As a young adult my asthma disappeared, until I moved to China. I lived in Shanghai's Pudong New Area, which was once farm fields and rice paddies, but is now a sprawling metropolis growing at a rapid pace. A few days a week, I'd go for runs by the side of a canal. The water's rank smell was one thing, but the smell of soldering and building compounds coming from the factories going up by the canal's banks was something else entirely. I'd come home smelling like I ran through a chemical fire, my breath short and rattling in my lungs with a thick wheeze. I had to
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Feb 19, 2014 4:19 PM ESTChemical ToxinsI suffered from low-level asthma as a kid. To this day, when I catch a cold or the flu, it runs right to my lungs and lingers. Some of this is genetic -- my son has some sinus and respiratory sensitivity too -- but growing up in an age when my parents' dinner parties created a cloud of cigarette smoke hanging low over the table, and car rides meant being trapped in a box of tar-drenched air, surely played a role as well.
Like most things below the belt, regular is all relative.Aimee Barychko
By: K. Aleisha Fetters
Most people go #2 anywhere between three times a day and three times a week, says Benjamin Lebwohl, M.D., a gastroenterologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia University Medical Center. Put that on a bell curve and it means most of us stink up a bathroom once a day.
"However, it's not intrinsically less healthy to go less often than once a day," says Lebwhol. "Every person's bowels have their own tempo."
So it's cool if your intestines are on a MWF schedule-as long as you don't feel stuffed up or bloated, he says. The digestive tract can hold anywhere from a meal to a week's worth of meals, and then some. And while it's pretty gnarly to think about, the sheer mass of backed-up bowels can cause everything from an aching back to a literal food belly, he says. Plus, the longer poop sits sill in your intestines, the more opportunity it has to produce smelly, room-clearing gas.Read More »from Do You Really Need to Go #2 Once a Day?
- Burning bad fat may be as simple as taking a brisk winter walk.
By Amir Khan, Everyday Health
Stepping out into the cold may not seem like the healthiest idea, but if you're trying to lose weight, going outside and shivering may actually be helpful, according to a small new study published in the journal Cell Metabolism. Researchers from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Australia found that not only can shivering help turn energy-storing white fat into energy-burning brown fat, shivering for 15 minutes is equivalent to riding an exercise bike for an hour.
So how does it work? It turns out that not all fat is equal. White fat stores energy in large fat droplets, whereas brown fat keeps energy in small, ready-to-burn droplets. Several studies have shown that higher levels of brown fat are associated with lower body weight, and can offer protection against diabetes, obesity, and other diseases.
"Brown fat is something that all newborns have," said Marie-Pierre St-Onge, MD, a researcher with the New York Obesity NutritionRead More »from 15 Minutes in the Cold Equal to an Hour on a Bike
by Lexi Petronis
Dark chocolate has a higher percentage of cocoa in it, less sugar, and more antioxidant power than milk chocolate. You can up the nutrition in your chocolate with a snack that contains heart-healthy fats, says Rania: "Kind's Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan bar contains whole almonds, and just 5 grams of sugar."
Dutch-process cocoa is also a good option! "I like Dutch Cocoa Somersaults--they pairRead More »from 4 Healthy Ways to Eat Chocolate This Month
by Amie Valpone
Montrose Digital Archive
Love granola, but don't love the additives of less expensive granola or the cost of the high quality stuff? Why not make your own? It's not as hard as you think! And when using your own ingredients (and imagination) the sky's the limit. Grab your mixing bowl and go, well, nuts!
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1. Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Cranberry-Nut Granola: 1 cup of dried cranberries, 1 cup of crushed peanuts, 1 cup of Enjoy Life Foods dairy-free dark chocolate chips, 1 tsp. sea salt, 3 cups of Bakery on Main gluten-free oats.
2. Cinnamon, Almond, and Raisin Coco-nola: 1 cup of almonds, 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon, 1 cup of coconut flakes, 1 cup of Earthbound Farm organic raisins, 1 tsp. sea salt, 3 cups of gluten-free oats
3. Cocoa-Covered Pistachio and Cherry Granola: 1 cup of pistachios, 1 cup of dried cherries, 1/4 cup of cocoa powder, 1 tsp. sea salt, 3 cups of gluten-free oats
4. Sweet Seed Crunch-nola: 1/2 cup of Barlean's Read More »from Recipe Idea: 5 Ways to DIY Granola
- Girls in the Beauty Department, Glamour Magazine | Healthy Living – Wed, Feb 19, 2014 1:18 PM EST
by Jessica Radloff
NBC/Days of our LivesHere's the thing about the ladies of daytime TV: they seriously do not age. It's almost as if they have an endless supply of magic potion that produces glowing skin, shiny hair, and ethereal makeup. So, with the release of the Days of Our Lives' book, Better Living, which is about--you guessed it--glowing skin, shiny hair, and oh yeah, healthy living, we decided to go straight to the source and find out what these stunning actresses use to keep looking so gorgeous.
Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady): "Sunscreen. Even in the winter. Put it on your face always. I use La Mer to moisturize my face, as well as their eye cream--but just a tiny little dab of it! It's expensive, but it's great."
Kristian Alfonso (Hope Brady): "Eleven Skin products. The ingredients are all from the ocean. I love their serum and hydrator. I also love M.A.C. liner and mascara. The pigments are really great. I love Naked's neutral palettes.
- Self Magazine | Healthy Living – Wed, Feb 19, 2014 12:16 PM ESTWe got the busy star to sit down and answer some random questions for us.
by SELF Staffers
My ultimate stress reliever is exercise! And actually meditation. I do that for 20 minutes every day.
The one song that gets me moving without fail is "White Lines," that old rap song. I made a playlist of all those awesome songs from Jimmy Fallon's "History of Rap."
My postworkout beauty ritual is wiping my skin. I always use Aveeno [she's a spokeswoman] Ultra Calming Wipes--they're easy if you aren't near a sink.
I know I can beat anyone in Concentration. That's a
- Perhaps the mother of all comfort foods, mac and cheese can pack up to 900 calories a serving.Cozy up to these lighter versions of your favorite cold-weather dishes
By Mary Squillace, Fitbie.com
For most people, low temperatures and winter weather means it's time to integrate a sixth food group into their diets: comfort foods. Bowls of belly-warming macaroni and cheese, creamy mashed potatoes, and piping-hot chicken pot pie help satisfy your body's instinctual drive to stay toasty and conserve energy for the winter ahead. Obviously, if you're not careful, these annual indulgences can quickly add pounds of extra insulation that are hard to remove come spring.Fortunately, fat and calories aren't prerequisites for a soothing, satisfying dish. Some smart ingredient swaps can transform hearty favorites into lighter, healthier fare that's still satisfying. These tips from Michelle Dudash, RD, Phoenix-based chef and recipe developer, and Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, author of Comfort Classics, will allow you to enjoy savory, cold-weather foods without adding inches to your waistline.
- How much do you know about organic food?As organic foods make their way into more and more supermarkets around the country, the option to choose between organic and conventionally farmed products is increasingly at your fingertips. How do you make the decision? Get your facts straight before you fill your cart with misinformation.
Organic farming never uses pesticides: FalseRead More »from 8 Eye-Opening Facts About Eating Organic Food
Many organic farmers do try to avoid using pesticides, and most organic foods have lower total pesticide residues, but the fact is, organic farmers use many methods of controlling pests, including pesticides. Part of what defines "organic" is not the absence of pesticides, but the particular pesticides used. Only certain compounds are approved for use as pesticides on organic farms. This includes ingredients derived from natural sources, or synthetic ones that adhere to a list of regulations not required for conventional agriculture-for example, potassium silicate sourced from naturally occurring sand, and copper
- These A-list survivors have had their fair share of heart issues.
More than half a million Americans struggle with heart disease and among that group are some A-list names. In honor of American Heart Month, here are some familiar faces and their stories.
1. Jennie Garth
Beverly Hills 90210 star Jennie Garth's sister and mother had high blood pressure and her father was diagnosed with arterial sclerosis when he was only 37 years old. So when Jennie turned 30, she made it a point to see a cardiologist, who diagnosed her with heart valve regurgitation (colloquially known as a leaky valve), luckily a disease that only needs treatment based on severity. She is now a spokeswoman for Go Red For Women, an organization that funds the American Heart Association's research.
2. Alex TrebekRead More »from 11 Celebrities Who've Battled Heart Disease
Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is a two-time heart attack survivor. He suffered his first attack in December 2007, but was only hospitalized for a few days and returned to the show the next month. He faced his second attack in June 2012. At first he thought the
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