Having a baby is a beautiful and joyous time in your life. You just received the best gift anyone could ever give you. From the moment you laid eyes on your beautiful bundle of joy, you were immediately in love. The love between a mother and child is unparalleled. So now, let’s fast forward a few months. You have started to get the hang of this whole new mom thing and finally feel like you’re keeping up. However, you are severely sleep deprived, you cry for no apparent reason, your hair seems to be falling out and oh yeah, those Instagram moms seem to have it all figured out! You might be experiencing some postpartum depression and may not really know what to do. You seem to eat whatever is in front of you because you don’t have time to make a fancy dinner or even think that far in advance. All you can think about is that beautiful bundle of joy, who now, can’t seem to stop crying no matter what you do! It can definitely feel overwhelming and if you haven’t already heard it, you are NOT alone.


Are Personalized Vitamins Actually Worth It?

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Ingredients to Boost the Daily Routine

Could matcha tea be the ingredient you are missing for wellness and beauty? The ingredient, long known for its tonic properties, is an integral part of Japanese culture. With the new trend of beauty-meets-wellness, matcha has gained a foothold in new care regimens, as its biological properties find their niche in wellness care, as well as beauty products. Sunday Riley has taken notice of those trends, exploring the potential of matcha.


What Are Nootropics and Do They Work

Nootropics. Smart supplements . Cognitive enhancers. Brain boosters. Whatever you call them, these supplements are purported to improve brain function, memory, and cognitive health — and they are quickly gaining popularity. But, do they work? And, should you try them?


The Roadmap to Thicker Stronger Hair: My PRP Hair Treatment Experience Interview with Dr. Zenhausern

For a while, I had extensions in and I loved them! But recently I decided that I was just masking the problem of my hair loss and decided to start addressing the problem head-on. So, off came the extensions, and I was left with short hair (which to be honest, took me a long time to get used to, haha!) It was then I decided to try the PRP Hair Treatment as well as adjust my whole hair routine to encourage healthy hair. If you’re experiencing any of the same things, you are in the right place.


Why Mindless Scrolling Affects Your Gut

Social media: You either love it or hate it. And, either way, you are probably still on it. It is hard to ignore the increasing impact social media has on our lives from the way we shop to what we eat, and even how we think of ourselves. From a health standpoint, social media can be a mecca of information on diet, nutrition and disease awareness. But the increase of knowledge and information, combined with the stress, mindlessness and lack of sleep due to blue light caused by our devices, can also have a more negative effect on our health — including our gut.


Don’t Let Chlorine Dull Your Summer Hair (Or Your Skin)

We are taking a deep dive (no pun intended) into the effects of chlorine on the hair and skin.

Chlorine is a chemical used to sanitize water and keep bacteria at bay in pools and jacuzzis. Although many of us associate chlorine with swimming pools, Alissia Zenhausern, N.M.D., a naturopathic physician at NMD Wellness of Scottsdale says, it is “one of the most commonly manufactured chemicals in the United States. However, a lot of people don’t realize that they are constantly exposed to chlorine every time they shower [or turn on the sink faucet], as tap water is treated with chlorine.”


Which Herbs Are The Best For Anxiety? A Naturopathic Physician And An MD Weigh In

Many herbs have anti-anxiety properties. If you’re interested in using herbs to soothe your anxiety, here’s what you need to know about implementing these natural methods safely and effectively.

7 Of The Best Pillows For Neck Pain; Based On Advice From A Physician

If you experience neck pain — especially when you sleep — changing your sleep position could make a big difference. According to Dr. Alissia Zenhausern, NMD physician at NMD Wellness of Scottsdale, “the best sleeping position to avoid neck pain is on your side or on your back.” That said, sleep position isn’t the only thing that will solve your cervical woes. In addition to sleep position, a high-quality pillow that supports your neck while you sleep can help.


8 Foods to Give Your Metabolism the Boost It Needs

Foods rich in protein can help to keep you fuller for longer. In comparison to carbohydrates and fat, protein takes longer to digest, which means you burn more calories because your body has to work harder to digest them. "This increases your energy demands, speeding up your metabolism," Dr. Zenhausern said. Since protein keeps you satiated for longer and increases your metabolism, "eating more protein may allow you to lose weight without much effort," said Lee.


5 Houseplants Every Beauty Lover Needs

Houseplants have received a lot of social media attention lately, and for good reason. Not only do they make any space look like a million bucks, but they also add a pop of color to neutral color schemes and come with loads of health and skin care benefits too.


Dry Skin Gang: Humid Air is Your Best Friend

Humid air — a sleek, shiny hair foe — is actually essential to dry complexions. “Typically humidity is better for the skin as it provides additional moisture to the skin whereas dry weather often depletes our skin of moisture,” explains Alissia Zenhausern, N.M.D., a naturopathic physician at NMD Wellness of Scottsdale.

How Not to Let a Night of Drinking Ruin Your Skin

Alcohol is often associated with late nights and regretful hangovers. But drinking can also mean QT with your girlfriends and great skin. Say what now? As it turns out, alcohol isn’t as bad for our complexions as we thought, so long as we consume a glass here and there — not a fishbowl with friends on a Friday night (oops!). However, just like our taste buds, our skin is picky about our liquor choices.


Fire and Ice: How Infrared Sauna and Cryotherapy Benefit Skin

Whether you have your finger on the pulse of the hottest wellness trends or not, it is hard to ignore the rise in infrared sauna sweats and cryotherapy chills. Despite their polar opposite temperatures, both of these tried-and-true rituals come with a dose of impressive health benefits. And as with many things in the health and fitness world, the promising properties of infrared sauna and cryotherapy cross over into beauty, too.


Ways to Improve Your Blood Circulation at Home

Blood circulation might not be the most glamorous part of your wellness routine, but it is definitely something to keep in mind — especially since it plays a vital role in overall health and beauty. Improved circulation can supply the body with proper nutrients, enrich organs with oxygen, and even promote healthy-looking skin (after all, skin is the body’s largest organ!).


Tackle Indoor Air Pollution with These Spring Cleaning Steps

Deep cleaning the air in our home can protect us and our loved ones from the health-threatening dangers of air pollution. According to a new study by the European Court of Auditors, “around 400,000 people die prematurely each year due to excessive air pollutants, such as dust particles, nitrogen dioxide and ozone.”


Beauty Benefits of Magnesium

You likely haven’t heard the word magnesium thrown around so much since 10th grade’s chemistry class — until the last few months. All of a sudden, there’s a lot of buzz around it, as it’s dubbed as one of the ultimate supplement for troubled sleeping. Actually, it seems to be recommended for anything from anxiety to bone health to cardiovascular issues. Mood swings? Take magnesium. Anxiety? Magnesium. Muscle cramp? Magnesium. What’s the big deal?


What is Usnea? The Ingredient You Should be on the Lookout For

How often do you read the labels on your deodorant bottle? What about your toothpaste? If the answer is often (good for you), you might see usnea — a lichen that grows on trees in Europe and North America — high on the list.


Every Bone Broth Benefit from A to Z

Do you really know what is in your newest wellness-inspired drink? “Bone broth is made from animal bones — typically cattle, chicken, beef or fish — and connective tissues, [which] are boiled to make a broth,” says Alissia Zenhausern, N.M.D., a naturopathic physician at NMD Wellness of Scottsdale. “Bone broth has been used for centuries. It was used in Chinese medicine 2,500 years ago [and] at the beginning of the 12th century, Egyptian physician Moses Maimonides was using bone broths to help remedy colds. [Since then] it has really grown in popularity as a great way to get high-quality protein and collagen,” she adds. “The broth also contains tons of minerals, amino acids and collagen that support healthy digestion as well as hair, skin and nails.”


What Exactly Is Rhodiola and the Benefits of This Trendy Adaptogen?

Rhodiola (also known by its botanical name, rhodiola rosea) is an herb that’s long been used in Europe to help promote physical endurance and combat the effects of high altitudes for hundreds of years. And, since this botanical has historically been used to help temporary anxiety and fatigue, it has become mighty popular in our modern, stressed-out, wellness-loving world. It’s now pretty easy to find rhodiola extract, rhodiola supplements, and even herbal shots that contain the herb.

Does Tap Water Cause Breakouts?

When we rack our brains for the cause of a breakout, we typically consider hormones, diet, stress and other common factors. But, when nothing adds up, it might be time to consider what we rinse our complexion with. No, we aren’t talking about face wash (although using one that isn’t compatible with your skin type could also cause problems) — we are talking about tap water.

Best Biotin Supplement: How to Choose

If you’re on a quest for long, luscious hair, strong, healthy nails and glowing, nourished skin, supplements containing biotin may help you achieve your ultimate health and beauty goals.

“Biotin, also called vitamin B7, is a water-soluble vitamin that plays a crucial role in carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism,” says Dr. Yoram Harth, a board-certified dermatologist and medical director of MDacne. “Due to its water-soluble nature, supplementation is considered very safe.”

We’ve rounded up some of the best biotin supplements and products on the market to help make your buying decisions easier. But first—let’s dive a little deeper and learn about biotin’s many benefits.


7 Benefits of a DMG Supplement and How to Choose

What if someone told you there’s a supplement that has been shown to boost brain function, reduce stress, and protect your heart? And what if you learned that same supplement might also lead to positive behavioral changes in individuals with autism and less frequent seizures in epileptics? Chances are you’d be eager to learn more about a potent supplement known as DMG, so here’s what we know.