The True Blood star opens up about her tough workouts, super-close marriage to co-star Stephen Moyer, and top fitness motivator ("being naked at work!"). By Amy Spencer
You could envy Anna Paquin a lot of things. Starting with her rocking body, which is on full display one hot morning when the 28-year-old Academy Award-winning actress shows up for our chat at a cafe in Venice, California, absolutely killing it in cutoff jeans shorts and a paper-thin white T-shirt. Then there's her red-hot career-her fourth season playing telepathic waitress Sookie on the HBO hit True Blood debuts this month. And what about her recent marriage to hunky co-star Stephen Moyer?
But after our day with Anna, we long most for her amazing energy. This is a girl who likes her workouts hard, her coffee "giant," and admits that she doesn't like to sit still. After Stephen drops her off and takes their two dogs to the park, Anna dishes about everything from the pressure to stay thin in Hollywood to whether she
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The True Blood star opens up about her tough workouts, super-close marriage to co-star Stephen Moyer, and top fitness motivator ("being naked at work!"). By Amy SpencerRead More »from Anna Paquin's all-day energy secrets
Getty ImagesEvery wonder how families stay healthy, fit and thin? We asked Oprah's go-to doctor, Mehmet C. Oz, MD-who gets his own show this month-for his tips on how to build a healthy family strategy. Dr. Oz says families (like the Carroll's pictured left) that make healthy lifestyle choices together, stay healthy together. Here's his game-plan for your family.Read More »from 9 habits of healthy families
Don't go hungry
To stay at a healthy weight, you have to eat, not starve yourself. "If you don't fuel up regularly, you'll become insatiably hungry, causing the 'hunger' hormone, ghrelin, to spike," Dr. Oz says. "The problem is, it takes a half-hour for that hormone to return to normal once you start to eat, but in that 30 minutes you'll likely chow through many more calories than if you hadn't eaten on an empty stomach."
Dr. Oz keeps filling almonds on hand-don't be surprised if you see him nibbling a few on his show.
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Automate breakfast and lunch
Without a healthy go-to option for each,
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If you take good care of your lungs, they can last a lifetime. "The lungs are very durable if they're not attacked from the outside," says Norman H. Edelman, MD, chief medical officer of the American Lung Association (ALA). With a few exceptions, your lungs don't get into trouble unless you get them into trouble, he says.
However, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth-leading cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Here are 12 things you can do to keep your lungs healthy as you age.
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Smoking is, hands down, the worst thing you can do to your lungs on a regular basis.
There's no safe threshold when it comes to smoking, Dr. Edelman says; the more you smoke, the greater your risk of lung cancer and COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Secondhand smoke is harmful, too, and there's mounting evidence that even thirdhand smoke-or just being in
IstockphotoBy Susan HallRead More »from Your car made healthy
Having a comfy car is a priority (second only, of course, to staying safe) if, like the average American woman, you spend an hour or more a day behind the wheel.
Here, the latest road-tested must-haves to make your time in the car safer and less stressful.
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Use your head(set)
Fiddling with your phone can jack up your accident risk by 300%. If you must call while moving, have your cell phone hooked up to a Bluetooth-compatible headset.
Our pick: the Jawbone Icon ($99.99), which has noise-canceling technology and works with most newer model phones that allow you to automatically dial a number by saying the person's name.
Bonus for screeners: A voice (you choose) whispers the caller IDs.
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Make a clean sweep
A recent study found that most cars harbor nearly 300 types of bacteria in just one square inch-some of which contribute to funky smells.
Clean all surfaces, especially smudges on your windshield
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Getting on your hands and knees to plant, bending over to water-gardening can wreak havoc on your body. Sidestep mishaps with these tips from P. Allen Smith, author of the Garden Home series.
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Protect your back
Plant your garden in raised beds and containers-it's easier on your back than bending way over to the ground.
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Get a grip
Pad the handles of tools with grip tape or foam rubber; this makes them easier to handle and prevents blisters.
Get your blood flowing
Warm up before you start gardening by walking or stretching. And don't do the same task in the same position for too long-that can lead to muscle and joint pain or repetitive-motion injuries.
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Keep it toxic-free
Reduce your exposure to pesticides by adding plants that repel bad bugs. For instance, garlic plants keep aphids away.
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Shun the sun
Getty ImagesBy Carina StorrsRead More »from Farmed or wild: Whatâ€™s the best salmon to buy?
Most everyone loves salmon. It's rich in protein and healthy fats, it's good for your health, and it tastes delicious.
But sometimes it seems like you need a marine biology degree before you hit the market. Should you choose Atlantic, Alaskan, or sockeye? Which has more heart-healthy omega-3s and fewer toxins-farmed or wild salmon?
And in addition to your own health, how does your choice-whether wild salmon from Alaska or farmed salmon from Chile- affect the environment?
Here are a few things to keep in mind the next time you're stumped in the seafood aisle.
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U.S. Atlantic salmon
Other names: U.S. farmed salmon
Should you buy it? Yes
It wasn't long ago that buying U.S. Atlantic salmon was out of the question. Although wild populations are still nearly extinct, farms off the coast of Maine that grow U.S. Atlantic salmon are expanding.
Nutritionally, they are just as good as wild. "I lump wild and farmed salmon together," says
CorbisBy Stacey ColinoRead More »from 3 secrets to getting better care at the ER
Keep a cheat sheet in your wallet
Make a list of the medications and supplements you take, your immunization history, and your allergies. If you're unconscious, paper is easier for the ER staff to find than a smartphone app, says Darria Gillespie, MD, a resident physician in the department of emergency medicine at Yale University.
Know when to call in reinforcements
If you think something is seriously wrong and no one is paying attention to you, Dr. Gillespie says, "Call your own doctor and explain the situation. If she also thinks it's serious, she can call in and speak directly with the nurses or ER doctors to get you attention more quickly."
Give good facts
Be ready to describe when your symptoms started, where they're located, what they feel like, what makes them feel better or worse, and whether you've had them before. "Probably 70% of making a diagnosis is in getting an accurate history-its importance cannot be overstated," Dr. Carius says.
By Allison AveryRead More »from Your guide to a safer summer weekend
It's right around the corner-the season of cookouts, road trips, and lazy poolside afternoons with family and friends. However you celebrate summer, our smart tips will keep the action safe and healthy.
Start by grilling smart
Grilling mistakes cause thousands of fires every year. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that you position any grill at least three feet away from house siding or railings and never place it in an enclosed area or under eaves or tree branches. If you smell gas, turn the tank off quickly and call the fire department. When grilling with charcoal, never add lighter fluid after lighting coals-the flames can leap high.
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Dodge the burn and the bugs
Turned off by greasy sunscreen and smelly sprays? Look for clothing with UPF 50+ (like SPF for fabrics), or outfitted with a repellent that wards off bugs. (P.S.: We still recommend sunscreen for your face).
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By Monica Bhide
If you've ever shied away from cooking Indian food because of mile-long ingredient lists, I can relate. I've made countless curries, and have whittled that list to just five key spices-cumin seeds, coriander seeds, ground turmeric, mustard seeds, and ground red chili.
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Each of these essential spices has its own personality:
- Cumin brings a toasty-warm flavor and is believed to aid digestion
- Coriander is citrusy and adds texture to sauces
- Turmeric has a slight bitterness and characteristic yellow color
- Mustard seeds add a pungent flavor and a crunch to match
- Red chili provides heat
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Together, these spices create the flavor harmony and texture contrast that define traditional Indian curries. Best of all, some of them have been linked to health benefits. Researchers have suggested that turmeric could play a role in slowing down the progression of Read More »from 5 Indian spices that are good for your health
Getty ImagesBy Joshua U. Klein, MDRead More »from A top doc reveals common fertility misconceptions
As an infertility specialist, the first, and sometimes hardest, thing I have to accomplish is to assess a couple's understanding of how the whole getting pregnant thing-naturally or otherwise-works. Despite widespread sex education and increased public awareness of the issue of infertility, many people still don't really get it; a study from New Zealand, for instance, showed that 74% of women presenting to a fertility clinic had inadequate fertility awareness.
An extreme example: I once had a couple come in for an infertility consultation, and only after probing some of the most esoteric-and as it turns out, irrelevant-minutiae of the biology of reproduction did I find out that the husband wasn't able to ejaculate during vaginal intercourse. (Yes, this is generally considered a prerequisite to conception.)
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So if you're in the baby-making market, here are some of the more common mistakes I see people