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Exercising Doesn’t Just Burn Fat, It Gives You ‘Smart Fat’ Too 


We all know exercise is good for us. It’s good for our hearts. It helps prevent chronic diseases like diabetes and obesity. It helps bust stress. And it even helps us sleep.

Now researchers have uncovered one more benefit: Exercise helps make our metabolisms more efficient. A new study that looked at how our cells work during exercise found that exercising actually converts the type of fat cells we have, changing them from metabolically inactive “white fat” to “brown fat,” which burns more calories.

The new research is some of the strongest evidence yet that the benefits of working out (in terms of your waistline) aren’t limited to the number of calories burned ― and why.

And it helps explain why regular exercise is so key for all those other health outcomes, explained study author Li-Jun Yang, a professor of hematopathology in the University of Florida College of Medicine’s department of pathology, immunology and laboratory medicine.

“We all know regular exercise is good for our health,” Yang told The Huffington Post. “But our work provides [additional] direct biological explanations or mechanisms why people who regularly exercise can maintain lean bodies and stronger bone structure.” Both of these help prevent obesity and metabolic diseases including diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

It’s all thanks to a hormone released during exercise

Researchers believe all of these exercise super powers have to do with a hormone called irisin, which the body produces during exercise.

In a lab experiment the researchers exposed fat cells to irisin, which boosted activity ofanother protein in the fat cells that actually converted white fat cells into brown fat cells.

Brown fat helps the body burn calories rather than storing them. And brown fat has previously been shown to improve other aspects of our metabolism, too, including insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance, which are known to help ward off obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

The fat browning effect from exercise has previously been shown to happen in mice, but this is the first time researchers have observed it happening in human cells.

Irisin’s benefits go beyond getting rid of fat

The researchers also found that when irisin was mixed with stem cells in the fat tissue (the young fat cells that have not yet become full-fledged adult fat cells), instead of actually growing into adult fat cells, the stem cells became another type of cell that help strengthen our bones.

The researchers found 20 to 60 percent fewer fat cells in the tissue that had been soaked with irisin compared with a control group of tissue that had not received the hormone.

It’s important to point out that this research was done in human cells in a lab, not human cells in actual people. The next step is to replicate the experiment in living people to confirm that the hormone actually does work this way in real life, Yang explained to The New York Times.

At this point, the reasons to exercise are pretty convincing, Yang said.

But this new study may add a little extra motivation that making it part of your regular routine has benefits that are way more than skin deep.

Source: Exercising Doesn’t Just Burn Fat, It Gives You ‘Smart Fat’ Too

Playboy Model Katie May’s Death Caused By Chiropractor, Autopsy Finds

Autopsy results reveal that Katie May died after visiting a chiropractor’s office and sustaining a fatal tear to an artery in her neck, TMZ reported Tuesday.

The outlet obtained a copy of May’s death certificate, which says the late Playboy model and “Queen of Snapchat” died as a result of “neck manipulation by chiropractor” that tore her vertebral artery and subsequently cut off blood flow to her brain. Her death was ruled accidental, although it’s not known if the model’s family will pursue further action against the chiropractor.

The 34-year-old died in February this year after suffering a stroke due to blockage in her carotid artery. According to a TMZ report at the time, the model fell during a photo shoot and subsequently visited a chiropractor’s office, where the tear to her vertebral artery occurred.

On Wednesday, Los Angeles Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told People magazine that May’s cause of death was listed as “infarction of brain.” 

“She had some clotting and went to the hospital where they tried to do some procedures but she passed away,” he told the publication. “I personally have not seen this before.”

At the time of her death, May had around 2 million followers on Instagram and a dedicated fan base on Snapchat. The accomplished model and single mother left behind a young daughter, whom she would often talk about as the inspiration for her career.

“I had the most important person in my world, my daughter, to make proud each day and to remind me what I was working towards,” May said in an interview in January.“Failure was not an option, not putting her in the best school was not an option, not living the lifestyle that I had dreamed of for us was not an option.


Source: Playboy Model Katie May’s Death Caused By Chiropractor, Autopsy Finds

The Best Fashion Moments in First Lady History – The Best Dressed First Ladies

By Erica Gonzales

Last night, Michelle Obama stunned in Atelier Versace for her last State Dinner in the White House. In celebration of the unforgettable style moment, we’re looking back at the best of FLOTUS fashion since 1789. Flip through Martha Washington’s veiled look, Mary Todd Lincoln’s bustled skirt, Jackie Kennedy’s pillbox hats, Nancy Reagan’s voluminous sleeves, and more. The next First Lady—or First Gentleman—better take note.

Source: The Best Fashion Moments in First Lady History – The Best Dressed First Ladies

Diversity at Spring 2017 Fashion Week – Non-White, Plus-Size, Transgender and Aged 50+ Models at Fashion Week

The fashion industry has long been criticized for lacking diversity in terms of race, body type and age, but with the help of urges by the CFDA to push for inclusion, that stigma is starting to change.

The Fashion Spot recently released its biannual diversity report, analyzing the ethnic backgrounds, body types and ages in the 8,832 model appearances and 299 shows in the Spring 2017 fashion month. While white models still dominated the runways, over one fourth of models were women of color, the highest percentage it’s ever been in recent history: 74.6 percent of models were white and 25.4 percent were of color. The dominance of white models has been on a steady decline for the past year, as the percentage was 75.3 percent for the Fall 2016 shows and 77.6 percent for Spring 2016.

The Ashish presentation at London Fashion Week.

NYFW hosted the most models of color, and the most diverse shows wereYeezy Season 4, Kimora Lee Simmons, Ashish, Brandon Maxwell and Telfar in that order. Three out of the ten top models this season were non-white, including runway favorite Lineisy Montero.

New York’s runways also featured the most plus-size models in September. Brands like Christian Siriano, Tome and Tracy Reese cast curvy women in thier shows. Ultimately, however, only 16 out of the nearly-3,000 model appearances were by plus-size women—that’s only two more than the 14 last season.

A model walks at the Christian Siriano Spring 2017 show.

Small victories were also won for the transgender community. Although trans models were only seen ten times this season, that’s two more than in Fall 2016 fashion month. Four of them appeared in the Chromat presentation together.

As for age, women aged 50 and up were most common this season than “in any other season in recent memory,” according to The Fashion Spot.Models of a certain age made up 0.15 percent of the models this season in New York, London and Milan (Paris didn’t participate). Perhaps the most memorable appearance was by Lauren Hutton at Bottega Veneta, who closed the show arm-in-arm with Gigi Hadid, showing how diversity in age can co-exist on the runway.

Here’s to hoping that diversity—whether in ethnicity, size, sexuality or age—continues to improve in the seasons to come.

Hadid and Hutton at Bottega Veneta Spring 2017 in Milan.

Source: Diversity at Spring 2017 Fashion Week – Non-White, Plus-Size, Transgender and Aged 50+ Models at Fashion Week

The Beauty Beat: What’s Victoria Justice’s Secret for Beautiful Skin? Vinegar Is Involved


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She can act, she can sing and she can tailor one heck of an inspirational makeup regime… a.k.a. Victoria Justice can do it all.

The Nickelodeon mainstay (she starred in Zoey 101 with Jamie Lynn Spears and in Victorious with Ariana Grande) has always been one of those fresh faces we’re happy to see on our screens. You know what we mean, her beauty is aspirational in that real-girl kind of way. So how does she do it? It’s a combination of great products (you’re going to love her recommendations) and a strict cleansing/moisturizing regimen.

And after you’re done fawning over the star’s minimal yet perfectly-curated beauty routine, be sure to see her in the highly-anticipated televised remake of Rocky Horror Picture Show, which premieres tomorrow (Thursday, October 20) at 8pm ET on FOX.

So what are her skin secrets? Keep reading.

What’s your everyday makeup look?
I try to keep it minimal when I’m not working. I use Revision Intellishade Tinted Moisturizer, Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer,Benefit Cosmetics Posietint as a cheek and lip stain (I love it for everyday use because it’s so sheer and gives such a healthy glow),Chanel Black Liquid Eyeliner and L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Mascarain Blackest Black.

What’s your signature lip color?
I love a good red. Some I wear are Revlon “Love That Red” &“Certainly Red”, Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker in “Rougenie”and John Russo Beauty in “Stalker”.

Bronzer or blush? 
Blush for sure! I don’t want to be limited to just bronzer shades, and I feel blush can be made to look really natural. It also works great for tying in your lipstick when you’re more glammed up.

What are your go-to hair products for everyday? 
I try not to put much product in my hair, but I’ll use a pea-sized amount of HBI Moroccan Miracle. It’s great for shine and taming any fly-aways.

What’s your best non-product related beauty tip?
I make my own toner with Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. I take about 4-6 oz. of bottled water and put in one teaspoon of the apple cider vinegar in a small plastic bottle. I use it in the morning after cleansing my skin and then at night, after taking off all my makeup. I love it because it’s all natural. Then, I just moisturize and I’m done.

Any current product obsessions?
Rosewater & Glycerin Spray by Heritage Store. It’s amazing! I love the scent and it helps to hydrate your skin. I spritz it on before I moisturize in the morning and at night. It also comes in a smaller size to stow in your bag, so you can mist throughout the day.

What product do you think is underrated? 
The Dermalogica Concealing Spot Treatment is so underrated. If I start to see a blemish, I put it on overnight and it helps to flatten it out. It also takes away the redness and diminishes the pimple so much faster. It’s my blemish-zapper-extraordinaire!

What makeup do you wear to the gym, if any?
I put on Burt’s Bees Pomegranate Moisturizing Lip Balm. It has a nice slight reddish tint to it and feels great on your lips. I also put on the Posietint by Benefit on bare skin. It’s a stain, so it won’t sweat off.

Source: The Beauty Beat: What’s Victoria Justice’s Secret for Beautiful Skin? Vinegar Is Involved

Vitamins and supplements are doing more damage than we think 

By; Beth Fontenot,
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Supplements, particularly herbal supplements, are generally seen as safe ways to potentially help our bodies and fight disease. But as a new study makes clear, not all supplements are safe, and consumers need to know that some can do serious damage.

As many as half of Americans use dietary supplements . A supplement may contain one ingredient or any combination of ingredients, such as vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids or some other lesser known substances. They are sold as tablets, capsules, liquids or powders.

Anabolic steroids, synthetic versions of the male hormone, testosterone, are another type of supplement used by those who aspire to boost their athletic performance. They are illegal.

Researchers recently looked at liver injuries attributed to dietary and herbal supplements. They used data from the Drug Induced Liver Injury Network, a database set up by the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Over 100 previously published studies were reviewed.

The review found that 20 percent of cases of chemical-induced liver damage were caused by herbal and dietary supplements, double that of a decade ago.
Anabolic steroids were the cause of over a third of the cases of liver damage, while the other cases were thought to be linked to 116 different products, many of which contained multiple ingredients, so it was hard to pinpoint the specific ingredient that could be responsible.

Among the non-steroid supplements shown to cause harm were green tea extract, and concoctions labeled as “Chinese herbs,” “Korean herbs,” or “Ayurvedic medications.” Vitamins and other dietary supplements did not escape the list. Certain products from manufacturers Slimquick, Herbalife, Hydroxycut, Move Free and Airborne were also found to harm the liver.

Liver damage from supplement use is rare, but when supplements are overused, taken in combination with other supplements or with prescription medications, or used for extended periods of time, the risk of harm goes up. Because people don’t always fully disclose all the products they are taking to their physician, problems with supplements may not be detected.

The problem with liver damage is that there may be no signs or symptoms until the damage is done; and without a functioning liver, you could not digest food, absorb nutrients or eliminate toxic substances. Without it, you would die.

There are plenty of prescription drugs that can cause liver damage, too, which is why many fail in development or end up being recalled. However, prescription drugs are used for a diagnosed medical condition and have proven benefits that are considered greater than the potential for liver damage when prescribed. Dietary supplements, on the other hand, have few or no proven benefits, but they do have proven risks.

When considering supplement use consumers would be smart to remember the old adage, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”.




Source: Vitamins and supplements are doing more damage than we think

This illustrator’s vibrant portraits of badass fashionista women have us feeling EMPOWERED

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We’re always looking for more ways to add color to our Instagram feed. In fact, one of our favorite things to do is browse new accounts in the name of finding illustrators on Instagram who represent all shades of the rainbow. To put it simply: We’re all about following visually satisfying accounts that will make our feed that much more special.

Norwegian freelance illustrator Natalie Foss definitely fits the bill, by making some seriously amazing work that we can’t stop gawking at. We first found out about Foss’s work on Instagram (of course), but she’s got even more amazing work on her website. She remembers first getting interested in art while at the Strykejernet School of Art in Oslo.

Retro DropsNatalie FossFoss told HelloGiggles in an email:

“I’ve loved drawing since I was a tiny kid, but I´d never heard of illustration until I started at Strykejernet. I decided to give it a try, and I’ve learned a lot since then!”

nataliefoss_theobserver72Natalie FossFoss actually creates most of her wondrous work with colored pencils — which is awesome considering all the detail that goes into each piece.

“I love the texture you get from the colored pencils, and how you can draw from very light to very ‘compact,’” Foss told us. “I feel I have control of the pencils, which I don’t feel with other types of medium, like for example watercolor or other ‘fluid’ mediums. I would love to try out other mediums, too, and to not be so scared of not having control – but for now pencils are what I feel most comfortable with.”

Wild WalkNatalie FossHer work not only makes for great art, it’s also giving us tons of unique fashion inspo. We’re obsessed with the patterns that Foss uses in a lot of her work.

The artist revealed, “Fashion is not necessarily an important area of my work, but I really enjoy drawing fashion illustration, and would love to make it an even bigger part of my repertoire! I’m not a fashionista or fashion expert myself, but I’ve always had a passion for clothes and styles, and it’s definitely a big source of inspiration.”

doublesight_nataliefoss72Natalie FossWe could honestly stare at Foss’s work all day. She’s also got an awesome shop over at Society6, in case you’d love to own one of her pieces as a print (or an amazing pillow). We’re definitely feeling a little more inspired to explore different patterns — and maybe even dye our hair a different color.

Source: This illustrator’s vibrant portraits of badass fashionista women have us feeling EMPOWERED

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