• 8 Healthy-Heart Facts8 Healthy-Heart Facts

    Heart disease is (still) the number-one killer of women in the United States, so it's important to keep your ticker in shape.

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    1. Dogs Provide More Heart-Boosting Benefits Than Other Pets.
    The American Heart Association says that although having any household pet may help lower heart-disease risk, Fido is your best bet because dog owners often get more exercise, by walking and playing fetch, for example, than folks who have other pets.

    2. Wine, Vacations and Flu Shots Can Ward Off Heart Problems.
    Many aspects of our lives are tied to heart health. The flu, for instance, causes inflammation and can result in blocked blood vessels. A recent study found that those who got the vaccine had a 36 percent lower risk of having a major cardiac event the next year. Regular moderate alcohol consumption-one to two glasses of wine or beer per day-has been linked to lower incidence of cardiovascular disease, while vacations lower stress levels

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  • It couldn't hurt to take some tips from America's favorite doc.For Mehmet Oz, M.D., the secret to starting his jam-packed days off on the right foot is to eliminate time-wasting decision-making by following the same routine every day. For the host of "The Dr. Oz Show," Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University and director of the Cardiovascular Institute & Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital, an efficient morning routine is essential-which for this doctor includes an electric toothbrush, yoga and Greek yogurt. Here, YouBeauty takes a peek into a morning at Dr. Oz's house.

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    Wake-Up Call
    Dr. Oz says he's "very much a morning person" and avoids hitting the snooze button. He starts the day at 5:45 a.m.-like most surgeons, he wakes up very early. According to Oz, "It's the best way to get lots done during the day."

    Big Things First
    What's the first thing Dr. Oz does when opening his eyes each morning? He stretches in bed for 15 seconds while focusing on

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  • Good grub, check. Powdery slopes, check. Tasty cocktails, check. Now that's a vacation. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.

    Barefoot Bistro Whistler, British Columbia
    The Canadian hotspot may have a (well-deserved!) reputation as a legendary ski town, but it's fast becoming notorious for farm-to-table dining as well. Whistler's chefs are taking full advantage of the bountiful farmland located just 25 minutes north in Pemberton Valley by partnering with local farmers and incorporating seasonal produce and organic meat into constantly-evolving, mouthwatering menus. As part of Whistler Cornucopia, an annual feast of all things culinary that brings together chefs, vintners, and farmers, top chefs take you on trips to local farms, winemakers host gourmet dinners, and experts teach you creative food pairings. Meanwhile, at Araxi, executive chef James Walt rotates his menu with local or organic produce and game, serving dishes such as butternut squash soup and Yarrow Meadow duck breast. At Bearfoot Bistro,

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  • By Raechel Conover, Cheapism.com

    According to Lean Body, Fat Wallet by Ellie Kay and Danna Demetre, you can hit that sweet spot with just a few simple lifestyle changes. Kay is a financial expert, author, and international speaker, and Demetre is an inspirational speaker and author. Their joint endeavor aims to teach you how to live a healthier life, physically and financially.

    Surprisingly, these two pieces of the life puzzle fit together seamlessly and respond positively to the same uplifting habits -- or so the book proclaims. Its premise: four specific habits can help rid you of body fat and debt within one year and keep you on the straight and narrow for a lifetime.

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    The first, foundational habit -- You Are What You Think -- teaches healthy self-talk that evolves into self-fulfilling prophecy. Practice the correct positive self-talk and thoughts, and before long that way of thinking is ingrained. "Personally, it's the habit I struggle

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  • photo: Walt DisneyIt's no secret that Disney has gotten flak for its blond, white princess archetype, and now a Virginia teen has one more suggestion for the animated film company: Create a plus-size princess.
     
    On January 24, Jewel Moore, a 17-year-old junior at Fuqua High School in Farmville, Virginia, launched a Change.org petition asking Disney to give us an interesting female character who isn't stick-thin. As of Friday afternoon, it had almost 2,000 signatures.

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    "It's extremely difficult to find a positive representation of plus-size females in the media. If Disney could make a plus-size female protagonist who was as bright, amazing, and memorable as their others, it would do a world of good for those plus-size girls out there who are bombarded with images that make them feel ugly for not fitting the skinny standard," Jewel writes in the petition. "Disney films are highly influential and wide-spread, and they

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  • Caffeine can cause depressionI used to drink three liters of Diet Pepsi a day. Disgusting. I know. I was completely addicted to caffeine and it took it's toll in the form of headaches, shaky hands, and mood swings.
    I now drink three cups of coffee a day (save fashion week when I virtually have an IV drip of Starbucks), but I more or less am committed to a caffeine-lite lifestyle. Why? The data proves it all. High amounts of caffeine intake has some pretty scary side effects.
    We spoke to Dr. Bryce Wylde author of the national best seller, The Antioxidant Prescription: How to Use the Power of Antioxidants to Prevent Disease and Stay Healthy for Life, Associate Medical Director at P3 Health, and friend to Dr. Oz to find out the facts on what really goes on when you're full of caffeine.

    According to the multitude of studies he cites , here are five things you may not know your body could be battling while on caffeine:



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    1.
    Depression

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  • 6 Gross Side Effects of Chewing Gum

    By Linda Melone, CSCS, Prevention

    We know what you're going to say. "Now you're taking away my gum, too?!" After all, chewing gum seems like such a harmless--no, even smart--habit. You want something sweet? Pop a stick of gum for less than 5 calories (better than a candy bar, right?). Stressed? Chew a couple sticks of gum (preferable to chewing out a coworker, no?). Feeling hungry? Chomp some gum while you think about your options (as in, hit the brakes before you end up knuckle-deep in the chips). What's not to like?

    How about IBS and junk food binges, just to name a few unwelcome consequences of your gum habit. Consider the following before you reach for that next stick…

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    You'll eat less fruit and more junk food
    Chewing gum before a meal is often recommended as a way to reduce hunger and eat less. But a recent study published in the journal Eating Behaviors debunks this belief. The study showed gum chewing not only had no effect on

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  • By: Q by Equinox for DETAILS


    Getty Getty It's amazing what too much time sitting at a desk or on a couch can do. And by amazing, we mean horrible: Weak glutes, poor posture, a powerless core, and tight hips and hamstrings are just some of the consequences. "You bring those imbalances and weaknesses into the gym and start doing even the most basic movements incorrectly as a result," says Florian Roth, a Tier 3 trainer and performance coach at Equinox Soho. Add resistance into the mix, and while you may think you're getting stronger, you're actually putting yourself at risk of injury, he says. "You must first master the following four movements, using proper form, and then allow them to serve as the building blocks from which you can safely advance your training."

    1. THE MOVEMENT: PULL
    Do: Keep your shoulders down, your chest out, and your chin up. "Most people, especially those who work in an office all day, tend to have a weakened posterior chain, which causes your shoulders to roll

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  • by Gena Kaufman

    Getty ImagesGetty Images Being a Victoria's Secret angel is one way to be sexy, that's for sure, but it's certainly not the only way. However, for all the primping and plucking and flirting and seducing we all do in the name of sexiness, one woman has come up with another, much simpler and more literal solution for how to be sexy.


    She is changing her name. Actually changing her name to Sexy.

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    For real you guys. In my home state of Ohio (so proud), Ranea Crabtree has asked a judge to approve her case for a name change which would officially make her Sexy Crabtree. She's already refused to go by the first name her parents gave her, Sheila, saying that she hates it and it's "really ugly." (If there are any other Sheilas out there reading this, it's a perfectly nice name!)

    Her rationale for her newly proposed name? "I wear Victoria's Secret clothes all the time. I was like, 'Shoot, I'll just go for Sexy.'" Well then. A rose by any

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  • Welcome to the wall workout: No-equipment moves that require only a wall. Tone your abs, butt, thighs, arms and more. See the moves done step-by-step in our video!
    by SELF


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    Secrets To Firing Up Your Metabolism
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