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Christina Aguilera has been in the public eye for over 30 years, since the age of 9. Now that she is 40 and the mother of two children, the superstar is taking time to look back and reflect on everything she has learned over the past few decades, revealing her tips and tricks to maintaining both physical and mental health in the new issue of Health. "Accepting yourself is what beauty is really about," she captioned a photo of the cover on Instagram. Read on to hear what she has to say. 1 She Has Had Mental Health Struggles Photo by COLIENA RENTMEESTER"I experienced a lot of trauma in my childhood—I've spoken very openly about it," she told the magazine. "But I think that was just part of my path. I've definitely had struggles in the past with depression and anxiety—it's a constant battle to overcome a mind that is anxious, a mind that is always second-guessing." 2 She "Hated Being Super Skinny" Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty ImagesWhen Christina was her skinniest, she was also the most insecure. "I think we all have our good days and our bad days in how we feel about ourselves. Entering this business, I hated being super skinny," she confessed. "Once I turned 21, I started filling out a little bit, and I was loving my new curves. I appreciated having a booty. I've always said that women are way more interesting to look at than men! I have a hard time looking at the early pictures of myself because I remember feeling so insecure. I would never want to relive my 20s—you're so in your own head and finding your confidence. As you age, you stop comparing yourself to other people and start appreciating your own body and owning it." 3 She Has Worked Through Insecurities Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for DisneyChristina admits that by being honest, she has worked through her insecurities. "I'm proud of my honesty. It's a really hard thing to stick to in this business, especially when you've grown up under a microscope at a time when society was very critical of young women. I've had to work through a lot of insecurities in front of everybody. Every setback has catapulted me forward. I think that's my fighting spirit. And, at the end of the day, living that truth and being honest has always propelled me forward," she said. 4 She Has Stopped Living for Other People At her "Christina Aguilera: The Xperience" residency at Planet Hollywood Resort&Casino // Photo by Getty ImagesWhile she once lived for others, she is now living for herself. "You start asking yourself: 'Why am I holding back in certain areas of my life? Who am I really living my life for?' And with age, you figure out that life is too short to waste time thinking about what other people think about you. I've realized I am making memories for myself and that I shouldn't worry about what other people think," she explained. 5 She Has Let Herself Be "Vulnerable" Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images for SHEINIn recent years, she has been an open book. "You know, I've been hearing that a lot lately because I've been super open and vulnerable. I've been approaching all of my writing sessions by being an open book and saying, 'Look, this is how I felt.' A lot of people have been like, 'Wait, I had no idea you ever felt this way because you've always been a pillar of strength with your messages.' Yes, I've always been grounded in knowing myself. But even in owning your truth and power, there are moments of weakness. I am not ashamed to say that I have my dark moments," she said. 6 She Does Yoga Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImageIn addition to writing a lot I write a lot, which is "grounding and centering" for her, she finds solace in getting in touch with nature and herself. "Also, getting outside helps—even if it's just my backyard. Feeling grass under my feet and looking at trees and clouds helps," she said. "Yoga has also been instrumental in helping me."
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This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a joint statement addressing reports that the Johnson&Johnson vaccine can provoke cerebral venous sinus thrombosis. While they point out that the chances of having an adverse reaction is "very low," they did confirm that at least six women between the ages of 18 and 48 did experience an adverse reaction. However, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases wants to clarify that the vaccines are still extremely safe and you should not be scared of them. During Wednesday's White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing he explained why this latest news actually confirms the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. Read on to hear what he had to say—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise.The Pausing of the J&J Vaccine Was Done Out of an "Abundance of Caution"Dr. Fauci pointed out the CDC and FDA's new suggestions to pause the Johnson&Johnson vaccine should not make the issue of vaccine hesitancy "even a more difficult problem." He explained that this was done "in an abundance of caution to be able to take a look at the issues.""Importantly, when I go out and try to counter the issues of hesitancy, a substantial proportion of the hesitancy is centered around concern that the vaccines might not be safe. I've addressed this many times on this briefing. For example, the question 'You did this so quickly in 11 months, it usually takes years. Is there a real problem here? Did you cut corners and did you not pay enough attention to safety?'"He pointed out that these latest actions should quell the nerves of these people, as the groups promptly responded to any possibility of adverse reaction. "The fact that following the EUA, we have continued to follow very carefully any possibility of adverse events, I believe is the other side of the coin of hesitancy. It should reinforce in those individuals how we take safety so seriously," he said. RELATED: Most COVID Patients Did This Before Getting SickLook at the Pause as a "Positive Issue," Says Dr. Fauci"So as opposed to looking at this as a negative safety issue, it could be looked at as a positive issue where they know that when we let a vaccine be available and give it a go ahead to be put into the arms of the American people, we do it with a considerable degree of confidence as to its safety. So when I get asked questions about whether or not this has set us back from a hesitancy standpoint, I give the opposite of it, namely what I've just explained."So follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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Salmon is one of the most popular types of seafood in the U.S., with the average American eating 2.55 pounds of the fish each year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.It's not hard to see why this fish is so popular, either—in addition to having a light flavor that complements countless vegetables, starches, sauces, and even wine pairings, wild-caught salmon is low in calories and packed with anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.However, not every variety of this staple seafood is as healthy as you might think. In fact, there's one major reason why you shouldn't eat certain types of salmon: in doing so, you could be consuming a shocking amount of dangerous microplastics along the way.While it was once believed that microplastics—tiny fragments of plastic measuring less than 5 mm in length, which are a major source of contamination in waterways—remained only in the gut of marine creatures, a 2017 study published in the journal Scientific Reports found that microplastics are easily discovered in the fleshy portions of fish frequently consumed by humans. According to a 2019 study published in Environmental Science&Technology (as first reported by Mother Jones), fish are now the third most common source of microplastic consumption for Americans.Multiple studies have demonstrated the microplastic contamination of salmon in particular; a 2019 study published in Environmental Pollution discovered microplastics in juvenile Chinook salmon off Vancouver Island in British Columbia, while salmon, sardine, and kilka fishmeal from Iran was discovered to contain between 4,000 and 6,000 microplastics per killigram.So, what's the harm in getting a side of plastic along with your salmon? A 2020 article published in the Journal of Hazardous Materials determined that "the abundance of microplastics could transfer hazardous pollutants to seafood (e.g., fishes and prawns) leading to cancer risk in human beings." Additionally, a review of research published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that microplastics can affect the nervous system, kidneys, respiratory system, skin, and may even cross the placental barrier.Some sources of fish may be safer than others when it comes to microplastic contamination, however. In a 2020 study led by the Norwegian Research Center (NORCE)'s Tracking of Plastic emissions (TrackPlast) project, among a group of 20 farmed salmon and 20 wild-caught salmon, nearly half of the farmed salmon showed signs of microplastics in their tissue, while the same was true of just "a small number" of the wild-caught fish.Knowing the feed source of the fish you're eating may also help keep you safer; a 2021 study published in Aquaculture found that, among 26 samples of fishmeal, the vast majority contained microplastics, but zero plastic was found in Antarctic-derived krill meal, a dietary staple in many farmed salmon.So, the next time you're thinking about picking up a salmon filet at your local supermarket or plan to eat salmon at your favorite restaurant, don't be afraid to do your due diligence first—it might just protect your health in the long run. And to ensure you're benefitting from your seafood order, check out these Surprising Side Effects of Eating Fish, According to Science.For more healthy eating news, make sure to sign up for our newsletter!
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