Written on April 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm , by Colleen Travers
I’m about to tell you something, and you may not like me after I say it: I’ve never suffered from allergies. But from what I can tell, it does not look like a good time. Sneezing, wheezing and countless other symptoms leave me giving puppy eyes to my fellow commuters in the morning as they try to put their best face forward. But ABC’s Private Practice star Kate Walsh does have allergies, and completely understands what it feels like to be zonked out all day dealing with them. I got the chance to chat with Walsh as she teamed up with Zyrtec to get her tips to looking good inside and out in every season.
What exactly is “Allergy Face”?
Allergy Face is puffy, watery eyes, sneezing, a stuffed up nose, you name it. It’s basically all of those things that make you want to hide under the covers. Which is annoying, because springtime is the season to finally get outside and enjoy the great weather.
Have you ever woken up with Allergy Face before filming or making a public appearance where you needed to look your best?
I basically have Allergy Face every day once spring hits. In California allergies can be year-round. Between the Santa Ana winds, dry winters and then the spring season something is always blooming and blowing around. Before I was diagnosed with allergies I never wanted to admit that I had them. I just told myself I was a person who sneezed a lot!
Written on February 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm , by Colleen Travers
As American Heart Health Month wraps up. you already know that in moderation red wine is key for your ticker, but did you know that grape juice could have a similar effect? It makes sense of course, as wine is made from grapes, but in a recent Welch’s study of 4,000 people more than twice as many consumers were aware of the heart-healthy benefits of red wine, but not grape juice.
Another interesting stat? According to the study, 2/3 of Americans recognize that red wine, salmon, and olive oil are all heart-healthy foods, but only a fraction actually buy these foods on a monthly basis. Yet people who buy and drink grape juice were twice as likely to add other heart-healthy foods to their shopping carts than non-drinkers. Maybe it’s a coincidence or maybe it’s true that one healthy habit leads to a chain reaction of others, but for those looking for the health perks of wine without the hangover, grape juice might just be your best bet!
For more heart-healthy resources, recipes and more visit welchs.com/rewardyourheart
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Written on November 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm , by Lisa Haney
Pop quiz: Do you know where your pancreas is? Or what it does? Registered nurse Candice Rosen, author of The Pancreatic Oath, is on a mission to educate people about the often-overlooked gland located between the stomach and spine. The gland secretes digestive juices and releases hormones to help the body regulate the glucose it takes from food for energy. Because of its vital function, a healthy pancreas is the key to overall wellness, Rosen believes. “If people took the pancreas seriously and ate to protect it, there would be no need for World Diabetes Day,” she says. “Type 2 Diabetes is not a disease, it’s a consequence.” Protecting your pancreas, by eating in a way that doesn’t make it work overtime, may prevent diabetes and other life-threatening health conditions and can even help you reach and maintain your optimal weight, she explains.
Here are a few simple “self-health” steps Rosen recommends to start caring for your pancreas today:
- Eliminate sugar and artificial sweeteners. For example, swap sugary fruit juices and sodas for water or unsweetened iced tea. Treat dessert as a celebration and indulge only once a week, instead of after most meals, and share with a friend.
- Decrease alcohol intake. When you do have a cocktail, follow it with a glass of water or unsweetened ice tea before you have another.
- Eat whole foods instead of processed foods.
- Be sure to get plenty of leafy greens like kale, Swiss chard and spinach.
- Decrease or eliminate fast food.
- Know your body. Weight loss is not “one size fits all”—everyone’s body reacts differently to the foods they eat, Rosen says. She recommends eating meals that keep your blood glucose levels between 70 and 100, as measured on a glucometer.
Written on October 18, 2011 at 7:00 am , by fitsugar
Some ailments need the power of the medicine cabinet, but other times when you’re not feeling that hot all you need to do is look toward the spice rack. Whether you’re in a bad mood, can’t stop coughing, nursing a hangover, or have post-workout soreness, here are four spices that can help you feel better — no medicine required!
When to use: When you’re feeling down.
Why: The hot feeling you get in your mouth is from the compound capsaicin. It triggers pain receptors in your mouth, which causes your brain to release feel-good endorphins to compensate.
How to eat: Spice up a cold, dreary day with this spicy-sweet chili recipe, or this recipe for a healthy version of spicy eggplant.
When to use: When you’re fighting a cold or feeling nauseous or achy.
Why: Remedy the sniffles, aches, and congestion of the season with ginger; ginger contains a chemical that helps reduce nausea and inflammation symptoms, and ginger tea has been a tried-and-true congestion remedy for years.
How to eat: Whip up this ginger tea recipe the next time you are feeling under the weather, or dress up your dinner with this ginger-garlic broccoli recipe.
When to use: Those foggy-headed days.
Why: The ancient herb has been used for anything from sore throats to aiding fertility, but studies haven’t been done in every area to see how effective the ancient herb is. Small studies, however, have shown that sage works in improving mental performance in thinking and learning in both younger people and older Alzheimer’s patients.
How to eat: Go fresh with this bean salad recipe that uses fresh sage and other herbs, or remedy cut the foggy-headedness with a cup of sage tea.
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Written on October 17, 2011 at 9:10 am , by Colleen Travers
It’s not even November yet and we’ve already had the first round of sniffles, coughs, and colds here at the FITNESS offices. Chances are, if you haven’t had any cold or flu symptoms yet, you know someone who has, making you that much more vulnerable to getting sick.
We chatted with Gail Rampersaud, a registered dietitian in Florida for some ways to guard yourself against a cold this season. Below, her healthy eating tips for keeping your immune system in tact:
- Consume at least five servings of fruits and veggies a day to get enough vitamins and antioxidants to keep you from catching a cold.
- Lean meats, such as skinless chicken or beef contain iron and zinc, two minerals that will boost your immune system all winter long.
- Drink up! One 8 oz. glass of 100 percent orange juice provides at least 100 percent of the daily value for vitamin C.
Rampersaud also shared this recipe for spiced orange green tea, so you can arm yourself with the proper nutrients before cold season officially starts.
Spiced Orange Green Tea
- 4 oz. Florida Orange Juice
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 oz. green tea
Combine all ingredients in a pot and heat until heavily steaming. Strain and serve hot.
Now tell us: How do you prep for cold season?
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Written on October 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm , by Colleen Travers
When you really think about it, it’s pretty ironic there are a slew of shows on TV dedicated to busy women who need fast recipes to whip up during the week when the shows themselves run anywhere between a half hour to an hour. If you’re really that busy, who has time to watch a show on how to not be quite as busy?
That’s why Yahoo! has decided to launch a new series called, Reluctantly Healthy, a weekly three to five minute Webisode hosted by actress and comedian Judy Greer on how to stay healthy on-the-go, whether you’re constantly traveling, work long hours, or just don’t have time to constantly watch what you’re putting in your mouth. We got the chance to chat with Greer about the series and some quirky tips she’s picked up along the way. See what she had to say below.
What makes Reluctantly Healthy different from other shows out there?
The fact that it’s short and simple is key. No episode is longer than five minutes because busy women don’t have time to watch a half-hour show on healthy habits. Each show features myself with a dream team of experts—trainer Tanja Djelevic, chef Jared Sokoloff and nutritionist Carey Peters asking questions on how to exercise faster, eat better and make healthier choices in everyday life.
Written on October 7, 2011 at 11:00 am , by Colleen Travers
In the latest issue of FITNESS we broke down all the weird little things that can happen to your breasts. And while some lumps and bumps might be normal, others are not. Below, experts from Susan G. Komen for the Cure share some warning signs to look out for in your breasts. If you see any of these changes, schedule an appointment with your doc.
- A lump, hard knot, or thickening inside the breast.
- Change in size or shape of your breast.
- Swelling, warmth, redness, or darkening of the breast.
- Dimpling or puckering of the skin around the breast.
- Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple.
- Nipple discharge that starts suddenly.
- Pulling in of your nipple or other part of the breast.
- New pain in one spot that doesn’t go away.
Visit komen.org to get information all month on breast cancer prevention, events, and more. Plus, read this step-by-step guide on how to give yourself a self-exam.
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Written on September 14, 2011 at 10:49 am , by Karla WalshIt’s a shocking reality: using a cell phone of any kind (even with a headset!) while driving impairs your reaction time as much as having a blood alcohol level at the legal limit of .08, according to a University of Utah study. And nearly one in five car accidents can be attributed to distracted driving. But besides tossing your phone in the back seat, what can you do to steer clear of the temptation of calls, texts or tweets at a red light—or help your teens do the same?
Sprint launched an app yesterday called “Drive First” that automatically locks the phone when the car’s speed exceeds 10 miles per hour. All calls and text conversations will be forced to end and the phone will be locked on the home screen, customized by the account holder (this can include just a 911 button or specific apps that the user deems necessary, such as weather and music). After the car stops moving for a few minutes, it fully unlocks. Considering many of us (myself included!) have a massive multitasking habit, this app could be a lifesaver.
Drive First is now available for Sprint android phones for $2 per month and in the near future, Blackberry and other phone users will be able to use the app as well. Learn more and sign up for a free trial or the app here.
Now tell us: What are your top safe driving tips?
Written on September 8, 2011 at 11:25 am , by Karla Walsh
Does what we eat determine how long we live? That’s the premise behind the new film Forks Over Knives, which promotes a whole foods, plant-based diet to reduce cardiovascular disease and improve overall health.
We first learned about the film from trainer Bob Harper, who said that the scientific research that the film was based on (which also can be found in the book The China Study) inspired him to go vegan. So when the film was officially released to the public, we decided to speak with one of the main scientists interviewed in the film, Dr. T. Colin Campbell. He also happens to be the co-author of The China Study.
Read on to learn about how he says we can use food as medicine and how he inspired former President Bill Clinton to eat meat-free.
What did you discover when you went to China to research health, nutrition and longevity?
Cancer was much more common in some regions of China than others, so we did a survey to find out why. Individuals who ate a diet mainly of whole, plant-based foods had a lower risk for cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases. This specific study, along with 30 years of related nutrition research, helped me to see the major impact the way we eat can have on health, politics and the environment.
Written on August 30, 2011 at 10:22 am , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Theresa K. Brady, editorial intern
The last few days of summer are rapidly approaching, and we’re all trying to get in as many warm-weather workouts as possible. But with the rare day of scorching temperatures still popping up, outdoor exercisers can experience dehydration and excessive sweating. We spoke with experts from the International Hyperhydrosis Society to find out how to keep cool, stay dry and recognize when sweating becomes serious.
- Hydration is key. “Drinking water helps cool the body off,” says Kelley Redbord, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist in private practice in Vienna, Virginia and associate professor at George Washington University. If your body isn’t hydrated it won’t produce sweat, which could lead to heat stroke, says David M. Pariser, MD, founding member and secretary of the International Hyperhidrosis Society and professor of dermatology at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. Body temperature is regulated during hot weather by sweat evaporating off your skin.
- Apply antiperspirant at night. Both Redboard and Pariser recommend using an antiperspirant (which decrease sweating, while deodorants decrease odor-causing bacteria) in the evening because your skin will, most likely, be drier. “In the morning you’re body is moving and making heat, causing your body to sweat,” says Pariser. Wet skin makes antiperspirants less effective.
- Look for clinical strength. These antiperspirants have higher amounts of the active ingredient aluminum salt that makes them more effective than standard ones, says Pariser. They are sold over-the-counter at most local drugstores. Redboard recommends Secret Clinical Strength for women and Gilette Clinical Strength for men.
- Apply it anywhere. Antiperspirants are not reserved for under your arms. You can apply them anywhere you find you perspire like your hands, knees, feet, back or chest. Just be aware that these areas might be more sensitive than your underarms so choose an unscented product, advises Redboard.
- Excessive sweating may require treatment. If you find perspiration affecting your daily life, you may have a condition called hyperhydrosis. It sounds serious, but this just means you sweat more than necessary, and the condition is testable and treatable, Redboard and Pariser say. Symptoms include excessive sweating while resting, physical discomfort and sweaty palms making writing or shaking hands difficult. Consult with your doctor or dermatologist if you think you may suffer from hyperhydrosis.
You can also visit sweathelp.org to learn more about what you can do to keep your sweating under control.
More from FITNESS: Did you know that a women’s pro soccer player can sweat about three liters per match? Find more perspiration facts (and fixes) in “Don’t Sweat It.”