Can any body type do yoga?by Lauren Walker, Mother Nature Network
You look at all the yoga magazines and all the women are skinny. Not just thin but skinny. There are lots of women who are naturally thin, who are healthy and strong and eat real food. But if those magazines are the guidelines for doing yoga, women who are not naturally thin feel a stab of insecurity and the thought of entering a yoga studio seems an insurmountable challenge. So what's a woman to do, a woman with breasts, a belly, thighs made for climbing mountains, hips made for birthing babies, arms made for carrying the weight of a family?
Many of the women I know have these kind of curvy bodies. And most of the women I know, even the slim ones, suffer from some sort of body dysmorphia, which is preoccupation or excessive worry about a minor or imagined physical imperfection.
It is nearly impossible to be unaffected by the culture in which we live. Even if you're a forward-thinking free spirit, free in your mind, you are steeped in the
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Can any body type do yoga?by Lauren Walker, Mother Nature NetworkRead More »from Do You Have to Be Skinny to Do Yoga?
You may be doing some things that cause more harm than goodby Starre Vartan, Mother Nature NetworkRead More »from 5 Surprising Ways to Get Great Skin
There's so much misinformation out there regarding skin care, not to mention plenty of old-wives' tales (some of which are actually right) and lots of well-intentioned bad advice. That's because skin care is tricky, and depends on your skin type. However, there are some tried and true rules - most of which violate at least a rule or two you may have heard elsewhere - that really do work for all skin types.
How have I learned the information below? From speaking with skin experts, makeup artists (natural and conventional) and testing out literally thousands of products over the last 10 years that I've been reviewing natural beauty products.
1. You don't need to wash your face with hot water to get it clean: In fact, hot water can cause redness and irritation in people with sensitive skin, and for those with normal skin, it can still dry out delicate facial skin, leaving it more susceptible to all kinds of issues, from red, flaky dermis to acne.
- Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) | Pets – Thu, Aug 22, 2013 7:50 AM EDT
Does this dog need plastic surgery?While controversial - and often illegal - procedures like ear cropping, tail docking and declawing are nothing new in the world of pet modification, a new breed of surgeries that you'd normally associate with your drastically nipped and tucked Aunt Beryl from Atlantic City have become increasingly popular among pet owners in recent years.Read More »from 5 Unusual Pet Procedures that Improve Quality of Life
Most of these procedures won't require you to fly Princess Chubby Cheeks to Sao Paulo for a facelift or tummy tuck as many established veterinarians specialize in plastic surgery for pets. And although these procedures - we've listed five notable ones below - do enhance the physical appearance of your four-legged amigo, most pet-owners consider them not for reasons of vanity. Instead, pets undergo these surgeries to correct discomforting - and often fatal - health conditions (The Humane Society opposes "cosmetic and other forms of surgery on animals when done solely for the convenience or pleasure of the owner and without appropriate benefit to the
Hot chocolate may be good for youIn one of the tragic twists of modern eating, it seems that the foods most likely to bring us pleasure are also most likely to bring us poor health. Our lust for fat, salt and sugar was once necessary to boost our ancestors' chance of survival; but the first-world abundance of foods rife with such ingredients seems to be having a counter-effect thanks to food-related heart disease, diabetes, obesity and even cancer.Read More »from 8 Surprisingly Healthy Foods
But sometimes research proves that it's not all gloom and doom when it comes to eating delicious foods with a bad reputation. The following foods defy conventional wisdom about healthy choices.
1. Hot chocolate
Hot chocolate as health food? We kid you not. As dark chocolate continues its rise as a health food star, its cousin, hot chocolate, gets a boost too. In fact, researchers have found that it may even exceed plain old chocolate in terms of the health benefits it has to offer. Just avoid the chemical-laden instant mixes and opt for a natural one, or make one of these
This Shar-Pei is finally a mom -- to a kittenBa Boo, a 3-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei, has never had puppies, but she recently adopted a kitten - much to the surprise of her owner, who says Ba Boo often chases cats from the yard.Read More »from Cat-chasing Dog Adopts a Kitten
Sherry Brandt, of Kodak, Tenn., says her daughter rescued the kitten from a grocery store parking lot and decided to keep it, but they weren't sure how Ba Boo would react to the new addition.
But the Shar-Pei took to Ally the kitten immediately, and began playing with her and even giving her tongue baths.
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After the unlikely pair had been together for a few weeks, Brandt noticed that Ba Boo looked swollen.
"I thought she couldn't have milk because she's never had puppies. She's never been bred," she told WBIR.
But Ba Boo had begun lactating in response to the kitten's kneading, and now she's nursing Ally as if she were her own.
Brandt says that Ba Boo cleans the kitten, carries her around and disciplines her with a bark when she gets out of line.
- Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) | Healthy Living – Tue, Aug 20, 2013 11:02 AM EDT
Tim Pierce/Flickr" name="2676242" nofollow" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/qwrrty/3454642068/" title="Will holding your breath help or is that just a myth? (Photo by Well, first let's talk about what hiccups actually are. Even though it may not seem like it when that attractive noise emits from your throat, hiccups actually start with your diaphragm, the muscle right below your chest, that contracts and expands as your breathe. A hiccup emerges when your diaphragm contracts jerkily instead of smoothly (like it's supposed to), causing a sudden intake of breath that is stopped when your vocal cords snap shut, causing that characteristic "hic!" noise.Read More »from This is Why We Hiccup, and This is the Best Way to Stop
So what causes your diaphragm to get all jumpy in the first place? Hiccups often occur when you eat too fast and you swallow extra air (as in your case), drink carbonated drinks, or just eat too much. All of these things can irritate your diaphragm, causing it to go into a spasm.
Bo (left) is already enjoying the company of new arrival Sunny (right)Bo Obama, the most famous dog in America, has a little sister. The first lady Tweeted a picture of the new arrival and exclaimed: "So excited to introduce the newest member of the Obama family-our puppy, Sunny! - FLOTUS (@FLOTUS)"
Sunny, a Portuguese Water Dog, was born last summer in Michigan and made her debut at 1600 Penn on Monday. Unlike all the hoopla leading up to the birth of the royal baby last month, the new addition to the Obama family came mostly as a surprise to the general public. Although presidential pooch aficionados could have read the tea leaves back in October, when Michelle Obama told reporters that she hosted a "doggie play date" because "Bo doesn't have enough dog interaction."
By the looks of the video below, it seems Bo and his little sister are already enjoying each other's company.
According to the official White House blog, the first family will be making a contribution in Sunny's honor to the Washington Humane Society.
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Florida may start to use drones to fight insectsby Russell McLendon, Mother Nature NetworkRead More »from Is Florida Using Drones to Fight Mosquitoes?
Warm, wet weather has made 2013 a banner year for mosquitoes across North America, from disease-ridden invaders on the East Coast to "whole-horizon swarms" in Alaska.
The bugs are especially bad in Florida, and not just because of a surge in shaggy-haired gallinippers. Summer rains always make the Sunshine State a mosquito mecca, but this year has been even wetter than usual for much of Florida. Beyond the annoying buzz and itchy welps, mosquitoes can threaten public health with diseases like West Nile virus or dengue fever, which recently re-emerged in Key West after a 75-year hiatus.
This is creating a sense of urgency in the Florida Keys, where last month's rainfall was 120 percent above average for July - possibly previewing the kind of mosquito-friendly weather favored by climate change. Looking for an edge in this insect onslaught, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is now mulling a very 21st-century tactic to battle
What are you getting when you order decaf coffee?by Kimi Harris, Mother Nature NetworkRead More »from Is Decaf Coffee Really Caffeine-free?
Coffee is the bitter dark cup of brew that keeps us in the Northwest going through the rainy season. We especially like to read the many studies affirming the positive impact of coffee on our health. However, it can be addictive because of the caffeine and some prefer to keep their caffeine intake low. Others, such as those with kidney disease or anxiety disorders, may need to avoid caffeine all together.
Whether you are avoiding caffeine on doctor's orders or for personal reasons - if you love coffee, you may be wondering whether decaf is a good choice for you.
The first and most important consideration is whether or not decaf coffee still contains caffeine. While there is some variance in coffee, decaffeinated coffee certainly does contain caffeine - just in lower amounts.
One study found that while a single cup of coffee contains around 85 milligrams of caffeine, decaf servings ranged from 3 to 15.8 milligrams of caffeine. On the positive,
Do you really need to stretch before you exercise?Much of what we think we know is based on myth. We hear something when we're kids, it gets repeated a few times, and before you know it, it's "fact." In fitness, just like every other facet of our lives, there are as many myths are there are truths. Whether it's collective misinformation carried on through generations or simply changing knowledge, many of the adages we take for fact aren't factual at all. Here are some of the more common fitness "facts" that are more old wives' tale than reality.Read More »from 8 Fitness Myths Debunked
1. You must wait an hour after eating before you swim
The common myth that the blood going to your digestive tract after eating diverts the blood needed to keep your arms and legs pumping during swimming, which leads to cramps and sometimes drowning, is totally unfounded. Advanced creatures that we are, we have enough blood to digest food and properly work our limbs at the same time. And at least one study has backed that up, finding that fewer than 1 percent of U.S. drownings occurred after