Are you a hypochondriac?

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According to a recent study, women are bigger hypochondriacs than men… That means, we frequently think something’s wrong when it isn’t. But all that worrying pays off in the long run! Since we women tend to worry more about our aches and pains, we also tend to seek medical help sooner – so we’re less likely to die from a serious illness. That’s compared to men, who are more likely to ignore things until they get really serious.

The secret to a long life might be eating spicy foods.

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A Harvard Medical School study found people who ate fresh and dried chili peppers at least 3 times a week were 14% less likely to die prematurely…… Specifically from heart disease, cancer, and Type 2 diabetes. Compared to those who rarely ate spicy foods. That’s because peppers help lower cholesterol, inflammation and oxidative stress – and help grow healthy bacteria in our digestive tract.

Do you suffer from Sciatica?

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That shooting pain or weakness that radiates from the lower back, through the hip and rear, and down one leg. An estimated 1‑in‑20 people will develop sciatica at some point… And it comes from the fact that we have a major nerve running from our spine to both feet, called the sciatic nerve… And if something presses AGAINST that nerve – like a herniated disc in our back – we’re going to feel pain.
The good news is that more than 80% of people who develop the condition say their pain goes away when they focus on their posture. Because when we slouch, we put pressure on the disks and nerves in our back, which increases the risk for problems. So, stand up straightthe straighter the better!
Also, guys, you can avoid sciatica by ditching the overstuffed wallet in your back pocket. Because sitting unevenly twists your spine in a way that can pinch off the sciatic nerve
But if you’ve tried improving your posture and you’re still feeling pain, talk to your doctor… because you may have a more serious issue that needs to be addressed.

Try this trick to reduce your stress:

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Look at a picture of loved ones with their arms wrapped around you. According to the University of Exeter, looking at a picture in which you feel cared for reduces your response to stress – and increases feelings of calm and wellbeing. The researchers say seeing loving actions reminds us we have secure attachments and social support… which makes tough times more manageable.

How many squats do you think you can do?

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How many miles do you think you can run? Answering questions like that can enhance your workout. Dr. Jane McGonigal is a performance studies expert – and she says simply making a prediction in your head triggers production of the feel-good chemical dopamine… which can help you work harder without feeling like you’re exerting yourself more. Because the increased dopamine gives you a bigger sense of determination – and distracts your mind from focusing on the effort you’re making. So just before you start your run, guesstimate how long it’ll take to do your first mile. You’ll end up pushing yourself to make that time, or beat it.

Once you sip a milkshake, you aren’t likely to stop:

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So what is it that makes a milkshake so irresistible… the sugar, the fat, or the flavor? Researchers at the Seattle VA Medical Center say it’s the sweet stuff. Unlike fat, sugar is rapidly absorbed by the body, and the metabolic effects are immediate. As a result, we want more. The simple solution? Avoid foods with added sugar. Not only will you cut extra calories, but you’ll also be less likely to binge.

Honey for your dog?

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We know honey is good for a cough… But it also helps dogs! If your pet comes back from the dog park with kennel cough, give him some honey! The anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties can soothe a dog’s irritated throat, just as it does for us. Check with your vet first, of course, but the typical dose for a medium-sized dog is 1 teaspoon, two times a day, drizzled over their food.

Only 1‑in‑8 of us wash our hands before eating…

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…even knowing our hands frequently carry hundreds of times MORE germs than a park bench or an escalator handrail! Which means, the germs already on our hands are more likely to make us sick than any germy thing we touch in a restaurant. So, before you pick up that hamburger, ask yourself, did I wash my hands? Because our hands are in constant contact with our mouthor with things we put IN our mouth – making them the fastest route to illness.

Vaccinations and your children!

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If your kid was vaccinated against the measlesbut his friend wasn’tcancel any playdates or sleepovers. Because even though the measles vaccine is 99% effective – that still leaves a 1% chance your kid can get sick. That’s according to the infectious disease experts at Seattle Children’s Hospital. So even though it’s a long-shot your kids will be infected, why risk it? And yes, the vaccine is safe. The Journal of the American Medical Association says there’s ZERO connection between vaccines and autism.

Can you run a 5K in a WEEK?

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If so, you’re a lean, mean, fat burning machine. Researchers from Denmark found runners who logged about 3 miles a week lost an average of 4 pounds in a year – while keeping their diet exactly the same. BUT, runners who also cut back the usual suspects – soda, snacks and junk foodlost 12 pounds on average. And notice I said “cut back” – they didn’t have to drop those fun foods entirely. So lace up your running shoes, do 3.1 miles a week, and you’re guaranteed to lose weight.