When it comes to play, kids are the experts- and it’s time we learn from them. Over the summer, I worked at a day camp where I traveled from activity to activity with campers, often participating in the activities myself. Sports, water play, and recess all involved a notable amount of exercise, but any physical effort involved was overshadowed by the fun of it all.
Trendy golden-milk lattes, bright blue smoothies, matcha lattes are all the rage right now among health fans and enthusiasts of an aesthetically pleasing Instagram picture. However, these fun and “trendy” foods are more than just mesmerizing drinks covering all colors of the rainbow, they contain supplements that are attributed to several, real health benefits. While there is an infinitely growing list of supplements, powders and oils that are both beneficial to health as well as aesthetically pleasing, the three supplements I want to highlight are turmeric, maca, and spirulina. These are my supplements of choice as they are not only easy to purchase, but are also extremely versatile, and can be incorporated into any of your favorite recipes in a plethora of ways.
Masks have become a new staple in our everyday lives this past year – we now grab one before we go anywhere, along with our keys, wallet, and phone. Even now as Covid-19 vaccines become widely available to the general public, masks will certainly outlast the pandemic. Wearing a mask to prevent the spread of Covid-19 has been pivotal throughout this period of time, due to the mask’s ability to keep potentially viral respiratory droplets contained. Still, over the past year there’s been a negative secondary effect of wearing masks that some have experienced involving face acne, known as “mask-ne”.
The middle mark of summer has passed which means it’s time to reflect on these past few months. We have new opportunities ahead of us – some of us know what our next move is, while some of us may still have no clue – and that is okay. Some of you reading this may already have jobs and careers. We may all be in different places in our lives, but we do share one commonality: an understanding that our willingness to step outside of our comfort zones is critical to our future success. I’m sure we have all heard of this term, but what exactly does it mean, and why are so many people willing to stay within this so-called “zone”?
By: Michelle Kaminski Climate change is a major public health issue that has been overlooked the past four years by our previous administration. When the general public thinks of the word “climate change,” many people associate it with the increasing threat of global warming. The aforementioned environmental consequence of climate change is categorized by extreme heat and an overall increase in the temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere. Unless more attention is brought to climate change and its impacts on our health, the Earth’s temperature will continue to increase in its frequency and magnitude and impact a greater number ofContinue reading “The Overheating Problem Plaguing our Earth”
As I was scrolling through my Instagram feed one day avoiding my growing to-do list, I noticed Vogue had just posted a video featuring Hollywood’s most sought after, celebrity crush: Gwyneth Paltrow. I obviously clicked the link to watch the full video. Would I finally have insider info on how Paltrow looks like she hasn’t aged since she filmed Shakespeare in Love? I had to know. Long story short, I didn’t figure it out – I mean it’s probably a lot of botox and luck-of-the-draw genetics – but I wasn’t entirely unsuccessful. I learned that Paltrow views her oral health and skincare routine of equal importance; in fact, every morning, before she starts her day, Paltrow does something called oil pulling, an “ancient ayurvedic therapy” known to promote oral hygiene.
No, I am not writing about Earth Day just because it is the same day as my birthday (April 22)! Okay, maybe I am a little. However, identifying as an environmentalist and having the same birthday as Earth Day, I have always had a love for Mother Earth and a constant and persisting interest in the history of Earth Day.
We’ve all probably heard of the Polar Plunge – an event held every year during the peak of winter where hundreds of participants run into the freezing cold ocean as a way to raise money. Sounds insane right, or at the very least, sounds extremely uncomfortable. While this event only happens once a year, incorporating this type of cold immersion can be beneficial to your overall health everyday. Today, “cold therapy” is a term used to describe how submerging yourself in cold water can work wonders on healing our bodies and improving our well-being.
I joined my first zoom class of my last semester of college with bittersweet feelings. While I didn’t know what to expect from the class, I surely wasn’t expecting to be the only female on the screen. I’m a sports business minor and I’m used to being outnumbered, but never singled out.
By: Charlotte Miller Why is everyone talking about gluten so much lately? What even is gluten? And should you really be ‘going gluten free?’ Recently, gluten has garnered a negative connotation and subsequently a bad reputation, leading more and more people to be taking up a gluten free lifestyle. To understand this latest health fad, let’s start with the basics. What is gluten? “Gluten is the main storage protein of wheat grains… wheat, rye, barley, and oats” (Biesiekierski, 2017). What this means is 85-90% of the protein in wheat comes from gluten; keep in mind, though, wheat has onlyContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Gluten”
Ahh back again with another “balance” post … in the balance series so far, we’ve covered balance in our work/social lives, workout routines, and our nutritional habits. Just as it is important to have balance in these aspects of your life, there is also balance that must be achieved within your physical body. Your body works hard to maintain a balanced internal state. In biology there is a term to describe this type of balance – homeostasis, it is a state of equilibrium or balance between interdependent elements within your body. Part of this balance includes maintaining the right pH levels. Now, it’s 2021 and it’s time to talk about our vaginas. Vaginal health should be made just as aware as any other health aspect – whether it be gut, skin, heart, etc. Talking with friends and other women, I’ve realized that a lot of us do not have an awareness of what our vaginas are trying to signal to us or what certain signs may mean for our health.
“You can eat all the right foods, follow the best diet, and workout out every day, but if you aren’t breathing correctly you will never be healthy”. These were the words spoken by James Nestor, science journalist and author of New York Times Best Seller book Breath. If this statement sounds crazy, that’s because it is. Breathing.. seems simple, right? I mean, we do it every day without even thinking – it’s involuntary, an unconscious action. But the issue is just that: we aren’t thinking about it, when actually, we should be mindful about how we are breathing. Breathing is essential not only to stay alive, but also plays a key role in our overall health, essentially influencing every function of our body.
If you look up “Does fasted cardio work?” or “Does fasted cardio burn more fat?” you’ll find a long list of various articles discussing this latest fitness trend. Fasted cardio involves performing aerobic exercise after forgoing energy intake (i.e. not consuming food or drinks with calories) for a period of time. The average person does an “overnight fast” for about 8-12 hours, and there are metabolic changes that happen during these hours when we don’t take in energy. When we’re in our overnight fast, the body tends to rely more on fat as a fuel source and tries to spare the carbohydrate in our bodies. The idea behind fasted cardio is that this shift in preferential energy source could continue in an exercise session.
For Women’s History Month, it’s important to bring awareness to issues in women’s medical care and educate ourselves on health disparities that affect women around the world. While there has been much progress, there is still a lot of work to be done to get to where we need to be.
By: Remy Raccuia Everyone’s answer to everything is it starts from within, but when it comes to glowing skin, the food we eat truly does have an effect on our skin’s appearance. A skincare regimen is obviously necessary, but if you feel like you’re lacking that certain glow even with a stellar skincare lineup, consider incorporating new foods into your daily eating habits. I’ve compiled a list of fifteen superfoods that will get your skin glowing! Avocados That avocado toast on your Instagram story isn’t just helping your aesthetic- avocados contain healthy fats that help to prevent sun damage.Continue reading “Foods That Make Your Skin Glow”
By: Julia Gagulska As the hol3 team of women aims to empower women daily, it is important that we raise awareness and celebrate the month of March, or as it should be more recognized, Women’s History Month. As indicated by the name, Women’s History Month is meant to “commemorate and encourage the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history” (The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records, et al.). Here at hol3health, our goal this Women’s History month is to celebrate women’s innumerable past accomplishments, raise awareness to problems women face today, andContinue reading “A Message to Women”
The Freshman 15. Spring break body. Looking skinny in a dress. I’m not going to eat dinner today. Fad diets. These are just some of the many phrases I have heard throughout my time in college as a woman. When will it stop? Does it ever stop? As senior year is coming to a close, I could only hope that the people I surround myself with are body-positive by now. Unfortunately, this is not entirely true, and it has been this way for over four years.
By: Regina Taylor As we approach the one year anniversary of the COVID-19 lockdown and all of the abrupt lifestyle changes that came with it, it is important to continue prioritizing our mental health in any way we can. While research on the direct effects of COVID-19 on mental health is still evolving, there is sufficient evidence of an increase in depression, PTSD, and OCD as a result of the pandemic (Fofana, 2020). Although phrases like “Covid fatigue” and “lockdown depression” have become increasingly trendy, the psychological effects of the pandemic are real and serious, and the feelings ofContinue reading “One Year of Social Distancing”
In another anatomy series article, I am going to walk you through a simplified version of the anatomy of the arms, specifically the upper arms. For starters, the arm is composed of 30 bones that make up three parts: hands, forearms, and upper arm. The upper arm is connected to the shoulder joint and extends to the elbow. In this portion of the arm, the biceps and triceps are the major muscles at work. These are also the two main muscles people tend to focus on when working out.
By: Michelle Kaminski Chronic diseases are a profound public health problem in the United States (U.S.). They are a major cause of death and include among other things heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes. According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (2020), 6 out of 10 adults suffer from chronic disease in the U.S. Even though Americans are living longer than ever before and the development of chronic disease is preventable, they still prevail and pose a risk for longevity (American Public Health Association, 2020). The main reason chronic disease affects so many adultsContinue reading “Chronic Disease Prevention”
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