Showing posts from June, 2020

How much protein do you really need a day?

Certainly, everyone needs protein, as the body breaks it down to its amino acids, and then uses it to build other proteins such as enzymes, or proteins that make up collagen, just as you need proteins to build new structural muscles. How much protein does the body need in order to meet all these requirements? The problem with consuming too much protein is not to affect certain organs, such as the kidneys, but to refrain from eating other nutrients. If you only eat meat, for example, you may not actually eat any amount of carbohydrates, although you need it to nourish the brain and muscles with easily accessible glucose molecules, and you also need fat for use in cellular membranes and in the preservation of hair and skin. If you refrain from eating these many other nutrients in order to consume protein, then you are among those who eat a lot of it. But what about the rest of the people who usually eat a mixture of all the nutrients? How much are we supposed to eat? The answer depends l

This App Is Helping People From Marginalized Communities Find Therapists With Compatible Backgrounds

Socioeconomic status, cultural mistrust, and racial differences are a few factors inhibiting people from marginalized communities from receiving therapy, but Eric Coly, CEO and founder of the Ayana Therapy app, is changing that. "The premise of the concept is based on my wanting to help a friend of mine that was not able to access a counselor. It was not for a lack of trying, it was more because there seems to have been a scarcity of Black women counselors," Coly told POPSUGAR. In tandem with that, Coly said he faced debilitating depression and was inspired to create a product that was "self-healing in a rather cathartic way," which ended up propelling his passion for the app. "And then it morphed into realizing that after I did my research, it was indeed a quick need for such a product," he said. The name Ayana means "mirror" in Bengali, which Coly said represents the familiarity people will find within the app from language to one's back

Daily U.S. Coronavirus Infections Reach Two-Month High, Returning to Levels at Peak of Outbreak

(BEIJING) — New coronavirus cases in the U.S. have surged to their highest level in two months and are now back to where they were at the peak of the outbreak. The U.S. on Tuesday reported 34,700 new cases of the virus, according to a tally compiled by Johns Hopkins University that was published Wednesday. There have been only two previous days that the U.S. has reported more cases: April 9 and April 24, when a record 36,400 cases were logged. Read more: America Is Done With COVID-19. COVID-19 Isn’t Done With America New cases in the U.S. have been surging for more than a week after trending down for more than six weeks. While early hot spots like New York and New Jersey have seen cases steadily decrease, the virus has been hitting the south and west . Several states on Tuesday set single-day records, including Arizona, California, Mississippi, Nevada and Texas. Cases were also surging in other parts of the world. India reported a record daily increase of nearly 16,000

Autoimmune lung disease: Early recognition and treatment helps

A man who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) five years ago sees his rheumatologist for a follow-up visit. Fortunately, his arthritis is well controlled through medication. He can walk and do all his daily activities without pain. But over the past six months, he’s been feeling short of breath when climbing stairs. He has an annoying dry cough, too. COVID-19? That’s ruled out quickly. But a CT scan of his chest reveals early fibrosis (scarring) of the lungs, most likely related to rheumatoid arthritis. “I can finally walk normally, and now I can’t breathe when I walk!” says the frustrated patient, whose next step is a full evaluation by a pulmonologist. What is autoimmune lung disease? This man’s experience offers one example of an uncommon but potentially life-altering complication associated with rheumatic or autoimmune diseases, including: rheumatic arthritis, an inflammatory disease that primarily affects the joints systemic sclerosis (scleroderma), a fibrosing disor

Cherries and Weight Loss: 5 Surprising Reasons This Fruit is a Summer Superstar

Life may not be a bowl of cherries, but a bowl of cherries may do wonderful things for your life. We’re here to tell you why this summer fruit is the cherry on top of your healthy diet. When it comes to these sweet little red gems, you’ll be shocked that something so delicious can be so good for you. Our health and wellness experts have done some research on the benefits of cherries and how they can help you reach your weight loss goals. Superfood Saturday: Why You Should Eat More Cherries Read More Here are five reasons to add cherries to your SmartCarb shopping list: 1. Cherries put out the fire. Cherries can help you keep the pounds at bay during your weight loss journey by reducing a damaging process in your body called inflammation. Research shows that obesity can cause inflammation. It’s a chemical reaction triggered by your immune system that, in response to an injury, can help it heal. The problem is that when it becomes chronic, inflammation can cause significant d

Cool Off & Slim Down: 3 Delicious Protein Popsicle Recipes

As a child, perhaps you found nothing more satisfying than the sweet treat of an ice-cold popsicle. The trouble is, traditional popsicles are packed with sugar and offer no nutritional value whatsoever. But what if there was a way that you could have a popsicle that not only satisfied your craving for something sweet, but also packed in some serious protein power? That’s the case with these three delicious recipes for protein popsicles, each of which has protein-rich ingredients that up their nutritional goodness. That means that with any of these recipes, you can let go of the guilt associated with indulging and simply just enjoy your treat to the fullest. 12 Mouthwatering Pudding Recipes to Savor Read More Check out the recipes for these three delicious protein popsicles that won’t derail your healthy diet: 1. Raspberry Lime Protein Popsicles > With just four simple steps, these yummy popsicles are easy to make while still being full of flavor. The unique flavor combina

This 195-Calorie Vegan Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream Offers Almost 14 Grams of Protein

Although thankfully there are a gazillion different vegan ice creams available nowadays, and you can even find dairy-free options at local ice cream shops, a lot of them still contain a lot of sugar. If you want a naturally sweetened frozen treat that tastes just as luscious as ice cream, make this cherry "nice" cream. Made with just four ingredients - frozen cherries, frozen banana, unsweetened vanilla soy milk, and plant-based protein powder - this treat comes together in about five minutes and tastes so fresh, creamy, and sweet, you'll want to make it again and again. Vegan Cherry Protein Ice Cream From Jenny Sugar, POPSUGAR Fitness Ingredients 2 cups frozen cherries 1 frozen banana 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla soy milk 1/3 cup vanilla or chocolate plant-based protein powder (I used 1 serving of vanilla KOS, which has 20 grams of protein per serving) Toppings optional (chocolate chips, chopped nuts, hemp seeds, shredded coconut, or granola) Direction

A Sleep Doctor Explains Why You Might Feel Groggy or Sick After Taking a Nap

Naps are glorious . Lying down in the middle of the day can help you feel refreshed and ready to tackle your afternoon. But if you ever wake up feeling more exhausted - or even sick to your stomach - you may need to reevaluate your sleep habits. Most commonly, the fatigue stems from sleeping too long. "This can occur when the person naps long enough to get into deep sleep, what we call stage N3 sleep," Benjamin Nager , MD, a neurologist at Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital, told POPSUGAR. "If you wake from a nap and were in stage N3 when you awaken, then you are likely to experience 'sleep inertia,' or a feeling of being half asleep after waking." To prevent yourself from feeling tired, try setting an alarm to wake up earlier. "Power napping or napping for no more than 15 minutes prevents a person from getting into the deep stages of sleep that leave you feeling as though you are still half asleep after the nap," Dr. Nager said. Some peop

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Could Be Messing With Your Sleep

COVID-19 and its associated quarantine have messed with pretty much every aspect of our lives. Work time, meal time, family time, play time; our moods, our stress level, our tolerance; our ability to spend so much as one more minute staring at the same four walls of the same den or living room or home office in which we spend most of our days. And if you’re like plenty of people, the quarantine has also completely bollixed up your sleep cycle, wrecking what might have been the most predictable and peaceful eight hours of your day. Unless, that is, you’re like plenty of other people—and the quarantine has led to some of the best and most consistently restful sleep you’ve ever had. If the pandemic itself has been an unalloyed bad, its impact on sleep has been much more ambiguous. “There are both upsides and downsides,” says Dr. Cathy Goldstein, associate professor of neurology at the University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center . “We have more time in general so we’re devot

Try These Resistance Band Moves If You Don't Have Dumbbells at Home

Resistance bands are great for home workouts because they're easy to store and travel with, and can be used at all levels of fitness. Plus, they can be used instead of tools you may not have access to at home, like dumbbells . ACSM-certified personal trainer John Ford agrees: "The main reason I love [ resistance bands ] is their versatility. There are literally hundreds of different exercises I can do for different muscles, groups of muscles, and compound movements. I can simulate a lot of the moves I would typically use machines or free-weights to do in a gym." Just because resistance band and dumbbell exercises can be interchangeable doesn't mean they have identical techniques, though. Bands don't depend on gravity to create resistance, as free weights do, Ford says. That means bracing your muscles for resistance at the end of band exercises instead of at the beginning of a dumbbell move. Controlling muscle movements as you return to the starting position

Win A 12-Week Weight-Loss Journey

iLiveLite2Gain is a 12-week programme designed to help you reach your weight-loss goals by equipping you with expert-led tools and tips to change your life. The post Win A 12-Week Weight-Loss Journey appeared first on Women's Health . Source: Women's Health

U.S. Citizens Likely to Be Barred as Europe Reopens Borders For Travel, Tourism

(BRUSSELS) — Americans are unlikely to be allowed into Europe when the continent reopens its borders next week, due to how the coronavirus pandemic is flaring in the U.S. and President Donald Trump’s ban on Europeans entering the United States. European nations appear on track to reopen their borders between each other by July 1, and their representatives in Brussels are now debating what virus-related criteria should apply when lifting border restrictions to the outside world that were imposed in March. Read more: Mapping the Spread of the Coronavirus Outbreak Around the U.S. and the World In recommendations to EU nations on June 11, the European Commission said “travel restrictions should not be lifted as regards third countries where the situation is worse” than the average in the 27 EU member countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. That is likely to rule out the United States, where new coronavirus infections have surged to the highest level

Boost Your Joint Health With These Inflammation-Fighting Foods

I've turned to ginger to help soothe my horrible period cramps , and I've limited my dairy intake to ease my sinus congestion . Simply put: I'm all for using food as medicine to prevent and manage aches, pains, and annoying ailments. While I'm very thankful I don't suffer from any serious joint issues, I do deal with exercise-induced pain in my knees and ankles, so joint health is always top of mind for me. I like working certain foods into my daily diet to help keep my joints in great shape. To learn more about how food affects joint health, I reached out to Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, founder of Real Nutrition and a Daily Harvest nutritionist partner. Good news: what you eat can play a positive role in your joints' overall health, but in different ways. "Some joint pain comes from inflammation of the joints and the areas around it. By cutting out inflammatory foods and including anti-inflammatory foods in your diet, you can decrease the inflammation ar

South Africa Has Embarked On Its First Clinical Trial For A COVID-19 Vaccine

If there’s one thing that everyone is waiting for, it’s a COVID-19 vaccine! Here's everything you need to know about the SA clinical trials. The post South Africa Has Embarked On Its First Clinical Trial For A COVID-19 Vaccine appeared first on Women's Health . Source: Women's Health

How to Avoid Foggy Glasses When Wearing a Face Mask, According to an Ophthalmologist

Try these simple strategies to prevent glasses from fogging with a face mask, from using anti-fog wipes and soap to shaving cream and a metal clip. The post How to Avoid Foggy Glasses When Wearing a Face Mask, According to an Ophthalmologist appeared first on Women's Health . Source: Women's Health

New Balance’s Clearance Sale Section Is Packed With Winter Essentials

New Balance is offering great deals in its clearance sale section. They just restocked with winter essentials like leggings, tops and shoes. The post New Balance’s Clearance Sale Section Is Packed With Winter Essentials appeared first on Women's Health . Source: Women's Health

How To Curl Your Hair With A Flat Iron, According To A Celebrity Hairstylist

Harry Josh, the celebrity hairstylist to Gisele Bundchen, Karlie Kloss and Priyanka Chopra, shares the easiest tutorial for curling hair with a straightener. The post How To Curl Your Hair With A Flat Iron, According To A Celebrity Hairstylist appeared first on Women's Health . Source: Women's Health

What Is The 4-7-8 Breathing Technique And How Do You Do It?

The 4-7-8 breathing technique involves inhaling for 4 seconds, holding for 7, and exhaling for 8. It can help you fall asleep and relieve stress and anxiety. The post What Is The 4-7-8 Breathing Technique And How Do You Do It? appeared first on Women's Health . Source: Women's Health

The CDC Is Recalling 3 Bagged Salad Mixes in Midwest For Possible Cyclospora Contamination

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention is recalling three bagged salad mixes that may be linked to a Cyclospora outbreak in the Midwest, the agency announced on June 23. Cyclospora, a parasite that affects the intestinal tract, can cause diarrhea, nausea, cramping, and loss of appetite in infected people. (Here's the full list of Cyclospora symptoms .) It can take up to two weeks for symptoms to begin. The recall affects Arkansas and states across the Midwest, with the CDC releasing specific guidelines by state and salad brand: ALDI Little Salad Bar brand Garden Salad sold in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin Hy-Vee brand 12-ounce bagged Garden Salad sold in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin Jewel-Osco Signature Farms brand 12-ounce bagged Garden Salad sold in Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa So far, 122 people with Cyclospora infections have repor

"Now Is the Time": These WNBA Players Are Opting Out of a Season to Fight For Racial Justice

The WNBA season is set to start in late July , but at least three players will be opting out and using their time to fight for racial justice. Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore, Atlanta Dream guard Renee Montgomery, and Washington Mystics guard Natasha Cloud have all spoken out about their decisions to sit out the 2020 season to focus on social reform. It will be the second straight season missed by Moore, considered to be one of the most accomplished basketball players of all time, who has focused her efforts on criminal justice reform. Cloud and Montgomery have both come forward in the last week to announce their own decisions. "I have a responsibility to myself, to my community and to my future children to fight for something that is much bigger than myself and the game of basketball," Cloud (above) said in a statement. During discussions on the WNBA's return, players were wary of starting play during a pandemic and in a moment where social justice issues are at th

The Science of Stability

How the body finds its footing in balancing poses. Warrior Pose III  We’ve all had those days that we’ve teetered in Tree Pose or tumbled out of a wobbly Warrior III . But even then, we’re still balancing. Good equilibrium helps us with mundane tasks, like carrying sacks of groceries and reaching for an item on a tall shelf, and with more complex endeavors such as dancing or lifting weights. When we struggle to steady ourselves in a yoga pose, we actually train the parts of our bodies that help us stay upright and grounded in a desired position. Here, we’ll examine the three main systems responsible for helping the body balance: visual, vestibular (inner ear), and somatosensory. Visual: Eyesight helps us orient ourselves. Vestibular: Nerves in the inner ear tell the brain where the head is, allowing us to adjust and stabilize our bodies. Somatosensory: Physical feelings spark perceptions of where we are in space, so we can realign ourselves as needed. See also   15 Poses

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