BOXING VS KICKBOXING

Allyson Welch

Boxing and kickboxing offer two of the most effective and empowering workout formats on the planet for anyone looking to tone up, develop their fitness, and generally improve their overall conditioning. With that said, they are in fact quite different in terms of the areas of the body they work – though they will both achieve all of the above end results, we want to highlight the differences between the two so that you can determine which one might best suit your fitness goal related needs. Boxing Boxing predominantly involves the upper body and requires the individual to perform frequent...

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BELLY BLOAT: IT AIN'T CUTE (A PERSONAL TALE)

Allyson Welch

Belly bloat can be highly unflattering and uncomfortable.   Sadly, we all suffer from it from time to time depending on our lifestyle and what we eat.  But many of us do everything right and still suffer from food allergies or intolerances that we know little to nothing about.  Arguably, these allergies could have always existed, but the evolution of modern science and medicine has allowed us to be more knowledgeable about this subject and to help us find ways to combat it.  In hindsight, my observation is that often the symptom is treated not the problem.  I am a person...

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BATHS: A MENTAL HEALTH PLAN

Allyson Welch

In 2004, National Geographic partnered with longevity experts to identify the five places in the world where people live longest. The result was a list of five communities where people live beyond 100, free of disease; later they were called Blue Zones. These are not the wealthiest places in the world with the easiest access to medical care; they are places where residents live by the same principles. One of them of which is paying particular attention to offsetting the damaging effects of chronic stress. Not all stress is unhealthy. Stress is a physiological response to an imminent threat and...

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MELASMA AND SUN DAMAGE: TREATMENT AND PREVENTION

Allyson Welch

Dermatologists refer to two aging processes. The first they call intrinsic—it’s the natural slowing-down of collagen production, which makes your skin less elastic. The second is the one we have more control over. It’s called extrinsic, and it’s aging accelerated by exposure to external factors. Of these factors, the most culpable is sun. How does exposure to UV rays make you look older? Where do sunspots come from? How does sun affect people with a condition called melasma? (And what even is melasma?) These are questions that require a cellular-level understanding of how our skin gets color. Melanocytes are cells...

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THE COCO CRAZZZE: THE GOOD AND THE BAD

Allyson Welch

Here today, gone tomorrow… or at least that is how coco trend came and went.  It’s not that it is all bad but, like anything, needs to be used correctly and in moderation.  When this trend started, people were so lathered head to toe in coconut oil they could slip in slide on dry concrete.   But it seems that all good things must come to an end… here’s the skinny.  If you are breaking out and your skincare regimen includes coconut oil or products that contain coconut oil on your face, it is likely the cause.  This oil is comedogenic which means...

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HEALTHY SKIN AND ENZYMES: BREAK IT DOWN!

Allyson Welch

Enzyme has become a buzzword in the skincare and cosmetic industries. You might remember it from high school biology, but unless you’ve done a lot of research you might not know that enzymes are incredible things that play an essential role in keeping your body healthy.    Enzymes are proteins that speed up the rate of chemical reactions, sometimes in astounding measures. Processes that should take millions of years take milliseconds when they’re being acted upon by enzymes. Essentially, in this instance, they are bodily catalysts meaning they increase the rate at which a chemical reaction occurs. Without digestive enzymes...

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