Ice cream calms anxiety!

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Registered dietician Kristen Smith says one serving of ice cream provides 10% of the calcium we need daily. And calcium is proven to reduce tension and anxiety. Plus, the fat in ice cream helps our body absorb minerals and nutrients that help regulate mood. Which is why people who eat full-fat foods have lower rates of depression than people on low-fat diets. So how much ice cream can we have daily? One half-cup. That’s about the size of a tennis ball. If you’re watching your calories, get slow-churned ice cream. It contains more air, which means fewer calories per serving.

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Eat beans before bed to sleep better!

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It turns out, the more fiber in your diet the better you’ll sleep. According to the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, people who munch more high fiber foods – like beans – spend more time in the deep, restorative stages of sleep. And in the study, people eating more fiber cut the time it took to fall asleep in half. And it only took one day for the changes to take effect. So why does fiber help us sleep better? Because it takes longer to digest, so the nutrients are released more slowly into the bloodstream. And that helps the body have an easier time winding down at night.

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Do you know CPR?

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You can now learn CPR on your next airport layover. Kiosks are popping up in airports – like Dallas, O’Hare, John Wayne in Santa Ana, Cleveland, and Atlanta – that give 5‑minute hands-only CPR instruction. You’ll learn on an interactive mannequin so you’ll know if your chest compressions are too hard, or not strong enough. Look for a CPR kiosk next time you fly. Or find one at Heart.org/HandsOnlyCPR

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Got a painful paper cut or hangnail?

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Do this to ease the pain: Cross your fingers. The journal Current Biology says crossing the injured finger over another can reduce the pain you feel. The researchers say it works because changing the position of your fingers fools the brain into feeling less pain.

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Save the peel!

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The next time you make a salad, save the cucumber peel. It’s a good way to keep ants away without toxic chemicals. Just place cucumber peels where you have ants, like along a doorway. The rind has alkaloids, which give it a bitter taste, and a scent ants can’t stand… So they’ll find somewhere else to march to.

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Don’t get stressed-out… eat some hummus!

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Here’s a quick trick for reducing your stress hormones: Cut up some vegetables and dip them in hummus! UCLA researchers say the chickpeas in the Mediterranean dip contain one of the highest levels of polyphenols, an antioxidant that cuts down the production of stress hormones. The research showed that just a half-cup of hummus a day can cut our stress by at least 25% within 72 hours.

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If you have high blood pressure…

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…try a 13-hour food fast every night. Meaning, take a 13-hour break between dinner and breakfast the next morning. According to nutritional researcher, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, giving your body that break helps lower blood pressure. Because, when we’re not eating or digesting, the body does a better job of healing and repairing itself – and that goes for relaxing blood vessels, too. So eat dinner a little earlier – like 7pm… and don’t have breakfast until 8am.

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How long have you had your throw pillows?

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Well, anything that gets used a lot should be replaced about every 18 months. That’s because the fabric and foam core gradually pick up dead skin, dust mites, sweat, and even fungus – which can trigger breathing problems, from allergies to asthma. So, if your throw pillows seem a bit flat, or they don’t spring back when you fold them in half – toss them and go shopping.

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Stop sitting on your wallet!

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Guys, it’s time for you to stop sitting on your wallet in your back pocket. Dr. Stuart McGill is a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo. And he says, a thick wallet can put tremendous stress on your hip joint and lower back, which can lead to chronic back pain.

It can also tilt your pelvis and misalign your spine. Dr. McGill says, either remove your wallet from your pants entirely when you’re sitting or driving… or switch to a thinner money clip… or go digital and use something like Apple Pay or Google Wallet.

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Want increased brainpower?

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Eat more avocado! Research at East Carolina University found avocados contain high levels of vitamin K and pantothenic acid… a nutritional one-two punch that improves communication between neurons, and boosts production of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which boosts focus. After eating just half an avocado a day for a week, your risk of brain fog and memory lapses will be cut in half.

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