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  1. Winter Blues: What You Can Do To Feel Better

    Winter Blues: What You Can Do To Feel Better

    'Tis the season. Literally. The fun and joyous, yet hectic and stressful, holidays are over and winter is really settling in for good. Daylight is in short supply, and blustery weather may make it difficult for you to get out and enjoy some quality outdoor time. Many people get the winter blues each season and find it difficult to combat the feeling of depression that often accompanies.

    So what can you do to relieve your winter blues?

    See the Light

    See the Light

    A lot of what is happening to your body and your mood has to do with the lack of daylight outside. It's dark when you leave for work, it's dark when you come home. That can disrupt your body's circadian rhythms and cause a drop in serotonin and vitamin D levels, which can lead to depressive

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  2. Pollution's Big Impact On Your Skin

    Pollution's Big Impact On Your Skin

    Most people can now safely agree that pollution is definitely taking a toll on the environment and is a cause for concern. What pollution does to your lungs has been well-documented for some time. We're now understanding that pollution can also impact other parts of your body, including your skin.

    Recent research is showing that air that isn't clean has a huge impact on the health of your body's largest organ: the skin. This isn't necessarily a new problem, but until recently, little scientific research has been done.

    What Does Pollution Do To Your Skin?

    What Does Pollution Do To Your Skin?

    There is a definite correlation between air pollution

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  3. Healthy Can Be Yummy: Eating For Your Skin

    Healthy Can Be Yummy: Eating For Your Skin

    There is so much talk out there about the damage free radicals can inflict on our skin and the resulting inflammation. You've heard of the benefits of antioxidants and probiotics, both taken internally and used topically.

    You've paid enough attention to know that free radicals and inflammation are bad and eating healthy is good.

    Taking care of your skin involves more than twice-daily cleansing and moisturizing. What you put into your body has a huge impact everywhere, including your skin! Antioxidants and probiotics are vital to your health and longevity.

    Why Are Free Radicals Bad?

    Why Are Free Radicals Bad?

    Free radicals are formed when oxygen in the body splits - a result of either normal metabolic processes

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  4. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

    Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

    With a name like that, this syndrome can be deceiving. Not everyone with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) actually has cysts on her ovaries.

    But PCOS affects many women in some pretty big ways.

    What Is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

    PCOS is a hormonal disorder common in women of reproductive age, so it can affect anyone from a teenager to a woman perimenopausal. In fact, it affects one in 10 women of childbearing age. It's caused by an imbalance in a woman's reproductive hormones, which creates problems in the ovaries, as well as elsewhere.

    The ovaries are the paired organs that create and store the egg that is released monthly as a part of a healthy menstrual cycle. In the case of PCOS, the egg may not develop as it should or it may not be released

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  5. The Top 10 Skin Care Ingredients You Should Avoid

    The Top 10 Skin Care Ingredients You Should Avoid

    Did you know there are ingredients found in skincare products that you should actually avoid?

    You may obsess over the foods that you eat, spending time pouring over the ingredients listed on food packaging, making sure you're checking that no harmful ingredients are included. When it comes to your health you don't want to do anything halfway. You're all-in, right?!

    So why do you not put the same time and energy into your skincare regimen? Your skin is the largest organ of your body with many important functions. It's also one of the most sensitive when it comes to environmental insults.

    We get it. There's a dizzying array of skincare products on the market. You probably usually reach for a brand name that's familiar, or a product you last saw a commercial for. Often, you'll grab

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  6. Dermatologist vs. Esthetician

    When to See a Dermatologist: Five Things to Watch Out for to Protect Your Skin

    No doubt you have heard the warnings about staying out of the sun to avoid aging your skin. While you may already know the dangers of the sun and the risk of skin cancer, this is not the only thing to blame for skin problems. There are a variety of skin issues that can be bothersome and effect quality of life.

    With so many over-the-counter skin care products readily available to treat everything from dry skin to acne, self-treating is often the first step. Along with self-treating your skin, it is important to understand when to seek the medical advice and treatment of a dermatologist.

    Here are five things to watch out for on your skin that should warrant a call to your dermatologist.

    1. Persistently Red, Flushed Skin That Won't Go Away

      While a pink rosy glow is associated with youth and health, constantly flushed skin can be the sign

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  7. 5 Reasons Why Your Skin is Misbehaving

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    Cleanse. Treat. Moisturize. Repeat twice daily. That is the universal formula for clear, radiant and youthful skin, right? Not necessarily. Even if you follow a strict regimen on a daily basis to keep your skin clean, healthy and wrinkle-free, there are some personal habits that could be preventing your skin from unleashing its natural glow. Take a peek at our list of radiance-zapping culprits to figure out if you need to fine-tune your daily routine.

    You don't know how to say "no" to junk food.
    old adage "you are what you eat" is very true - especially when it comes to your skin. When your belly isn't happy and your body is lacking the necessary nutrients to get through the day, it can absolutely affect the way your skin acts, feels and looks. The next time you shop for groceries,

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  8. Chia Fresca - A Prebiotic Energy Booster!

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    Here is a yummy and natural prebiotic energy boosting drink! I love downing one of these bad boys before AND after my yoga classes. It's made with coconut water, chia seeds, lemon and a hint of agave nectar and is extremely effective in hydrating the body and balancing electrolytes after a good sweat.

    I talk A LOT about probiotics on this blog, but in this post, I wanted to shine some light on prebiotics since they aren't talked about nearly as much as the former.

    You may be thinking, "Well, maybe they aren't as important as probiotics. I have never even heard of them!" And you would be wrong.

    In fact, prebiotics are essential to probiotics carrying out their duties. Simply put, prebiotics are food for probiotics and they help increase the absorption of minerals in our body while balancing

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  9. The 4 Ingredients You Should Never Allow in Your Skincare Products

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    Over the last decade or so, more and more people have been jumping on the healthy lifestyle bandwagon - or pursuing a "greener" and "cleaner" life. We fill our plates with nutritious foods, drink plenty of water, exercise regularly and some of us have even adopted a daily meditation ritual to help better our health and well-being. However, despite our best efforts, we could still be exposing ourselves to an insane amount of toxins on a daily basis. In fact, some researchers have even suggested that the average woman uses products that contain 168 chemical ingredients on a daily basis. Yeah, let that bit of information sink in for a minute.

    How is this possible, you ask? Well, what we put on ou

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