by Lexi Petronis, Glamour
A study by researchers at Sapporo Medical University in Tokyo (and funded by Sapporo Breweries) found that a chemical component found in beer hops called humulone may actually protect drinkers from the respiratory syncytial virus, which can cause cold symptoms, pneumonia, and bronchitis. The virus is especially rampant in the wintertime. So... three cheers for beer?
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Well--and you knew this was coming--there's a catch. There are such tiny amounts of humulone in beer, you would have to drink about 30 servings of 12-ounce cans in order to see any real protection against the virus. And if you drank that much at once, I think you'd probably have more immediate problems to deal with than a virus.
The researchers are now looking into the idea that they could add humulone to food or non-alcoholic drinks. They say that children in particular could benefit from humulone; the challenge is that it's pretty bitter, so the
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- Vitamin G, Glamour Magazine | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 11, 2012 3:50 PM EST
by Lexi Petronis, GlamourRead More »from Catching a Cold: You Won't Believe What Drink Could Help Keep You Healthy
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If you're still feeling a little overstuffed with turkey and/or all the trimmings, you just might love these little tricks from Prevention to help with the post-holiday de-bloat. (Oof.) I know I do.
1: Drink from a straight glass, not a curved one
One study found that people who drink from a glass that's rounded out in the middle instead of a straight up-and-down glass end up drinking 60 percent more juice, soda, or alcohol. (That equals about 67 extra OJ calories at breakfast and 40 extra wine calories at dinnertime.) Researchers think this is because the curve of the glass makes it harder to tell when you've reached the halfway point, so it's easier to knock back another beverage more quickly. I'm not sure how true oenophiles might feel about sipping fine wine from a glass not made for vino, but hey!
2. Look forward to lunch
This one totally surprised me. Experts say that when you're eagerly anticipating a meal, your body may actually produce lower levels
by Yelena Shuster, GlamourRead More »from 11 Things You Didn't Know About Being Pregnant
When you're pregnant, advice seems to come from every possible direction. We can't drown out your mother-in-law's well-meaning but totally crazy-sounding advice, but we can pass along these 11 pieces of valuable pregnancy information we wish someone had told us.
Pregnancy Fact 1: Your Headache Meds Could Double Your Miscarriage Risk
Now's the time to really take stock of what's in your medicine cabinet because there's a big difference between ibuprofen and acetaminophen-especially when you're expecting. Your risk of miscarriage increases up to 2.4 times by taking any type of nonaspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen or naproxen during pregnancy, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Guy Ringler, M.D., reproductive endocrinologist with California Fertility Partners in Los Angeles, says taking NSAIDs during your pregnancy can cause a small to moderate risk of congenital defects. Relax,
- Vitamin G, Glamour Magazine | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 11, 2012 3:20 PM EST
by Sarah Jio, GlamourRead More »from 6 Vegetables that Are Breast Cancer-Fighting Superstars
My dears, are you eating enough veggies? While all are divine for health, some are particularly good in the breast cancer-fighting department.
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WebMD reports on a recent large-scale study that found that women who ate more fruits and veggies containing the antioxidant known as carotenoids have a lower breast cancer risk.
Carotenoid-rich veggies tend to be a vibrant orange or yellow color (but not always). Your best sources of carotenoids include:
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*Acorn squash (yum, my favorite!)
Are you getting enough carotenoids in your diet?
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- Vitamin G, Glamour Magazine | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 11, 2012 3:15 PM EST
by Gina Roberts-Grey, GlamourRead More »from 8 Holiday Stress Relief Tips We Stole from Santa Clause
No, we haven't watched too many Claymation holiday specials--just stay with us here, OK? No one, it seems, is immune to the anxiety that is the entire month of December. No one, that is, except the dude in the red suit who's merry all. the. time. Here's what you can learn from the big guy.
Holiday Stress Relief Tip: Go caroling to boost your mood.
If you've caught yourself belting "Jingle Bells" or "Silent Night" in the shower, you're on your way to upping production of the brain's happiness hormones, according to Harvard University scientists. Plus, more researchers have found that even if you can't remember all the words, singing what you do know or humming the joyful tune has also been shown to help blood flow to your heart.
Holiday Stress Relief Tip: Don seasonal colors for extra confidence.
Dressing festively may feel like a reprisal of your role in the third-grade Christmas revue, but it's not just for elves. Researchers in Istanbul found that
by Lexi Petronis, GlamourRead More »from Would You Eat Deodorant to Battle B.O.?
I think we can pretty much all agree that it sucks to stink. But would you forgo a few swipes of deodorant under your arms for a deodorant that you eat instead?
Banking on the idea that what you eat can directly impact how you smell, Deo Perfume Candy contains geraniol, a component of rose oil that supposedly "aromatizes" as it's exuded through your skin, producing a "beautiful rose fragrance." One serving of the "nutricosmetic" candy--four pieces--contains 12 mg of geraniol, but the strength and duration of its effects depend upon how much you weigh (the four-piece serving size is recommended to someone weighing 145 pounds). The candy's deodorizing effects are supposed to last for six hours.
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Sounds... plausible, right? It must, at least to some people--both versions of Deo (regular and sugar-free) are sold out on Amazon.
But experts aren't convinced. George Preti, a chemist at the Monell Chemical Senses
by Lexi Petronis, GlamourRead More »from 6 Super-Sculpting Yoga Moves
Warrior Pose 2Sure, we're already in the clutches of cooler weather, but that doesn't mean we can't fantasize about the beach, right? Cue the sound of crashing waves...
Not only is surfing excellent exercise (there are even on-land classes that mimic surfing, which makes sense--have you seen how strong surfers' bodies are?), it requires serious arm, back, shoulders, and core strength to stay upright on your board.
The Sanctuary at Two Rivers, an eco-yoga retreat in Costa Rica that was founded by actress Perrey Reeves (Ari's wife from Entourage!), is hosting a Yoga and Surfing retreat December 1-7 (plus there are other yoga/surf events throughout the year)--uh, yeah, sounds amazing and I am cursing my current state of being landlocked.
Anyway, these are some of the yoga moves that Sanctuary uses to help get its surfers strong and balanced... and ready to ride the waves. You might know
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Downward Facing Dog: for
- Vitamin G, Glamour Magazine | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 14, 2012 1:41 PM EST
by Sarah Jio, GlamourRead More »from Health Controversy: California Parents Want to Ban Yoga in Schools
Downward dogs, oms, deep breathing may seem like a healthy move to you and to me, but to a group of parents in Encinitas, California, well, not so much. Let's discuss the surprising controversy...
As the Los Angeles Times reports, some parents of children in Encinitas, California, aren't happy about a local yoga studio's $533,000 grant to teach yoga in nearby public schools (the grant would also teach nutrition, healthy living principles and even gardening). The sticking point? The opposing parents say that adding "the ancient practice of meditative exercise to the school curriculum is tantamount to religious indoctrination into Hinduism."
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While school officials have promised that there is no religious angle to the program, cited yoga's many (many!) health benefits, and agreed that parents can pull their children out of yoga classes if they'd like, that wasn't enough for a group of outraged parents who hired
- Vitamin G, Glamour Magazine | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 14, 2012 1:09 PM EST
by Lexi Petronis, GlamourRead More »from 5 Weird Ways to Blast Belly Fat Before Christmas Cookie Season Starts
Yep, there it is: "Christmas cookie" in a headline. We are officially headed into holiday season. But I have a new plan I'm going to try out this year: I'm going to focus on my midsection now, instead of January 1. And I'm definitely turning to this book for help.
One of my very favorite dietitians, Erin Palinski, R.D., has just published a new book: The Belly Fat Diet for Dummies. It's filled with all kinds of good-for-your gut tips and recipes, and even includes a doable, reasonable 14-day plan to cut the pounds from your stomach area that I am totally into--I've been keeping the book on my kitchen counter for quick reference, honestly. Here, Erin was kind enough to share some of the words of belly fat-busting wisdom:
1. Get spicy with belly-burning seasonings
"Seasonings like cayenne pepper contain thermogenic properties that boost your metabolism, helping you to shed body fat. Animal studies have also indicated that capsaicin may decrease insulin
by Sarah Jio, GlamourRead More »from Skip the Supplements and EAT This Nutrient
Permission to chow down! The latest nutrition indicates that this popular supplement may be a colossal waste of money and time...
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So, if you want to get plenty of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, it looks like you may want to eat fish now and then. After a recent major review of research, scientists report that spending money on fish oil supplements may not only be a waste of money but also a waste of time.
According to the New York Times: "The data showed that eating two to four servings of fish a week reduced stroke risk by 6 percent compared with eating one serving or less, and having five servings a week reduced the risk by 12 percent. But the results of the randomized trials that had used omega-3 supplements showed no significant effect on risk."
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Another example of how eating real food is so much better for you than popping a pill!