Feeling stuffed after a big meal?

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Change the way you breathe. New research shows that breathing deeply for 40 minutes after eating a huge meal lowers heart damaging blood sugar levels.
How? By reducing your heart rate, which triggers the release of extra insulin.

Want to protect yourself from stroke?

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Eat more white produce. Things like garlic, leeks, onions, apples, pears, bananas, cauliflower, and cucumbers. Research found that the people who eat the most white fruits and vegetables – or those with white flesh – have a 52% lower risk of stroke.

Why white-fleshed fruits and veggies are beneficial isn’t known. One theory is that those foods are high in dietary fiber and antioxidants, which lower blood pressure or cholesterol, and can protect brain blood vessels or prevent clots from forming. But before you OD on the white flesh of a POTATO – they’re not on the list, because they’re considered a starch, not a vegetable.

Next time you go to the movies…

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Get your snacks during the previews! According to research, people consume more than 80% of their calories before the movie begins. Once it starts, people are more focused on the movie than their snacks, so they end up eating less.

Sleepy people eat more!

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Researchers from Columbia University found that well-rested people are better able to, and more likely to, turn down unhealthy foods than those who are sleep-deprived. And people who only sleep 4 hours eat 300 more calories per day.

Diabetes isn’t just on the rise in people.

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It’s also up 32% in dogs, and 16% in cats…And that’s just in the last 5 years. Like the human version, pet diabetes is often linked to obesity.
Symptoms for dogs and cats include excessive urination and increased thirst. And experts say that early diagnosis is the key, so report any warning signs to your vet.

Are you feeling a bit blue?

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A cup of green tea could head-off your depression. People who drink 2 or 3 cups a day are 40% less likely to get depressed. It’s all down to the catechins – which are antioxidants found in high concentrations in green tea. They decrease stress hormones – which are associated with depression. But go for brewed, not bottled. You’ll get more catechins that way.

Your messy closet could be draining your energy.

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A Princeton University study found that people with unorganized closets have less energy and felt more fatigue. That’s because the brain gets overwhelmed by visual clutter. It slows the brain’s reaction time. So, spend a few minutes at the end of each day putting your clothes away.

Are you feeling faint?

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Try this…Find a rubber ball, or a tennis ball, and squeeze it in your hand. Or if you’re on the verge of passing out, cross your ankles and clench your thighs at the same time. Research shows that tensing our muscles immediately boosts blood flow. And that allows more oxygen to reach your head, where it can stop wooziness in its tracks…

Getting stuck in heavy traffic triples our risk of having a heart attack.

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According to studies, a significant number of heart attack patients have been stuck in traffic within an hour of their medical emergency. Researchers say it boils down to a combination of air pollution from car exhaust, and stress. So make sure the air in your car is re-circulated to cut down on pollution – and try some mindful meditation techniques to de-stress while driving.

Avoiding a few common treadmill mistakes will increase the quality of your workout.

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First: We need to stop looking at our feet. Auburn University fitness expert Dr. Michele Olson says a lot of gym newbies look down when they run, because they’re afraid they’re going to fall. But watching the spinning belt can cause vertigo. It also strains our neck, spine and calves…And the more we think about where we should put our feet, the more likely we are to misjudge our steps, and fall. The truth is: Keeping your shoulders back and your chin up when you’re running is the most stable position.

Next: Stop holding onto the bars. Since holding on supports some of our body weight, it means our workout is less intense. As a result, we burn fewer calories and build less muscle.

Finally: Don’t overdo it. We should only be minimally sore after a workout. And any pain should be in our muscles, not our joints. If our ankles, knees and hips are painful, or we’re so sore the next day we can barely move, we need to scale back our routine…And build up the length and intensity of our workouts gradually.

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