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Gut-Hormone Axis: Why Menopause Can Upset Everything in Orbit & How to Reset Your Spin

Whether your menopause journey is hot and flashy, bloated and belly-bulging, brittling your bones, harming your heart, shredding your sleep, or fogging your brain, chances are an imbalanced microbiome is to blame.

The gut microbiome is the collection of bacteria, fungi, and viruses that live inside our GI systems. Our reproductive tracts have their own microbiome too. The population and diversity of a microbiome’s flora not only support the health of the organs they live in but also affect immu

Supplements for Menopause: A Data-driven Look at a Witch’s Brew of Potions, Lotions & Teas

Menopause can be a rocky transition for many women. As estrogen levels decline, these hormonal shifts can result in several troubling symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, osteoporosis, vaginal dryness, loss of sex drive, weight gain, belly fat, and unhealthy lipid profiles.

Hormone therapy with synthetic estrogen is one approach to treating symptoms like these, but one that can increa

Sauna After Workout: 5 Pros and 4 Cons

Saunas are a great way to relax and unwind after a workout, but before you hunker down in the heat, know that this ancient practice has both pros and cons.

Using a sauna in moderation can help improve recovery and heart health, beat stress, and even boost immunity.

For certain individuals, however, the risks can outweigh the benefits. If you have severe heart disease, a compromised cardiovascular system, and/or especially sensitive skin, or if you are trying to conceive or are already pregnant, check with your doctor before you hit the hot box.

10 Best Essential Oils to Diffuse In the Bedroom For a Better Night's Sleep

If you're new to aromatherapy or think a search for the best essential oil for sleep sounds like a hokey mission your brother's girlfriend is on, think again. There's some solid science connecting smell with sleep.

The Science of Smell

Researchers believe that when an essential oil's molecules attach themselves to the olfactory bulb in the nose, they signal the brain to release neurotransmitters that induce a sense of calm.

When our brains process images, sounds, and textures, information like this travels first to the thalamus, the brain's "switchboard," which sorts sensory data and routes it to the parts of the brain that produce sensory perceptions.

Smells, by contrast, take a circuitous trip to the thalamus, traveling first to the amygdala, the brain's emotion center. In other words, aromatherapy works by stroking your mind's feel-good place.

This is why the whiff of manure can remind you of a trip you took through farm country or the scent of a particular brand of lotion takes you back to your grandma's bathroom. Unlike our other sensory perceptions, the sense of smell can be a form of time travel.

We looked at the recent olfactory data and compiled this list of the best aromatherapy essential oils for a smooth take-off to dreamland. Here they are in order of most to least rigorously studied.