Sol de Janeiro’s Camila Pierotti on Body Joy & Self-Care

November 19, 2020 0 Comments

Here’s a look at what Brazilian-inspired beauty brand Sol de Janeiro is all about. Plus: five self-care tips co-founder Camila Pierotti swears by.

Sol de Janeiro co-founder and product innovation lead, Camila Pierotti, helped build a brand around indulgent skincare and hair products inspired by beauty secrets from her native Brazil. Each product’s formulation is rooted in Brazilian culture’s positive attitude towards beauty and life, as well as an uplifting form of body positivity the team likes to call Body Joy.

Keep reading to learn more about how Sol de Janeiro’s ethos and products can both fit seamlessly into your own self-care routine.

About Sol de Janeiro

As Camila explains, Sol de Janeiro was founded on the delights of sensorial self-care, as well as Brazilian culture’s emphasis on embracing your natural curves.

“We were inspired by the Brazilian approach to beauty where we love taking care of our bodies, and … Read the rest

4 Simple DIY Hydrating Face Masks to Save Dry Skin

November 18, 2020 0 Comments

Nourish your dry skin—both in winter and year round—with these esthetician-approved DIY hydrating face masks.

Our skin reacts to cooler temps as if flipping a switch. One day, a cool, dry wind passes through, and instantly we’re dry, flaking, inflamed, and impervious to our summer moisturizers. That’s because lower temperatures typically mean low humidity, which adversely affects skin barrier function.

One hack is to get a quality humidifier for at least your bedroom to boost humidity while you rack up restorative beauty rest. We also asked a few professionals to share their favorite homemade hydrating face mask recipes to save your dry skin.

4 DIY Hydrating Face Mask Recipes

Here are the recipes to four DIY super hydrating face masks recommended by estheticians.

Luckily, they’re easy enough to whip up with goods you likely already have in the kitchen. Be sure to keep them in your weekly rotation … Read the rest

7 Questions to Ask a Dietitian for the Best Results

November 17, 2020 0 Comments

Drawing a blank on the best nutrition questions to ask an expert? Gaby Vaca-Flores, RDN, CLE, outlines seven smart questions to ask a dietitian.

Whether it’s virtually or in-person, most people can benefit from chatting with a dietitian. At HUM, we provide access to dietitians to consult after completing our quick nutrition assessment quiz. But how exactly can you work with a dietitian?

Optimizing your conversation with an RD can be as easy as preparing questions early to help them get the best insight on your goals. In fact, asking the right type of questions can sometimes make the difference between leaving the discussion feeling empowered versus somewhat confused.

How Can A Dietitian Help Me?

First, you might be wondering: If the dietitian is the expert, why should I come prepared with my own questions?

Ultimately, there are a few compelling advantages to having your own set of questions … Read the rest

Real People Try & Review Counter Cravings

November 10, 2020 0 Comments

We recruited real people to try out HUM’s supplement to reduce cravings and boost metabolism. Here are their Counter Cravings™ reviews and results after 60 days.

Cravings: They happen to the best of us. But instead of allowing unhealthy eating habits to get in the way of our wellness goals, we came up with a solution for even our strongest food cravings. (You can learn more about how it works here.)

Once we formulated Counter Cravings, we asked volunteers—who hoped to better manage their eating habits and weight—to test it out.

Keep reading to learn more about our in-house study and participants’ Counter Cravings reviews.

About the Study

Over 60 days, 19 volunteers (whose blood sugar was within normal ranges) took Counter Cravings twice daily with their two main meals. They also followed HUM’s Healthy Habits Guide to encourage better dietary habits and boost results.

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How Many Times Are You Supposed to Chew Your Food?

November 8, 2020 0 Comments

Everybody’s got to eat, and it’s no surprise that chewing is an essential part of that process. With that in mind, how many times are you supposed to chew your food? Also, should you always strive for a specific number?

Below, we look into the science of chewing as it relates to your health, as well as explore the notion that there’s an ideal number of chews.

Does chewing your food help with digestion?

Many people don’t realize that digestion begins in the mouth. Chewing is part of the first way our bodies break down food for energy.

A combination of enzymes contained in our saliva, plus the motion of chewing and grinding up food in our mouths, helps break food into small pieces. Those pieces then travel through the esophagus into the stomach.

By this time, the food has already started to break down into its many parts, … Read the rest

Everything You Should Know About Farts, Smells & More

November 7, 2020 0 Comments

Why do we fart, and what’s up with the odor? Also, is farting healthy or cause for concern? Carrie Gabriel, MS, RDN, shares the ultimate guide to passing gas.

Whether you call it it flatulence, breaking wind, or farting, passing gas is natural and normal. While people are often embarrassed to discuss this topic, many want to better understand why we fart, if farting is healthy, and ultimately, how to fart less.

Keep reading for answers.

Why do we fart?

We all experience farts, which occur as a result of digesting food. Intestinal gas is released and builds up in our bodies, with some of it absorbed by the body.

However, when excess gas gathers in the upper part of the colon, it puts pressure on the colon wall. Farting, aka flatulence, allows for a painless escape of this excess gas.

There are several common culprits behind why we … Read the rest

Get Cozy with November 2020 Wellness Horoscopes

November 4, 2020 0 Comments

In the spirit of daylight savings time ending, I invite you to fall back, get cozy, and join me on this month’s astrohacking journey with your November 2020 wellness horoscopes.

With Mercury and Mars stationing direct (on November 3 and 13, respectively), we should be able to breathe a bit easier as Scorpio season progresses. Consider this something to be grateful for by the time Thanksgiving rolls around! And if you still happen to feel stuck or discouraged, remember to always look up—to the planets, that is.

As usual, read your sun and rising signs to better understand how to make this month a good one. You got this!

November 2020 Wellness Horoscopes


Not only does Mercury go direct on November 3, but your Mars (action + your ruler) ends its own 9-week-long retrograde on November 13. The meaning: All of your stealth operations can begin … Read the rest

What Does Your Sleeping Position Say About You?

November 2, 2020 0 Comments

Does the way you sleep say something about your personality? According to sleep position psychology, it sure does. Learn about five different types of sleep positions and what each may say about you.

There’s something so restorative about catching enough zzZzs each night. But did you know that the way you sleep can play into how well you sleep? What’s more, the position in which you sleep can say more about not only your quality of sleep, but also your personality as a whole.

To discover what different sleeping positions mean, we chatted with Tara Youngblood—chief scientist and co-founder of ChiliSleep—who’s logged 10,000+ hours studying the science of sleep.

Keep reading to learn about what your sleeping position says about you.

What Your Sleeping Position Says About You

Curious about what various sleeping positions mean? Here’s what sleep position psychology has to say about five types of sleeping styles.… Read the rest

Why You Should Try to Sleep With Your Mouth Closed

November 1, 2020 0 Comments

Sleeping with your mouth open isn’t doing any favors for your oral health. Here, leading dentists detail six reasons why you should sleep with your mouth closed.

In a world in which stressful situations seem perpetually on the rise, it’s important to rest up to be as prepared as possible for whatever the day has in store. While committing to a full night’s sleep is a great place to start, it’s important to think about how you sleep too. Sure, your bodily sleep position may come into play, but it gets even more focused than that.

Ready for it? The position of your mouth makes a difference. Don’t believe us? Keep reading to learn six reasons why keeping your mouth closed is essential for smarter sleep.

Why It’s Better to Sleep With Your Mouth Closed

Below, dental experts share six benefits of sleeping with your mouth closed.

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This Is What Happens to Your Brain When You Sleep

October 31, 2020 0 Comments

While you’re fast asleep, your brain is busier than ever. But what’s actually going on? Are we detoxing, learning, or protecting our health? Here’s what happens to your brain when you sleep.

As a neuroscience researcher, the role of sleep is fascinating to me. We spend about a third of our lives sleeping, but why have we evolved to need rest each night?

Keep reading to discover the intricate activity of the brain during sleep.

First, How Does Your Brain Prepare for Sleep?

The onset of sleep is driven by your circadian rhythms and a group of photosensitive cells in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). The visual system is connected to cells in the SCN, letting them know if it’s day or night.

The SNC is linked to the pineal gland, which promotes the release of melatonin, a hormone associated with the onset of sleep.

The SNC is located deep … Read the rest