Keeping secrets can take a toll on our health.

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Psychologists found that people who kept secrets from their partners have higher rates of depression and even disease. That’s because keeping a secret adds stress to our life, and wears down our immune system.

Here are a couple good reasons to eat watermelon.

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It’s Labor Day weekend, and that means getting together with family and friends. One of my favorite foods to serve at a cookout or picnic is watermelon. And since one slice of watermelon has nearly 10 ounces of water, it’ll hydrate you as much as drinking a bottle of water. It also contains a tissue-healing antioxidant that acts like sunscreen. And eating two cups a day can cut your risk of sunburn by 26% – and cut your recovery time in half if you do get burned.

Here are a couple good reasons to eat watermelon.

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eat-watermelon

It’s Labor Day weekend, and that means getting together with family and friends. One of my favorite foods to serve at a cookout or picnic is watermelon. And since one slice of watermelon has nearly 10 ounces of water, it’ll hydrate you as much as drinking a bottle of water. It also contains a tissue-healing antioxidant that acts like sunscreen. And eating two cups a day can cut your risk of sunburn by 26% – and cut your recovery time in half if you do get burned.

I know how many people like to wear flip-flops, but listen to this!

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The average pair of flip-flops is loaded with more than 18,000 distinct bacteria. So wash your hands after touching your flip-flops and clean your kicks every other week, with a mild bleach solution.

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.

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