Do you have a summer cold?

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Summer colds ARE worse than winter ones. And they last longer too. That’s because different types of viruses are responsible for them – and they can create body aches, fever, and stomach trouble, in addition to the classic respiratory symptoms. And if you get a cold during the summer – it can make your allergy symptoms worse too. So if you get a summer cold, rest, drink plenty of liquids – and try taking an antihistamine, too. 

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Chronic stress can trigger weight gain.

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Because stress slows our metabolism to a crawl. A study from the University of Florida found chronic stress boosts production of betatrophin, a protein that inhibits an enzyme that breaks down fat. And that makes us burn about 14 fewer calories every hour. That may not sound like much, but do that day-in, day-out, and stress could cause you to gain 11 pounds in a year. 

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Why aren’t you sleeping? This may be why!

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Having trouble sleeping? Here are a few weird reasons it might be happening: 

First: You brush with mint toothpaste. A study from the UK’s Coventry University found the peppermint oil in some toothpaste stimulates the brain and makes people less sleepy. So, try a brand flavored with other ingredients, like cinnamon.

Next: You could be depressed. Researchers at Boston University found depression is often triggered by an imbalance of serotonin in the brain – a mood-boosting neurotransmitter that’s also linked to a good night’s sleep.

Finally, blame your insomnia on your multivitamins! University of Alabama researchers found people who took vitamins at night slept less soundly. They believe it’s down to energy-boosting vitamins, like B6 and B12. So, the researchers recommend popping your pills at breakfast to boost your energy during the day, so you can easily wind down at bedtime. 

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How to be more happy and positive!

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If you’d like to turn your mood around, experts say you should not only hang out with a friend who always seems happy. Go exercise with them, too! So, go for a hike, or take a yoga class and put your mat next to theirs. Because when we can smell the sweat of positive people, their chemicals influence us and activate positive feel-good brain chemicals in us. In fact, in a study at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, people exposed to the sweat of happy people smiled more themselves… and those who were exposed to the sweat of negative people frowned more.

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Do you hate getting into a sweltering car in the summer?

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Here’s how to cool it down fast, according to auto expert Lauren Fix: Open all the windows about 2 inches. Crank the A/C – but only aim it toward your feet, using the setting that draws fresh air in from outside. That creates a vacuum that forces the hot air up and out of the windows. Then, once your car is cooler, close the windows, switch the A/C to recirculate – and you’re good to go.

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When is your next waxing appointment?

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If you’re getting anything waxed – from your lips to your legs – how can you make it hurt less? Schedule an appointment in the morning. Research at the National Institute of Mental Health found people are significantly less sensitive to pain in the morning than in the afternoon. That’s because our cortisol levels are higher… that’s a stress hormone that has anti-inflammatory benefits. Not only will you feel less pain, but you’ll cut down on any stinging, redness, and swelling.

The same goes for guys getting their chest or back waxed. Do it in the morning.

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Don’t exercise when you’re upset or angry!

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Want to reduce your risk of getting hurt while you’re working out? Don’t exercise when you’re upset or angry! Because strong emotions make us move more aggressively, according to Harvard University researchers. And when we add the distraction of rehashing the issue at hand, we end up paying less attention to proper form and movement, which raises the risk of overuse and injury.

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Is your diet no longer working? Give this a try!

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Dieters, if you’ve hit a weight loss plateau, try going OFF your diet for 2 weeks. That advice comes from the International Congress on Obesity. They found that people who switched on and off from a diet plan lost more weight than those who continuously dieted. That’s because intermittent dieting prevents your metabolism from slowing down too much – which usually happens when you cut back on calories. So try 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off, then keep going back and forth.

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It’s not just men whose hair gets thinner with age.

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By age 50, 2-in-3 women will have thinning hair, too. So what can you do about it? Get more Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet! Experts say getting 3 servings a week of shrimp, tuna, salmon or mackerel can increase your hair’s strength and thickness by 38% That’s because seafood contains essential Omega-3s AND selenium and copper, which speed the repair and replacement of hair follicles, and boost the body’s natural production of keratin, the protein in the hair shaft, so hair is thicker.

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Don’t swat the bugs!

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When you’re outdoors, don’t swat at random insects, unless you want MORE to come bother you. Because when some insects are disturbed, like wasps, they emit a chemical that alerts their friends to join the attack. And Africanized bees can assault by the thousands when provoked. So don’t swat. Just move away, preferably inside. Put down anything that attracts bugs, like a sweet drink, and avoid sudden movements. If you slowly walk away, a bee usually won’t follow for more than 20 yards.

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