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Don't let Popeye's bald pate fool you: Spinach is a healthy-hair secret weapon. It's full of iron, which delivers enriching oxygen to your hair follicles. If you really want to lunch for luscious locks, also chow down on eggs (for stengthening protein), salmon (for shine-ifying omega-3s) and bell peppers (for free-radical-eradicating vitamin C). For all the brushing, washing, treating and styling that go into hair care, the real key to beautifully healthy hair is a beautifully healthy lifestyle.QUIZ: What's Your Hair's Real Age?
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Apr 27, 2011
Exercising does not have to be complicated! Some of the most effective workout routines are also the easiest. Try our three favorite easy exercises to kick-start your workout routine.
One-Legged Crunch (One of many easy exercises that strengthens core muscles)
- Lie on your back and interweave your hands behind your head. Keep your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Extend your right leg straight up toward the ceiling and flex this foot. Using your abs, lift your upper body toward your right toe. Pretend there’s a string in your belly button, pulling your stomach toward the ground. Relax your neck and hold your head like an egg. Do 25 times and switch legs. Advance variation: Keep your lower leg straight and an inch from the ground...for the entire set.
Side Crunch (One of many easy exercises that works your entire core)
- While lying on your back, rest your head in interwoven hands. Drop your bent knees to the left. Crunch your upper body, keeping your chin a (tennis ball’s) distance from you chest. Pull your belly button toward your spine. Do 25 times each side. Advanced: Keep your legs an inch from the ground. Crunch your upper and lower body up each rep.
Tailbone Life (One of many easy exercises that strengthens lower abdominal muscles)
- Lie on your back with your hands interwoven behind your head as a pillow. Lift your legs as straight as you can above your hips. Keeping this position, lift your tailbone from the ground one inch. Then, tap it slowly back down. Do 25 times. Don’t allow your chin to compress down to your chest. Leave a tennis ball’s distance. Advanced: Lift upper body while using your hands to hold your head. Make sure your neck is completely relaxed.
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A: Feed me now or I’ll hurt you.
If this sounds like you, it’s usually a sign of low blood sugar from an exhausted “stress handler” gland. In the first few minutes, eating sugar will help, but it will make things worse in the long run.
Sucking on a Tic Tac or two may be enough sugar to break the attack. Then, eat more protein and fewer sweets to keep your blood sugar stable. If you need a treat, try a small amount of dark chocolate (over 70 percent cocoa, no milk fats). The flavonoids can boost energy and immunity. Another good tactic to decrease cravings? Have multiple, small meals throughout the day, rather than three large ones.
DISCUSS: Is there a healthier way to satisfy my sweet tooth?
B: The happy Ho Ho hunter. You generally feel fine but often find yourself going through the cabinets for a Twinkie. A holistic doc might say this reflects yeast overgrowth in your gut, a controversial area.
Treating this presumed excess of yeast with probiotics may help improve your pain and fatigue. This could also eliminate your spastic colon and chronic sinusitis. You can repopulate your gut with bacteroides coagulans from spores.Try out Sustenex or Digestive Advantage. New data shows that these may boost serotonin levels. (See next point...)
C: I’m having my period and I’m depressed.
Low serotonin levels (the “happiness hormone”) near your period can cause carb cravings.
Snacking a little on dark chocolate will provide a natural antidepressant (PEA) as well as the carbs you crave.
READ MORE: Why and How to Break Your Sugar Addiction
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- Workaholics: They believe: "If I'm not working, it isn't getting done." "If I'm not hustling, someone else will beat me to it."
- Parenting: They believe: "The kids have soccer." "Clothes need folding and the house is a mess. Super mom to the rescue."
- Unhealthy Relationship: They believe: "If I leave, he/she may fall a part."
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Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. We’ve all seen commercials warning people to get vaccinated to prevent contracting HPV, but so few actually know the ins and outs of this problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 79 million Americans are infected with HPV. In fact, it’s so common that most sexually active people will get at least one form of HPV during their lifetime. What does this all mean, though? Don’t worry, Lala loves. You have questions and we have the answers.
What does HPV actually mean?
Human papillomavirus is the term used when referring to more than 100 different types of sexually transmitted infections. A papilloma is a small wart-like growth on the skin. This does not mean that all strains of HPV result in warts, mind you. The virus can oftentimes go unrecognized because of the lack of symptoms. Some symptoms people may experience from the virus are genital warts, respiratory papillomatosis, and in more advanced stages, various forms of cancer. In short, HPV is a sexually transmitted infection that can surface in over a hundred different forms.
How is it spread?
HPV is spread through vaginal, anal, or oral sex, with oral sex being the least common. Even if you have had sex with only one person, HPV can still be contracted. People can unknowingly infect others because they show no signs or symptoms of having HPV in the first case. Even scarier is the fact that you can develop symptoms years after your sexual experience, making it more difficult to pinpoint when you became infected.
How can we prevent it?
There are multiple ways to prevent contracting HPV. One way to avoid HPV is to be vaccinated. It’s recommended that all boys and girls be vaccinated between the ages of 11 and 12. If that ship has sailed, no worries. Catch-up vaccines are administered to males through the age of 21 and for females through the age of 26. The vaccinations are given over a six-month period, with one shot every two months.
Another incredibly simple way to avoid HPV is to use condoms or other forms of contraception each and every time you have sex. I understand there’re lots of reasons to forgo condoms – it feels better without them, it can slow down a passionate moment, they can become costly, etc. Whatever. Taking the necessary precautions will always be better than waking up with warts on your lady bits. Oh, and being in a monogamous relationship or abstinent doesn’t hurt either.
How can we test for it?
Testing for HPV isn’t as simple as testing something like whether or not you’re anemic. If you notice warts, go to your doctor and they will perform a biopsy to let you know your HPV status. Women can also be tested for HPV during routine pap smear exams. If it comes back abnormal, more tests will be done to determine whether or not cervical cancer has formed. HPV commonly arises as cervical cancer, so it’s insanely important to meet with your gyno for regular pap tests. In extreme cases, HPV can lead to an overwhelming possibility of cancers. When testing for those, the oncologist will determine whether or not it started from HPV. So, basically, there isn’t a one-stop shop for checking on the status of your HPV. If you notice something abnormal, go see your doctor and they’ll perform the necessary tests.
How can we treat it?
There is no treatment for the virus itself since it rears its ugly head in different ways. For genital warts, your doctor can prescribe different topical and oral prescriptions. For cervical cancer and other HPV-related cancers, treatment will vary depending on the type and stage. Again, your doctor will be able to come up with the right treatment plan for you if it gets to one of those stages.
Girls, I get it. Sex is awesome and most of us are doing it – but you need to be safe about it. HPV is spread on a day-to-day basis. Luckily for us, there are ways to prevent and treat the infection. Hop in bed with as few or as many people as you like (slut shaming is ridiculous, so we won’t judge), but be smart with your choices.
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20sGood skincare habits are the key to great skin throughout your life. Before the visible signs of aging become a true concern, establish a prevention routine by cleansing twice a day with a non-drying cleanser like Elemis Soothing Chamomile Cleanser, followed by a light moisturizer like Elemis Hydra-Balance Day Cream. It’s not too early to start thinking about preventing fine lines with a light eye serum that focuses on cell regeneration. Don’t forget to use a broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen every single day!
30sBecause of hormone changes, says Dr. Chiu, or external hormones like birth control pills, pregnancy, or genetics, our 30s bring pigment changes and general unevenness in the skin. We suggest combating that with a product like Elemis Cellular Recover Skin Bliss Capsules, which fights the effects of pollution and aging by promoting turnover of dead skin cells. It’s also time to up your moisturizer game to a more hydrating version like Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream.
40+Look for products that improve firming to combat the loss of volume that occurs by the time we reach 40. Become a label-hound for products like Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream Ultra-Rich, which contains Mediterranean Algae to improve skin elasticity. And since a lady never wants her neck to reveal her age, keep yourself firm all over with Elemis Pro-Collagen Lifting Treatment Neck and Bust. As we age, the skin loses oil glands, so look for a product like Elemis Pro-Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment that will hold moisture in the skin to reduce fine lines and get you looking like you did at 20… almost.
Any AgeWhat’s the quickest way to look older before your time? Whether you’re 25 or 45, we all have nights when we struggle to get a solid eight hours of shut-eye. Make up for it by brightening up those dark circles with a soothing cream like Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Eye Balm. Then reset your skin by treating yourself to a luxurious mask designed for your skin type, whether it’s the Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask or Fruit Active Rejuvenating Mask. READ MORE: Genes vs. Routine: How Much of Your Skin Aging Can You Actually Control?
Oct 9, 2015
Product: ClarityMD 2-Step System
What’s inside: A Deep Pore Cleanser and a Clarifying Serum. Each utilize salicylic acid as the active acne-fighting ingredient; the rest of the formula includes nature-powered ingredients like chamomile (to calm any nasty inflamed redness), glycolic acid (a natural exfoliator that helps re-texturize skin, even out discoloration, and minimize pores), and bakuchiol, a popular ingredient in holistic medicine that actually works like a natural retinol alternative: similar skin-clearing benefits, zero irritation. That promise alone could be enough for any woman to give it a whirl. The Deep Pore Cleanser also is completely free of microbeads—those little plastic exfoliators in a lot of older acne cleansers, which don’t actually dissolve and instead, pollute our oceans after they swirl down your drain—making it both skin- and eco-friendly.
How It Works: The directions say use the system twice a day, every day. I generally don’t wash my face in the morning, but for the sake of results, I started doing it. After cleansing, either with or without the complimentary konjac sponge (these things are amazing for gently exfoliating, btw) and patting dry, apply the clear serum to trouble spots—mine like to gather on the sides of my face, by my chin, and right under the crease of my nose. Not cute.
Results: After using diligently for two weeks, my skin never became irritated, even with washing it twice as often—something I can’t honestly say about the majority of acne products I’ve used (and trust, I’ve used more than I’m proud to admit). And save for a tiny hormonal breakout around that time of the month (no topical products will stop those babies, I’ve learned to accept), I had zero new breakouts. I actually mentioned my acne to a few people last week, and each time got the response, “What?! Your skin is so clear!” And getting that praise from people other than my biggest critic (myself, of course) is a clear confirmation that what I’m doing is working.
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