Blog Posts by Tips on Healthy Living

  • 3 Steps for Gorgeous, Healthy Hair

    It's not necessarily what you use on your hair, but how you treat it. (Hint: be gentle!) Make your hair your best asset with these tips from YOU: The Owner's Manual for Teens: A Guide to a Healthy Body and Happy Life, by Michael F. Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.

    Step 1: Shampoo. Before getting into the shower, gently brush or finger-comb your hair to loosen up tangles and residue. When washing your hair, treat it delicately. Leave hair hanging down and gently massage in shampoo starting at the roots and working down. You don't need a lot to clean your hair. Most shampoo just washes away the protective oils.

    Step 2: Condition. Conditioner creates shine and preserves hair's health by giving it smoothness and protecting it against damage. For volume, condition only the middle and ends of your hair, where it's most susceptible to damage. For shine, condition the entire strand. Do it every time you use shampoo. If your hair is dry, try skipping the shampoo part some days and

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  • Are You Player Prey? 5 Ways to Break the Cycle

    By K.L. Brady
    Author of The Bum Magnet

    You know the player, right? He's the misogynistic, arrogant jerk you hate more than taxes, but, secretly, you'd bed him faster than your granny could yell "Bingo!" at the church game hall. Let's face it: We've all wanted him at one time or another.

    We wanted to know if he was as good in bed as the reputation that long preceded him suggested. We wanted to know if we could be The One to rope that bull, drag him mercilessly into a relationship, and then tag him and bag him for the rest of his sorry days.

    Unfortunately, we ran into one little problem.

    He knew it. Not only did he know it, he was looking for us, and he wanted us not for a relationship, mind you. He wanted to do the old stop, flop, and roll-as in roll out of bed, down the street, and out of our lives.

    A good friend of mine-a reformed player-once told me that in his hound dog days, he could walk into a room of women, sniff out his prey, and easily schedule two hook-ups

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  • The Duchess of York Reveals How She Shed the Pounds

    Chided by the press for her weight, and a self-confessed comfort eater, The Duchess of York shares the health and nutrition advice that has worked for her. From Finding Sarah: A Duchess's Journey to Find Herself, by Sarah Ferguson.

    I have to say that I love feeling healthy. Kate Moss was so right when she said that nothing tastes as good as feeling thin! I am not there yet, but I know my heart is in the right place.

    Nuggets:

    • Free the mind and the weight will follow. By that I mean look after yourself. Drink plenty of water. Go for a run. Detox your body. Eat plenty of fiber. See sugar as an enemy. If you follow these simple suggestions, you will lose weight.
    • Find someone who'll support you and provide motivation. My trainer keeps me committed by providing encouragement and guidance. I always call my trainer a buddy. If you haven't got a trainer, get out there and do it yourself - which is what I do now. I also find it very important never to go grocery
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  • Busting out of Your Bra? Get the Right Fit Now

    Chances are, you're wearing the wrong bra size (most women are). Look better instantly with a simple-to-use guide from YOU: The Owner's Manual for Teens: A Guide to a Healthy Body and Happy Life, by Michael F. Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.

    Can you believe that an estimated four out of five women aren't wearing the proper bra? To measure yourself for a bra, you need a measuring tape and a mirror. You can do without the mirror, but it can be a bit awkward. Measure yourself around your chest, just underneath your breasts. Take that number and add five inches - that gives you your band size. If the total number is an odd number, round up to the next even number. For instance, if your under-breast measurement is thirty-two, you add five inches, making it thirty-seven, then round up to the next even number, which makes it a thirty-eight.

    Next measure around the biggest part of your breasts, usually over the nipple line. Here's where the mirror comes in handy; you can use it to

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  • 10 Tips for Grilling the Perfect Burger

    Burgers are one of the most commonly grilled meats, as well as one of the most incorrectly cooked. Get 10 tips for the perfect burger, from Aaron Chronister and Jason Day, authors of BBQ Makes Everything Better.

    1. Don't ever use premade frozen patties. They might be convenient, but they're typically made from low-grade meat that dries out or burns before the center is fully cooked. We prefer to use a heaping portion of 85/15 ground sirloin found at the fresh meat counter in the grocery store. The fat will keep your burger juicy and moist, yet there's enough lean to prevent extreme shrinkage.
    2. Season your meat! There's a universe of different seasonings that can take your everyday burger to a new state of being. Yes, burgers have been scientifically proven to increase your at-oneness-with-the-world level!
    3. When making burgers, always press the patties 1 inch wider than the diameter of your bun with the center being slightly thinner than the edges. As the meat cooks
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  • The No. 1 Most Toxic Cosmetic

    Here's why you should think twice before changing your polish several times a week. From Michael F. Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., authors of YOU: The Owner's Manual for Teens: A Guide to a Healthy Body and Happy Life.

    Nail polish is likely the most toxic cosmetic there is. Polish includes poisonous substances such as formaldehyde, phthalates, acetone, toluene, and benzophenones. Phthalates, solvents for colors, are toxic to the nervous system; acetone and toluene, which keep the color in liquid form, evaporate quickly and fill the air with noxious fumes, putting your respiratory system at risk. The other substance we fingered, benzophenones, may cause cancer.

    If you apply polish in adequately ventilated rooms, it's probably okay, but surely you shouldn't be changing your polish several times a week, as some teens are known to do.

    Also, don't use nail polish remover more than twice a month. Instead touch up the polish. When you do need a remover, avoid those containing

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  • Bringing up Baby on a Vegetarian Diet

    More and more families are choosing to become vegetarian, and a balanced, meat-free diet can be very healthy. However, it is important to replace the nutrients meat provides - particularly protein, iron, zinc, and possibly some B vitamins, says Annabel Karmel, author of SuperFoods for Babies and Children.

    Adults' and children's diets do not always follow the same guidelines and whereas a fairly bulky high-fiber vegetarian diet might suit adults, it is not suitable for young children who are growing, as it can replace more energy-dense foods such as fats and carbohydrates. Also a lot of fiber in the diet can inhibit the absorption of minerals such as zinc, iron, and calcium and is very bulky and filling and can even cause a toddler diarrhea.

    Bringing up a baby on a vegetarian diet with a good volume of either breast milk or infant formula can provide all the nutrients she needs.

    The importance of protein
    Protein supplies your child with amino acids, essential chemicals

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  • Drinking Too Much? 3 Signs You Might Be

    By Amy Hatvany
    Author of Best Kept Secret

    I didn't exactly set out to become an alcoholic. I was never a party girl, nor a person who hung out in bars. I was, in fact, a relatively normal, educated woman who, after a painful divorce, became a single mother to two toddlers and developed a pretty serious case of insomnia.

    One night after the kids had gone to bed, I was so desperate for rest that I picked up a glass of wine, thinking it just might help me relax enough to fall asleep. It did the trick, and over the course of a year, one glass slowly and insidiously morphed in to a bottle a night - sometimes two. I didn't understand how easily I'd build up a physical tolerance to alcohol, or how quickly I'd become mentally dependent on the ritual of drinking. I hid behind the cultural acceptance of alcohol, joking with my girlfriends about "Mommy's Little Helper" and the "Wine with Dinner Hour" with the kids.

    Eventually, drinking caused enough wreckage in my life that I sought

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  • Dr. Oz on How to Spot an Eating Disorder in Teens

    It seems like teens these days have more pressures than ever: Studying harder to get into the school of their dreams, sweating more to make it on the high school team, texting incessantly to keep up with the lives of their friends. Some of these kids do a marvelous job handling it all, some of them hit some roadblocks, and still others aren't quite sure how to best cope with everything going on in their lives.

    According to Drs. Mehmet Oz, Michael F. Roizen, and Ellen Rome, authors of YOU: The Owner's Manual for Teens: A Guide to a Healthy Body and Happy Life, one of the ways that some teens try to cope with not only these pressures but also the pressures they may feel to have the perfect body is through how they treat their bodies-namely in the form of eating disorders, the point when a major part of their lives is being controlled by thoughts and actions involving food, weight, and/or body.

    There are many ways you can tell if the teen in your life is showing signs of an

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  • Getting a Tattoo? Read These Tips from Dr. Oz before You Get Inked

    Getting rid of a tattoo is a lot harder than getting one in the first place, while piercings can leave scars, so think carefully about who you want to see that fang-bearing dragon or ear gauge, and when. (Can you hide tell-tale signs for that job interview?) From YOU: The Owner's Manual for Teens: A Guide to a Healthy Body and Happy Life, by Michael F. Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.

    Tattoos can have great stories behind them, for sure, but singer Jimmy Buffett perhaps described tattoos most accurately: "a permanent reminder of a temporary feeling."

    If you're going to get one, you need to think carefully about where you have it put, and who you want to see it at what ages and stages in life. Remember, you may have bare arms, thighs, back, shoulders, whatever, at some time. Ideal sites for tattoos to be shared with only a privileged few include around your waist, hips, or upper cheeks - those on your backside, not on your face. That means you can hide them for that college

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