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  • 3 Superfruits that Are the New Darlings of the Health World

    By: Nicole Catanese

    Adam VoorhesAdam VoorhesMeet the newly minted health-food darlings-sweet, tangy, and packing the kind of superior wellness benefits that will make you forsake your açai smoothie.

    Pichuberry
    The Taste: A cross between a passion fruit and a cherry tomato
    The Goods: Low-glycemic and features stellar levels of vitamin D (3/4 cup provides 39 percent of your daily dose). Also contains antioxidant flavonoids and withanolides (anticancer compounds), as well as surprisingly high amounts of B12, which keeps red blood and nerve cells healthy.
    The Drink: Pichuberry Infusion Juice is available at Whole Foods in Arizona and California, with a nationwide rollout planned in the coming year.
    The DIY Version: "This triple-berry smoothie is full of phytochemicals; different colors equal different nutritional benefits. Blend 1/2 cup each of pichuberries (minus husk), strawberries, blueberries, and papaya with 3/4 cup of water or pichuberry juice."-Manuel Villacorta, R.D., author of Peruvian Power

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  • 10 Surprising Ways to Look Younger

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters


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    Honestly, a person can only repeat the exfoliate-moisturize-SPF routine so many times. If you want to look younger (and your grooming arsenal is already stocked), follow these 10 simple strategies to turn back the clock-no medicine-cabinet space required.

    1. Eat Your Antioxidants
    Two weeks to noticeably fewer wrinkles? Even the best moisturizers can't promise that. But in a new study from Unilever, participants who took fish-oil supplements and drank four antioxidants for 14 days straight significantly improved the depth of their wrinkles. Check out these antiaging foods to get started as soon as your next meal.

    2. Crack a Smile
    Sure, smiles fend off future frown lines, but they also make you look younger right now. When German researchers had men and women look at multiple photos of 171 people's faces, they were most likely to underestimate the age of people when they were shown smiling.

    3. Lower Your Blood Pressure
    One 2013 study found that people who look

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  • How Much Protein Do You Really Need?

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters


    Conde Nast Digital StudioConde Nast Digital Studio"It's not a meal unless it includes protein," says health and fitness-certified specialist, Jim White, R.D., owner of Jim White Fitness & Nutrition Studios. Plus, more protein means more muscle, right? Yes, until it also means kidney stones, abdominal surgery, and heart disease. Yikes.

    It turns out the risks of going overboard on protein have less to do with simply eating too many unnecessary grams of the macronutrient and more about ODing on the foods that pack it-and forgoing the ones that don't.

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    Why? Most people think protein means meat and animal products. While that can be a good thing as far as muscle building is concerned (they're "complete" protein sources, meaning they pack all of the amino acids your body needs), they also tend to be high, or at least higher than plant-based sources, in saturated fat, White says. Excessive amounts can lead to a ballooning belly, diabetes (even if you somehow stay thin), and

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  • 5 Surprising Sleep Myths & the Truths You Need to Know

    By: Q by Equinox for Details

    Ethan PalmerEthan Palmer

    It's as much a part of your daily existence as your diet and exercise routine, and yet, even those who prioritize movement and nutrition are a bit misled when it comes to sleep. Much of this in-the-dark behavior stems from a misunderstanding of some of the most important factors affecting your sleep (which, by the way, affects your waistline as well as your performance at work and in the gym). To set the record straight, we asked Equinox advisory board member and sleep expert James B. Maas, Ph.D., author of Sleep for Success!, to dispel five of the most common falsehoods.

    Myth: Sleeping too much makes you gain weight.
    "Sleep is actually the best diet there is," says Maas. "Research shows that if you sleep just one extra hour a night, you can lose a pound a week." According to a study out of the University of Colorado, subjects who didn't get ample sleep ate about six percent more calories than those who did. Here's why: Levels of leptin, a

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  • 5 Common Cold and Flu Facts, Fictions, & Half-Truths

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

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    No matter how many cold and flu seasons you've weathered in your years, chances are you're still buying into some far-too-common illness myths. So before you waste another perfectly good sick day lying around in bed (instead of out playing hooky), we ran some of the most popular pieces of cold and flu wisdom past New York City physician Jennifer Collins, M.D., a diplomat of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and Internal Medicine. Here's how they held up.

    You Shouldn't Exercise With a Cold: Myth
    Skip the gym and you'll actually stay sick longer. "Light to moderate exercise when you're sick can actually boost your immune system's function," Collins says. She recommends reducing your workout intensity by 75 to 80 percent to prevent overstressing your body. Also, make sure you wipe down your gym equipment-and your hands-both before and after use. One study in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine found the cold virus (a.k.a. rhinovirus) on 63

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  • 5 Delicious Winter Super Foods to Try Now

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters


    GettyGettyHealth-conscious people do not generally embrace winter weather-it's hard to stay fit during dark days with holiday gorging and the constant temptation to hibernate. A lack of great produce doesn't help, but there actually are some fruits and veggies that reach their prime this time of year, and they could very well give the season a good name again. Sub them in for your favorite summer superfoods, and before you know it, you'll be pining away for next winter.

    If You Like: Green Beans


    Try: Collard Greens


    Rethink your greens. This underused veggie contains more than your recommended daily dose of vitamins A and K, antioxidant compounds that strengthen your immune system and help ward off winter colds. Plus, one serving contains 7.6 grams of fiber, which, according to the Department of Agriculture, can lower your body's absorption of calories from carbs. The best part, though? All those nutrients will set you back a mere 46 calories. Shop for

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  • Does Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?

    By: Mike Dawson

    GettyGettyIt is perfectly safe-assuming you lead a somewhat healthy lifestyle-to embrace the gluttony of a Thanksgiving meal, which on average tops 3,000 calories, a full "G" above the daily recommended caloric intake. While that feasting can add an entire pound or two to your heft, it's nothing that a few sessions at the gym can't negate.

    So, what about the post-feast crash? Is it the tryptophan that lulls you to sleep? Well, the answer is: sort of.

    First, yes, there is tryptophan in turkey. But this essential amino acid, which is broken down to create the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin, appears in nearly every protein we eat. And turkey has far less of the stuff than some veggies, cheddar cheese, and even cod. (In fact, if you really want to conk out after dinner, swap in eggs for turkey, as they have almost four times more tryptophan than a slice of Tom.)

    5 Delicious Winter Super Foods

    Second, realize that no matter what you eat, be it a turkey slice

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  • Top Trainer's Advice on What to Eat This Thanksgiving

    By: Q by Equinox for DETAILS

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    If you think that nutrition and fitness professionals spend Thanksgiving nibbling on celery sticks while the rest of us feast and watch football, you'd be dead wrong. We asked some of our favorite better-body professionals to reveal the dishes they bring to the table, and were pleasantly surprised by the delicious factor. Read on to get some healthy-indulging inspiration.

    The Pro: Cassie Kipper, R.D., fitness manager and Tier 4 Coach, Chicago
    What I Bring: "I love to bring a secretly healthy peanut butter pie. I use 32 ounces of vanilla fat-free Greek yogurt mixed with about 4 tablespoons of natural peanut butter and 1 to 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Once mixed, I put it in the healthiest pie crust I can find (or make) and chill it for a couple hours. The pie is low-fat, protein-rich creamy, peanut buttery delicious-ness."

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    The Pro: Emily Feurring, certified holistic health coach and Brand Evangelist for Creative

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  • The Top 10 Menswear Sales on Black Friday

    By: Tiffany J. Davis

    Kyle EricksenKyle EricksenThere are two schools of holiday shoppers: Cynics who avoid sale crowds at all costs (there's ample reason to believe that Black Friday is a mere marketing ploy) and consumers who recognize (or pray) that there are real deals to be had online or in stores. For the optimists, we've rounded up a smattering of the most stylish sales to hit this year.

    Billy Reid
    Sale: Give thanks for an exclusive Details.com reader discount. Use the code inthedetails to shop the entire site at 20 percent off two days ahead of the online crowd. (The official sale runs Friday and next Monday only.)
    Where: Online at billyreid.com.
    When: Wednesday, November 27, through Monday, December 3.

    Bloomingdale's
    Sale: Get in early (as in way early, at an actual store) if you want to save big on virtually every major designer and style trend under the sun. Deals on clothing, home goods, and more will range from 30 to 50 percent off.
    Where: Bloomingdale's stores nationwide.
    When:

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  • Can You Get Diabetes If You're Young and Thin? Take 2 Minutes to Find Out

    By: K. Aleisha Fetters

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    Most people think diabetes is a disease for the old and the junk-food feasting. Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Nick Jonas, Vanessa Williams, and Jay Cutler would disagree-they've all been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

    Diabetes among the young and thin is more than a red-carpet phenomenon: Among thirtysomethings, rates of diabetes-related hospitalizations have doubled in the past decade, and 79 million adults age 20 and older are estimated to have prediabetes-that's up from 57 million in 2007.

    What's more, according to Louis Philipson, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Kovler Diabetes Center at the University of Chicago, 15 percent of type 2 diabetics aren't even overweight. A Journal of the American Medical Association study shows that nearly one in four skinny people has prediabetes and is "metabolically obese." And to top it all off, men develop diabetes at a lower body-mass index than women do.

    Basically, those numbers suck-especially for the

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