These red flags are your body's way of saying you should schedule a checkup.
These red flags are your body's way of saying you should schedule a checkup.
The concept of finding a soulmate has been thrown around for years. But what is a soulmate, anyway? The idea behind it is simple: There’s someone out there who is perfectly suited for you and only you. While the idea of finding the one is romantic, it's just not realistic.
There's a reason Hollywood loves to make movies about independent women (Eat, Pray Love and Legally Blonde, for example): They're relatable, moving, inspiring, and full of all the things we fantasize about doing on our own.
A few weeks ago, I had an appointment with David Reavy, a Chicago-based physical therapist known for his work with professional athletes in the NFL and NBA.
Sitting Disease. It sounds like some mysterious condition you’d bring back from an exotic vacation, but it’s actually a modern homegrown ailment caused by going from the breakfast table to the driver’s seat, from your desk to the car to the sofa for the evening, with little movement otherwise.
I first developed eczema in seventh grade. For me, it meant that at 12 years old, the skin around my eyes became red, swollen, dry and peeling — and stayed that way, on and off, for the rest of my life.
When you get a high blood pressure reading at the doctor's office, it might be tough for you to understand exactly what impact those numbers can make on your overall health, since high blood pressure has no unusual day-to-day symptoms.
When you skimp on the sunscreen (unintentionally, of course) and end up with a monster sunburn, chances are you turn to aloe vera gel to soothe your scorched skin.
Now and again, everyone faces a big life transition. For me, it was when I lost my father — right around the time I realized my kids were rapidly growing up (funny how that sneaks up on you, huh?). I started to think about how I really wanted to live my day-to-day life.
When a migraine hits, all you want to do is to get rid of it—ASAP. The painful throbbing on one or both sides of the head, sensitivity to light, nausea, and vomiting are enough to make you want to curl up into a ball and wish the tension would just go away.
There's something about a special home scent. You're not always totally aware it's there, but when you walk into a room that has a certain smell, you're immediately hit with a memory of a time or place. (Remember how distinctive your grandma's house used to smell?).
Most of us know someone who never seems to get sick. Maybe it’s a pastor who never catches a cold despite shaking hundreds of hands each Sunday. Or, perhaps it’s an elementary school teacher who, despite getting coughed and sneezed on every day, never misses a day of work.
"To rinse or not to rinse? That is question," says Carolyn Forte, director of the Cleaning Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute. "And the answer is 'not to rinse.'"
It isn’t a clinical condition, but doctors know what you mean when you say you have brain fog. “It’s one of the most common complaints I hear,” says Felicia Goldstein, Ph.D., professor in the neurology department at Emory University Brain Health Center in Atlanta.
Listen up, new parents: If you're desperate for a good night's sleep (and your little one is, too), this mom's clever hack may be just the trick you need.
Strength training is key to staying healthy as you age.
It’s easy to say that neck and back pain is due to our slouching, hunching-over culture—too easy, says Eric Robertson, associate professor of clinical physical therapy at the University of Southern California. “Actually, if you hunch a while, that’s fine,” he says.
Ujjayi. Alternate nostril breathing. Deep, belly-filling inhalations. If you've ever felt a little silly during all those exercises at the beginning of yoga class, know you haven't wasted your breath—a new study suggests they can help ease depression and anxiety.
Once you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, the way you approach food completely changes. That’s because dips and peaks in your blood sugar can dictate how you feel throughout the day, and the foods you eat play a major role in that.
We're huge fans of running. It allows you to get a stress-reducing, endurance-boosting workout with just a pair of shoes and an open road. It also burns calories, of course. At a 10-minute per mile pace, you'll fry about 10 calories a minute.
Take a look at where your shoulders are as you’re reading this article. Odds are, they are shrugged up into your ears, hunching forward, or both.
Earlier this year, an old technique reportedly used by the US army back in the '80s to help troops fall asleep in two minutes or less went viral after being resurrected by UK website Joe. Because, well, who doesn’t want to fall asleep fast?
How to do it: Follow the directions for each fitness screening. If you can do the move correctly, and without any pain, you pass that test. For each screen that you flunk, add 3 to 5 years to your current age to get your "movement age.
Your egg carton is trying to tell you something. And if you look closely, it'll save you a few failed side dishes and some less-than-tasty desserts this holiday season.
The latest surveys show that about a third of Americans now use natural or complementary medicine, and the number is growing. Fish oil is the most common natural product used for health—nearly 8% of adults take it preventively for heart health.
You'd be forgiven for thinking Lure Hsu is a teenager, or in her early 20s at a push. However, the Taiwanese interior designer recently turned 43 years old. Seriously.
Don't think yoga is for you? If you're feeling stiff or achy, it may be the best medicine—no headstands required. Research shows that doing a gentle yoga workout most days of the week can relieve back and arthritis pain, ramp up energy, and even temper hot flashes.
Every year a whopping 2 million people are treated for the painful heel condition plantar fasciitis, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Long after most people would have retired, Murray Grossan, 94, still works as an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat doctor) at the Grossan Institute in Los Angeles, California.
2. Eliminate dandruff with a DIY aspirin shampoo. Aspirin is basically salicylic acid, the anti-acne ingredient that sloughs off dead skin. "It does the same thing for your scalp—gets rid of flakes," says Marie Jhin, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in San Francisco.
These films are emotional, sometimes controversial, and definitely worth watching.
Wolfing down your meal might ease your hunger pains, but it can actually cause another kind of pain—the agony of an upset stomach.
Exercise may be the best medicine for chronic achy knees. "Strengthening the muscles around the joint protects you from injury by decreasing stress on the knee," says Willibald Nagler, MD, chairman of rehabilitation medicine at the New York Hospital–Cornell Medical Center in New York City.
We don't need to give you the hard sell on houseplants: They instantly add color, vibrancy, and a breath of fresh air to your space, no matter the size. As it turns out, these greens — ferns, palms, and ivy to name a few — also breath a little life into you, too.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, you've heard it all before—all you need to speed up your metabolism is to build more muscle, drink lots of ice water, and try to spend less time sitting, right? But there are actually a ton of other factors to consider, and you might be messing with your metabolism without even r
Gordon Gekko from Wall Street, Don Draper from Mad Men, and Frank Underwood from House of Cards are all charming, manipulative people who totally lack a social conscience and exploit other people for their own gain. In other words, they're sociopaths.
Make money without ever leaving your house! These easy work-at-home job ideas will have you earning cash in no time.
The concept of a plank is pretty simple: You hold yourself up in a pushup position for a set period of time to tone your core, glutes, and hamstrings. But while you probably already know how to do a plank, you might be hazy on how long you should actually hold one to max out results.
The big takeaway from that UNC report: Most of us could stand to cut back on sugar. The American Heart Association suggests women stick to 6 teaspoons or less of added sugar daily. That's roughly 25 grams, or 100 calories' worth, if you're checking food labels.
Love your lower body! The newest way to shape up your belly, butt, and thighs without stressing your joints: Flip your workout upside down! These five moves, designed by fitness expert Ellen Barrett, star of Prevention's Flat Belly Diet Workout DVDs, use one piece of equipment you're sure to
Bloating, abdominal pain, gas, and diarrhea—these are all classic symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), an ultra-common digestive condition that affects the large intestine and impacts between 25 million and 45 million U.S. adults.
Leg Circle legcircleb.jpg Lie on your back with your legs extended along the floor. Raise your left leg toward the ceiling, with toes pointed and hands at your sides, palms down. Hold for 10 to 60 seconds.
When it comes to our dogs, it can be really hard to leave them at home when they look up at us with those big, sad eyes. But, as much as it would be lovely to spend every minute of the day with them, sometimes it's just not practical.
But choosing a powder doesn't have to be akin to buying a new car. We're here to tell you that while all powders claim to be awesome, they're not all equal.
Trying to kick a weight loss plateau? Unhand the celery and head for the spice cabinet: New research shows that cumin powder can help jumpstart weight loss, decrease body fat, and improve unhealthy cholesterol levels naturally.
Crescent (Firms abs, hips, and thighs) Stand with feet together, toes forward, and arms at sides. Inhale and raise arms overhead, reaching fingertips toward ceiling. Exhale, and bend forward from hips, bringing hands to floor (it's OK to bend knees).
Start by doing these moves at least 3 times a week. Once you've gotten rid of the sciatica pain, keep doing the exercises at least once a week to keep sciatca pain from coming back. Lie face-down and bend your knees so your heels are right under your knees.
Maybe your spouse did laundry and put something in the dryer that wasn't supposed to go, or you simply got distracted and didn't hear the timer go off. Accidents happen. If your favorite cashmere ends up looking like it belongs on your 6-year-old niece, remain calm.
Depending on where you begin, you can expect to shed a half-pound to 2 pounds per week with a new walking program, says Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, author of Walking the Weight Off for Dummies. (Good news: The heavier you start, the faster you'll shrink.
If You've Got... Achy Feet Fitness photos by J. Miller
So what's the cause? Generally, tight or misaligned muscles will pull the knee cap out of alignment, explains David Reavy, director of React Physical Therapy in Chicago.
When Allbirds wool sneakers first came out and were marketed as "the world's most comfortable shoes," I took notice. As someone with high-arch feet who's prone to plantar fasciitis, wearing comfortable shoes that provide stability and support is very important.
Adding these DASH diet-friendly foods to your diet can help lower your numbers.
It may sound like hype at first: "Melt fat without breaking a sweat!" Even scientists who've done some of the key studies recognize the disconnect.
If shoulder strength or stability is not your strong suit, or if the pressure of high plank holds hurts your wrists, simply find a bench, stool, or ottoman to use as a prop for an incline plank. Place your forearms parallel to one another on the bench and create a fist with your hands.
What if we told you that trying to stand on one leg for 20 seconds (or more) could help you gauge the health of your brain? You might think we were a bit unbalanced ourselves. But that's exactly what a new study published in the journal Stroke suggests.
1. EAT ENOUGH You need to cut calories to lose weight. But going too low delivers a double whammy to your metabolism. When you eat less than you need for basic biological function (about 1,200 calories for most women), your body throws the brakes on your metabolism.
Here are 10 superhealers you'll want to add to the all-natural section of your medicine cabinet—and even to your favorite recipes. Folding one or two of them into your cooking every day can yield big benefits. Turmeric: Ease arthritis A heaping helping of curry could relieve your pain.
"My view is that the promise [of RS] is extraordinary," says David Topping, a leading RS researcher and senior nutrition scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia's public applied science agency. "The research is going to drive itself.
Like most of us, Santiago doesn’t yet know that diminishing muscle quality is a large part of the reason she’s been so tired lately and why those few extra pounds have started clinging to her like swirls of frosting to a cake.
Keeping your memory crisp well into your old age may be a lot simpler than you think. According to new research, in order to maximize your memory and thinking skills, all you have to do is move — either with daily exercise or even just housework.
"There are a number of roadblocks people in their 50s will face when trying to lose weight," says Brian Durbin, a NSCA-certified strength and conditioning specialist and personal trainer. "But once you know what they are—and how to work around them—it's easy to be successful at dropping pounds.
Just like your gear needs vary by workout, so too should your fueling strategy. The smoothie that goes down easy before strength-training could cause digestive distress in spin class.
What’s your blood type? This question is often followed by a long pause and an eventual, “No clue.” Which leads to even more questions: Do you really need to know your blood type? What can your blood type even tell you? Well, quite a lot, it seems.
Cherry juice is a natural source of the sleep-wake cycle hormone melatonin and amino acid tryptophan, says study coauthor Frank L. Greenway, director of the outpatient research clinic at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at LSU.
Strengthens: core, thighs Lengthens: torso, spine Start in Mountain Pose, legs and feet together, heels slightly apart, and arms at sides with palms facing forward. Keeping spine long and shoulders rolled back and away from ears, spread toes and press all 4 corners of each foot into mat.
"Insurance and Medicaid often cover a blood test," says Carole Beggarly, director of GrassrootsHealth, a non-profit that aims to increase awareness about vitamin D deficiency (and how to fix it). "It's helpful to be thorough and see where you're at so you know how much to supplement.
Protein: 18 g per 1-cup serving (cooked) Talk about healthiest appetizer ever—just a cup's worth of edamame (or cooked soybeans) packs a huge protein punch. Be sure to pick an organic variety, though, as most soybeans in the US are genetically modified and heavily treated with pesticides.
You’ve got your best friend’s wedding coming up, rent, student loans, car payments...who has the money to invest for retirement after all that?
You DIY your salad dressing, bread, furniture, and T-shirts. Heck, maybe you even DIY your underwear (hey, we don't judge). So why not DIY your energy bars? It's the only surefire way to avoid all the nasty, why-am-I-eating-this ingredients found in most brands, even the "healthy" ones.
You wake up in the middle of the night, relieved it's only 3 a.m. and that you still have a few hours of solid shut-eye before you have to get up. Only, you can't fall back to sleep. So what's your solution? Here are seven strategies you can use to drift back into dreamland—fast. 1.
2. Hit the mat. Contrary to popular belief, stress makes us fat, not skinny. And it's not just because anxious situations can turn us into comfort-food seekers. According to research from Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, stress may actually change the way our bodies metabolize food.
Are you sitting up straight right now? You probably are now that I reminded you. Sitting at a desk or hunching over a computer all day is horrible for your neck, back, and overall posture. If you feel tight in your chest and shoulders, do this series of stretches a few times a week to loosen up.
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: A smart, accomplished woman who knows a thing or two about health decides to kick her habits up a notch in January.
Hands down, one of the best (and cheapest) ways to see America's vast beauty is by train. Don't believe me? Then allow me to introduce you to Amtrak's Coast Starlight, which has been called "one of America's most beautiful train rides" since the 1940s.
Recently, the smart people at Business Insider consulted the U.S.
Yet experts agree it's important to focus on achieving your healthy weight no matter the number of candles on your birthday cake this year. "Excess fat is something we shouldn't ignore no matter how old we are," says Robert Huizenga, MD, the physician featured on The Biggest Loser.
I try to push up, but nothing happens. I might as well be paralyzed, for all the luck I’m having. “Are you feeling any pain?” he asks again. In fact, I wish I was. I’m no stranger to discomfort.
Poor cortisol: It means well but just doesn't know when to quit. Produced by your adrenal glands, this "stress hormone" helps regulate blood pressure and the immune system during a sudden crisis, whether a physical attack or an emotional setback.
Cellulite doesn't discriminate. It can show up on girls in their teens—or younger. That's because, despite what you've heard about cellulite being some mysterious condition linked to "trapped toxins" or poor circulation, cellulite is simply old-fashioned fat.
We've all been there—maybe you sliced the tip of your finger instead of the bagel, nicked yourself shaving, or got swiped at by a feisty cat. Even the smallest of cuts can bleed excessively, and you should never ignore a bleeding cut, no matter its size.