Smile! 'Tis the seasonWe all know how it goes: Ask a busy woman to take on just one more thing and she'll sooner slug you then submit to your suggestions. We're the same way, which is why we went looking for the simplest and quickest science-backed ways to boost your health. And we set the bar high. We wanted tricks that dramatically improve your health and wellbeing with very little effort on your part-and we found them. Here, ways to reduce your diabetes risk, calm your rattled nerves, and even help you lose weight-all of which you can do quicker than you can say, "I can't."
1. Call on your inner child to calm nerves
Why it works: "Feelings of having too much to do and not enough time to do it can exact a toll on health and wellbeing," says Melanie Rudd, PhD candidate at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. Her solution? Look at something that inspires awe. Her findings, which will appear in the journal Psychological Science, reveal that people who viewed 60-second videos that included
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Smile! 'Tis the seasonWe all know how it goes: Ask a busy woman to take on just one more thing and she'll sooner slug you then submit to your suggestions. We're the same way, which is why we went looking for the simplest and quickest science-backed ways to boost your health. And we set the bar high. We wanted tricks that dramatically improve your health and wellbeing with very little effort on your part-and we found them. Here, ways to reduce your diabetes risk, calm your rattled nerves, and even help you lose weight-all of which you can do quicker than you can say, "I can't."Read More »from 8 Amazing 60-Second Health Fixes
Soothe--or prevent--scorching sunburn with common kitchen ingredients. No one sets out to get sunburned, but the pleasant distractions of summer--the long, sunny days, the beckoning beach, losing track of time in the garden--all make it easy to forget that extra coat of sunscreen, or the need to take a break in the shade. Of course, it's best to practice sunburn prevention and stop a burn before it starts, given its ability to cause skin cancer and premature aging. Luckily, common foods in your kitchen possess sun-protection compounds to aid your current sun-protection routine. Others may not help prevent sunburn but offer surprising relief if you do accidentally catch too many rays.Read More »from 13 Kitchen Remedies that Fight Sunburn
Check out these natural food remedies to deal with--or prevent--summer sunburns...
The Truth About Your Sunscreen's Label
Burn-fighting effect: Overindulging in potatoes may be a no-no if you're trying to lose weight, but keep a few on hand in case a sunburn strikes. The potato's starchy compounds will help take the sting out of sunburn.
Sunburn treatment: Cut a
If you're like us, you've been glued to the TV these past few days watching the Summer Olympics. And while it's easy to pass off Olympians' jaw-dropping athletic feats as acts of superhuman strength, consider this: Just like you, these elite athletes had to start somewhere.Read More »from 4 Olympic Training Secrets You Can Steal
Even if your fitness goals don't include competing in the 2016 Rio Games, you can still steal training secrets of the pros to help achieve your own personal best. Check out these four secrets to any athlete's success, created by a team of experts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham:
12 Weird Diets That Fuel Olympic Athletes
You'll need a ladder. The odds of becoming an Olympian at this year's games was about 1 in 562,400-something that could make even the most confident of athletes want to throw in the towel. So what's the secret to not doing that? Create a ladder of progressively more ambitious goals, says Gitendra Uswatte, PhD, a professor of psychology at UAB. "You have to crawl before you can walk," she
How to prevent flip-flops, cookouts, cocktail parties and more from ruining your summer fun 'Tis the season for easy living--until a bug bite, a burn, or a little too much booze does you in. More than 29 million people are treated in the ER for injuries every year, according to the CDC, and summertime is far and away the busiest season. (This is especially bad news when you consider the fact that hospital medication errors--and fatalities--also spike in summer.) Here's how to avoid becoming a statistic, and some treatment tips if you're reading this a little too late.Read More »from 9 Sneaky Summer Injuries
1. BBQ blunders
Making burgers and kabobs sounds like a brilliant idea, until you remember that you aren't a grill master. U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 8,200 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues per year, and burns to the skin and smoke inhalation are far more numerous.
Sidestep it: Exercise caution when lighting the grill and opening the cover, since once it's fired up, the whole shebang is hot. And while it's tempting to toss some gasoline or kerosene on the grill to see it
- The Editors of Prevention | Healthy Living – Mon, Jul 23, 2012 1:01 PM EDT
Learn which summertime treats are the biggest calorie culpritsIt's hard to enjoy a summer excursion without being bombarded by high-cal, fatty foods and humongous portions at every turn. Making matters worse, if you find yourself catching a whiff of funnel cakes on an empty stomach, the temptation to get a plateful might be more than your weight-loss resolve can handle.Read More »from 9 Worst Summertime Calorie Bombs--and What to Eat Instead
We asked nutrition experts to share their know-how and take the guesswork out of the calorie counts of common foods you'll find at popular summer events. Find out what they suggested you steer clear of--and better-for-you options--to maximize fun without hurting your waistline.
13 Rules for Dining Out on a Diet
1. The Ballpark
Bathing Suit Bomber: Jumbo Dogs and Large Beers
You don't have to get the super-sized foot-long, jumbo dog or the largest cup of beer, says David Grotto, RD, a former spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and founder of Nutrition Housecall, a nutrition-consulting firm.
"A jumbo beef hot dog (larger than a foot-long) can contain about a
- The Editors of Prevention | Healthy Living – Wed, Jul 18, 2012 6:48 AM EDT
Ride a rollercoaster, win a prize, and...ruin your diet? Here, 5 unhealthy foods to avoid--and what to eat insteadAt some point this summer you're bound to find yourself weaving your way through a maze of bright, blinking food carts. The smell of roasting hot dogs and deep-fried funnel cake is enough to eat away at anyone's willpower--and who cares, right? What's one little treat when you're fêting? Well, we'll tell you: That one snack could pack a days' worth of calories, sugar, and fat, and leave you starving. To help you navigate the rows (and rows and rows) of trashy, tempting treats, we uncovered the five worst diet disasters--and found some healthier options, too.Read More »from 5 Ridiculously Bad Summer Park Foods
9 Worst Summertime Calorie Bombs
Diet Disaster: Soft Pretzels
It's not fried, it's not dipped in anything, so it's safe, right? Not when it's as big as your face. A jumbo-variety soft pretzel will cost you 527 calories and over 100g of carbs-almost your entire daily allowance.
Diet Disaster: Funnel Cake
With 700 calories and 40g of fat in just one funnel cake, be grateful these light-as-air webs only rear their deep-fried heads
8 common injuries--and how to work out when you have one"No pain, no gain" won't work as an exercise mantra if you're already injured. In fact, pushing yourself too hard when you're hurting can land you at the doctor's office (or worse). Still, aches and pains are no excuse to cut out exercise altogether-you just have to be smart about it.Read More »from How to Exercise when You're Hurting
To help you pick a safe--but satisfying--workout when you're injured, we found the 8 more common injuries in women over 40, and asked Kimberly Safman, MD, board certified physiatrist at Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine, Calif., to help you pick a substitute.
5 Best Workouts For Chronic Pain
1. Carpal tunnel syndrome
It's often caused by…repetitive motions, such as typing or writing, gardening, needlework, and golfing; or swelling due to diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Women's smaller wrists make them three times more likely than men to develop carpal tunnel.
You should avoid…push-ups, plank pose, and any other exercise that involves excessive bending the wrist forward or back; racquet sports
- 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
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
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,