When we don't sleep enough, two hormones in our body are greatly affected: ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin is a hormone that gives us the "go" signal, meaning that we are hungry and need to eat. On the other end is leptin, a hormone that signals satiety and tells us to stop eating. When we don't get enough sleep, even after just a few short nights of less slumber, the balance between ghrelin and leptin is tipped. We have more ghrelin and less leptin. As a result, the signal that tells us we're full becomes weak, and the "you're hungry, eat!" signal is strengthened.Read More »from The Surprising Benefit of Keeping a Consistent Sleep Schedule
- YouBeauty.com | Healthy Living – Mon, Feb 10, 2014 10:43 AM ESTWe'll use any excuse to get some more sleep!You already know that it's important to get a solid night of sleep on a regular basis. For the vast majority of people, the "sweet spot" for the right amount of sleep per night is between 6 and 9 hours.
- Martha Stewart | Healthy Living – Mon, Feb 10, 2014 10:41 AM EST
Of all our cultural myths and misunderstandings, food fallacies seem to run especially rampant. We absorb "guidance" from our families ("Eat your margarine"), fad-diet books ("Bread is the root of all evil"), the nightly news ("Milk saves the world!"), and that beacon of frequently off-the-wall information, the Internet. "People are extremely confused about what to eat," acknowledges New York-based physician Jana Klauer, M.D., author of "How the Rich Get Thin". She and other prominent nutrition experts helped us set the record straight, exposing seven myths you might have heard -- but shouldn't believe.
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Myth: A calorie is a calorie.
In fact, our bodies can distinguish one type of calorie from another. "We handle fat calories, carb calories, and protein calories differently," says Andrew Weil, M.D., author of "Eating Well for Optimal Health." "Some tend to be stored as fat; some tend to be digested more quickly." Knowing theRead More »from 7 Health-Food Myths Your Mom Got Wrong (and 3 Times She was So, so Right)
- add these superfoods to your diet for an extra flu-fighting punch.You're washing your hands, using Purell like crazy, and sneezing into your elbow. Now add these superfoods to your diet for an extra flu-fighting punch.
By Amanda MacMillan and Tamara Schryver, RD, Prevention
Flu-fighting foods It takes more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away. It turns out that eating some pretty surprising nutrients will help keep your immune system on guard. You can ensure your body and immunity run smoothly by rounding out your plate with plenty of colorful servings of fruits and veggies, plus 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, at the very least. The following ingredients can add extra flu-fighting punch to your winter meal plan.
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Probiotics, or the "live active cultures" found in yogurt, are healthy bacteria that keep the gut and intestinal tract free of disease-causing germs. Although they're available in supplement form, a
- Redbook | Healthy Living – Mon, Feb 10, 2014 10:17 AM EST
By Leslie Robarge, REDBOOK.
For the first 12 weeks of my pregnancy, I basically lied to everyone: "Oh, I just had some wine before I got here. I'm actually really thirsty. Could I have a glass of water? Thanks." "A few months ago, I got sick on a bad oyster. Still not into them yet." If you'd known me before I got pregnant, I was a wine-guzzling, oyster-slurping machine. So, when my husband and I finally got the green light from my doctor that everything was on-track and we could start sharing the news, I was relieved to finally come clean.
And for a while, it was really exciting to share the news. That is, until I "popped," and people who I don't know could easily surmise that I'm indeed knocked up. That's when I realized that pregnancy is just one long, unending stream of unsolicited advice--people love to tell you what to do, how to do it, and why you'd be crazy to do it any other way. I've also come to realize that some people actually lose their minds when they encounter aRead More »from The 5 Most Annoying People You Encounter when You're Pregnant
- If you really want yours firing in high gear, watch out for these sneaky saboteurs. By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.
Skipping meals or going on extreme cleanses
Missing out on essential nutrients, especially protein, turns your metabolism sluggish, says registered dietitian Joan Salge Blake, a clinical associate professor at Boston University's Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It's okay for a few days, but after that, your body switches into "starvation mode," thinking that it needs to store, not burn, fat to keep you alive. That's why fasting isn't a smart idea. The same goes for any crazy diets that encourage you to consume nothing but liquids for more than three days. "When you don't get enough protein, your body breaks down lean muscle mass, which is what slows your metabolism," says Blake.
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The truth about vegetarian diets. | Health.com
When it comes to vegetarian eating, myths abound. And if you haven't at least thought about slimming your steak habit in the last year, you are probably falling prey to them. Here, we uncover the truth about the top 10 veggie-eating myths.
Myth: You can't get enough protein from plants
Meat doesn't have a monopoly on protein. In fact, almost all foods (except alcohol and sugar) contain some. A half-cup of beans even has about the same amount of protein as one ounce of meat. To get all of your essential amino acids, focus on eating a variety of protein-packed plants, including lentils, beans, nuts, seeds, and milk (almond works if you're cutting out dairy), recommends Eric C. Sharer, MPH, RD, from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. Bonus: Vegetarian diets tend to have higher levels of fiber, magnesium, potassium, folate, carotenoids, flavonoids, and vitamins C and E than omnivorous ones.
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- Health.com | Healthy Living – Mon, Feb 10, 2014 9:40 AM EST
Overeating: We've all done it! | Health.com
You know the drill: eat right, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly. And usually you do just that. But even the most disciplined person falls off the health wagon from time to time. Sometimes a demanding project, a special occasion, or an extended vacation can make it easy-and even necessary-to make exceptions.
But just because you slipped up doesn't mean you're doomed to give up your healthy routine altogether. Check out these tips on how to recover from three unhealthy (but all-too-common) moves.
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You majorly overindulged
Waking up with a food hangover after, say, an indulgent dinner party might make it tempting to try a juice cleanse to "detox," but there really is no such thing, says Michele Olson, PhD, professor of exercise science at Auburn University at Montgomery. "Your liver and kidneys take care of that," she says. "But you should try to get right back on track."
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- A 24-hour guide to boosting your immunity.
We've got your daily get-better schedule right here. (Plus, some bonus tips for the weekend.)
6 a.m.: Eat a healthy breakfast.
Eat blueberries and grapes. In a lab comparison, compounds in these two fruits were tops in aiding a bacteria-fighting gene.
7 a.m.: Hit the gym.
Exercise can lessen the decline in immunity that occurs with age. Morning is the workout time most people find they can stick with.
8 a.m.: Shower post-workout.
Strenuous exercise reduces skin's ability to keep out or destroy microbes. Restore your defenses by showering immediately after a serious workout, then moisturizing to maintain your skin's integrity.
11 a.m.: Put the kettle on.
Compounds in green tea stimulate the immune system (targeting the baddies, but not healthy tissue). A few cups a day can also protect skin against UVA radiation.
1 p.m.: Join a pal for a walk.Read More »from A One-Day Guide to Boosting Your Immunity
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- Zoe Moon | Healthy Living – Sun, Feb 9, 2014 3:39 PM ESTzoe moon astrology
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ZOE MOON'S WEEKLY FORECAST Feb 10-17
Since this is VALENTINE's Week I thought I would approach your weekly forecast a bit differently and focus on what is shifting or peaking in your love life, where things are heading and how our very last week of Scorpio Destiny and Karmic balance in Taurus will affect each sign. In the general below I will hit each day and let you know what is coming up so read your sign and rising but also this day-to-day forecast!>
The week ahead for ARIES: Valentine's week has Love sitting with Pluto in the goal area of your chart so you are going through a deeply transformational period around what it is you need on a deeper level when it comes to love. You may be setting goals focused around more intimacy, facing divorce issues, reproductive needs, mortality ...(read more)
This is the LAST WEEK of balancing Karma in the Taurean energyRead More »from ZOE MOON ASTROLOGY WEEKLY HOROSCOPE FORECASTS Feb 10-17
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 7, 2014 4:58 PM ESTSugar Vs. Fat: What We Can Learn from One Weight Loss Challenge
Perhaps you've seen the article about the British identical twins -- both doctors -- who decided to donate their bodies, and their identical genetics, to science for a month to figure out which was the better way to lose weight: a no-carb diet or a low-fat diet. The twins, Alexander and Chris van Tulleken, are 35 years old and both, as Alexander describes them, "gluttons." As they approached middle age, they realized they needed to pay better attention to their diets if they were going to maintain a healthy weight. However, despite their medical training, neither of them knew much about eating well. And because both fat and sugar have been demonized as the reason we're collectively getting so fat, the twins decided to test out which of the two was actually worse.
For a month Alexander cut out carbohydrates -- pasta and bread, yes, but also fruits and vegetables, which are high in carbs via their natural sugars. AndRead More »from Sugar Vs. Fat: What We Can Learn from One Weight Loss Challenge
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