Blog Posts by Blisstree Editors

  • Fire Up Your Metabolism With These Power Ingredients In Your Smoothies

    Here's a simple thing you can do to tune up your metabolism for summer: have a protein shake each day for breakfast. Choose to do this over cereal or a bagel and you will enjoy better appetite control, increased fat burning and blood sugar balance to avoid cravings all day long. When making your breakfast power treat, consider these super foods or supplements to enhance its therapeutic effects:

    The Foundation: Whey Protein Isolate

    This powdered supplement is the most bio-available source of protein we can get, making it a great addition to smoothies and shakes. Your liver loves whey protein because it offers us a concentrated source of one of our strongest antioxidants, glutathione. Whey has been proven to promote fat loss, preserve muscle tissue, enhance immunity, aid insulin sensitivity and support recovery after exercise. It is also a source of tryptophan, which can help raise our happy hormone, serotonin, and combat stress. Add one serving to your smoothies

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  • Research Says Antidepressants Could Make You More Depressed

    Everyone goes through a time (or two or more) when they're "down," but a growing percentage of the world's population is actually depressed and seeking help for it, often in the form of medication. But new research says that antidepressants could make you sad; apparently, popular meds are often no better than placebos, and could even be worse for patients' overall happiness in the long-term.

    Dr. Giovanni Fava, a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Bologna in Italy, has examined the effects of antidepressants for over 20 years. His newest study, to be published in the next issue of Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, argues that antidepressants used over long periods of time can actually increase a patient's chances of relapse - even more than if they were to take a placebo. Based on existing depression literature, Fava's study examines patterns in patient trials and research, and he feels strongly that they can do more harm than good

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  • “Stealth Vegetables” Could Help You Lose Weight


    By adding vegetable puree (like this baby food) to regular meals, researchers got subjects to eat fewer calories and increase their vegetable intake.

    Americans have an obesity problem, in large part because we tend to feast on processed food and meat instead of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Jamie Oliver is trying to change that by fixing school lunches, Michelle Obama focuses her efforts on Walmart, and apparently, scientists are using "stealth vegetables" to make people eat their greens. Pennsylvania State University researchers found that, for adults who otherwise wouldn't change their diets, adding hidden fruits and vegetables can help cut calories and promote weight loss, without much further change in diet or lifestyle. But outside the lab, we doubt the study will do us much good.

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    Researchers invited 20 men and 21 women to eat all three meals of the day in a

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  • Dress Smart For A Barbeque

    Pre-barbeque, we usually spend so much time prepping potato salad and summer cobbler that we forget to pick out a dress, let alone shoes and sunglasses that well make us cool and comfortable in the sun. That's why we're grateful for Your Daily Thread's smart (and sustainable) summer wardrobe picks:

    Memorial Day weekend may have come and gone, but barbeque season is just heating up. Whether you're attending a swanky poolside soiree, a backyard bash, or barbeque by the beach, make sure to have these summer essentials on hand.

    Shady Lady

    A pair of oversized shades are perfect for blocking the sun's bright rays and great for scoping out that group of scantily clad eye candy without them catching you staring. You'll look like the cat's meow in these Juicy Couture pointed frames made from 55% bio-based renewable plant material. For those looking for a pair that aren't as big, but just as eye-catching, opt for these made from reclaimed materials by ICU. For a slightly

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  • Fit Vacations: Top International Festivals To Train For!

    Sometimes you don't want to go on a leisurely, relaxed vacation on the beach where you just sip big tall cocktails with little straw hats. Sometimes you want to cheat death, feel an adrenaline rush, and push your body to the max on your traveling adventure. That, of course, requires major muscle, and there's a gaggle of wacky festivals around the world that provide the perfect excuse to yank your free weights out from under your bed and buy a new pair of running shoes. If you're thinking about partaking in any of the most physically challenging festivals the world has to offer, as RuPaul would say: "You bettah work!"

    These are some of the best festivals that require toned arms, lung capacity, and legs built for endurance.

    Click here to see all 10 fit vacations!

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  • Vacation As Therapy: I’m An Escape Artist

    I'm an escape artist. It's what I do best. Every time something in my life falls apart, I run. It's the only therapy that truly works for me - although my therapist tends to disagree.

    I once read that the best way to get over a broken heart is relocation. I may have taken it a bit too literally. The first time things ended with the love of my life, I quit my job and ran to Boulder for three months, then San Francisco for a month. When I returned to New York City, my insides still in pieces, I swiftly got on Craigslist and found an apartment swap opportunity with a woman in Paris. I left the day after New Year's and spent the next six weeks in a foreign city, where I'd never been, alone. And as I awoke every morning in the mostly empty, several hundred-year-old apartment that lacked a television and even a box spring for the mattress, I felt healed. The neighbor across the way was a composer, and when I fell asleep to the sounds of his piano and the chatter of the French artists

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  • Feeling SAD In Summer? You May Need Chromium

    Next to the symptoms of a hormonal imbalance, many patients come to me because they can't seem to shake that 'down and depressed' feeling or obsessive food cravings. But what many people don't know is that cravings and mental-emotional imbalances can sometimes be caused by a specific vitamin or nutrient deficiency.

    The first step to identifying the cause in any case, and ultimate best course of treatment, is to take a close look at the symptoms. The most common form of depression, known as atypical depression, appears with mood swings, weight gain, carbohydrate cravings, fatigue, lethargy, and increased sensitivity to rejection.

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    The symptoms, however, may vary and be experienced repeatedly over a few days, weeks, or months at a time, including:

    • changing sleep patterns: oversleeping or insomnia
    • early morning waking or an inability to sleep in regardless of bedtime
    • weight gain or
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  • What happens to your body after you drink a soda every day, for a long time

    ThinkstockThinkstockSugar rushes and caffeine highs followed by a depressing energy crash are what happens to your body if you drink a soda right now, but plenty of Blisstree readers actually seem to be okay with that. Some of you think it's alarmist to compare a caffeine and sugar rush to doing drugs, and some just don't really care about the slump they'll find themselves in after drinking 39 grams of sugar, but what makes us really worried about a soda-slurping habit is what happens over the long term.

    Here's a quick snapshot of you, in a few years, after drinking soda on a regular basis:

    You'll Be Fatter: According to research in the Nurse's Health Study, which monitored the health of 90,000 women for eight years, drinking a single soda every day of the week added 10 pounds over a four-year period.

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    You'll Probably Have Diabetes: In the Nurses' Health Study, women who said they drank one or more servings a day of a sugar-sweetened soft drink or

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  • Put Down The Mai Tai; Hawaiian Public Health Campaign Warns Against Sugary Drinks

    Vacation is synonymous with Mai Tais, Pina Coladas, and Frozen Daiquiris, but even Hawaii think you should lay off the punch: The Hawaiian health department just launched a campaign against sugary soft drinks (which includes a lot of those drink mixers that practically keep its own tourism industry afloat). The campaign, called "Don't Drink Yourself Fat" has a $3.4 million federal grant to get its message out in Kauai and Maui; their public messaging is targeted at getting residents to live a healthy life style, but their tourists could probably take a tip, as well: Whether in a hotel or at home, those sugary beverages add up.

    DOH Kauai district health officer Dr. Dileep Bal said that they're targeting sugary drinks because he believes they're responsible for serious health problems that can be positively affected by better public awareness:

    Research points to the strong correlation between consumption of sugar-loaded beverages and obesity with its many associated

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  • Beer, Lime, Rash: Your Favorite Summer Drink Could Give You A Nasty Rash

    Summertime livin' might be easy, but it can wreak total havoc on our skin. Sun, humidity, and sweat are just some of the things that bring our faces one step closer to a bad outtake from Something About Mary, but it turns out your favorite summer drink has some dangers of its own. Limes, our favorite summer garnish for everything from beer to classy cocktails, can cause a severe skin rash called phytophotodermatitis when their juice reacts with the sun on your skin.

    Jessica Wu, M.D., author of Feed Your Face, cleverly calls the condition "The Other Lime Disease," and while it's not particularly serious, it can cause a sunburn-like rash and red blisters or splotches on the skin. The condition is caused by a chemical reaction between certain plant compounds found in limes - called coumarins - and the UVA rays in the sun, which damages your skin's DNA, causing the rash.

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    The best way to avoid phytophotodermatitis is to simply wash your

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