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  • 8 Brilliant Alternatives to the Cliché Valentine's Day Gift

    By: Ian Landau

    Tom SchierlitzTom SchierlitzPeople get passionate on Valentine's Day-long before the evening winds down and, if all goes well, the clothes come off. Some love the day, reveling in and dispensing as much heart-shaped, gooey sentiment as they can fit into 24 hours. Others view it as an unnecessarily pressure-ridden faux-holiday and would rather hide under the covers until the clock strikes midnight and it's officially February 15th. If you're like us, you buy into the idea that it might be nice to do something special with your significant other, but you'd rather not go through the motions and trot out the same tired tricks. So this year, try one of our alternative ideas that'll make you look inspired-and also happen to be very easy to pull off.

    The Cliché: Dinner at a romantic restaurant
    The Alternative: Cook for your mate, you lazy bastard
    The Details: You don't have to be a genius in the kitchen to knock the socks (and other items of clothing) off your lover. In fact, it's best to

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  • 10 Things You Need to Know About #1

    By: Kristen Dold

    The pleasure, pain, and persistent myths and misconceptions about peeing-debunked and expounded on, below.

    A 90-degree angle of stream to urinal leads to the greatest splashback, according to new research from Brigham Young University. Stay dry by standing closer: Beyond six or seven inches, your urine stream breaks into droplets, which are more likely to bounce back onto your pants.

    Paruresis: The fear of peeing in the presence of others. (About 7 percent of people have this problem.)

    Urotherapy: The use of human urine (either applied topically or swallowed) for its perceived detoxification, health benefits, or disease-fighting properties. Rumored proponents include the late J.D. Salinger, Madonna, and ex-Yankee Jorge Posada.

    Urolagnia: The sexual arousal associated with the sight or thought of urine (think: an affinity for golden showers, something Ricky Martin has admitted he's a fan of).

    Retromingence: The

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  • Why Now's the Time to Try Hypnosis

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

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    Thanks to on-stage brainwashing sessions and movies featuring disgruntled workers taking a baseball bat to the printer (Office Space, anyone?), hypnosis has a rep for being little more than pure entertainment.

    Not true. Hypnosis was birthed from the brains of psychologists and researchers, and while its story was sullied by decades of disrepute, it's now making its way back into the mainstream.

    The British Psychological Society has now officially declared hypnosis a proven therapeutic medium to curb stress, anxiety, pain, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, and migraines. "Improvements from hypnosis can be as specific as eliminating erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation, remaining committed to a workout plan, delivering a dynamic sales presentation-or as broad as improving motivation and increasing confidence," says psychologist and certified hypnotherapist Marty Lerman, Ph.D., author of Mindshift.

    And while it's strongly linked to the psycho-sciences,

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  • The 4 Movements You Need to Master Before You Hit the Gym

    By: Q by Equinox for DETAILS

    Getty Getty It's amazing what too much time sitting at a desk or on a couch can do. And by amazing, we mean horrible: Weak glutes, poor posture, a powerless core, and tight hips and hamstrings are just some of the consequences. "You bring those imbalances and weaknesses into the gym and start doing even the most basic movements incorrectly as a result," says Florian Roth, a Tier 3 trainer and performance coach at Equinox Soho. Add resistance into the mix, and while you may think you're getting stronger, you're actually putting yourself at risk of injury, he says. "You must first master the following four movements, using proper form, and then allow them to serve as the building blocks from which you can safely advance your training."

    Do: Keep your shoulders down, your chest out, and your chin up. "Most people, especially those who work in an office all day, tend to have a weakened posterior chain, which causes your shoulders to roll

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  • Health Myth: is Sea Salt Healthier Than Table Salt?

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    Mike LorrigMike Lorrig

    As far as health goes, salt has a notoriously bad reputation. But is sea salt any better (or at least less bad) than run-of-the-mill table salt?

    The EXPERT:
    Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, nutritionist at Elements Behavioral Health and author of The Hunger Fix

    The VERDICT:
    The answer isn't as cut-and-dry as most chefs might like, but that's because the path every salt (even if it's the same "kind") takes to reach your shaker varies.

    First off, sea salt is produced by evaporating water from the ocean or saltwater lakes, whereas table salt is usually mined from underground salt deposits. While the exact body of water or deposit can influence the concentration of certain minerals, it doesn't affect sodium. However, the larger the salt crystals, the fewer that fit in a given volume-be it a pinch, teaspoon, or your entire salt cellar-which could influence how much you end up dishing out.

    Rough or Refined?

    What really makes

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  • Can't Stand the Heat in Bikram? Try Modo Yoga

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    courtesy of Modo Yogacourtesy of Modo YogaTed Grand, a Toronto-based environmental activist, and his partner Jessica Robertson, replaced the required flooring with sustainably harvested cork. It seemed natural, given their environmentalist principles-not to mention that, as any hot yogi knows, sweat-soaked carpets stink.How hot is it? This may be the most succesful Bikram breakaway to date. Currently, 64 Modo studios span the country, and another 15 are scheduled to open next year, according to the New York Times. And it all started because two Canadians didn't put carpet-a Bikram imperative-in their studio.Bikram yoga, in which instructors teach 90-minute classes from a single memorized script in 105-degree heat, has monopolized the hot yoga scene for years. Now, one alternative is gaining steam: Modo.

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    Modo's Manhattan location, which features recycled-tire floors and recycled-denim wall insulation, opened in the West Village in 2012 (originally as

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  • Does Covering Your Mouth when Coughing Really Keep Germs from Spreading?

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    Giovanni GiannoniGiovanni Giannoni

    If and when I get sick this winter, will covering my mouth really keep germs from spreading? Or is it just a courtesy maneuver?

    Nicole M. Bouvier, M.D., Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases at Mount Sinai Hospital's Icahn School of Medicine

    "It's not entirely clear," Bouvier says.

    "Researchers have seen that a fair number of respiratory particles still escape into the surrounding air, even when an barrier like a tissue, sleeve, hand, or surgical mask is placed in front of the cougher's mouth," she says. Plus, the droplets that sneak past cough-blocking barriers are the tiniest ones, which are light enough to hang around in the air for hours and small enough to penetrate your cube mate's respiratory tract.

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    One thing you can do to prevent the sickly spread is keep all particles away from your hands-either by coughing into a tissue or lugging

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  • Should You Always Buy Organic? the Facts You Need to Know

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    Conde Nast Digital StudioConde Nast Digital Studio

    There's no debating that organic foods come with a health halo, but no one really seems to be in agreement about whether it's hype or hard-earned. Organic foods go up against their conventional counterparts in three main categories: vitamins, fat, and chemicals. So take them into account before choosing to go organic…or not. Here's a primer to get you started.

    Vitamins and Nutrients
    Organic foods lost some converts last year when Stanford University released results of a long-term meta-analysis suggesting that, apart from phosphorus, the vitamin and nutrient content between organic and conventional produce, meat, and dairy doesn't differ much. Problem is, other studies have been poking holes in its findings ever since. Case in point: In February, a PLOS ONE study found that despite being 40 percent smaller than those grown by conventional methods, organic tomatoes still pack about 55 percent more vitamin C and about 140 percent more antioxidants

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  • 6 Quick Ways to Beat Fatigue

    By: Jessica Cassity

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    1. Chew Gum: Researchers in the U.K. have determined that popping a piece can cut down on reaction times and increase attention.

    2. Drink water: Losing as little as 1.5 percent of your body weight to dehydration can make you feel sleepy and unfocused. Drink enough to keep your urine light yellow-around eight cups a day.

    3. Get an air purifier: Danish research revealed that people who worked in environments where they controlled the temperature and air quality showed improved performance and alertness.

    4. Take a breath (or four): "Three minutes of measured inhales and exhales will rejuvenate your mind and take the edge off of stressful situations," says Joseph Amanbir Young, an acupuncturist and Kundalini yoga instructor. Sniff in four times to fill your lungs, hold, then exhale through your nose in four parts.

    5. Practice acupressure: According to the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, pressing at the point known in Chinese medicine as zu san li

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  • Do You Really Need to Wear Sunscreen in the Winter?

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

    Mike ReinhardtMike Reinhardt

    It's winter, the sun is MIA, and you can't remember the last time you weren't wearing a parka. So do you really need to lotion up? In a word, yes. But since because-I-said-so arguments only hold so much weight, we're proving it with the top five reasons you should be wearing sunscreen right now.

    1. Contrary to popular opinion, the Earth is actually the closest to the sun in the winter and the farthest from it in the summer, says Robert Guida, M.D., a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City. (FYI, we checked the Library of Congress to make sure he was right.)

    2. You know the ozone layer is good, and ozone depletion is bad, but do you know why? The ozone acts like the Earth's sunshield, absorbing harmful UVB rays before they near the ground. Problem is, the layer is at its thinnest in the winter (according to the National Science Foundation Polar Programs UV Monitoring Network).

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    3. Snow and ice might as

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