Are cravings for Halloween candy making you nuts?

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Here are the healthiest choices, according to Dr. Mehmet Oz:

If you love chocolate, grab a Hershey’s mini, for the fewest calories of any Halloween chocolate. Dark chocolate is best. But one study found people who ate a little bit of ANY chocolate every day were less likely to develop heart disease.

If you prefer chewy Halloween candy, try Twizzlers. They’re only 30 calories apiece. And since they take a while to eat, you’ll be less likely to down a whole handful.

Finally, if you love super-sugary Halloween treats, try candy corn. 21 pieces contain only 150 calories and zero fat.

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Stress can make us hungry!

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Have you ever felt hungry after an argument? Research in the journal Psychological Science found the more stress we feel, the higher our levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin! And when we’re stressed, we tend to reach for sugary, high-fat treats, which drastically raises our risk for depression and weight gain. The good news? Researchers say just KNOWING this can happen can boost our health. Because while we can’t change how our body reacts to stress, we can change the foods we have on hand. That way, you’ll be less likely to blow your diet after your next blowup argument.

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I know this may sound gross…

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…but here’s a strong case for why it’s okay to pee in the shower:

First, the average adult has to “go” 7 times a day, and the average toilet flush uses about a gallon-and-a-half of water. If every North American flushed after every pee, we’d waste more than 1-TRILLION gallons of water a year.

So, what if we “go” in the shower? From a germ standpoint, studies show there’s ZERO risk for getting sick since most germs wash right down the drain. But we’d save at least one flush a day. And mathematicians at IFL Science figured out if we all did this, every day, we’d save enough water to fill almost 300-THOUSAND Olympic-sized swimming pools every year!

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Cut your veggies into chunks!

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When you’re making a salad, soup, stir-fry, or casserole, cutting your veggies into big chunks not only takes less time – it can help you drop pounds. Chomping down on big pieces of vegetables requires more chewing and more effort to eat. That’ll slow down how quickly you eat and help you feel more satisfied. Put those two together and it translates to eating less food overall.

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To improve your mood…

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…check your posture while you’re sitting. Slouching can not only lead to back and shoulder pain, but because hunched posture is associated with being drained and bummed out, it can start making you feel that way. But the opposite is also true. The Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry found that people who sat up straight, spine in line and shoulders back, felt more enthusiastic and less fatigued, and it even boosted their brain activity.

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How can we cool down AND perk up at the same time?

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Grab a glass of MINT iced tea. You know we’re big fans of drinking tea in general… because whether it’s iced or hot, tea’s full of antioxidants proven to boost immune function, and even slow the growth of cancer tumors. But if your goal is to cool down, adding mint to iced tea is the way to go. First, because the menthol in mint stimulates sensory neurons, which MAGNIFIES the cooling sensation we feel. In turn, psychologist Dr. Bryan Raudenbush says mint tea stimulates our alertness and energy – which explains why athletes who drank mint tea before a workout felt motivated to exercise longer and harder than those who drank water.

And as a bonus, mint tea can even help us lose weight. In a study, volunteers who sniffed peppermint before meals ate 400 fewer calories per day… which is enough to lose about a pound a week!

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Naps don’t work for everyone.

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So how do you know if they’ll work for YOU? Take one for 20 minutes, and see how you feel when you wake up. UC Riverside psychology professor Dr. Sara Mednick says if you wake refreshed, you’re one of the 45% of adults who’ll enjoy clearer, more creative thinking, and sharper motor skills after napping. But if you wake up groggy, naps just aren’t your thing and they NEVER will be! Dr. Mednick says the ability to wake up energized can’t be learned. It’s in your DNA. And you’re either wired to benefit from naps or you’re not! And if you’re a habitual napper who takes at least a couple naps a week, you can’t STOP! Because if you decrease the amount of sleep you’re getting – including those naps – your thinking and motor skill function will go down the tubes. It’s a huge productivity killer.

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Don’t worry about getting old.

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You’ll be happier! That’s from a study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry of over 15-hundred people, ages 12 to 99. It found the older the person, the happier they were. And that’s despite having more aches, pains, and illness. Meanwhile, 20 and 30-year-olds had the highest levels of anxiety and stress, and the lowest levels of happiness and wellbeing. So forget about stereotypical “grumpy old men” and women. This study found that happiness peaks in old age. The reason? Because the older you get, the more you know you can handle whatever life throws your way.

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Do you go to work sick?

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There’s a name for when people go to work even when they’re sick… It’s called “presenteeism.” And employees do it because they don’t want to seem like slackers – or they have too much work on their plate to take a sick day… so they show up anyway. But know this: Sick workers are less productive, take longer to get better, and make a lot of their co-workers sick, too! So, if you have the flu – when should you go back to work?

Well, according to internist Dr. Keri Peterson, the unfortunate news is – when it comes to the flu, you’re contagious one day BEFORE you get symptoms. So you may infect people even if you stay home once the fever and chills strike. But stay home anyway – and Dr. Peterson says people are still contagious between 5 and 7 days AFTER the first flu symptoms start. That may seem like a really long time to stay home sick… But if you don’t take care of yourself, you could get complications from the flu, like pneumonia, and you’ll be out for even longer. So stay home until you’ve been fever-free for 24 hours – without the use of over-the-counter flu medications.

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Some people have a protein shake after a workout…

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…others drink Gatorade, or chocolate milk for the carbs, electrolytes, and calcium. But the ancient Roman Gladiators had their own post-workout recovery drink, full of vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes. And the secret ingredient was: ASHES!

Researchers from the Medical University of Vienna analyzed the bones of Roman gladiators to learn more about what they ate. And discovered they were drinking a combination of water and plant ashes, which were consumed to fortify the body after physical exertion, and to promote better bone healing.

Fabian Kanz is a forensic anthropologist who led the research. He says ashes were the ancient way to replenish electrolytes.

So should we be adding plant ashes to our protein smoothies? Well, the scientists say they DO have some nutritional value. They contain high levels of calcium, which we need to maintain strong bones. But if you’re already eating Greek yogurt, kale, broccoli, and sardines – or taking a calcium supplement – you probably can skip the ashes.

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