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  • How to Keep Your Clothes Looking New

    Martha Stewart LivingMartha Stewart Living Of the many household tasks, doing the laundry seems to be a no-brainer: Put clothes in the washer, add detergent, and press start. But regular washing can take a toll on your garments. Here's how to prevent white shirts from turning gray, sort your bright clothing (hint: you need more than one pile), undo the damage when colors run, and perform many other tricks that will keep your clothes and linens in near-original condition.

    HOW TO KEEP WHITES WHITE

    The main reason white items turn gray or become dull is incorrect sorting. People generally have few all-white loads, so they tend to mix whites with colored garments. Unfortunately, some types of fabric, notably cotton, aren't colorfast, so their dye molecules wind up in the wash water and settle on other fabrics, noticeably on white and other light ones. Washing heavily soiled items, such as athletic socks, with lightly soiled ones, such as sheets, can also lead to dinginess. Unless you add enough detergent to hold the dirt

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  • Four Multitasking Beauty Buys

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    By Raya Ramsey
    With holiday madness approaching, there are fewer minutes left to spend fussing in the bathroom. Save time (and shelf space) with these four beauty products with major multitasking potential.

    SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, $70

    This potent bottle is great for intended use as cell hydration and damaged tissue repair, but it's endlessly versatile. Store it in the refrigerator to treat eye puffiness (goodbye, cucumbers), mix with tinted SPF to maximize your moisturizing efforts, and apply a dab to untamed brows in place of traditional eyebrow gel.

    Plus: Designer Julie Leach's Saturday Essentials

    Kate Somerville True Lash, $35

    Taking off the day's eye makeup never felt as efficient as it does with this multipurpose remover and lash enhancer in one. It wipes away waterproof and long-lasting beauty products, smooths fine lines with chamomile, firms the eye area with rosehip and avocado extracts, and creates fuller and longer lashes with its lash-enhancing peptide.

    Plus:

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  • 10 Best Foods to Fight Aging

    In the perennial quest for longevity, there are no miracle cures. But what's on your plate matters more than you think. Here are 10 foods to put in your pantry -- as well as delicious recipes to use them in.

    1. Healthy Greens
    They contain folate, calcium, and other nutrients that support bone health, protect against cognitive decline, and help prevent age-related eye problems. Diets high in cruciferous veggies, such as broccoli and cabbage, help reduce the risk of memory loss and cancer.

    2. Whole Grains
    Rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, whole grains can lower the risk of age-related illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. Because they're digested more slowly than processed grains, they also help prevent high blood sugar and diabetes.

    Plus: 10 Aging Myths

    3. Berries
    Blueberries, blackberries, and cranberries are rich in antioxidant compounds known as anthocyanins, which have been shown to slow the growth of certain cancers as well as improve brain

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  • What Those "Healthy" Beauty Labels Really Mean

    Scan the offerings in the beauty aisle and you'll see plenty of virtuous-sounding labels. "Vegan-friendly" shampoo, "cruelty-free" face cream, "natural" moisturizer, "biodegradable" toothpaste -- what do they really mean? Still more confusing: Some products have "certified" seals, while others sport symbols that don't quite look official.

    How do you choose a cleanser that's good for both you and the planet? With the help of our experts, we get to the bottom of the most common declarations and sort truth from empty promises.

    Label: Organic
    Clear rules make decoding this term easier. In 2005, the USDA started allowing makers of qualified organic beauty and body-care products to use a USDA Organic seal. Those items with 95 percent organic ingredients, such as plants grown without the use of dangerous pesticides, can use the seal. Products with at least 70 percent organic content can say "made with organic ingredients" but can't use the seal; those with less than 70 percent organic

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  • Why Pushups Are the Perfect Exercise


    Thanks to awkward gym-class flashbacks, the no-frills, multitasking pushup is usually overlooked, but this highly effective exercise deserves a spot in your fitness routine.

    "People think pushups are all about the arms. They're actually one of the only total-body exercises," says mind-body fitness expert Ellen Barrett. Beyond strengthening biceps and triceps, pushups also tone the chest, shoulders, back, core, and legs.

    If you're struggling, don't feel bad about bringing your knees to the floor. You'll learn alignment as you build necessary upper-body strength. Here's how to do it:

    1. Start on your hands and knees. Keep hands under shoulders and index fingers parallel.

    2. Step your legs back. Create one straight line from heels to head.

    3. Press your heels back. Draw your navel in, and bring shoulder blades together.

    4. Inhale as you bend your elbows, and try to hover an inch above the floor.

    5. Exhale and push up to the starting position. Repeat nine more times.

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  • How to Wash Dry-Clean Clothes at Home

    Does the phrase "dry clean" make you cringe, either because of the toxic chemicals most cleaners use or because of the prices they charge? Good news! Many of these delicate items can be safely washed by hand at home with a gentle detergent. Just follow these simple steps to make your clothes clean and green.

    Decode the Care Labels
    Manufacturers only need to list one care instruction, even if a garment can be both washed and dry-cleaned. To prevent mishaps, they'll usually print "Dry Clean." These items can typically be hand washed. "Dry Clean Only," however, means exactly that.

    Note the Fabric and Detailing
    Simple, solid-color cotton, wool, linen, rayon, and "washable silk" items can generally tolerate hand washing. Let the pros handle anything with bright prints or colors that may bleed, clothing made of traditional silk, or anything with delicate stitching or beading.

    Plus: Tips for Perfect Laundry

    Wash Carefully
    Fill a clean sink or washbasin with lukewarm water, then add a few

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  • 7 Healthy Eating Myths Debunked

    We're bombarded with food facts and fallacies around every corner -- from our families ("Eat your margarine"), fad-diet books ("Bread is the root of all evil"), the nightly news ("Milk saves the world!"), and, of course, the Internet.

    "People are extremely confused about what to eat," acknowledges New York-based physician Jana Klauer, M.D., author of "How the Rich Get Thin." She and other prominent nutrition experts help us set the record straight, exposing seven myths you might have heard -- but shouldn't believe.

    Myth: A calorie is a calorie.
    In fact, our bodies can distinguish one type of calorie from another. "We handle fat calories, carb calories, and protein calories differently," says Andrew Weil, M.D., author of "Eating Well for Optimal Health." "Some tend to be stored as fat; some tend to be digested more quickly." Knowing the distinction (and, moreover, eating accordingly) can help ease blood-sugar woes and protect your health.

    Take simple carbohydrates such as sugar,

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  • Try This at Home: A Ballet Barre Workout

    Get the lithe legs, lean core, and toned tush -- plus the poise -- of a dancer with this DIY "barre burner" workout.

    Note to beginner ballerinas: Rest your fingertips on a chair or table; don't pinch your back or lean too heavily on your "barre" or you'll miss out on the benefits.



    Penche
    What It Does: Works the entire lower body; builds balance and stability

    How to Do It: With feet and thighs turned out ballerina-style, hinge forward to a flat back and lightly grasp the seat of a chair. Look at the floor to keep the neck long. Lift the right leg straight out behind you, hips open, until it reaches hip height. Then lift as high as you can and lower back to hip height. Repeat 10 to 20 times.

    Plus: The Best Detox Stretches



    Wide Plie
    What It Does: Tones quads, inner thighs, and calves

    How to Do It: Stand with legs straight and feet wide apart, toes turned out. Do 10 to 20 deep plies, bending the knees deeply until they're directly over your toes. On the last plie, lift and lower

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  • How to Make Your Own Kombucha Tea

    With a little bit of science and a whole lot of patience, you can mix up your own batch of fizzy kombucha tea. Rick Miller from Kombucha Brooklyn shares his at-home brewing how-to:

    Tools and Materials
    • 4 organic tea bags (black, green, or white are best; create your own blend by choosing 1 or 2 of each)
    • 1 cup organic cane sugar
    • 1 SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast)*
    • 1/2 cup of kombucha starter (kombucha from a previous batch, or raw, store-bought kombucha) • Cotton tea towel
    • 1-gallon unleaded glass jar (Pyrex or Anchor-Hocking are best)
    • 3 quarts distilled water
    • Nonmetallic glass measuring cup
    • Wooden spoon
    • Paper towels
    • Glass bottles in which to store the finished tea

    * Like a sourdough starter, the kombucha SCOBY is self-replicating: When you finish incubating a batch of tea, your SCOBY grows a "baby," which you can pass along to a friend or neighbor. (Note: Though some people call the SCOBY a "kombucha mushroom," it is not, actually, a

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  • Eat like a Nutritionist

    Your weekday breakfast is latte-only; your weekend breakfast is lumberjack-worthy. But each adds up to a cup (or heaping plate) of empty calories.

    Instead of starting off that way, reach for energy-boosting, nutritious, and tasty foods that health experts themselves eat. Whether you're in a rush or have some extra time, here are eight easy breakfasts from top nutritionists.

    What the Doctor Eats

    Pamela Peeke, M.D., M.P.H., author of "Body-for-Life for Women," avid runner, and assistant professor of medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore

    Weekdays
    Considering breakfast's benefits -- it provides energy, keeps daily caloric consumption in check, and can even lower cholesterol -- Peeke is amazed that people skip it. If better health isn't a motivator, then try some vanity: According to the largest weight-loss study ever done, a major predictor of a person's success was whether he or she ate breakfast.

    To get a quick and even mix of protein, fat, and

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