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  • Can These 5 Foods Speed Up Weight Loss?

    We bust the myths and reveal the truth.Some foods-from celery to spicy eats-maintain a mythical status among dieters, who believe they offer an effortless calorie-burning boost. But can a single food give you a real leg-up when it comes to shedding excess pounds, or is this right up there with baby unicorns and U.F.O.s? We asked Anthony Ricci, a certified sports nutritionist on the board of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, to give us the skinny on five foods often believed to magically tip the scales in your favor.

    Claim: Celery burns off more calories than it contains. Ricci says the so-called negative calorie hypothesis is technically correct but the effect is so negligible it's useless for shrinking waistlines. "You may burn a small fraction more calories chewing and digesting celery than the number of calories the stalk itself actually contains, but you'd have to eat acres of the stuff to burn off just a few extra calories," he says. On the upside, the crunchy green veggie is low cal, fat free and packed

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  • Could This Household Cleaner Make You Look Younger?

    Yet another use for this common household cleaner.From sanitizing bathrooms to revitalizing dingy whites, most of us have relied on the potency of bleach at some point. But a November 2013 study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation suggests that the next place you may consider applying the DIY hero is on your face.

    Dilute bleach baths have actually been used for decades to treat aggressive cases of eczema and recurrent abscesses. And the keyword is dilute-the prescription is typically a quarter to half cup of bleach in a full bathtub of water for a weekly 10-minute soak.

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    "Eczema patients commonly develop skin infections, and bleach baths can help reduce bacteria on the skin to minimize infection risk, as well as reduce itch," explains Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Medical Center's department of dermatology.

    Scientists have previously attributed the medicinal effect to antimicrobial activity in bleach, but

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  • 7 Simple (And Free!) Secrets for Gorgeous Skin

    Whether you're 18 or 80, these tips can help you get the skin you've always wanted.By now, most people know the many factors that age our skin: sun damage and smoking to name two biggies.

    And while wearing sunscreen every day and ditching the ciggies will do wonders for your complexion, the biggest beauty thief and ager of all is the stress our minds try to endure day in and day out.

    You probably know how to care for your skin on its surface, but it's so important to remember that for your healthiest, most vibrant skin, you must nurture it from the inside out. Enter the seven healthy habits for great skin. These are habits that you form to support radiant physical beauty.

    All of them will help you to combat the stress that can age you six years or more.

    QUIZ: How Healthy Is Your Skin?

    It's true that the best things in life are free. You don't need a million bucks to feel (and look!) like a million bucks. There is so much you can do without spending an exorbitant amount of money, or time. In fact, a lot of what you can do right away costs close to

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  • How Do You Heal a Burnt Tongue?

    A little patience (give that coffee a few to cool down!) can avoid the problem altogether.We Asked: Alice G. Boghosian, D.D.S, a dentist in Illinois and consumer advisor to the American Dental Association

    The Answer: A burn on your tongue is like a burn anywhere else on your body, but because your tongue is so sensitive it doesn't take much to scorch that sucker. And obviously, you can't just run it under water and slather on first aid ointment. No, a burned tongue requires a few special tricks.

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    Most cases of a burned tongue are considered first degree. Damage to the outermost layer-the epithelium-causes pain, redness and swelling (glossitis). The swelling is actually a good thing. It is an inflammatory response that means blood and fluid are rushing to the wound to heal it. But it can give you that uncomfortable numbed sensation because the area is being stretched by the inflammation, flattening out the bumpy papillae that line the surface of the tongue. The injured patch might even look unusually smooth and shiny as a result.

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  • Why You Should Put Your Marriage Before Your Kids

    Who do you put first?

    Who comes first-your marriage or your kids? It's a hotly debated issue that gained more traction in March 2013 after E! News host Giuliana Rancic told reporters where she and her husband Bill Rancic stood on the topic: "For us, I find, we put our marriage first and our child second, because the best thing we can do for him is have a strong marriage," she said.

    Her comment triggered backlash that continues on today. Proponents of Rancic's theory are accused of being selfish parents, while those who believe children take priority are deemed overbearing helicopters-so, who is right?

    "Generally, the marriage should take priority," says Laurie Puhn, creator of the "Fight Less, Love More" course based on her bestselling book. "However, the issue is controversial because people aren't really clear about what that means. Putting your marriage first doesn't mean neglecting your kids-it means investing in the fundamental glue that holds your family together."

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  • 4 Key Steps to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

    Stay true to your healthy habits to keep from spiraling out of control.The holiday season is fast approaching. Wow. How did that happen so quickly? It seems that I was just getting together school supplies and putting away the camp gear, and now our local grocery store is setting up display upon display for Thanksgiving and Christmas. And a few adventurous souls even have holiday lights out front.

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    Seeing all of this holiday paraphernalia in stores, in the daily deluge of catalogs in my mailbox, in advertisements on the web and on television reminds me that in the face of such abundance, it is actually moderation that will get me through the next six weeks intact.

    'Tis the season to be jolly-and overwhelmed. There will be family celebrations and work celebrations and school celebrations. Everywhere I turn there will be too much to do and too many wonderful treats to overindulge in. I'm already thinking of how many holiday cookies I'll need to stare down. According to the New

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  • The Surprising Connection Between Your Heart Health and Face Wrinkles

    Your healthy habits can make you look younger, too.Talk about an incentive to hit the gym and eat right. Research, led by scientists from Unilever and Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands and published in the Journals of Gerontology in 2012, found that women who have a low risk of cardiovascular disease also tend to look younger than their actual age. (So, when was the last time you had your blood pressure checked?)

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    This is the first time scientists have proven a link between low cardiovascular disease risk and a youthful appearance. And that's a real win-win since lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease-which you can achieve by being physically active, eating a heart-healthy Mediterranean diet and not smoking-not only takes a few years off your perceived age, but it also cuts your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

    For the study, women were placed into groups according to their cardiovascular disease risk. On the actual day of the study, the

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  • 3 Fun Smartphone Apps That'll Make You Smarter

    Who says playing games on your phone will turn your brain to mush? It doesn't have to.You could play Candy Crush and Clash of Clans until your brain hurts-or you could try one of these fun and engaging apps and actually do your brain some good. They'll strengthen your neural networks, improve cognitive health and prevent memory loss. Plus, they'll make your commute fly by and give you crazy knowledge to drop at parties.

    Lumosity Mobile
    Think of this app as a personal trainer for your mind. Its customized "workouts" stimulate the growth of connections between your brain cells (rather than your muscle cells), boosting working memory and attention. Start by prioritizing the areas you want to focus on, like problem solving or memory; Lumosity uses that info to determine the types of training sessions it assigns you. As you play-daily or in your downtime-the app tracks changes in your speed, memory, attention and problem-solving scores-like weigh-ins for your gray matter.

    Free for iPhone and iPad.

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  • What Causes Hangnails? (P.S. They're Not Actually Nails!)

    We all get them... but why?We Asked: Barry Goldman, M.D., a practicing dermatologist in New York City and Chief of Dermatology at New York Downtown Hospital.

    The Answer: First, let us blow your mind: Hangnails aren't nails. They're made of damaged skin.

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    The backs of our hands have some of the most fragile, delicate skin anywhere on the body. That means they're particularly susceptible to getting cut when we do pretty much anything, from reaching into a gunked-up garbage disposal to getting our keys out of our handbags. A nick in the soft skin immediately around the cuticle (that semi-translucent curve of skin that hugs your nail) quickly dries out, becoming a hard protrusion-a hangnail that snags on stuff constantly and hurts like the dickens. Fingers have tons of nerve endings, which is what makes hangnails so exquisitely painful.

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    The best thing to prevent hangnails is keeping your skin moisturized and supple. When

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  • How Wearing a Corset Every Day (and Night!) Changed This Woman's Life

    Sarah before and after corsetingWomen's fashion has long elicited controversy at every twist and turn of the trend, but no article of clothing has been celebrated and reviled quite like the traditional corset.

    Today, popular opinion views the lace-up design as restrictive both literally and figuratively, with the rigid design coming to symbolize the social repression of the 18thto 19th century American woman.

    Others have fetishized the garment as the ultimate in seduction wear. It's not uncommon to see satin and bow-bedecked versions selling alongside massage oil and teddies (I'm not talking Paddington Bear) at adult lingerie stores.

    So when "Victorian Secrets: What a Corset Taught Me about the Past, the Present and Myself" (Skyhorse Publishing: November 2013) landed on my desk, I was intrigued by the writer's claim that wearing a corset was such a positive, body-loving-if not even feminist - move on her part.

    QUIZ: What's Your Body Type?

    At the beginning, author Sarah Chrisman is as dubious as anyone

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