wellness

  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. Are Your Habits Making Your Skin Unhappy?

    Are Your Habits Making Your Skin Unhappy?

    As the largest organ in your body, your skin performs highly important roles for you like body thermoregulation and prevention of fluid loss. It protects you from the harmful effects of the sun's radiation and keeps you safe from harmful toxins. It's your first line of defense.

    Your skin takes care of you.

    If you're not happy with how your skin is behaving, it may be time for you to change your habits.

    The way you take care of the rest of your body (or don't) has a huge impact on the health of your skin. What's going on in your life and the state of your health are all reflected in the mirror. Your habits, whether good or bad, will tell all. According to Kimberly Snyder, author of The Beauty Detox Solution,

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  4. 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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  5. Prebiotics - Why You Need Them and How They Work

    Prebiotics - Why You Need Them and How They Work

    Just as you're getting comfortable with the fact that probiotics are good for you and you should pay attention to them, now you're hearing that there are things called prebiotics.

    Shouldn't you have heard about them first?! As in, pregame?

    Is this new-to-you concept some sort of hype that the supplement industry created because they saw $$ in selling probiotics?

    Nope! Not at all! We'll clear the smoke and clouds and help you understand exactly what they are and how they go to work for you (and your probiotics).

    The Beneficial Bug Review

    The Beneficial Bug Review

    Just in case you forgot: There are bacteria and yeast that populate your body, especially in your gut. Some are bad and, if go unchecked, can contribute to

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Women and Mental Illness: Creating a Future That Is Bright

    Women and Mental Illness: Creating a Future That Is Bright

    A great deal of Americas, many of them women, live with mental illness like depression or bipolar disorder. That's a heavy burden to carry.

    Glowbiotics is committed to creating a future that is bright and happy. We believe that begins with our own body, family and community. We weren't just founded as a skin movement, but a global movement that advances and advocates for women's health.

    Why Focus on Women?

    Why Focus on Women?

    So many factors like genetics and environment come into play when it comes to mental health, and there are several challenges that affect both women and men, but women seem to be disproportionately affected.

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  9. 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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  10. When Is It Time To See a Dermatologist

    When Is It Time To See a Dermatologist

    When making decisions on when to schedule appointments for skin care, everyone goes through the inner struggle of trying to decide when they should throw in the towel and make that appointment, and when it's okay to sit back and see where things go. We all suffer from breakouts from time to time. You may even deal with allergic rashes on occasion.

    But how do you really know when you should suffer through and tough it out, when you should visit your favorite esthetician, and when it's time to really get serious about calling your doctor.

    Esthetician vs. Dermatologist

    Esthetician vs. Dermatologist

    There are huge differences between what the two professionals actually do.

    To simplify, "A

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