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The 10-Minute Cure for Monkey Mind
We know you don't need a study to convince you of the mind-quieting potential of meditation (didn't we all read Eat Pray Love?), but this one's pretty impressive: A group of Boston University researchers analyzed the results of 39 studies with 1,140 total participants to assess how effective mindfulness-based therapy really was (they admitted in their conclusion that they were initially skeptical). They found that this type of meditation is legitimately effective in treating not just anxiety, mood disorders and depression, but also cancer and other psychiatric and medical conditions. The icing on the cake: just a few minutes will do the trick. And a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that meditation can lower stress in less than a week.
Recommended dosage: Try these 10-minute mini-meditations that are meant to be incorporated into your day.
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Celebrity Trainer Derek DeGrazioTake a long, hard look at my friend Derek DeGrazio. Amazing, right? This is a man who knows a thing or two about eating right and exercising. If you don't believe me, just look at him again. He is a celebrity trainer who means business. I talked with Derek about how the gyms are all packed in January, but that the majority of people peter out come February 1st. But let me tell you a little secret - none of Derek's clients stray. WHY? I asked Derek to share some of his secrets with me. Listen to D and you, too, will look awesome in an unzipped hoodie. For real.Read More »from Staying Committed to Your Exercise Routine: 7 Tips from a Celebrity Trainer
1. Commit 100%
Set challenging but attainable goals and stay committed to meeting them. Not 99%. 100%.
2. Add a new fitness related activity to your life
Hiking. Aerobics. Dancing. Stripper Pole Class. Find an active hobby that interests you and throw yourself into it! You'll be having fun and exercising at the same time!
3. Strength train 3-4x a week
Sure, cardio helps you drop pounds, but nothing builds muscle like strength
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Need to touch up your Facebook photo? As the saying goes, there's an app for that. Worried that the discolored spot on your cheek might turn out to be precancerous? There's an app for that, too-but there's a big difference between the two. One app may get you more "likes" while the other may be meddling-dangerously, it turns out-in a life-or-death health matter.
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Medical apps for smartphones are proliferating, including ones that compare photos of your moles and skin discolorations with a database of known cancers to determine whether your spots are potentially dangerous. In a new study published last week on the website of the journal JAMA Dermatology, the results from four apps designed to assess melanoma risk were found to be disappointing. According to the study's authors, three of those apps tested "misclassified 30 percent or more of melanomas as benign."
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Are you at risk for Don't let fear of sagging skin keep you from your workout! Experts reveal how to prevent and treat common problems brought on by exercise
1. "Runner's face:" While some sagging of the skin on your face is just part of aging, it's true that running can have a negative impact on skin elasticity. Contrary to popular belief, the effect of gravity from the constant pavement pounding isn't to blame, but rather some experts believe that "cardio and running can cause more oxygen or free-radical damage, which can break or damage the skin's supportive fibers (collagen and elastin)," says Dr. Annet King, director of training and education at Dermalogica.
But don't retire your running shoes just yet. According to a 2008 study published in Free Radical Biology and Medicine, only very strenuous exercise leads to signs of cell damage, while moderate exercise-defined as exercising at 40 to 60 percent of your maximum heart rate three to five days per week-has a rejuvenating
- Gretchen Rubin | Healthy Living – Mon, Jan 28, 2013 10:05 AM EST
I've written a lot about abstainers vs. moderators. In a nutshell, the difference is: abstainers find it easier to resist temptation by giving up something altogether, while moderators find it easier to indulge in moderation.
I'm an abstainer. I find it very easy to give something up, but I drive myself crazy when I try to indulge in a limited way. I wear myself out with "Does this count?" "Today, tomorrow?" "Just one more."
Every time I write about the subject, I hear from abstainers and moderators alike, and I talk to my friends about this issue all the time (I'm a bit of a happiness bore, I confess). I do believe that both camps exist, and many people are a mix of both. But here's my latest conclusion: More people would benefit from abstaining.
Abstaining sounds demanding and rigid; people assume that it's easier to be moderate. But in fact, abstaining is easier. At least, for lots of people. From what I've seen, many people who try abstaining are surprised to find outRead More »from Want to Be Free from French Fries? Or, Why Abstaining May Be Easier Than You Think
Bored of munching on almonds, fruit and yogurt? We don't blame you! These equally good-for-you, original ways to satisfy those 4 p.m. hunger pangs from Rachel Beller, RD, author of Eat to Lose, Eat to Win, will make your taste buds rejoice. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.Read More »from 13 Healthy Snacks for 2013
Chocolate lava fiber cake
They may look like mini-muffins, but these portion-controlled cakes are a far better way to satisfy cravings. Buy them at any Trader Joe's, or via Zen Bakery, and melt an individually-wrapped dark chocolate square on top for a sweet treat. Since they're made with wheat bran and preservative-free, it's a good idea to freeze those you're not planning to eat within a few days.
Quinoa with mixed veggies
You know about the benefits of this super-grain, but chances are, it's stuck at your dinner table. Beller prizes a two-thirds-cup serving of quinoa, cooked veggies, and a touch of lemon juice for its antioxidants, protein, and healthy fat balance. "Carbs are something we overeat," says Beller. "At
Probiotics may be the new vitamins, but do you really need them? Here are six things to know about these important health boosters. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.Read More »from Your Complete Guide to Probiotics
What are probiotics anyway?
The microbes or healthy bacteria, which are found in certain foods, live in your gut and help with digestion, regulate metabolism, and boost your immune system. "It's like you have your own Amazon rainforest in your belly," says Elizabeth Lipski, Ph.D, C.N.N., author of Digestive Wellness. "Your gut has three-and-a-half to four-and-a-half pounds of these little bugs, which is about equivalent to the size of your liver." Maintaining a healthy balance of the trillions of these good bacteria in your gut is key for your overall health and wellness.
Why are probiotics so important?
Probiotics play the vital role of helping your body to absorb nutrients from the foods you eat, says says Steven Lamm, MD, "house doctor" on The View and author of No Guts, No Glory. If your balance of healthy bacteria gets out
Surely your gynecologist (and your mom or daughter or best friend) has repeated the mantra: Get a Pap smear every year. Whether or not you listened (and we hope you did!), it has been and is the standard of care. But recent research has brought new questions to light and led to a rewrite of the old standard.
The details have changed, but the test is still as important as ever. Here's what you need to know.
What is a Pap smear?
To perform the test, usually as part of your annual gynecology check-up, your doctor first inserts a speculum to hold your vagina open and uses a swab to collect cells from in and around your cervix, where your uterus opens into the vaginal canal. The cells are put on a slide and sent to a laboratory where they are examined for abnormal cells that might signal cancerous growth.
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Why get a Pap smear?
A Pap is typically done in order to look for cervical cancer. New studies show that a Pap smear may also
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Oh babies! The BIG news this week is Jupiter finally going Direct. The giant energy field of luck, happiness and prosperity has been slowed down since last October but on Wednesday this week will turn in the astrological sky and begin to pick up speed, helping each of us with our need to grow in certain areas of life. Note that until Wednesday Jupiter is acting somewhat like a Mercury Retrograde since he is at a standstill in Mercury's territory (Gemini). This means you may need to repeat yourself, check facts, take care out on the road, and not let the frustration of snailing information get to you, it passes soon enough.
So, back to his Direct motion! Jupiter will be helping you to make things happen in bigger ways through the talks and meetings you have, offers you get, news you hear, decisions you make, sales or agreements you move along, writing projects you engage in, proposals or pitches you make, local activities or short trips in the picture, and with any sibling,Read More »from ZOE MOON ASTROLOGY WEEKLY HOROSCOPES Jan 28-Feb 1
It's that time again…the dreaded flu season-and this year it is striking extra hard. From the sniffles to high fever, masses of people are suffering from common cold symptoms and those of influenza. That being said, all of our immune systems are going to need a lot of TLC to fend off germs and viruses. YouBeauty.com wellness expert, Dr. Michael Roizen, gives some simple tricks and products to fight off the flu:
Wash your hands! This is probably the single most important thing you can do to avoid catching the flu. Be sure to constantly wash your hands to rid them of the germs that may cause you to get sick. We suggest using Bath & Body Works Antibacterial Deep Foaming Hand Soap, not only will it kill off powerful germs, the variety of fragrances all smell delish!
Carry an antibacterial sanitizer in your bag! Throughout the day, we tend to touch a lot of things that other people have. Play it smart and keep Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial PocketBac Sanitizing Hand Gel inRead More »from Quick Tips for Fighting the Flu
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