by Cristina Goyanes for SHAPE.com
How to relieve stress and reverse agingScience doesn't need to tell you that you're more stressed than your parents. You can feel it and, worse yet, you can see it in the mirror too. But new science has found that you can actually turn back the clock and reverse the powerful early onset aging effects of stress on your body and health.
The secret? Eat right, exercise, meditate, sleep more, and surround yourself with loved ones. Yes, you've heard this before, but now a study published in the October issue of The Lancet Oncology confirms that beyond helping you look and feel younger, these habits may add at least 10 years to your life in a matter of months.
"This study is the first of it's kind that scientifically proves you can reverse aging at a cellular level through lifestyle changes," says lead researcher Dean Ornish, M.D., author of The Spectrum. Ornish and his team looked at the telomeres-the caps at the end of chromosomes (picture the plastic ends of shoelaces) that keeps DNA strands
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1. Your go-to lunch is a salad.
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If your noon order default is a bunch of leafy greens buried under other fresh veggies-and you rarely get ham and cheese on rye-you are drastically decreasing your chances of meeting your fate from non-communicable chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. In fact, a recent study from the
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The new service is part of the "A-List" premium package that initially launched in 2009 and originally only let people browse-and stalk-anonymously. Now for $4.95 to $9.95 a month, for a year and six-month memberships respectively, members can make people who don't measure up to their standards invisible.
When users create a profile, they have to select one of 10 body type choices, including "skinny," "fit," "little extra," "full-figured," and "overweight." Since this is self-chosen, users can theoretically check "fit" and upload photos of themselves shirtless with a beer belly (it's unclear if the
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By Locke Hughes for SHAPE.comRead More »from 11 Things Your Mouth Can Tell You About Your Health
What can your mouth tell you about your health?As long as your smile is pearly white and your breath is kissable (go ahead and check), you probably don't give too much thought to your oral hygiene. Which is a shame because even if you brush and floss daily, you could be overlooking some clear signs of the state of your overall health.
"Research has shown that there is an association between oral problems and serious health conditions in the rest of your body," says Sally Cram, D.D.S., a periodontist based in Washington, D.C. So next time you pick up your toothbrush, stop and check your kisser for these clues that something may be amiss so you can remedy the issue.
1. Sharp tooth pain: A slight discomfort in your mouth is likely a piece of popcorn or nut lodged between teeth-something you can easily self-treat. But a sudden, sharp pain in your teeth when you bite down or chew is reason to see your dentist immediately, as it could indicate dental decay or a cavity, says Steven Goldberg, D.D.S., a Boca
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1. Your workout routine is making you eat too much: Is your workout causing you to use the "I burned it, I earned it," excuse when it comes to your diet? "Studies show that people tend to eat more calories when they take up exercise," says Michele Olson, Ph.D., professor of exercise science at Auburn University Montgomery, and creator of the Perfect Legs, Glutes & Abs DVD.
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A Saudi Arabian family opted to send their 79-pound toddler-weighing as much as the average 11-year-old boy-under the knife to have as much as 85 percent of his stomach permanently removed.
According to a CNN article, the morbidly obese boy's family attempted to control his eating habits two separate times. When both diets failed, doctors approved the operation. Though the child wasn't at risk of death, he did potentially face future pain, injuries, bowed legs, heart disease, diabetes, and serious complications from his sleep apnea.
Alarmed doesn't even begin to describe the world's reaction to this news of the youngest person to ever undergo weight-loss surgery. But American parents can take some solace that this scenario would likely never play out in the U.S. While about 17 percent of kids and teens age 2 to 19 are obese, there's a
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Should you date a younger man?You meet a guy and there's an instant connection-you're both into Orange Is the New Black, his dry sense of humor kills you, and dang those eyes! And then you learn that the same year you graduated college, he was wrapping up his freshman year-of high school.
Dating someone younger-whether you're two or three years his senior or are talking cougar territory-certainly can work (look at Eva Longoria and her 4-years younger beau), but being an "older woman" in a relationship does tend to come with certain perks and downfalls. If you want to make things work, be sure you can handle the following.
1. Pro: the sex: You can't argue with biology. Men reach their sexual prime in their twenties due to a spike in testosterone, while women typically reach theirs in their 30s and 40s. Add the fact that younger guys have more stamina, and you just may have a match made in orgasm heaven.
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No use resorting to the pullout method, though. There are reasons certain women tend to react differently to each type of contraception-and there's one out there that's best for you. Learn what's up with your body and your alternatives, then talk to your doctor to determine your smartest bet.
1. Depression or anxiety: Even if you were the most even-keeled girl out there before you started taking BC, the onslaught of synthetic hormones found in most birth control methods can wreak havoc with your moods, says Elizabeth Reynoso, M.D., an ob-gyn with Drs. Goodman and Partridge in
by Vanessa Voltolina for SHAPE.comRead More »from The Best Carbs for Weight Loss
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Newsflash: They won't.
You need carbs for energy, and of course deprivation will only end in you diving face-first into a gallon of moose tracks-and that certainly won't help you lose weight. What will is eating the right carbs, says Lyssie Lakatos, R.D., one half of the Nutrition Twins with her sister Tammy Lakatos Shames, R.D. She recommends consuming nutrient-dense carbs with at least two to three grams of fiber per 100 calories since your body breaks down fiber more slowly, keeping you feeling full for longer.
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1. Barley: 1/2 cup cooked pearl
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by Charlotte Andersen for SHAPE.comRead More »from How Much Should You Exercise While You're Pregnant?
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