It's Saturday night, and you slip on your sexiest pair of jeans. One problem: Your stomach's so swollen that those jeans barely zip shut. Sound familiar? Bloating's a common but annoying symptom with many causes, says Patricia Raymond, M.D., a gastroenterologist in Chesapeake, VA. "You could be retaining fluids - especially right before that time of the month - or have excess gas because of something you ate, or you could be constipated," Raymond notes. Luckily, there are just as many ways to banish bloat. Try one of these tricks to keep your denim looking slimming.
Pick Potassium-Rich Foods
This mineral helps regulate the fluid balance in your body, keeping bloat at bay. High-potassium foods include bananas, cantaloupe, mangoes, spinach, tomatoes, nuts, and asparagus - which contains an amino acid called asparagine that (bonus!) acts as a diuretic to flush excess liquid out of your system.
Related: Healthy Foods for Under $1
Prep for PMS
If you tend to swell up before (or during)
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It's Saturday night, and you slip on your sexiest pair of jeans. One problem: Your stomach's so swollen that those jeans barely zip shut. Sound familiar? Bloating's a common but annoying symptom with many causes, says Patricia Raymond, M.D., a gastroenterologist in Chesapeake, VA. "You could be retaining fluids - especially right before that time of the month - or have excess gas because of something you ate, or you could be constipated," Raymond notes. Luckily, there are just as many ways to banish bloat. Try one of these tricks to keep your denim looking slimming.Read More »from 6 Simple Ways to Banish Bloat
Working at a women's magazine, you tend to pick up all kinds of useful information. Some of it is style advice, some of it is of the sexy variety (which, let us say, the men in our lives have benefited from), and some of it is just plain old practical.Read More »from Baking Soda and Vinegar Can Do THAT?
We've heard that cleaning windows with newspaper gives them a streak-free shine, and that you can de-fuzz a sweater with a disposable razor, and that vinegar will attack the mildew smell on musty towels. In fact, we thought we'd heard all the household hints there were, until we saw the 6 Minute Solution in our June issue:
Drain all stopped up and no chemical clog-remover on hand? Save yourself a trip to the supermarket with this at-home recipe, which will dissolve most organic material that's stuck in your sink.
1. Pour 1/4 cup baking soda into clogged drain.
2. Top it off with 1 cup vinegar.
3. Let it bubble and fizz for five minutes.
4. Pour boiling water down the drain.
Whoa. we had no idea you could do that with baking soda
We talked to a few sexy celebs and got the dish on bad behaviors they left behind and the sun-care brands they love now.Read More »from Sun-Care Secrets from Celebrities
"I grew up in South Carolina, where we sunbathed all summer long. So I've done a lot of damage to my skin in the past, which makes me appreciate a great sunscreen now. I always have my Ahava SPF 50 sunscreen with me, which protects me from UVA and UVB rays. I love it!"
-Kristin Davis, spokesperson for Ahava
What does SPF really mean?
"I was one of those women who believed 'black don't crack'...until I fell asleep in the sun and got a sunburn. I took an aloe vera plant and cut it open and put it all over my body. Now I wear sunscreen every day, even if it's hazy."
Dark skin isn't cancer-proof.
"During summer break from college, I would lie out all day with baby oil on my skin and compete with my friends about who could get darkest! But now I know that skin cancer is a serious health concern. I personally love
- Redbook | Work + Money – Mon, Jul 12, 2010 10:08 PM EDT
Every little penny helps when you're trying to save money. Financial guru Beth Kobliner shares these important questions to ask yourself before making any purchase. Stick to this advice and your bank account will thank you.Read More »from Ask Yourself These Questions Before You Buy Anything
1. Do you have to buy this item?
Could you borrow this item from a friend or swap for it? If swapping's an option, check out websites such as paperbackswap.com for books, swapbabygoods.com for tots' toys, or swapmamas.com for household items and kitchen supplies. Better yet (and more fun) organize a swap party to get your friends in on the saving.
2. Have you found the best deal?
Before you make a big-ticket purchase, compare prices at three similar stores. And if you're shopping online, don't hit the checkout button until you've looked for a discount code or coupon (get the lowdown on coupons and other overlooked money-saving tips). Websites such as fatwallet.com, dealio.com and retailmenot.com can help you find offers from hundreds of retailers such as Old Navy
As if you needed another reason to get more rest, there are actually very frightening health hazards that can result from lack of sleep. Learn what they are and how to avoid them with our tips for a more restful night's sleep.Read More »from Yikes! Skimping on Sleep Can Make You...
Also, find out how much sleep you really need (hint: it's not eight hours!) and seven reasons why you might be sleep deprived.
FAT. Research shows that people who get fewer than seven hours of sleep a night are 30 percent more likely to be obese. Lack of sleep alters the flow of hormones that regulate hunger and satiety, which can cause you to eat more. And when you're sleepy, you're more likely to reach for high-fat, high-calorie foods to keep you going, says Jodi A. Mindell, Ph.D., author of Sleep Deprived No More.
Related: How to Feel Rested on Too Little Sleep
PRONE TO HEART DISEASE. Women who regularly get fewer than five hours of sleep per night are significantly more likely to suffer from hypertension -- a leading heart disease risk factor, according to
Humidity, heat, and sun can work for or against your looks, depending on how you deal with them. But don't worry - we've got you covered. With these tips, gadgets, and toucher-uppers, you'll be gorgeous through it all (and with less makeup).Read More »from Six Secret Weapons to Prevent Summer Meltdown
When the sun's rays shine down on you, they should highlight your glowing complexion - not shine a spotlight on where your blush ends or your foundation begins. Gently wipe a tissue over your makeup to smooth any lines of demarcation. Even better: A lamb's-wool paddle will soften every edge without removing your makeup. Try this one from Laura Geller Beauty Ingenuity, $17.
Do this to get a gorgeous glow.
In a season of sexy sandals and cute flip-flops, dry, scaly feet need some serious sloughing. A long walk on the beach will get you soft heels, but if you're landlocked, try the Perfect Formula Crystal Pedi-Buff, $32. It has a crystal buffing surface, which smooths away calluses and rough spots (use it on elbows too)
- Redbook | Love + Sex – Fri, Jul 2, 2010 5:12 PM EDT
You know that the whole "vampire thing" is huge, but you're too embarrassed to admit you don't know why. Don't worry, we were too. That's why we secretly asked our friends at Seventeen.com (repository of all things Twilight) if they could give the clueless (ahem) among us a tutorial so we can catch up. The third movie in the Twilight Saga, Eclipse, was released this week. If you want to see it, here's what you need to know before going in:Read More »from Clueless About Twilight? This Is All You Need to Know
What You Need to Know About the Plot:
Twilight, the first film in the Twilight Saga film series, chronicles the burgeoning relationship between shy, awkward teenager Bella Swan and mysterious yet beautiful vampire Edward Cullen. Edward's adopted (and rather unorthodox) family is unique to their kind, opting to drink only the blood of animals over that of humans. But when a string of puzzling murders plagues their tiny town of Forks, Washington, it's up to Edward to save Bella from what would be a certain death. In the sequel, New Moon, an unfortunate
You can't even begin to negotiate on an item until you know its lowest possible going rate. Why pay $200 for a microwave when a quick online search can tell you it's available elsewhere for $89? Even women who are bad with money will find it easy to use these comparison-shopping sites to get the best deal possible.Read More »from Miracle Websites That Will Save You Money
PriceGrabber.com is the granddaddy of the comparison-shopping sites: It searches millions of products - groceries, computer software, you name it - from hundreds of vendors to get you the best price.
StreetPrices.com charts price changes for popular items over time to help you determine if now is a good time to buy that new flat-screen TV. With one click you can check eBay or Craigslist as well as online retailers.
Make the most of the recession.
Bing.com/shopping offers up the best prices from tons of retailers - plus, it offers a rewards program that gives a percentage of cash back when you link through their site to online stores, such as Macy's and Office Depot, to make
Summer getaways should be all about rest and relaxation. Unfortunately, decadent meals, late nights out, and fun in the wild outdoors can leave you feeling worse than you did before you left. But with a little planning, you can return home healthy and happy and even hold on to that feeling. Stay-well strategies to add to your itinerary:Read More »from Stay Healthy on Vacation
Before You Leave...
Shore up your immune system. Digestive problems, from gas and indigestion to diarrhea, are all too common when you're on the road. "Eating out means you have less control over food preparation, exposing you to bacteria like E. coli and salmonella," says Patricia Raymond, M.D., an assistant professor of clinical internal medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. Prevent tummy troubles by popping probiotics - supplements that help keep your GI tract healthy - for three days before a trip. "Aim to take 1 billion CFUs [colony-forming units] a day," Raymond suggests. (Look for pills containing S. boulardi to ward off
She can still rock a runway, but at 43, Cindy Crawford knows that home is where her heart is. Her new home collection, Cindy Crawford Style for JCPenney, channels her knack for comfortable, versatile fashion. We caught up with Crawford to find out what makes her house a home.Read More »from What Makes Cindy Crawford's House a Home
What makes a house a home?
The most important thing is comfort. I want my home to look good, feel good, and smell good. I want it to be inclusive, to reflect the people who live there.
Try these easy ideas to add some comfort to your home.
How do you achieve that?
Each year I frame one of the kids' drawings or paintings. It's amazing that when you put it in a frame - it doesn't have to be expensive one - it becomes art. In the kids' playroom, I have all of those pieces, one for each year, together on one wall. When you put them all together, they tell a story.
Crawford's line is full of simple touches, like this serving tray ($50) that adds a comfortable elegance to the home.
How do you entertain?