Why We Should All Be Taking Cold Showers

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I always thought taking a cold shower was kind of like putting on a fur coat to take your dog for a walk in the middle of August: weird, incredibly uncomfortable, and beneficial to no one — until today.

Today, I came across a piece on Fast Company, headlined “The Scientific Case for Cold Showers,” which dispelled my misconceptions about, well, cold showers. I thought, So there’s actually a reason to take cold showers? People who willingly step under a faucet spewing ice-cold water first thing in the morning aren’t simply insane? How intriguing. 

The piece is a first-person account of a guy’s struggle to become a cold-shower convert in order to reap the benefits, touted in scientific studies: increased energy, soothed sore muscles, improvements in memory, and even a treatment for depression.

The bone-chilling (har har) fear of taking a cold shower keeps the author from diving in for a while, but eventually he gets up the nerve up to turn down the heat (he actually starts off warm then gradually lowers the water temperature until it’s cold), and it’s official: After one cold shower, he’s a cold-shower convert! He says cold showers make him feel more energetic, alert and happy. I was convinced he was lying, because how on Earth could a cold shower make someone happy? But then I scrolled down to the comments section.  Read more »

Be Well Philly Underground Recap: The Growler Run

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Photo by Susan Nam

You know what I love about Philly runners? A little cold doesn’t scare ‘em. Case in point: Yesterday evening, a bunch of Be Well Philly Undergrounders showed up at Rittenhouse Square for our March pop-up event, The Growler Run, a group fun run to 2nd Story Brewing Company in Old City cohosted with our pals at Foobooz. And was it the kind of cold most people avoid at all costs (even though it’s supposed to be spring)? Yes. But did that scare off anyone? Nope. Read more »

New Yoga Studio and Boutique Coming to East Passyunk

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Photo via Instagram | @kingsnakejewelry

Get ready to let out a long “awwwww”: Massage therapist and yoga instructor Daniel Cordua, who teaches at studios all around the city, and his girlfriend, designer and jewelry maker Rachel Robles, are weaving their passions together to open Palo Santo Wellness Boutique, a yoga studio-meets wellness center-meets boutique mashup. And this is where the “awwwww” part comes in: The space, located at 1707 East Passyunk Avenue, is right across the street from the restaurant where the couple had their very first date. See? Awwwww. Read more »

What to Eat This Week: 5 Dinners for Glowing Skin

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A few weeks ago, we asked Jolene Hart, certified health coach and author of Eat Pretty, to dish on which foods we should be eating to get the best skin of our lives. Her top picks? Lemons, greens of any kind, hemp seeds, fermented foods, pumpkin seeds, ginger, and just about every spice and herb under the sun. (You can check out the entire post here.)

So, for this week’s recipes, we’re taking Hart’s advice to heart (pun totally intended): We’ve rounded up five recipes that incorporate at least two of these skin-friendly foods. Eat up! It can’t hurt, right?  Read more »

31 Kitchen Hacks That Make Cooking Easy

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If you can barely boil water, no worries: Every single one of these kitchen hacks — from the trick to keeping avocados from turning brown, to how to peel potatoes without a peeler (genius, by the way), to how to cut an onion without crying — will get you one step closer to becoming a cooking pro.

But you’ll still have to learn how to boil water. There’s no hack for that.
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The Checkup: 11 Science-Backed Health Reasons to Get a Dog This Weekend

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• Not only do dogs make for the perfect cuddle buddies and Netflix-marathon partners, they’re also really good for our health: Having a dog around can lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk of getting cardiovascular disease — they can even be trained to sniff out cancer! (You can start looking for your new furry friend by perusing our weekly adoptable running dogs.) [Greatist]
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