Blog Posts by Vitamin G, Glamour Magazine

  • 6 Foods that Might Make Your Cold Feel WORSE

    by Lexi Petronis

    Romulo A YanesRomulo A YanesThis topic just happens to be on my mind extra-much right now, because I have strep throat and managed to eat some salsa a few days ago (it was mild!). And it hurt. Like, a lot. We already know that things like warm, brothy soups can help make us feel better--but what are some of the things that actually make us feel worse? That way we can avoid them! Right?

    Avoid: alcohol
    Liquor dehydrates you, which can, in turn, make you feel more congested. While new research shows that moderate drinking might help boost your immune system and keep infection at bay, alcohol might interact with any medications you're taking for your cold. Plus, just imagine how sting-y booze might feel on a sore throat!

    Avoid: juice
    A little weird--you'd think that OJ or other fruit juice would give you a nice dose of healing vitamins. But most bottled juices contain extra sugar, which can actually reduce the function of white blood cells that keep your immune system nice and healthy.

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  • Is a Sweaty Workout Better Than a Not-So-Sweaty Workout?

    by Lexi Petronis

    Kyle EricksenKyle EricksenExercising means sweating. But can you tell how good your workout is, based on how much you sweat? (This is post-workout Madonna, by the way, as means of perspiration-tinged illustration.)


    The answer: not always! According to The New York Times, there aren't many extra health benefits associated with sweating more during a workout (other than helping keep you cooler and avoid overheating). But during vigorous exercise, your core temp rises as you fire up your internal heat, which can translate to more sweat.

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    Still, sweating more doesn't necessarily mean you're burning more fat. You could be sweatier because of the hot temperature or humidity, for example (think about what it's like to sit in a sauna--you sweat, which could help clear your body of a small amount of toxins, but you're probably not burning a huge amount of excess calories while doing so). FitSugar reports that the process of sweating doesn't require

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  • 4 Easy Tips to Avoid Dry Eyes This Winter

    by Anna Moeslein

    Mark LeibowitzMark LeibowitzI've been a contacts wearer for roughly 10 years now, but winter is always hardest for me. With the harsher weather and dry indoor heating, keeping my eyes moist is always a struggle. Wondering if there were other ways to keep my eyes healthy besides frequent eye-drop applications, I asked an expert, Susan Resnick, O.D. F.A.A.O., to weigh in on some simple ways to help make my contacts more comfortable.

    1. Check the room's temperature.
    "There are several culprits that can lead to ocular dryness and discomfort during the winter," Resnick says. "Indoor heating, for one, can wreak havoc on eyes--use a humidifier or keep a window cracked open a bit in your office or home to help retain moisture in the air." For contact lens wearers, she recommends using a contact lens that provides moisture to the eye. She suggests trying a brand such as Acuvue Oasys contact lenses with Hydraclear Plus technology because they are ultra smooth and more wettable for all-day comfort.

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  • Katy Perry's Post-Divorce Diet Meant Ditching This Surprising Food

    by Lexi Petronis

    Scott RuddScott Rudd After a devastating breakup, what do you do? Invest in boxes of Kleenex, curl up under the covers, and pop open a bottle or two of wine, right?

    OK--that may not be everyone's dealing-with-a-breakup solution. Case in point: Katy Perry.

    Instead of drowning her sorrows in cocktails after her divorce from Russell Brand, Katy took the opposite approach: "I surrounded myself with my good friends, I did this whole cleanse where I didn't have any alcohol for three months--that was devastating--I did vitamins and supplements, and hikes and meditation and prayer," she says.

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    Which makes sense--experts suggest nixing alcohol (a depressant, obviously) in order to help combat stress and anxiety. And it seemed to help, she says: "You know, I was going through a period where a lot of negative thoughts were entering my mind. Obviously they did not succeed, but I had my confidence kind of beaten down."


    But! She didn't cut out

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  • There Are World Shortages of Both Wine and Sriracha. Who Do We Speak to About This?

    by Marissa Gold

    Courtesy of Drugstore.comCourtesy of Drugstore.com After unusually bad weather affected grape supplies last year (including a reported 19 percent grape reduction in Bordeaux, France, alone) reports on an impending wine shortage emerged. Wine. Shortage.


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    Deep breaths. Before you hit up your neighborhood liquor store and buy up all the reds like Elaine on a sponge-buying spree on Seinfeld, let's take a beat. There is good news: Wine production in the U.S. is only growing, so even if your favorite imports become less available (or more pricey) there are plenty of homegrown alternatives.

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    But wine isn't the only item in danger. Sriracha is also experiencing a drought. The L.A.-based factory apparently was letting off such an intense smell (because, hello! that stuff is deliciously zingy) that the California Department of Public Health shut down production temporarily.

    Which of these items would you be sadder

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  • This Couple is Skipping the Wedding Cake and Running a Race Instead

    by Lexi Petronis

    courtesy photocourtesy photoWedding cake, wedding reception? Psh! This couple is forgoing both--and going for a run instead. Bride Atlanta Hall is a member of Life Time Fitness, who apparently loves her Ohio gym so much, that's where she's chosen to marry groom Aaron Trzcinski in front of 30 guests.


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    But that's not all these fitness-oriented newlyweds-to-be are doing for their nuptials! The couple is also skipping the reception (and the wedding cake) and opting to run a Commitment Day 5K instead. The race takes place in 35 different cities around the country on New Year's Day and supports the American Heart Association's "My Heart, My Life" initiative--so that's pretty cute, right? Commitment? Hearts? The beginning of a new year--and a new life? Aww.

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    Now. Would you consider running a celebratory race instead of eating a celebratory cake?

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  • Why Jennifer Lawrence Says it Should Be Illegal to Call Someone Fat on TV

    by Lexi Petronis

    Tyler BoyeTyler Boye
    Jennifer Lawrence has long been outspoken when it comes to body image and "fat-shaming"--and it looks like the girl's not backing down on her opinion any time soon!


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    During an interview with Barbara Walters--Barbara named Jennifer to her list of 2013's most fascinating people--Jennifer said that it should be "illegal" to call anyone fat on TV:


    "I think the media needs to take responsibility for the effect it has on our younger generation on these girls that are watching these television shows and picking up how to talk and how to be cool," she said. "So all of the sudden being funny is making fun of the girl that's wearing an ugly dress. And the word fat--I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV. If we're regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words because of the effect it has on our younger generation, why aren't we regulating things like calling people fat?"

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  • How to Healthily Negotiate a Booze-Filled Holiday Party (Without Embarrassment the Next Day)

    by Lexi Petronis

    Romulo YanesRomulo Yanes Invites to holiday parties are starting to freely flow--which means the cocktails soon will be too. And there's nothing wrong with drinking in some holiday spirits, right? Well, according to a survey by Caron Treatment Centers lots of us use holiday parties as an excuse to binge drink--and that's where the trouble (and the embarrassment!) comes in. The survey found that 60 percent of respondents have seen inappropriate behavior by someone at family or workplace parties, and 50 percent have witnessed a coworker or supervisor share inappropriate details about themselves (or their colleagues). And because you really don't want to be that person everyone's talking about the next day, Dr. Harris B. Straytner, vice president of Caron Treatment Centers and New York regional clinical director, has these dos and don'ts for healthily handling the cocktail situation--while still having fun.


    Before and during the party, DO avoid greasy and salty foods--and eat a balanced meal

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  • 9 Ways to Beat the Holiday Blues

    by Lexi Petronis

    CN Digital ArchiveCN Digital ArchiveDuring the holidays, I'm usually filled with all kinds of spirit! But this year? I don't know--for some reason, I have been feeling a bit ho-ho-hum, if you know what I mean.

    Luckily, Peggy Swarbrick, Ph.D., director of the Wellness Institute, Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey, and a part-time assistant professor at the Rutgers University School of Health Related Professions, says that these blues are totally the norm. "Feelings of isolation, sadness due to memories of losses, frustration with limited ability to exercise outdoors, overeating, and overspending can all contribute to holiday depression," she says. The solution? Developing and maintaining habits and routines. According to Peggy, the American Occupational Therapy Association suggests these get-happy tricks:


    1: Open your home. If you feel like you're missing out on holiday events, offer to hold a get-together at your place. Make it a potluck or afternoon tea and keep the focus on being with

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  • 5 Ways to Undo Last Night's Holiday Party "Oops"

    by Lexi Petronis

    Unfortunately, you can't turn back time on those four pieces of cake or the slew of cocktails you had--but, today, you can undo some of the the less-than-healthy things you did last night.

    The oops: You drank too much.
    The undo:
    Head off the next-day hangover with plenty of water while you're still at the party (8 ounces of water for every cocktail you consume is ideal--and, honestly, it's best to try to stop at two!). Then, when you get home, chug an electrolyte-filled sports drink or coconut water. When you wake up, have a plate of eggs (which have amino acids that help banish alcohol-related toxins) or a bowl of miso soup (which has plenty of water, sodium, and even some good-for-you bacteria that can help boost your body's ability to rehydrate). You can even try some omega-3 supplements, which can help quell inflammation caused by alcohol.


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    The oops: You ate too much.
    The undo:
    Get thee to a cardio class!

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