Darlene and her husband, Troy, have been married for 14 years and their kisses are
, but rather short pecks. "I really want Troy to kiss me with passion, and warmth and enthusiasm," Darlene says. "I want fireworks, and stars and confetti, like it's a party, a fiesta!"
Junk Food Diet?
Can eating junk food actually be good for you? Mark Haub, professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, improved his health by eating some of your favorite guilty-pleasure treats!
"The issue is to try to challenge the conventional wisdom about weight, health and obesity," professor Haub says. "I [challenged] my students — this was a class project — to consider those things in class."
Although he consumed junk food for his meals, professor Haub cut his daily caloric intake from 2,600 to 1,800 calories, lost 27 pounds, reduced his body mass index from 28.8 to 24.9 and his body fat percentage from 33.4 percent to 24.9 percent. His triglycerides and bad cholesterol (LDL)
also dropped, while his good cholesterol (HDL) rose.
Find out why the junk food diet worked
for professor Haub.
Ask Our Doctors: Parenting Edition
Water Bottle Warning
Drinking plenty of water is great for your health, but how you drink it could put you at risk.
Laura stays hydrated by always carrying a plastic water bottle
. To be environmentally friendly, she has been using the same bottle for three months, but is concerned it could be holding more than just her H2O.
"You have the right idea, the idea to try to save the environment," OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. "But this is unhealthy. With every sip, you're putting saliva in there that the bacteria can grow on, [especially] in the little crevices, because they want to grow on that saliva."
A Canadian study conducted at an elementary school found that three out of four reusable water bottles tested positive for dangerous bacteria.
tests Laura's bottles: See what they find!
"We all use reusable water bottles, but you're using the wrong kind," ER physician Dr. Travis Stork explains. "You don't want to go out and reuse [a regular plastic bottle with crevices and a small opening]."
Dr. Travis suggests using an aluminum reusable bottle with a large, wide lid, which makes it easier to clean, and to wash it often with warm, soapy water often. When buying any reusable bottles, make sure they are BPA-free.