The Only "Shade" I Want to See Thrown This Summer Comes From A Water Umbrella Thingamabob
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This has been a great, and greatly empowering, week for women. Life is a work in progress and so are we. By we, in this case, I mean women and I definitely include myself. Women who are otherwise smart and strong, but every now and then we slip up -- or into -- what society expects, and that's not healthy or pretty although society says it's both.

Can I hear a Like if you agree? Thanks.

This week featured two really great articles about women, especially women in the summer. The first was a nice profile of Asos on the Huffington Post site. Asos is selling their swimsuits by showing real women with real stretch marks -- or, as the stretch marks were brilliantly renamed by Allison Kimmey on Facebook, "glitter stripes." Then today (okay fine, that's just when I saw it), Healthline had a fabulous piece which, in essence said, if you have a body, then you are already swimsuit-ready. It called on us to #banthebikinibody (I added the hashtag). Bodies come in all shapes and sizes and we all have our own healthy weight and needs. Focus your goals (fitness, health, weight) around what doctors and our own research reveals, not as one more attempt to keep up with the Joneses or the woman next to you in barre class.

The more we accept ourselves, the sexier and happier we will be, whether we happen to be in a bikini, a burkini, or anything in between!

Alaethia Doctor
(Time in) Nature beats Nurture
The results of our first ever survey are in. We asked for your favorite ways to destress, something that has only become more important in light of new findings which also tie stress to added risk of dementia (see goo.gl/LEQjrn ). The winner? Spending time in nature, something that also can work for people at any budget in almost all living situations. Exercise was a close second, while listening to music tied with the catch-all Other where suggestions included talking to a friend, shopping, acupuncture (blushing) or having a glass of wine (see Friday's post: that's good for you too). Dead-last? Getting a massage. Thanks to all for participating and sharing what works for you.

The results of our first ever survey are in. We asked for your favorite ways to destress, something that has only become more important in light of new findings which also tie stress to added risk of dementia (see goo.gl/LEQjrn ). The winner? Spending time in nature, something that also can work for people at any budget in almost all living situations. Exercise was a close second, while listening to music tied with the catch-all Other where suggestions included talking to a friend, shopping, acupuncture (blushing) or having a glass of wine (see Friday's post: that's good for you too). Dead-last? Getting a massage. Thanks to all for participating and sharing what works for you.

Alaethia Doctor
Science Just Made My Weekend

Aka, both glasses are for me, why do you ask? For as long as I can remember, people have talked about how a glass of wine a day can be good for you. Mainly French people, but they are trend setters. Also their accent is tres chic. Now, after studying a lot of drinking and looking at a lot of people, the story gets even better.  Bottom line, after looking at nearly 2 million people (the researchers swear they were sober and it wasn't just five blurry people who looked like...), they had more good news.

Moderate drinkers are:

*44% less likely to die from a sudden cardiovascular-related event than those who don't drink.

*32% less likely to have a heart attack.

*22% less likely to have peripheral artery disease.

*12% less likely to have a stroke.

So raise a glass to science and enjoy. Better yet, raise two. I know I will. You?

Alaethia Doctor
I Like Your Peaches

Some fruits contain a ton of unexpected – and unwanted – sugar.

Here are a few summer fruits that are always a hit, without making your sugar intake take (too great) a hit:

Peaches are great, as is watermelon or melons like cantaloupe.

The lime in your Corona is also fine –lemon and lime typically have under 1.5 grams of sugar per fruit.

Berries are also a satisfying summer treat: raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and cranberries all have less sugar than blueberries and are delicious!

Alaethia Doctor
Calling George Clooney

Here's hoping more Emergency Rooms introduce acupuncture for pain relief. The world's largest randomized controlled trial of the use of acupuncture in emergency departments has found the treatment is a safe and effective alternative to pain-relieving drugs for some patients.

IT WAS ALSO PREFERRED BY PATIENTS POLLED following treatment. There were three groups --and 48 hours post treatment, 82.8 per cent of acupuncture-only patients said they would probably or definitely repeat their treatment, compared with 80.8 per cent in the combined group (acupuncture plus pharmacotherapy), and 78.2 per cent in the pharmacotherapy-only group. https://goo.gl/jPMn3h

Alaethia Doctor