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Meet Your New After-Dinner Drink
Naturally caffeine-free chicory-root tea can relax your mood and possibly your digestive tract, as well, says Beth McDonald, an integrative and sports nutritionist at the Continuum Center for Health and Healing, an integrative health program affiliated with Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Chicory, which usually has a roasted-coffee flavor, is known among herbalists for helping to move things along. Chamomile tea has a similarly sedating effect on the digestive system.
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You figure that a few sips of port wine--often served at restaurants as a digestif--won't take up any more room in your stomach. The problem is that port and sherry contain fructose, which can be difficult for your system to absorb, explains Cynthia Yoshida, MD, a Virginia-based gastroenterologist and the author of No More Digestive Problems. This sugar passes through
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- Oprah.com | Work + Money – Tue, Oct 8, 2013 9:30 PM EDT
By Jenna Pincott
One Brain-Boosting Germ
We all know that outdoor time can do wonders for our performance. But there's a surprising new reason: a bacterium called Mycobacterium vaccae, which lurks in the soil. When biologists Dorothy Matthews and Susan Jenks fed this single-celled bugger to lab mice, the animals became calmer and navigated mazes twice as quickly as those that weren't exposed--an edge that lasted more than a week. The bacteria, which are often inhaled when we are in contact with dirt (gardening is one potential route), influence the "gut-brain" axis and stimulate neuron growth. (Matthews and Jenks found evidence that the new neurons produce the anti-anxiety neurotransmitter serotonin.) While research is under way on how M. vaccae may similarly retune our brains, consider trekking your way to the top.
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Set the Scene with a 5-Minute DIY
"A centerpiece--whether it's on your coffee table, dining room table or in a breakfast nook--is an easy way to make a big impact. I like cutting apart grapevine wreaths and placing them around a tall candle in a large vase. It takes just a few minutes to put together, and it costs less than $10." -- Kelly Rowe, founder of LiveLaughRowe.com
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Photo: Rebecca Hansen for Style Me PrettyShow Off Your Pumpkin in a Whole New Way
"Pumpkins can be used for far more than just jack-o'-lanterns. Fill them with fresh, vibrant flowers or tuck a bottle of cold apple cider inside and you have something that is entirely unexpected." -- Abby Larson, editor and founder of StyleMePretty.com
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Settling for Old Broccoli
Fresh broccoli can be deliciously sweet and crisp. Unfortunately, most of us don't have access to the just-picked stuff; by the time it gets to supermarkets, it can be soft (or worse, limp) and stinky (science backs this up: the vegetable can take on a sharp smell from the sulfur compounds that develop with time). To avoid bad broccoli, buy it on days when it's just been stocked (ask your grocer) and check for these telltale signs of freshness: the florets should be tight, not loose and green, not yellow; the stalks should feel firm and the ends shouldn't look dried out or be starting to brown; and, the entire vegetable should feel heavy for its size. When you get it home, keep it very cold: Although the USDA recommends keeping your fridge at 40 degrees or lower, broccoli does best right above the freezing mark, at 32.5 to 35 degrees (and using the crisper drawer is crucial, since its humid air will prevent the florets and stems from wilting).
- Oprah.com | Love + Sex – Tue, Oct 1, 2013 5:55 PM EDT
By Amy Shearn
How He Looks in an "I ♡ NY" Shirt and Beard
Maybe you've never seen this man in any non-earth-tone hue, but the second you get to the tropical hotel he's in a Hawaiian shirt. Maybe he is a secret souvenir guy, the one who buys a "Yellowstone" ball cap that first day and proceeds to wear it every day of vacation until the last, when he promptly retires it to a stack of place-marking caps you never noticed before in the back of his closet. And then there's the facial-hair situation. There are those men who go all Conan O'Brien at the prospect of a week or two off, and suddenly you know what he looks like with a beard. After all, vacation isn't just a chance to visit a new place, it's an opportunity to experiment with being a new person.
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His In-Flight Elbow Span
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Eating the Right Foods for Your Body...
...Which happen to be the wrong foods for your small intestine. Experts have recently determined that some of the most formidable culprits of bloating and irritable bowel syndrome are small carbohydrates that aren't well absorbed in the small intestine, says Cynthia M. Yoshida, MD, a gastroenterologist in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the author of No More Digestive Problems. They fall under the umbrella term "FODMAPs," short for "fermentable oligo-, di, mono-saccharides and polyols." Yoshida explains that these particles travel on down to the colon and large intestine where they're fermented by normal gut bacteria, forming gases that result in bloating and flatulence. Unfortunately, some of the healthiest foods we know (cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, leeks, cherries, avocados, many kinds of beans--including soy, and more) contain FODMAPs. The good news is that there are many other superfoods (berries, pumpkin, leafyRead More »from 4 Habits that Are Making You Feel Bloated
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Myth #1: Pay for Your Vacation After You Get Home...
...since you're getting a bonus next month anyway, right? Or, take advantage of the department store's buy-now-pay-later option on that beautiful rug for your living room, because it's an interest-free deal. But there's a psychological reason to pay ahead of time, says Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton, authors of Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending. They've found research that suggests you'll enjoy your vacation more if you aren't sitting on the beach while thinking about what a huge bill you'll be facing once you get home. We get more happiness from things--whether it's chocolate, a new book, or even a vacation--we pay for, but don't use right away, than we do from goods we put on credit cards or deferred plans.
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Smoked Salmon + Yogurt
As yogurt shakes off its only-for-breakfast, only-with-fruit-and-granola reputation, we're seeing lots of innovative ways to serve and eat this protein-packed food. The one we're most smitten with right now: topping plain Greek yogurt with chopped smoked salmon. It's creamy, savory and salty, and a fantastic snack or light meal for any time of day (it's even better with a squirt of lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper and a pinch of fresh dill). Yogurtmaker Chobani serves the combination at its New York City shop and it's been a runaway hit.
Try it: Combine a half-cup plain Greek yogurt with 1 1/2 Tbsp. smoked salmon, a squirt of lemon juice, 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil and a pinch each of salt, pepper and fresh dill. Eat with a spoon or with bagel chips.
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Cardamom's fresh, sweet, more-exotic-than-cinnamon flavor is a mainstay of Scandinavian, Baltic and
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The Move: Crossed-Legged Extension
The "4" in Figure 4 classes by Pure Yoga refers to the areas of the body targeted: abs, arms, glutes and, of course, thighs. Madeline Day, the creative coordinator for Figure 4, says that you'll really feel (and see) this move in the top of the thigh--right about where a miniskirt would end and self-consciousness would usually begin.
1. Sit in a chair with your back straight, your core engaged. Grip the seat of the chair lightly for support.
2. Cross one leg over the other, at the ankles. Exhale and extend your bottom leg until it is completely straight and parallel to the ground. (The top leg will lift as well, but keeping it relaxed will allow it to act as a "weight" for the active leg.)
3. Do 5 reps of lifting and lowering, then hold at the top for 10 seconds. Repeat 5 times.
4. Straighten both legs and lower to the ground, pause, then re-cross with the opposite leg on top. Repeat exercise with opposite leg.
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