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Yoga-t This: How Yoga Works as a Great Stress Reducer

Stress is stressful, ain’t it? Considering that 84 percent of U.S. adults in a 2021 survey reported experiencing emotional effects from prolonged stress, anything that can help is worth our attention. And do you know what’s great for a bit of stress-busting? Yoga! Can you really use yoga to reduce stress? While we’re still...

Dream Plum True: 9 Reasons You Need More Plums in Your Life

Dripping, juicy plums seem to be fire inspo for everything from Instagram flat lays to poetry tweets. (Just ask everyone who contributed to that Williams Carlos Williams poem-turned-Twitter meme.) Although they may be very #aesthetic, plums have so much more to offer. When you nosh on some plums or prunes (dried plums), you’re getting a number...

Can Oral Sex Cause Head and Throat Cancers?

If you’re wondering whether oral sex causes head and throat cancers, the answer is… sort of. While the act itself is not associated with these types of cancers, oral sex can transmit human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. HPV increases the chance of developing certain types of cancer. ...

Nailboo Makes It Possible to DIY Your Dip Manicure

POV: You want salon-quality nails but don’t wanna leave home. Sound familiar? Then boo, let us introduce you to Nailboo — your new BFF for long-lasting, professional-looking nails. We know what you’re thinking: Is it possible for me, untrained manicurist wannabe, to ~nail~ an at-home dip manicure on my own? We did a trial run to help you...

Is It Worth the Squeeze? 9 Benefits You *Might* Get from Grapefruit Essential Oil

If you can’t deal with fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, no worries. You can still enjoy some of the citrus fruit’s benefits via its essential oil. Grapefruit essential oil is made through a process called cold-pressing, where oils are extracted from the fruit’s peel. This oil can then be used in aromatherapy or applied topically to potentially...

The Download: October 22, 2021

Aaaaand… we’re back with another cornucopia of newsy health bits. Design by Mekhi Baldwin FYI, October is National Hispanic Heritage Month. And DJGR8IST has a Latinx/a/o playlist for you. Obvi, there’s so much more to heritage and culture than music. May I recommend this NPR series as a jumping-off point?  Good news: The 7-day...

This Spicy Spanish Egg Dish Is Andalusia’s Answer to Shakshuka

Emma Lee If you’re craving the sandy beaches, picture-perfect white-painted homes, and plates of tapas of Seville, Spain—but are stuck somewhere far from Spain’s border—then all that’s needed is chef José Pizarro’s cookbook “Andalusia.” The colorful book explores Spain’s southern coast and Andalusia region through food, brimming with a...

This $1 Tool Will Change the Way You Make Bread

Once you’ve gotten a handful of essential supplies—bread flour, yeast or sourdough starter, and mixing bowls—you may be wondering if there are other tools you should be investing in to take your bread baking from fair to fire. To give you some ideas, we enlisted the help of Laurie Ellen Pellicano, a bread and pastry baker who earned her baking chops...

How to Use Tomato Soup as Pasta Sauce

Some Background I wake up early because the baby is sick and can’t sleep. After cleaning up one mess after another (all before 8 a.m.), we hustle out the door, running late (of course), to get him to grandma’s before I head to work. After putting out one fire after another all day, having consumed only an apple and a cup of coffee over the last...

A Beginner’s Guide to Thai Food

At this point in time, no one can argue that Thai food is anything other than one of the world’s great cuisines. Since Thai restaurants became fixtures in Los Angeles in the 1980s, the speed at which North Americans acquired a taste for tom yam (shrimp soup), pad Thai, som tam (green papaya salad), and green curry is remarkable. They’ve become naturalized...

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