Nikko Castro Ramos

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This gut-healthy breakfast will completely change your mornings

These days, it seems like everyone is talking about gut health. And for good reason: Experts say that what’s going on in your belly is directly …

The Odd Thing About the World's Deepest River

Africa's Congo River claims many titles, including being home to the highest number of unique species in the world.<p>The Congo River in Central Africa is one of the world's great rivers, carrying 1.25 million cubic feet of water—more than 13 Olympic-sized swimming pools—into the Atlantic Ocean every …

The 10 Biggest Face-Washing Mistakes

Learn the common habits that cause annoying skin problems<p>Washing your face seems like the least complicated part of your beauty routine, right? Turns out that some common lathering habits can cause a whole list of skin woes, including dryness, irritation, oiliness, and breakouts. Read on to learn …

21 Easy Things To Do On Sunday That Will Make Mondays Suck Less

Because Mondays really don't have to be so awful.

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The Challenge That Secretly Carves Your Abs

These 2 moves back-to-back will chisel your core<p>Certain exercises—like planks and situps—are known for sizzling your six-pack. But the core-carving benefit of other moves isn’t so obvious until you’ve completed a few reps and your muscles are burning.<p>“Pairing two of these unexpected ab-blasters …

Here’s Yet Another Good Reason to Go to Bed Early Tonight

In case you stopped counting<p>Night owls, take note: People who stay up late worry more, finds a recent study from Binghamton University.<p>Researchers surveyed participants on their sleep habits and how often they dwelled on their problems. The results: People who slept less and went to bed later both …

Is Conditioner Necessary?

Whether you have dry or oily hair, moisturizing is important<p>Shampoo is great for removing dirt and oil, leaving locks squeaky clean, but in the winter, that can also lead to damage. Do you like the look of dry, flyaway hair? If not, you should start using a conditioner on your mop after you wash …

The Cardio Benefits of Yoga

Build a healthy heart without running<p>Should you be doing sun salutations more often? Yoga may protect you from heart disease just as much as jogging and cycling, according to a study in the <i>European Journal of Preventative Cardiology</i>.<p>The researchers looked at over 30 studies on yoga and heart …

Do You Have Low Penis Self-Esteem?

Here are some reasons to feel better about your penis, and finally get some dickceptance<p>If there's one thing I've learned about guys during my years as a sex writer, it’s that they’re desperate to feel okay about their junk—and with nicknames like that, it’s no wonder. This is true regardless of …

The Scientific Reason Women Love Musicians (and Photographers)

Some forms of creativity are sexier than others<p>Women find creativity hot. And writing music, performing in a band, or practicing any other music-related endeavors are among the sexiest ways for you to flash your creative side, shows a new study from the University of Pennsylvania.<p>Along with musical …

Build Your Arms in 3 Minutes

This fast routine will leave you with a serious sleeve-busting pump<p>Sometimes you just want to give your guns a little extra love. That’s why Todd Durkin, C.S.C.S., author of <b>The IMPACT! Body Plan</b> created this challenge to put your arm strength and endurance to the test.<p>It’s simple. Pick up some …

Jerry Springer Explains Why the World, Despite How It Appears, Isn't Doomed

If you've been watching the news recently, you probably aren't feeling optimistic about the future of humanity. Jerry Springer would like to have a word with you<p>If you’re gearing up for confirmation that television’s most infamous lowbrow referee must have the moral fiber of backroom bookie …

What the People Reading Your Resume Wish You Knew

Resumes are very personal documents, and you probably feel like you want to convey a sense of who you really are. But if you focus on unnecessary …

12 Scary Facts Your Skin Can Reveal About Your Health

Tune in to these complexion clues.<p><i>This article was written by Aly Walansky and repurposed with permission from Daily Makeover.</i><p>Visiting your dermatologist regularly is definitely a smart habit to establish: They're experts that can look out for inconspicuous signs of underlying health concerns. If …

The 8 Best Bedtime Snacks for Weight Loss

Food that helps you sleep like a baby...without making you bloated in the a.m.<p>When it comes to snacking within an hour or two of your bedtime, there's a few things to consider: First, research does link late-night calories to the potential for weight gain. One study found that eating right before …

How To Talk About Your Workout Routine Without Making Everyone Else Feel Lazy

<i>In the New Year, many of us go after this health and wellness thing in earnest. But since it's a new -- or at least not continuous -- pursuit for so many of us, it can be hard to know how to integrate our new regimes into our well-mannered lives. Enter</i> <b>Mind Your Manners</b>, <i>our just-in-January series on</i> …

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How Stress Kills Our Ability To Feel Compassion

Stress isn't just bad for our physical and mental health -- it may also inhibit our ability to empathize with others, according to new McGill University research.<p>The study, recently published in the journal Current Biology, found that a drug that blocks stress hormones can increase the ability of …

McGill University

The Cost of Gluten-Free

It seemed like a tall order to be gluten-free and eat convenient, inexpensive, healthy meals at the same time. But it had to be done. If I wanted to spend no more energy thinking about what I'd eat the next day than I spent on thinking about it when I wasn't gluten-free, I'd have to have a plan.<p>So, …

Gluten-Free

4 Reasons You Should Devote More Time to Self-Care

Making yourself a sacred priority is one of the smarest moves you can make<p>Women are caregivers by nature, and yet we rarely include ourselves on our kindness to-do list. But the truth is, putting ourselves second serves no one. It can lead to poor health, low productivity, and burnout. Self-care is …

Chronic Disease

How To Shoot Amazing Photographs Indoors With Nothing But Window Light

For some photos, nothing beats the natural beauty of ambient light. When used correctly natural light can create soft portraits that bring out great …

How to Stop Over-Analyzing Every Conversation

During every conversation I have, I analyze everything about the other person. I'm looking at their eyes, watching body language, and listening for …

5 Deliciously Healthy Ways to Use Overripe Bananas

Are your bananas brown and mushy? Perfect.<p>Buying an entire bunch of bananas always seems like a good idea. That is, until you go through two only to realize the rest are already sprouting brown spots. Luckily, letting your bananas turn doesn't have to be a big tragedy. With these healthy …

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Earth's Water Is Older Than The Sun - And May Exist On Alien Worlds Too

Scientists have discovered that the life-giving water of Earth predates the formation of the Sun - and there could be a lot more of it out there.<p>Water is essential to life on Earth and likely indicator for alien life as well, which is why so much of the world’s space missions and astronomical …

Better Yourself by Understanding Why You Don't Like Certain People

Try as we might, there's always somebody either at work or in our personal life that we just don't care for. By identifying their main quality that …

3 Big Reasons to Try Mindfulness

“The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”<p>– Thích Nhất …

16 Simple Things I Do Daily

In no order, I do the following 16 simple things daily to improve my physical and mental health.<p>In no order, I do the following 16 simple things daily to improve my physical and mental health:<p>1. Walk 10k steps.<p>2. Drink from a water fountain every time I see one.<p>3. 100 sit ups.<p>4. Take stairs instead …

Mental Health

The 4-Move Fat-Loss Workout That Will Destroy Your Gut

Find just 30 minutes for this metabolism-revving routine<p>Do this 30 minute workout, and your metabolism will shoot through the roof for hours afterward. Using just your bodyweight, you'll go fast for one minute intervals, blasting fat and calories at a blazing pace. In fact, this type of workout …

5 Things You Should Know About Detoxing Juices

Calling all juice lovers! You're gonna want to read this.<p>Down a detoxing beverage to shrink your tummy, rev your metabolism, and clear up your skin. Bonus: more energy! Here are five crucial pointers you're going to want to know about how to get the most out of your juice.<p><b>Red Juices</b>Processed juices …

3 Ways to Sculpt a Rock-Hard Butt She'll Want to Grab

Want a desirable derrière? Use these exercises to hit your glutes from every direction<p>Sitting all day can cause your glutes to grow weak and your butt to sag—and that's a turnoff for the ladies. Unfortunately, reshaping your backside isn't as simple as getting out of your chair and squatting more, …