Blood pressure tips


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If you have to get your blood pressure taken, chill out for 5 minutes beforehand.

Relaxing for 5 minutes before your blood pressure is taken guarantees you won’t have an artificially high reading. Because if your reading is too high, you may be prescribed unnecessary medication. For example, rushing into your doctor’s office after a traffic-jammed drive can raise your systolic pressure by as many as 20 points!

So sit quietly, flip through a book, check Facebook and calm down in the waiting room. It’s also a good idea to skip that Dunkin’ Donuts run on the way to the doctor. Caffeine can cause a temporary blood pressure spike – and give you a false reading.

Be sure to wash your hands.


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Did you know that 80% of infections are passed on by touch? So hand-washing is the #1 way to prevent infection. In fact, frequent hand-washing makes you 24% less likely to catch a respiratory illness, and half as likely to get a stomach bug.

Sometimes combining certain foods can improve their health benefits.


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avotomato-wpLike: Avocado and Tomato. Tomatoes are loaded with the antioxidant lycopene. But when you combine tomatoes with avocado, the unsaturated fat in the avocado helps the body absorb SEVEN TIMES the normal amount of lycopene! And lycopene inhibits the production of cancer cells.

Another good combo: Grilled steak and Brussels sprouts. There are compounds in Brussels sprouts which help the body flush out carcinogens. Including the carcinogens which form on charred meat during grilling.

Finally: Here’s a BAD food combo… Alcohol and energy drinks. Caffeine is a stimulant, while alcohol is a depressant. And when you overload your body with both at the same time, it puts tremendous stress on your heart… So don’t even think about ordering a Red Bull and Vodka.

If you want to sleep soundly…


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DON’T do yoga before bed. Yoga may seem relaxing…But stretching is a physiological stimulant. Which means, doing a few yoga poses before bed may make drifting off a lot harder. It’s better to do yoga when you wake up, instead. Because it loosens your joints and gets oxygen-rich blood moving through your body, which helps you feel more energized.

Is your dog at risk for “kennel cough?”


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Kennel cough is a highly infectious respiratory illness spread among dogs through sneezes and saliva. Typical symptoms include a persistent, hacking cough and a runny nose. Despite the name, dogs don’t have to be in a kennel to get it.

Experts say they’re more likely to be exposed through a neighborhood dog whose vaccination has lapsed. The good news is that you can protect your pet from kennel cough with an annual vaccine given by your veterinarian. So, if you think your dog has been exposed, take them to a vet as soon as possible. Also, limit their contact with other pets until symptoms go away – usually within 10 days after being treated.

How to lower your risk of breast cancer.


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According to The National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in 8 women either has – or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. But the men aren’t safe, either. 1,700 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, too. So, we’re going to help lower your odds of developing the disease. Here’s what you should be doing:

First and foremost: Exercise. Research shows that it’s the number-one thing you can do to lower your risk. A study from the National Cancer Institute found that women who average 3 hours of exercise per week, over their lifetime, have a 23% lower risk of developing breast cancer. So, why is it a magic formula? Because exercise lowers estrogen levels – and estrogen is a well-known factor in cancerous changes in the breast.

Tip #2: Watch what you drink. Alcohol is a double-edged sword… While it’s been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, it increases your risk of breast cancer. One study found that each daily glass of alcohol raises a woman’s risk by up to 12%.

And lastly: Get more vitamin D.

One study found that women who got the most calcium and Vitamin D had a35% lower risk than those who got the least. Unfortunately, nearly 75% of us have inadequate levels. Many experts now believe that taking 1,000 IUs of Vitamin D daily is best.

Think of your sweetheart!


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The next time you have a craving for something sweetstop – and think of someone you love. That can make the things you eat and drink taste sweeterwithout extra sugar. Scientists at National University of Singapore had people write about romantic moments they’d experienced – then they ate some dark chocolate and drank plain water. After writing, the study subjects rated both the chocolate and the water as sweeter, compared to people who wrote about a time they felt angry. So before you add another spoonful of sugar to your coffee – think about your sweetheart – and you may not need it.

How likely are you to sprain an ankle?


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Try this balance test:

Stand on one leg and close your eyes. If you can stand for 30 seconds or longer on each leg without losing your balance, you pass.

If you didn’t pass, you may have issues with motor control. So, before you take on any high-speed sports – like tennis – practice at a slower pace to get your body used to the movements. You’ll be less likely to roll an ankle.

Here’s a little help to make it through your entire workout!


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To power through the last 10 minutes of your workout – or those last few reps, have a mantra. Encouraging words can help us exercise significantly longer. That’s according to research in the journal Medicine and Science. They found that people who said mantras to themselves increased their endurance and found that their workouts felt easier. They key is to have a different message to yourself for each phase of your workout. So try something motivational to start, like “You got this!” In the middle, try something like, “Keep it up!” and to power through to the end, try something like “Stay strong!


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