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8 Lesser Known Cities in Italy To Fall in Love With

When you travel to Italy, the top destinations on your list probably are Rome, Florence, Venice and perhaps a stop for some Tuscan sun. But there are …

Europe

How to Make Anything a Daily Habit

Habits – they’re the building blocks of success in any endeavor.<p>Learn how to master them and you’ll be rewarded for the rest of your life (assuming …

15 Must-Visit Spots Along Iceland’s Ring Road

At exactly 828 miles, Iceland’s Route 1 encircles the entire country. With an average speed limit of 55 miles an hour, you could technically drive …

European Travel

Does Antibacterial Soap Work Better Than Regular Soap?

Soaping up with warm water is the No. 1 way to fight against cold and flu viruses. But when it comes to the type of soap — antibacterial or plain old …

What Happens in Your Body and Brain While You Sleep

Sleep isn't a luxury. Skimping on zzz's compromises everything from your immune system to your memory.<p>There are important electrical and chemical processes that happen in the brain and throughout the body during all the stages of sleep. Here’s how they affect our health:<p>Sleep is prime time for …

Sleep

WHY DO WE SLEEP? - PHYSICAL RESTORATION

Sleep strengthens the immune system and increases white blood cell counts It is now widely thought that sleep has a kind of “house-keeping” purpose, …

Does Sugar Lower Your Immune System?

You may have heard the myth that 1 teaspoon of sugar lowers the immune system for 6 hours. But is this really true? Does sugar lower your immune …

Innate immunity of the gut: mucosal defense in health and disease.

2004 May;38(5):463-73.<p>1Mucosal Immunology Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA 02129, USA.<p>Abstract<p>The intestine is an …

Why Trying New Things Is So Hard to Do

I drink a lot of Diet Coke: two liters a day, almost six cans’ worth. I’m not proud of the habit, but I really like the taste of Diet Coke.<p>As a frugal economist, I’m well aware that switching to a generic brand would save me money, not just once but daily, for weeks and years to come. Yet I only …

Why Portugal’s the place all the cool kids of wellness will go to unplug in 2018

When I moved to Portugal last winter, I thought, sure, I might be happier there than I’d been in Brooklyn, but I didn’t realize how much <i>healthier</i> I’d …

Your Year of Nutrition in Review

<b>Reading Time:</b> 3 minutes<p><i>How to look backward and move forward—healthfully.</i><p>Heaping platters of mini quiches, your aunt’s butter cookies, sugary …

Preparing for Healthy Holidays

If you’re like me, someone who needs to follow a “special” diet in order to feel good and keep a disease in check, the holidays can be a tough time. …

A Guide to Cap Ferret, the Cape Cod of France

While the French have largely relinquished the Côte d’Azur to foreigners — letting them fight for tables, sit in traffic and overpay for beach towels — they’ve kept one of their country’s best escapes for themselves: Cap Ferret, a windswept, pine-covered peninsula off the coast of southwest …

How Stress Affects Absorption of Nutrients

10 22<p>by<br>• October 22, 2015<br>• in Body<br>• 0<p>Health involves so much more than just eating your greens. You can’t be running out the door, chugging your green …

Wellness

Accountability, Responsibility and Changing Your Life

I have known some of my patients for years and years. I am no longer just their doctor and they are no longer just my patients. We have gotten to know each other. For example, when one of my patients explained that her mother was coming in from out of town, she didn't have to add that she was …

The Fascinating Link Between Gut Health and Cancer Treatment

Why do some therapies work wonders on some patients, but seem to have virtually no effect on others? Two fascinating new studies in <i>Science</i> shed light …

Microbiology

Does It Hurt?

Michael Boyle<p>I get asked rehab questions all the time. I have rehabilitated athletes in almost every major sport who were told they were "all done" …

A Full-Body Strengthening Workout That Doesn't Require a Single Weight

Are you worried you don’t have the right gear for a good workout? Don’t be, says Michele Olson, Ph.D., professor of exercise science at Auburn …

Homage to the Scottish Highlands: walking in the Cairngorms

This week Scotland was voted the world’s most beautiful country by Rough Guides. It was no surprise to Christopher Nicholson, who’s been enchanted by the Cairngorms since childhood. Plus 10 places to eat and stay in the region<p>You don’t need to visit a place to fall in love with it. As a small boy, …

The Best Kettlebell Exercises That Don’t Involve Swinging

When you think about kettlebell exercises, you probably think first of Russian or American kettlebell swings — probably the most common and …

Get Fit Fast With This Total-Body EMOM Workout

<i>This article originally appeared on DailyBurn.com.</i><p>You can switch up your workout and challenge your body using countless, complicated methods. Or, …

Scotland has been voted the world’s most beautiful country – here’s why

If the blue (if chilly) waters of Calgary Bay don’t charm you, perhaps the delicious dread of Glencoe will. As Scotland tops a poll as the most stunning place on the planet, a local suggests the sights for which eyes were invented<p>A delightful mix of smugness and lack of surprise is being felt …

How to Help Your Clients Set Goals They Can Achieve

One of my favorite client exercises has nothing to do with weights or a cardio sweat session. In fact, it is more of a mental exercise—setting a …

Portugal’s top 10 hidden beaches

Catch some late summer sun on Portugal’s stunning coast. The author of the new Wild Guide to the country, picks 10 beaches for adventure and solitude<p>Beach map<p><b>NEAR PORTO</b><p>1. Praia Forte do Paço<b>,</b> Viana do Castelo<p>In Portugal’s north-western district of Viana do Castelo, an hour north of Porto, wooded …

This Is the Least-visited Country in Europe and It's Absolutely Gorgeous

The micro-nation is only 23.6 square miles.<p>There are a seemingly endless number of destinations and attractions to visit in Europe, both for …

European Travel

Tip: Inverted X Rows

With this tougher variation of the inverted row, you'll get a massive contraction in the back muscles. Give it a shot.<p>Start with the straps set far …

11 Best Travel Apps Worth Downloading Photos

Photo: Petar Chernaev / Getty Images<p>A good vacation can turn into a nightmare at a moment’s notice if you are ill-equipped for your destination. Language barriers, currency snafus, directional errors—all tiny factors that could put a damper on your trip. Luckily, there is an app for that. Arm …

Today's Workout 118: The Swiss ball circuit to forge your core

No, that Swiss ball lying in the corner of your gym isn't just for stretching—or sitting on while you have a pre-workout chat with one of your …