The Science behind Beauty Sleep [Infographic]

The idea of “getting your beauty sleep” may sound old fashioned—something your grandma might have said to your mom, an old wives’ tale to get little girls to go to bed. But modern science is 100% on Grandma’s side. Beauty sleep is as real as it gets.

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Effective Home Remedies for Asthma [Infographic]

There are numerous homes or herbal remedies you can use to ease your asthma attack if you are getting fed up with using the inhaler or medications. These herbal remedies have no side effect, and they do not make you as dizzy like using medications for your asthma.

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Benefits of Exercising With Other People [Infographic]

Staying motivated is half the battle when it comes to working out. But exercising with other people not only keeps us motivated, but also keeps us accountable and safe. By having an instructor guide each workout, we can count on effective use of the 30 to 60 minutes we devote to a workout class—plus more confidence that each move is completed in a safe, effective way. Many gyms and studios offer dozens of classes—plus different instructors—so everyone can find a combination that works best for them. And if your schedule is jam packed, working out with friends is a great way to get in some social time that also benefits your health. Read on to learn more benefits of working out with other people, plus the basics of some of the most popular group fitness class types.

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Plants that improve your Health and Home [Infographic]

From lavender to lemongrass, rosemary to aloe vera, plants can do wonders for our wellbeing, emotion and the environment around us. This cheat sheet has compiled the favourite outdoor and indoor plants renowned for improving both our health and our homes, and also you can learn to grow them yourself!

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What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) [Infographic]

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) may have one of the most appropriate acronyms ever created. It’s a mental health condition that’s actually a form of depression that occurs seasonally—typically during the fall and winter, when the days are darker and colder. It’s a surprisingly common problem, with about 5% of the US population suffering from SAD each year. Understandably, people living in the northern areas of the country are more likely to suffer from SAD than those living closer to the equator. More women are affected by SAD than men, at a ratio of about 3:1. Though most people with SAD experience symptoms in the fall and winter, a rare few begin to be affected during the spring, with symptoms lasting through summer.

So what are the symptoms of SAD? Because the condition is a form of depression, the symptoms are similar, and can include:

  • Sadness
  • Fatigue and lack of energy
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Sleep problems
  • Anxiety
  • Problems concentrating
  • Changes in appetite

Though SAD is seasonal and partially influenced by changes in hormones like serotonin and melatonin that are influenced by sunlight, that doesn’t mean that people who suffer from the problem have to just wait for it to pass. Visiting a primary care doctor or mental health professional for diagnosis is the first step. Then, treatment options like light therapy, medication, and psychotherapy can be used to help ease the symptoms of SAD. Patients should also consider natural therapies like exercise, supplements, and even aromatherapy. If you think you might have SAD, you don’t have to suffer in silence!

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