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2015’s Best Health and Fitness Apps

If you are on your phone basically 24/7, why not use it to make yourself healthier? These three fitness apps are just what you need to prevent that annual winter weight gain. Fitocracy Macros When people diet, they tend to count calories. However, counting calories leaves you prone to the negative side effects of dieting,… Continue reading 2015’s Best Health and Fitness Apps

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All About Vitamin D

This year, many SU students took advantage of Thanksgiving break and visited their doctors and healthcare professionals at home. Medical offices were packed with students desperate for their last minute flu shots and physicals before the bone-chilling Syracuse winter. Yet, did anyone think to get a blood test? Especially on a campus where sunshine is… Continue reading All About Vitamin D

General Health · Student Life

6 Things You Need to Survive the Winter

There are two weeks between Thanksgiving and winter break. That’s definitely enough time to get hypothermia, but not enough time to beg your parents to send you care packages full of your necessary winter items. When you go home for Thanksgiving break, consider some of the items you might need to keep you sane during finals week.… Continue reading 6 Things You Need to Survive the Winter

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Are You Napping Right?

Oh, the ever-so-lovely daytime nap. It’s a part of the college experience as crucial as afternoon coffee and weekend nights out. After a night or three of depriving yourself of nighttime sleep to finish reading those chapters and writing those essays, you, the tired college student, can always find solace in a quick nap after… Continue reading Are You Napping Right?

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How Sleep Deprived Are You, Really?

Let’s face it—we live in a world where our work comes first and a quality night’s sleep is much lower on our priority list. We work long into the night, or we use that time to mindlessly de-stress with Netflix or Facebook after spending the daytime on our obligations. We then proceed to load ourselves… Continue reading How Sleep Deprived Are You, Really?

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Improve Your Night’s Sleep

There is no doubt that those who succumb to the demands of modern day life have dealt with the effects of sleep deprivation. We go to bed too late and we wake up too early—in many cases, not by choice. Sleep is an extremely important function essential to cell generation, cognitive function, and basically every… Continue reading Improve Your Night’s Sleep

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Mental Illness Misconceptions

We all have those moments when we toss around a cliché phrase to keep the conversational ball rolling. Usually, despite its lack of originality, the phrase seems to serve its purpose. Doing so is perfectly normal; it’s a regular part of modern human nature. Sometimes, to identify with those around you, it’s easier to use… Continue reading Mental Illness Misconceptions

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7 Foods to Boost Your Immune System

With colder weather sweeping in, our bodies are becoming prone to colds and viruses. In order to avoid getting sick, below are several foods found in campus dining halls that can help boost your immune system. Citrus Fruits Citrus fruits contain an immense amount of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that has been scientifically… Continue reading 7 Foods to Boost Your Immune System

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Healthy or Hazardous? : 3 Things We Once Thought Were Healthy

Over the years, many there have been many products advocated that initially were deemed healthy, but then turned out to be just the opposite. We have been in this vicious cycle for years, as new things are discovered daily. Well, here are three items that historically were viewed as healthy at first, but now are… Continue reading Healthy or Hazardous? : 3 Things We Once Thought Were Healthy

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The “Munchies” Unmasked

Whether you’ve said it out loud or not, you’ve always wondered it—what causes the munchies? With more states progressively legalizing marijuana, the question is becoming all the more relevant. Studies have recently uncovered the true science behind it. Let’s begin with hunger. Our hunger is regulated by two hormones, ghrelin and leptin. The chemicals usually… Continue reading The “Munchies” Unmasked

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You May Want To Write This Down

These days, note taking in our classes is mainly done on laptops, with notebooks few and far between. It’s quicker and more organized, right? Though it may allow for more organized and neat notes that can be shared among classmates with ease, laptops may not be the best choice for an academic setting. Studies have… Continue reading You May Want To Write This Down

General Health

The Truth About Weekend Weight Gain

It’s finally Friday. After a long week of classes, all any college student wants to do is lie in bed, watch Netflix, eat pizza and drink sugary beverages. It becomes so easy to gain weight over the weekend between the lack of activity and poor eating habits. However, a new study done by Cornell reveals that… Continue reading The Truth About Weekend Weight Gain

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How To Get Rid Of Cramps Without Pain Medication

Being a girl sucks. Not only do we have to deal with the looming future of motherhood – should you decide that’s what you want – but we also have to deal with monthly periods until we’re in our 50s. Along with all the nasty things that come along with Mother Nature’s gift, some girls… Continue reading How To Get Rid Of Cramps Without Pain Medication

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside, But You’re Losing Weight Too

Despite the extremely cold temperatures and tons (literally) of snow, there is some good that has come from this weather. I know it’s hard to believe, but stick with me here. Studies have shown that colder temperatures may actually help you drop a few pounds, which is beneficial when you’re already wearing six layers. How… Continue reading Baby, It’s Cold Outside, But You’re Losing Weight Too

General Health · Sex + Relationships

Make Your Valentine’s Day a Bit Sweeter

Cupcakes and chocolate may taste even sweeter this Valentine’s Day if you’re in love. A recent study shows that people who wrote about a personal experience of love before eating different types of candies ranked sour and bitter candies as sweeter than those who wrote about an experience where they felt jealousy. Even water tasted sweeter… Continue reading Make Your Valentine’s Day a Bit Sweeter

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Microwave Meltdown: Is Your Food Losing Nutrients?

The microwave is no stranger to convenient cooking. There is no doubt that microwaves have changed the pace of preparing a meal for people across the globe, and with the continual advances in technology, our lives seem to rely on fast paced mechanics now more than ever. The harsh truth is that heat damages a… Continue reading Microwave Meltdown: Is Your Food Losing Nutrients?

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Why Losing Weight Could Mean Losing Love

Losing weight can be a wonderful thing, instilling self-confidence and a better self-image. Yet studies have shown it can be harming if you are in a relationship. Though seemingly contradictory, read below to learn why it might just not be. The study was conducted using 21 couples who dated over 2 years. In that time,… Continue reading Why Losing Weight Could Mean Losing Love

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Not So Amore: Why Pasta May Be Depressing You

A new study has found that your consumption of pasta may just lead to a greater chance of depression. Uh oh. Though a great big bowl of pasta may be satisfying initially, it might just lead to less satisfaction later. A 12-year study was recently conducted that measured women’s levels of depression based on the… Continue reading Not So Amore: Why Pasta May Be Depressing You

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Yoga Exercises for Better Sleep

Having trouble getting to sleep at night? This simple and relaxing yoga sequences can help you achieve a more restful sleep. The best part? All of these moves can be done in bed. Upside Down Hamstring Stretch Lie on your back with your legs against a wall or headboard. You’re butt should be about six… Continue reading Yoga Exercises for Better Sleep

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Food Instagrams May Not Be Such A Good Idea

Do you constantly feel like you must take a picture of your food and upload it to Instagram right before you eat it? Well, studies have shown that maybe you shouldn’t, even if that pizza looks great in X-Pro. A recent study proves that looking at pictures of food before you eat can actually make… Continue reading Food Instagrams May Not Be Such A Good Idea

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Sneaky Reasons You’re Getting Acne

Typically, people take care of their skin pretty vigorously. With the exception of the occasional night where taking off your make up is too complicated or you fall asleep before washing up, it’s plain to see that most people want to put their best face forward. However, little breakouts can get the better of you… Continue reading Sneaky Reasons You’re Getting Acne

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Massage away the Madness

As college students, the combination of midterms, partying, and hauling heavy backpacks throughout campus are just few of the many factors that tighten our backs and shoulders. Massage therapy can help reduce pain and ease tension by manipulating muscle tissue to release toxins and corporal discomfort. According to Emily Haberek, massage therapist in Syracuse, NY,… Continue reading Massage away the Madness

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Rowing: The Better Total Body Workout

We’ve all seen the weird sitting machines that replicate rowing a kayak on the floors of our gyms. If you live on South, they’re exceptionally noisy and can sometimes make you wonder “how is that even considered a workout?” Rowing (or erg-ing as the local kids call it) works out your entire body from shoulders… Continue reading Rowing: The Better Total Body Workout

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Don’t Kill My (Sex) Drive

It’s only natural for the human body to want sex. Countless studies prove the act to be an effective way to shed calories, strengthen your immune system, and even reduce depression and pump up your mood. However, it is also natural for there to be some days where you have no physical desire to have… Continue reading Don’t Kill My (Sex) Drive

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The Top Eight Foods That Can Make You Feel Not So Great

We don’t often like to think about it, but there are foods out there that sometimes can make us sick. Food poisoning is no one’s friend, and certainly isn’t fun, so here are the top 8 foods to be cautious of due to their history with the bug. Leafy greens. Yep, that means any sort… Continue reading The Top Eight Foods That Can Make You Feel Not So Great

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Shopping Nightmare: When Grocery Shopping Is a Bad Idea

You go grocery shopping whenever it’s convenient, right? Even if it’s a 1 a.m. trip to Wegmans because that’s the only time suitable? Wrong. A new study has shown that depending on what time we go to the supermarket may determine exactly how it will go.   In short, the study showed that when we… Continue reading Shopping Nightmare: When Grocery Shopping Is a Bad Idea