms. Anthony was stuck in the same cycle. Every year, that is, but this past one. “In 2019, the only difference was a watch,” she said. On her left wrist, Ms. Anthony, 53, now wears a black Teslar Re-Balance T-2 with a diamond-studded dial. Just before the art fair, Enrico Margaritelli, Teslar’s chief executive, had reached out to her via Instagram and, when they ...
Studies Show Cilantro Calms Anxiety and Improves Sleep as a Natural Sedative
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Studies Show Cilantro Calms Anxiety and Improves Sleep as a Natural Sedative

Research studies show that the herb cilantro, when taken in higher doses, can reduce anxiety and provide relaxation as well as the drug valium. Cilantro is an herb with small green, fan-shaped leaves and long, tender stalks. It also goes by the name of coriander, although coriander is actually a spice derived from the dried seeds of cilantro. Cilantro is rich with vitamins and minerals and has many proven health and therapeutic benefits, as well as a variety of cooking and seasoning uses. Read more here...
Wellness Experts Share The Self-Care Tactics They’re Relying On During COVID-19
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Wellness Experts Share The Self-Care Tactics They’re Relying On During COVID-19

As a dietitian and health coach, navigating my own self-care—and how to talk about it—during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a balancing act. I’ve written before about finding that right place for yourself of sharing without oversharing personal details in your work life, and this experience has been a refresher in the importance of that pre-post gut check. I’ve been sharing a lot of what’s working for me while sheltering in place: meditation, at-home workouts, balanced meals, letting my cats be my alarm clock...I’m also acknowledging that I have my struggles and am taking a lot of my own stress management advice. I reached out to some friends and colleagues in the wellness world about the self-care tactics they are relying on and recommending to their patients and clients during this ti...
Why do I keep getting cold sores?
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Why do I keep getting cold sores?

Cold sores can be tiny and painful, and for some, they keep appearing over and over again. “Many people are infected with this virus but most have no symptoms at all. We spread the cold sore form of this disease through saliva and close personal contact to the saliva of others,” the infectious disease specialist explained. The appearance of a cold sore can feel slightly embarrassing, especially in social gatherings or work, but Zoutman says the infection is very common. “They affect your appearance on your lips and face, which may lead to feeling self-conscious. If they recur frequently, they can be very distressing and a reason to seek the help of your doctor.” “We used to think of HSV-1 as classically the more common, above-the-belt type [that caused cold sores], and HSV-2 wa...
Stages of cold sore development: What to know
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Stages of cold sore development: What to know

Cold sores, also known as herpes labialis, are caused by nongenital herpes simplex virus type 1. People can develop a cold sore on their lips or in their mouth. Transmission of the nongenital herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) occurs during childhood through nonsexual contact, but adults can contract the infection through sexual activity. HSV-1 hibernates inside skin cells and neurons under the skin until a trigger stimulates it. Stages of a cold sore A cold sore develops in five stages and will typically last between 9 and 12 days. Stage 1 Initially, people will feel a tingling, itching, or burning sensation underneath the skin around the mouth or base of the nose. Doctors call this the prodrome stage. Other symptoms that may occur during this stage include: malais...