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  • Does Gum Really Stay in Your System for 7 Years?

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters


    One second you're chomping away, the next you're performing the Heimlich maneuver on yourself, struggling to keep a piece of gum from slipping its way down the abyss that is your throat. It's a skirmish we've all lost at some point in our gum-chewing days. But maybe that's not as bad a loss as we thought.

    Despite what mom always said, gum doesn't take weeks, months, or even (seven?) years to make its way through your system. It just takes a day or two, according to Rachel C. Vreeman, M.D., co-author of the appropriately named Don't Swallow Your Gum! Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health.

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    You can thank an expertly evolved digestive system for that one. When you swallow something (edible or not) it takes the same path: down your esophagus and into your stomach, where a mix of acids and enzymes go to work on breaking it down. From there, the partially digested blob is shuttled into

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  • Can Too Much Cardio Hurt Your Heart?

    Research links long-term endurance training to various heart issues. Our expert weighs in.
    By: Q by Equinox for DETAILS

    Can Too Much Cardio Hurt Your Heart?Can Too Much Cardio Hurt Your Heart?

    In the last 10 years, a handful of studies have gained attention for finding that long term, high-volume endurance exercise could harm your heart as much as you're trying to help it. A study from the Journal of Applied Physiology found that compared to their more sedentary counterparts, longtime marathoners had a higher risk for myocardial fibrosis, a scarring build up of the heart's lining, which can lead to loss of flexibility over time.

    Research in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed that men who trained for and completed marathons for 25 consecutive years were more likely to have a build-up of coronary plaque in the arteries, the result of which can lead to arrhythmia and other heart-pumping problems. Even former professional cyclists are five times more likely to have ventricular tachycardia, a disorder that disrupts the heart's

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  • Are GMO's Really Bad for You? Science is Starting to Reveal Some Major Concerns

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

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    GMOs, a term that's thrown around all the time but rarely understood, have been taking a lot of flack lately. The latest confusion and controversy has prompted Whole Foods to pull Chobani yogurt from its shelves and General Mills to remove all GMOs from boxes of Cheerios. But how many people actually know what they are?

    GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) are plants and animals that have had been created through gene splicing-the merging of DNA from different species to make a new one. Many strains of alfalfa, canola, papaya, zucchini, soy, sugar beets (a main source of white sugar), and corn (which is pretty much in everything) are genetically modified, according to theNon-GMO Project. And while we're really just starting to talk about GMOs, we've actually been eating them for more than two decades.

    When food scientists first developed GMOs, they believed the technology would boost crop yields and profits, says dietician Jaime Mass, RDN, LDN.

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  • This is Your Body on Energy Drinks

    The anatomical science behind sipping turbo-powered fuel.
    By: Q by Equinox for DETAILS

    This is Your Body on Energy DrinksWhether you drink to ward off a 3 p.m. energy drop or fuel a lethargic workout, there's a burgeoning should-I-or-shouldn't-I debate surrounding energy drinks that's impossible to ignore. So what's the impact of slugging one back? An 8-12 ounce energy drink has 72-150 mg of caffeine, which isn't necessarily problematic. After all, studies have found that up to four cups of coffee a day-which could top off around 400 mg-can actually have positive health benefits like lowering your risk of diabetes, upping your mood, and decreasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

    But a large energy drink bottle can flood your body with up to 294 mg of caffeine in one sitting. Look at a label and you'll also notice that the average Monster contains way more than your morning cup o' joe, namely sugar and other ingredients like taurine, ephedrine, guarana, and ginseng. All those "extras" act as stimulants, enhancing

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  • 5 Healthy Alternatives to Dairy Milk

    By: Lindsey Emery

    Photo by Adam Voorhes, Prop Styling Robin FinleyPhoto by Adam Voorhes, Prop Styling Robin Finley

    When it's time to make a smoothie or eat your cereal, going dairy-free has never been easier. But with an abundance of options, are you choosing wisely? Here's what to pour if you want...

    More Protein: SOY MILK
    "Soy is a complete protein, supplying all nine essential amino acids," says Karen Ansel, R.D.N. Concerned about testosterone levels? University of Minnesota researchers found that soy intake won't affect hormone levels or sperm count.
    Choose: A brand made with organic soybeans (try Eden Foods), not soy protein isolate-it has fewer nutrients.
    Bonus: The chocolate flavor has fast-acting carbs, perfect for after a workout.
    But Be Warned: Milks using GMO soy (about 90 percent of the market) have been linked to prostate cancer.

    • • •

    Fewer Calories: ALMOND MILK
    Nuts are soaked for six to eight hours, drained, and then blended into water, hence the rich flavor without the calories (just 30-less than a third of skim or soy).
    Choose: One

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  • 5 Things You Didn't Know About Mila Kunis

    The actors she respects, the LA bars she frequents, the men's style choices she loathes, and more.

    By: James Oliver Cury


    How do you know Mila Kunis? As Natalie Portman's rival in Black Swan? Kelso's gal in That '70s Show? Or the voice of Meg on Family Guy?Here at Details we've been Mila mavens for a long time (see our 2009 profile of the actress) and we were delighted to learn that our readers are similarly enamored of her; she took the #1 female spot in our online poll of "The 10 Most F*ckable Celebrities." Please, Mila, take that as a compliment.

    So her mass appeal is undeniable. Perhaps that explains her latest gig: Kunis recently became Jim Beam's first-ever global spokesperson (for a point of comparison, Christina Hendricks fills a similar role over at Johnnie Walker). To see Kunis soaking up Kentucky culture-and learning the "Kentucky chew" from Beam's seventh generation Master Distiller Fred Noe-check out the embedded video below.

    We caught up with her earlier this week and

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  • 5 Surprising Ways to Prevent a Hangover

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    Chung JamieChung JamieDon't mix your liquors, drink whiskey before beer, have a glass of water between drinks-you know the drill. But knowing more than the conventional wisdom when it comes to potent potations can mean the difference between looking like your bar's resident heavyweight and going home early to fight a hellacious hangover.

    Here, five surprising science-backed ways to help you hold your liquor better.

    Ditch the Diet Mixers
    Mix your booze with diet versus regular soda and your blood alcohol content will shoot up an extra 18 percent, according to a new study published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. What gives? Without sugar and calories in your glass (and stomach), alcohol beelines its way into your bloodstream. We aren't condoning any fructose-filled beverages here, but a few calories can go a long way towards keeping you off of the karaoke stage.

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  • 3 Tips for How to Exercise Without Eating More

    By: Q by Equinox for DETAILS

    Q by EquinoxQ by EquinoxMaintaining that delicate balance of eating enough to fuel your workouts and not overdoing it afterwards is a source of confusion for even the most educated exerciser. Sometimes, those post-workout hunger pangs hit, begging you to replace what you just burned off. Other times, your brain is telling you it's time to reward your hard work (with extra cheese).

    Recent research from Australia has reopened the debate on this quandary: Is it possible to exercise and not eat more? While findings have been mixed, a review of studies published in the journal Appetite showed that exercise does not, in fact, lead to a significant increase in calorie consumption.

    And calories might not matter much anyway, according to Equinox tier 4 coach Paul Spector, M.D. "The goal of someone who says they want to lose weight is really to lose fat and gain muscle," Spector says. "Therefore the real question with regard to exercise and nutrition is how to maximize the use

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  • Move Over Paleo: This New Diet Has You Eating like GOD

    What would Jesus eat?

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    wikimedia commonswikimedia commonsWe've all heard the phrase "your body is a temple," but Rick Warren, leader of the 20,000-member Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, is taking the mantra to a new level.

    Topping the New York Times bestseller list with his diet book The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life (which he wrote with psychiatrist Daniel Amen, M.D. and physician Mark Hyman, M.D.), Warren has inspired hundreds of thousands of people to make their diet about more than losing weight, but about getting spirituality healthy.

    Warren's diet gets its inspiration from the Bible's book of (you guessed it!) Daniel. In that chapter, the Jewish noble Daniel and his compadres are captured by the Babylonians, who offer them decadent foods like meat and wine. But Daniel and his men refuse to "defile" themselves with the food and instead eat only vegetables, which ultimately makes them stronger and healthier than their oppressors.

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  • Do You Really Need to Go #2 Once a Day?

    Like most things below the belt, regular is all relative.

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

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    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.

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