Try these drug-free ways to bring your BP downIf your blood pressure is creeping up or has reached "uh-oh" levels, try these drug-free ways to bring it down.
1. Soak in a bath
Add 2 cups of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) to the tub, and your blood vessels will relax, too, as you absorb the mineral through your skin.
2. Carry a load
Strength training using free weights, machines, or resistance bands can lower BP a few points. Try twice a week, at a level where you can manage 3 sets of 10 reps.
3. Tighten your grip
Squeezing a handgrip or ball (four 2-minute holds, a minute's rest in between) 3 times a week has been shown to lower BP 13 systolic (upper number) and 8 diastolic points. (If pressure is high, ask an M.D. first.)
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4. Unroll your mat
Strike some yoga poses two or three times a week, and you may strike a few points from your BP. In a new University of Pennsylvania study, the average systolic BP moved from 133 to 130. That's still considered prehypertension, so combine yoga with other
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- Good Housekeeping | Shine Food – Thu, Sep 19, 2013 9:24 AM EDT
Potato SkinsKick off football season with our fully loaded skins. They weigh in at just 120 calories per serving versus the classic's 350, and have one-fifth the saturated fat. Our secret: lighter ingredients (reduced-fat sour cream, Pecorino cheese) that pack a lot of flavor. Touchdown!Read More »from These Healthy Potato Skins Cut 80% of the Saturated Fat — but None of the Flavor!
Yields: 8 appetizer servings
Total Time: 1 hr 10 min
Prep Time: 35 min
Oven Temp: 400
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- 4 large (12 ounces each) baking (russet) potatoes, well scrubbed
- 4 slice(s) center-cut bacon
- 1 tablespoon(s) extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup(s) reduced-fat sour cream
- 1 ounce(s) Pecorino Romano cheese, finely grated
- 1 large (10- to 12-ounce) tomato, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoon(s) snipped fresh chives
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1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. With fork, pierce each potato 3 times. Place potatoes on parchment paper. Microwave
Diet myths, busted!We all have a friend who swears by the latest juice craze and another who's devoted to a gluten-free lifestyle. So what's the true secret to staying slim? Here, we uncover the truth behind top diet trends.Read More »from 11 Diet Myths — Busted!
Myth #1: Fasting is the best way to drop pounds - stat
Fact: Popular across the pond, "5:2" fasting diets, which call for five days of eating whatever you want and two days of following a seriously reduced calorie plan (think: rabbit food) have started sweeping our nation. As tempting as it sounds, the "5:2" way of life isn't exactly foolproof. Binging on the "eat-anything-you-want" days could cancel out any weight loss benefits resulting from the low-calorie days. On the flip side, if you drop weight too quickly, you may actually be losing muscle, not fat.
To hold on to some tone and still shed the fat, you need a more moderate plan that keeps your metabolism chugging, energy high, and tummy full. Fill up on satiating foods, like fruits and veggies, chicken and fish, and
- Good Housekeeping | Shine Food – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 10:08 AM EDT
Pumpkin Cheesecake Crème CaramelIf you're searching for a fall dessert that deviates a bit from the traditional pumpkin pie, look no further. Made with pure pumpkin, hot caramel, and a handful of fall spices, this scrumptious custard tastes like no other.Read More »from Forget Pumpkin Pie! Say Hello to Your New Favorite Pumpkin Dessert
Oven Temp: 350
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- 1 orange
- 1 1/4 cup(s) sugar
- 1 package(s) (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup(s) canned pure pumpkin, (not pumpkin-pie mix)
- 6 large eggs
- 1 can(s) (12-ounce) evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup(s) heavy or whipping cream
- 1/4 cup(s) orange-flavored liqueur such as Grand Marnier or triple sec
- 1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch(s) ground nutmeg
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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Fill kettle or covered 4-quart saucepan with water; heat to boiling over high heat.
2. Meanwhile, from orange, with vegetable peeler, remove 6 strips peel, about 3" by 1"
Dangerous celebrity searches on the Internet
We all know it's smart to click with caution when it comes to web searches, lest our systems end up saddled with spyware or other malicious downloads from an untrustworthy site. To help keep your PC safe, this morning McAfee released its annual list of the Most Dangerous Celebrities to search for. While there's nothing wrong with visiting websites related to some of your favorite celebs, keep in mind that these names are linked to a higher risk of stumbling across dangerous sites, whether it's in conjunction with obviously risky things like searching for inappropriate photos or more innocuous terms like "free app download." Remind your family to use extra caution when Googling these famous faces!
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Topping the list: Lily Collins, star of The Moral Instruments: City of Bones. Other tween and teen favorites on the list include Avril Lavigne (#2), Katy Perry (#6), and Emma Roberts (#10). But it's not just your kids you need to make sure areRead More »from 10 Celebrity Names that Aren't Safe to Google
Removing common kid stains
Oops! Your little one spilled fruit punch on his good shirt. No need to fret over tough stains left behind by your children; read on for our definitive guide.
After a tough soccer practice, grass stains are sure to leave their mark. For quick results, rub a liquid laundry detergent with enzymes into the stain and let it sit for five minutes. Then, wash with the hottest water and bleach permitted by the clothing's care label.
Stickers are fun, but not when they're stuck all over the house. If your tot has taken it upon herself to decorate your windows, start by covering the sticker with a light oil - like baby or vegetable - and leaving it overnight. The next morning, lift one corner and slowly pull off of the glass. If you don't have any oil, try soaking the sticker with a hot, damp sponge.
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When playing outside on a summer day, your young explorer's clothing may end up covered in this sticky substance. After pretreating with a prewash
Make your own hummus!Middle Eastern dips, such as hummus, once seemed exotic, but now they're familiar old friends. Tahini is readily available at health food stores and supermarkets.Read More »from The Perfect Homemade Hummus Recipe
Yields: 2 cups
Total Time: 15 min
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- 4 clove(s) garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 large lemon
- 1 can(s) (15 to 19 ounces) garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 tablespoon(s) tahini
- 3 tablespoon(s) olive oil
- 2 tablespoon(s) water
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
- 1/8 teaspoon(s) ground red pepper, cayenne
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) paprika
- 2 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
- Pita bread wedges
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1. In 1-quart saucepan, heat 2 cups water to boiling over high heat. Add garlic and cook 3 minutes to blanch; drain.
2. From lemon, grate 1 teaspoon peel and squeeze 3 tablespoons juice. In food processor with knife blade attached, combine beans, tahini, garlic, lemon peel and juice,
Weight loss mistakesYou've committed to working out and eating healthy, but the scale isn't budging. What gives? Your routine may actually be backfiring. Here are 10 common mistakes that prevent you from winning the battle of the bulge.Read More »from 10 Reasons You're Not Getting Slim at the Gym
1. You hit the gym on an empty stomach
Nothing will sabotage an efficient, productive workout like exercising when you're hungry, says celebrity trainer David Kirsch. "Exercising first thing in the morning before eating is an optimal way to burn fat stores, [but] the problem is that too often my clients training after 8 a.m. come to the gym hungry, cranky, and low-energy." Premium cars need fuel to run efficiently and so do we. Power up before you hit the gym with an easily digestible meal. Kirsch recommends eating 20 almonds, or an apple or banana with a tablespoon of almond butter.
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2. You eat too many carbs before exercising
And, yes, you need to eat, but don't consume too many carbs (good or bad) before your workout if
Metabolism myths, debunked"But I heard it at the gym!" Stop falling for these common metabolism myths.Read More »from 5 Metabolism Myths that Are Destroying Your Diet
1. "Eating after 7 P.M. slows your metabolism."
Calories consumed after dark are no more sinister than any others. But at nighttime, we're often exhausted, starving, or bored, so it's much easier to overdo it.
2. "The more slowly you lose weight, the easier it is to drop a lot."
Actually, in an 18-month study, obese women who dropped pounds faster were five times more likely to lose 10% of their body weight than the "slow-and-steady" losers.
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3. "To tone muscle, do more reps with lighter weights."
Nope. The best way to build muscle is to work it to fatigue; 20 lifts with a too-light weight won't be as effective. Use a weight light enough to lift at least eight times, but heavy enough that lifting it more than 12 times is difficult.
4. "I just earned a brownie!"
Depends on your workout. A 40-minute spin class will earn you a
- Good Housekeeping | Shine Food – Fri, Sep 13, 2013 5:07 PM EDT
Accordion PotatoesFor seriously satisfying spuds, try these vitamin-rich reds. Creamier than russets and lower in starch, all they need is a drizzle of olive oil before roasting; sprinkle with parsley and thyme and serve.Read More »from A Tastier – and Prettier! – Alternative to Baked Potatoes
Yields: 8 side-dish servings
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 37 min
Oven Temp: 450
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- 8 large (8 ounces each) red potatoes
- 2 tablespoon(s) extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
- 1/4 teaspoon(s) coarsely ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh parsley leaves
- 1 teaspoon(s) chopped fresh thyme leaves
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1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Carefully slice each potato thinly without cutting all the way through.
2. Place potatoes on microwave-safe dish and cover with waxed paper. Cook in microwave on High 12 to 15 minutes or until easily pierced with tip of knife.
3. Transfer potatoes to metal baking pan. Carefully drizzle oil between