By Nicole Catanese, Refinery29
.Deficient is not a word we like to hear used to describe us. Unfortunately, that's what most of us are - in vitamin D, that is. It's estimated that three out of four Americans are D-deficient. Yet, how to get the needed vitamin - and exactly how much of it - is up for debate. That's why we scoped out the true lowdown on D.
"Although our body doesn't make vitamin D on its own, it does create the precursor to it, referred to as vitamin D2," says Jeffrey Morrison, M.D., founder of The Morrison Center in New York City. "Then, when we get ultraviolet exposure, that precursor is converted to the active form of vitamin D, which is vitamin D3."
Morrison says that low vitamin D levels can cause some autoimmune-related diseases such as fibromyalgia as well as seborrheic dermatitis. And, studies show that pregnant women who had low D put their children at risk for asthma and type-1 diabetes. Plus, low D has been linked to an increase in seasonal affective disorder
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By Hayden Manders, Refinery29Read More »from Emma Watson in Fifty Shades is Really Happening
Maybe you haven't heard, but a bunch of Hollywood's good girls are going bad. First Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens kiss their innocent Disney personalities goodbye with each DayGlo bikini donned in Spring Breakers. Next we'll catch Emma Watson of Harry Potter stardom leading a pack of fame-obsessed celebrity larcenists in Sofia Coppola's highly anticipated film, The Bling Ring. Now it seems that a once-popular rumor about the very same Ms. Watson may actually be true.
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While it hasn't been confirmed by Watson, her agent, or the movie studio, the infamous hacker collective known as Anonymous has some pretty solid proof that the star will take on the role of Anastasia Steele in the upcoming Fifty Shades Of Grey movie. The group reports they found files containing evidence she'll play the film's BDSM submissive lead after tapping into German movie studio Constantin's database. In
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By Emily London, Refinery29Read More »from Kate & Wills Are Moving to the Big House! Well, Kinda
This just in: Kate Middleton and Prince William are moving to Norfolk. And (obviously) not just anywhere, but a 10-bedroom property named Anmer Hall, on the Queen's Sandringham Estate.
It's true that all growing families need space, especially with the arrival of a first child. But what may be slightly different for this family set-up is the reported renovation work taking place on a wood store to be turned into accommodation for the couple's police guards. Not quite the kitchen extension some of us face.
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What is also telling about the change of location and home decoration is the focus on privacy; the main gates have been rerouted, as has the driveway. The couple is currently ensconced in a rented farmhouse in Anglesey in Wales where the Prince works as a RAF search-and-rescue pilot. We hope they can enjoy the time they have left as a twosome without the stresses and strains a house
By Lauren Tanchum, Designed by Gabriela Alford, Refinery29Read More »from Yes! 5 Ways Sex Makes You Happier & Healthier
Sure, sex is fun - that's nothing new. But, did you know that sex has secret benefits beyond the big O? Research shows that getting it on is proven to make you happier and healthier, long after you've left the bedroom. We're talking less stress, solid sleep, and even a sunnier outlook. (Yes, yes, yes!)
Every climax triggers the release of hormones whose effects have the power to restore harmony to mind, body and even our surrounding community. Good for you, good for us, good for all. Read on to see how your sex life can make the rest of your life that much better - as though you needed another reason.
Sex leads to better sleep
Sleep is essential to maintaining a stress-free and energetic lifestyle - and there are a variety of ways in which sexual pleasure can help us wind down. "Orgasm in men and women causes the release of oxytocin, one of the brain's stress-reducing chemicals," explains Dr. Paul Zak, Ph.d, author of The
- Refinery29 | At Home – Thu, Mar 14, 2013 6:26 PM EDT
By Connie Wang, Photographed by CJ Isaac, Refinery29
Whether your closet's the size of most people's dishwashers or not, there's always something to clean, to organize, to weed out, or to add. And for those of you who like clothes as much as we do, the closet should be our happy place - somewhere where we can dream about the day, be a little selfish with our thoughts, and get lost in a swirl of colors, prints, and labels. But when your drawers are barfing sweaters, and your shelves are spilling pants, it's hard to be zen when putting together an outfit.
No more, we say! Get it together with seven cleanout tips we swear by, from figuring out a way to hold onto more of your T-shirts to making the most out of hard-to-reach places. Soon, what used to be agonizing - "What do I wear?!" - will be inspiring.
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By Lexi Nisita, Refinery29Read More »from Voilà: Michelle Obama's Latest Vogue Cover Story
Forget all those tantalizing rumors - this is the real thing. Michelle Obama's second Vogue story went live at 12:01 a.m., and, as ever, she's looking great. Mr. Obama (you know, the president or whatever) also makes an appearance in this issue, as the duo talk about their marriage, their family, and being a "very different kind of president and first lady," as photographer Annie Leibovitz so nicely puts it.
And just as the Internet predicted, Michelle is wearing Reed Krakoff. When grilled on their relatively low-key presence compared to social butterflies like the Clintons and the Reagans, Michelle smoothly replies that, on a personal level, keeping the family "whole" is the number-one goal for her and her husband. Of course, the girls are growing up fast, and the prez notes that "now that they want less time with us, who knows? Maybe you'll see us out in the clubs." As much of a joy as that would be for the party people of D.C., it probably won't happen,
By Kelsey Miller, Photographed by Ingalls Photo, Refinery29
It's no secret we are big fans of innovative cuisine - sous vide cooking, craft cocktails, molecular gastronomy? Sign us up for all of it. Still, there's something about the classics that nouveau fare just can't touch. One thing everyone should master? A signature bowl of pasta.
Whether you're vegan, gluten-free, or a straight-up omnivore, there are a million ways you can enjoy this flexible food. We challenged ourselves to create three easy pasta dishes, each with five ingredients or less. You don't need hundreds of high-end components to create an outstanding, inventive, healthy meal. Classic? Yes. Boring? Never.
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- Refinery29 | Beauty on Shine – Wed, Mar 13, 2013 12:14 PM EDT
By Dr. Frank Lipman, Refinery29
Dr. Frank Lipman is an integrative and functional medicine physician and the founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness in NYC. In his monthly column for R29, he talks about the latest health and wellness news; his favorite stay-healthy tips and tricks; plus answer your questions on how to be your healthiest, best self, every day.
The skin is a mirror of the internal state of your body. If you're having breakouts, it can be a sign that something on the inside isn't quite right. Acne can be caused by things like blood sugar imbalances, inflammation, poor digestion, hormones, and stress - all of which can be linked to the food you eat.
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In order to look clean and clear on the outside, you need to be clean on the inside first! If you abuse yourself through food, your skin tells you. Acne is internal inflammation being expressed through the skin, so in order to eliminate acne you have to first decrease or eliminate
- Refinery29 | Fashion – Wed, Mar 13, 2013 11:46 AM EDT
By Lexi Nisita, Refinery29Read More »from What?? We Can't Believe How Offensive Michelle Williams' Latest Cover Is
Was there some secret media conference we weren't invited to where everyone decided that 2013 is the year to be really, really offensive in very public forums? First, there was Numéro's awful "African Queen" editorial, and now this: Michelle Williams appears on the cover of AnOther magazine in what Jezebel rightly calls Redface.
This is shocking, not in the least because Michelle Williams is someone we respect. Of course, this cover probably wasn't her idea, but it's hard to imagine she didn't see what was going on here. Before you jump the gun and say this isn't an imitation of Native American dress and physicality, let us point out a few things. Michelle Williams currently has a blonde pixie cut. So it's not like they just braided her hair coincidentally. They added super-long, thick, black extensions and braided them - and darkened her eyebrows. Then there's the makeup. The photo is in black-and-white, so you can't tell for sure if they've altered her
By Gina Marinelli, Refinery29
The task of hunting down the prefect pair of pants can be like one major, hit-or-miss matching game. With each silhouette as unique as you are, it takes a bit of trial and error to find a go-to bottom that will consistently flatter your frame, legs, hips, and, of course, the derriere.
Before spring comes into full swing (yes, Mother Nature, we are counting), and you officially trade your long johns and layers for lighter, more colorful options, we made the search all the easier. Yes, we've broken down the best choices of spring pants that are sure to flatter at every, ahem, angle - no matter your size.
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