Blog Posts by Vitamin G, Glamour Magazine

  • Health Controversy: The Barbed Condom Women Wear to Injure Rapists--Good Idea or Gruesome?

    The statistics are sobering: In South Africa, women are raped every 26 seconds, which means in the time it takes you to read this post, 3-5 women have been raped and possibly infected with HIV in the process. How to stop the horrible cycle of violence? One doctor believes she has a solution. It's called Rape-aXe and, warning, it's a little graphic ...

    Dr. Sonette Ehlers, inventor of the female-worn Rape-aXe condom, plans to pass out 30,000 condoms in South Africa before the World Cup. The idea: to protect women against would-be rapists. She designed the product after hearing from an actual rape victim who told her, "if only I had teeth down there."

    Here's how Rape-aXe works: You insert the device in the vagina using an applicator (like a tampon). It's said to be comfortable and safe to wear (in other words, you won't stab yourself). But, when a rapist forces himself upon a Rape-aXe wearer, small hooks latch into the skin of the penis, causing significant pain.

    Critics have

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  • Flatten Your Belly While You Watch TV (You Don't Even Have to Leave the Couch)

    0429-tv-abs_vg.jpgI got a really fantastic tip today from a celebrity fitness trainer (he helps the beautiful French actress Audrey Tautou stay toned), and wanted to share it with you because it may forever change the way you watch TV, since you'll soon know how to tone your abs while sitting! Details ...

    Cornel Chin, a celeb fitness trainer and the author of the new book Celebrity Body on a Budget, says there's something every woman (and man!) can do while sitting and watching TV to tone those abdominals. Clearly, you'll need to do some cardio for the fat-burning effect, but on quiet nights where you'd rather veg, consider doing his "TV Pull-in" move:

    "This little discreet number is perhaps one of the simplest exercises yet offers a big payout in terms of benefit," he says. "This can literally be done anytime and anywhere--sitting, standing, kneeling or even lying down. It works the main core muscle (Transversus Abdominis), which is the main muscle responsible for keeping you upright and

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  • Stressed Out? A Must-Try Relaxation Tip From Madonna's Yoga Guru

    https://media.zenfs.com/en-US/blogs/partner/Madonna-The-Marriage-Ref.jpgStressed? Then this post is a must-click. Try this very-easy and quick tip to send your anxiety packing and reclaim your cool from Madonna's yoga guy ...

    Madonna has been looking very zen lately. I wonder if she's been taking advice from her yoga trainer (who also trains Gwyneth Paltrow), Eddie Stern, (who also developed the non-profit organization Bent on Learning that's bringing yoga to underfunded NYC schools--so cool! A benefit for the organization is being held on April 28. Check out more on that here.).

    Related: 50 Little Health Tips Every Woman Should Know

    The technique for unwinding fast?

    Relax your face, says Stern!

    "Most of us do not know when we are feeling stress until it is too late," he says. "And a lot of that stress is held in our face. However, all of the muscles in the face are connected to the rest of our body, and if we can relax the face, everything relaxes with it. After stretching your shoulders, and warming your eyes; try this: sit up

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  • The #1 Tip to Stay Germ-Free on Airplanes

    https://media.zenfs.com/en-US/blogs/partner/airplane.jpgWell, maybe germ-free isn't quite right--our bodies are covered in so-called "germs" and that's not really a bad thing. But, a lot of people complain that they feel drained and depleted after a long flight, and there's the business of all that recirculated dry air, leaving you susceptible to picking up a cold or flu bug. Want to protect yourself? Here's a really effective, easy and smart thing you can do ...

    Of course, given two important germ-fighting strategies, 1.) not touching your face and 2.) washing your hands frequently, there is also another lesser-known ways to reduce your chances of picking up a cold or flu bug on a long flight.

    Related: 8 Reasons to Kick Your Soda Habit for Good

    I saw a segment on Good Morning America where an expert shared that the reason so many people end up getting sick after traveling via airplane is the dry air. Our noses and sinuses can get really dried out during flights. Mucus in the nasal lining is actually good. It protects your nose

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  • Healthy Relationships: Oprah Says She and Gayle Have Zero Jealousy--True of You and Your Pals?

    https://media.zenfs.com/en-US/blogs/partner/E_OprahGayleKing_250.jpgCall me a sap, but I'm always so inspired by the long-running friendship of Oprah, and her lifelong BFF Gayle King. It makes me cross my fingers that the dear women in my life will still be by my side when I'm old and wrinkled. What's their secret? Oprah says it's a complete lack of jealousy. Are your friendships jealousy-free?

    Oprah recently spoke out about her best pal, Gayle, saying that she (Gayle) has never been jealous of her success, OK, just once--when she sang with Tina Turner. But that doesn't count.

    Related: 8 Reasons to Kick Your Soda Habit for Good

    I've learned the hard way that a friend who harbors jealousy is like a cancer that has to be cut out. Harsh words? Maybe, but believe me, it can be so unhealthy. Jealousy leads to resentment and all kinds of terrible things that a friendship cannot weather. It's why I am careful to only spend time with friends who cheer me on instead of secretly gritting their teeth when something good happens in my life. It's also

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  • Should I Toss My Lipstick After Recovering From a Cold or Flu Bug?

    https://media.zenfs.com/en-US/blogs/partner/6a00d8341ca95553ef0120a5e83433970c-320wiWe've talked about what to do with eye makeup after an eye infection hits (boo hoo), but what should you do with lipstick and gloss after recovering from a nasty sickness?

    If you had a cold or flue bug, no need to toss your favorite lip gloss or the pricey tube of lipstick. "Your body has built up antibodies against the virus," Neil Schachter, a professor of preventative medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, said in a piece for Real Simple's May issue.

    Related: The Shocking Fast Food Experiment You Have to Read About

    But, there's a big but: If you had strep throat, consider tossing anything that came in contact with your mouth--think, toothbrush, lipstick, gloss, lipliner, etc. "These bacteria may be able to survive longer," he says.

    Ever had strep throat? I have, and it's the pits.

    P.S. Do you watch out for the ingredient "triclosan" in your beauty and bath products? Maybe you should. And, this city has banned perfume at the office. Do you agree

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  • 8 Reasons to Kick Your Soda Habit for Good

    https://media.zenfs.com/en-US/blogs/partner/2706938939_003f11d4e9.jpgI know, you love your soda. And, yes, there are worse things in the world (cigarettes, for instance!). But, whenever someone asks me what they should do to get healthy, my first answer is always: stop drinking soda and drink more water, pretty please. Here are some important reasons why ...

    The Diet Blog put together a convincing list of reasons why you should kick the can (or the bottle or the Big Gulp):

    *It's associated with a higher risk of osteoporosis
    *It may lead to kidney stones
    *It's addicting
    *It wastes hundreds of dollars each year
    *It can rot your teeth
    *It can make you eat more (past studies have indicated that diet soda may actually trick your body into false hunger)
    *It may contain fecal matter (from fountain drinks, really)
    *It can lead to calcium deficiency

    No thanks, right?

    And, a little video to watch if you've ever wondered just how much sugar is in your can of pop (it's almost criminal how much sugar they put in

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  • The Surprising Thing That May Be Increasing Your Risk for Heart Disease

    https://media.zenfs.com/en-US/blogs/partner/bread.jpgA recent study is highlighting some interesting news specific to women. Could you be upping your heart disease risk without even knowing it? You may be if you eat a lot of this common type of food ...

    Italian researchers have an important health warning for women: those who eat more white bread, white rice, pizza, and other carbohydrate-rich foods that produce a blood sugar spike (known as high glycemic index foods), could be twice as likely to develop heart disease later in life. (Strange side note: These findings are not true for men to; the researchers believe men process carbs differently than women.)

    Health experts have long warned against eating too many refined carbs, so this is yet another reminder to limit your intake, or swap for healthier carbs, such as whole grains and fruit. To clarify: It's not the carbs that lead to heart disease, it's the type of carbs. So choose wisely!

    Do you stay away from the bad carbs on the list above, or do you find yourself craving

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  • The New Healthy Eating Fad: Going Gluten-Free When It's Not Medically Necessary

    https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2fdelicioussi.com%2fwp-content%2fuploads%2f2008%2f11%2f2008_01_17-notimebread03.jpg&t=1397810611&sig=jqUxZqlI28UWyaDhqIrL.w--~BGwyneth Paltrow, Rachel Weisz, and Jenny McCarthy are all said to be on gluten-free diets, and the reason doesn't seem to be Celiac disease (the very serious condition that prevents many people from being able to tolerate gluten, a natural protein found in certain grains, such as wheat). They, and others, say that going gluten-free just makes them feel healthier. Is this something you'd try?

    An article on Delish.com highlighted a trend that I've been hearing a lot about lately: going gluten-free for the heck of it (which we talked about a bit before, here). Proponents, points out the writer, say they feel 10 times better when they don't eat gluten.

    Related: 10 Quick and Easy Ways to Lose 10 Pounds

    Maybe, but this is causing quite a stir among those who are truly unable to tolerate gluten. Celiac disease, a major disorder that affects as many as 1% of Americans, leaves sufferers with painful digestion, gas, bloating, fatigue, depression, even seizures and malnutrition.

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  • Health Controversy: Sensual, Tantric & Nude Yoga--Oh My!

    https://media.zenfs.com/en-US/blogs/partner/ac246e4add962701_naked-yoga.jpgWe interrupt this regularly scheduled breakfast to tell you about, well, something a little shocking--tantric yoga. Yup, according to news reports, a new form of sensual yoga is gaining steam. Is it cheapening (and upping the gross factor) of good ol' yoga? I think maybe. Let's discuss ...

    We've talked about naked yoga before, and we giggled a bit, but the AP is reporting on a new trend that takes things up a notch.

    Becoming more popular in major cities, including New York and Los Angeles, hot yoga meets naked yoga in a sort of sexually charged way. Classes for homosexual and heterosexual yogis are are being offered and raising a lot of eyebrows.

    According to the AP, fans say the nudity aids "in deepening their yoga practice while building a close, and emphatically nonsexual, community." Founder of the naked yoga movement, Aaron Star, says "A lot of people, especially living in New York, don't get the opportunity to connect with people in an intimate way." His solution:

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