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May 10, 2012 - 10:18am

Water accounts for 60 percent of our body (or about 11 gallons or 92 pounds inside a 155-pound person) and is essential to every cell. So it’s not to surprising that new research—reported on at the recent British Psychological Society Annual Conference in London—found that college students who brought water with them into an exam scored higher marks than their counterparts who didn’t have water.

Unfortunately, the researchers didn’t look into whether the students actually drank the water. Nor did they investigate the reasons behind the study findings. But the researchers hypothesized that drinking water could improve students’ thinking and/or help students stay calm and quell their anxiety—both of which could hinder their test performance.

Their thinking makes sense to me: other research has suggested that...

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May 9, 2012 - 10:18am

Imagine a diet where you can eat anything you want. The catch? You only eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. It’s intuitive eating—a way of eating that helps people establish a healthy relationship with food and their bodies.

I’d read a lot about intuitive eating from bloggers who’ve embraced the approach after years of dieting and said it had helped them to have a healthier relationship with food—they could eat what they wanted and still maintained a healthy weight. To learn more I interviewed Evelyn Tribole, M.S., R.D., the author of Intuitive Eating and one of the thought leaders on the subject for the May/June issue of EatingWell Magazine (read the full interview here).

As...

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May 4, 2012 - 12:21pm

For several years, when I was getting started in the New York magazine world, my regular breakfast was a muffin—usually purchased from a fast-food chain and scarfed down on my all-out sprint from the subway to the office. Not so coincidentally, these were also the years in which I steadily, gradually gained weight.

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My assumption, in ordering a wholesome-looking, berry-studded muffin virtually every day, was that I was making a healthy choice. It turns out, however, that that's not necessarily the case

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May 2, 2012 - 11:03am

As the weather warms and we all start spending more time outside, chances are you’re upping your sunscreen usage. But did you know that certain foods also shield your skin from the sun—and the damage it wreaks on your skin? It’s true (though that doesn’t give you carte blanche to ditch the sunscreen!).

Boost your defenses against skin cancer (the most common type of cancer) and help keep your skin looking younger with these 6 foods.

1. Strawberries: A cup of strawberries delivers about 150 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C—and eating more vitamin-C-rich foods may help to ward off wrinkles and age-related dryness, suggests research from 2007 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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April 27, 2012 - 11:10am

As I was editing a new story on inflammation for the May/June issue of EatingWell Magazine, I would talk to friends and family about it—and, not surprisingly, they didn’t really know what inflammation was. (Do you?)

Here’s the thing: under normal circumstances, some inflammation is a good thing—it’s your body’s natural protective response to an illness or injury. You know how your finger can get red and puffy when you get a cut? That’s your white blood cells shielding your wound from contamination and infection. That’s acute inflammation.

Chronic or systemic inflammation is when the “protect me” signal misfires (which is not a good thing). “Essentially, white blood cells inappropriately move into tissues, causing destruction,” explains Floyd Chilton, Ph.D., director...

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