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In the old days, health misinformation would spread slowly. Not today. "The Internet has given people the ability to send everyone on their email lists wild stories that end up mushrooming around the world in a matter of hours," says Rich Buhler, creator of Truthorfiction.com, a website devoted to debunking false email rumors. But relax: Most of those health scares hitting your in-box are a misreading of facts or a deliberate twisting of the truth.
Drink eight glasses of water a day
In 1945, the U.S. Food and Nutrition Board told people to consume eight glasses of fluid daily. Before long, most of us believed we needed eight glasses of water, in addition to what we eat and drink, every day.
The Truth: Water's great, but you can also whet your whistle with juice, tea, milk, fruits, and vegetables-quite enough to keep you hydrated. Even coffee quenches thirst, despite its reputation as a diuretic; the caffeine makes you lose some liquid, but you're still getting
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Prevention is the best cure for a hangover. The only way to avoid a pounding head and queasiness the morning after is to drink in moderation, or to stay away from alcohol entirely. But with all sorts of seasonal celebrations going on, it's easy to overindulge.
Alternating your drinks with water or another nonalcoholic beverage can help you slow down and stay hydrated. If you still wind up with a hangover, you may be inclined to try one of the many supposedly tried-and-true remedies that have been passed down through the ages.
Don't get your hopes up. Traditional hangover remedies are often ineffective, and some of them may actually make you feel worse.
Health.com: The hangover handbook: How to survive the morning after
Hair of the dog
Even though the thought of a Bloody Mary may appeal to you, a Virgin Mary is a much better choice the morning after. "The worst thing to do is to have another drink," says Charles Cutler, MD, an internist in Norristown, Pa., and the
That 20s gain is actually not so surprising. Women put on an average of 2.2 pounds per year between ages 18 and 30, says Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, an associate professor of nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When you're making that transition to young adulthood, you shift to a more sedentary lifestyle.Read More »from Help, I'm gaining weight in my 20s!
In other words, you're probably parked at a desk for 40-plus hours per week for the first time in your life (who has time for the gym?).
Health.com: 20 ways to torch calories, no-gym required
Plus, you may be hanging out at restaurants and bars with friends: Alcohol can add a significant number of calories to your daily intake, notes Joshua D. Brown, PhD, psychologist and director of clinical services at the Weight Management Center at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Health.com: 9 margaritas under 300 calories
Then there's the fact that the average woman ties the knot around age 26, and married life
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If you're feeling overstuffed, bloated, and nauseated, don't worry. Use our detox recipes (plus plenty of water) and get back to your healthy, happy self.
The morning after overindulging, give your stomach a break. Wait until you're hungry and then start with this fiber-rich breakfast to get your digestive system in gear. The mild flavors of vanilla and cinnamon will stimulate your taste buds without causing sensory overload. Adding diced pear will add a boost of antioxidants and the high water content will help with rehydration.
Try this recipe: De-lish Oatmeal
Greek Yogurt Parfait
Foods that contain fructose-like the honey in this recipe-will help your body burn any lingering alcohol in your system. Plus it adds a
Daniel Hurst Photography/Getty ImagesExperts weight in on the real risks of what makes our icing pink.Read More »from The burning question: Are food dyes really safe?
YES: Extensive research confirms it.
Joseph Borzelleca, PhD
Professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
• Lab tests prove they're harmless.
Each of the nine man-made dyes used in food went through 5 to 10 years of laboratory and animal testing before receiving Food and Drug Administration approval. There has never been a confirmed health issue related to food coloring in the United States, except for rare cases of allergic reactions.
• The amount used is small.
To determine how much dye is safe to use, toxicologists take the highest dose that did not cause any adverse effect in animal tests and divide it by 100. The resulting number is the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI)-the amount any human can ingest every day for a lifetime without experiencing problems. Most foods containing dyes have only a tiny fraction of the ADI.
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Let's not kid ourselves. Getting older is a drag, and middle age is particularly fraught with tension.
Do the sexy clothes you wore in the past now seem just plain wrong? Will smoky eye makeup that looks great on 19-year-olds make you appear just plain crazy?
Part of the problem is that aging often requires change, but most women don't want to move to a frumpy town called Middle Age, where sensible shoes and boring clothes are de rigueur.
Here are the 11 most common mistakes aging women make-and how to avoid them.
Not realizing you need to change
The biggest mistake women make is not doing anything at all. Hair, makeup, and clothing that made you look fantastic in your younger years, often won't cut it as you grow older.
If you want to age gracefully, you'll need to make some changes.
"Many women keep doing the same things they've been doing for decades, which very often no longer works and may not be as flattering for a woman over 50," says Barbara Grufferman,
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Christmas is just a few days away, and I'm excited that it'll finally be here. I love all of the sights and sounds of the holiday-the decorations, music, family, friends, presents, and, of course, the food!
There's nothing wrong with indulging a little bit during the holidays. Still, I don't want to overdo it either. Maintaining my Feel Great Weight is important to me, so I keep my tips for avoiding holiday weight gain in mind to help me navigate food-focused get-togethers.
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Be a cheese whiz with these professional tips for easy planning-and saving a few bucks:
Stick to odd numbers
Serve three or five cheese options. This creates a balanced look, says Rob Kaufelt, owner of the renowned Murray's Cheese shops in New York City.
Bonus: Limiting variety keeps costs down, too.
Balance textures and flavors
Include a soft, semisoft, and hard cheese on your board, advises David Myers, chef and owner of Sona in Los Angeles. And have a mix of mild (chèvre or manchego) and strong cheese (any blue cheese or a sharp Cheddar).
Health.com: What can you make with goat cheese?
You want your cheese to be as fresh as possible, so just buy what you need. Get 1-2 ounces of each cheese per person, suggests Kaufelt.
Wheel and deal
Make friends with your local cheesemonger, who will let you try before you buy. She can also point out interesting-and budget-friendly-options. Also, consider mass retailers like Costco and BJ's: They offer great
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Healthy drinks are having a moment.
After a big meal, sip this for better digestion. Bitters and star anise are natural tummy soothers.
Ingredients: Campari, grapefruit juice, Star Anise Agave Nectar (recipe below), bitters, grapefruit slice
Star anise agave nectar: Bring 1/2 cup agave nectar and 4 star anise pods to a simmer. Let cool; strain and discard star anise pods.
Try this recipe: Roman Holiday
The Hibiscus tea in this drink may help lower blood pressure.
Ingredients: Hibiscus-Infused Simple Syrup (recipe below), gin, sparkling wine, star fruit slice
Hibiscus-infused simple syrup: Bring 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar to a simmer. Dissolve sugar. Remove heat and add 4 hibiscus tea bags; let steep until cool. Strain; cover and keep chilled.
Try this recipe: Scarlet Fizz
This booze-free treat is loaded with memory-boosting antioxidants.
Ingredients: frozen wild blueberries,
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New Year's resolutions are a bit like babies: They're fun to make but extremely difficult to maintain.
Each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves or their situation in some way, according to a 2009 poll by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. A much smaller percentage of people actually make good on those resolutions, however. While roughly 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week, less than half (46%) are still on target six months later, a 2002 study found.
Yes, it's hard to keep that shiny New Year's enthusiasm months after you've swept up the confetti, but it's not impossible. Especially if your goal is a noble one: better health. Exercising more, dropping a few pounds, and other health-related resolutions have traditionally been favorites, and 2011 will likely be no different.
This year, pick one of the following worthy resolutions, and stick with it. Here's to your health!
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