Rethink what you DRINK.


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When it comes to weight loss, what you drink may actually be more important than what you eat. A recent study from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health found that cutting back on sugary drinks helps people lose more weight than those who only cut back on food. That’s because liquid calories are more fattening because they take less energy to digest.

If you eat lunch at your desk, you’re not alone.


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About 85% of workers do exactly the same thing. But that’s bad news, because the average desk contains 100 times more bacteria than a kitchen table – including illness-causing germs like salmonella and E. coli. So, before you head to the fridge or the food truck to grab your lunch, clean your workspace with a disinfectant wipe.

Get your baby off the bottle ASAP!


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Children who still drink from a bottle at age TWO are 30% more likely to be obese by age FIVE! That’s because most bottles are filled with high-calorie drinks – and kids sip all day long. The Journal of Pediatrics says start weaning your child from the bottle after their first birthday.

The reason to use a humidifier.


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One of the reasons we get more viruses in fall and winter is because the air is drier. A lack of humidity allows viruses to thrive and makes it harder for our nasal passages to trap and eliminate them. So keep a humidifier going at home. But make sure to keep it clean. Put about 5 drops of oregano, eucalyptus or peppermint oil in the water reservoir. The oil will reduce germs and make the air smell nice. However, you’ll still need to clean the reservoir weekly.

Help your dog sleep better at night.


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When it’s time for bed, does your dog toss and turn, and pace around the room? Warm up a towel in the dryer, and stick it in their bed!
The heat will help their muscles relax, so they’ll sleep more comfortably. This works especially well for older dogs, who may be suffering from arthritis. Our dog Lucy loves this!

Meditate for 3 minutes to get results!


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You don’t need to meditate for an hour to get the results you want. All you need are 180 seconds! Or 3 minutes of meditation.

Researchers at UCLA found that just 3 minutes of relaxed, focused breathing decreases the stress hormones that constrict blood vessels and make your muscles tense up. Meditation also boosts production of feel-good endorphin levels. All in just 3 minutes.

Wearing headphones can be dangerous.


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headphones-dangerous-trainBe careful where you wear headphones. About 20 pedestrians are injured or killed each year while wearing headphones! Researchers say that more than half of the headphone accidents were the result of people walking near railroad tracks, and being hit by trains – because they couldn’t hear the trains coming.

Lose weight faster.


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Take a walk at 5:00 o’clock! Studies show that working out later in the day boosts weight loss. That’s because body temperature peaks in the late afternoon or early evening…Which means, that’s when your muscles are at their warmest, so exercise will feel easier and you’ll push yourself harder and go faster. And that extra energy will increase your calorie burn.

If you’ve got a scrape, put some honey on it.


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It’s been used as a remedy for centuries. It contains antibacterial enzymes that kill germs, amino acids that speed healing, and antioxidants that reduce inflammation. The Honey Research Unit in New Zealand recommends warming honey slightly. Then pour one tablespoon onto a sterile gauze pad, and tape it over the cut or scrape.


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