7 Household Plants to Soothe Your Health & Beauty Woes

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7 Household Plants to Soothe Your Health & Beauty Woes

You may not be a witch doctor or herbalist, but that doesn't mean you've never used a plant to heal your body. In fact, some of the most common modern medicine is plant-based -- aspirin contains salicylic acid, the active component of willow bark, and penicillin was made from fungi. While we're not suggesting you start growing mold cultures in your kitchen, you can benefit from many easy-to-grow, easy-on-the-eyes indoor plants. Some of the prettiest perennials are hiding some of the best health and beauty remedies. Based on scientific studies, we found the healing plants that help you look and feel your best. These indoor plants will turn your home into the pharmacy version of the great outdoors.   read more

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8 Fast Fixes for More Energy

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8 Fast Fixes for More Energy

Sometimes that 3 o'clock feeling starts way before the usual afternoon slump -- and sometimes it lasts longer than quitting time. A good night's sleep is a great weapon against that sluggish feeling, but sometimes it's not enough. Pesky energy zappers are hiding in your everyday routine.   read more

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A Newbie's Guide to Meditation

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A Newbie's Guide to Meditation

The Beatles made it popular in the '60s and celebs like Oprah and Gwyneth Paltrow do it on the regular, but practicing meditation has some serious physical, emotional and spiritual benefits in addition to upping your hipster cred. Luckily, you don't have to travel to India or have your own television network to practice meditation.   read more

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10 Feel-Better Yoga Moves

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10 Feel-Better Yoga Moves

Thanks to desk jobs, sky-high shoes and fitness classes gone awry, it seems like there's always some body part that's aching or out of whack. While it's tempting to find relief inside your well-stocked medicine cabinet, sometimes all your body needs is a little finessing, by way of some quality time on the yoga mat.   read more

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Green Your Cleaning Routine

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Green Your Cleaning Routine

Your heavy-duty household cleaners might be bad news for dirt and germs, but they're also a bummer for the environment. Think about it: If you have to open a window every time you scrub your shower so you don't pass out from fumes, what's this product doing to you and the Earth in the long run?   read more

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The Yummiest Smoothie Recipes You Won't Believe Are Full of Greens

We're willing to bet the first that comes to mind when you think of a refreshing, delicious summertime smoothie isn't a glass of murky, green liquid. How'd we know? A little survey told us. A recent poll found that just nine percent of Americans are on-board with green-colored juices, while 25 percent of us actually fear it. So, how do you embrace the going-green trend without plugging your nose to gulp it down?   read more

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The Only 3 Moves You Need for Sexy, Sculpted Arms

Ah, the warmer weather we've been waiting for has finally arrived. Which means it's time to replace the arm exercise you were getting with the remote control (I think I'll miss you most of all, "Pretty Little Liars"), with actual arm exercises -- hand weights and all.   read more

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5 On-the-Go Snack Mixes to Fuel Your Day

Let's face it -- we don't always have time to whip up a healthy snack, and more often than not, we turn to the quickest, easiest and not-so-healthiest solution (read: something from the nearest vending machine). In lieu of that solution we spoke with nutritionists and dieticians Franci Cohen and Nicolette Pace, who created five easy, healthy snack mixes you can take anywhere. "Snack mixes are ideal because you get a concentration of energy and calories," says Pace, "but they don't take up much volume in your stomach so you don't bloat." So instead of reaching for a snack-size candy bar when you're crashing at your desk midday, swap it out for one of these snack mix recipes you can make in bulk and eat all week long (just don't go too crazy with portion sizes).   read more

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5 Reasons You Should Never (Ever) Pull an All-Nighter

Ah, the all-nighter. You think you're a badass for staying up all night on a caffeine-fueled bender, but whether you're wrapping up a deadline in the wee hours or dancing on tables at an after-hours speakeasy, sacrificing just one night of sleep is hell on your body.   read more

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The Cancer-Fighting, Disease-Preventing Superfoods You've Gotta Try in 2014

"Let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food." So said Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. With this list of superfoods, you can toss the contents of your medicine cabinet entirely, and rely on your kitchen pantry instead.   read more

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Your Monthly Flow Chart: Fitness For Every Part of Your Cycle

Aunt Flo, the dot, the curse, whatever you call it, it's your period. And when you're feeling all crampy and bloated, the last thing you feel like doing is downward dogging in a crowded yoga studio. But guess what? Hormonal changes can actually give you an advantage at the gym at different times of the month. So we reached out to endocrinologist Dr. Florence Comite and exercise physiologist Dr. Tim Coyle at ComiteMD in New York to find out what really happens to your body during each phase of your period. Then we roped in celebrity trainer Kristin McGee, certified master personal trainer Danielle Girdano and strength and conditioning coach Brandon Mentore to break down the best workouts for each phase of your cycle. Here's the rundown on how you can maximize your fitness goals all month long.   read more

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Holidays' Worst Food Bombs -- and How to Defuse Them

Who wants to diet during the holidays? Thanksgiving, New Year's and every party in between revolves around food (well, okay, family, but food's a close second), so counting calories or carbs during these months feels like a task better suited to the Grinch. Still, no one wants to greet the New Year in pants two sizes too small, either.   read more

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Master the Art of Napping

I don't have many regrets, but the most glaring one is not embracing the scheduled, mandatory pre-school and kindergarten naps. Now, the ridiculous sleep deficit I carry (thanks to years of late-night cramming, poor life choices, and an early morning commute with no end in sight) won't let me forget it.   read more

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Got 10 Minutes? We've Got Your Perfect Workout

Think about what you actually do with 10 free minutes of your time. I waste at least 10 minutes each morning combing through my closet with seemingly nothing to wear. And then I spend 10 minutes perfecting my cat eye and attempting to tame my beastly hair. Then there are the minutes I waste on non-appearance-related pursuits that are probably even less beneficial: Like the 10 minutes I spend flipping through new releases until my boyfriend and I agree on the perfect movie. Or the 10 (or more likely, 60) minutes I devote to browsing pictures of cats and corgis online.   read more

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6 Healthy Swaps for Your Favorite Treats

When you hear the term "emotional eater," what do you usually picture? Probably something straight out of a romantic comedy: A sad sap who just went through a bad breakup, blaring depressing music in the background and shoveling heaping spoonfuls of ice cream into her mouth (straight out of the tub). A good friend may come over eventually, equipped with even more junk food, and the "eat your feelings" mentality continues while the rain pours outside.   read more

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6 Relaxing Yoga Poses to Try at H(ommmm)e

Let's address the Ganesh (err, elephant) in the room. You wear yoga pants regularly. But you actually practice yoga...maybe...once or twice a month? For busy women everywhere -- no matter how much you love the calm feeling after an hour and a half of breathing, stretching, and focusing -- it's tough to squeeze in a yoga class as frequently as you'd like.   Start breathing

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7 Seriously Effective Exercises to Sneak Into Your Beauty Routine

I'm a type-A kind of gal who needs to stay busy -- and productive -- all day long. Whether it's squeezing in a few sun salutations while my morning coffee is brewing, or late-night cleaning and nail-painting while catching up on the latest "Mad Men" episode, I'm a crammer.   read more

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How to Feel Calmer -- Instantly

We all have those moments. Your boss asks you to come in on a Saturday, your car decides not to start, or maybe you dribble coffee all over your favorite shirt. Next thing you know, a wave of emotion is welling up inside you -- anger, sadness, frustration, anxiety. In the heat of the moment, you want to yell, throw the nearest handy object, or just break down and cry. It can be difficult to deal with those strong emotions in a healthy, pro-active way.   read more

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5 Ways to Use Summer to Boost Your Mood

It's been six months since you made those ambitious new years resolutions and if you're anything like us, you haven't given them a thought since you packed away the faux-grass after Easter. With demanding work schedules and the stress that comes with every day life, it can be easy to catch the "half-way blues" -- the feeling you get at the mid-point in the year when you're in need of a kick-start to get back on track for a healthy and happy life. Thankfully, the summer season can be just the kick-start you need.   read more

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11 Healthy Smoothie Ingredients You Need to Start Buying

Some people can't start their day without a venti-sized quadruple-shot latte. Me? I can't get going without my morning green smoothie. Go ahead. Call me a crunchy, lentil-lovin' yoga snob like my co-workers do. But nothing gets me going in the morning like a kale-almond butter-blue-green algae-banana smoothie. It's my (healthy) crack in a blender.   read more

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