Here’s another reason to make sure you drink plenty of water:

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Dehydration can contribute to bad breath. So fend off mouth odor by drinking lots of water during the day, which’ll also boost saliva flow. Saliva is a natural antibiotic that decreases the number of bad bacteria in your mouth.

Here’s a reason you could be tired.

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According to a report in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, having too many choices can cause you to feel tired. Whether it’s trying to pick from all the coffee choices at Starbucks or pain relievers at the drug store, having to consider too many options – good or bad – can be exhausting.

So what can you do? Once you find something you like, stick with it instead of second-guessing yourself. When you feel more content with the choices you make, you’ll be less stressed, get better sleep, and have more energy.

Here’s a coffee tip!

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Is it safe to microwave the cold coffee that’s been sitting around at home or in the office coffee pot all day? The answer is YES. Bacteria won’t grow in black coffee – it contains nothing they feed on. But DON’T reheat a cup of coffee that has milk or sugar in it. Bacteria could be growing in there.

Watch out for this germ hotspot!

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The front pockets of your jeans! All the bacteria that cause infections from things you’ve touched can get lodged in there. The cure? Turn your pockets inside out, and then wash them in super hot water.

Not seeing results at the gym? Try this!

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mix-up-workoutIf you’ve been hitting the gym on a regular basis, but you’re not seeing results any more – it’s time to change things up! According to fitness expert Mary Jayne Rogers, when you’re starting a new exercise routine, your body isn’t as efficient, so you burn more calories…But as you get used to the exercise and become more fit – the same routine require much less energy. So, if you’ve been swimming laps, try the elliptical. And if you’ve been sticking with yoga, it may be time to try Pilates. When your body gets a new challenge, you’ll see results again.

How to protect your hearing.

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If you want to save your hearing, stay away from ear buds. When people listen to music using ear buds, they turn it up too high in an attempt to drown out outside noise. But ear doctors say our ear isn’t made to listen to music as loudly or as long as we do these days. So instead, get a pair of headphones that blocks ambient noise and listen to music at a lower volume.

Reach your 100th birthday!

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Here’s how you can do it. Spend time with the people you love! An analysis of more than a hundred different studies found that having a strong and active social circle reduces our risk of serious illness by nearly 80%. That’s because the comfort and support we get from spending time with people we care about lowers levels of damaging stress hormones, and strengthens our immune system. 

Do you have a big interview, presentation or exam coming up?

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The stress of it can do a number on your memory. That’s because stress short-circuits the brain process that helps commit new information to long-term memory. So the next time you’re approaching a stressful situation, just take very slow, deep breaths for 5 minutes. It sounds ridiculously simple, but the University of Wisconsin says deep breathing reduces your stress response, and lowers your heart rate and blood pressure – which allows your brain to absorb, retain and retrieve new facts.

Which is a better breakfast?

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Half a cup of granola or half a cup of oatmeal? The oatmeal has half the calories, 5 times less fat, and it’s a fiber powerhouse. It also packs a decent amount of your daily requirements of iron and magnesium.

Are baby carrots safe to eat?

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Have you ever heard that baby carrots are soaked with a toxic chemical and are unsafe to eat. This rumor seems to pop up every couple of months in e-mail chain letters, but it’s FALSE. The truth is that cut baby carrots, like bagged salad mixes and other “ready to eat” fresh vegetables, are rinsed in a weak chlorine solution to prevent bacterial growth. However, the trace amount of chlorine used is carefully regulated by the FDA, and not harmful.

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