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No Shave November!



It’s finally that time of year when it starts to get chilly and and all the beards come out – for a great cause of course! November is the season where it is encouraged for men to embrace their hairs and ditch the razors in order to donate the money that could be going toward grooming tools to support cancer research. Aesthetics and charitable efforts aside, here are the health reasons that should motivate you to join the movement in rocking some scruff this November!

Your own personal toxin filter

There are many toxins that float around in the air that can pose as harmful to the lungs. Fortunately, your scruff can catch some of these pesky irritants such as pollen and dust, making it ideal for anyone who deals with asthma or allergies!

Sun protection

Studies show that a beard can help protect your skin from up to 95% of harmful UV rays. People disregard that the sun still can take a toll on our skin – even during the colder months. So remember to slather up on the sunscreen all year round!

Blemish protection

The act of shaving itself, having skin to skin contact with a blade that harbors bacteria, is only setting you up for breakouts. Having the skin openly exposed like that makes the pores more susceptible to absorbing oil and bacteria. Letting your beard grow free not only gives your skin a break from the abrasive process, but can instantly camouflage acne if it were to ever occur within that area of the face.

Habors moisture

With the weather being as drying and unforgiving as it is, the hairs of a beach can trap the skin’s natural oils that helps keep the skin nice and moisturized. Think of it as your very own natural you didn’t need to purchase that goes with you everywhere!

Whether it be through a donation, or embracing the ability to have hair that cancer patients lack, working a bearded face this season may just be the look! Beyond the positive health factors that go into letting your facial hair go wild and free, the cause is all the more reason to participate in this movement!


Stay warm and fuzzy,

Diana Banzon


Beware of the Pumpkin Spice Latte!


The fall time is upon us. That can only mean one thing…tis the season for all things Pumpkin Spice Lattes! Now don’t go rushing to Starbucks and start gorging yourself in this limited time offer before you know what you are actually ingesting. Pumpkin is healthy, along with the spices of nutmeg and cinnamon that contribute to the drink’s signature flavor. What could possibly be so bad?

The excessive amount of sugar is to blame. To put into perspective: A 16-ounce size of Starbucks’ version with 2 percent milk and whipped cream has 380 calories and contains 50 grams of sugar. The American Heart Association recommends for women to consume no more than 25 grams of sugar each day. That cup surpasses double the amount by drinking just one cup.

The amount of calories in a Pumpkin Spice Latte is enough to be considered a dessert, but is never seen as one since it is being ingested instead of being consumed. Studies show that ingesting all those calories does not equivate to the same satisfaction as seen with eating physical, solid foods. We don’t register the calories we ingest that leads to hunger causing unwanted weight gain.

Don’t let the name deceive you! There is more to this beverage beyond its alluring name. Obviously, there is no harm in ringing in the season with a warm cup here and there. Remember that moderation is key to living a life full of health and balance.

Fortunately, there are always there alternatives in making a healthier version of this beloved drink:

Stay cozy,

Diana Banzon

The Risks of the Sleepy Slumps


Traveling and midterms week has really been taking a toll on my sleep. Lately I have just been going through a slump where I have been pulling all nighters and disregarding sleep because procrastination got the best of me. Time management is essential for having time to balance both health and being efficient in getting tasks done all day. I like to use this platform to educate myself and keep my health and wellness in check during times that I know I haven’t been staying the most on track at that specific moment on my personal journey. Let this be a motivator to myself and to you all as to why sleep is so essential to living a healthy lifestyle! 

Effects to the Cardiovascular System

Sleep plays a crucial role in healing and repairing the blood vessels and the heart. Without it, it has the capability of affecting your blood sugar, blood pressure, and inflammation levels in a  negative way.

Effects to the Central Nervous System

Chronic insomnia can disrupt how your body receives information. Reacting to said information can come delayed causing a hindrance in productivity. Sleep allows for pathways to form between nerve cells in your brain that assist in absorbing new information.

Weight Gain

Sleep deprivation can encourage overall weight gain and obesity. Leptin and ghrelin, which are two hormones that control feelings of hunger and fullness, decrease due to lack of sleep. Exhaustion leads to lack of motivation when it comes to exercise.
Your body also tends to release higher levels of insulin after eating promoting fat storage and increasing your risk for type 2 diabetes.

Life gets in the way sometimes. Being able to stay motivated during rough times is what is expected throughout any journey – it is not always going to be easy. Now although I have been bad about getting sleep, I finally had the chance to personally rest up and relax during this past fall break. Words can’t describe how excited I am to just burrow myself under the covers – with no distractions!

Rest up,

Diana Banzon


Wellbeing Biography: Amanda Zeng

Everyone’s health and wellness journeys is different.

Meet Amanda! I wanted to dive deep into someone in my life who has inspired me to keep those priorities at the top – even when the college culture of procrastination, partying, and being a poor college student on a budget doesn’t really allow for it. Although being only a student, the passion for what she is studying really shows in everything she does. Young minds pave the path for what our future holds and Amanda’s place in the health science department is looking quite bright. Let me take you into Amanda’s personal health and wellness journey and how she navigates her way through it!

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Introduce yourself.

My name is Amanda, but you can call me Mandy. I’m a junior at Marquette University studying Exercise Physiology. I am from Chicago, Illinois.

Tell me about your health and wellness journey?

I started getting into health and wellness during my senior year of high school. I played volleyball and soccer since the fourth grade, but I didn’t start gaining interest in it for college until then. My interests in health and wellness emphasizes nutrition, weight training, and getting a good amount of sleep every night.

How has your major affect your health and wellness journey?

My major has helped me with health and wellness by teaching me the scientific and physiology aspects behind working out, eating, metabolism, etc. It also gives me opportunities such as internships to learn more about health and wellness in other communities outside of my own. It also helps me to be more knowledgeable in educating other peers that involve this topic.

Do you consider your cultural background having an effect on your overall health habits?

I am Chinese and Korean. I would say that my culture and background does have an effect on my health and wellness. I grew up eating a lot of whole foods such as rice, vegetables and meat and my parents emphasized playing sports when I was younger because they played it when they were younger back in their home countries. 

Is there anything you would like to improve on you health and wellness journey?

Some things I would try to improve in my health and wellness would be trying to maintain consistency in eating healthy and weight training. In college, it’s hard to take time out of the busy school day to cook a wholesome meal or even make it to the gym. Improving mental health is also a component of wellness I would like to improve on, such as ways to relieve stress before an exam.


Avoid the Fall Funk


The leaves are changing. The weather is cooler. Halloween decorations are EVERYWHERE. That can only mean one thing – it’s the start of Fall! With the change of the season, it is to be expected that it could potentially take a toll on your body – and not in the best way. Here are some tips to combat the Fall funk so that you can enjoy the transition of a new season to your fullest potential!

Stay Hydrated

It is easy to skip out on water in the cooler months because you may not feel as parched in comparison to when you are exposed to that scorching summer heat. Despite this, by no means does your recommended amount of water intake change in accordance to the season. Eight glasses a day is all you need to avoid dehydration and gain all the benefits water has to offer!

Fall Superfoods

With summer recently coming into an end, don’t be deceived by the variety of superfoods the season of Fall can offer. Not only will you be treating your body, but you will be doing it on a budget, while having the option to support local farmers if you want to take it a step further. Getting superfoods at its ripest has never tasted so good. Here are some foods to look forward to in your local markets! 

  • Apples
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Pears
  • Cauliflower
  • Squash
  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Turnips
  • Pomegranates
  • Dates

Boost Your Immune System

With the school year in full swing, you are prone to being exposed to so many people packed into one vicinity that getting sick is unfortunately inevitable. Limiting your sugar intake, eating simply and nutritiously, getting regular chiropractic adjustments, or even taking daily supplements might just be the boost that your immune system needs to combat sickness!

Keep on Moving

Once the weather flips a switch on us, all you want to do if bundle yourself up in a blanket and call it a day when you really should keep yourself moving! People go to the gym indoors all year round so why should that routine end once it starts to get a little chilly? Something as little as investing in a standing desk or workstation might be all you need to get yourself up and going throughout a workday!

Enough with all the excuses. Let’s all enjoy the cooler weather while keeping our health and wellness as a prime focus!


Happy Fall,

Diana Banzon


Dangers of “Diet” Soda


Food labels are unfortunately misleading in what they claim nowadays. We get so swept away and distracted by the bold claims and the packaging that we forget to look at the big picture – is it actually good for you? It our responsibility as consumers to educate ourselves on what we put into our bodies. Here are a bunch of reasons as to why we should steer clear of the word “diet” on soda labels, being fully aware that it only induces the complete opposite.

Higher risk of weight gain

But it’s labeled as diet how can that be?? *said sarcastically* Despite diet sodas having no calories, studies show that it only encourages us to eat more since we assume that we aren’t doing any damage from the lack of liquid calories we are ingesting.

Increased risk of type 2 diabetes

You would think that drinking a diet soda a day has no impact on your health, but it is known to increase risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes by 36%  according to the University of Minnesota study.

Lacks nutritional value

Even though you are not taking in any calories when drinking soda, you aren’t swallowing anything that will be beneficial to your body either. Water will forever reign as the best no-calorie beverage. If you need a fizzy fix, resort to sparkling water!

Increase danger in drinking

Resorting to diet or low calorie drinks as a chase or a mixer with alcohol has be  proven to get you drunk faster. Studies show that the artificial sweeteners found in diet drinks absorb into our bloodstreams quicker than sugar causing this effect. 

Bad to the bone

With osteoporosis being more prominent in women than men, diet drinks were seen to be linked to 4% lower bone mineral density in women’s hips in comparison to those who don’t routinely drink diet soda.

Ruins your smile

Did you know that excessive soda drinking leads to the same amount of tooth erosion as seen in cocaine-users and methamphetamine-users? That alone should get anyone to stop with drinking soda, let alone diet soda!

With all the information that you have now uncovered, let’s stop labels from deceiving us from the truth and start drinking healthier today!


Stay hydrated – the right way,

Diana Banzon


Benefits Of Being A Bum


Living in a fast pace world can get exhausting. I am an advocate for staying motivated and keeping both your mind and yourself active, but every once in a while you need a break – you need YOU time!  Being lazy is typically seen as a negative, but in this case I strongly advise the people who have been working hard all day and truly deserve it to take time for yourself. Finally, here is the advice you all have been waiting for – here are a bunch of reasons as to why being lazy can be good for your health and wellbeing! 

Clearer Skin

Stress is known to be what sets off skin issues such as psoriasis, acne, eczema, and rosacea. It induces the inflammation that causes imbalances within the skin. Sometimes all you need is time, not necessarily products to give your skin the TLC it needs.  On the other hand, unwinding for a spa night doing face masks never hurts too!

Lower Blood Pressure

Anything that contributes to low stress situations in turn can do wonders for your blood pressure. Segmenting only 45 minutes to an hour of your day will be enough to help regulate it. Take time out of your day to give yourself a little breather. Sometimes just pure relaxation or a little nap to break up your busy schedule might just be the fix to finish off your day strong!

High Self Esteem / Lack of Loneliness

Who knew I would ever be recommending the benefits of netflix and chilling! Our brain tends to have difficulty in deciphering the difference between a real or fictional relationship, that becoming very invested within a show and its characters have the capability of giving you real-world benefits – whether that be be higher self esteem, companionship with character, etc. Nothing beats genuine interaction, but sometimes being alone is just what you needed to end off seeing faces all day!

Free Thinking

High stress situations can cloud your judgement and your mind. For people that work more in a creative field where producing constant content is more demanding, giving yourself some time off might just be the trick to be keep the ideas coming!

With being lazy, by no means am I advocating to fully refrain from productivity within your routine. Balance and moderation is everything. But of course us humans need breaks to function efficiency. So when you are stressed, sit back, relax, and know that when you are ready, you will be the best, refreshed version of yourself!

Stay lazy my friends,

Diana Banzon


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