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  • 8 'Healthy' Foods that Are Secretly Loaded with Sugar

    Are you accidentally overdosing on sugar?When you're trying to eat right, there are a lot of obvious nutritional potholes to avoid. Packaged donuts. French fries. White bread. You might miss them, but you know it's worth it to steer clear. It's even more of a bummer to learn that some of the things you thought were good for you (or at least OK for you) are actually sabotaging your efforts.

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    Too much added sugar or added syrup (that is, added to foods rather than part of them) is bad for your body-and bad for your beauty, too. Sugar is quickly absorbed, and high levels of sugar in your blood can hamper the function of important proteins-for example, making hemoglobin unable to properly deliver oxygen to your tissues. Further, if you eat too much sugar and produce too much fat from that, your body can build up what's called insulin resistance, which is one step away from type 2 diabetes. High blood sugar also disrupts the lining of your arteries and causes dangerous

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  • Beauty Products You Should Never DIY

    Leave these ones to the pros.The DIY movement is amazing for many reasons. Making something with your own hands feels good and gives you an appreciation for the craftsmanship involved in making other products. In the best cases, when you create a genius product that all your friends want (we've mixed up a few great DIY skin recipes here) it's a path to financial freedom.

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    But in the worst cases, it's a path to cystic acne. There are a couple of misguided (though well-meaning) DIY tips being shared on social media sites that, for the sake of our skin, should not follow us into 2014, and here they are:

    1. Do Not Make Your Own Cleansing Oil
    I had a very enlightening conversation with a dermatologist friend who brought this topic to my attention. She was mortified by the number of patients with deep cystic acne from using DIY Cleansing Oils. Even people with no history of acne have experienced eruptions from this DIY project. I admit that there are many DIYers

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  • Is This the Healthier Version of Butter?

    Have we found the healthier—and still natural—version of butter?Like many Indians of his generation, Niraj "Raj" Patel, M.D., a collaborator on the book "The Healthy Indian Diet," grew up in a household that banned ghee-clarified butter that had been a staple of an Indian diet for centuries and was always an integral part of the ancient medical practice Ayurveda.

    Unless it was for very special occasions, ghee was a no-no-a victim, as it were, of the generalized, worldwide war on fats. But as science has evolved and shown that fat is less likely to cause heart disease and diabetes than previously believed, ghee is once again coming into the spotlight, Dr. Patel says, among Indians and a wider number of Americans. In fact, it's even used in some cleanses, such as The Whole30 Program.

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    "Science has shown us that it isn't really the amount of fat in a diet that's a culprit of heart disease and diabetes, it is the high amount of carbs," he says. "Basically, more research has shown that the link between

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  • Good News for Coffee-Lovers: You're Not in Danger of Dehydration

    Coffee-lovers, rejoice!When it comes to healthy eating and nutrition, it's important (and sometimes difficult) to get past the myths and misconceptions that are drilled into our heads every day. (For instance, eating in moderation as an effective diet technique.) Or, the assumption that new research has shown to be false: that coffee dehydrates you.

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    A January 2014 study published in the journal PLOS ONE has found that, contrary to what many people think is true, your morning cup (or cups) of Joe will not dehydrate you. In fact, moderate coffee consumption will keep you just as hydrated as if you were to drink water instead, the study concludes.

    So what counts as moderate consumption? According to the study, four cups. Researchers looked at a group of 50 male coffee drinkers taking in four mugs (200 milliliters each) of black coffee compared to those drinking the same amount of water, every day, for three days. After a 10-day break period, the groups switched roles.

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  • Why Sleep Talking Happens—and How to Silence It

    Sleep talkers say the craziest things...Sleep talking (also know as "somniloquy") is a sleep disorder that involves unconscious talking when you're asleep. The presentation can vary greatly between people, with some spontaneously talking while others notice it happens when someone talks to them in their sleep. Sleep talking can range from gibberish, nonsensical mumbles and rants, to complicated and totally coherent statements.

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    Sleep talking can happen to anyone, though it does appear to be somewhat inherited and affect males and children more often than women. The most common triggers are sleep deprivation, alcohol and drug use, fever, increased stress, anxiety and depression. It is also seen as a symptom in the context of other sleep disorders: night terrors, confusional arousals (waking up in a confused state), sleepwalking, sleep apnea and REM behavior disorder.

    Sleep talking can happen at any time during the night and during any stage of sleep. In the earlier part

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  • Why Dr. Oz & Dr. Roizen Say 'Keep Taking Your Vitamins'

    They're not as evil as they're made out to be.Confused by articles saying that you shouldn't take vitamins? So are many. But not us, because we read what we called in our US News and World Report Blog the "fine print" of medical studies. There's a lot of misunderstanding being spread around about supplements these days. If it all seems like too much to swallow, here's a breakdown to help it go down smoothly.

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    Following a review by the US Preventive Services Task Force on vitamin and mineral supplements and a dramatic editorial in a leading medical journal (the Annals of Internal Medicine, which published the Task Force review in the same issue), many have shouted from the digital rooftops that you should throw your vitamins out the window (not literally, of course). Well, we respectfully disagree and think that a lot of this hullabaloo is based on articles that don't take important details into consideration. Here's what you need to know:

    Supplements are supposed to supplement . Many

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  • 7 Colors That'll Put You in a Better Mood

    The colors you chose to wear can get you in the right mindset.Seeing red. Feeling blue. Green with envy. There's no denying that colors are inextricably linked with mood. Slip on a tailored LBD and you instantly feel chic and sexy or pop open a sunny yellow umbrella on a gloomy day and some of that sunniness will undoubtedly rub off on you.

    There are several reasons why colors are able to influence how we feel. "We react on multiple levels of association with colors-there are social or culture levels as well as personal relationships with particular colors," explains Leslie Harrington, executive director of The Color Association of The United States, which forecasts color trends. "You also have an innate reaction to color. For example, when you look at red, it does increase your heart rate. It is a stimulating color. This goes back to caveman days of fire and danger and alarm."

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    You also have learned certain associations with color, such as red making your heart race since it's linked with fire

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  • Can You Really Change Other People?

    While you're at it, might be a good chance to take a better look at yourself.Chances are, you have people in your life whose behavior you wish would change. Your romantic partner might be putting on a little weight. Your parents may complain too much. Your best friend won't look for a new job, even though she hates the job she has now.

    Once you notice these annoyances, it is natural to want to push people to change. Is it actually possible to change someone else's behavior? Should you even try?

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    It turns out that you can help people to change their behavior, but there is a limited amount you can do without their help. That is, there is some validity to the old psychology joke:

    Q. How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb?
    A. One, but the light bulb has to want to change.

    The best way to help other people change is to learn about how to change your own behavior. The more you know about the factors that drive your own behavior, the better you can use the same principles to help other

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  • Can This Bracelet Protect Your Skin from the Sun?

    Fashion over function? Or can this bracelet really benefit your skin?There's no denying the value of tech-y gadgets and apps that make being healthy and beautiful easier. Tracking your meals, working out on the go, even making you smarter-who doesn't love that?

    But portable tech doesn't work for everything. I was initially intrigued by the just-announced sun-tracker June bracelet by Netatmo-designed by Louis Vuitton and Harry Winston collaborator Camille Toupet-and the idea of a chic accessory that can help you stay safe in the sun, and ergo prevent sun damage and skin cancer.

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    They claim the bracelet and accompanying app (both to be launched later this year) work as a "personalized sun protection coach" that tells you what SPF level to wear, how much sun exposure you've gotten, and whether or not to wear a hat or sunglasses, based on your habits and skintone.

    But the thing is...

    Everyone, regardless of skintone or how sunny it is that day, should wear a full-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen every day, rain or

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  • 33 Flu-Fighting Foods that Boost Your Immune System

    The flu doesn't stand a chance against these super foods.If you're like most people, your produce consumption peaks during the summer months due to abundant availability, freshness, and the lure and trendiness of the mid-summer farmers' markets. Before you know it, winter is here and the appeal of the couch and the fireplace seem so much better when paired with mac and cheese rather than an arugula salad with tomatoes.

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    Enter what I call the winter color drain-the cold months between December and March where most vegetables are a blah color (think potatoes), your refrigerator rarely sees the color green, and the thought of a stroll through a farmers market is about as inviting as firing up the outdoor grill to make some fish in the frigid air. The truth is, your selection of fruits and vegetables doesn't have to go away during the winter months-it may just need to come in a different form: frozen. It's the winter months that you'll really need to focus on knockout food selections to keep

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