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The Overheating Problem Plaguing our Earth

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”

The Benefits of Oil Pulling

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.

The History of Earth Day

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. 

Cold Therapy – Cold Showers may be more beneficial than you think

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.

Females in Sports

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. 

Let’s Talk About Gluten

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”

Balance Series Blog#4- Ways to balance your vaginal pH and the signs of imbalances

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.

Are you breathing wrong? And, what does that even mean?

“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. 

Fasted Cardio

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.

Women’s Health Around the World

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. 

Foods That Make Your Skin Glow

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”

A Message to Women

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 College Female and Eating

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.

One Year of Social Distancing

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”

Anatomy of Toned Arms

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.

Chronic Disease Prevention

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”

The Pangs of Procrastination

It’s 11:59 and you have a 10-page term paper on the rise of Japanese Imperialism due tomorrow. You have 9 hours and 59 seconds. 58 seconds. 57 seconds. With each passing second, you are closer to the looming possibility that you just might not finish it this time, despite how many times you’ve been in this exact same situation before. 8 hours and 59 minutes. Your name and the due date have idly headlined the blank page for weeks. But now, on the night before its due you find yourself faced with not only your own dejected reflection in the white gaze of the empty Google document, but the painful reality that you must finish by tomorrow morning. Your phone buzzes. A final invitation to procrastinate for just one more ever-so fleeting second. You unlock your phone, a bottomless pit of distraction awaits: TikTok, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram. Reality reemerges. You chuck your phone face down onto your bed. You look back at the computer, telling yourself you’ll finish it, because, well, you have no other choice.

The Flaws in BMI: Why It Is Not an Accurate and or an Inclusive Measurement of Health

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measurement that often holds great significance in how our bodies are perceived. Besides the way our own BMI helps us understand our health, physicians utilize BMI to assess risk for issues like diabetes and heart disease.

Elderberry – What is it and What are the benefits?

As we enter into the peak winter months, not only are we still facing rising numbers of COVID-19 infections, we are also faced with the dreaded cold and flu season. This reality has us all looking for ways to stay healthy and boost our immune systems. Our immune system plays a vital role in protecting us from harmful substances like germs and viruses – it’s what helps us fight off illnesses and recover faster. During these times I’m sure we have been stocking up on Vitamin C supplements, immunity boosting supplements, and maybe other home remedies. However, there is a plant that dates back to 400 BC that has been used to treat cold and flu symptoms, inflammation, and boost the immune system.

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