If you have dandruff, try a different winter hat.

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Top your head with something that gives you a little more ventilation – like a crocheted beanie, instead of a solid felt hat or something tightly woven. The added ventilation should help. Because one of the key causes of dandruff is a warm, moist environment – which can spur the growth of yeast. And a sweaty head under a tight hat is a perfect environment. So let your scalp breathe a bit more with a looser hat, and you’ll have less dandruff.

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Want to get stronger?

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Lift something weird. Most of the things we carry in everyday life aren’t the size of free weights. They’re odd-shaped things, like kids, suitcases, and shopping bags. So, to build strength that’s more than just for show, switch between sandbags, barbells and kettlebells. And lift yourself by doing pull-ups. In fact, pull-ups target more muscles than any other upper-body exercise. Those weighted exercises will build strength that helps you out in real life – like next time you have to carry a sleepy kid from the car to their bed.

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Take a whiff of your bath towel!

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Does it smell like mildew? That means it’s growing enough mold to cause an allergic reaction. So get that towel into a washing machine, on hot with bleach, before you use it again. And when you shower, crack a window or turn on a vent. Moisture is fodder for mold, fungi and bacteria. But according to the University of Arizona, you can kill 90% of mold and bacteria in your bathroom simply by drying it out.

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Eating some garlic shrimp?

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You’ll probably eat less overall! That’s because the stinkier the food, the less we eat! That’s because the odor is so strong, we’re fooled into thinking we’ve eaten more than we actually have – and feel full sooner.

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Dance your way to happy!

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If you’d like to boost your mood, get up and dance! Researchers from the University of Sheffield in the UK found that people who danced for 5 minutes felt 16% happier than they did before the experiment started. The experts say it’s the combination of movement and music that triggers the release of feel-good endorphins.

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How can you stick with a workout?

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Simple. Don’t call it a workout! Collin Payne is a behavioral expert from Cornell University. And he says, when people think, “Oh man, what a workout!” Or “I exercised today” – they believe they did something hard and deserve a reward… which is generally a food reward. People also consider exercise something unpleasant – so getting motivated to do it is harder. But if we simply change our language, we defeat the excuses and the food binges. So tell yourself, “I can’t wait to go for a hike with my best friend.” Or “I’m just out walking the dog.” When we re-frame it positively, we’re less likely to avoid the activity – and less likely to think we deserve a reward for doing it.

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Green tea may get all the love…

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But chamomile has major health benefits. According to a 30-year study in the European Journal of Public Health, people who drank chamomile tea just twice a week were up to 74% less likely to develop thyroid issues…Including over- or under-active thyroid, goiters and even cancer! The chamomile magic comes from antioxidants that fight oxidative-stress and inflammation that can damage your thyroid. So brew some calming chamomile twice a week.

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Keep your pets safe!

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Don’t let your pets near the water under your Christmas tree!
The tree’s sap can turn water toxic. Plus, the preservatives some people add to the water can make pets sick.
If your pet keeps getting under the tree, snapping a tree skirt tightly around the trunk can keep them from accessing the water underneath.

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Here’s a way to exercise longer!

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Locking our eyes only on the most distant thing in our path – and ignoring whatever’s just ahead – messes with the data our brain receives…And suddenly, even the most distant objects seem closer, and easier to get to. And since we subconsciously pace ourselves based on distance – when our brain feels like we’re “almost there,” it makes us move faster.
To get the most out of this trick, the experts suggest setting mini-goals along your route – like stop signs, trail markers, or trees. As you approach one, shift your focus to the next. You’ll end up exercising longer, moving faster, and burning more calories.

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Some vegetables are better for us after they’ve been cooked.

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How do you know which ones? It’s mostly the red and orange ones… Like tomatoes and carrots. Food science professor Dr. Mary Ellen Camire says those vegetables have tough cell walls that can lock in all the good stuff, like vitamins and minerals. But cooking helps break down those walls so we can absorb the nutrients more easily. So, remember, red and orange vegetables are healthier when cooked.

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