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  • Trend alert! Why beets are the hot new 'superfood'

    Trend alert! Why beets are the hot new 'superfood'

    Love them or hate them, beets are earning a second look. Body builders and endurance athletes are downing juice shots to boost performance. Chefs are stirring purées into antioxidant-rich chocolate desserts for a superfood double-play. Food manufacturers are making snacking healthy with dehydrated...

  • You’d never believe this serene hike is just outside DTLA

    You’d never believe this serene hike is just outside DTLA

    This centrally located Mt. Washington walk is freeway close and just minutes from downtown Los Angeles. But it gets off the beaten path quickly and offers serenity, silence and solitude. 1. Start walking from San Rafael Avenue, near the corner of Elyria Drive near the stately Self-Realization Fellowship...

  • Why midnight snacking is one of the worst things you can do

    Why midnight snacking is one of the worst things you can do

    Inhaling cold pizza by the light of the fridge – what could be better? Still, it might be time to break the midnight munchies habit. New research suggests that eating late at night can have surprisingly negative physical and mental effects: YOU’RE LIKELY TO OVEREAT People who midnight munch don’t...

  • Those pricey alkaline waters aren't doing much for your health, expert says

    Those pricey alkaline waters aren't doing much for your health, expert says

    Walk into any Los Angeles establishment that sells premium bottled waters and you’ll see alkaline waters touted. And it’s not just in bottles — alkaline water can be found flowing from drinking fountains at the gym, frozen and blended into smoothies at juice bars and percolating over low-acid coffee...

  • 5 ways to keep mosquitoes from ruining your summer

    5 ways to keep mosquitoes from ruining your summer

    Even when mosquitoes are not carrying viruses or other diseases, they appear to be on a mission to ruin summer fun. No one wants to pay for cookouts and pool parties with itchy bites. Here are five ways to keep the pesky insects away, according to the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District’s...

  • Sharon Osbourne says she’d take Ozzy back on one condition

    Sharon Osbourne says she’d take Ozzy back on one condition

    In May, amid tabloid reports that her rocker husband and business partner, Ozzy Osbourne, was involved with another woman, Sharon Osbourne, 63, told a riveted TV audience that she had kicked Ozzy out of their house. “I can’t keep living like this,” she said on the set of the CBS show she co-hosts,...

  • Take a look at how hip hotels are helping guests break a sweat

    Take a look at how hip hotels are helping guests break a sweat

    Hotel gyms used to amount to a few dusty pieces of outdated equipment stashed in a utility room.  No more. “There have been big changes when it comes to hotel fitness over the past 10 years,” said celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak. “Traditionally hotel gyms used to have just one brand of cardio...

  • Vacation is no excuse: 14 ways to stick to your fitness goals when you hit the road

    Vacation is no excuse: 14 ways to stick to your fitness goals when you hit the road

    Sorry, summer travel is no excuse. Whether you are a road warrior on back-to-back business trips or a leisure traveler taking advantage of your annual vacation days, there are plenty of ways to stick to your diet and fitness goals while on the road (or even if you just don’t have time to make it...

  • 7 ways to play it safe at the pool this summer

    7 ways to play it safe at the pool this summer

    Summer just wouldn’t be summer without relaxing by the pool and throwing pool parties. But pools present many safety concerns, especially for children. Here are seven ways to keep summer pool time safe, according to John Drengenberg, consumer safety director at UL, the safety consultation and certification...

  • You can get birth control from an app — but should you?

    You can get birth control from an app — but should you?

    The latest thing technology is trying to make obsolete: visiting the doctor's office. An increasing number of apps and online services are offering women a way to get birth control, including emergency contraception, without having to visit a doctor in person. California is one of a handful of...

  • Using yoga to heal after the devastating loss of a child

    Using yoga to heal after the devastating loss of a child

    Ten years ago, Pasadena resident Kiley Hanish and her husband, Sean, were expectant parents, excitedly planning a future as a family. When their son Norbert was stillborn, the couple found themselves adrift with few resources to manage their grief. Kiley Hanish, an occupational therapist, and her...

  • 6 nutritional rules that everyone can agree upon

    6 nutritional rules that everyone can agree upon

    That bag of quinoa & black bean tortilla chips may boast the words “organic” and “natural” and "healthy" on the label, but it’s still a bag of chips – and loaded with calories.  “People aren’t aware of what they’re consuming and the number of calories,” says Dr. Edward H. Phillips, co-medical director...

  • Fighting Zika virus in a Silver Lake backyard: The hunt for the 'cockroach of mosquitoes'

    Fighting Zika virus in a Silver Lake backyard: The hunt for the 'cockroach of mosquitoes'

    Randy Garcia points a flashlight into a bush and shakes the leaves. Martin Serrano climbs a ladder to peer into rain gutters. Yessenia Avilez ducks under stairs and flips over a plastic tarp collecting water. In a Silver Lake backyard resembling a small jungle, the team — dressed in khaki shirts...

  • 6 subscription boxes for the fitness fanatic in you

    6 subscription boxes for the fitness fanatic in you

    Whatever your sport, chances are there’s a box for it. Subscription deliveries of health and fitness apparel, supplements and sports gear have taken off recently, with big brands such as Adidas even jumping into the fray recently to reach its time-starved customers. For consumers, subscription...

  • L.A.'s newest fitness mashup? Cardio pilates

    L.A.'s newest fitness mashup? Cardio pilates

    Does Pilates leave you wanting more? A new fitness studio in Santa Monica is offering a hybrid of pure Pilates —  and extreme cardio. Andrea Speir, owner of Speir Pilates, has set out to distinguish herself from other Pilates purveyors by adding cardio to the workouts on the standard reformer —...

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