Busy Woman’s Guide: 7 Best Anti-Aging Beauty Secrets

The Best Reason to Look Younger

The Best Reason to Look Younger

If you don’t look a day older than the age on your driver’s license, that could mean a longer life for you. A study of elderly adult twins showed a connection between looks and longevity. The younger looking of each pair was more likely to outlive his or her doppelganger. Pictures of Health Yep, seems like a healthy lifestyle just might show up on your face—and help you live longer, too. In the study, volunteers looked at photos of twins and tried to guess their ages. Seven years later, the twins who were guessed to be older had the higher mortality rate. (Is your skin older than it should be? Take this quick quiz to find out.) What’s DNA Got to Do with It? The fresh-faced twins had something else going for them: longer telomeres — those protective little coverings…

The Health Benefits of Aromatherapy

The Health Benefits of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a complementary treatment that uses essential oils to enhance relaxation and boost mental sharpness. If you love scents—concocted by distilling volatile oils from the flowers, leaves and bark of plants—you’ll enjoy the varied aromas that deliver aromatherapy’s message. By making sure you get only essential oils—many fragrant oils contain hormone-disrupting phthalates—you’ll get the aromas’ benefits without any downsides. But aromatherapy’s not a cure-all. Research tells us that good scents make sense when you need a little ‘nudge.’ Brown University researchers note in a review of 18 aromatherapy studies, “odors can affect mood, physiology and behavior”—most likely because the nerves that carry odor signals to your brain communicate directly with areas involved with emotion and learning. This may explain aromatherapy’s substantial effects, and the list is impressive: Grapefruit squashes food cravings. In a study from Japan’s Osaka University, the scent of…

The Healthy Power of Making Art

The Healthy Power of Making Art

Presidents, it seems, are as inclined to doddle as the rest of us. During one meeting with legislative leaders, General Eisenhower drew himself as a bold nude (from the waist up) in front of gunboats. Lyndon Johnson often doodled three-faced figures, perhaps in recognition of the complexities of political loyalties. And it seems doodling is also productive. One study found it can improve retention of info by 29 percent. In fact producing any kind of art—quality doesn’t matter!—provides wonderful benefits to the creator. A study published in the journal Art Therapy found making art reduces your blood cortisol levels and calms down your stress responses. Another study found artistic pursuits promote neurological changes that enhance resilience and defend against the toll chronic stress can take on cognitive functioning. Get kids creating: It’s important for children at all grade levels to have access to art…

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6 Amazing Reasons to Get Your Beauty Sleep

6 Amazing Reasons to Get Your Beauty Sleep

Almost everyone is familiar with the term “beauty sleep,” but what does it really mean? Turns out, it can mean a lot when it comes to your overall health—and not just for women. When people take care of themselves and sleep well, they tend to be happier, younger looking and more alert, says pulmonologist and sleep specialist Dawn Stanley Cohen, MD, of Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, Colorado. “When you’re not sleeping, you’re crabby and have frown lines; you don’t have a glow,” says Dr. Cohen. Most adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night, but more important than the number, is getting enough sleep to feel rested and restored when you wake up. Here are 6 reasons why we call a good night of rest, “beauty sleep.” Sleep reduces swelling and inflammation. You’re not just imagining…

Common Questions about Bloating and Gas

Common Questions about Bloating and Gas

I hear concerns about gas and bloating all the time from patients. What may freak you out is that the average adult produces about one to three pints of gas each day, which is passed from below 14 to 23 times per day. Burping before or after a meal is also normal. So how much is too much, and why does it happen? 1. Where does the gas come from? There are two sources of intestinal gas: gas that is ingested (swallowed air) and gas produced by bacteria in the colon. 2. Burping vs. passing gas: Most swallowed air is eliminated by burping, which means that only a small amount of air passes from the stomach into the small intestine. When sitting up, most swallowed air passes back up the esophagus and out of the mouth, which will cause you to burp….

Busy Woman’s Guide: What I Learned About Being Naked

Busy Woman’s Guide: What I Learned About Being Naked

“Naked is trending and sexy right now,” was the marketing email subject line. No surprise there—from ads featuring barely covered naked celebs to totally naked “dating” reality shows—getting naked gets attention. I’m feeling naked. But I feel neither trendy nor sexy, and I’d rather not have this attention. I’m wearing a thin blue gown, ballet flats and sitting in a cold waiting room for a biopsy, because “the mammogram showed an abnormality.” There are five other women, all in similar garb in the waiting room, and right now the labels on our clothes in the dressing room—and their sizes—don’t really matter. Suddenly, this body of mine—the one that I criticize because my calves aren’t more muscular or my thighs more toned, or … well, that all seems frivolous and even ungracious. Especially when I consider everything this self-criticized bodydoes right, all…