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Two Floss Alternatives for Thread Haters

Because if you stop destroying your gums, you won't end up in that dreaded dental chair.

12 Hair Habits Distressing Your Strands

The way you wash, dry, style, and live could be what's causing your hair despair.

11 Ways Your Morning Routine Can Make You Sick

Chances are, you're making at least one of these mistakes.

10 Terrifying Reasons to Stop Nail Biting—For Good!

From lip warts to serious infections, nail biting can lead to a whole lot more than a ruined mani!

Every Hour of TV You Watch Increases Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

Luckily, there's an easy way to avoid this fate—and you may already be doing it!

The Dirtiest Item in Your Kitchen

Hint: it's not the sponge.

You Really Need to Stop This Dangerous Gym Habit

What you're doing in the shower may be more harmful than you think!

8 ‘Healthy’ Food and Lifestyle Alternatives That Aren’t

Healthy peanut butter and turkey burgers aren’t doing you any favors. Find out when to stick to the originals.

3 Ways to Stay Healthier While Watching TV

Those House of Cards marathons might do more harm than you thought. Minimize damage without swearing off the remote.

6 Ways to Clean Your Place Like a Germ Expert

When it comes to germs, chances are you're cleaning all wrong.

Why Your Phone Is Teeming With Germs

Your phone is covered in bacteria, a new study shows. Find out what you're doing with it that's so dirty.

4 Ways Expressing Yourself Boosts Your Health

Bottling up stress or anger may feel like the right thing to do—but it can seriously backfire.

7 Zero-Calorie Factors That Derail Weight Loss

These weight-loss saboteurs are more common than you think!

Confessions of a Snack-a-Holic: How I Broke My Habit

Shape's Nutrition Editor spills about her munching habit—and shares her secrets on how she reined it in.

3 Negative Personality Traits That Have Positive Benefits

Pessimistic? Selfish? You could live longer, be happier, and find more success.

That Girls Night Out Cigarette Isn't a Harmless Habit

Even health-conscious Gwyneth Paltrow admits to smoking socially, but taking just one drag can put your health at risk.

Secondhand Smoke Might Be Making You Gain Weight

That myth that cigarettes can help keep you slim? A new study blows smoke at it.

The Worst Drinks for Your Body

It's easy to grab one of these diet disasters when you're thirsty or tired, but after reading this, we guarantee you won't be tempted again.

4 Bad Habits May Cut 10 Years Off Your Life

4 simple habits can help you maintain an active and healthy lifestyle well into your senior years.

One Man Hopes to Change the Healthy Food Community, Why Your Brain Loves Junk Food, and the FDA Just Approved the First Personal Robotic Exoskeleton

One man’s mission to change eliminate waste and hunger, plus our fave fast food and robots are coming!

9 Ways to Ruin a Perfectly Good Superfood

Sweet potato fries, buttered popcorn, and more ways to ruin a perfectly good powerfood.

Could Energy Drinks Kill You?

Recent reports have linked energy drinks to multiple deaths. We take an in-depth look at what you need to know.

6 Health Threats Hiding in Your Makeup Bag

Find out where germs, chemicals, & allergens love lurking the most.

What You Need to Know About Tanorexia

If last week's media firestorm about the "tanning mom" and her daughter did anything good, it's that it brought to light a serious condition: tanorexia.

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Sleepy at work? Welcome to the sleep-deprived norm! According to new research, more than a third of American workers don't get enough sleep.

Carbs Without Cause: 8 Foods Worse than White Bread

You know to avoid the sliced stuff, but what about these offenders?