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Peer Pressure Affects Your Decisions And Purchases More Than You Think

We often think that we have far more control over our actions than we really do.<p>According to a new study, peer pressure has the power to weaken our resolve significantly, and even prompt us to buy things that we have no initial interest in purchasing. The study, by Pedro Gardete, an assistant …

6 Ways to Fix Your Running Stride

If you can't sign up for a professional analysis, hop on a treadmill and have a friend video you from the front, side, and behind. Then, roll the footage and note whether your form is in check with these form pointers from Diano:<p><b>Check #1: Stride Length</b><br>See how my foot is landing on the ground right …

9 Ways to Use Salt for Gorgeous Skin, Hair, Teeth, and Nails

<b>1. Balancing Mask</b><br>Both salt and honey have anti-inflammatory properties to soothe skin and calm breakouts and irritation. They also help to balance oil production and retain hydration in the layers of skin where it's needed most.<p><b>Try it:</b> Mix two teaspoons sea salt (preferably finely ground) with four …

Scientists Found Something Strange When They Looked At The Brains Of Stoners

First, you might notice that a critical part of the brain that helps us process emotions and make decisions appeared smaller than in the brains of the nonsmoker.<p>But you would see something else, too: that the connections passing through that region of the brain were stronger and thicker.<p>Thankfully, …

The Brain

5 Moves to Work Your Abs From All Angles

A perfectly toned tummy is reason enough to add more core moves to your workout routine. Additionally, a strong mid-section is the essential …

Workouts

Anatomy of a mass suicide: The dark, twisted story behind a UFO death cult

In March 1997, all 39 members of the religious group Heaven’s Gate committed suicide. But why?<p>On March 22 and March 23, 1997, all thirty-nine active members of Heaven’s Gate committed suicide, exiting the Earth, as they referred to the act. In three waves, members ingested a poisonous mixture of …

The Scary Sleep Threat That's On the Rise

The recent statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine expresses concern about the rising number of sleep apnea cases. It cites this alarming statistic: Mild to severe sleep apnea now affects 26 percent of adults between 30 and 70, according to research in the <i>American Journal of</i> …

How Food Is Linked to Mood | Whole9

<i>A Whole9 guest post by Emily Deans M.D., a board certified psychiatrist with a practice in Massachusetts and a clinical instructor in psychiatry at</i> …

Smiling Depression

<b>By</b> <b>Rita Labeaune, Psy.D.</b><p>How many people do you imagine look happy but struggle with depressive thoughts on a daily basis? Typically depressed people …

Depression

What If People Treated Physical Illness Like Mental Illness?

It's no secret there's a serious stigma attached to mental illness. According to the CDC, only 25 percent of people with mental health issues feel that other people are compassionate and sympathetic toward them. It's a shameful statistic when one in four people have been touched by some form of …

What You Need to Know Before a Casual Hookup

<b>Bring Your Own Condoms</b><br>"Condoms are not a suggestion, but a requirement," says Morse. It's safe to assume that this might not be his first casual rodeo, and it’s just plain smart to protect yourself, she says. So instead of worrying about whether he's got the goods to keep things safe, pack your own …

Detox Foods: 8 Detox Superfoods for Fall

<b>1. Ginger</b><br>Tummy problems? Turn to ginger. Not only can this spicy root relieve your digestive system, it is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Ginger might also boost the immune system, assisting in detoxification by promoting a healthy sweat, ridding your body of …

The 7 Easiest Ways Ever to Improve Your Diet

<b>Use Red Plates</b><br>Yep, you read that correctly: Your health could be determined by the color of your dinnerware. Gotta love science! Seriously, though: A study from <i>Appetite</i> found that people who eat off of red plates tend to eat less than those who eat off of red and blue. The researchers say that …

13 Juicy Questions Men Are Dying to Ask Women

And they have a lot of questions. During the three weeks of beta testing, men asked about 60,000 questions! Insane, right? So what do guys ask when they have anonymity and tons of women at their disposal? Here is just a small sampling of the recent questions Lulu passed along to us (some have been …

Beta Testing

The 10 Best Recovery Foods

Got protein? You need it to refill your tank. Use these.<p>Our health and nutrition editors vetted hundreds of submissions, soliciting expert advice from nutritionist judges Karen Ansel, R.D., Rachel Meltzer Warren, R.D., and Kerry Nveille, R.D.—and these were our favorite post-workout picks.<p>Horizon …

How to Load Up on Protein to Lose Weight

Beyond giving your metabolism a boost and keeping you satisfied, one study has shown that in addition to a regular exercise routine, doubling your protein intake (as recommended by the U.S. Recommended Dietary Allowances) may be the key to losing fat pounds without dropping muscle mass. This is …

The Workout That Will Boost Your Metabolism Before Thanksgiving

Exercise 1 Cardio: Lunge Jumps<p>Begin in a split squat stance with your right leg forward and both knees bent. Your weight should be balanced between both legs <b>(A)</b>. Using your arms for power, jump straight up explosively <b>(B)</b>, and switch leg positions at the top of the jump. Land with your left leg …

The Best Grain to Add to Smoothies

If you hop onto Instagram and search for #barley, you'll find lots of booze (the ingredient is used to create craft beer), barley seeds (raw and cooked), and surprisingly, a few adorable puppy photos (no clue there). But among the pics, you'll also notice something else: smoothies! Barley is an …

11 Secrets of Better Sleep

Sleep is tough. Getting enough of it. Falling into it. And staying that way for a good amount of time -- restfully and without waking. A "solid" night's sleep? Who gets that nowadays?<p>According to statistics reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 30 percent to 40 percent …

Tainted drugs suspected in Indian sterilization surgery deaths | Reuters

PANDARI India (Reuters) - Tainted or sub-standard drugs probably led to the deaths of 13 Indian women after sterilization surgery at a family-planning “camp”, and owners of the factories that produced them have been summoned for questioning, a senior official said on Thursday.<p>A woman, who underwent …

Dementia study questions advice on taking supplements

<b>Taking vitamin B12 and folic acid supplements does not seem to cut the risk of developing dementia in healthy people, say Dutch researchers.</b><p>In one of the largest studies to date, there was no difference in memory test scores between those who had taken the supplements for two years and those who …

Holistic Medicine

Run Faster, Get Firmer: The 15-Minute Runner Workout

Exercise 1 Plyometric Jump Squat<p>Stand with your feet slightly wider than hip width and extend your arms in front of you at shoulder height; sit back and bend your knees until your thighs are at least parallel to the floor <b>(A)</b>. Press through your heels as you push and jump into the air <b>(B)</b>. Land …

The Exercise Move That Works Your Belly, Butt and Hips

<b>Alteration: Hands-Up Bridge</b><br>Get in the basic bridge position, but this time do the move with your hands directly in the air; it forces you to engage your abs and glutes more.<p><b>Alteration: Unilateral Bridge</b><br>Go back to the basic bridge position, but this time raise one knee to your chest or extend it all …

The Truth About the 'Five-Second Rule'

The Truth About the Five-Second Rule<p>What science has to say about how legit it is<p>Pixland/Thinkstock<p>It's a familiar situation: You've just cooked an amazing dinner, complete with bacon-wrapped scallops (!), when you drop one on the floor. All of a sudden, you're faced with a <i>very important decision</i>: …

The Leading Cause of Death for Americans Under Age 30

If there's any upside here, it's that most of these injuries can be prevented, write the authors. Sometimes it's just about using inexpensive, science-backed solutions like child safety seats and seatbelts. Other tactics referenced in the report include longer-term solutions, such as …

Why Being Single Is Better Than Being in a Crappy Relationship

Not only is every breakup hard—from explaining to friends and family why it didn't work out to feeling like you lost a part of yourself—but entering back into the single world can also be daunting. Still, staying in a bad relationship is definitely worse. "Research shows that one of the main …

Arms Workouts

7 Workouts For Hot Arms<p>Ready to give everyone arm envy?<p>It’s not like anyone ever <i>liked</i> having arm jiggle, but lately, the dreaded “bingo arm” has become public enemy No. 1: Since 2000, there’s been a <i>major</i> uptick—4,378 percent—in the number of upper arm lift procedures done in the U.S, according to …

31 Healthy Breakfast Ideas And Recipes To Promote Weight Loss

31 Healthy Breakfast Ideas That Will Promote Weight Loss All Month Long<p>Time to kick your boring healthy breakfast routine to the curb—with these breakfast ideas, you'll be set for the whole month.<p>By now, you probably have that one healthy breakfast staple that gets you through the day—but who says …

3 Ways to Recover Faster Post-Workout

<b>Barbell</b><br>Use this to loosen up your calves and Achilles tendons, especially after a tough run or something strenuous like a pickup basketball game. Place your lower legs on the bar (or even one leg at a time on the handle of a dumbbell or kettlebell) and move them from side to side to break up …

How to Avoid Bloating

<b>Salty Processed Products</b><br>A handful of chips, a serving of canned soup, cold cuts…if you got it from a bag or a box, it’s probably loaded with salt, which causes you to retain water and resemble a blowfish. Steer clear of these offenders as much as possible so as not to exacerbate bloating.<p><b>Soda</b><br>Those …