The superfluous contents of your purse may be a running joke at this point—even we Real Simple staffers giggled at our over-stuffing—but a too-heavy bag is no laughing matter. If you find yourself toting around everything from makeup to gym shoes to heavy electronics, remember that the extra weight can lead to neck and shoulder pain. Consider this advice from Heidi Prather, […]
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Not because my dad ever ran for president or, thank God, died when I was young. (My own father is very much alive and well and trying to boss me around every chance he gets. For which I am grateful. After all, consider the alternative.) Or because I had 38 siblings, which would have been fun. Or was married to […]
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing a new look to its food nutritional labels for the first time since the 1990s. The goal is to help consumers make informed food choices by having manufactures label their foods as clearly as possible. The proposed change (which can be seen below), includes a fresh design, updated serving sizes and packing […]
Got an annoying craving that you just can’t shake? Try Tetris—yes, the old-school video game with the blocks. A study published in Appetite and reported by The Atlantic found that participants who reported levels of “reasonably high” cravings for things such as food, drink, caffeine, or nicotine reduced their longings by about 24 percent by playing Tetris for just three […]
Does your jaw click or pop when you chew? The temporomandibular (jaw) joint that’s in front of your ear is likely to blame. “It cracks when the joint isn’t moving correctly or fitting back into the socket properly,” says Roshini Raj, author of What the Yuck?! The Freaky & Fabulous Truth About Your Body.
Let’s face it: Public bathrooms can be cringe-worthy, but they’re impossible to avoid. If you need to make a pit stop on-the-go, protect yourself with some smart strategies. If you’re walking into a restroom with multiple stalls, try to nab the one closest to the door. The reason? Most people will skip over it to go to the middle stalls, […]
If you’ve ever had to foot the bill for a trip to the emergency room or urgent-care center, or had trouble nabbing a last-minute doctor’s office appointment, you know how expensive and inconvenient medical visits can be. Next time, if you have a serious but not life-threatening malady, consider seeking out a medical clinic at a nearby pharmacy. Chain pharmacies […]
If you want long, shiny locks, consider this: Protein and Iron in your diet directly affect the health of your hair, says Paradi Mirmirani, a dermatologist in Vallejo, California.
Tension headaches—when you feel discomfort or pain in the head, scalp, or neck—feel downright terrible. One of the most common types of headaches, they’re usually associated with muscle tightness… which, on the bright side, means that they can often be prevented with an easy stretching exercise. Cynthia Vaughn, a spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association and a chiropractor in Austin, […]
If you don’t have the time, the money, or—let’s face it—the motivation, to get yourself to the gym, don’t sweat it. With nothing more than a stable Wi-Fi connection, it’s easy to get a full-body workout at home. Marc D. Thompson, fitness trainer, personal coach, and owner of Virtufit.net is based in Florida, but trains people all over the world (he […]