Health

  • Sunscreen Primer

    Choosing the best sunscreen can be tougher than finding the perfect swimsuit. With hundreds of options available, should you reach for a product labeled “nano-free,” “all-day protection,” or “SPF 700”? Plus, terms like SPF, UVA, and UVB can have you swimming in a sea of acronyms before you even hit the water.

    What you need to know to have a burn-free summer.
    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Foods that Fuel

    You’d never head to the yoga studio without your mat or to your spinning class without a pair of bike-friendly shorts, yet many exercisers still approach their workout without the proper fuel. Whether you’re exercising for fitness, health, or weight loss, you’ll reap greater benefits if you feed your body the right foods before and after workouts.

    What and when to eat to maxamize your workout.
    By Christie Aschwan
  • Hormone Control

    When the dark hairs began sprouting on her chin and her libido plummeted, Sherrill Sellman of Tulsa, Oklahoma, suspected changes inside her body. When she started kicking off sweat-drenched sheets every night and rocketing out of bed because of predawn anxiety attacks, she resigned herself to the inevitable: Perimenopause had set in.

    Drug-free remedies to help you ease into menopause.
    By Vicky Uhland
  • Become a Chicken Tender

    What’s the hottest big-city trend? Backyard chicken coops filled with hens that provide fresh, organic eggs to urban families. Several cities, including Los Angeles and New York, now permit hen-keeping, which lets people get closer to their food source, says Ashley English, author of Keeping Chickens: All You Need to Know to Care for a Happy, Healthy Flock (Lark Books, 2010).

    By Jayme Otto
  • Keep Kitty Hydrated

    Many cats scowl at the sight of water. “Cats evolved in deserts, so they can conserve water and don’t have high thirst drives like dogs,” explains Christine A. Bellezza, DVM, codirector of Cornell University’s Feline Health Center.

    By Rita Colorito
  • Homeopathy Blasts Breast Cancer Cells

    We may be one step closer to a breast cancer treatment that’s less toxic than chemotherapy. Researchers from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston found that ultra-diluted forms of the homeopathic remedies carsinosin, phytolacca, conium, and thuja zapped breast cancer cells but didn’t harm healthy cells, much like chemo but without the side effects.

    By Melaina Junti
  • Fix Unsightly Veins

    Bulging or web-like veins aren’t something you want to show off in shorts, but if you’re among the 60 percent of Americans (mainly women) who suffer with varicose or spider veins, that’s what you’re faced with every time the weather gets warm. To make matters worse, varicose veins can be extremely painful and often cause itching, burning, or throbbing in the legs.

    5 new ways to love your legs this summer.
    By Lynn Ginsburg
  • No-Supp Zones

    You may want to stop storing your supplements on the shelf next to the bathtub. A new study from Purdue University found that keeping water-soluble pills and powders, such as vitamin C and B complex, in places where air is moist and warm can leave them vulnerable to deliquescence, a process in which crystalline substances dissolve due to excess humidity.

    By Sarah Toland
  • Surviving Summer

    Bee stings: Scrape out the stinger quickly, using a fingernail or even a credit card. Don’t squeeze the wound; that can release more venom. Wash with soap and water, and apply a thick paste of baking soda and water to neutralize the acidic venom. See a doctor for multiple stings or allergic reactions.

    Natural first aid for this season's signature ailments
    By Jayme Otto
  • What Makes Scents

    The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) recently released its Transparency List (view at ifraorg.org), naming 3,163 ingredients—synthetic and natural—that perfumiers use to make scents.

    By Melaina Junnti