Coffee reduces depression!

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Did you know that drinking coffee could reduce your risk of depression? A study at the Harvard School of Public Health analyzed a decade’s worth of data on more than 50‑thousand people. The result: Those who drank two to three cups of caffeinated coffee a day were 15% less likely to develop depression than non-coffee drinkers.

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How would you like to feel 12 years younger?

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It’s easy… Eat wild salmon 3 times a week. That’s it. According to the Cleveland Clinic, adding 3 servings of salmon to your weekly diet can help you lose a pound a week – without exercise – and give you the energy of someone 12 years younger! That’s because of the combination of Omega-3 fatty acids – and antioxidants called carotenoids, which give salmon its bright peach color. They increase the body’s ability to burn stored fat for energy. And help fortify cells against free-radical damage – so you don’t age as quickly.

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Avoid headaches with fresh pineapple!

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Low air pressure is the number one trigger for head-splitting sinus headaches. And that’s what happens when a storm is coming…

The fix? Eat more pineapple. It’s loaded with bromelain – an enzyme linked to reducing the sinus inflammation and mucus buildup that often cause weather-related headache pain. Researchers say we need about 500 milligrams of bromelain to counteract a storm-induced headache. Which is the amount we’d get from about 4 cups of pineapple. So, when the forecast calls for wild weather, slice up some pineapple and snack on it all day. But it has to be fresh – not canned. The canning process destroys most of those healing enzymes.

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Night owls are more likely to gain weight than early birds.

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That’s the gist of research by the Mayo Clinic. Which found that night owls eat about 550 extra calories a day – mostly junk food between the hours of 10PM and 4AM. That’s because night owls tend to sleep about 80 minutes less per night than early birds… which messes with their hunger and “I’m full” hormones – making them more likely to overeat.

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If you’ve been feeling stressed and anxious…

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…you may need a dose of tyrosine. That’s an amino acid that helps increase the brain’s production of dopamine – the neurotransmitter associated with producing a feeling of calm. And eating just a quarter cup of tyrosine-rich foods can soothe your nerves in as little as 30 minutes – and last at least 2 hours. Foods loaded with tyrosine include edamame, pumpkin seeds and almonds.

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Ladies, if you’re trying to get pregnant…

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…you’ve gotta get a handle on your stress! Because researchers from the University of Louisville found that women under constant stress are 45% LESS likely to conceive. And it’s especially important to chill out when you’re ovulating – about 14 days into your cycle. The experts found that, during peak ovulation time, women who reported the highest levels of stress registered a significant drop in fertility. The doctors say this is a wake-up call to patients and doctors, that mental wellness is very important for women trying to get pregnant.

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Omega-3s help kids sleep better!

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If you’d like your child to get a better night’s sleep, feed them more foods that contain Omega-3 fatty acids. A recent study in the Journal of Sleep Research found that children getting 600 milligrams of Omega-3s a day slept an hour longer and woke up 7 times less often, than kids who weren’t getting the Omega-3s. They believe it’s because fatty acids trigger production of the sleep hormone, melatonin.

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Try this if you can’t sleep.

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1 out of 5 of us regularly have trouble sleeping. But Yale researchers have found a solution: Sniff some cinnamon, nutmeg, or vanilla… Or light a scented candle for a few minutes before you turn in. Neurologist Dr. Alan Hirsch says the aromas trigger calming, relaxing alpha brain waves – which can help us drift off sooner, and sleep more deeply.

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What triples the risk of a heart attack?

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Having a knockdown, drag-out fight with someone, and then trying to blow off steam by going for a run or punching a heavy bag. New research from McMaster University shows, intense anger coupled with heavy physical exertion can be what triggers a first heart attack. The new research looked at more than 12,000 people, and intense activity and intense emotions each double the odds of having a heart attack within an hour. But if you’re really ticked off AND you exert yourself, your risk triples.

And if you’re thinking – “Well, I’m not a smoker, I don’t have high blood pressure and I’m not overweight” – it doesn’t matter; the risk is the same regardless. So, if you go mental on someone, don’t try to burn off your excess energy by mountain biking. Take calming breaths and do some yoga instead. You’ll increase your chances of settling whatever argument you had, instead of meeting your maker.

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Want to boost your brainpower?

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Take a brisk 30-minute walk every day. The reason? Because the connectivity between brain circuits diminishes as we age – which tends to slow our thinking and muddle our memories. But researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that exercise helps revive those flagging circuits – and helps keep your thinking sharp.

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