Bored with plain water? Us too, but you still need your H2O. Here, 3 delicious ways to hydrateThe conventional wisdom--often repeated and just as often debunked--is that you should drink eight glasses of water a day. But do you really need that much? And are there ways to get hydrated without refilling your glass with plain old H2O every hour? Sort of, and absolutely! Let us explain.
First, here's why, despite the frequent bathroom trips and the hassle of schlepping around a reusable water bottle, hydrating is worth it: Drinking water may promote weight loss by speeding up metabolism, according to a study published in the journal Obesity. And skimping on fluids can take a toll on your mood, too. That may sound like no big deal, but recent studies have linked mild dehydration to fatigue, anxiety, poor concentration, and even your cranky midday slump.
6 Best Water Bottles to Keep You Hydrated
But do you really need a bottle of water on your desk (or in your handbag) at all times? The latest guidelines from the Institute of Medicine recommend women get 91 ounces of water a
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- The Editors of Prevention | Healthy Living – Mon, Jul 2, 2012 3:55 PM EDT
Bored with plain water? Us too, but you still need your H2O. Here, 3 delicious ways to hydrateThe conventional wisdom--often repeated and just as often debunked--is that you should drink eight glasses of water a day. But do you really need that much? And are there ways to get hydrated without refilling your glass with plain old H2O every hour? Sort of, and absolutely! Let us explain.Read More »from Bored with Plain Water? 3 Delicious Ways to Hydrate
Peer inside the daily diary of woman on a liquid cleanse.Nothing riles up health writers like the debate over the relative merits and perils of detox diets. In one camp, you have women convinced that cleanses are needed to flush harmful toxins from your body; in the other are people persuaded they're dangerous fad diets that deprive you of essential nutrients (and then trigger binges). I was in neither, so I decided to give one a whirl myself.Read More »from Do You Really Need a Detox Diet?
Now, I'd like to say my motivation was pure professional curiosity: A desire to use my body as a research tool so that I could better report on a trend that celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow to Beyoncé have sworn by, inspiring legions of women in their wake. But that wouldn't be completely true. When I volunteered to test a liquid cleanse, it just so happened I had a trip planned to a tropical island just one week later. If, in the name of journalism, I could also feel better in my two-piece, well, wouldn't that be nice?
The Best Way to Detox Naturally
There are countless trendy detox diets out there,
Why you need Fido in your cubicle--and how to make it happenHow does this sound: You get another annoying email from your boss, but instead of biting your tongue or downing doughnuts, you're instantly comforted by Mr. Biscuit's knowing look and wagging tail next to your desk. Sounds pretty great, right? Make it happen and bring your pooch to work this Friday for a fun end to the week! Remind your boss that June 22nd is the 13th annual Take Your Dog To Work Day® and ask if your furry friend can make an office visit for the day. Or, take advantage of Take Your Pet To Work Week™ this week and secure another day to bring a pet to the office. This day was created by Pet Sitters International as a way to promote adoptions and encourage people to support their local pet community.Read More »from 4 Reasons to Take Your Dog to Work This Friday
Letting employees bring their dogs to work is a growing trend--with companies like Google and Amazon in on it--that benefits workers and employers alike. Here's why you should sit up, take notice, and (sorry, we had to…) beg to do the same.
What Your Dog's Breed Says About
Experts like to tell you that working out with a buddy can be one of the fastest ways to shape up. But should you choose your pal with a couple extra pounds or your (annoyingly) fit friend? Turns out, the decision means more for your waistline than you'd think, according to a new study.Read More »from Why Working Out Alone Messes with Results
Michigan State University researchers studied three groups of women: Some cycled by themselves; some had a buddy (via a TV screen) who, they were told, had better stamina than they do; and some were part of a virtual team populated by people who were in better shape than them.
10 Fitness Myths Holding You Back
The results are enough to make anyone rethink that next solo gym trip. Women in the second group exercised 9 minutes longer than the single cyclers, and those on a team cycled 12 minutes longer.
"There's something inherently competitive about exercise," says study author Brandon Irwin, PhD. "At no point did we tell them they're in competition," he says. And that sense of competition also
Find out which four key items account for more than their share of weight in women's bagsWant pain relief without a pill? Look no further than the bag on your shoulder, stuffed with everything from lipstick to lug nuts, as the source of your aching neck and back. Big bags manage big loads and are seemingly perfect for a modern woman, who never knows what duties she might be called on to perform in the course of a day. Substitute ER doctor? Concierge? CPA? Root around long enough in a suitcase-size pocketbook and you'll surely find something to get the job done. And don't forget those everyday contingencies you can't leave home unprepared for--the makeup meltdown, the sugar crash, the chance that a spot might open up in the chronically booked Pilates class.Read More »from 4 Ways to Put Your Pocketbook on a Diet
All this "you never know what you'll need" practicality comes with a price: Oversize totes carry a serious potential for injury. The combination of the weight of the bag against muscles, tendons, nerves, and ligaments--plus the compensating shift in posture you make to carry the load--can lead to headaches, back pain,
The days are getting longer, the weather is warming up, and like you, your pet can't wait to spend quality time outdoors. But beware of the dangers lurking right outside your house. Here are 7 ways to pet-proof summer's most popular outdoor spaces.Read More »from 7 Ways to Pet-Proof Your Outdoor Spaces
On the Patio
1. Charcoal briquettes, which dogs seem to love to lap up or steal from the grill, can easily get stuck in the stomach, causing vomiting and requiring surgery.
2. Barbecue scraps and fatty leftovers can give your pup pancreatitis, causing severe abdominal pain or death.
3. Corn on the cob and peach pits are also a huge no-no because they can lodge in a dog's intestines.
Beware Other Hidden Pet Poisons
In the Garden
4. Azaleas are common backyard shrubs that can be toxic for dogs and cats if ingested, resulting in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, heart arrhythmias, or an abnormal heart rate.
5. Backyard lilies (like a daylily or Asiatic, Easter, or Stargazer lily) and their pollen can cause acute kidney failure in cats.
We chipped away at the competition and found six healthy winners that will make your mouth water. Read on to find out why these are our top picks, and what you should avoid the next time you reach for a bag of chips.Read More »from 6 Healthy Chips that Won't Derail Your Diet
Dirty Sea Salted Potato Chips (1 ounce)
Calories: 150, total fat: 8 g, trans fat: 0 g, sodium: 85 mg
Like: We love that the ingredient list on this bag is short and natural: nothing but potatoes, peanut oil, and some salt.
Yikes! Beware of disguised trans fats in other brands. Your tip-off: partially hydrogenated oil.
DIY: 10 Healthy Chips and Dips Recipes
Cape Cod 40% Reduced Fat Original (1 ounce)
Calories: 140, total fat: 6 g, trans fat: 0 g, sodium: 85 mg
Like: Each of these crunchy kettle chips tastes remarkably like its full-fat counterpart.
Yikes! Watch out for the cooking oil Olestra in other brands. This chemical can lead to digestive woes such as gas and cramps.
6 Ways to Stop Overeating
Utz Natural Lightly Salted Kettle Chips (1
Every day, your body does battle with environmental pollutants and toxins--and your looks are the ultimate losers. "Pollutants can dry out skin, and carbon monoxide and ozone can damage your complexion's protective barrier and lead to aging, redness, and irritation," says Dennis Gross, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. It's enough to make anyone crawl inside a BPA-free plastic bubble. Fortunately, experts say a few small changes to your diet and beauty care routine can give your hair and skin a detoxifying beauty boost. Here's how:Read More »from 7 Easy ways to get beautiful, toxin-free skin
1) Be Choosy about Meat and Cheese. "Hormones in traditionally produced dairy, poultry, and meat may contribute to acne," says Katie Rodan, MD, a dermatologist in the San Francisco Bay area. "My patients who eat those less frequently--or at least choose grain-fed beef and poultry and organic dairy--often notice their skin looks better."
Get cart smart with these healthier food swaps
2) Cut Back On Sugar. Refined sugar causes a process called glycation,
It's easy to get comfortable with a tried-and-true workout routine. But if it's results you want, you'll need to shake things up occasionally. "Changing your routine around every 4 to 6 weeks keeps muscles challenged so you continue to see results," says Tom Holland, MS, CSCS, author of Beat the Gym (William Morrow, 2011). Swap out your regular exercises with these moves to get more bang for your workout buck. Start with 2 sets and work up to 3 when it feels easy.Read More »from 8 Effective Exercises You're Not Doing
9 Exercises You're Doing Wrong
1. One-arm pull down (Works: back and biceps)
What you need: medium to heavy resistance tubing with a handle on one end
How to do it: Attach the end of exercise tubing high up on the door hinge above your head. Stand in a semi-lunge (for balance) with one foot about six inches in front and to the side of the other, knees slightly bent, and pull the handle straight down with one arm; pause and slowly return to starting position. Do 12 to 15 reps on each side.
Why you need it: A traditional
- The Editors of Prevention | Healthy Living – Tue, May 29, 2012 9:56 AM EDT
.You might blame your weight gain on your lack of motivation, wavering willpower, and a few too many bad food decisions. Don't get us wrong; those things matter. But there's another culprit you should also consider: your neighborhood. Whether you make your home in the suburbs, a city, or a rural area, where you live can make it easier--or much harder--to put your weight loss goals into action.Read More »from 6 Ways Your Neighborhood is Making You Gain Weight
Maybe a lack of sidewalks and bike paths leaves you scratching your head over where to work out. Perhaps your area is short on grocery stores but packed with fast-food chains, or your neighbor's car alarm keeps you up all night, derailing your early-morning jog. Tally up a few of these instances and you could have a hometown problem that's interfering with even the best weight loss intentions.
The 8 Best US Cities for Weight Loss
"In my experience it makes a huge difference where you live. Everyone can find a way to overcome their circumstances, but people who live in the suburbs where there