Try these 3 foods to add years to your life: 

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They all contain major antioxidants. And the more different types of fruits and vegetables you eat – the better. Because people who get a variety of produce – and therefore a variety of antioxidants – have greater health benefits. So try eating more of these 3…

Grapefruit: The antioxidants in grapefruit, the ones that make it bitter, may help treat diabetes! They break down the fatty acids in your liver the same way diabetes drugs do.

Cranberries: They have antimicrobial properties – which means they protect you from infections. They also reduce the risk of plaque buildup in the arteries – and help prevent the growth of some cancer cells.

Finally, have more garlic. It lowers blood pressure and prevents certain cancers. It also lowers bad cholesterol – reducing your risk of heart disease.

Do you get bruises often?

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Did you know that in general, women bruise more easily than men because their skin is thinner? People also bruise more easily as they age, because the skin gets thinner and blood vessels become more fragile. We also bruise more easily if our skin has sun damage. Natural redheads also bruise more easily, compared to people with brown or blonde hair. It has something to do with a mutation of the gene that controls pigment.

Bruising could also have something to do with medications you may be taking, ones that thin the blood – like ibuprofen or aspirin, or prescription blood thinners. Some supplements and foods can also have a blood-thinning effect, mostly things that we associate with good heart health, like fish oil and vitamin E, and foods like garlic and ginger.

Here’s an easy way to cut down on indoor pollution created in your kitchen.

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Do as much stovetop cooking as possible on your back burners.

Why? Because most exhaust fans extend over the back half of the stovetop, but a lot of them completely miss the front ones, and the hot air from the pans rises in a column directly above each burner. So, if you use the back burners, your exhaust fan will remove twice as much smoke, soot and pollutants.

There’s a full moon tomorrow night.

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Did you know that the light from a full moon CAN affect our sleep? It takes us an average of 5 minutes longer to doze off when the moon is full, thanks to the extra light. Plus, we lose an extra half hour of sleep during a full moon because we tend to wake up throughout the night.

We have a natural dip in energy at around 3pm every day.

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That’s because – from the moment we wake up, sleep-inducing chemicals are building back up in our brain all day long. But instead of reaching for the caffeine or sugar, just open a window or walk outside. 10 minutes of sunlight will have the same energizing effect as a nap.

Hey coffee fans, this one’s for you!

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Put a little nutmeg in your coffee grounds before you brew your next pot. The phytonutrients in the spice energize chemicals in your brain. That increases alertness, energy, and feelings of happiness in as little as
10 minutes.

For the best workout, match your iPod playlist to your heartbeat.

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That’ll help you stay in the zone and exercise longer. It’ll also help you feel like you’re not working as hard – and makes you more coordinated, because you’ll be inclined to match your movement to the beat. The perfect songs will be between 120 and 140 beats per minute – so things like Rihanna’s “Umbrella”, or “Dancing Queen” by Abba.

Eat protein for breakfast!

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It sets the stage for the way our blood sugar behaves the rest of the day. It’s what fuels our mind and our muscles. Plus, registered dietician Elizabeth Shaw says people who eat protein in the morning feel fuller, longer, and are less likely to overeat. So, start your day with 30 grams of protein. That’s about what you’d get from a cup of non-fat Greek yogurt and 20 almonds.

Go ahead and enjoy chocolate-dipped strawberries! 

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When those foods are consumed together – it gives your health a big boost. 

That’s because the antioxidants in both foods team up and create additional disease fighting power. But you need to use dark chocolate to get those results.

Here are 3 easy ways we can boost our metabolic rate:

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First, eat organic. Researchers found that dieters who ate foods grown with pesticides had lower metabolisms. That’s because the toxins interfere with the energy losing process, making it harder to lose weight.

Next, Stand up. Researchers at Missouri University found that 4 hours of inactivity can cause a shutdown of an enzyme that whisks fat out of your blood stream. This causes you to store fat instead of using it for energy. Experts suggest to burn more fat, break up periods of downtime by standing up during phone calls.

Finally, drink cold water. 6 cups a day can raise your resting metabolic rate enough to lose 5 pounds a year. That’s because your body uses more energy to heat the cold water to body temperature, burning fat in the process.

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