Can Pickle Juice Cure a Hangover?

In Mexico, it's tripe soup. In Japan, it's salted plums. And in the United States, aka the Home of Intellectual Giants, it's rabbit poop tea. It would seem that there's no solution for "curing" a hangover that doesn't involve swallowing something totally nasty and/or inflicting additional suffering upon your wizened, wasted body. So we're here to help you sort hangover-cure fact from fiction. We consulted with Nicolette Pace, a dietician/nutritionist, and conducted our own (very unscientific) study to find out what weird hangover remedies really work. Here are the hangover cures that soothed our symptoms -- and the ones that sent us to the ninth circle of hangover hell.   read more

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Why You Need to De-Germ Your Gym Bag ASAP

Avoiding illness at the gym is a bit like driving defensively: You need to anticipate that other people will make mistakes, leading to dangerous (read: germ-y) situations. But while most of your attention is focused on the germ-ridden elliptical machines and free weights, you're completely overlooking a sneaky, disease-harboring source: your gym bag.   read more

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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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Women and Stress: 6 Foods That Calm Panic

You likely know someone like her: The woman who gains weight during periods of high stress; or, the girl who loses inches when she's under pressure.   See foods

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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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20 Secrets to Getting People to Like You

Everyone wants to be liked. From the day we start school to the day we enter the workforce, we yearn for approval. Even the most cynical types secretly care about how they are received. If you don't believe that, science backs it up. Psychologist Abraham Maslow points out that humans are social creatures; we need each other to survive. As a result, the need to feel love and belonging are programmed into our DNA.   read more

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9 White Lies You Need to Stop Telling Your Docs

It starts out innocently enough. "I don't smoke ... " That's technically true -- you just forgot to tack on " ... Monday through Thursday," right? If completing that checklist in your doctor's office means lowballing your vices or glossing over certain unsavory details in your past, those little white lies could lead to major medical issues (yes, we're talking about the c-word).   read more

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10 Acupressure Cures You Can Do at Your Desk

You've popped the ibuprofen, but your headache is still pounding; you've chugged Pepto-Bismol, but you still feel like you're going to hurl; you've tried your trusty hangover cure, but you still feel like you got hit by a car. If supplements have failed you, it may be time to listen to your chi and go au natural with acupressure.   read more

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7 Best and Worst Sugar Substitutes

Remember the '70s? Disco. Wooden platform sandals. And, everyone's favorite no-calorie sugar substitute: Sweet N' Low. Finally, we could wash down our cake with a can of Tab and still fit into our favorite bell-bottom jeans. That is, until researchers found out that our new go-to sugar substitute was linked to cancer and made us rethink those promising pink packets.   See sugar substitute

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The Foundation of Your Beauty: 10 Tips for a Healthy Glow

Introducing part one of our three-part series, The Foundation of Your Beauty, designed to help you feel gorgeous from the inside out.   read more

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