by Charlotte Andersen for SHAPE.com
Is grain bad for your brain?Imagine a piece of whole-grain toast slathered in butter- which part of that do you consider to be healthy? For many years the answer has been the whole-grain bread, but Grain Brain, a new book published this past Tuesday by neurologist David Perlmutter, M.D., argues that we'd all be better off chucking the bread and just eating a stick of butter for breakfast.
Perlmutter says that contrary to popular belief, while we definitely require protein and fat, "the human requirement for dietary carbohydrate is none, none whatsoever." Not only do we not need them, he says that they're killing us, calling carbs "the brain's silent killers."
The book is based on his years of extensive research and private practice as a neurologist in Florida. After years of frustration trying to help patients with all types of cognitive impairments, he finally came to the conclusion that modern medicine tends to focus on treating symptoms, not the underlying disease process.
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Sep 20, 2013 11:57 AM EDT
Never mind the A few years ago, it was Michelle Obama's arms that had women everywhere obsessed. Everyone wanted those toned, strong-looking arms. But lately, I've been seeing the term "thigh gap" thrown around constantly - as in, the gap between a woman's thighs because her legs don't touch when she stands with her feet together. Some women and girls are looking at the thigh gap as the pinnacle of thin perfection; a goal to aim for or a measure of dieting success or failure. Simply search for "thigh gap" on the Internet, and you'll find pictures of the thigh gap being used as "thinspiration" everywhere. But the thigh gap as inspiration trend has gotta go, for a few reasons.Read More »from Doctors Prove the "Thigh Gap" Has Nothing to Do with Thinness
First, it's nearly impossible for many women to achieve a thigh gap. I was watching The Doctors last week when Dr. Travis Stork brought up the issue of the thigh gap. He found two women for this demonstration: one was a size 6 with a thigh gap, and the other was a size 0 without a thigh gap. X-rays of their hips showed that it's
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Sep 20, 2013 11:47 AM EDT
How far would you go to keep technology out of your home? I don't mean for a day or a weekend or on National Day of Unplugging. I mean forever!Read More »from How Far Would You Go to Keep Technology Out of Your Home?
Could you possibly live without constantly checking your social networks on your smartphone?
Would you be able to give up Netflix, your laptop, tablet, cordless phone, Wi-Fi, and DVR?
I have personally struggled with the concept of disconnecting and not allowing technology to take over my life. Over the years, I have found myself not paying full attention to what is in front of me because I am too distracted with my devices. And the result of this is not being fully present in the lives of my kids, and the thought of that absolutely shatters my heart.
I know my family isn't alone in our struggles. I am sure other families struggle with finding a balance between technology and life, including a Canadian couple who saw the effects modern technology was having on their family and decided to act.
Blair McMillan and his girlfriend Morgan noticed their sons, Trey, 5, and Denton, 2 were spending more
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Sep 20, 2013 11:30 AM EDT
We all know there are so many good reasons to work out. It helps your heart and bones stay strong, keeps you more flexible, increases endurance, helps maintain weight, and gives you more energy - not to mention bragging rights when you can beat someone in an arm wrestling match. Unfortunately, the list of excuses to skip workouts is almost as long. We're too tired, too busy, too stressed, too broke. It's too hot or too cold. It's like we're the Goldilocks of the workout world, looking for workout conditions that are just right. But with hectic schedules, it's rare that that perfect moment comes. There's always a road block making it tough, but that doesn't mean we can't overcome workout obstacles. Even the most motivated can fall victim to workout excuses. But with enough practice, you get better at getting motivated. I've had a lot of practice with small setbacks. My gym provides up to two hours of daycare for my kids each day. Sounds too good to be true, right? It is. Especially whenRead More »from Busted! 7 Over-Used Excuses for Skipping Your Workout
- FITNESS Magazine | Healthy Living – Fri, Sep 20, 2013 11:02 AM EDT
Jeff Olson/FITNESS MagazineBy Natalie Gingerich MackenzieRead More »from Stride to the Beat: How to Train with a Heart Rate Monitor
Even technophobes can benefit from training with a heart rate monitor. "It answers that eternal question of how fast is fast and how slow is slow," says Roy Benson, a running coach and coauthor of Heart Rate Training. Here's how to plug in and teach your old jog new tricks.
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Meet Your Max
First, you need a yardstick for gauging your intensity level. Use this formula to find your maximum heart rate, or how many times your heart beats per minute (bpm) when you're going full throttle.
206 - (your age) x 0.88 = ____ bpm
So if you're 26, that's 180 x 0.88 = 158 bpm.
Get in the Zone
Now you can calculate your intensity as a percentage of your maximum heart rate rather than guessing how hard you're going. Using your device, aim for the bpm percentage ranges below, based on the type of workout you're hankering for.
60% to 75%
Light to moderate intensity: An easy sing-if-you-want pace for building
These little hints are your body's way of nudging you toward good healthNot long ago, my husband and three of our kids went charging up Mount Katahdin--think of it as New England's mini Mount Everest. I'd spent months hiking with friends to make sure I was in shape and, at the start, hustled to keep pace with our teenagers as we hauled ourselves up the steep boulders. But within a couple of hours I was straggling; they leapt past me like giddy mountain goats while I carefully picked my way up the rocks.Read More »from 6 Things Your Body's Trying to Tell You
Was I disappointed? Actually, no. I felt smart. My 40-something body was telling me how to protect it from injury--and my hips and feet thanked me later. It turns out that our bodies routinely transmit this evolving wisdom, gently steering us away from activities or indulgences we can no longer tolerate to ones that will ensure continued good health.
Here are six other things your body's trying to tell you.
1. When you're dehydrated
Over the course of a lifetime, our kidneys, which transport water to our tissues, gradually lose a bit of their efficiency.
- YouBeauty.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Sep 20, 2013 9:45 AM EDT
Help make Natalie's birthday wish come true!August 16, 2012. It's 9:30 a.m. and I'm driving across New York City trying to get to my office on 45th and 3rd while dialing my 3-year-old daughter Natalie's pediatrician. Stopped at a red light in Times Square, I see the officer's lights flip on behind me. Crap! I quickly hang up the phone after having left a message. But it's too late. The officer issues me a $200 ticket for being on my phone while driving, and nope, it didn't help when I explained to the officer that my daughter was sick, that I was worried, and I was simply trying to get a hold of her doctor.
Fast forward about four hours and there we are, Natalie and I, sitting in a quiet room in the ER of Hackensack Medical Center, eagerly waiting to find out what the hell is going on. Feeling something wet dripping down my arm, I gently shifted a sleepy Natalie over toRead More »from Help This Mom Turn a Nightmare Prognosis into Something Positive
Try these drug-free ways to bring your BP downIf your blood pressure is creeping up or has reached "uh-oh" levels, try these drug-free ways to bring it down.Read More »from 12 Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally
1. Soak in a bath
Add 2 cups of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) to the tub, and your blood vessels will relax, too, as you absorb the mineral through your skin.
2. Carry a load
Strength training using free weights, machines, or resistance bands can lower BP a few points. Try twice a week, at a level where you can manage 3 sets of 10 reps.
3. Tighten your grip
Squeezing a handgrip or ball (four 2-minute holds, a minute's rest in between) 3 times a week has been shown to lower BP 13 systolic (upper number) and 8 diastolic points. (If pressure is high, ask an M.D. first.)
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4. Unroll your mat
Strike some yoga poses two or three times a week, and you may strike a few points from your BP. In a new University of Pennsylvania study, the average systolic BP moved from 133 to 130. That's still considered prehypertension, so combine yoga with other
- Beauty High | Healthy Living – Thu, Sep 19, 2013 5:07 PM EDT
By Natasha Burton, Beauty HighRead More »from 8 Foods that Are Ruining Your Skin Without You Knowing It
8 Foods Ruining Your Skin You wash your face daily and take your makeup off before bed like you're supposed to. So why is your skin far from glowing? Well, even though what you put on your face matters a whole lot, what you put into your body also reflects back onto your skin, according to leading nutrition experts.
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Here are eight foods (and drinks!) to stay away from if you're having skin issues-or if you simply want your skin to look its best every single day.
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1. Chocolate: For years we've heard myths about how sweets can make you break out, and the (not-so-sweet) truth is that these stories are true. According to nutritionists Jayson and Mira Calton, co-authors of Naked Calories, chocolate may actually make acne worse. Citing a study conducted in the Netherlands, they say that chocolate increases production of interleukin -1b, a marker of immune system inflammation,
Pope Francis, elected in March, seems like he might be up for the challenge. He’s already made some heartening waves over the last six months, and this week, in his most in-depth interview since taking the helm, he's crept closer to open-mindedness.Using the words “pope” and “cool” in the same sentence definitely feels like an oxymoron. But Read More »from Pope Francis: Is He Actually Cool?
Though a lot remains to be seen, of course, here are some of the reasons this guy’s totally growing on us:
He acknowledges women. OK, he needs work here, but he's made some baby steps. In the new interview, published in the Jesuit America magazine, he took a swipe at the idea of “female machismo,” saying, “A woman has a different makeup than a man.” But he also admitted that the Catholic Church needs to “investigate further the role of women in the church,” adding, “The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions. The challenge today is this: to think about the specific place of women also in those places where the authority of
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