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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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  • Why Do You Need to Drink Water After a Massage?

    Turns out there's a real reason you should grab a glass post massage.We Asked: Michele Naumann Carlstrom, licensed massage therapist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York

    The Answer: If you've ever gotten a massage, whether at a spa, a sports medicine facility, or a kiosk at the airport, chances are that your masseuse instructed you to drink a lot of water when you got home (or wherever your travels may have taken you). The reasons for this are twofold.

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    First off, massages are dehydrating. Kneading and working muscle gets fluid pumping out of the soft tissue and into your circulatory system, where it heads toward your kidneys. That's why many people have to pee right after a massage. (Naumann Carlstrom says some of her clients can't get up from the table fast enough.) You have to replenish all that lost water-by drinking more.

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    Then there's the issue of metabolic waste, which is produced by muscles in the course of everyday function. When your

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  • Eat This for Breakfast to Reach Your Weight Loss Goals

    The right choices in the morning can set you up for success for the rest of the day.You've been told a million times that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but that doesn't stop you from scarfing down a blueberry muffin, an extra-large bagel, or worse, nothing but coffee before flying out the door to work. Hey, at least it's something to tide you over until lunchtime, right? Not exactly.

    Turns out, what you choose to eat for breakfast could either help or hinder your weight-loss efforts for the rest of the day, according to Richard Mattes, Ph.D., R.D., professor of nutrition science at Purdue University.

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    According to his research presented at a conference hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists, a high-glycemic breakfast can make your blood sugar and appetite soar for hours, regardless of what you eat for lunch. In other words, if you eat a bad breakfast, in the form of a doughnut or cornflakes, no food later on can make up for that mistake. The damage is already done, and you'll be jonesing for

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  • 10 Questions to Consider when Shopping for a Gym

    Ask yourself these questions before committing to a contract.Shopping for a gym membership is like shopping for a new car, complete with convoluted deals, salespeople and flashy amenities.

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    To sift through a persuasive sales pitch and find your best fit, we spoke with Fitness & Health Coach Jacqueline Carly (aka Fitarella). She's worked nearly every gym club position-from front desk and sales to personal training and fitness instruction.

    Before you set foot in the gym, ask yourself these 10 questions and pick what Carly calls your "non-negotiables."

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    "When you know what you want and need, you can test-drive the gyms with them in mind," Carly says. Here's your question list:

    1. What time of day will I be working out?
    If you know that you'll frequent the gym at 7 a.m., check it out at 7 a.m. to feel the vibe. Aside from hearing the music and seeing the kind of people there (would you feel comfortable sweating around them?), make sure the

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  • 7 Little Life Changes for 2014 that Make a Big Difference

    We learned a lot in 2013 and can't wait to make 2014 healthier, happier and more beautiful.Here at YouBeauty, we get flooded with amazing information-new research findings, experts who give us stellar advice, amazing new product launches, insider beauty tips, etc. We love the *idea* of all of it, but we're only human, so implementing all of it is a different story.

    So what really stuck out in 2013 for the editorial team at YB? Read below to see the life tweaks-big and little-that we're bringing with us into 2014 and how you can, too.

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    Happier Social Media: Courtney Dunlop, Executive Editor
    I love Twitter (follow me @beautyeditornyc) but it was making me so depressed. A constant feed about war, animal abuse, gun violence and environmental destruction was seriously affecting me. I would read about a whale living his entire life at Sea World and then lie awake all night crying over it. I've stopped following the most Debbie Downer accounts and will use our social media manager Julie's tips for making my Twitter world a

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  • The 3 Hottest Superfoods to Eat in 2014

    Stock up on these superfoods stat.As the year 2013 comes to a close, we stop to reflect on the hottest beauty foods that really made their mark this year. These three hot commodities are more prevalent in grocery stores throughout the country and incorporated into more recipes than ever before, reaching well-deserved levels of popularity. That's because they not only boost your beauty but also pack a strong nutritious punch. So make some room on your plate for these three nutritional powerhouses in 2014!

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    1. Chia Seeds
    This seed that was once valuable to the Aztecs long ago is derived from the flowering plant in the mint family and is still a champion of nutritional benefits in today's culinary scene. Chia seeds are available in white or black-both of which are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, protein, iron and fiber. Just 1½ tablespoons of this little seed packs in the same amount of:

    • omega-3s in 5 ounces of salmon
    • calcium in 3 ounces of whole

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  • The Most Valuable Life Lessons We Learned from Pop Culture in 2013

    Lessons we learned from the best and worst moments of the past yearWhether it was analyzing Miley's new "grown-up" appearance, or commemorating Nelson Mandela's inner strength, 2013 gave us a lot of inspiration to reflect on our values, our actions and ourselves. Below is a look at 10 of the most memorable events of 2013 (in no particular order), and what they teach us about being our most beautiful rock star selves in 2014 and beyond.

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    1. Kim's Baby Bod
    Whether it was analyzing Miley's new "grown up" appearance, or commemorating Nelson Mandela's inner strength, 2013 gave us a lot of inspiration to reflect on our values, our actions and ourselves. Below is a look at 10 of the most memorable events of 2013 (in no particular order), and what they teach us about being our most beautiful rock star selves.

    We all know that a woman gains weight when pregnant. It isn't news, so why did so many people feel the need to rip Kim Kardashian apart this year? I'm still bothered by headlines calling her a fat cow.

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  • Decide Which Relationships to Keep in the New Year

    Start the new year off right by making you relationships count.As 2013 comes to a close, many of us are taking stock of the important things in our lives. Am I doing well at work? Am I healthy? Do I have enough money and am I saving as much as I can? Did I keep any of my New Year's resolutions from last year?

    I'd like to suggest that all mental reviews of 2013 also consider your relationships. There's good scientific evidence that having meaningful and fulfilling high quality relationships is among the best predictors of happiness. I am not talking about simply having a great boyfriend or wife, I am talking about the whole enchilada of your relationship experiences-with your parents, your friends, your kids and your lovers.

    All these relationships count toward your happiness. I've said this before in my columns, but it's worth repeating: One of the best things you can do for your health and happiness is cultivate great relationships.

    With this fact in mind and as the year comes to an end, it makes perfect sense to see if there are ways to

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  • Psychology Explains the Real Reason We Take Selfies

    The real reason we feel so compelled to join in on the trend.

    Nowadays, the photos you most often see of sports stars, celebs, and even the President of the Free World are as likely to be a product of their own index fingers as a lengthy portrait-and-Photoshop session. Facebook and Instagram feeds are littered with #selfie tags of friends and strangers, sometimes in various states of undress (or at funerals). And, as evidenced by the fact the word "selfie" has been named the 2013 word of the year by the Oxford Dictionaries, like it or loathe it, the informal self-portrait cluttering your Instagram feed seems to be here for the long haul.

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    Part of the reason for its popularity is that those smiling, slightly off-center images of your giddy grin may actually enhance your self-esteem. Research from the University of Indiana found that the way we project ourselves on social media can actually make us feel better about ourselves, precisely because we're the ones in charge. The study didn't focus

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  • Healthy Makeovers for Your Favorite Holiday Cookie Recipes

    Make the sweetest season a little bit healthier.Make the sweetest season a little bit healthier.It's no secret that the holidays are notorious for expanding your waistline. One of the biggest culprits: all of those delicious sweets! But the truth is, your weight doesn't have to succumb to the sugar-filled and calorie-laden treats. Making smart ingredient swaps can help you still enjoy your holiday favorites-minus the morning-after guilt.

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    We gave three favorite baked goods a healthy makeover just in time for the holidays:

    Oatmeal Cookies
    You don't need butter and white sugar to make soft and delicious cookies. Instead, use ripened fruit (such as bananas) and oil for a healthy, sweet baking combination, suggests YouBeauty Culinary Expert and chef Jim Perko.

    Better-for-you recipe (makes 36 cookies)

    Ingredients:
    3 ripe bananas
    ½ cup canola oil
    2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    ¼ cup walnuts-toasted, chopped
    ¼ cup pecans-toasted, chopped
    ¼ cup prunes-dried, pitted, no sugar added, chopped
    1 cup

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