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How Stress Changes The Brain

We tend to think of stress as an immediate problem: The boss hovering over our desks; the mad dash to the subway at the end of a long day. And in the short-term, stress makes us feel irritable, anxious, tense, distracted and forgetful. But that’s only part of the story.<p>Over time, elevated levels of …

How To Resist Temptation In 12 Minutes

<i>By Tom Jacobs</i><p>By now, you have probably read or heard about the benefits of mindfulness. So why haven’t you tried it? You may believe those advantages are too ephemeral (what does “inner peace” even mean?), or assume the process requires way too much work.<p>Newly published research belies both of …

13 Types of Sex Everyone Should Have at Least Once

<b>2. The First Time You Actually Know What You're Doing</b><p>Maybe it takes you a few tries after your first time, but one day, everything clicks. You're no longer a fumbling amateur who feels like you're guessing your way through everything, but a <i>fully-fledged sex-haver</i>. Your confidence will be waaay up …

Socrates Over Milk and Cookies: Asking the Best Questions

As September winds down, my firsthand experiences this past month made me, once again, acutely aware of one of the briefest yet most familiar conversations echoing between kitchens and foyers:<p><i>How was your day, honey?</i><p><i>Fine.</i><p>Its "cookie-cutter" content easily applies to a broad range of situations but …

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11 Foods That Make You Hungrier

Feeling hungry? You should eat. But what if the foods you’re eating actually make you hungrier than you were before you dug in? It’s a more common …

How To Tell If You're Getting Too Little (Or Too Much) Sleep

Everyone has to sleep -- but not everyone has to sleep the same amount.<p>In fact, even <i>why</i> exactly we need sleep is still barely understood by experts in the field, according to a new video from AsapSCIENCE. And while seven to eight hours a night seems to be ideal for the average person, the perfect …

Runners Live Longer Than The Rest Of Us, Study Suggests

<i>By Sean Kinney</i><p>With so many options for exercise, it can be tough to choose one that will fit into your schedule and provide the maximum health benefits. Taking up running might be one of your best bets.<p>Running in your free time may reduce the risk of death in general and cut down on the risk of …

Mindfulness for Mind-Blowing Sex: 5 Practices

<i>Electric shivers of euphoria ripple throughout her naked body. The summer breeze encircles the lovers, intensifying the deeply arousing sensation of the wetness on her nipples from his passionate kisses. She gazes into his yearning eyes, effortlessly accessing the opening to his soul and harnessing</i> …

10 Totally Weird Sex Facts

All the weird, crazy, and wonderful things that happen to your mind and body when you're getting busy<p>From the second you get turned on to that awesome after-sex glow, your body is doing some amazing things to make sure you experience major pleasure. But we're willing to bet you're not aware of any …

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The Exercise That Works the MOST Muscle Groups

One move, so much sweat<p>Looking for a one-and-done exercise move? Meet the burpee. It works the most muscle groups from head to toe, says <i>Women's Health</i> fitness director Jen Ator, C.S.C.S., so it’s a crazy-effective strengthener that will seriously get your heart rate up. Watch as Ator shows you how …

Trainer Confessions: Exercises That Don't Do What You Think

<b>Modified Pushups</b><br>The modified pushup is the on-your-knees version of the original. You’d think this would work the exact same muscles as a regular pushup, right? Not exactly. While you’re still working your chest, triceps and shoulders, you’re not targeting your core like you would in a regular …

What Happens When You Don’t Use Shampoo for 5 Years

She didn't wash her hair for 5 YEARS. See how it turned out!<p>You’ve heard that you don’t have to wash your hair every single day and that suds-ing up too much may even strip the healthy oils from your scalp. But, um: What about not shampooing your hair for almost <i>five years</i>?<p><b>MORE:</b> 7 Ways You’re …

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15 Things No One Ever Tells You About Marriage

"That whole 'in sickness and in health' thing will come up more than you think—like when you have to nurse him through a bad hangover or he has to help soothe your raging PMS. Now that's lasting love." —<i>Lindsay K.</i><p>"Be friends, not clones of each other, and enjoy what you both bring to the table."</i> …

9 Weird Vagina Issues—Solved!

<b>There's a Funky Smell</b><p>If there's an odor coming from your bikini line, trust us, you'll know something is up. The problem is, this smell could have a ton of possible causes, but you'll want to see your doctor no matter what. If it's a foul-smelling discharge, it could be a bacterial infection like …

9 Things Men Think When They See You Naked

<b>"Finally, I can stare!"</b><p>In the name of civilized behavior, we men do all we can to avoid being caught looking at a woman's breasts in public. At the office, gym, and beach, we make a concerted effort to hold eye contact in conversation. But once the clothing drops off, civilized behavior is no …

Men Share The Hottest Thing a Woman Has Done During Hot Sex

"My girlfriend once woke me up with a blowjob. It was totally unexpected—and that's why it was awesome." <i>—Alex J.</i><p>"Once, my girlfriend came over wearing a dress that had a zipper that zipped all the way down the front. Unzipping it and seeing her lacy lingerie peek out was unbelievably hot." <i>—Joseph G.</i><p>…

3 Essential Facts About the Male Orgasm

Want to ensure you're making your partner as happy as he's making you? Take these factors into consideration<p>Yes, talking about how to "please your man" can be seen as a bit retrograde, out of context. But that's not what we're talking about here. If what you're looking for is an equal partnership …

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11 Places You Need to Have Sex At Some Point In Your Life

​<p>Changing locations removes you from things in your home that stress you out and gets your adrenaline pumping, which helps you get even more aroused than usual, says Morse. And get this: Sharing feelings of excitement can help couples get connected during the experience and after. "If you have …

7 Ways Stress Ruins Your Life and 5 Steps That Start to Turn It Around

We think our problems produce the stress we experience, but it's actually the reverse. Stress causes most of our troubles -- from money, family, and work problems, to physical and mental health issues. In working with private and corporate clients, I've found that most people realize that stress is …

Want Happiness? Be Authentic

Imagine waking up one day and realising that everything that you had thought to be true wasn't, and that the picture that you had of success - the same one that you'd seen countless times before on TV, in the movies, and read or heard about from trusted people around you - was all an illusion.<p>How …

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5 reasons to drink coffee before your workout - CNN.com

<i>Editor's note: Registered dietician Cynthia Sass is Health magazine's contributing nutrition editor.</i><p><b>(Health.com)</b> -- Half of Americans start their day with coffee, and according to recent study, working out after downing a cup of java may offer a weight-loss advantage.<p>The Spanish study, published in …

Three's a crowd: Living with your lover and their carer

<b>If your partner is disabled, they might also have a full-time carer. So how easy is life with an outsider always in your home?</b><p>"It took me a while to get used to waking in the morning to see a stranger lift my girlfriend out of bed and dress her," says Will Iles, a market analyst from London. He and …

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6 Surprising Stress Symptoms

"Emotional stress alerts the body to produce stress chemicals such as cortisol, which—if produced on an ongoing basis—begin to break down the immune, gastrointestinal, neurological, and musculoskeletal systems," says Molitor.<p>What's worse, those physical symptoms you end up with (um, bald patches) …

The One Veggie With Actual Detoxing Power

Salad and green smoothie junkies, are you listening?<p>Ever since the detox diet trend hit big, nutritionists have generally given the thumbs-down to the idea that certain foods can rid your body of harmful chemicals (ah, that’s what your liver is for). But a new study demonstrates that one green …

11 of the Best Specialty Foods for Healthy Eaters

Calling all healthy foodies—this one's for you.<p>Back in May, the Specialty Food Association invited <i>Women's Health</i> to help select some of the finalists for its annual sofi Awards—basically the Oscars of the specialty food world.<p>There were 2,734 entries across 32 different categories, and in the end, …

The Bear Crawl

You'll Never Believe the Weird Exercise That Sculpts Your Core<p>You probably haven't done this move since you were young, but it works<p>Crawling probably isn't part of your regular core routine, but it should be. "The bear crawl strengthens your midsection and improves your ability to stabilize your …

5 Things You Should Know About Detoxing Juices

<b>Green Tea</b><br>It's chock-full of antioxidants known as catechins, which studies have shown may help reduce belly fat and lower the risk for melanoma.<p><b>Liquid Veggies</b><br>If you really want to flood your body with vitamins and antioxidants that will destroy age-causing free radicals, juicing is the way to go. …