Elena Ross

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Lower Back Pain Eased by Simple Yoga Poses

Remember the days when we were able to sleep on a rock or a fluffy marshmallow mattress and wake up fresh and ready to play for the rest of the day? Childhood knew nothing about waking up with a strained lower back, because I forgot to put a pillow between my legs and stacked my legs wrong, further …

Yoga

U.S. Smoking Rates Are On The Decline, But There's A Catch

But not everyone is putting their butts out for good.<p>The good news: Smoking rates in the U.S. continue to decline. In fact, the number of adults who smoke is at its lowest since cigarette smoking was first recorded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1965.<p>A reported 16.8 …

Look How Easy It Is To Consume A Day's Worth Of Sugar

This is scary.<p>When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed new guidelines for sugar intake last week, the suggestion seemed pretty reasonable: Americans should only get about 10 percent of their daily calories from added sugar. That adds up to about 50 grams, or 12.5 teaspoons of daily sugar …

Nutrition

The One Thing Missing From Your Diet (Hint: It's Not What You Think!)

We're inundated these days with the latest fad diets, the top tips for keeping weight off, and the "fastest" way to lose 5 pounds in 7 days.<p>And yet at no other time in our society have we struggled more to keep our weight off. We are a culture obsessed with being thin, but our obesity levels are …

Vegan vs. Paleo: The Yin and Yang of Healthy Eating

Dr. Fred Bischi's raw eating principles are not for the undisciplined. A while back, Dr. Bisci put me on his raw diet when I did the dog-less Iditarod. I ate nothing but raw peanut butter, olive oil and raw carrots... and performed the best I ever have in my life. On the other hand, John Durant …

Immune System

How to End the 'Obesity Epidemic' in America: Stop Talking About It

It is really hard to refrain from eating, especially when feeling hungry is not the only reason to eat.<p>In today's developed world socialization includes the art of conducting business over eating and drinking. Similarly, we meet friends and woo dates by seeking places featuring cheap eats and …

Public Health

How to Break Your Addiction to Sweets

Depending on who you talk to, sugar is either the root of all evil, the next nicotine, or okay, as long as you counter it with physical activity. Of course the message that sugar is okay most often comes from the food industry, which likes to add lots of sugar (plus salt and fat) to foods to hook …

Study Finds More Evidence Coffee Can Be a Life-Saver

Health news<p>Researchers have found even more evidence that coffee can be good for you. People who drink regular, moderate amounts of coffee are less likely to die from a range of diseases, from diabetes to heart disease.<p>The cutoff seems to be around five cups a day, and even decaf coffee helps, the …

Public Health

Surprising Ways to Prevent the Cold and Flu

Colder weather is setting in and with the change of seasons you might also notice more people coughing, sneezing and calling in sick. It's a harsh reality that these chilly months are strongly associated with the cold and flu.<p>In fact, even the most diligent hand-washers and surface sanitizers among …

Flu

9 Sneaky Causes Of Depression

From the weather to your lifestyle habits.<p>For some people, sub-zero temperatures aren’t the only difficult side effect of winter. Approximately 10 million Americans also experience seasonal affective disorder, a depression-related mental health condition that waxes and wanes depending on the time …

Depression

Erasing the Negative Narrative Through Mindfulness Practice

<b>We are what we think. We are what our busy mind, our uncontrolled mind, tell us we are, but we don't have to be. Here's what I mean.</b><p>At six miles long, rural Route 96 runs down a skinny pencil neck of land that is boarded by a bay, a salt river and the Atlantic Ocean. Route 96 is the shortest …

Mindfulness

Science Confirms That Guys Who Like Energy Drinks Are Terrible

The patriarchy strikes again.<p>On a date with a straight dude? Maybe it's time to look a little closer at his drink order. If the man in question is chugging a Red Bull and vodka, which is literally a bad sign for his <i></i>heart, you should probably call it a night and walk quickly in the opposite …

Medical Journals

Why I Don't Like The Term 'Clean Eating'

I am over the moon that more and more people are focusing on choosing lots of whole and minimally processed foods. I love that people are reading ingredient lists, cooking more from scratch, and thinking about where their food comes from. "Clean eating" has become a sort of shorthand for this way …

7 Ways to Save Money on Organic Food

Many people who want to eat organic food think they can't afford it. They know that organic food costs more than standard grocery store fare, so they assume that an organic diet is out of their price range. That's what I used to think, but a recent experiment showed me that my family can eat a lot …

Nutrition

Dynamic Flexibility for Your Warm Up

Warming up before sports or any bout of physical activity is very important. It prepares the body to move through ranges of motion performed during activity which will decrease the risk of injuries. One way to achieve this is through dynamic stretching. Dynamic stretching is a form of stretching …

The Truth About Pasta

On the heels of the low-carb diet emerged the gluten-free fad. Pasta, which is generally made with wheat flour, was widely deemed "bad." Now some are advocating that pasta is actually good for you, despite the widespread avoidance of it. So which is it?<p>Foods themselves are neither "good" nor "bad." …

Nutrition

6 Weird Signs You're Not Getting Enough Iron

<i>By Kasandra Brabaw, Prevention.com</i><p><i>(Photo by: Getty Images)</i><p>If you've gradually gone from feeling spunky and energetic to feeling exhausted and struggling to climb the stairs (let alone get in a daily workout), iron deficiency might be to blame. It's the most common nutritional deficiency in the …

You Don't Need More Exercise -- You Need More Sleep First

"No matter how hard you train, if you don't sleep enough, you will lose." My brother, who just won the South German bodybuilding championship in his weight category last Sunday, told me.<p>Like food and exercise, sleep is a major pillar of your health.<p>In any endeavor, weight loss, building muscle, …

Cleveland Clinic

The Health Benefits of Chocolate You Might Not Know About (Plus a Cupcake Recipe!)

Theobroma Cacao, the Latin name for chocolate, means "Food of the Gods" for a reason. Dark chocolate has a long history of use as a healing plant, a mood enhancer, and even an aphrodisiac. So if you've got a thing for chocolate (and we don't mean the junk chocolate in candy bars and sweet …

Why Coloring Is Good for the Mind, Body, and Soul

Trendiness is rarely next to Godliness. Occasionally though, every once in while, a trend comes along that is interesting, uplifting, and actually helpful. One of those trends is adult coloring books. Coloring books for adults have become so popular lately that they have topped the <i>New York Times</i> …

Are Brown Eggs Really Healthier Than White Eggs?

<i>By K. Aleisha Fetters for DETAILS</i>.<p><i>(photo: courtesy of Trunk Archive)</i><p><b>The question:</b> Do brown eggs pack more nutrients than their white counterparts?<p><b>The expert:</b> Nutritionist Alexandra Caspero, R.D., owner of the weight-management and sports-nutrition service Delicious Knowledge<p><b>The verdict:</b> As far as …

Nutrition

No. 1 Way to Reduce Stress: Keep It in Perspective

In order to keep your stress in perspective, try ranking your problems on a scale of 1-100. 1 is a broken shoelace and 100 is a nuclear holocaust. On that scale, most of our everyday stressors don't rank very high. Another method for keeping things in perspective is imagining that your hand …

Meditation

Slow and Steady Wins the Race: 4 Keys to Your Own Victories

There are lots of recent examples of slow and steady. When the Chicago Cubs beat the powerful but streaky Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game 4-0 on October 7, it showed the value of that "five-year rebuilding program" that Cubs team president Theo Epstein undertook in 2011 -- which kept …

New York City

Can Exercise Inspire More Than Just Physical Growth?

Photo Credit: Brent Stoller<p><b>A body at rest</b> remains at rest. The imprints on my couch prove true Newton's first law of motion. Sitting still isn't just more comfortable, it's safer. I want to engage, but too often I'm met with a wall of resistance, a "Danger Ahead" warning constructed by my neuroses …

Motivation

Sorry, You Probably Can't Sleep Just 6 Hours A Night

Reading between the lines of a recent study on the sleep habits of indigenous people.<p>A recent study published in Current Biology on the sleep habits of three "pre-industrial" societies has been making waves in science journalism circles for suggesting that we don't need to sleep eight hours a …

Hunter Gatherers

5 Ways to Fight Back Against Seasonal Affective Disorder

If you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, you're not alone.<p>In fact, it's estimated that over 10 million Americans struggle with this disorder each year. As the seasons shift, those affected by SAD start to feel depressed due to lack of sunlight.<p>It happens so quickly, doesn't it? From feeling …

11 Easy Ways To Eat Healthy When You're Busy As Hell

<b>A registered dietitian shares her best tips -- and they're actually doable.</b><p><i>By Jessica Jones, MS, RD</i>, SELF<p><i>Hi, I'm Jessica Jones, a Registered Dietitian. Finding the time to eat healthy is one of the biggest concerns my patients voice when it comes to making diet changes -- and I totally …

Healthy Eating

The 5 Stages of Change: Which Stage Are You In?

<i>Article Source: makeyourbodywork.com</i><p><i>"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become." -- Carl Jung</i><p>As a personal trainer, I regularly meet people who have very specific fitness goals and are determined to reach them.<p>Sometimes they want to lose weight before a wedding. Sometimes they've …

Better Health by Cutting Sugar for Just 10 Days

The recent prevailing mood regarding sugar swings between worry that it's not particularly good for you, to conviction that it's downright poison.<p>There's no doubt that sugar makes food more appealing -- some say even craveable and addictive -- and that a sugar-amplified diet has a role in …

Diabetes

Kindness/Competency

Successful surgeries, and probably most complex team interactions, are determined in part by where the collaborators live on the Kindness/Competency Curve. Extremely competent individuals who are also always extremely kind are as rare as unicorns. They are the role models we strive to be, when we …