Some people do notice they give off an extra-foul stench when they’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious. A little background info: The purpose of sweating is to regulate body temperature; with stress sweat, a shift in hormones, such as adrenaline, causes the body to have a fightor-flight response that leads to excessive sweating. But there are two main types of sweat glands, and they produce different types of sweat. When you exercise, you produce sweat, consisting mainly of water and salt, from eccrine glands all around the body that open on the surface of the skin in order to cool you down. When you’re stressed out, sweat gets produced by apocrine glands, which are located in spots on the body that have lots of hair follicles. While all sweat is odorless, the perspiration produced in the areas where we have hair follicles, such as the armpits and the groin, smells bad when it leaves the follicles and combines with bacteria on the skin’s surface. This sweat also contains fats and proteins, which the bacteria likes to feed on.
So, controlling stress in general will keep body odor at bay in high-anxiety moments. Have stress management techniques—some deep breathing, a quick meditation in a quiet room at the office, you know the drill—in place that you can use, say, before a big presentation. And avoid overdoing it on caffeine during stress spirals; it can cause blood pressure and heart rate to rise and can make stress symptoms even worse.
Also, if you’re worried about stress sweat ruining a moment, try a clinical strength antiperspirant-deodorant (tons of options are available at the drugstore; we like Secret Clinical Strength) at night, when your armpits are drier and the pores will take in the product better—and reapply in the morning.
Health’s medical editor, Roshini Rajapaksa, MD, is assistant professor of medicine at the NYU School of Medicine.
In a deleted scene from Sunday’s episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, we learned that a short woman weighs a small amount. When you put it that way, it doesn’t sound so shocking, right?
Here’s how it actually unfolded:
Khloé tells friend Simon Gebrelul, “You know she’s 97 lbs.?” about her older sis Kourtney.
“Guess what? I gained a pound,” Kourtney chimes in. “I’m 98.”
Perhaps forgetting that Kourtney stands a mere 5 feet tall, reactions on Twitter ranged from “OMG I want to be her” to “OMG that can’t be healthy,” with a sprinkle or two of “OMG why is this news?”
In a way, everyone’s kinda right.
“People aren’t used to seeing weights under 100 pounds, and I think that’s triggering for a lot of people,” says dietitian and educator Claudia T. Felty, PhD, RD. In general, she says, we all need to take a deep breath and a big step back from being so quick to judge others by the numbers on their scales.
Aside from it simply not being a friendly thing to do, “the number on the scale tells us very little about the overall health and wellness of a person,” says certified eating disorder registered dietitian Marjorie Nolan Cohn, RDN. “Bodyweight is just one (relatively small) variable we use to determine someone’s overall health and disease risk. It doesn’t tell us anything about one’s genetic risk factors, cardiovascular health, immune health, bone health, or hormonal balance.”
The number on the scale also varies greatly with our own individual packaging, so to speak—which in Kourtney’s case is small. She revealed in a 2015 Instagram post (which also garnered lots of commentary about her weight) that she is only 5 feet tall. While 98 pounds may be unimaginable for most of us non-Kardashians, it’s not outrageous for someone of this size. “Depending on bone structure, muscle mass, and genetics, a range for healthy women of 5 feet could be anywhere from the low 90s to the 120s,” Cohn says.
Reshmi Srinath, MD, director of the weight and metabolism management program at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, says she typically looks at a person’s BMI or body mass index rather than just the number on the scale—and even those don’t provide a perfect measure. “BMI is a standardized measure of height compared to weight, and using that, I can characterize someone as normal weight, underweight, or reaching obesity,” she explains.
Current guidelines suggest that someone with a BMI over 25 is considered overweight. Over 30 and you’re considered obese, while you’d fall into the underweight category if you clock in under 18.5. At her height and weight, Kourtney comes in at a low but still healthy 19 or so, Dr. Srinath says. But someone who has a lot of muscle mass—which weighs more than fat and would therefore raise BMI score—could be easily miscategorized as obese, Cohn says. Meanwhile, someone with very little protective muscle mass could be classified as meeting a healthy weight, despite a greater risk for certain conditions.
Emerging research suggests that measuring a person’s waist circumference and comparing it to the size of her hips—the waist-to-hip ratio—may be even more telling. “We know that people who have greater waist circumferences have greater risk of heart disease and metabolic syndrome,” says Dr. Srinath, also an associate professor of endocrinology, diabetes, and bone disease at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. That’s because it’s the so-called visceral abdominal fat (otherwise known as belly fat) that seems to pose the biggest risk to our health.
Felty recommends ditching the scale entirely. “I focus on intuitive eating, becoming more in touch with your own body,” she says. “I look at energy levels, food and exercise behaviors, and use that intuitive process to learn what your body needs, which often helps stabilize weight naturally.”
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For everyone who was quick to judge Kourtney’s weight—or anyone’s, for that matter—remember that every person is unique. “We all have different curves,” Dr. Srinath says, and a fair amount of curviness comes from genetic factors, meaning it’s out of your control. Whatever your weight is, don’t spend another second comparing it to Kourtney’s.
“Look at our furry friends,” Felty suggests. “We would never expect a Chihuahua to look like a St. Bernard. We have different genetics, different builds—we’re all individuals.”
How to Make It
Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat oven to 400°F.
To make the spicy pumpkin seeds: Whisk the cinnamon, allspice, cayenne, paprika, and salt in a small bowl. Stir in the oil until combined. Add the pumpkin seeds and toss to coat. Turn the seeds out onto a small square of aluminum foil, transfer the foil to a rimmed sheet pan, and toast the seeds in the oven until they are slightly puffed and fragrant, about 8 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
To make the rice bowls: Place the parsnips and shallots in a medium bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons oil and 1 teaspoon salt. Turn them out onto the sheet pan and roast until tender, 17 to 20 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a large plate and toss with the maple syrup; reserve the sheet pan. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
Wearing oven mitts, add the rice to the sheet pan, spreading it in an even layer. Pull the oven rack out partway, place the pan back on it, carefully add the boiling water, and sprinkle in the dates. Cover the sheet pan with aluminum foil (you may need 2 sheets), crimping it tightly around the edges to seal. Bake until the rice is tender and the water is evaporated, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove the sheet pan from the oven and set it aside (keep it covered).
Whisk the remaining 1/4 cup oil with the orange juice, rice vinegar, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Reserve 2 tablespoons and pour the rest over the rice. Add the mint, and fluff the mixture with a fork.
Divide the rice among 4 bowls. Place the sliced fennel in a small bowl, add the reserved vinaigrette, and toss to combine. Top each rice bowl with equal amounts of fennel. Divide the parsnips and shallots among the bowls and garnish with the spiced pumpkin seeds and fennel fronds (if using).
Adapted from Sheet Pan Suppers Meatless by Raquel Pelzel (Workman Publishing). Copyright © 2017. Photographs by Ken Carlson.
Ngcobo – The church where a group of gunmen involved in the Ngcobo massacre were hiding is no stranger to controversy, having been raided by police two years ago to remove children who were reportedly being prevented from going to school.
In February 2016, police and social workers had to forcefully enter the Mancoba Seven Angel’s Ministries church in Nyanga village to remove 18 children that were reportedly not allowed to go to school.
It was also reported at the time that older members of the church were forbidden from working and engaging with people outside of the church.
The ministry has been run by seven brothers – Xolisa, Thandazile, Banele, Philile, Phuthumile, Benjamin and Ephraim Mancoba – following the death of their father in 2015.
Following the incident, in March 2016, Ngcobo residents, the SA Council of Churches and ANC members marched for the Angel’s Ministry Church to be closed down. The petition said while the church’s rights were recognised, its teachings were morally wrong.
Zamindawo Gqira, of the Council of Churches, said at the time that they did not recognise Angel’s Ministry as a church.
On Saturday morning, police were again removing children from the church hostels, this time due to it being an active crime scene, following a shootout with the gang allegedly behind the killing of several police officers on Wednesday. Seven of the gang members were killed and ten others arrested.
At least 20 children have been removed from the church compound since the shootout.
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JOHANNESBURG – NPA boss Shaun Abrahams is still fighting to keep his job.
Abrahams is now arguing that there is no evidence that he was appointed by former President Jacob Zuma to shield him from prosecution.
This follows President Cyril Ramaphosa’s withdrawal of Zuma’s appeal against a North Gauteng High Court judgment that Abrahams should vacate his position.
The state attorney says should Zuma choose to pursue the matter, he may do so through his own legal means.
Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice says the withdrawal shows that Ramaphosa has hit the ground running, and the committee’s job will be easier going forward.
Abrahams’s appeal is scheduled to be heard in the Constitutional Court on Wednesday.
ENGCOBO – Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has saluted the police officers who “worked tirelessly” to track down the suspects allegedly involved in the eNgcobo police murders.
The Hawks announced that seven suspects who were allegedly involved in the murders, have been killed in a shootout.
A special task team swooped on what is believed to be the gang’s hideout in a church.
— Dasen Thathiah (@DasenThathiah) February 24, 2018
A shootout ensued and one police officer was wounded in the crossfire.
More than 10 people have been arrested and an unknown number of suspects escaped and are being sought by the police.
“A word of gratitude to the community of eNgcobo for working with police, they exemplify what we want from all our communities in South Africa,” Mbalula tweeted early on Saturday morning.
“Salute to the SAPS officers who worked tirelessly to find these criminals on the 72-hour manhunt.”
Police still busy at the Mancoba Church near Ngcobo, after a late-night shoutout wth suspects. 7 were killed,10 arrested and others escaped. It’s believed the group was hiding out here after a massacre at the Engcobo SAPS on Wednesday. #SAPSattack pic.twitter.com/m2S1uTh0uE
— Dasen Thathiah (@DasenThathiah) February 24, 2018
Mbalula’s words were echoed by parliament’s portfolio committee on police.
Committee chairperson Francois Beukman said that the task team comprising of different SAPS units should be commended for the breakthrough in the matter.
“We trust that the other suspects will be apprehended soon,” Beukman said.
“Members worked non-stop to arrest the possible suspects in the case and their commitment and professionalism should be an example to all law-enforcement agencies.
“It is important that all suspects in the case be subjected to the judicial process as soon as possible.”
The committee also extended its well wishes to the police officer who was wounded in the gun battle.
The small town in the Eastern Cape has been left reeling after assailants entered a police station and opened fire on officers.
Five policemen and a retired soldier were killed.
The five policemen were identified as Warrant Officer Zuko Mbini, Constable Zuku Ntsheku, Constable Nkosiphendule Pongco, Constable Sibongiseni Sodlana and Constable Kuhle Metete.
The retired soldier who was also killed has been identified as Freddy Mpandeni.
A memorial will be held in honour of the fallen officers next Tuesday.
— Dasen Thathiah (@DasenThathiah) February 24, 2018
Cape Town – The Brumbies held off a brave Sunwolves side in an entertaining Super Rugby clash at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo on Saturday.
The Brumbies won 32-25 after trailing 19-15 at half-time.
The Brumbies scored five tries through replacement Lachlan McCaffrey, centres Kyle Godwin and Tevita Kuridrani, hooker Josh Mann-Rea and fullback Tom Banks. Flyhalf Christian Lealiifano added two conversions and a penalty.
The Sunwolves, looking vastly improved on last season under new coach Jamie Joseph as well as with a host of new faces in their squad, scored three tries through wing Hosea Saumaki (2) and centre Timothy Lafaele. Centre Ryoto Nakamura landed a conversion, while replacement Hayden Parker was also on target with a conversion and two penalties.
The Brumbies picked up four points for their victory and moved to second place in the Australian Conference, while the Sunwolves left with a single point for losing by seven or fewer points.
In next weekend’s Round 3 action, the Brumbies travel to Brisbane to play the Reds (Friday, March 2 at 11:00 SA time), while the Sunwolves welcome the Rebels to their Singapore base (Saturday, March 3 at 11:00 SA time).
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You want to get pregnant – and you want it to happen like, yesterday.
You’re putting your legs up the wall after sex and you’re popping prenatal vitamins like there’s no tomorrow.
Now your mother-in-law is dropping hints that she conceived your hubby back in the day after some good-old missionary. (Gag.)
But you can’t help but wonder… what’s the best sex position to conceive a baby?
Well, tell your MIL to let you live, because there’s no proof that missionary is the best baby maker.
“The bottom line is that position doesn’t matter when you’re trying to get pregnant, and there’s never been any scientific evidence to show it makes a difference,” says Dr Lauren Streicher, an ob-gyn and medical director of the Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and author of Sex Rx: Hormones, Health, and Your Best Sex Ever.
There’s been buzz that doggy style (and its many variations) is actually more effective because it allows him to ejaculate closer to the opening of your cervix.
However, that’s largely based on a single study from the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy that looked at the position of the penis in relation to missionary and from-behind sex, but it didn’t address pregnancy chances at all.
But should you elevate your feet?
In the past, explains Dr Streicher, doctors used to tilt patients so their feet were elevated after an IUI (intrauterine insemination) and tell them not to move for 10 minutes.
“That never increased rates of fertility,” she says. Likewise, if you don’t want to get pregnant, jumping up and down after sex won’t help your case.
Read more: Can you get pregnant from precum?
Sure, when you stand up after sex, some semen leaks out. (Oh, so much fun.) But when you think about it, that doesn’t matter much.
“There are millions of sperm in one drop of semen. Sperm are tenacious and most have a good sense of direction. That’s what good, healthy sperm do,” she says.
The best way to make a baby
When it’s prime baby-making time, have the type of sex you want. Whether you’re standing up, laying in missionary or doing it spooning, it really doesn’t matter.
And when you’re thinking of becoming pregnant, remember that the number-one factor affecting your fertility is age, says Dr Streicher.
“Biologically, women were meant to get pregnant in their twenties,” she adds. (Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to, just that your chances of conceiving go down with age.)
If you really want to increase your odds of getting pregnant, Dr Streicher suggests using an ovulation kit for three months. (This helps, because most women don’t actually know when they’re ovulating.) If you’re not pregnant after giving the kit a try, see a fertility specialist to determine if you or your partner need additional testing. (It doesn’t mean anything’s wrong, but it makes sense to cover your bases.)
But if the kit indicates you’re not ovulating, then you should also go in right away to see what’s going on.
“A lot of doctors say try for six months or a year. I’d never say that to someone unless they’re in their twenties and not in a rush to get pregnant,” says Dr Streicher.
If you’re ovulating, then use the kit to time sex right (and do it often). Your best chance at babymaking is to have sex every day or every other day.
This article was originally published on www.womenshealthmag.com
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Ngcobo – Seven suspects believed to have been involved in the Ngcobo police massacre were shot dead in a shootout with police on Friday evening, after being cornered inside a church they used as a hideout.
Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said more than 10 other suspects were arrested, while others managed to escape.
“One police officer was wounded and he is recuperating in hospital,” Mulaudzi said.
This follows after a group of unknown attackers entered the Ngcobo police station on Wednesday and, without warning, randomly opened fire on officers who were on duty. Three officers were killed at the police station.
The gunmen then separated the female police officers from their male counterparts, before taking six pistols, two shotguns and two assault rifles. The retired soldier was shot dead as they fled.
The bodies of two additional officers were later found, shot execution style, along the roadside near Nyanga High School, about 6km from the police station.
Ngcobo is situated between Mthatha and Queenstown.
Mulaudzi said the task team which comprises of the Hawks, Detectives, Crime Intelligence, the Task Force, National Intervention Unit and the Tactical Response Team followed information on Friday evening of a possible gang that was responsible for the tragic incident.
“The group, which uses a church as a hiding place, was cornered inside the church premises.
“A gun battle between suspects and police ensued which left seven suspects dead and a task force member injured in the legs,” he said.
Mulaudzi said an unknown number of suspects had managed to escape and are currently being sought by the police.
“A number of firearms have been confiscated. Further details on the incident will be communicated once the crime scene has been processed by the SAPS Forensic Services Unit,” he said.
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Pretoria, 23 February 2018 – A sting operation at the port of Durban by SARS Customs officials and the Hawks has led to the seizure of 1.6 tons of illegally harvested frozen abalone valued at R2.37 million.
The Durban sting operation was initiated after the Hawks had seized illegally harvested abalone from a container in Port Elizabeth earlier this month.
Based on the intelligence from the Port Elizabeth bust, a ship travelling to Sri Lanka was ordered to return to South Africa and arrived in Durban earlier this week.
A suspicious container was removed from the ship and inspected after two SARS Customs sniffer dogs indicated the possible concealment of endangered species products in the container.
The container was found to contain 156 boxes of frozen abalone to the value of R2.37 million hidden amongst other items.
The frozen boxes of abalone were handed over to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and the Hawks for further investigation.