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Reuters’s research experts conducted a survey in 19 super-major cities in the world, concerning protecting women from sexual and cultural abuse, women & health care, women & economy, and women & education.

According to the survey, women living in Cairo, the capital of Egypt, have the worst situation, followed by Karachi, the capital of Pakistan, Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and New Delhi, the capital of India. The best cities for women’s living environment are London, then Tokyo and Paris.

Every aspect of City Women®’s daily post tells them how to care for and care for themselves.

fashion

Many people will compare City Women’s fashion with the general fashion trends, but this should not be the case. The range of fashion trends is very limited, and city women’s fashion pursues an “art of life.” Its realm should be to extract the essence from the fashion trend, to refine the true meaning of city women’s fashion, to enrich women’s aesthetics and taste, and to create their own beautiful temperament. City Women’s fashion pursuit is not a passive follow-up, but a rational and skilled control. City Women’s fashion is an all-encompassing concept. Its tentacles penetrate into every aspect of city women’s life. Generally speaking, city women’s fashion should bring them a pleasant mood and elegance, pureness, taste and extraordinary feelings, giving women different temperament and charm, reflect the extraordinary taste of women, exquisite, and reveal personality. Every woman has her own fashion, and city women fashion is a cyclical change.

health

At a time when work and life are getting faster and faster, what health problems are plaguing our busy city women? What are the similarities and concerns of people living in different cities at different ages?

The over-expenditure of physical strength and mental strength is threatening the health of city women. the survey suggests 73.2% of the respondents were in poor health or worried, and the proportion of women with poor health was 10% higher than that of men. This situation is related to (some) women’s own weak body condition and most women are often involved in housework in addition to work. The survey also showed that sub-health has been growing a clear trend of youthfulness, and the health status of young people was far worse than that of middle-aged people. Young City Women need more planned fitness routine and health tips.


  • The way we talk about skin is taking a cue from mental health—here’s why

    January 28, 2020 at 03:00AM by CWC

    Once upon a time not so long ago, the words we used to talk about our complexions revolved around physical markers. It was dry, oily, red, scaly, congested, or some combination of all of these things. In a fairly recent phenomenon, however, there’s been a shift. The way that we talk about skin has largely come to mimic the way that we talk about mental health. Adjectives previously reserved to describe an individual’s personality or emotional state are now tapped to talk about how our largest organ is looking and feeling. We say it’s stressed out, tired, temperamental, angry, irritated, and the list again goes on (and on and on). But what exactly is the reason behind this, and why does it matter?

    The mind-skin connection really all boils down to biology. “We know from a medical standpoint that the brain and skin have a common embryonic origin,” explains Josie Howard, MD, a San Francisco psychiatrist with an expertise in psycho-dermatology. According to her, that means that when an embryo is forming in the womb, similar cells are involved in the creation of both the brain and skin. That link continues to manifest in very apparent ways throughout our lifetimes. “The history of skin and mental health isn’t a short one,” says Richard Fried, MD, PhD, a dermatologist and clinical psychologist in Yardley, PA. “One hundred years ago it was stated that acne causes more [mental] suffering than [physical suffering]. Within the past few decades, we’ve [recognized] the more subtle interactions between stress and skin,” he says.

    Most directly, stress affects the skin through a hormone known as cortisol, which is often referred to as the “stress hormone.” When it flairs up for fill-in-the-blank reason (work, relationships, you name it), cortisol spikes and the skin responds. It’s been well documented that the uptick in this hormone can leave your complexion feeling dull, dry, or broken out, but these days we’ll probably just say it’s looking “burnt out” rather than using those physical monikers. “The language we use [to describe skin] is paralleling an interest in the mind-body connection,” says Dr. Howard. It’s a sign that, not only do we know that the skin is part of a connected system, we’re able to more actionably take charge of what we need to do for skin to feel better.

    And mainstream brands are taking note. Walk into a Sephora these days, and you’ll see a slew of products meant to tackle stressed-out skin and even dermatologist-led brands like Dr. Dennis Gross are working on solutions to meet modern needs presented to skin. “The positive is that we’re shifting away from using symptoms to describe skin and focusing more on the cause, which gives you more control,” says Dr. Howard. “If you say your skin is red, then that’s unexplained and out of your control. But if you say it’s stressed, then it allows you to think about the fact that maybe it’s a reflection that you’re stressed and what you need to do to address this. Shifting from the symptom to the cause can be empowering.”

    However,  projecting all stress and anxiety onto skin isn’t always productive. Dr. Howard cautions that there’s a potential for over-thematization in describing skin this way. “People will say, ‘oh my skin is stressed,’ because really they’re stressed and they’re projecting it onto something tangible,” she explains. Rather than getting a facial or buying an expensive cream every time you deal with the impacts of stress on skin, she adds that it’s, instead, more important to get to the root of whatever your stress may be, so that you can deal with it and it won’t continue to show up to pester you.

    The bottom line? “We need to be mindful about how a shift in language shifts the focus of our attention, and make sure that’s done in a positive and productive and empowering way,” says Dr. Howard. Go ahead and call your skin stressed or freaked out or temperamental instead of dry or dehydrated, but be sure to consider why that is and address that from both the inside and out.

    Think your skin is stressed out? Here are five ways that a dermatologist says to spot stressed-out skin in the wild and this is the way that one dermatologist is working to make stress-out skin a thing of the past.



    Author Melanie Rud | Well and Good
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  • Why eating what you love can—and should—be part of a healthy diet

    January 28, 2020 at 02:00AM by CWC

    It’s safe to say that for a long time, “healthy” food didn’t always make the mouth water. Watery, low-fat milk, rubbery tofu with no seasonings, and stomach-churning macrobiotic salads were long the staples of health-conscious households, none of which were about to win any Michelin stars.

    While culinary science has certainly improved leaps and bounds since the bland tofu dogs of the ’90s, the perception that healthy eating requires a bit of a flavor sacrifice endures; that to make the healthiest possible choices, you have to be okay with eating vegetables that you can’t stand, or forever eschewing desserts in favor of “healthified” versions that taste like dirt. But some nutrition experts argue that eating for pleasure, and what you love, can actually be super healthy.

    “I think it’s really important to promote a greater sense of enjoying food in American culture,” says Brad Turnwald, PhD, a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of psychology at Stanford University. “In other cultures that also have a lot less chronic disease than we do—France is kind of the canonical example—they eat for pleasure there, and they [generally] don’t have this labeling of certain foods as ‘good’ and certain ones as ‘bad.’ Food is meant to be enjoyed.”

    That idea—of eating for enjoyment—is “a critical piece that health professionals [have unintentionally] screwed up on for the last couple decades,” says Christopher D. Gardner, PhD, director of dies at the Stanford Prevention Research Center and a professor of medicine at Stanford University. The healthcare system is focused on diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, he says. Because those illnesses are impacted by food and nutrition, society has come to think that “we’re enjoying ourselves way too much with sugary, fat, salty things. We should eat healthier things that have less of this and less of that, and deprivation, and don’t do that. Pretty negative, right?”

    However, consider this mind-blowing idea: You can eat for pleasure and eat healthfully at the same time. The two concepts are not mutually exclusive. In fact, you’ll probably end up maintaining a healthier diet in the long run when you eat foods that make you happy. “I became an RD because I love food,” says BZ Nutrition owner Brigitte Zeitlin, RD. “Food should taste good. … I think that is what food is all about.”

    “Food is nourishment in a lot of different ways. It is actual nourishment for our bodies, but it also nourishes our soul a little bit, and we should be eating foods we like, foods that feel good to us.” —Brigitte Zeitlin, RD

    This isn’t just wishful thinking—there’s evidence that supports people being more inclined to make healthy choices when they think that choice will taste good. Dr. Turnwald recently co-authored a study with Dr. Gardner and several others that looked into the idea of taste-focused versus health-focused versus basic labels in college dining halls. (For example: are people more likely to choose and eat more carrots if they’re labeled “Twisted Citrus Glazed Carrots,” “Nutritious Vitamin-Rich Carrots,” or just “Carrots”?) According to the study, across five school sites and 137,842 diner decisions, “taste-focused labels increased vegetable selection by 29 percent compared with health-focused labels and by 14 percent compared with basic labels. Vegetable consumption also increased by 39 percent.”

    “What we saw,” explains Dr. Turnwald, “was that paying attention to the flavorful components is most effective when the vegetables are actually prepared deliciously—so when they’re served with a sauce or multiple herbs and flavor combinations. Even though that might add a little bit more calories than eating a raw carrot, you enjoy it so much more and you’re not in this mindset of restriction when you eat it, that that’s a more sustainable strategy.”

    Additionally, cutting out the foods you like, or forcing yourself to eat “healthy” foods that you hate, likely won’t help you stick with any healthy habits for the long haul. “A lot of the research on dieting and how many diets fail for people tells me that [for] any strategy to work sustainably for years and for people to work into their lifestyles, the food has to taste good,” says Dr. Turnwald. If you’re forcing yourself to eat kale because you heard it’s more nutritious than spinach, you’re probably going to stop eating it entirely and thus not enjoy any of its health benefits—when you could be getting similar benefits from a food that you genuinely do like.

    Plus, feeling like certain foods are “bad” or “off-limits” can lead to unhealthy eating patterns of restricting certain foods, then binging on those foods, then overcorrecting back to restriction again—hardly optimal for mental or physical well-being.

    “In the past we’ve said, ‘Do you want the tasty choice, or the healthy choice?’” says Dr. Gardner. “That’s ridiculous.” What we should be thinking about instead, he says, are creative ways to have the tastiest food possible that’s healthy and environmentally sustainable. (Really, the best of all worlds.)

    So how to put the “eating for pleasure” concept into practice? Here are some pointers from the experts.

    1. Eat what tastes good to you

    Groundbreaking, right? Fitness bloggers and Instagram influencers have been touting the idea of “food as fuel” for a while, and while that’s not wrong—food both literally and figuratively makes us run, Zeitlin points out—that doesn’t mean you have to eat the “most fueling” superfoods even if you hate them. Kale and quinoa are not universal requirements of a healthy diet.

    “You should be eating the vegetables that you do like, the types of protein that you do like,” says Zeitlin. “If you don’t like fish, then no amount of stuffing your face with salmon is going to make you like fish. There are other healthy choices that you can eat that you would enjoy more. If you are someone who prefers chicken or you prefer turkey, that’s great. Eat those things. You don’t have to eat salmon to be healthy.”

    One note here: At the same time that you’re hat-tipping your preferences, recognize that your preferences may change, and you should be open to trying new—and old—foods on occasion. “Maybe the food that you didn’t enjoy eating when you were 7, you now do enjoy eating it at 27 or 37,” says Zeitlin. Adventure is pleasurable, too, right?

    2. Focus on flavor, and don’t sweat overmuch about preparation

    Another thing we’ve gotten wrong in this whole idea of eating healthy foods is that you need to eat them the most healthy way, says Dr. Turnwald. “So if you’re going to have carrots, they should be raw and not cooked with too much oil or butter and not too much salt. If you’re going to have a salad, don’t use much dressing. People think that if you do that, you might as well have a cheeseburger or something, but that’s really not the case,” he says.

    Just making the effort to eat the healthy food, and eating it often, generally matters more than the specific way it’s prepared—so don’t stress overmuch about that (unless you’re finding that you’re only eating deep-fried vegetables).

    3. Indulge, damnit! (Just know that it’s not always the same thing as eating for enjoyment)

    Another thing society has gotten mixed up on is this idea that indulging and eating for enjoyment are one and the same. You should by all means eat brownies, or French toast, or whatever it is that makes you happy. That’s indulging. You should also eat Brussels sprouts if you enjoy those. And therein lies the difference.

    “Sometimes eating for pleasure can get a little bit confused with the ‘treat yourself’ mentality,” says Zeitlin. “Indulging is part of healthy living, right? It’s part of healthy eating. Restriction is not part of healthy eating. But you want to be mindful of how frequently you’re indulgent. I love chocolate chip cookies. They make me happy. Living a healthy life, I can’t eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.”

    At the end of the day, we can’t overlook or underestimate all the different reasons why we eat, and what we gain from food beyond nutrition. “Food is nourishment in a lot of different ways,” Zeitlin says. “It is actual nourishment for our bodies so that our heart beats and our mind works and we can walk from A to B. But it also nourishes our soul a little bit, and we should be eating foods we like, foods that feel good to us.” Amen.

    Another thing impacting our genuine enjoyment of food: diet culture. And if you’re looking for a way to jazz up your vegetables, you’ll want to try this delicious, nutty sauce.



    Author Alison Goldman | Well and Good
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  • 3 easy ways to cleanse your aura, according to a Reiki master

    January 28, 2020 at 02:00AM by CWC

    Sometimes, I feel a bit… off. I might spill coffee, break a dish, get honked at and flipped off, hurt a loved one’s feelings, and struggle to write even the most basic of sentences, all before 10 a.m. Then, an unexpected bill arrives in the mail, a job gets canceled, a friend surfaces a seemingly-sudden but actually-long-buried grievance, I’m forced to flake on something important, and my car breaks down, all before 10 p.m.

    At times like these—which are rare, but less rare than I’d like—I start thinking about my “energy,” and how I need to somehow drag it out of the gutter. This impulse could also be understood as the need to cleanse my aura…assuming I actually understood what that means. Or knew what an aura was/is.

    “Our ‘aura’ is our energetic body, and in my opinion it is a colorful reflection of our emotional body as well,” Reiki master Julie Civiello Polier tells me. “With our ever-changing emotions, the colors of the aura shift too.” She explains that she imagines the aura as a sort of bubble inside of which the body lives. It might be responsible for the “vibes” we give off, which is why it’s important we keep it in good shape. “This bubble is our responsibility to keep free, clean, and intact,” says Polier.

    Hm, okay, but like, how does one keep their bubble well-maintained? Polier explains below.

    3 quick ways to give your aura a quick scrub in order to be the best you

    1. Breath work

    “There are a million and one ways to breathe, and almost as many breath exercises for cleansing, so here’s one: begin with three deep and slow breaths in and out through the nose, watching your belly rise and fall; breathe in deeply through the nose and exhale in tiny, sharp breaths, pumping the diaphragm; continue inhaling and exhaling in these same tiny and sharp breaths, all the while pumping the belly,” Polier says. “This is called Kundalini‘s ‘breath of fire.’”

    She recommends continuing this exercise for up to three minutes, or as desired, paying attention to what you feel in the process. “This is a great way to strengthen your aura so that you are able to clearly distinguish which feelings, thoughts, and sensations are yours from another’s. Often empaths and highly-sensitive people can take on others’ feelings and experiences as their own because they intuitively pick up the energy from other people simply by being in proximity. This breathing exercise cleanses and releases anything that is not ours to harbor in our bodies, so we can experience more freedom and presence,” says Polier.

    2. Free-form writing

    For this exercise, Polier recommends you find a space where you won’t be distracted, ideally a private space, and encourages you to turn off your phone. You can light a candle if that appeals to you, and then grab some loose leaf paper and your favorite writing utensil. “This is very important because you don’t want to reread this someday, so do not free form write in your journal,” she says.

    If you prefer to work within a “container,” Polier suggests setting a timer; she usually chooses 10 minutes. “Write whatever thought comes first, which may even be, ‘I don’t know what to write…’,” she says. “Soon, words will flow out, sometimes so fast and so furiously your handwriting isn’t even legible nor recognizable.”

    Once the timer goes off and/or you’re beginning to feel tired, stop. “If your timer goes off and there is still energy surging, and you’re still writing quickly and have a lot more to say, restart your timer,” she says. “I notice I’m finished when I’m very tired and my hand starts to slow down.”

    It’s important, she notes again, not to reread what you’ve written. “It’s meant to be released, not ingested again,” she explains. “Burn or shred your pages to continue releasing your body, mind, and spirit of the energy you no longer need.”

    After you’ve discarded your pages, there’s one final step, which Poiler says is more important than it probably sounds. Wash your hands and voila—a shiny aura awaits.

    3. Smudging

    “Another wonderful way to cleanse the aura is to light sage or palo santo and waft the perfumed smoke around your body, circling your head and then outlining your silhouette and front body, back body, and under the feet,” Polier says. “If you’d rather not have smoke about, trace around your body with a selenite crystal instead, and this works beautifully as well.”

    If you’re interested in diving deep on the former, here’s a full guide to smudging, according to a pro. If the latter is more your speed, a selenite lamp couldn’t hurt in terms of enabling some full-time aura maintenance—especially if you, like me, live in Los Angeles, where someone is always laying on their horn and flipping you off as your car breaks down in the middle of the freeway.

    Need more help? Here are 7 more crystals that’ll help you emanate feel-good energy. Plus, find out how to keep a bad horoscope from harshing your vibe.



    Author Erin Bunch | Well and Good
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  • 8 healthy Super Bowl recipes that you will definitely make you a fan

    January 28, 2020 at 01:00AM by CWC

    Watching the Super Bowl game at a party is fun, but let’s be real—the bigger draw tends to be all the incredible food. And while most spreads are made up of fried, super salty, and perhaps greasy offerings, it doesn’t have to be so. Some easy swaps can make your spread a bit better for you, if you’re looking to go that route.

    Whether you’re into wings, artichoke dip, nachos, or all of the above, these healthy Super Bowl recipes belong on your must-make and must-try list. Just be prepared: Once your guests get a taste, they may never want to leave.

    Whip up these healthy Super Bowl recipes for your party

    Photo: Food With Feeling

    1. Cauliflower buffalo wings

    If you love cauliflower gnocchi, then you’re really going to love these crispy cauliflower wings that are smothered in delicious sauce.

    Photo: Minimalist Baker

    2. Sun-dried tomato and basil pinwheels

    These healthy sun-dried tomato and basil pinwheels only take a few minutes to make, but they’ll impress your entire party.

    Photo: Veggiekins

    3. Vegan kale artichoke dip

    Get in your veggies with in this dairy-free artichoke dip that’s made from cashews, almond milk, nutritional yeast, and plenty of greens.

    Photo: This Savory Vegan

    4. Black bean and brown rice sliders

    Your guests will gobble up these little sliders that feature a black bean and brown rice patty and basil aioli topping.

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    5. Vegan baked taquitos

    These taquitos get their crispiness from baking, not frying. And there’s no meat to be found: The plant-based “ground beef” is made from cauliflower, mushrooms, and other veggies.

    Vegan recipe chicken wings
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    6. Brussels sprouts wings

    Cauliflower is cool and all, but you can also make mouth-watering wings with Brussels sprouts using a crispy breadcrumb coating.

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    7. Butternut squash tots with spicy maple mustard

    Bake up a batch of tots using vitamin-packed butternut squash. Paired with a three-ingredient spicy maple mustard, they’re truly mouth-watering.

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    8. Vegan nacho cheese sauce

    Making a vegan nacho cheese sauce is easier than ever when you have cashews on hand. Combine them with nutritional yeast, some veggies, hot sauce, and a twist of lime, and you’re good to go.

    You better add this vegan buffalo dip to your list, too:

    Here’s how to make healthy avocado deviled eggs. Then put together one of these impressive charcuterie boards.



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  • Realizing something is just not about you could be the key to letting go of extra stress

    January 27, 2020 at 11:00PM by CWC

    If your best friend gets back with her garbage ex, would you feel guilty and blame yourself for not talking them out of it? It’s one thing to own up to your part when you’ve actually done something wrong, it’s another thing to assume blame for things out of your control. If you find yourself doing a lot of the latter, you’re not alone. This is the phenomenon known as “personalization,” and it’s not the best thing for your mental health.

    “We can’t control other people’s thoughts, behaviors, choices and actions, or the outcome of any interpersonal situation,” says licensed psychotherapist Joyce Marter. “You can never cause somebody to behave poorly—that’s their choice.”

    Personalization can actually stem from lowered self-esteem, according to Marter. “We all have different aspects of our life that we feel more or less confident in, and it would be in those less confident areas that we would be more susceptible to personalization,” she says. In other words, when you’re not feeling so great about yourself, you’re more likely to believe that when bad things happen it’s somehow your fault. But this “self-flagellation” isn’t helping anyone. “You’re beating yourself up, you’re putting yourself down, and it can lower your mood,” she says. “It can distort the situation so that you’re not seeing it accurately.”

    To do less personalizing, Marter says you have to become mindful of your self-talk.

    “Any negative messages that you’re giving yourself like, ‘this is my fault, I’m to blame, this is because of my inadequacies that this has happened,’ those should be red flags that you are personalizing,” she says. We all have that inner critic, Marter explains, and we have to try to turn it down.

    You’ll also want to get a handle on what’s beyond your control and zoom out from situations where you find yourself personalizing. “Some healthy detachment is useful for all of us,” she says. “It doesn’t mean that you don’t care about the situation, [it just means] not going to take it on.” Talking to someone removed from the situation, like a therapist, friend, or family member, can help you see things more clearly. She says you can also try mapping out the problem.

    “Some healthy detachment is useful for all of us. It doesn’t mean that you don’t care about the situation, [it just means] you’re not going to take it on.” — Joyce Marter, licensed psychotherapist

    “Whenever [my clients] are having a situation that they’re upset about, I encourage them to write down everything about that situation that’s within their control on one piece of paper,” she says. “On another piece of paper, [I encourage them to write down] everything that is out of their control.”

    Keep in mind that your emotions are always in your control, and you can’t give other people power to determine how you feel about yourself. “Always hang on to your strength and your confidence and and all about you that is smart and beautiful and capable and wonderful, even if you’re experiencing some sort of challenge at home or at work,” she says.

    If you tend to personalize, don’t beat yourself up. Marter says that personalizing is normal and means that you’re willing to look at yourself and try to see where you messed up. You’ll just want to make sure it doesn’t get out of control.

    “It’s understandable that people go through that, and you just need to really compensate with a lot of self care and positive self-talk,” she says.

    Our beauty editor’s Mental Health Monday routine:

    Here’s 10 ways to stop feeling guilty, and boost your self esteem.



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  • Arm dancing is the key to getting ballerina-strong arms—try these 3 moves to get you started

    January 27, 2020 at 11:00PM by CWC

    American singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins wrote the lyrics, “everybody cut loose, footloose” for the 1984 film (must I specify?) Footloose. Almost 40 years later, Bomont has been conquered, the movie’s remake has been released to mixed reviews, and now it’s time we start setting loose our other limbs. Meet arm dancing, the dancer-approved way to strengthen your arms without picking up a single weight.

    “Every style of dance has a type of ‘arms,’ in both aesthetic and movement,” says Donna Flagg, a dancer, ballerina, and stretching instructor at New York’s Broadway Dance Center. “You could take any of them and create an upper body workout, but ‘arm dancing’ per se is an unweighted exercise for your arms.”

    By moving for a sustained period of time (anywhere between one to 10 minutes), you work up a burn that runs from your shoulders to your fingertips. “You’ll see really great shoulder development because the weight of the arms challenges the shoulders’ strength the most,” explains Flagg. That’s because you target the teeny, tiny muscles of your upper arms, forearms, and shoulders that help you perform everyday tasks like carrying your grocery bags.

    “Arms can be heavy if you don’t put them down for a rest,” says Flagg. “So that is where the resistance comes into play.” If you’ve ever French-braided your hair and felt the sheer torture of pulling off the ornate work with your hands overhead, you know exactly what I mean.

    That’s enough talking—let’s get to the arm dancing with 3 moves to get you started

    1. Up and downs

    Fairly straight forward, this move involves standing up and extending your arms into a T-shape. Then, simply move them down five inches, and back up.

    2. Arm circles

    If you’ve watched The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, then you may already know arm circles by heart. But if you haven’t, the instructions are simple enough to figure out. Extend your arms out to the side and draw circles in the air with your fingers clockwise, then counterclockwise.

    3. Swimmers

    “Put your arms straight out in front of you and open them straight to the side. Your arms are going to start to feel very heavy and the key is to not let them bend or collapse,” says Flagg.

    Dance your heart out:

    If your legs need to stretch too, try stretches for your hamstrings or quads



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  • A sustainable living expert shares how to DIY a non-toxic all-purpose cleaner

    January 27, 2020 at 09:32PM by CWC

    Pop quiz: Where do you think you’ll find more toxins—indoors or outdoors? Answer: Indoors. It sounds crazy, but it’s true (yes, even if you live in a big city). And believe it or not, the ingredients in your average cleaning products aren’t exactly helping your efforts to live a cleaner lifestyle.

    “Cleaning products are a common source of environmental pollution, because their ingredients don’t need to be disclosed or tested for safety,” says Sophia Ruan Gushée, author of A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures and creator of the Ruan Detox Immersion. “Plus, cleaning products often require plastic containers, which increases our production and disposal of plastics.”

    So what are you supposed to do? Live in a dirty house, or use toxic products to “clean” it up? According to Gushée, there’s a third option. “The best solution is a DIY cleaning approach, because it’s safest for humans, and you can buy safe ingredients in bulk to cut costs and carbon footprint,” she says. (It’s like arts and crafts, but way better for the planet.)

    Her DIY all-purpose cleaner uses just five ingredients that you can probably find lying around your house somewhere already.

    At our recent Wellness Collective event with Athleta, Gushée taught the attendees how to make her go-to DIY all-purpose cleaner, using just vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, water, and essential oils (most of which you can probably find lying around your house somewhere already).

    And if you want to stock up, these ingredients work well solo, too. “Hydrogen peroxide is an excellent replacement for bleach,” Gushée says. “It whitens whites, disinfects, and reduces the risks of unintended cocktail effects that can occur when [traditional cleaning] compounds like ammonia and bleach combine.” Plus, essential oils cut out the need for fragrance, which Gushée says is an ingredient to avoid whenever possible.

    Once you’ve assembled your ingredients, grab a glass spray bottle, and mix everything together, using two parts water for every one part hydrogen peroxide. Gushée suggests starting with five ounces of hydrogen peroxide, then adding the water, followed by the vinegar and baking soda.

    It almost feels too simple—but trust us, it does the job. Finish your non-toxic concoction off with a few drops of your favorite essential oil, and voila, you’ve officially cleaned up your cleaning routine.

    Want more Wellness Collective? Click here for more wellness intel.



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  • These graphics show how simple—and delicious—cooking with veggie scraps can be

    January 27, 2020 at 08:30PM by CWC

    Even if sustainability is your jam—your crisper is full of “ugly” produce and you use a canvas tote when shopping in lieu of plastic bags—cooking with every part of the vegetable, as sustainability experts often recommend, can still be a little intimidating. Sure, you love veggies, but there are some parts of them that really don’t look like they should be consumed. (Corn cobs? Come on.) Even if they do, you have no idea how to make them taste good.

    Fortunately, some people have built a living figuring how how to use every single part of produce—and are happy to share their no-waste tips with the masses. Here, Reilly Brock, the content manager at Imperfect Foods, and Pulp Pantry CEO and founder Kaitlin Mogentale, share intel on how to use every single part of six popular veggies.

    Scroll down to see how to cook with vegetable scraps.

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    Leeks

    Brock loves cooking with leeks because they have a subtle sweetness and a bit of a bite. Most recipes call for the stem of leeks, which means that healthy eaters may just throw out the leaves and bulb of the plant without a second thought. However, Brock says you can truly cook with all three parts of the vegetable. “The leaves have the same sweet flavor as the rest of the plant—similar in taste to green onions—and taste amazing in vegetable stock,” he says.

    Brock and Mogentale both keep a plastic bag in their freezer, which they continually fill with veggie scraps because so many other often discarded parts of veggies can be thrown into stock, adding flavor and nutrients. “You can also use the leek bulb in stock too, and in fact they’re often used in ramen,” Brock says.

    As for the meaty middle of the plant, Brock is a big fan of grilling it in warm weather and slow roasting it during milder months. “When you slow roast leeks, they almost caramelize in texture and are just to die for,” he says.

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    Carrots

    You surely already know what to do with carrots—eating them solo or with hummus, roast with spices, grate into a salad or dressing. But the carrot tops themselves aren’t quite as intuitive to use, despite being 100-percent edible. “One popular use for carrot tops is incorporating them in homemade pesto, but there’s a trick to it: you have to blanch them first,” Mogentale says. (Blanching is a cooking technique where you boil vegetables for a just a few minutes, then immediately cool them in ice water to stop the cooking process.) This is because carrot tops are super hard to blend when they’re totally raw. But once they’re blanched and blended with your other pesto ingredients, they add another layer of flavor that compliments basil, pine nuts, olive oil, and garlic perfectly.

    As for carrot leaves, Brock says they can be used in place of parsley. “You can blend them right up and use them in a pesto or a chimichurri sauce,” he says. He recommends using lemon juice to balance out the earthy taste of the carrot greens when whipping up your sauces.

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    Beets

    Beets’ stalks and leaves make up the bulk of the vegetable, but they are rarely given the same attention as the roots. “Beets are in the same family as chard, so you can actually use the stalks the same way,” Brock says—they can be chopped and added to salads or sautéed with other veggies. As for the leaves, Mogentale says she likes to incorporate them into soups and macro bowls in place of kale.

    The beet roots themselves can be eaten raw, added to salads, or roasted with spices and topped with olive oil. Or, blend them up and enjoy in a smoothie or gazpacho.

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    Corn

    Hopefully we don’t need to tell you how to enjoy corn. But you probably don’t do anything with the cob though, right? Whether you’re grilling, boiling, or roasting, the kernels are scrapped off and the cob is thrown right in the bin. But Brock, of course, has a delicious way to make good use of it.

    “Corn cobs are an overlooked wonder ingredient,” he says. “You can simmer the cobs in water with some onion and basil and you’ll end up with this rich cob essence that taste like sweet corn.” Brock incorporates the cob water in polenta or risotto dishes to add more flavor. The more you know.

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    Kale

    Kale salads are a staple in many healthy eaters’ diets, but typically, only the leaves of the plant are used while the stems are quickly discarded. “Kale stems are really rich in fiber, so I like to freeze mine, slice them thinly, and add them to smoothies,” Mogentale says.

    Brock says kale stems can also be pickled. “Because of their earthy taste, I recommend pickling them with spices like coriander, mustard seeds, or chili flakes, which will help balance out the flavor,” he says.

    In general, both Mogentale and Brock say what’s most important when it comes to cooking with vegetable scraps is keeping an open mind and a willingness to get creative. “Just start experimenting,” Mogentale says. “When you start looking at the parts of your vegetables that are usually discarded and start brainstorming news ways to cook with them, it really opens up a whole new world of discovery.”

    Try this smoked Spanish paprika on top of your veggies to add a little kick. Or, pair them with this healthy dip.



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  • I’m a physical therapist, and this is what I want you to know if you can’t unwind tight muscles

    January 27, 2020 at 08:21PM by CWC

    Like most people, I tend to stretch the tightest muscles in my body (in my case, it’s my quads) as much as humanly possible to find some sort of relief. Before runs, you can find me doing that classic heel-to-butt stretch as a way to lengthen the muscle and get ready for the effort to come. However, it recently came to my attention that soreness isn’t always an indicator that a muscle needs to be stretched. It can also be an indicator that the muscle itself isn’t strong enough.

    “A lot of times, chronically tight muscles are tight because they’re weak,” says Meghan King, DPT, a physical therapist with Spear Physical Therapy in New York. “We get people who say that they stretch their hamstrings all the time, and they never get any more flexible, for instance. But that’s often an indication that their hamstrings might be weak and that’s what’s causing the tightness.” My mind is blown, HBU?

    This happens, says King, because muscles are commonly tapped to do movements that they don’t fully have the strength required to do. For example, say you’re going up stairs and recruiting your quads and calves to do the work, but mid-way they reach their performance capacity. “If the muscle only has 80 percent of the strength that it needs to do that task, it feels overworked, and the result is some tightness,” says King.

    When this happens, it’s easy to go into full-on stretch mode to try to loosen things up and get you ready to perform. Instead, King recommends working with a physical therapist to identify the specific muscles that need to be strengthened, and the proper ways to do this. “Seeing a physical therapist is a great way to get that strengthening going,” she says, noting that a professional can help you to design a fitness program to properly target the correct muscles.

    If you’re looking for ways to boost your strength, keep on scrolling for series specific to your legs, arms, core, or full body. Once you’ve wrapped your sweat sesh, then start incorporating stretches into the mix to make sure that the muscles remain loose and mobile.

    Core
    One our our favorite things about this core workout with yoga instructor Andrea Russell is that it’s a full-body flow that also helps to strengthen the core muscles, while also giving you a nice stretch in the process.

    Arms

    If you find that your muscles in your arms are frequently tight, and you don’t have free weights handy, reach for a resistance band. This super speedy arm-focused sweat sesh from Sweat with Bec trainer Bec Donlan will get your arms burning and strengthened in no time at all.

    Legs

    This glutes and leg-heavy workout is perfect for runners (like me!) who are looking to engage their bottom halves ahead of working out to help that heavy-legs feeling following a workout. To strengthen your legs if they feel tight, go through this series led by Nike Master Trainer Traci Copeland.

    Full body

    Tackle full-body strength with one single 10-minute workout. Body By Simone founder Simone de la Rue will take you through a heart-pumping series that’s meant to help strengthen all the muscles in your body. Run through it once to get a gauge of which muscles need to be strengthened.

    BTW, these are five pro-approved exercises that will help fix a glute imbalance and help relieve lower back pain. And here’s what to know about the Theragun Liv percussive therapy device, which can also help with your recovery routine. 



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  • There’s a psychological reason celebrity deaths hit us so hard

    January 27, 2020 at 07:00PM by CWC

    Celebrity deaths happen often, and often unexpectedly, leaving fans who didn’t personally know the deceased in a confused cloud of grief. Because logically, it doesn’t seem to make a whole bunch of sense to feel sad about losing someone you didn’t actually know. Still, when news broke that basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his 13 year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant (who was a rising hoops star herself), had been killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday, it was yet another reminder of how quickly life can be taken. Bryant was an unquestionably complicated figure in the NBA. But, on the court, he spent 20 seasons leading the Los Angeles Lakers to five championships, and proving himself to be one of the most competitive and hardest working athletes of his generation (let the 2000-2003 “three-peat” stand as proof). In the aftermath, coaches, and teammates expressed their grief and shock to the news—but so, too, did fans who had never met Bryant.

    Pros say this reaction to mourn an athlete or a celebrity makes sense, especially when the person was someone we admired and who is inextricably tied to certain memories or moments in time. Like, yep, sports stars we grew up watching, TV heartthrobs we pined over, and musicians who soundtracked our seminal milestones. Our relationships with celebrities don’t necessarily follow typically understood measures of time and space, making them seem subconsciously immortal to us in a sense. “They’re never supposed to die, and they’re always 25 in our heads,” says Seattle-based therapist and grief counselor Jill Gross, PsyD. “When they die a little part of us dies, too—our innocence dies with them.”

    Still, she says, “anytime we feel grief, it is valid.” So whether Bryant’s death affected you, or you can recall the way you felt when you heard about the passing of, say, Heath Ledger, or Aaliyah, Luke Perry or Prince, or Anthony Bourdain, understand that your emotions are or were absolutely valid. After all, people can impact you even if they don’t know you. “Feelings are important, and they’re not to be ignored,” says clinical psychologist Natalia Skritskaya, PhD of the Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia University’s School of Social Work. “Feelings are signals—if you feel sad about a loss, it’s a signal it had some meaning to you.”

    Dr. Gross herself felt the loss of David Bowie when he passed way in 2016. “I grew up with him. He was a big part of my teen and young-adult identity and my love of music,” she says. “There’s a comfort knowing certain people are in the world, and when they’re not anymore, we have to rearrange the pieces of our life that don’t include them anymore.”

    Our relationships with celebrities don’t necessarily follow typically understood measures of time and space, making them seem subconsciously immortal to us in a sense; they don’t age with us.

    Mourning the loss of someone you don’t know but feel connected to looks a lot like mourning any other loss. “The same principles would apply,” Dr. Skritskaya says, adding that accepting your own reactions may be the key difference when the grief doesn’t feel quite logical to the person grieving. “It’s better to deal with it rather than push it away.”

    And don’t forget to talk through your feelings—even better if you can do so with others who are navigating similar grief. Whether you attend memorials or join online forums, Dr. Gross recommends finding an outlet to connect with others about the person you admired and why they meant so much to you. Furthermore, donating to a charity that the celebrity was passionate about can be a helpful coping and healing mechanism.

    But the most powerful thing you can do in the wake of a loss? “Feel your own aliveness,” says Dr. Gross. Maybe that means going on a walk or giving back to your community or going on the solo trip of your dreams—anything to reconnect with our spirit and return to the most vibrant and powerful iteration of your own being.

    However, pay close attention to your feelings in case you continue to struggle. “Loss is a stressor and can trigger a number of health and mental-health problems,” Dr. Skritskaya says. If you’re grieving a loss and are showing signs or symptoms of depression, it’s important to seek the help of a mental-health professional.

    Update: This post was originally published on April 14, 2019. It was updated with additional reporting by Ali Finney on January 27, 2020.

    Here are some expert tips for dealing with ambiguous loss. Plus, the case for taking a griefcation to get away from it all.



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  • Nope, it’s not just you—*no one* can find arugula right now

    January 27, 2020 at 06:00PM by CWC

    If you’ve scanned every corner of the produce aisle trying to scout out arugula with no luck, a trip to the eye doctor isn’t necessary. It’s not there, and you’re not the only one who hasn’t been able to find it. Veggie lovers all across the country, from New York City to Seattle, are experiencing the horrors of arugulaless shopping carts too.

    The internet has been up in arms about the lack of the popular salad staple in grocery stores lately, even sparking a (pretty amusing) post on Reddit that dubbed the situation “The Great Arugula Shortage of January 2020.” While your other greens seem to be stocked and ready to eat per usual, there’s a simple explanation behind why this bitter variety is nowhere to be found: Austin360 reports prolonged, cool wet weather has damaged some of the prime growers’ crops, causing a shortage that either leaves the shelves empty or provides so little arugula that it’s sold out way too quickly. It’s like reliving the cauliflower gnocchi shortage all over again—something I wouldn’t wish upon anyone.

    Luckily, there’s another way to score some greens if your local grocery store is lacking the veggie: head to your nearest farmers market. Even though mass producers are experiencing a lack of product, local farms are still going strong. Sure, this is a tough time—no one wants to go without their favorite type of salad. But for now, you might be better off grabbing the kale or spinach instead.

    Top your greens—no matter the kind!—with this medicinal mushroom salad dressing:

    These are the healthy dinner recipes doctors make every week—arugula salads, included. The find out how to make a vegan green soup that’s high in fiber, iron, and calcium due to being loaded with leafy greens and fragrant herbs.



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  • Networking doesn’t work for everyone—here are 6 alternative ways to get ahead

    January 27, 2020 at 05:00PM by CWC

    It’s no secret that being great at networking can open certain professional doors for you. If you know the right people and foster a community of supportive peers, by staying in touch, you might at some point be able to skip a few rungs on your ascent up the career ladder (or, at least, be able to save a lot of time being stuck on a rung where you don’t want to be). But even though being able to put networking tips into action can streamline your professional trajectory, that doesn’t mean it’ll be simple or won’t feel like work. If networking has ever left you feeling drained, exhausted, and unmotivated, you’re not alone: Networking in its traditional sense doesn’t pay off for everyone.

    A recent small study of 59 employees found a relationship between networking and lower work performance among people who have a low need for affiliation. That is, those who don’t crave a sense of belonging or inclusion in a social group. The researchers call this effect “network extraversion bias,” and note that those who aren’t as innately social shouldn’t try to force themselves to network. “People…who generally show less inclination and appreciation for social involvement should not force themselves to engage in networking activities,” the researchers conclude.

    But before introverts everywhere let out a sigh of relief and completely wipe their hands of networking obligations, a career counselor suggests considering how to approach it from a different angle. “I really do think networking is a good skill to develop, even for introverts or people who don’t crave social interaction,” says career counselor Dara Blaine. “They may just do it differently, and that’s a great thing.” Since networking is, at its core, a relationship-building endeavor, and relationships are key to accomplishing many career goals, the benefits outweigh the initial discomfort, she adds.

    Other experts agree that since traditional tactics might not work well for all people, the key is to pinpoint alternative networking tips and strategies that work in accordance with each person’s preferences. That way, no one feels forced to do any single thing. Below, learn six of those alternative networking tips to reap the professional benefits.

    1. Choose tasks that allow you to connect with others

    Generally, people network because they’re seeking access to others in their field and want to make themselves known among those people. However, the previously mentioned study suggests that certain roles may be able to reap those benefits without requiring any active networking. “For example, holding a position which requires the dissemination of information within the organization,” the researchers write. That might be a personnel officer or office manager, for instance.

    These types of positions not only provide access to valuable information, but also make you more visible. In other words, if you’re not someone who loves networking in its traditional sense, actively engaging in your workplace and choosing tasks that force you to connect or interact with other people can help you split the difference. It’s like networking by default.

    2. Ask for feedback

    The truth is, you don’t have to be a super-social person to network. One simple way to stay connected with your colleagues is simply to ask for feedback.

    “Seek out feedback from your supervisor and colleagues for ways you can contribute more to the team,” Blaine says. Because whether you’re angling for a promotion or just fostering some good will, being a team player will liken you to your peers, who have their own network of peers. Furthermore, asking for feedback shows a manager that you care about contributing to the larger whole. And the intel you’ll glean can be personally useful: It tells you how to be a better worker, allowing you to build the right set of transferable skills you can bring to another job.

    3. Go online

    Online networking might be more palatable for those who dread in-person meetings. If this is you, consider joining a Facebook group that focuses on your industry, find groups on LinkedIn, or just connect with other professionals in your field via social media. See what other people in similar roles are sharing or talking about online, then contribute to the conversation when you can.

    “Sending messages and sharing online content doesn’t require as much energy. It allows people to stay connected while showcasing their expertise to a large number of people.” —Nihar Chhaya, executive coach

    “Sending messages and sharing online content doesn’t require as much energy,” says Nihar Chhaya, President of PartnerExec, an executive coaching firm. “And it allows people to stay connected to professionals in their industry while showcasing their expertise to a large number of people.”

    4. Find your networking style

    Not all networking is the same, says Chhaya. “Leverage methods to network that play to your strengths. Perhaps you’re a better writer or interviewer than a conversationalist. Offer to write an article about someone you want to network with or about a topic that piques the interest of certain networks.”

    And to understand what your networking style is in the first place? Consider how you prefer to meet people in general, Blaine says. “Do you prefer larger crowds, more intimate gatherings, or one-on-one conversations? Do you feel more comfortable meeting people online or in person? Are there activities that you enjoy where you can connect with others more organically? Your preferences for how you like to meet people in general can help you figure out what might be a bit more comfortable for you as you begin to network,” she says.

    5. Consider your career goals

    If you don’t have a clear idea of what you want your career to look like down the road, networking may feel as though it lacks purpose for you. So, prior to networking, work to understand what motivates you and what you stand to offer. “The more you understand and can articulate your value, the more you will be able to identify opportunities and take advantage of them,” Blaine says.

    When you have something to work toward, you might find yourself craving connections. And then, all of a sudden, networking may not feel like such a chore.

    6. Lean into your listening skills

    Whether you’re an introvert or simply don’t identify as a very social person, keep in mind that you still have valuable strengths to offer. For instance, listening skills are a serious asset in the world of networking.

    “Many people approach networking with the mind-set of, ‘What’s in it for me?’ and launch quickly into a conversation about themselves and what they need rather than take the time to get to know someone else,” Blaine said. “This can be a turnoff to people.”

    If you’re a good listener, this can help you flip the conversation and build rapport more quickly. It also alleviates the pressure to “sell” yourself to someone you don’t know. Even a brief conversation about the other person can build your confidence as well as give you the opportunity to connect the dots between what you have to offer and what the other person needs.

    “Networking is simply getting to know someone else and inviting them to get to know you,” Blaine says. “The more open and diverse your network, the more opportunities you’ll have.”

    Want more alternative networking tips? Here are a career coach’s tips for stopping your fear of rejection from getting in the way of your networking potential. You could also consider joining a co-working space—they’re giving networking a chic, empowering makeover.



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  • Enter a flow state to become joyfully in the moment when the world feels overwhelming

    January 27, 2020 at 03:00PM by CWC

    Do you ever feel so immersed in something you’re currently doing that the low-stakes goings-on in your life simply don’t matter, for once? You’re so body-and-soul focused on your Muay Thai class or your wine-and-paint session or your game of Tetris that the rest of the world fades away. If this isn’t resonating and you haven’t stopped multitasking since, like, 2015, pump the breaks, because it’s high time that you’re introduced to the glorious concept of a flow state of mind.

    “As a concept coined by the field of positive psychology, a flow state is that space of joy and heightened focus that results from absolute immersion in a favored activity,” says clinical psychologist and author of Joy from Fear Carla Marie Manly, PhD. “Sometimes known as being ‘in the zone,’ a flow state creates a sense of oneness, with no division between the physical body, the mind, and the activity.”

    Being “in the zone” is obviously great for productivity at work or nailing that hard-to-hold pose during yoga (ugh, handstand press). But it’s also a state of mind that can be blissful, therapeutic, and concentrated toward inner peace. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and even tap-dancing toward the threat burnout, here’s the 101-level advice you really do need for how to go with the flow (state).

    How entering flow state of mind facilitates self care

    Research shows that flow states can be helpful for reducing stress and anxiety, which makes sense since we’re not trying to do one thing while silently worrying about a laundry list of others. Rather, we are truly in the moment.

    “The feel-good neurochemicals and positive state of being that result during flow states are incredibly beneficial for both physical and mental health.” —clinical psychologist Carla Marie Manly, PhD

    “When we give our full attention to one enjoyable task, we allow the mind to stay in the present and become fully absorbed in something that feels tremendously enlivening.  It is in such states that we are, in many ways, our best selves,” says Dr. Manly. “The feel-good neurochemicals and positive state of being that result during flow states are incredibly beneficial for both physical and mental health.”

    If that sounds equal parts great and elusive, that makes sense. So many of us have fingers constantly fidgeting on the keyboards of our phones and toggling between our 21 open browser windows, which is to say there are plenty of distractions pestering you on a day-to-day basis that can make entering flow difficult to manage. You, too, might have the ambition to write your novel. But the focus? Committing to monotasking like this requires diligence and, according to Dr. Manly, adhering to five basic principles can help.

    5 steps to get into a flow state of mind

    1. Know what you want to dive into

    “Whether it’s riding a mountain bike, writing a book, or baking bread, know exactly what you want to focus on with all your body, heart, and mind,” says Dr. Manly.

    It’s any activity you want, whether or not there’s an attached goal, which essentially means that the options are endless.

    2. Create the space

    This tip follows the same guiding principle that explains why I make my bed whenever I’m expecting a gentleman caller: You want to have energetic room to get what you need done.

    “This means that you let go of other distractions and allow yourself to get ready to engage in ‘the one’ activity,” Dr. Manly says. “In short, attempts at multi-tasking will destroy flow, as will interruptions, such as friends stopping by.”

    3. bring ample energy to the table

    Resting up before you plan to tackle your flow activity can be helpful, especially if your intention is to meet a goal. “Make sure you’ve had a good night of sleep, since focus tends to be much easier when you’re well-rested,” Dr. Manly says.

    4. Be nourished and hydrated

    This is key because “flow can be disrupted by normal issues, such as strong hunger cravings,” Dr. Manly says. So fuel up, because ensuring you have energy stores is important for maintaining your flow.

    5. Let go of everything, and allow yourself to dive deeply into your chosen activity

    If all goes according to plan, you’ll naturally fall into the flow state and commit yourself to a task joyfully. Once you find a few processes or activities that can bring you into a flow state of mind, you’ll have a self-care reset button of sorts you can always call upon when life begins to feel overwhelming.

    10 activity ideas to inspire a flow state of mind

    Whether you’re looking for physical, psychological, or even personal-leaning ideas to get into a flow state of mind, you’re covered. For your consideration, check out 10 ideas below:

    1. Crossword and number puzzles

    No, they’re not just for your sudoku-obsessed dad. Rather, puzzles are great for everyone because they can help keep your memory sharp later in life. Treat yourself to a classic word or numbers game (depending on which section of the SAT you really thrived in).

    2. Meditation

    If you find yourself too in your own head when you try to meditate on your own, opting for a guided meditation with a soothing advisor and a few friends might just be the ticket.

    3. Friendship bracelets

    Yes, seriously—just take our associate beauty and fitness editor’s word for it. She’s a big fan of this summer-camp-approved practice, which can absolutely develop your sense of mindfulness.

    4. Hair-braiding

    Similarly meditative to friendship-bracelet-making, hair-braiding can hold the same mindfulness power.

    5. Adult coloring books

    Coloring in a really beautiful mandala can reduce anxiety and stress, but who says this activity needs to be specific to adults? To make babysitting your 5-year-old niece more bearable, getting out a Lisa Frank coloring book might well be a mood-boosting, flow-state-inducing move for you both.

    6. Knitting

    Knitting offers a whole slate of benefits: The occupational therapy keeps your brain busy, your hands nimble, and your loved ones in cozy outerwear, season after season.

    7. Dancing

    While you can always attend an actual dance class, taking center stage in front of your mirror when no else is home also counts.

    8. Gardening

    Those who lack a green thumb might find this premise overwhelming, so just start small. Even installing a window planter to ease into plant-motherhood can improve your concentration and your compassion.

    9. Hula-Hooping

    I personally swear by the calming monotony of this, and as an added bonus, the practice also offers the benefit of being amazing for strengthening your core.

    10. Reading

    Beautiful in its simplicity, getting lost in a good book provides for “mindful intention” that regulates the stressed parts of your mind by bringing your attention inward.

    Join the 28-day ReNew Year plan for feelings here. And for another specific way to up-level yourself, learn how to toughen your emotional resilience



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  • Exfoliating oils will brighten and quench dry skin *without* rubbing it raw

    January 27, 2020 at 02:00PM by CWC

    Each and every winter,  we all inevitably face the same skin-care conundrum: How can you exfoliate your skin without drying it out even more than the combination of heaters, dry air, and cold weather already are?

    It’s important to slough off dry skin cells all year long, but there’s a fine line between ridding your complexion of debris and compromising your skin barrier or making your face even more dry. This is where exfoliating cleansing oils come in, which have both exfoliating and nourishing properties in a single formula.

    Oil cleansers, generally, are known for their abilities to rid the skin of dirt and oil (think of it as a “like dissolves like” situation). They’re particularly helpful for people with dry, flaky skin because, as board-certified dermatopathologist Gretchen Frieling, MD puts it, they “help clean the skin without leaving the face stripped of its natural oil and moisture.” And adding a physically exfoliating element into the mix, she says, “can be a great alternative for people who experience irritation from oil-free cleansers and harsher physical exfoliants.”

    These oil cleansing products are gentle, yet effective, and offer the quadruple-whammy of removing makeup, clearing pores of excess oil and debris, wiping away dead skin cells, and nourishing skin. In other words, they’re giving your double cleanse a run for its money. Got oily skin? Despite what you might think, these cleansers can work for you too. In fact, they tend to help dissolve oils from your face while they cleanse, so most will leave you feeling clean and happy instead of oily and greasy. Try one out for yourself—especially right now, when your dry skin could really use the support—by way of one of these product picks.

    Mara Chia + Moringa Algae Enzyme Cleansing Oil, $58

    This multi-tasking cleanser does it all, including cleansing, brightening, and hydrating the skin. It’s made with fruit enzymes (which have a teeny, tiny granule texture) to exfoliate, and chia and moringa oils, plus marine botanicals and squalane, to leave skin nourished. Its exfoliating element is so gentle that it works for all skin types, but is still efficient enough to get the job done without much scrubbing required.

     

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    La Mer Exfoliating Oil, $125

    If you like your exfoliants to be a little more intense (but not so intense that they’ll strip your skin), La Mer’s option is a perfect pick. It’s made with sugar and salt crystals, which help with the scrubbing, plus sea kelp fibers and the brand’s iconic “Miracle Broth” elixir oil, for a quenched, healthy glow.

    Photo: La Mer

     

    Hanskin Pore Cleansing Oil, $28

    Not a scrub person? Try this chemical exfoliant oil, which uses ultra-gentle polyhydroxy acids to get rid of dead skin cells. This is your best bet for dealing with blackheads, which the combo of oil and PHAs will help pull from beneath the surface.

    Photo: Hanskin

    To keep dry skin happy and healthy all winter, derms say to look for these ingredients in your moisturizer. And if you’re only feeling dry in certain areas? Here’s how to spot treat dryness like a pro



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  • Check your birth chart’s north node to learn your cosmic destiny and true calling

    January 27, 2020 at 01:00PM by CWC

    The idea of having one destiny seems at once awesome and claustrophobic to me. I’m stoked about the idea that my life (maybe?) has one purpose, but I also want to forge my own path ahead. So when an astrology-minded friend mentioned to me that the north node callout on my birth chart cosmically predicts who I’m destined to become, my interest instantly piqued, and I hopped on board a celestial journey of self-discovery with a fair bit of apprehension.

    True to its name, your north node is your true north or your North Star, says intuitive astrologer and healer Rachel Lang. “It’s the point of destiny you continue to follow throughout your life. When you focus your attention on following the path designated by the north node, you feel more fulfilled and more purposeful—but it’s not easy. It’s the point beyond your comfort zone,” she says.

    In the sky, this node is the point where the moon’s orbit intersects with the northern ecliptic hemisphere at the time of your birth. “Unlike other astrological points, it’s invisible, but that doesn’t mean it’s not significant,” says Lang. So, for example, my north node sits in my third house—or Gemini—which means my “purpose” in life is teaching, learning, writing, and spreading a certain message.

    “When you focus your attention on following the path designated by the north node, you feel more fulfilled and more purposeful.” —Rachel Lang, intuitive astrologer

    Of course, though, the jaunt to destiny has to start somewhere—and Lang says that’s where your south node comes in. The south node sits exactly 180 degrees away from the north and represents where your karmic journey begins. “It’s the familiar—where we came from,” says Lang. My south node sits in Saggitarius, so according to the moon, I come from a restless, seeking, and often estranged-feeling place.

    “Often, we play a tug-of-war game between the north and south node throughout our lives. During the years when you have a nodal return, which is about every 19 years, you feel a sense of your destiny, and you can have fated events,” Lang says. And that makes sense, right? You have to know where you came from to get where you’re going.

    How to identify your own north node (and your south node, too!)

    To identify your north and south nodes, you’ll first need to run your birth chart via an app like Co-Star, a free online service (like this one), or with the help of an astrologer. You’ll then be able to identify your north node by a symbol that looks like a pair of headphones. Your south node will be the same shape in reverse, which looks a lot like a horseshoe.

    From there, teasing out meaning is simple: Your destiny follows the traits of the house or signs in which it lands, and the same goes for your south node. If your north node is in Aries, for instance, your destiny will align with the attributes of Aries: major ambition, fearlessness, and leadership. In keeping with the traits of Libra, which would be the south node to an Aries north node, the universe will ask you to move away from playing the supporting role and taking the path of least resistance.

    “The more you push beyond your comfort zone, the closer you get to fulfilling your north-node purpose,” says Lang. Ultimately, it’s up to you whether or not you heed the call of your north node. Regardless, the notion that the universe made a plan for you the second you were born is pretty out of this world.

    You can get on-demand astrology readings on your phone—here’s what it’s like. And if you’re brand new to this whole cosmos thing, here’s the A-to-Z guide you need for understanding all the celestial terms



    Author Kells McPhillips | Well and Good
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  • Researchers Find This Weekend Habit Could Put You At Risk For Obesity

    Irregular Weekend Schedules Linked To Obesity In New Study

    The weekends are a break from our day-to-day work life, which often means abiding by a different schedule. A new study has found this “eating jet lag” (or changing up your typical schedule on the weekend) can lead to a higher BMI and may even be linked with obesity.  

    Researchers at the University of Barcelona studied over 1,000 people between the ages of 18 and 22 in Spain and Mexico, comparing participants’ body mass indexes with changes in eating times throughout the weekend.

    “Eating jet lag”

    To better streamline this process, the scientists created a term called “eating jet lag” to measure variability in eating habits during the weekend. To determine this marker, they looked at what time participants typically ate breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the weekend as compared to a typical weekday. The “jet lag” was classified as a difference of more than 3.5 hours when comparing meals across days of the week. 

    Researchers found that participants who experienced eating jet lag had a higher risk of obesity, with an average BMI increase of 1.34 kg/m2.

    As an explanation for this link between obesity and eating jet lag, the authors of the study blame something called “chronodisruption,” where there is a lack of consistency between the body’s own internal time and the social time the person is experiencing.

    “Our biological clock is like a machine, and is ready to unchain the same physiological and metabolic response at the same time of the day, every day of the week,” says head researcher Trinitat Cambras, Ph.D. “Fixed eating and sleep schedules help the body to be organized and promote energy homeostasis. Therefore, people with a higher alteration of their schedules have a higher risk of obesity.”

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    So, what should we do?

    The authors of this study say that more research is needed to examine the reason behind this discovered link, and are looking for more explanations for the physiological mechanisms behind eating jet lag that contribute to a higher BMI and greater risk of obesity.

    In the meantime, researchers urge people to try their best during the weekend to maintain a consistent schedule. Although it can be tough, eating and sleeping schedules have a large impact on our health, and can contribute to our risk of obesity.

    That being said, weekends can still be a way to relax and debrief from a busy week. It’s okay to change your schedule up slightly, but the synchronicity is key to promoting health. 

    Author Christina Coughlin | Life by Daily Burn Selected by CWC
  • We Sparknoted This Week’s Horoscope & These Are The Parts You Can’t Miss
    January 19, 2020 at 08:02PM
    Aquarius season is all about pushing for change and collective action. Here are the AstroTwins’ tips for kick-starting the season with a bang.

    Aquarius season begins this Monday, January 20.

    Make a wish—for yourself and the world at large! The sign of Aquarius pulls off a beautiful paradox, pumping up individuality AND bringing us together to collaborate. Over the next four weeks, you may be equally invested in differentiating yourself from the pack as you are with finding your place within it. Scratch your chin on that for a few, and it WILL make sense. We don’t all have to be the same in order to “belong.” That’s one of the best lessons this eccentric air sign will teach between now and February 18. As the sign of the humanitarian, this solar cycle is prime time for getting involved in activism—or making disruptive art that pushes a message into the zeitgeist. If you could make the world an inclusive place for everyone, what would you do? In your neighborhood or around your office, look for ways to combine talents and support each other’s growth. Embrace the sharing economy: How can you pool resources, trade services, or co-invest in goods? Start making changes in your corner of the Earth and the groundswell could pick up from there. And don’t forget to tap into virtual networks to rally people for a common cause.
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    Another wave of idealistic energy rocks the boat this Friday, January 24, as the year’s only new moon in Aquarius buoys your vision quest.

    Have you been too tame in your approach? This rebellious new moon is here to disrupt the status quo. Suspend disbelief and consider the “impossible.” Ideas don’t have to make sense right off the bat. The fun comes with experimenting in the lab. And while last month’s solar eclipse in Capricorn (on December 26) brought us resolutions and goal sheets, this lunation takes our plans to a higher vibration. Building an online empire? Bringing an inventive product to market? Aquarius is all about innovation, crowdsourcing, and community love. Call the developers and get to work on that online venture or genius app that started as a joke but might actually turn into something legit and profitable. Set August 3 as a potential launch date when the corresponding full moon in Aquarius will bring a bountiful and binary harvest. This new moon also dovetails with the Lunar New Year (which falls officially on Saturday, January 25). That means a change of guard when it comes to cosmic spirit animals. After 2019’s patient, resolute Earth Pig, the savvy Metal Rat takes the reins for 2020, restarting a fresh, 12-year cycle in the Eastern zodiac. Rat energy is shrewd, cooperative, and hella sensitive. What’s good for you individually will affect the rest of the “mischief” (the actual name for a crew of rats). Consider this yet another prompt to take ownership of the effect your actions have on the collective.

    Relationships that have been veering off course could get a sharp wake-up call this Sunday, thanks to a challenging dustup (a 90-degree square) between cosmic lovebirds Venus and Mars.

    Venus continues flowing through dreamy, nostalgic Pisces, drawing us all into a fantasy-fueled haze. Then…bam! Warrior Mars charges in on Sagittarius’ steed, bursting Venus’ bubble with piercing arrows of truth. Lovers’ quarrels can go from simmer to boil with Venus in Pisces playing passive-aggressive games while aggro Mars in Sagittarius fires up tempers. While this is certainly not the time to sweep issues under the rug, real talk about relationships may get heated fast! Even if you DO lay all your cards on the table, you’re likely to be misunderstood. But trouble in paradise doesn’t have to mean the end of the fairy tale. Just set aside touchy topics for the future, even if you have to cleverly stall. The iron is too hot for striking this weekend. If you’ve been stuck in a holding pattern, however, the dynamic Mars-Venus square motivates change. And it can be as simple as picking up a pair of show tickets instead of spending another weekend watching movies on the couch. Single? Spark up a conversation with an intriguing stranger. With Venus and Mars are in mutable signs, you’d do well to stretch yourself outside what’s comfortable. This cosmic catalyst will get your heart racing again!
    Author The AstroTwins | Life by Daily Burn Selected by CWC
  • Does Exercise Really Build Strong Bones? Yes, But Not The Way You Think
    January 19, 2020 at 11:08AM
    “If you run a young pig on a treadmill, the bones get bigger,” says Mark Hamrick, Ph.D., a muscle and bone researcher from Georgia. “But not an old pig.” And what’s true for pigs, alas, is true for humans as well. On the bright side, even though exercise can’t build bone in later life, we can use exercise, especially high-impact, weight-bearing exercise, to help preserve the bone we’ve got left. It’s abundantly clear that exercise in youth builds strong bones, and that this benefit sticks around for quite a while. Compared to sedentary folks, for instance, people who were elite athletes in their youth have greater bone mass and bone strength later on, even if they’ve stopped training. Jumping in particular—think cheerleaders—has been shown to boost bone density in young people. In one study involving premenopausal women, jumping 20 times with a 30-second rest between jumps and doing this twice daily can boost bone density to some degree. A different study of premenopausal women involving both jumping and weightlifting also showed some increased bone density.

    But what, if anything, these data mean for older women is unclear.

    A 2009 Spanish review of the research suggested that while high-impact exercise can enhance bone mass, this is not true in postmenopausal women, precisely the group most prone to osteoporosis and fractures. On the other hand, British researchers found that both young and older women who performed brief bursts of high- intensity, weight-bearing exercise had stronger bones than those who didn’t. But this study showed a simple association, not causality. Randomized, controlled studies have been largely discouraging. A 2006 randomized study found that moderate- intensity aerobic (not resistance) training did nothing for bone mineral density. A 2017 randomized study of resistance and aerobic training also found no effect on bone mineral density, though this study was in breast cancer survivors who were taking estrogen- blocking medication. In other words, exercise can’t build bone in older people, but it can help preserve bone, as a 2017 systematic review and meta-analysis of 11 randomized trials involving more than 1,000 postmenopausal women showed. A different 2017 systematic review of 10 randomized studies also showed that high-impact exercise preserved bone density in both peri-and postmenopausal women. Interestingly, this study looked not just at exercise, but at standing on a vibrating platform, which also helped preserve bone. Granted, it may seem like cheating to exercise purists, but other research also suggests that standing on vibrating platforms may boost bone density. In a 2013 Taiwanese study of postmenopausal women, six months of standing on a vibrating platform for five minutes three times a week yielded about a 2 percent increase in lumbar spine bone density. As for me, I am one of those exercise purists. True, I can’t do all those flips and cartwheels and jumps of my youth, but I can still jog, swim, lift weights, and crank through 50 minutes several times a week on an elliptical machine. It may take longer—and take more motivation—but for me, at least, genuine exercise is a lot more fun.
    Author Judy Foreman | Life by Daily Burn Selected by CWC
  • It’s Alive: This “Living Concrete” May Be The Future Of Green Buildings
    January 19, 2020 at 01:12AM
     
    Today in weird news we didn’t expect to read: Researchers in Colorado have produced Franken-concrete. It’s alive, and it may be the future of green buildings. Concrete is, quite literally, all around us. It, or versions of it, has been used since 1300 B.C., meaning even a trip to Roman ruins is surrounded by concrete. In the last century, the technology of concrete hasn’t changed, but this new breakthrough has changed that. The second most consumed material on earth, the production and use of concrete is responsible for 6% of global CO2 emissions—no small thing. Using bacteria, sand, and a hydrogel, the researchers found a way to produce a material that mimics the strength of concrete-based mortar. How does it work? The power of the bacteria helps to “biomineralize the scaffold, so it actually is really green. It looks like a Frankenstein-type material,” said study senior author Wil Srubar, Ph.D. “That’s exactly what we’re trying to create–something that stays alive.” And if you thought the idea of living concrete was weird enough, hold on tight: It’s about to get weirder. The material can reproduce, with a little help. If researchers split a brick of the material in half, the bacteria grows the pieces into two complete bricks. They found that this works to end up with eight bricks from the original one in three “generations.” “What we’re really excited about is that this challenges the conventional ways in which we manufacture structural building materials,” said Srubar. “It really demonstrates the capability of exponential material manufacturing.” This exponential material manufacturing, where we only have to actually invest the resources to create one result and get eight in return, would cut down on costs and any associated emissions. But the material isn’t ready for the building site yet. The current iteration of the material requires extremely specific humidity and other environmental factors to remain viable and at its full strength. But it can provide the first point in a world of alternate, more sustainable, building materials. “This is a material platform that sets the stage for brand-new exciting materials that can be engineered to interact and respond to their environments,” said Srubar. Going forward, the team plans to work on exploring applications for their material, and chances are it will go better than the applications Dr. Frankenstein found for his monster. If you’re looking to build a more sustainable home, there’s a lot of great new technology that can help make your home green. But there are also simple changes you can make that can make a big difference.
    Author Eliza Sullivan | Life by Daily Burn Selected by CWC
  • This May Be The Secret To Resisting Temptation
    January 18, 2020 at 11:21PM
     
    Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have revisited a classic psychology test to see how working in pairs would affect the original findings of the marshmallow test. The original marshmallow test, if you’re not familiar, was done in the 1970s at Stanford University. Children were given either a marshmallow or a pretzel stick (their preference) and told that they could eat it immediately or wait for a researcher to return to the room, at which point they would get another treat. The results found that only a third of the children waited for the second reward. In this latest redux of the experiment, the researchers wanted to see how setting the children up in pairs would affect their ability to delay gratification. They tested a group of just over 200 5- and 6-year-olds, having some complete the classic test alone and putting others in pairs to earn their reward.

    What impact did pairing up have?

    For this study, they also revamped the original, as a control. Some of the individuals were given a test similar to the original test, where they alone were presented with a treat, in this case a cookie, and told they’d get a second one if they waited for the supervisor to return. Other participants were put in pairs. The pairs were put in separate rooms and told that they would get a second treat only if both they and their partner didn’t eat the cookie while the researchers were out of the room. They were not able to communicate during this time, but the study found that those children in pairs were more likely to wait for an extra reward than the children tested as individuals. Sebastian Grueneisen, Ph.D., a researcher on the study, said, “The fact that we obtained these findings even though children could not see or communicate with each other attests to the strong motivational consequences that simply being in a cooperative context has for children from early on in development.” The study shows the children are motivated by supporting their peers and by cooperation with a partner, or what the researchers call the “interdependence condition.” The results of the study show that our behaviors are influenced by our social connections, even when we’re not face to face with our peers. It also proves that those influences begin at an early age, whether we’re conscious of them or not.
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    What does this tell us about ourselves?

    The study shows that our impulses and our ability to resist temptation may be tied to our social connections, especially when there are results at stake that affect others. If one child ate their cookie before the researcher returned, the other would, too, be deprived of their reward. “In this study, children may have been motivated to delay gratification because they felt they shouldn’t let their partner down,” said Rebecca Koomen, Ph.D., “and that if they did, their partner would have had the right to hold them accountable.” We can see from these results that at a young age, children were predisposed to want the benefit for the pair more than when isolated on their own. It suggests that we may better be able to achieve goals when the results have broader impact but also that accountability is an important part of success. The feeling of accountability, and also responsibility, for our actions is apparently boosted when we make sure other people know what we’re working on. And while we know that holding ourselves accountable can help us achieve goals, but the results of this study indicate that maybe letting our friends in on those goals will help us achieve them—social accountability can, apparently, be a strong motivating factor for getting results.
    Author Eliza Sullivan | Life by Daily Burn Selected by CWC
  • Are White Claws Keto-Friendly? We Had To Get The Lowdown From An RD
    January 18, 2020 at 09:03PM
    If last summer’s national shortage wasn’t enough to show how much people love this drink, we don’t know what is. The world’s favorite new drink, White Claw, seems to have taken the world by storm in the past year. It’s one of the more popular brands of hard seltzer, aka bubbly alcoholic drinks that taste sweet but are low-carb. With many people beginning to adopt the ketogenic diet, another big trend of the year, we began to wonder if the two could work together. We know White Claw contains about 2 grams of carbs per can, but we wanted to talk to a nutritionist to get the lowdown on how the beverage could affect someone in ketosis. When we asked Molly Knudsen, M.S., RDN, if White Claw is keto-friendly, she said yes: “Typically, most people following a keto diet keep their carb intake at 50 grams or less a day. So sparing 2 of those grams for a White Claw every now and then is totally feasible.”

    Drinking on the keto diet.

    Knudsen’s general rule of thumb for determining keto-friendliness of an alcoholic beverage is to look for drinks with 5 or fewer carbs per serving. The less the better, she says! “Even a drink with 5 grams of carbs accounts for 10% of the MAX amount of carbs you may have allotted for the day.” Because carbs are so limited on the keto diet, Knudsen recommends utilizing those carbs to get important vitamins and minerals. Her suggestion is through vegetables like broccoli, kale, zucchini, mushrooms, and red bell pepper. Knudsen warns anyone on the keto diet to steer clear of sugary drinks like margaritas, sangria, and daiquiris. “Any drink with fruit juice, sweetened sodas, or simple syrups are going to be loaded with carbs and could knock you out of ketosis in a snap. I would also think twice before selecting beer as your keto drink of choice,” she says. “Opting for a light beer will still typically cost you 6 grams of carbs, and a regular beer will cost you around 13 grams.” Her recommendation for drinking on the keto diet? Besides White Claw, she says to stick to any low-carb beverages. “If you do decide to drink, I recommend keeping to options such as red or white wine (which is around 4 grams of carbs per 5-ounce serving), or liquor like vodka, rum, or gin (which all have 0 grams of carbs) with seltzer water.” But even though alcoholic beverages can be a part of a keto diet, however, Knudsen doesn’t want to encourage it as a regular or integral part of the diet. “I would prefer a person’s carbohydrate allowance go toward optimizing nutrition,” she says. The current Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that people who consume alcohol should always do it in moderation, which is defined as no more than one drink per day for women or two drinks per day for men. To learn more about going keto, check out our beginner’s guide to the ketogenic diet for tips, tricks, and general rules to follow. Plus, now you have the confirmation—claws are safe.
    Author Christina Coughlin | Life by Daily Burn Selected by CWC
  • Vitamin B Deficient? Starbucks Coffee Is Here To Help With A Healthy Add-In
    January 18, 2020 at 09:03PM

    The newest coffee add-in isn’t a trendy new alt-milk; it’s good old-fashioned vitamins.

    If you ever have trouble remembering to take your capsules each morning but can’t ever go without a cup of coffee, this might be really good news. On a post on their site this week, Starbucks teased some of its upcoming 2020 launches, and there’s a healthier slant to their new releases.

    Along with bottled cold brew concentrate and coffee that offers twice the caffeine (yikes), the coffee giant is launching Starbucks Coffee with Essential Vitamins and Starbucks Coffee with Golden Turmeric. Both will be available in coffee grounds and single-use cups.

    Starbucks Ground Coffee Infused with Vitamins
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    Starbucks’ new Essential Vitamins blend will offer five B vitamins, including B1, B3, B5, B12, and biotin blended into their classic house roast. B1 is possibly better known as thiamine, B5 is another name for pantothenic acid, while B12 is known as just that.

    In the general population, B-vitamin deficiencies are extremely common, so it makes sense that Starbucks would home in on the many forms for their Essential Vitamins rollout. For plant-based eaters, the inclusion of B12 is especially relevant, as it can be particularly common in those diets.

    The other new release taps into an herb that’s no stranger to the world of morning beverages (golden milk, anyone?). Turmeric is a powerful herb with anti-inflammatory benefits and a gorgeous golden hue, which can also help boost your immune system among other benefits. The blend also packs the antioxidant power of cinnamon and all the gut health benefits of ginger, which will also complement the flavor of your morning cup.

    While this launch is for Starbucks brew-at-home options, maybe this means the brand will add more super beverages to their cafe menus soon. They already have a turmeric latte in some U.K. stores, and there’s evidence of increased plant-based options coming, but we’re curious to see what’s next.

    Author Eliza Sullivan | Life by Daily Burn Selected by CWC
  • Fish Oil Supplements Linked To Better Reproductive Health In Young Men
    January 18, 2020 at 07:06PM
    Mainly used as a source of omega-3s, fish oil is a popular supplement with benefits like lowering blood pressure, decreasing heart attack risk, and assisting treatments to diseases like asthma, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. According to a new study, we may be able to add a boost in fertility to that list of benefits. Researchers in Denmark studied 1,700 young men over a period of five years to see how fish oil supplements affected both sperm count and quality. Men were instructed to fill out questionnaires based on their dietary behaviors and provided semen and blood samples for examination. The study found that men who reported taking fish oil supplements had significantly higher sperm count, along with a higher volume of semen. While this doesn’t directly create a causal relationship between the supplements and fertility, the results are promising. A higher sperm count can lead to a greater chance of conception for couples, according to lead researcher Tina Kold Jensen, M.D. “Because they have a better sperm count, as a group they would have a better chance of fertilizing an egg,” she says. Surprisingly, men who had taken other kinds of supplements did not differentiate from the men who didn’t—fish oil was the only effective supplement for increased reproductive health. Infertility is an emotional and physical struggle that affects about 12% of couples in the United States currently. Any possible method to boost someone’s ability to conceive is something to be hopeful about, although there are still more steps to be taken with this type of report.

    What’s next for this research?

    The study was only observational, so more clinical trials would need to be completed before these results can be confirmed. The good news is, fish oil supplements are readily available in most stores so it can be easy to get started for those looking to get a boost. Make sure you talk to your doctor before beginning any sort of supplementation, especially if you’re struggling with fertility. It can be a difficult process, but know that you’re not alone. Read through our tips from women’s health experts, and check out how our modern society may be creating an infertility crisis.
    Author Christina Coughlin | Life by Daily Burn Selected by CWC
  • How Should You *Really* Be Cleaning Your AirPods? We Asked An Expert
    January 18, 2020 at 05:04PM
     
    Picture this: You’re showing off your shiny, new AirPods to a couple of friends, but as soon as you flip open the case, you notice a buildup of wax and dirt caked between the fine crevices of the pearl-white buds. A grotesque image, but you get the idea—earwax isn’t cute, and you probably don’t want to see the gunk on your headphones. That said, an AirPods scrub-down is probably past due. But the process of cleaning out the headphones becomes a little tricky: Should you use a safety pin or pencil to pick out the wax? Wipe the buds with rubbing alcohol or water? Or should you—shudder—suck out the debris with your mouth? (Not a joke, this Reddit hack unfortunately exists). Before you start poking and prodding at your earphones, we consulted Melissa Maker, green cleaning expert and founder of Clean My Space, on how we should really be cleaning our AirPods. Here are the do’s and don’ts for cleaning those buds:

    Do: Wait until the earwax is “cold.”

    Maker’s first tip is to make sure the AirPods haven’t been used or charged for a while, so that the earwax hardens. “When the earbud is warm, the wax is still very pliable, and it’ll be gooey,” she says. Your ears can warm up the AirPods, so you should refrain from using or charging them for a couple hours, at least, before diving into the cleaning routine.
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    Don’t: Use water.

    Using water is not a good idea,” Maker states. “Water can damage the components, and it doesn’t dry quickly.” What does dry quickly, on the other hand, is rubbing alcohol. Although, you never want to spray a liquid directly on a tech item—you’d want to spray the alcohol on microfiber cloth or dip a cotton swab before cleaning the electronic (more on that later). The only caveat, is if you’re an owner of the AirPod Pro’s. If your buds have those removable, flexible silicone tips, you can go ahead and remove them, rinsing them thoroughly with soap and water. Just be sure to let them dry completely (24 hours is best, to be safe) before you secure them back on your AirPods. You don’t want any water getting inside that speaker!

    Do: Use a soft bristled toothbrush, brushing the buds and case upside down.

    Time to dig through your drawers for an old toothbrush, preferably one with soft, thoroughly used bristles. According to Maker, it’s best to hold the earbuds facing downwards before you start to brush. That way, you can let the debris fall without worrying about it getting stuck inside the speaker (ew). If the earbud is cold, as mentioned above, the wax should crumble right off. “You’re not going to get a snowstorm effect,” Maker reassures. “You might get one or two little things falling off.” As for the case, you’re going to do the same exact thing. Hold it upside down, brush the debris off the case, and let the wax fall down.

    Don’t: Vigorously brush.

    It’s important to keep your brushing light, Maker adds. You just want to loosen the debris, rather than scrub the buds and case harshly. When it comes to these electronics, a little pressure goes a long way—so keep that hand steady and light.

    Do: Use a cotton swab dipped in alcohol.

    Once you brush out the wax with a toothbrush, Maker wants you to use a cotton swab to finish the job. “Dip the cotton swab in rubbing alcohol,” she explains. “Then tap it off on the back of your hand, and use that to gently clean the speaker grill itself and the area surrounding the bud.” Once most of the discoloration is on the swab (and not the bud!), you can touch the surface—if it has a squeaky-clean feel to it, you’ve done the job right.

    Don’t: Put it off for later.

    You want to stay on top of it so that you keep buildup to a minimum,” Maker adds. Here’s the ugly truth: Earwax easily builds up, and the longer you leave it, the more gunk will accumulate. That said, it’s high time to give your AirPods a cleaning. With these tips, it should be a fairly painless process.
    Author Jamie Schneider | Life by Daily Burn Selected by CWC
  • Nitrofurantoin, Oral Capsule
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    Highlights for nitrofurantoin
    1. Nitrofurantoin oral capsule is available as both generic and brand-name drugs. Brand-names: Macrobid and Macrodantin.
    2. Nitrofurantoin is also available in an oral suspension.
    3. Nitrofurantoin oral capsule is used to prevent and treat urinary tract infections that are caused by certain bacteria.
    Important warnings
    • Lung inflammation warning: This drug may cause lung inflammation. This is a rare side effect and is more likely to happen if you take the drug for longer than 6 months. Symptoms of lung inflammation can include tiredness, fever, chills, cough, chest pain, and shortness of breath. If you have any of these symptoms, contact your doctor right away.
    • Liver problems warning: This drug may cause liver inflammation or liver injury. If you’re taking nitrofurantoin for long-term therapy, your doctor will monitor your liver with blood tests. Tell your doctor if you have symptoms of liver problems while taking this drug. These include itching, yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, and loss of appetite.
    • Nerve damage warning: This drug may cause nerve damage. This damage can cause numbness and pain, especially in your hands and feet.
    • Red blood cell damage warning: This drug may cause hemolysis (a type of red blood cell damage). Symptoms of hemolysis include tiredness, weakness, and pale skin. Hemolysis goes away after you stop taking this drug.
    • Diarrhea warning: This drug may cause mild or severe diarrhea. Tell your doctor right away if you have diarrhea while taking this drug. If your diarrhea is mild, it may stop after you stop taking this drug. If your diarrhea is more severe, it may not stop after you stop taking this drug, and you could be at risk of severe dehydration. If you have severe diarrhea, your doctor may give you fluids and treat the bacteria causing your diarrhea with antibiotics.
    What is nitrofurantoin?
    Nitrofurantoin is a prescription drug that comes as an oral capsule and an oral suspension. Nitrofurantoin oral capsule is available as the brand-name drugs Macrobid and Macrodantin. It’s also available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less than the brand-name version. In some cases, they may not be available in all strengths or forms as the brand-name drug.

    Why it’s used

    Nitrofurantoin oral capsule treats and prevents urinary tract infections that are caused by certain types of bacteria.

    How it works

    Nitrofurantoin belongs to a class of drugs called antimicrobials or antibiotics. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions. Nitrofurantoin helps kill the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections. It only works against certain types of bacteria.
    Nitrofurantoin side effects
    Nitrofurantoin oral capsule may cause drowsiness. It may also cause other side effects.

    More common side effects

    The more common side effects of nitrofurantoin can include:
    • nausea
    • vomiting
    • loss of appetite
    • stomach pain
    • diarrhea
    • numbness in your hands and feet
    • pain in your hands and feet
    • weakness
    • dizziness
    • headache
    • drowsiness
    If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

    Serious side effects

    Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:
    • Lung inflammation. Symptoms can include:
      • tiredness
      • shortness of breath
      • fever
      • chills
      • cough
      • chest pain
    • Liver problems. Symptoms can include:
      • itching
      • yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes
      • nausea or vomiting
      • dark urine
      • loss of appetite
    • Nerve damage. Symptoms can include:
      • numbness or tingling in your hands and feet
      • muscle weakness
    • Hemolysis (red blood cell damage). Symptoms can include:
      • tiredness
      • weakness
      • pale skin
    Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible side effects. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always discuss possible side effects with a healthcare provider who knows your medical history.

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    Nitrofurantoin may interact with other medications
    Nitrofurantoin oral capsule can interact with other medications, vitamins, or herbs you may be taking. An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or prevent the drug from working well. To help avoid interactions, your doctor should manage all of your medications carefully. Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications, vitamins, or herbs you’re taking. To find out how this drug might interact with something else you’re taking, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Examples of drugs that can cause interactions with nitrofurantoin are listed below.

    Drugs you should not use with nitrofurantoin

    Do not take these drugs with nitrofurantoin.Examples of these drugs include:
    • Antacids such as Gaviscon that contain magnesium trisilicate: These drugs can make nitrofurantoin less effective.
    • Probenecid and sulfinpyrazone: Taking these drugs while you’re taking nitrofurantoin may cause harmful levels of nitrofurantoin to build up in your blood. High levels of this drug in your body raise your risk of side effects, while reduced levels in your urine can make the drug less effective.
    Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
    Nitrofurantoin warnings
    Nitrofurantoin oral capsule comes with several warnings.

    Allergy warning

    Nitrofurantoin can cause a severe allergic reaction. Symptoms can include:
    • trouble breathing
    • swelling of your throat or tongue
    If you have an allergic reaction, call your doctor or local poison control center right away. If your symptoms are severe, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Don’t take this drug again if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to it. Taking it again could be fatal (cause death).

    Warnings for people with certain health conditions

    For people with kidney disease: If you have a history of kidney disease, you may not be able to clear nitrofurantoin from your body well. This could lead to a buildup of nitrofurantoin. This raises your risk of side effects. For people with liver disease: You should not use nitrofurantoin. It can make your liver damage worse.

    Warnings for other groups

    For pregnant women: During weeks 0–37 of pregnancy, nitrofurantoin is a category B pregnancy drug. That means two things:
    1. Research in animals has not shown a risk to the fetus when the mother takes the drug.
    2. There aren’t enough studies done in humans to show if the drug poses a risk to the fetus.
    Talk to your doctor if you’re pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Animal studies do not always predict the way humans would respond. Nitrofurantoin can cause red blood cell problems in a newborn. For this reason, women who are pregnant should not take this drug:
    • when they are at term (38–42 weeks of pregnancy),
    • during labor and delivery
    • if they think they are in labor
    Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking this drug. For women who are breastfeeding: Nitrofurantoin may pass into breast milk and cause side effects in a child who is breastfed. Talk to your doctor about breastfeeding your child. You may need to decide whether to stop breastfeeding or stop taking this medication. For seniors: The kidneys of older adults may not work as well as they used to. This can cause your body to process drugs more slowly. As a result, more of a drug stays in your body for a longer time. This raises your risk of side effects. If you’re older than 65 years, nitrofurantoin may not be a good choice for you. For children: Do not use any form of nitrofurantoin in infants younger than 1 month. Macrodantin and its generic form are safe for use in children older than 1 month. Macrobid and its generic form have not been studied in children younger than 12 years of age. They should not be used in this age group.
    How to take nitrofurantoin
    This dosage information is for nitrofurantoin oral capsule. All possible dosages and drug forms may not be included here. Your dosage, drug form, and how often you take the drug will depend on:
    • your age
    • the condition being treated
    • how severe your condition is
    • other medical conditions you have
    • how you react to the first dose

    Forms and strengths

    Generic: Nitrofurantoin
    • Form: oral capsule (generic for Macrobid)
    • Strength: 100 mg (75 mg nitrofurantoin monohydrate and 25 mg nitrofurantoin macrocrystals)
    • Form: oral capsule (generic for Macrodantin)
    • Strengths: 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg
    Brand: Macrobid
    • Form: oral capsule
    • Strength: 100 mg (75 mg nitrofurantoin monohydrate and 25 mg nitrofurantoin macrocrystals)
    Brand: Macrodantin
    • Form: oral capsule
    • Strengths: 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg

    Dosage for treatment of urinary tract infections

    Adult dosage (ages 18–64 years)
    • Macrodantin and its generic form: 50–100 mg four times per day. Length of treatment varies.
    • Macrobid and its generic forms: 100 mg every 12 hours for 7 days.
    Child dosage (ages 12–17 years)
    • Macrodantin and its generic form: 5–7 mg/kg of body weight per day in four divided doses. Length of treatment may vary.
    • Macrobid and its generic form: 100 mg every 12 hours for 7 days.
    Child dosage (ages 1 month–11 years)
    • Macrodantin and its generic form: 5–7 mg/kg of body weight per day in four divided doses. Length of treatment may vary.
    • Macrobid and its generic form: These drugs have not been studied in children younger than 12 years. They should not be used in this age group.
    Child dosage (ages 0–1 month)
    • Macrodantin and its generic form: These drugs should not be used in children younger than 1 month.
    • Macrobid and its generic form: These drugs have not been studied in children younger than 12 years. They should not be used in this age group.
    Senior dosage (ages 65 years and older) The kidneys of older adults may not work as well as they used to. This can cause your body to process drugs more slowly. As a result, more of a drug stays in your body for a longer time. This raises your risk of side effects. Your doctor may start you on a lowered dosage or a different treatment schedule. This can help keep levels of this drug from building up too much in your body.

    Dosage for prevention of urinary tract infections

    Adult dosage (ages 18–64 years)
    • Macrodantin and its generic form: 50–100 mg at bedtime.
    • Macrobid and its generic form: These drugs are not used for the prevention of urinary tract infections.
    Child dosage (ages 1 month–17 years)
    • Macrodantin and its generic form: 1 mg/kg of body weight once per day or divided into two doses per day.
    • Macrobid and its generic form: These drugs are not used for the prevention of urinary tract infection.
    Child dosage (ages 0–1 month)
    • Macrodantin and its generic form: These drugs should not be used in children younger than 1 month.
    • Macrobid and its generic form: These drugs are not used for the prevention of urinary tract infections.
    Senior dosage (ages 65 years and older) The kidneys of older adults may not work as well as they used to. This can cause your body to process drugs more slowly. As a result, more of a drug stays in your body for a longer time. This raises your risk of side effects. Your doctor may start you on a lowered dosage or a different treatment schedule. This can help keep levels of this drug from building up too much in your body. Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this list includes all possible dosages. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your doctor or pharmacist about dosages that are right for you.

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    Take as directed
    Nitrofurantoin oral capsule is used for short-term treatment of urinary tract infections. The brand-name drug Macrodantin and its generic form may also be used for long-term prevention of urinary tract infections. This drug comes with serious risks if you don’t take it as prescribed. If you stop taking the drug suddenly or don’t take it at all: Your urinary tract infection may not go away and may get worse. If you stop taking this drug suddenly, the bacteria that caused your urinary tract infection could become resistant to this drug. That means it won’t work for you anymore. If you miss doses or don’t take the drug on schedule: Your medication may not work as well or may stop working completely. The bacteria that caused your urinary tract infection could become resistant to this drug. That means it won’t work for you anymore. For this drug to work well, a certain amount needs to be in your body at all times. If you take too much: You could have dangerous levels of the drug in your body. Symptoms of an overdose of this drug can include:
    • nausea
    • vomiting
    If you think you’ve taken too much of this drug, call your doctor or seek guidance from the American Association of Poison Control Centers at 800-222-1222 or through their online toolBut if your symptoms are severe, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room right away. What to do if you miss a dose: Take your dose as soon as you remember. But if you remember just a few hours before your next scheduled dose, take only one dose. Never try to catch up by taking two doses at once. This could result in dangerous side effects. How to tell if the drug is working: The symptoms of your urinary tract infection should get better.
    Important considerations for taking this drug
    Keep these considerations in mind if your doctor prescribes nitrofurantoin oral capsule for you.

    General

    Take nitrofurantoin with food. This may help reduce upset stomach and allow the drug to work better.

    Storage

    • Store nitrofurantoin at a temperature between 68°F and 77°F (20°C and 25°C). Macrobid and generic Macrobid can be stored between 59°F and 86°F (15°C and 30°C).
    • Keep nitrofurantoin away from light.
    • Don’t store this medication in moist or damp areas, such as bathrooms.

    Refills

    A prescription for this medication is refillable. You should not need a new prescription for this medication to be refilled. Your doctor will write the number of refills authorized on your prescription.

    Travel

    When traveling with your medication:
    • Always carry your medication with you. When flying, never put it into a checked bag. Keep it in your carry-on bag.
    • Don’t worry about airport X-ray machines. They can’t hurt your medication.
    • You may need to show airport staff the pharmacy label for your medication. Always carry the original prescription-labeled container with you.
    • Don’t put this medication in your car’s glove compartment or leave it in the car. Be sure to avoid doing this when the weather is very hot or very cold.

    Clinical monitoring

    Your doctor may monitor you during your treatment. If you are taking nitrofurantoin for long-term prevention of urinary tract infections, your doctor may do blood tests from time to time. These tests check your liver and kidney function.
    Are there any alternatives?
    There are other drugs available to treat your condition. Some may be better suited for you than others. Talk to your doctor about other drug options that may work for you. Disclaimer: Healthline has made every effort to make certain that all information is factually correct, comprehensive, and up-to-date. However, this article should not be used as a substitute for the knowledge and expertise of a licensed healthcare professional. You should always consult your doctor or other healthcare professional before taking any medication. The drug information contained herein is subject to change and is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a given drug does not indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective, or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.
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