Articles by Alexa Erickson

Inspired by balance, Alexa finds that her true inner peace comes from executing a well-rounded lifestyle. An avid yogi, hiker, beach bum, music and art enthusiast, salad aficionado, adventure seeker, animal lover and professional writer, she is an active individual who loves to express herself through the power of words. Follow her adventures on Instagram: @lextraordinary1, and follow her work at: alexaerickson.contently.com.
Food

6 Common Nutrition Label Mistakes to Avoid

In this day and age when there are a slew of labels being thrown around by manufacturers, it can be hard to know what means what. Gone are the days when we could trust what we eat without doing any research. Now it's important that we learn the hidden meanings behind the big, bold...
Food

4 Reasons Sulfur Does Your Body Good

There are six chemical elements that make up 99 percent of your body mass: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium and phosphorus. And the next five that kick in the last 1 percent include: potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine and magnesium. Among those, sulfur seems...
Lifestyle

5 Ways Technology Is Causing You To Gain Weight

How much time do you spend in front of a screen? Phones serve as many of our alarm clocks, making them one of, if not the first thing we touch upon opening our eyes in the morning. We may then find ourselves immediately checking e-mails and social media as a means for delaying the inevitable:...
Diet

8 Surprising Foods That Can Heal Your Gut

Did you know your gut serves as your second brain? It even produces more of the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin — thought to influence the mood — than your brain does. Your gut is also home to countless good and bad bacteria, which outnumber the cells in your body at...
How to

5 Ways to Work Smarter Instead of Harder

Work task to-do lists can seem like they never shorten, causing you to constantly try and catch up. You put in long hours, work yourself to the bone, and still somehow feel like you're never getting ahead. But what if you could work less hours and get more done? When it comes to working...
Food

10 Healthy Brain Foods You Should Be Eating Every Week

The brain is one of the most important yet complicated organs in the body, which makes taking care of it essential. We need the brain to be at its best for us to thrive in our day-to-day lives and in the longterm. Researchers continue to find ways to optimize the brain, and profound...
Diet

7 Foods That Are Terrible for Your Brain

They say you are what you eat, and in terms of how food affects the brain, this certainly seems to prove true. Healthy foods like avocado, blueberries, walnuts and kale have all been proven to promote a healthy noggin, while unhealthy foods like the ones below have all been linked...
Food

13 Vegan Versions of Your Favorite Comfort Foods

They're called comfort foods for a reason: they nourish your soul with their ooey, gooey, creamy, steamy and deliciously tasting ingredients, but many childhood favorites, restaurant staples, classic dishes and scrumptious desserts aren't the best for your waistline,...
Food

12 Summer Fruits and Vegetables for Hydration

Hydration in the summer is essential. The heat has us perspiring more, and we need that water and electrolyte loss to be replenished. Keeping the body hydrated ensures your heart doesn't have to work as hard. The heart can easily pump blood through the blood vessels to muscles,...
Cancer

3 Things You Must Know About Sunscreens

The skin is the body's largest organ, and so it is vital that we protect it at all costs. Protecting it from the sun is among the top concerns, with millions of Americans stocking up on sunscreen throughout the year to avoid: Pre-cancerous and cancerous skin lesions Benign tumors...
Lifestyle

9 Natural Remedies for Getting Rid of Headaches

Headaches have always been common. They can be caused by stress, dehydration, and many other reasons. We have come to accept them, however. We complain of the pain, reach for the aspirin, swallow some pills, and get on with it. This is a downward spiral that is proving to perpetuate...