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  • Seasonal Superfood Swaps: Use These Tasty Winter Ingredients for Extra Health Benefits

    by Lexi Petronis

    Romulo YanesRomulo YanesWhile you're in the midst of planning your holiday menus and eating options--and heaven knows there are puh-lenty--consider maybe swapping out some of your usual ingredients for these seasonal superfoods as suggested by nutritional experts at TOPS Club, Inc.--they all have tons of good-for-your-health benefits.

    Instead of oranges, use...clementines.
    These sweet citrus fruits are filled with vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, and fiber. Pick ones that are heavy (that means they have more juice), and add them to salads for an extra health kick.

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    Instead of cranberries, use...pomegranates. The seeds are filled with fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and niacin--and let's not forget the tangy juice. One glass of pomegranate juice has as much of the same disease-fighting polyphenols as four glasses of cranberry juice--or 10 cups of green tea!

    Instead of potatoes, use...sweet potatoes.
    Compared to regular potatoes,

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  • Hey, Germaphobes: It's Flu Season Again. Here Are Some Clever New Products to Help Get Us Through It

    by Marissa Gold

    It's National Influenza Vaccination Week, so flu season must be near. Consider this your friendly reminder to get a flu shot if you plan to. Even though I'm a complete germaphobe, I've never gotten a flu shot. I'm convinced I'm more prone to colds, so I focus my efforts on increasing my sleep and trying every over-the-counter health booster under the sun.


    Fittingly enough, I heard about all four of the below products this week and think they're definitely worthy of a shout-out. For my fellow health nuts, germ-haters, and frequent hand-sanitizers, enjoy (and be sure to read the more detailed descriptions below):

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    1. An Easier Sinus Rinse

    Neti pots are great for clearing out your sinuses naturally. If you're not a fan of the tilt-and-pour operation, or mixing your own solution, Ocean has all sorts of pre-prepared sprays (including this one that works at any angle with the push of a button) that make it really easy.


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  • Feeling Super-Stressed and Tired? Try This Workout for Your Brain (You'll Feel Better ASAP!)

    by Lexi Petronis

    Robert MitraRobert Mitra Feeling exhausted and stressed? Join the club! According to a 26-year study by Carnegie Mellon University, women tend to be the most stressed people in the United States. Well, awesome.


    But there's good news! You can actually revive and de-stress by working out a very important part of your body: your brain. bLife--a wellness tech company that has just developed a personalized fitness program for your mind--has tips for doing just that.

    "The first step in creating a mind fitness regimen is getting a sense for where you are now in terms of your resilience to stress and your overall well-being," says Paul Campbell, CEO of bLife. To do that, you can take bLife's quick (and free) assessment, or simply write down how you feel about these different parts of your life on a scale of 1 to 5:


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    Focus: How well are you able to focus on what's happening right this second?
    Why it's important: Recent studies from Harvard

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  • 2 Skin-Prettifying Holiday Foods to Eat This Season (and 2 to Avoid)

    by Lexi Petronis

    Romulo YanesRomulo Yanes You're well aware that the holidays bring with them a ho-ho-heck of a lot of food options. Navigating the vast buffet isn't always easy--but here's something else to consider while you survey the spread. Some holiday foods can actually benefit your skin. Dr. Aurora DeJuliis, anti-aging skin expert and founder of The Aurora DeJuliis MD European Medical Spa, says there are two particular foods that you should pick in order to reap some extra glow.

    DO eat plenty of...pumpkin! Pumpkin is filled with vitamins C, E, and A, as well as powerful enzymes that help in cleansing the skin--and pumpkin pulp is filled with carotenoids. "Carotenoids are known skin-savers due to their ability to neutralize free radicals that fast-forward the aging process," says Dr. DeJuliis. Pick pumpkin seeds, which are packed with zinc that aid in the creation of new skin cells and collagen formation. Zinc also helps control the production of oil in the skin and adds color and brightness to

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  • 5 Easy Ways to Blast Fat, Even when You're Traveling for the Holidays

    by Lexi Petronis

    Kyle EricksenKyle EricksenThe holidays can often mean traveling to stay in someone else's house or a hotel--good things, definitely! But they also mean that your normal daily schedule is disrupted, which calls for a little strategizing when it comes to keeping up with your usual workout activities. (Lifting Christmas cookies to your mouth don't count as exercise...much as I'd like them to.)

    So here are a few ideas to keep up with the exercise over the holidays, even when you're traveling...because, really, the holidays are stressful enough!

    Get a weeklong pass to a gym or yoga studio in the area you'll be visiting. Google around to find a place in the city in which you'll be holidaying (which sounds fancy!) and ask if they have visitors' passes available. Sometimes gyms will even offer free guest passes.

    Make walk dates. When you head home to visit family and old friends, you know how fast your datebook fills up--lunch here, dinner there, and drinks in between? Replace some of those

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  • If You Do One Healthy Thing Today, Do This: Read a Book (It's Good for Your Body and Brain!)

    by Lexi Petronis

    GlamourGlamourI know, I know...it's Thursday! Who has time to read on a Thursday? But these brain and body (and relationship!) benefits might inspire you to tuck into a book on your lunch hour or during your next coffee break (I know that's what I feel like doing, anyway).


    It reduces stress. And who doesn't need a little bit of that in her life? Whether it's a work of fiction that transports you to another world or a nonfiction book that challenges you to think, research has shown that reading a book can lessen your stress levels by up to 68 percent.

    Reading a book might actually help divorce-proof your marriage. For real! Celebrity divorce lawyer Raoul Felder says that reading a book every two weeks helps ensure there's always new stuff to talk about--zeroing out the chance of having banter with your significant other be the same old, same old all the time.

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  • What to Eat on Black Friday for Maximum Energy

    by Lexi Petronis

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    If you're going shopping on Black Friday--and kudos to you, because you are probably not only an excellent bargain shopper, you are also brave to be facing other bargain-shoppers--you're going to need to need some fuel. After all, the sales start super-early (and so do the crowds).

    In order to keep at the top of your game, here are some suggestions to help keep you from shopping until you actually drop:

    Before you head out, it's important to make sure you have breakfast, which will help keep your energy levels high while you race around. Sarah-Jane Bedwell, R.N., L.D.N., says "You need a combination of complex carbs (oatmeal, whole-grain cereal, or whole-wheat toast), a good source of protein (low-fat dairy products, nuts or nut butters, and eggs) and a fruit or veggie to round out the nutritional content. This breakfast will provide a mix of quick, feel-good energy from the carbs (because carbs are the body's first source of energy), long-lasting energy

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  • Sleeping THIS Way May Be the Key to Losing Weight, According to New Research

    by Lexi Petronis

    CN Digital StudioCN Digital Studio"Lose weight while you sleep" seems like one of those "um, sure, OK!" kinds of things (even though studies have shown that sleep can be an important factor in metabolism regulation). But now, new research says it's not just getting enough sleep that matters--it's also how you sleep.

    According to a small new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion, the people who stick to a regular sleep schedule--going to bed at the same time every night, and waking up at the same time--were more commonly linked to lower body fat than people who keep irregular hours.

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    In the study--by Brigham Young University--researchers followed 300 female college students, who were each given activity trackers that monitored everything they did during their day (including waking up and sleeping). After one week, the participants were assessed for body composition before. The major findings:


    * Waking and going to sleep at the

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  • The Surprising Thing that May Make You Age Faster

    by Lexi Petronis

    Fairchild ArchiveFairchild ArchiveWhen you suffer from depression, it impacts your body and brain in very real ways. And now, according to a new study, there's something else to add to the list: Depression may make you age more quickly.

    In a study published in Molecular Psychiatry, researchers examined chromosomes within the cells of 2,400 Dutch participants. They were looking at telomeres--DNA strands at the tips of the chromosomes--and discovered that people with depression had significantly shorter telomeres, which also grew shorter every year. (Short telomeres have been linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, and other health problems.)


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    The researchers say that study participants who'd suffered clinical depression for two or more years actually aged seven to 10 years (when compared with non-depressed participants).


    The upshot? The study's authors write: "This study provides convincing evidence for the suggestion

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  • Can Losing Weight Hurt Your Relationship?

    by Lexi Petronis

    Kate PowersKate PowersWhen you're trying to find the motivation to eat well and exercise regularly, "my significant other will looooove the results" can occasionally have a spot on the "reasons to exercise" list. Oh yes--I'll cop to it!


    But according to a new study, that possible "do" might actually turn out to be a "don't" when it comes to your relationship.

    Researchers at North Carolina State University studied 21 U.S. couples--all of whom who had a partner who had lost an average of 30 to 60 pounds within a two-year time span. All were given questionnaires inquiring as to how the weight loss had made a difference with their relationship.

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    In some cases, communication improved after the weight was lost--those who had shed pounds were usually more likely to talk about how to live healthily, and even try to inspire their partners to exercise or eat better. When the other partners were into the idea, the relationships were

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