The microbiome is one of the most important ecosystems in your body. The bacteria in your gut that help us process foods and absorb nutrients are responsible for weight, mood, energy, and overall wellness. This amazing community of bacteria, also called “the second brain”, has an enormous effect on your sleep, skin, allergies, hormones, immunity, and more.
Ah, the best laid plans. We all make promises to ourselves at the beginning of a new year, optimistically looking forward to a clean slate and a fresh start. I personally love the feeling of starting anew, but this year (after many past New Year’s resolutions made and forgotten), I’m a bit more in tune with how to be successful meeting my goals.
So bring it on 2019! Here are my 3 biggest goals in the new year and what I’m doing to commit to myself and my community, personally and professionally.
Want to supercharge your mood? Look at what you’re eating. Food is an important - but often overlooked - piece of the puzzle for managing stress. The food you eat can have a direct impact not just on things like anxiety, depression, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, but even on your everyday mood. Eliminating inflammatory ingredients like gluten, dairy, and sugar can be a great place to start, but you also need to be sure you’re getting adequate stress-busting nutrients.
Our founder & CEO, Caroll Lee, hopped on a plane with her family to Bangkok, Thailand, with return tickets dated 9 weeks later. After traveling around Southeast Asia, seeing ancient ruins and temples, and finding peace and beauty in the steamy jungles of Bali, she reflects on the benefits of travel and how to bring that beauty back in daily life.
Properly hydrating your body can address a plethora of health issues - from chronic headaches, brain fog, and fatigue to weight gain, gut issues, and autoimmune conditions. You’ve heard the age-old advice: Drink 8 glasses of water a day. But is that really the best way to hydrate your body? In this edition of our book club series, our Head of Client Wellness, Sarah Hebbel-Stone, turns to the latest read among wellness professionals, Quench.
Cortisol is often called the stress hormone because it’s released during times of physical and emotional stress, but it’s not always a bad thing. It is responsible for maintaining the health of and proper communication between every cell in your body. Whether you’re dealing with a lot of stress or just want to ensure you’re supporting your natural cortisol levels, here are three ways to to balance your cortisol naturally.
We are firm believers that there is more to weight loss and true health than calories in versus calories out. Our philosophy is simple and straight forward -- if you eat real food, made from scratch, you will feel better on the inside and out. But how do you keep track of progress or stay motivated without seeing numbers dropping on the scale every day? We checked in with Mia Rigen, our wellness partner, New York City based Nutritionist and founder of RASA, on alternative ways to measure your health - no scales or calorie counting required.
Hormones influence your weight, energy levels, digestion, fertility, and metabolism. If you’ve been feeling anxious or depressed, experiencing brain fog or fatigue, or dealing with bloating or PMS, your body might be telling you to look to your hormones. Simple changes in your daily food routine and lifestyle can have a big impact.