To fight the flu, load up on cranberries!

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One serving has five times more antioxidants than a serving of broccoli. Cranberries are also a natural probiotic, which means they enhance the good bacteria levels in your gut and protect you from foodborne illnesses.

Feeling happy is just a loved one away!

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You don’t need to get a physical hug for your body to produce a burst of the feel-good hormone, oxytocin. Face-to-face contact with a close friend or loved one can do the trick! Studies show that when we’re stressed, our arteries tighten up about 35%, which kicks our blood pressure up a couple of notches…But the minute you’re face to face with friends, they relax by about 22%.

Here’s some intel about your toothbrush & bacteria!

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According to microbiologist Dr. Phillip Tierno, if you leave your toothbrush sitting out on the bathroom counter, it could collect bacteria from toilet flushes, which can travel up to 20-feet in most bathrooms.

That’s why Dr. Tierno recommends regularly running your toothbrush through the dishwasher! According to the American Journal of Dentistry, this method destroys nearly all disease-causing bacteria. Another option? Soak your brush in a mouthwash that contains cetylpyridinium chloride. You’ll find that in products like Crest Pro-Health. Then let it dry completely.

Walking is good for you!

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Here’s why: It can actually alter your genetics, and lower the activity in the ones that influence body weight. Harvard researchers studied 12,000 people – and measured how many fat genes each person had and how much they exercised. The ones who walked briskly for an hour a day cut the effect of their weight-promoting genes in half! But the opposite is also true. Hours spent sitting can make those fat genes more active! So we DO have some control over our genetics. The trick is to make it work in your favor by walking an hour a day.

Don’t share a yoga mat with anyone!

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A mind-boggling variety of germs and bacteria are left behind by the last person who used it. You could contract athlete’s foot, rashes, or ringworm. It could also be crawling with E. Coli, flu viruses, and staph bacteria. So, bring your own mat and wash it often. If you have to use a public mat, swipe it with a disinfectant before setting foot on it.

Eat more lentils, spinach & asparagus to be happy!

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If you want to feel happier, naturally, get more folic acid from your diet. According to the University of York, it makes your body produce more dopamine – a pleasure boosting brain chemical. It also stimulates GABA, a relaxing neurotransmitter. You can get folic acid from foods like lentils, spinach and asparagus.

If you snore, start singing!

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Research suggests that giving your vocal chords a 20-minute daily workout strengthens flabby throat tissues. Do that every day for 3 months and you’ll be half as likely to snore. And since the average daily commute is 23 minutes, try singing during your commute.

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.

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