So you're ready to try something new. You don't want an industrial-strength Rx, and fillers aren't your thing. So you book it to the beauty aisle and...you're more confused than ever. While some ingredients are supported by sound science--and produce results you can see--others, not so much. That's why we spoke to experts, pored over dozens of labels, and even slathered on serums and moisturizers ourselves (hey, somebody's gotta do it). Here, the truth about the latest, best anti-aging ingredients, plus products that contain the ones that really work. Keep reading to find out which ones are worthy of your hard-earned dollar.
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DNA Repair Ingredients
"DNA repair ingredients" are a host of compounds (some are derived from plankton or rose myrtle extract) that reverse sun damage," says Debra Jaliman MD, assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and media spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology. They
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So you're ready to try something new. You don't want an industrial-strength Rx, and fillers aren't your thing. So you book it to the beauty aisle and...you're more confused than ever. While some ingredients are supported by sound science--and produce results you can see--others, not so much. That's why we spoke to experts, pored over dozens of labels, and even slathered on serums and moisturizers ourselves (hey, somebody's gotta do it). Here, the truth about the latest, best anti-aging ingredients, plus products that contain the ones that really work. Keep reading to find out which ones are worthy of your hard-earned dollar.Read More »from The Truth About 8 Powerful Anti-Aging Ingredients
You might be such a faithful gym-goer that even the cleaning staff knows you by name; but no matter how many sets and reps you log, if your workout isn't giving you the results you want, poor form could be to blame. "Your body is engineered to move in precise ways," explains exercise physiologist Michele Olson, PhD, creator of the DVD Perfect Legs, Glutes and Abs. "The wrong alignment--or even the wrong exercise altogether--doesn't just stunt sculpting; it can also stress the body, leading to injuries that derail your progress."Read More »from 9 Exercises You're Doing Wrong
Read on for 9 common workout blunders that Olson considers the sweaty equivalent of fingernails on a chalkboard--and how to fix 'em.
PLUS: Do you need to change your fitness routine altogether? Find out, in 10 Signs You Need a Workout Makeover.
1. Overextended overhead presses
The mistake: Arching backward so your ribs pop up and jut out strains the back and puts you at risk for shoulder injury.
The fix: Keep your ribs down and knees
Why you're not seeing results—and how to get back on trackUnlike fashion faux pas, sex slumps, and getting something stuck in your teeth, when it comes to working out, no one is going to step in and tell you when it's time to step up. That means it's up to you to know when it's time for a change. The signs may not always be obvious, though. Miss them and you risk giving up on your workout altogether out of frustration, injury or simply boredom.Read More »from 10 Signs Your Workout Needs a Makeover
Here, experts give their tips on the 10 signs that indicate it's time for a workout makeover--and what to do next. (PLUS: Are you committing the ultimate workout sins? Find out if you're guilty, in 9 Exercises You're Doing Wrong.)
1. You're always sore
Your muscles need recovery time or soreness sets in with back-to-back workouts. Professional athletes use a strategy called periodization, a systematic approach to training that prevents muscle soreness from overtraining, says Tom Holland, MS, CSCS, exercise physiologist and author of The 12-Week Triathlete (Fair Winds Press, 2011). "If you're
Hand glued to your snack stash? It might be time to make over your morning meal, finds a recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.Read More »from 5 Ways to Prevent an Afternoon Binge
Researchers from the University of Missouri tested the breakfast habits of 20 overweight teenage girls, having them consume either a normal amount of protein through cereal (13 grams of protein), a high-protein breakfast of eggs and beef (35 g), or no breakfast at all for six days. On day seven, the girls took part in a 10-hour testing day, that included an all-you-can-eat dinner of microwaveable pizza pockets, as well as an unlimited evening snack of foods such as cookies, cakes, apple slices, and yogurt.
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The results? After the breakfast skippers, the high-protein breakfast group consumed fewer calories per day than the normal-protein group. What's more is that when it came to snacking, the high-protein group indulged a bit less than their normal-protein counterparts. (And before you think,
.We interrupt your regularly scheduled exercise program for this important message: Repeatedly doing the same workout sets you up for fitness failure. Cross-training, or mixing up types of activity, is a smart way to speed results. "Fitness is a three-piece equation: flexibility, strength training, and cardio. Ignoring one component leaves you more prone to injury," says Geralyn Coopersmith, an exercise physiologist and national director of the Equinox Fitness Training Institute. Find the best match for your current workout below. Aim to switch up your routine 2 or 3 times a week. (Is it time to revamp your fitness routine altogether? See these 10 Signs Your Workout Needs a Makeover to find out.)Read More »from 4 Ways to Supercharge Your Workout
Primary Workout Yoga
Mix it up With This + Swimming
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Primary Workout Walking or
.Here's the thing. If you're bored with your same old workout routine, your muscles probably are, too. And if you want to see results, you're going to need to change things up.Read More »from 7 Tricks to Burning More Calories
"Your body adapts to the same old routine," says Liz Neporent, MA, a New York-based exercise physiologist and coauthor of The Thin in 10 Weight-Loss Plan. "New routines help shake things up both physically and mentally. Also, as you get stronger, you have to kick up the challenge a notch if you want to continue to see results."
Try the following upgrades to seven popular exercises to boost your results, up your calorie burn, and take your workout from good to great. Do these two to three times a week; start with one or two sets and work up to three to four sets of 10 to 12 reps, unless otherwise noted.
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Instead of...side lunges
Try Plyometric side-to-side jumps (a.k.a. ski jumps).
Ski jumps add intensity, work the deep muscle fibers and add an element
It's been quite a while since pet food stopped being a boring topic and turned into one that scared people half to death, thanks to a headline-making contamination with a deadly toxin called melamine. My fears have quieted since then, though many pet owners still have questions. My bottom line: Feeding your pet a healthy, tasty diet doesn't have to be complicated--so long as you keep a few key points in mind.Read More »from 5 Shocking Truths About Your Pet’s Food
Commercial pet food is a healthy option. If you're straining your purse to buy a boutique brand, relax. All the brands sold in supermarkets or pet stores are nutritionally adequate: They're regulated by the FDA and the Association of American Feed Control Officials, guaranteeing that they meet a cat's or dog's "basic" nutritional needs.
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But you get what you pay for. Though I've seen some dogs live to a ripe old age on discount brands, I'm not a fan of buying the cheapest bag of pet food. Cut-rate labels typically use relatively
- The Editors of Prevention | Healthy Living – Mon, Mar 18, 2013 4:45 PM EDT
It's been a favorite of foodies and health nuts for decades, but kimchi--essentially fermented vegetables with various seasonings--is only recently enjoying a moment in the mainstream spotlight: The item is popping up on menus and grocery store shelves across the country, and even has a seal of approval from First Lady Michelle Obama.Read More »from The New Superfood Michelle Obama is Eating (and You Should, Too!)
Now, there's another good reason to add this Korean staple to your diet: A recent study published in The Journal of Medicinal Food reveals that kimchi might improve fasting blood glucose levels and also offers vital doses of antioxidants.
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To reach that conclusion, investigators at the Kimchi Research Institute and Pusan National University in Busan, Republic of Korea, assigned 100 subjects a diet either low or high in kimchi for one week. After the experimentation period had elapsed, researchers concluded that both groups saw decreases in fasting blood glucose levels and increases in antioxidant levels, with
Do you have your food facts straight?I grew up in a nature-worshipping, somewhat hippie family, and with my book, All Natural, I attempted to fact-check our idea that instead of protecting ourselves against nature with technology, people are actually healthier when they embrace nature.Read More »from 5 Food Myths, Debunked
In nearly every case, I found that the answers I got when I asked, "Is nature healthier?" always depended on the way I asked the question. When looking at the issue through a narrow, mechanistic lens, it seems as if nature is dangerous. When looking at things through a wide, ecological lens, it's often the technology that looks dangerous. (More: Are Pesticides Making You Puke?)
I argue that we need both perspectives: We need reductive science to get the details right, but we also need to look up from the microscope every now and then so we can see where we're going. With the caveat that it's possible to produce different sorts of answers, as well, here are 5 food myths debunked:
Pasteurization makes food healthier. True, nuking the germs
- The Editors of Prevention | Healthy Living – Wed, Mar 6, 2013 4:48 PM EST
If your teeth could talk... You've just noticed a crooked tooth. Was that there before? And come to think of it, your gums are feeling a bit sore. Oh well, it's probably nothing. At least, that's what you tell yourself.Read More »from 7 Surprising Things Your Teeth Say About Your Health
Unfortunately, these seemingly small problems could be your mouth's silent cries for help. From yellow stains to sore gums, experts break down the most common dental complaints--and reveal what they mean.
Bleeding, red, or swollen gums This could be an irritating side effect of pregnancy or other hormonal changes, says Pia Lieb, MD, DDS, a New York-based cosmetic dentist. It could also be caused by bacterial buildup. If the symptoms pop up for a day or two, but diligent brushing and flossing seem to remedy things, it's nothing to worry about, she says.
But if your gum problems persist for more than a week, it could be another sign of periodontal disease (or one of these 9 Weird Reasons Your Gums are Bleeding), Dr. Lieb says. Schedule a trip to the dentist ASAP.
Sharp tooth pain If you experience