Health

Health Nut: Dude, Where's My Towel?

Ladies and ladies read this closely. Pay very close attention. I've got a story to tell, this is a story that can maybe one day save your life. Listen up!

How many of you out there dorm? Raise your hands--no one's looking. Okay, you can put your hands down. Now how many of you share a bathroom with more than two girls? Come on, put your hands back up. Damn that's a lot of you.

Now if you're one of those gals that leaves your towel in the bathroom because you're thinking you're the only person that uses it, I have bad news.

Have you ever noticed that sometimes your roommate or your suitemate might go into the bathroom towel-less but comes out dry as hell after a shower? That chick used your towel. This should be disturbing to you. Not only is it nasty, it's also unhealthy. The body sheds skin cells constantly and those cells will cling to the towel that you will use the very next morning. All types of bacteria and germ-infested critters have now gotten onto your body and you're at risk for bacteria to infest your skin as well. Take this as a lesson--never leave your towel unattended!

A Chic and Simple Summer Meal

"Conveniently, the summer offers an array of delicious foods that grow great during the season and pack the produce floors. Strawberries are one of those foods, and can be eaten in many unconventional ways. This member of the rose family is known to be regular summer treat, but did you know it makes for a great salad ingredient too?"

HealthNut: The Dehydration Myth

Staying hydrated is crucial during the summertime, and we all know that we are need to drink eight glasses of water a day to stay properly hydrated.

Or do we?

According to UChic Health Expert, Robyn Flipse, you don't have to limit yourself to H20. Coffee, tea, soda and even alcohol are all okay to imbibe for hydration purposes. She says:

"Another myth soaking up a lot of attention is that beverages containing caffeine and alcohol will dehydrate you. This myth has not only been dispelled scientifically, there are millions of people who are living proof to the contrary!"

Want to learn more? Read Robyn's column here.


Staying Hydrated in the Hot Summer Months

News flash: Drinking is good for your health! As long as the drinks don’t leave you buzzed, bloated or inebriated, the fluids you consume are second only to oxygen in keeping you alive and well. And for more good news, water is not the only beverage that can keep you hydrated. Flavor, bubbles and variety

Health Nut: FEELING HEAVY?

Okay ladies and ladies, guess what? I feel fat. I’m not happy with my body at all and I actually started working out last week. But I'm still fat.

I know results will take a while but I want the weight to come off fast. It’s not coming off fast enough. I confided in one of my gay male friends and he said, “Girl you better do what Beyonce did! She lost 20 pounds in two weeks.” Now my goal is to drop 20 pounds by the end of the summer, but if B did it in two weeks, I should try her method right?

Well I did a little research and my role model did a cleansing/ fasting diet. I’m sorry, but I get upset when I miss a meal, I couldn’t possibly fast for a straight two weeks. Now there are some side effects to fasting: like dizziness, nausea, and headaches. I want to be thin but I’m not willingly to go to the extreme of not eating. I want to eat great while losing weight. Ladies, am I the only one that feels this way?

Health Nut: Wax On, Wax Off

Okay ladies, here’s the tale of the young Lady Werewolf. You may know her quite well because hey, she just might be you or a friend of yours. I’m going to share a personal story of my Lady Werewolf-ness. Wait, am I allowed to add “ness” onto any word? Oh well! This is important; grammar will not be an issue in this blog.


I remember being 13 years old and asking my mother would it be alright if I shaved my legs when I wore skirts over the summer. She thought about it for awhile but eventually said yes. Shaving was cool because I liked the way my skin felt right after. My skin was silky smooth and it looked a lot better. But then the hair started to grow back quicker and thicker for some strange reason. Once I turned 18 years old another friend of mine put me onto the Nair hair removal products because it was easier than shaving and it lasted longer. I loved it, until at the age of 20 I realized there’s has got to be another way. My skin wasn’t getting irritated by the razor anymore but my hair still grew back quicker and thicker.

So ladies, I’ve come to share something that I have found now embarking on my 21st year of living. I’ve discovered waxing is not only a quicker process but the hair grows back slower and the hair is actually finer. Don’t be alarmed; most people think waxing is very painful, but I found it to be very painless and I have a very low pain-threshold.

HealthNut: Getting Dirty Between the Sheets

There’s nothing like getting into a warm cozy bed after a long hectic day. You might nestle your way into your favorite position until you fall asleep, or maybe you’re one of those women that like to fluff your pillows until the feathers start busting out getting ready for your slumber. Whichever your pleasure, your bed is hopefully the place where you get most of your beauty sleep and dream most of your dreams.

It’s nice.

But do you keep it nice? Remember when mom used to say, “Don’t let the bed bugs bite”? What if I told you that there’s a possibility that you’re sleeping with the bed bugs every night? Human beings shed dead skin cells on a daily basis and dust mites--better known as dust mites--feed off of them. This causes your bed to become infested with millions of dust mites. Dust mites can also get inside of your lungs causing asthmatic problems. To prevent this, it is best that you wash your sheets about every four days. If you would like more information check out “The Secret Life of Germs” by Philip M. Tierno, Jr., Ph.D. for more information on other places where getting dirty is not pretty.

Health Nut: Is a Midnight Snack Going to Stack the Pounds?

I don’t know about you but one of my favorite hobbies is eating. I eat a lot actually. I always wonder if I should have a cut off time when I should stop eating. I usually hope I’ll sweat off the calories by hitting up one of my favorite reggae clubs. I can dance the night away and literally loose a few inches off of my body by the end of the night. I do most of my eating at night when I’m working on assignments. It’s hard being able to enjoy a full meal during the day between classes and work.

After a hard day of work, my first move when I get home is to see what’s in the fridge. This is usually at 11:30 p.m. The last thing I want to do is go to bed hungry. I’ve always wondered if people gain more weight because of the amount of food they eat, or does the time they eat have anything to do with it.

According to medicinenet.com it doesn’t matter what time of day we eat because your body never knows what time it is. Weight gain solely depends on our calorie intake. So a little midnight snack won’t add the pounds but it is smart to keep track of your daily calorie intake.

Health Nut: Is Getting Eight Hours of Sleep Overrated?

Sleep is known as the cousin of death to many of us constantly on the go. It just seems as if there aren’t enough hours in the day to get our daily tasks complete, like school, work, other major responsibilities, and of course personal-time.

The average college student probably gets less than eight hours of sleep. It’s a life-style that many are content with, but it is actually detrimental to your health. Did you know that not getting enough sleep causes weight-gain, mood swings, memory problems, and affects your judgment? There are many ways to help you build a routine to help you get a good night’s rest to be able to function the next day.

For some tips on getting good sleep check out this website: http://www.helpguide.org/life/sleep_tips.htm.

Tip Tuesday: Body and Soul

As college women, we're constantly stressed out about our body image. It's fine to be worried about health issues, but what about what's going on inside?

There's a new book out called What To Do When Your Therapist Isn't There by Nina Danielson which discusses the importance of support system, regardless of whether it's a close friend or a professional therapist. Did you know that May is Mental Health Month? Nurture yourself by taking care of your emotions and the rest will fall into place.