Boost your immune system!

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Load up on red grapes and blueberries: Researchers from Oregon State University analyzed more than 400 compounds to find out which ones were best at boosting our immune system. They found that two compounds stood above the others: resveratrol found in red grapes, and pterostilbene in blueberries. Both of those compounds play a significant role in immune function. So if you’re at the grocery store, make sure you grab some red grapes and blueberries on your way through the produce department.

Do you drink green tea?

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If so, good for you, here’s another thing green tea is good for: RA, rheumatoid arthritis. Drinking 4 cups of green tea daily cuts your RA risk in half. That’s because the tea’s antioxidants stop immune cells from going haywire and attacking your joints.

Turn off your cell phone at the doctor’s office.

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If you don’t want your doctor lecturing you about your blood pressure, turn off your cell phone before your next exam. That’s according to Dr. Gary Schwartz, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He says that answering cell phones causes a temporary – but significant – spike in blood pressure. That’s because cell phone calls are mini-stress episodes. And even though almost everyone carries a phone, we still feel anxious when we’re interrupted by a call. Yet another reason why we need to disconnect from our cell phones to really relax.

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Share Your Dreams With Your Partner

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Did you know you can improve your relationship by sharing your dreams with your partner? We all have weird dreams from time to time, and it’s good to share them if you can remember them.

Watch this video to find out what our weird dreams are, and please be sure to let me know what your weirdest dream is.

Watch video here: http://www.tesh.com/video/cc/13/mc_id/673

Here’s an easy way to make your mornings less hectic.

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Have the same thing for breakfast every day. Like blueberries in Greek yogurt. That’s what Dr. Oz has. It’ll be a no-brainer, so you don’t have to think about what to make – all you do is dump the berries on top of the yogurt and grab a spoon. Plus, you’ll be getting a ton of nutrients and protein, to keep you feeling full. Another plus? Women who eat the same thing for breakfast every day consume 100 fewer calories per day than women who change it up all the time.

Does your pet get anxious when thunderstorms are approaching?

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You can help keep them calm them by rubbing a dryer sheet on their coat. Experts say, it’s not just the thunder and lightning that freaks pets out. A lot of times, they’re sensitive to the buildup of static electricity. The dryer sheet will help remove the static buildup from their fur, and eliminate a major cause of discomfort and anxiety. After the thunderstorms have past, give your dog a bath to wash off any residue left by the dryer sheets.

Here’s how to remember your dreams.

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If you want to remember your dreams, try eating more foods rich in vitamin B6. Things like hummus, tuna and bananas. B6 helps your brain churn out more dreams and remember them more clearly. That’s because it makes your brain more alert while you’re asleep. Just don’t eat too much – or your brain will become so alert that the quality of your sleep will suffer.

Can exercising in cold weather make you sick?

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Nope. Colds and flu are caused by viruses, not weather. However, cold, dry air keeps viruses alive longer – so we’re more likely to catch them. But as far as your workout, even if it’s chilly, go for it. You can actually burn more calories in the cold. Just make sure if it’s really cold to keep your fingers covered and your feet warm so you don’t end up with frostbite.

If you’re about to chomp into something delicious, cut it up first.

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cut-up-chocolate Whether it’s a bagel, a slice of pizza, or breaking a chocolate bar into pieces. You’ll automatically want to eat less. That’s according to the University of Arizona. Researchers found that the optical illusion of seeing the food in pieces, makes us feel like there’s more to eat, than just seeing one big piece. So, we’ll feel satisfied sooner and eat less.

Improve your health with housework.

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Who says we need to hit the gym for hours and hours? Because a new study shows that short bursts of activity can be just as good for us as spending hours at the gym. How short are we talking? According to researchers at Oregon State University, just two minutes of moderate activity – like pacing while talking on the phone, doing housework, or doing sit-ups during TV commercials – is enough to lower our blood pressure and cholesterol levels. And if we squeeze in enough short bursts of activity to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, researchers say that’ll improve our health as much as a traditional workout.

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