by Krista Bennett DeMaio for SHAPE magazine
Find the perfect summer scentWhether you're vacationing in the country, soaking up the shore, or sticking it out in the city, one of these fragrances is guaranteed to be your go-to accessory.
1. Perfectly punchy: Like a fun cocktail, Issey Miyake L'Eau D'Issey Summer Eau De Toilette ($72 for 3.3 oz.; Sephora.com) is both fruity and sparkling. The fragrance combines sweet and tart pink grapefruit, passion fruit, and lychee with a hint of yummy vanilla.
2. Sheer and lovely: If Vince Camuto Eau De Parfum Spray, the fashion designer's first scent, could be described as nightclub chic with notes of leather, rum, and feminine rose, then his latest launch, Fiori Vince Camuto Limited Edition Eau de Parfum Spray ($78 for 3.4 oz.; Dillards.com) is more like a garden party. This summery perfume has hints of fresh pink grapefruit and nectarine, soft and delicate iris and freesia, and creamy sandalwood.
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3. Summer glam: Jimmy Choo Flash ($98
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by Cristina Goyanes for SHAPE.comRead More »from Can Peeing in a Cup Reveal If You Have Breast Cancer?
Could this new test replace the mammogram?Between the news of Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy and her maternal aunt's recent passing from the disease at age 61, many of us have breast cancer on the brain. Whether or not it runs in the family, as in Jolie's case, nearly 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime, and it's scary to think that this Russian roulette-like diagnosis is out of your hands. One silver-lining is that scientists are looking to make early detection as simple as peeing in a cup.
A new study from Missouri University of Science and Technology revealed that a screening method may detect breast cancer in a small urine sample. In the blind study of 300 breast cancer patients and 100 cancer-free participants, researchers used a device called a P-scan to look for an abnormally high concentration of metabolites called pteridines in the urine samples. While pteridines are always present in humans, high levels can indicate cancer, and the higher the levels,
by Linda Melone, C.S.C.S, for SHAPE.comRead More »from Why Does My Workout Suddenly Feel Harder?
6 reasons your normal workout might suddenly be kicking your buttWhen you're chained to your desk until midnight to meet a deadline or are out even later having fun, you expect to be low on energy and feel it at the gym the next day. But when you bank quality beauty sleep yet every minute on the elliptical seems like an hour, it just doesn't make sense.
The next time you feel as if you're dragging yourself through quicksand, consider these six things that have nothing to do with slumber but could be just the thing that's zapping your zing.
(Note: If none of these apply to you and you're still exhausted, see a doctor to rule out other health issues such as chronic fatigue syndrome.)
1. You're dehydrated: Hot summer days mean you sweat more-and probably need more water than you're sipping, especially if you're exercising outdoors. "If you take a drink of water and find yourself downing the whole glass all at once, you're likely dehydrated," says Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., a board certified internist and owner of
by Cristina Goyanes for SHAPE.comRead More »from Will You Buy Oprah's Organic Produce?
Oprah WinfreySuperstar media-mogul Oprah Winfrey may be dipping her hand, particularly her green thumb, in another completely unrelated business: agriculture. The 59-year-old recently revealed that she has plans to turn some 16 acres on her 1,000-acre property on Maui into farmland. The idea, which came from her friend and health expert Bob Greene, was to grow crops on an island that imports roughly 90 percent of its food.
"We realized if we could grow delicious food ourselves, we could share it," Winfrey wrote in the May issue of O, the Oprah Magazine. She hired the natural resource management group Bio-Logical Capital to help oversee the harvest, which includes more than 100 species of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. They're planting the, er, seeds of change on one side of the dormant volcano called Haleakala at some 4,000 feet above sea level.
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Right now she's giving away the crops-about 145 pounds per week from
by Mike Roussell, ph.D, SHAPE Diet DoctorRead More »from Should You Eat Out-of-Season Superfoods?
Should you eat kale in the summertime?We've all heard you should eat produce that's in season, but what about superfoods? Should you stop eating kale in the summer and blueberries in winter, or do you still get benefits from consuming them?
Our current food system gives us the luxury of having foods all year despite certain ones not being in season where you live. But research shows that prolonged storage of food can lead to decreases in the nutritional content of the food, specifically vitamin C. So while the kale you eat in the summer that was shipped to your local supermarket from an average of 1,500 miles away won't be as nutritionally robust as the kale you buy locally in the fall, it is still a superfood.
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Regarding blueberries, when you use frozen berries as many people do in smoothies, you are getting the full benefit of in-season fruit out of season. Most frozen fruits and vegetables are picked at their peak ripeness and
by Keri Gans, R.D., for SHAPE.comRead More »from Are Flavored Waters Diet Soda in Disguise?
Should you drink flavored water?You know water is super healthy and important to drink, but if you don't like the taste, you're not alone: About 20 percent of Americans dislike the flavor of plain H2O, a Wall Street Journal article says.
Now many beverages companies are focusing on this group of non-water drinkers, offering alternatives that they believe are healthier than regular soda and diet soda, which both have gotten a bad wrap over the years. But sorting through all these new options can be overwhelming. Deciphering between what is a healthy choice and what might be another soda in disguise can lead many to think a Ph.D. in food science is needed.
Lots of these new waters are sweetened, some naturally and others artificially, to attract the taste buds of those who at heart may prefer soda. Current research still supports that artificial sweeteners are safe to consume, and I have always told my diet-soda drinkers that one a day is fine, but if they are drinking a lot of them
By Jessica Smith for SHAPE.comRead More »from 7 Tricks to Make Running More Fun
Mix up your running routine with these free expert ideasHas your running routine become, well, routine? If you've exhausted your go-to tricks to get motivated--a new playlist, new workout clothes, etc.--and you're still not feeling it, you're not doomed to a lifetime of colorless cardio. We asked running experts to share their most creative (and totally free!) ideas to up the fun factor and help you look forward to lacing up your sneakers.
1. Run with a frisbee: Instead of steadily plodding along the well-worn path at your local park (how many times have you done that before?) head to an open grassy area, toss a Frisbee (as if you had a partner), and sprint after it. See how long you can go before letting it touch the ground-you'll be forced to change directions quickly, run in different patterns, and vary your speed, all of which can help you burn more calories and engage your muscles in a new way. Plus, it's fun!
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"By making it more of a game, the time flies
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Fri, May 17, 2013 11:34 AM EDT
by Alanna Nuñez for SHAPE.comRead More »from The Surprising Reason People Are Turning to Plastic Surgery
Would you go under the knife to look good on social media?The constant presence of social media in our lives certainly has its upsides, but more downsides keep emerging, including lower personal growth, Pinterest stress, and, now, an increase of plastic surgery, according to a poll from the American Academy of Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).
The survey asked 753 AAFPRS board-certified facial plastic surgeons to describe trends they were seeing in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. One finding stuck out: Surgeons are seeing a 31-percent increase in plastic surgery requests as a result of how people want to present themselves on social media accounts.
"We live in a very visual world, and have come to expect that we will be 'Googled' or 'Facebooked' even before actually meeting someone socially or professionally," Sam Rizk, M.D., an AAFPRS member and director of Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgery in New York, told Time. "I see a lot of men and women who are executives or high-profile so they
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, May 16, 2013 5:53 PM EDT
by Jessica Smith for SHAPE.comRead More »from When Your Weight Fluctuates: What's Normal and What's Not
Stop being a slave to the scale!Although you know a number is just a number, it's hard not to worry when you see the scale jump a pound or two overnight or-worse-during the same day. But take a deep breath: Most weight fluctuations are normal.
Since most of us can't eat enough in a day or two to actually gain 5 or 10 pounds, if you notice a dramatic increase on the scale, chances are it's due to water, says Anita Petruzzelli, M.D., doctor for BodyLogicMD.
"Eating, drinking, urinating, having a bowel movement, and exercise can all impact your body's water composition and therefore weight," she says. For example, high-carb and high-salt foods can cause water retention and a boost in poundage, while exercise can lead to temporary water and weight loss.
So don't get too excited-or freaked-if you weigh yourself after a meal or workout. "Weight gain due to water fluctuation should normalize in a day or two when you resume exercising and eating a healthy diet that's low in salt, refined
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Wed, May 15, 2013 10:49 AM EDT
by Charlotte Andersen for SHAPE.comRead More »from What No One is Telling You About Angelina Jolie's Mastectomy
Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie has always been a trendsetter, and now she is using her powers of persuasion to bring awareness to a very sensitive topic with her announcement in yesterday's New York Times that she had a prophylactic (preventative) mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery after finding out that she has the BRCA1 gene.
The decision was a powerful one on a personal level for Jolie, who had watched her mother fight and then eventually succumb to ovarian cancer. But people everywhere are applauding her for making her choice public as well.
"What Angelina has done is hugely powerful and courageous," says Niki Barr, Ph.D., founder of a psychotherapy practice dedicated to working with cancer patients and author of Emotional Wellness: The Other Half of Treating Cancer. "It encourages women to explore their options and makes this option much more viable."
The BRCA gene increases the risk of breast cancer from the normal lifetime average for most women