Drinking Water Has A Plethora Of Health Benefits

Bella Breakdown Drinking water is one of the best things humans can do for themselves. Why? Well, we need water. And when we don’t get water, a whole stew of problems can arise. I’m getting thirsty just thinking about the health benefits. Water helps every part of the body, from your head down to your feet. So, let’s start with the head. Firstly, water can prevent headaches. When people get dehydrated, they can often get a splitting pain in their heads. So, drink water to prevent headaches or if you are prone to headaches. Water also gives your brain...

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What Are Essential Oils, Anyways?

Bella Breakdown I love using my diffuser to make my apartment smell AH-mazing. I have all of the essential oils on the market – lavender, lemongrass, grapefruit, frankincense, eucalyptus – you name it, I have it. And I know the basic science behind it all. Certain scents will make me feel a certain way. For example, if I put lavender in my diffuser, it helps me feel calm and relaxed. If I put grapefruit in my diffuser, I will feel more energized and awake. But beyond how they make me feel, I didn’t really know where they come from...

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The Best Foods Pre And Post Exercise

Bella Breakdown Have you ever had an off day at the gym, on a run, or playing a sport? Sometimes when our body doesn’t perform to its normal standard, we can feel as though there is no rhyme or reason behind it. However, the fact of the matter is that what you eat before and after you workout can greatly affect how you feel and how you perform. Despite their “unhealthy” rep, carbohydrates are extremely important to anyone who is serious about exercise. Before you workout, it’s essential to make a snack or meal that combines good carbs and...

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Go Outside! Your Body And Mind Will Thank You Later

Bella Breakdown As someone who lives, works, and plays in Steamboat, Colorado, I am constantly reaping the benefits of being in nature. The feeling I get when I go outside is exactly why I moved here in the first place. I love the moment when I walk out of my work space after a long day and finally get to see the way the light plays with the aspen trees, and feel the cold wind on my face. There is nothing that lifts my mood and makes me more content than the sun on my skin, breathing fresh air,...

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Why I Love March Madness

Bella Breakdown If you hail from a University or College that has a good basketball team, chances are that you get roped into the thrill of March Madness every year, whether you are a current student, a recent graduate, or an alum of 50 years. Before I went to Gonzaga University, I couldn’t have cared less about basketball. In my mind (and out loud for everyone to hear) I would wonder, “What’s the appeal? The men aren’t particularly hot. In fact they are all pretty gangly. And the teams score so many points that it doesn’t even seem like...

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Take A Breath

Bella Breakdown For centuries people have been using breath as a way to calm down and center themselves. Some of the oldest religions in the world have placed breath at the center of their practice. It is, after all, the most fundamental thing about humanity, a practice that we constantly partake in which gives us life, and yet one of the things we do that we notice the least. But what happens when you actually pay attention to your breath? Try it. Right now. Close your eyes and breathe in. Breathe out. Do it for one minute, and let...

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Build The Perfect Breakfast Smoothie

Bella Breakdown There’s no better breakfast than a smoothie in the morning. Except, perhaps, a fat stack of sticky, syrupy, butter smothered pancakes. But, ain’t nobody got time for that! Smoothies are quick, healthy, and they can be digested easily, meaning your metabolism will get the kick in the pants it needs ASAP. Plus, you can put a lid on it and take it with you wherever you go. Building the perfect breakfast smoothie is easy. First, get a super blender that completely destroys everything in its path. Then, add one banana (fiber), a scoop of peanut butter (protein),...

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Why The Early Bird Really Does Get The Worm

Bella Breakdown For much of my life, I have been a “late to bed, late to rise” kind of person. Waking up in the morning was not my forte. I would literally hit snooze on my alarm 3-4 times every morning in order to try and sleep for an extra 40 minutes. I would feel groggy and grumpy until I had my morning cup o’ joe. Then, I bought a Wake Up Light Sunrise Clock on Amazon. For those of you that don’t know, these clocks have a light on them that slowly simulates the sun rising for thirty...

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