Let me set the scene: I'd just bumped into designer Jason Wu backstage at his New York Fashion Week show and was on my way to the bathroom. Feeling rather encumbered by my oversized camera bag — not to mention tired after a day of marching around NYC to hit as many shows as possible — I was very much looking forward to finding a moment of quiet refuge behind the fancy toilet stall door at The St. Regis Hotel.
We spend a lot of money (and time) protecting ourselves from the sun's damaging UV rays. From sunscreen to sun-protective clothing, we're well aware by now of how important daily protection is, even when it's cloudy out. But did you know there are harmful rays lurking in your home or office that can be just as damaging as UV rays? We're talking about blue light, and you're exposed to it every time you use your smartphone, laptop or television. Before delving into why you should be concerned about exposure to blue light, let's find out exactly what it is.
Coughs, sniffles and itches — ugh. As allergy season continues to wreak havoc on the estimated 50 million Americans who suffer each season, finding a solution to ease your symptoms might sometimes feel frustrating and hopeless. "As seasons change, pollens are released into the air. Trees, grass, weed pollen, mold spores, bee venom, pet dander, among others, emit tiny particles into the air, which your immune system recognizes as a foreign substance. This can cause symptoms including itchy and watery nose, red and itchy eyes, runny and congested nose, sneezing, coughing, hives, rash or even severe anaphylaxis allergic reactions," explains Epitomedical chief medical officer and founder of the Vedius app, Constantine George, MD.
"You are what you eat" is a saying worth listening to. Food doesn't just affect us physically, it also leaves an impression on our mental and emotional state. In fact, a growing body of research suggests a connection between eating patterns and depression. "Studies have shown that diets based on whole foods (fruits, vegetables, healthy proteins, whole grains) are linked with a lower risk of depression than diets filled with processed foods (desserts, high-fat processed meats, refined carb, sweets, fried foods)," says Sharon Palmer, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian. "Also, diets filled with anti-inflammatory foods are linked with lower risk of depression."
Nothing against your stretched-out yoga pants or flimsy, hand-me-down mat but your yoga kit is probably ready for a revamp. Reset, refresh and reinvigorate your practice with these eight wardrobe and gear must-haves, all of which work for your life both in the studio and out. Whether you're in downward-facing dog or picking up a post-class green juice, these essentials will help you look — and feel — your best. So go ahead, treat yourself.
For so many of us, fall is magical, a season which offers us respite from summer's relentless heat and humidity. There's so much to enjoy about the season: sweater weather, warm beverages, holidays, vacation time. But for some of us, as the mercury drops, so does our mojo.
There's a lot of prep that happens during the holiday season -- and much of it can be described in one word: stressful. Between surprising your loved ones with special gifts and planning gatherings for your family and office alike, the time between turkey day and New Year's Day flies by. But for some women, the previous 10 months can dictate the sentiment of the holiday season, especially if they battled extreme hardship. From divorces and death in the families to medical emergencies and other strife, here, seven brave women express how they overcome the most difficult situations amidst the joy of an otherwise happy time of year. Let their stories of hope, triumph and bravery inspire you to get through the long lines, the family tension and the ups and downs you know you'll face this go 'round.
Quick: think back to the first time you considered going on a 'diet.' You might have been in high school -- or even middle school -- when your body was changing and growing, and it made you uncomfortable. Or perhaps someone in the hallways made a comment about how 'fat' you were, or worse, a trusted loved one showered you with criticism tied to weight. Considering many young women begin thinking about their weight early int heir pre-teen experience, the quest of creating the 'perfect' body becomes a lifelong, fruitless mission. For some women, it takes life-altering experiences for their self-loathing attitudes toward their bodies and their eating habits to shift. Here, five powerful, strong women share their inspiring stories.
Ever had a poop throw you for a loop? The kind of poop that leaves you looking down at the toilet, thinking, 'How did that come out of me?' Or perhaps you consistently churn out the same kind of stool over and over again, but don't really know if it's normal because, well, you don't really spend a whole lot of time comparing it to other people's poo. Alternatively, you may not even take a peep at your poop because, ew, it's poop.
With a Starbucks on virtually every major city block, it's pretty clear that Americans love their coffee. Real estate trends notwithstanding, a 2013 National Coffee Association survey found that 83 percent of American adults drink an average of three cups a day. That's a whole lot of lattes.
If you smile into the mirror and are self-conscious about your not-so-pearly-whites, you're probably wondering how to whiten teeth fast. Because, honestly, when you barely have the energy to remove your makeup at the end of the day, time is of the essence.
You've made up your mind: It's time to go on a cleanse. The problem? You have no idea which of the hundreds of detox programs out there is right for you. We feel you. TBH, plugging "detox programs" into Google and sifting through the results is stressful enough to send you right back into the arms of that sinful pint of Ben & Jerry's. Well, it's your lucky day, because the planets have finally aligned -- and they're going to choose your cleanse for you.
As an experienced health editor, I know firsthand the beauty benefits of healthy living. My speed dial reads like a who's who of the health world; dermatologists, dietitians and fitness experts are my closest collaborators. I'm known to wear workout clothes to the office and tap away at my laptop while pedaling on a stationary bike. (Ask my coworkers.)
Though 'mental illness' is a widely used term that encompasses a large variety of disorders, from depression and bipolar disorder to panic attacks and post-traumatic stress syndrome, millions of Americans struggle with their mental health each and every year. In fact, the National Alliance of Mental Illness estimates that one in five adults (that's 4.8 million people or 18.5 percent of the population) battles a mental illness each year.
Sex is a funny and sometimes complicated thing. It's arguably one of life's greatest thrills, which perhaps explains why sex -- the mind-blowing kind, anyway -- can also be so damn elusive. Sometimes, everything's there but the chemistry. Other times, the flame fizzles and sex becomes a chore. At some point in our lives, we've all asked ourselves where the hell our hot, steamy sex life went -- or, why has it never been there in the first place?
See the glass half full, find the silver lining, look on the bright side...there are endless platitudes and clichés that are so regularly recited, they don't seem to carry much meaning. This seems especially true on the days when metaphorical rain pours down on your metaphorical parade, or when a storm cloud seems to be hovering over your head for days on end. But taking a closer look at optimism reveals these everyday turn of phrases actually have the right idea in mind. When put into routine practice, positive thinking can change your whole life for the better...and in more ways than one.
Thankfully, the one size fits all concept of what's beautiful is changing. But if you follow the trends, you know that new fad diets are constantly popping up to "revolutionize" the weight-loss game. From Oprah selling Weight Watchers to Kim Kardashian's post-pregnancy Atkins regimen to everyone at SoulCycle talking about Whole 30, it can be hard to understand the difference between every fad diet -- let alone know where to turn yourself. According to data from U.S. News & World Report, some of these diets are more likely to change your lifestyle, and others may just leave you with a house full of expensive groceries. Ahead, we break down all you need to know about the most popular diets out there. No matter how tempting it can be to overhaul your life to keep up with the hottest diet trend, remember the real best diet is whatever works for you -- and that makes you feel like your best self in the long term.
When we hear the word meditation, it's hard not to picture some hippie dippie type in a cross-legged posture, spending two hours a day trying not to scratch her nose. Maybe that's our cynicism talking; maybe it's the fact that we read "Eat, Pray, Love" one too many times. Whatever the reason, meditation often seems totally out of reach for us normal, busy people.