Blog Posts by Vitamin G, Glamour Magazine

  • 5 Surprising Health Benefits of Nutmeg

    By Sarah Jio, Glamour magazine

    Keep a jar of this warm spice on hand--it's loaded with health benefits you may not have known about:

    Don't you just love the smell of nutmeg? I bet you didn't know that it was loaded with health benefits, like these, reported in the new issue of Health magazine:

    1. It zaps zits:
    Got a blemish? Mix a little milk with ground nutmeg to form a paste, then aply it to the trouble spot. Its ant-inflammatory effects will help reduce the redness and puffiness.

    2. It soothes tummies:
    Sprinkle a little on top of your morning oatmeal--it can can help regulate your GI tract, say experts.

    3. It may help you catch more zzzs:
    Drink a glass of warm milk with a dash of nutmeg--the perfect sleep-inducing cocktail says Micahel Murray, ND, co-author of The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods.

    4. It helps relieve tooth pain:
    Nutmeg oil on the gums may help reduce tooth aches and sore gums, say experts.

    5. It can get you in the mood:
    While there's little research to support the

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  • The Latest Health Beverage? Pickle Juice--The Crazy Thing It Can Help With

    By Sarah Jio, Glamour magazine

    A post about pickle juice? No it's not today's random pregnancy craving. Really and truly, experts say that a little sip of pickle juice may help boost your health.

    Craziest advice you'll hear all day? Go sip a little pickle juice!

    Honestly, the health claims are legit. A small amount of pickle juice (straight from the jar!), may help relieve muscle cramps, experts at Brigham Young University say. In fact, some health experts even prescribe 1/3 of a cup of this pungent juice to calm leg and foot spasms, reports Health.

    True, pickle juice is high in sodium, so you don't want to make this a habit, but if you're muscles are cramping, you might consider a quick swig from the pickle jar. (Pregnant women everywhere are cheering.)

    Would you try this?


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  • 5 Steps to Reducing Your Breast Cancer Risk and Becoming a Previvor

    By Sarah Jio, Glamour magazine

    Today is National Previvor Day--a day dedicated to helping women beat breast cancer ... before it starts. We hear from Dina Roth Port, a Glamour contributor, and the author of a forthcoming book on breast cancer. Do you know how to reduce your breast cancer risk?

    Are you a previvor? Dina Roth Port defines it as this: "A person who has not had cancer but has a predisposition to develop it. Some previvors have a genetic mutation (namely BRCA1 or BRCA2) that puts them at risk. Others don't have this mutation, but they have a strong family history of cancer and other risk factors that increase their odds of getting the disease."

    Dinas' book, Previvors: Facing the Breast Cancer Gene and Making Life-Changing Decisions, debuts from Penguin on October 5 (you can order it here), and I can't wait to read it. "Three years ago, five women living in my community asked me to write a book for them," she says. "They told me that they were previvors and that they

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  • The Smart Way to Get More Sleep and More Energy

    By Sarah Jio, Glamour magazine

    My dears, are you having trouble sleeping? I have had sleep issues on and off in my life, but I've noticed a clear connection to sleep quality and a certain activity that researchers say may be one of the top ways to cure insomnia. Can you guess what it is?

    Exercise!

    Specifically, running and cycling. Recent research from Northwestern University tracked folks who had trouble sleeping--all said they did not exercise. Then, they put them on a 16-week aerobics training program--complete with biking, running and treadmill activity. After the program, most all reported significantly improved sleep quality.

    Researchers, including experts from the National Sleep Foundation, still don't know why exercise boosts sleep (here's an idea--it tires you out!), but whatever the mechanism, they encourage insomniacs to try to pump up the cardio for better sleep.

    I have absolutely seen a correlation between sleep and exercise (and energy too). How about you?


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  • Found: A Delicious Way to Make Any Fruit Taste Like a Decadent Dessert

    By Sarah Jio, Glamour magazine

    Sure, you can munch on a banana or an apple or a peach, but gals, if you're really craving apple pie, or banana cream pie, or cupcake with frosting, I have the perfect snack idea for you. I'm all for concocting tasty, but healthy, tricks in my kitchen, and over the weekend I came up with this:

    Yeah, that can of sweetened condensed milk in the back of your pantry is both sort of un-sexy and hardly qualifies as health food, but let's give it a makeover, shall we?

    I recently cracked open a can of Trader Joe's Organic Sweetened Condensed Milk for a dessert recipe I was trying out, then I got the bright idea to drizzle a little on fruit. Was it good? Oh yes it was!

    I chopped up some pears, sprinkled them with cinnamon (a healthy, healthy spice), then drizzled a scant tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk over the top. I'm telling you, this was to-die for. The ensemble also works with bananas (tastes like banana cream pie), apples, and any other fruit you

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  • 5 Ways To Bedbug-Proof Your Life

    By Sarah Jio, Glamour magazine



    It goes without saying that even the most diligent people--the cleanest people--still can still experience a bedbug infestation. Experts have made it clear that bedbugs don's discriminate. If they find a a way onto your luggage or jacket--voila, they're in your home. Still, there are ways to be proactive about preventing an infestation in your home, like these:

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  • Barefoot Running: Is This a Trend Worth Trying?

    By Sarah Jio, Glamour magazine

    Gals, what do you think of barefoot running? Lots of people are talking about it, and I was shocked to see a couple out together running barefoot on the streets of Seattle last weekend, right near a couple of broken bottles. Experts say it's loaded with health benefits, but would you try it?

    Shape
    reported on the barefoot running trend recently. We've talked about it here before, but things are heating up in the barefoot running world, with shoe companies like Nike debuting almost-barefoot "shoes" (the new New Balance 101s are available in October).

    The bestselling book Born to Run by Christopher McDougall really got people talking about barefoot running, and the a study by University of Virginia Center for Endurance Sport reporting that barefoot running may reduce running-related injuries and pain because it trains your feet to run the "right way" (landing on the balls of your feet rather than on your heels).

    My honest take? I wouldn't attempt this

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  • Another Reason to Get Fit: Being Overweight Is... Expensive!

    By Sarah Jio, Glamour magazine

    We already have a long list of health reasons why getting fit is a good idea, but it also could be good for your bank account. Economists are reporting that overweight people--especially overweight women--dole out thousands of dollars more a year than their fit counterparts...

    Economists at George Washington University have tabulated the cost of obesity and say that not only do obese men rack up an extra $2,264 annually in expenses, but obese women pay nearly double that--$4,879--revealing quite a gender gap.

    More: The study, reports the New York Times, also indicates that the more overweight you become, the more expensive life is.

    Interesting, huh?

    Tell me, does this motivate you to get fit/stay fit?


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  • Health Controversy: As Fashion Week Draws to Close, the Too-Skinny Model Debate Rages On

    By Sarah Jio, Glamour magazine

    As New York Fashion Week draws to a close, the controversy about whether some models are too thin--and all the baggage that goes with it--rages on. Many people, including, reportedly, one supermodel, is outraged that the trend of emaciated models just won't seem to stop ...


    Mega model Bar Refaeli reportedly tweeted recently, "I get so sad when I see 15-year-old pale extremely skinny models at the agency looking all shaky and hungry ... when will it end?!?!?"

    While most of us admired her honesty, Refaeli's account was mysteriously shut down after her tweet went up, reports The New York Daily News, and her agency apparently denied the account was even hers to begin with.

    Not sure if I'm buying that, you?

    But, moving on: Public opinion seems to be in favor of healthier, more fit girls on the runway (and in many ways, Glamour has been at the forefront of this conversation--remember the woman on page 194?)--and there have been some strides in

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  • High Fructose Corn Syrup's Sneaky New Name?

    By Sarah Jio, Glamour magazine

    Just when every man, woman and child is up on the reported health hazards of high fructose corn syrup, the Corn Refiners Association hopes to change its name to help improve its image a bit. Thoughts?

    The proposed new name? Corn sugar. According to reports, the Corn Refiners Associations filed a petition on Tuesday with the Food and Drug Administration to change the name that's been so controversial.

    This move comes after the industry has seen a 20 percent decline in sales on corn-derived sweeteners, with big companies like Starbucks and Kraft pulling high fructose corn syrup out of their foods. (P.S. Heinz, will you please take it out of ketchup?)

    "We hope to erase consumer confusion," said Audrae Erickson, president of the Corn Refiners Association.

    While I don't doubt that this is a tough time to be a high fructose corn syrup producer, it bugs me (not a strong enough word) that the industry is ignoring the real health concerns associated with high

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