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Month: January 2020

Creating a Healthy and Strong Link Between Beauty and Health


It is no secret that the world has struggled with creating a healthy and strong link between beauty and health as dominant industries and motions in life. Historically, the beauty industry has, for decades, instilled a decidedly unhealthy view of what it means to be beautiful into the minds of men and women alike. For so long, runways showcased one specific body type, and magazines airbrushed and refined their models and cover women and men until they no longer even looked themselves. For generations, this is the approach to “beauty” that we were told was the most desirable, the strongest, the prettiest, and best.

And of course, the individuals who fit so keenly into that construct naturally were lucky. They belonged. Today, the global beauty standards are far healthier, with people of all shapes, sizes, and colours being represented and feeling like they finally belong. No longer are people starving themselves and altering their appearances (and even their insides, like their rib cages) to fit the standard of beauty they have been told for so long was the right one. Now, beauty and health go hand in hand, and we are nowhere near done celebrating this newfound innovation – not by a long shot.

Creating an open and supportive community

This newfound strong and true link between beauty and health has been made possible largely (if not entirely) by the outpouring of encouragement and support, from one person to another. There is a newfound sense of empowerment, inspiration, excitement, and belonging that every person now feels, because they are no longer excluded from the beauty standards that society long taught them were the goal…they belong in every sense of the word, and they are flourishing and thriving because of it. This is a testament to when we all lift each other up, we feel our best.

Embracing what makes us feel our most beautiful and healthy

Today, to be beautiful means to truly love oneself. When you love the skin you’re in, you radiate beauty, and you live our healthiest life. Regardless of if that means buying the perfect perfume online, going meat-free in one’s diet, cutting out sugary drinks and processed foods, or investing in a whole new wardrobe or make-up kit, if you feel beautiful and confident, then chances are you are healthy too. Gone are the days where health had to be sacrificed for society’s idea of ultimate beauty, and vice versa.

Understanding that true beauty is an inside job

The thing about understanding the nature of beauty is that we are now having to rewire our preconceived notion of what it means to be beautiful. We do this by eliminating the negative connotations that go hand in hand with what the beauty industry has always, up until recently, insisted is the perfect norm. This new sense of peace and excitement about what the beauty industry is encouraging now, is worlds away from where it used to stand. And this new notion is better, brighter, in every sense of the words. 

The Rise of Global DNA Testing Companies Continues to Reach Unprecedented Heights


We are curious creatures, human beings, and so naturally we are inevitably always learning. Considering this trait, it comes as no surprise that we are constantly searching for more ways to learn about not only ourselves and the ways we can work towards a better, healthier future, but also the past and how that past has impacted us all as individuals and as a species. There are many technological advancements that have made their impact in this field over time, all of them having their own key strengths and values.

Perhaps the most important of them all is the discovery and ongoing exploration of DNA. Our DNA is literally the genetic make-up that explains, in scientific clarity, who we are, where we came from, and what is going on in our bodies at the time of any administered DNA tests. Never has the inclination towards ongoing growth and understanding of DNA testing been so strong, and never has the future for DNA testing looked so promising.

The appeal of DNA testing companies

DNA is an interesting concept that houses a great deal of understanding and the like. Think of the appeal of DNA testing and the rising force of the surrounding industry, for instance. The appeal and trust in DNA testing companies stems from the outward desire to simply understand more. We want to know more about life and ourselves, and we want to be given access to the capabilities that allow that kind of in-depth understanding to be accessed.

An industry that continues to go from strength to strength

The DNA testing sub-field of the science industry has effectively gone from strength to strength over the years. This is a field of interest that has always been incredible to watch unfold, and yet it is also a field that has continued to reach all-new, entirely unprecedented heights. From the direct-to-consumer DNA test kits available on the market, to the organisations building their entire platforms around the nature of discovery and exploration of DNA testing, the field of DNA testing is becoming more and more pronounced.

The rise of global DNA testing companies

Today, there are more global DNA testing companies out there than ever. Once individuals realised the immense value in DNA testing, this was always an inevitability, but the sheer force and speed at which these DNA testing companies are coming out of the woodwork is thrilling to witness. This is the newfound reality, and this is a reality that is only becoming more pronounced all the time.

With more DNA testing companies out there than ever, it should come as no surprise that the world is more heavily invested in DNA testing companies than ever. Going forward, we can likely (if not certainly) expect more of the same. Now that we have become comfortable and familiar with DNA testing, it is safe to say that there is no going back. We can only move forward from this point on, and that is a fact that most people are more than okay with adhering to.

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