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Potassium is a vital mineral for the function of all cells, tissues and organs in the human body--i.e., life as we know it. "We also know that potassium is important for controlling blood pressure, and there's a lot of evidence that it reduces your risk of stroke," says Walter C. Willett, MD, chair of the nutrition department at the Harvard School for Public Health. And, as many athletes are aware, it can help prevent muscle cramps and post-workout soreness.
You need: 4,700 mg a day
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You get: National survey data shows over 90 percent of Americans don't get the recommended daily allowance, says Willett, who is also the author of Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating.
Good sources: Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables that have higher levels, like broccoli, cantaloupe, winter squash, sweet potatoes and, yes, bananas (these foods should be eaten raw, steamed or baked but not
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Collecting several pieces of art and displaying them together, collage-style, on one wall is an ever-popular trend, but creating a look that's cohesive--not chaotic--can be challenging. "It is okay to mix different genres and types of art, playing with frame sizes, shapes or no frames at all, but make sure there is some sort of consistent theme or color that brings the pieces together: all white frames, all frames with a wide mat or all black and white art," says Abby Larson, founder and editor of Style Me Pretty and Style Me Pretty Living.
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This sounds like the dream, right? The guy who proclaimed to all that he'd never settle down with anyone ever, and then ate his words when you came along? But the problem is that no matter how wowed by you he is now, the moment things become less exciting, less overwhelmingly amazing between the two of you (and the moment will come), he is likely to have second thoughts. And that will make you feel awful. Maybe you'll sense it happening, in which case you'll probably try harder, to do whatever you can to make sure things don't get less exciting. But that's a basis for a performance, not a marriage.
You need to meet this guy, however, so that when you meet the guy you should marry you can tell the difference. The one you ought to marry will be a person who wants to be in a committed relationship and who will work with you to make your marriage strong. He won't feel he has made a mistake, or been duped, every
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The Kinder, Gentler Flatiron
Instead of two heated plates, this flatiron has one. The other is covered with a fabric pad to reduce hair damage.
Ferrum Professional Styler, $189 | FerrumIron.com
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Clamp a one-inch section of hair between the plates, and watch as it's automatically drawn into a heated chamber. (Not as scary as it sounds.) After a few seconds (eight for waves, 12 for tight curls), release the clamp...et voilà!
Infiniti Pro by Conair Curl Secret, $100 | Amazon.com
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This set of heat-retaining brush heads works like rollers. Attach the handle to one of the barrels, and roll a section of hair to your scalp while you blow-dry. Click the handle off, then let the roller cool before removing.
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7 a.m. Get up when your alarm goes off.
"The worst mistake I see my sleep-deprived insomnia patients make is staying in bed in the morning to try to reach the magic eight hours," says Chad Ruoff, MD, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the Stanford University Sleep Center. Sleeping later than normal throws your body off schedule and will make it harder to fall asleep tonight, perpetuating the problem. No matter how tempting it feels to huddle under the blankets, your body won't react well to a snooze-in--and neither will your boss.
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7:10 a.m. Go out on the balcony, the deck or the porch.
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On a winter day in 2010, photographer Pauline Zonneveld recalls, she noticed her neighbor's elderly Australian shepherd, Kali, "walking gingerly, with such a gentle expression." She made a mental note to photograph her and surprise the neighbor with a portrait, but before she had a chance to do so, Kali died.
Recognizing that the clock is always ticking, Zonneveld, 53, set out to find more aging models--cockeyed teeth, grizzled smiles, graying beards, and all. "They might not be puppies," she says, "but these dogs have real vitality."
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For the Good Old Dog Project, now in its third year, Zonneveld has photographed more than 188 canines, all of whom have reached or surpassed their expected life spans. (She charges owners only a retainer for prints.) The portraits are exhibited in her studio and in galleries and coffee shops around Zonneveld's hometown of Portland, Oregon, but she plans to extend the project to Los Angeles, San
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Actress Maria Bello, who stars with Hugh Jackman and Viola Davis in Prisoners, out this month, models the latest ways to change up the menswear-inspired look.
In a sharp silhouette and burnished gold (one of the season's hot trends), this is a supermodern riff on the structured jacket.
Jacket, LWrenScott.com. Pants, $40; HM.com for stores. Earrings, MelindaMaria.com. Black envelope and blue diary, Smythson.com. Blue leather clutch, Paul Smith; 646-613-3060.
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Leather pants and a detachable-collar white button-down make a glen plaid jacket less stuffy; the sexy double-breasted style is the perfect day-to-dinner piece.
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The Body Part You Abuse Even More When You Stand
The hot spot: Upper back
The problem: We're all trying to decrease the amount of time we spend in our seats. But few desks are optimally configured for standing while working with the top of the screen at or below eye level, leaving many standers hunched over. "For every inch your head inclines forward, you add 10 pounds of weight for your body to carry," says Jill Miller, ERYT, a fitness therapy expert and creator of the Yoga Tune Up program. "Your spine becomes like a fishing rod with a giant tuna hooked at the end of the line--but that tuna is your head," Miller says.
The potential pain: Tightness and aches that start at the back of the neck and run down to the middle of the back or up into the head (turning into a tension headache).
The pre-hab: Miller says that this Thoracic Rolling Pin exercise is one of the most requested moves from students in the Rx Series at Equinox gyms, a recovery and performance-boosting