Just last week, five more states voted to legalize recreational marijuana, but users may want to be cautious. A study released Sunday suggests that marijuana use can weaken heart muscles, particularly in young men. The study was presented at the annual scientific conference of the American Heart Association in New Orleans.
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Having trouble bidding warm weather a bittersweet goodbye? Turn all your attention toward this winter’s beauty trends and you’ll find yourself psyched for a drop in temperatures in no time! Dramatic and elegant looks were all the rage on the fall/winter 2016 runways and we no longer have to wait to experiment. Here are 6 beauty trends that are going to be a huge deal this winter.
Deep, dark lips.
Imagine the lip color your favorite Disney villainess would wear and then go three shades darker. Deep, dark plum, raisin, or even black lips look dramatic and sophisticated when kept matte during the day and are downright seductive when you add a dash of gloss or glitter (another big lip trend) at night. The key to making this hard-to-pull-off trend work is to keep eye makeup very light–a touch of mascara will suffice) and to focus instead on creating a shine-free complexion. For intense drama, try Gucci Sensuous Deep-Matte Lipstick in Iconic Red and Adrenaline.
Prepare to see a lot more rhinestone barrettes, metal floral headbands, colorful hair brooches. While flower crowns have been ubiquitous on the festival circuit for a few years now, hair jewelry is about to go mainstream in a big way. If it’s been years since you’ve worn a hair accessory, start off slow by pinning one side of your hair up with a sparkling Swarovski pin.
[Photo: Chloe + Isabel]
Red eye makeup.
It’s the one shade we’ve been told never to wear on her eyes, at the risk of looking like we haven’t slept in days. Well, Chanel is proving everyone wrong with its Le Rouge Collection, which features earthy hues of red and brown that look chic on all skin tones. A light sweep of red on the eyelids brightens up your face and looks fresh and modern.
All shades of red are supremely hot right now–from bright cherry to strawberry blonde to orange-red. If you’re curious, but don’t want to commit, try a wash-out gloss or extensions before taking the plunge.
Makeup artists painted models’ eyelids with silver, gold, and bronze eyeshadows for fall and winter, but the really exciting thing about metallic eye makeup is that is an excellent multitasker. Dab a bit of gold powder on the center of your lips and add oomph to your pout. Blend a touch of silver shadow with your moisturizer and sweep it across your cheekbones for an instant lift. Metallic eyeshadow is the gift that keeps giving this season. New exciting new shadows that hit the metallic mark? Gucci Magnetic Shadow Mono in Antique Gold and Gucci Magnetic Shadow Quad in Cosmic Deco — the name alone has us dreaming of long disco nights.
Natural hair texture.
Store your hair dryer on the top shelf for a few months–this season’s hair trend is all about respecting your hair’s natural texture. Frizz was encouraged on runways and the only products you’ll need to get this look are a quality shampoo and conditioner and a salt spray or texturing hair spray like Matrix’s Texture Builder to achieve volume without compromising a bit of flattering frizz (seriously).
Source: Winter Beauty Trends
In high-stress situations, our emotions often lead us to act in ways we later regret. Renown psychologist and Harvard Medical School instructor Susan David offers invaluable lessons for navigating our inner world of thoughts and emotions in her new book, Emotional Agility.
We can easily get “hooked” by our feelings when facing difficulty, says David. “Our thoughts, stories and emotions start to dominate our actions as opposed to our values, intention and who we want to be in the situation.” For example, perhaps you’d like to volunteer to lead a new project at work, but you’re afraid to raise your hand for fear of not being chosen. Conventional wisdom says to push your fear aside and simply force yourself to volunteer. But according to David, research has shown that approach doesn’t work. “The emotions come back.”
Instead of trying to ignore a feeling, David first recommends labeling it specifically. Let’s say you feel you’ve been undermined in a meeting. Don’t generalize about your frustration, perhaps chalking it up to your overall dissatisfaction with your job. Acknowledge to yourself that you’re feeling undermined. This labeling leads to better problem solving, says David.
If you feel undermined, your first thought might be to shut the other person down. Instead of doing so, David advises creating mental “space” between the emotion and the successive thought. Recognize that you’re feeling the emotion of being undermined and the thought that you want to lash out in retaliation. Viktor Frankl, the neurologist, psychologist and Holocaust survivor, once captured this concept eloquently. “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom,” he said.
Once you’ve created that mental space, take a step back and focus on the thought of taking a swipe at the other person. Will you benefit from that action? Even if you’re truly being undermined, you should choose your response wisely. “Emotional agility isn’t about whether you’re right or wrong,” David says. “It’s about whether your behavior is serving you.”
In deciding how to react, consider whether your next move is aligned with your values, or your beliefs about the person you want to be. Maybe one of your values is teamwork. If you feel undermined and decide to lash out, you could do lasting damage to your relationship with that person and hurt your reputation among colleagues. A better approach might be to remain calm during the meeting and speak to the offender afterward to explain that you felt undermined.
Taking all of these steps might sound like a lot to cover in the heat of high-stress moment, and don’t expect to make changes overnight. But using this framework should get easier over time. Simply paying more attention to your emotions and thoughts can make you a more emotionally agile person and set you on a faster path to achieving your goals.
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We all know what sugar does to our waistlines. New studies show its impact on the brain — and it’s not good.
As it turns out, sugar is not so sweet. Besides causing obesity and, eating a diet saturated with sugar is linked to a number of abnormal brain functions, including poor memory and cognitive activities. Here’s what you need to know to prevent a sugar overload.
Not all sugars are bad. Our bodies turn most of the food we eat into sugar. Good sugar, or glucose, comes from carbohydrates like bread and pasta. It fuels the cells throughout our bodies, including our brains.
The second type of sugar is fructose. When eaten in fruits and vegetables, fructose is harmless, but when consumed in foods like soft drinks, honey, and virtually any processed foods like condiments, salad dressings, and junk food, fructose can be detrimental to our health. “Fructose fails to stimulate hormones, like insulin, that are important in helping us feel full,” said, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine at .
“We gave volunteers choices between being served tasty food immediately after the study or having money sent to them one month later,” said Dr. Page. “When the study participants consumed fructose, they had a greater willingness to give up the money to obtain immediate high-calorie foods, compared to when they consumed glucose.”
Sugar ages skin. We can’t blame it all on the sun. Too much sugar breaks down the collagen and elastin in our skin, which keeps the cells from repairing themselves. Even worse, there’s no way to heal the damage once premature wrinkles have formed. The only fix is keeping sugar intake to a minimum or eliminating it altogether.
Sugar numbs our overeating “sensor.” It’s a common fact that a high-sugar diet makes us fat. But only recently have researchers figured out thatnumbs the brain’s anorexigenic oxytocin system, the sensor that prevents overeating. When our brain doesn’t release hormones to signal that we’re full, we’re more likely to continue eating.
Sugar reduces our BDNF factor. Our brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) assists our brains with learning and forming new memories. When our BDNF level is low, we get stuck, unable to learn new things. Our memory diminishes. Somehas even discovered links between low BDNF factors and Alzheimer’s, depression and dementia.
Sugar withdrawal is real.from our diets can cause the same reactions as withdrawals from drugs — teeth chattering, anxiousness, tremors, and head shakes. The first and most important way of breaking free of sugar dependence is a drastic change in diet. “The best way to reduce fructose intake is to decrease the consumption of added sugar sweeteners, the main source of fructose in the American diet,” said Page.