Having trouble sticking with your diet?

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Try rubbing your ears! Researchers at West Chester University in Pennsylvania found that stimulating the nerves in and around the ears triggers production of appetite-killing endorphins. So, every time you feel a craving coming on, firmly massage your earlobes, ear cartilage, and the surrounding skin for 60 seconds. The researchers say doing that at least 3 times a day can help you lose up to 6 pounds in a month.

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Ladies, does the guy you like, like you back?

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Listen to the pitch of his voice for a clue. When guys are smitten, their voices get lower when they’re speaking with the object of their affection. That’s the latest finding from Albright College. They found that men will lower their voices around women they find attractive to try and entice them, subconsciously, with their masculinity.

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Lower your cholesterol… naturally!

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If you’re looking to lower your cholesterol, you need some healthy fat… specifically the plant-based fat oleic acid. You’ll find it in olive oil, avocado, almonds and pecans. And according to Loma Linda University, it lowers bad cholesterol as quickly and effectively as prescription medications. You need about one-third of a cup of almonds and pecans daily. And two new studies show that eating an avocado a day is as effective as taking prescription statins for high cholesterol.

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Throw your worries in the trash!

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Here’s the best way to fight stress, and calm your worried mind: Write your concerns on a piece of paper, crumple it up, and make a three-pointer into the nearest wastebasket. Psychologists say this eases stress and strain because our brain links the act of tossing out our worries on paper with eliminating actual negative thoughts inside our brain, leaving us feeling calm and relaxed, and ready to move on, worry-free.

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Don’t get sick on the plane!

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You’ll reduce your odds of getting sick on a plane if you shower before your flight! That’s according to a study in Environmental Science and Technology. They found compounds in body oils interact with ozone in the cabin to form chemical byproducts. The result? The greasiest people were most likely to complain of throat and nasal irritation, headaches, and an overall in-flight sick feeling.

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Cut back on your sodium intake!

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You know you should cut back on salt to manage your blood pressure, but you can’t help reaching for the salt shaker. So what can you do? Eat more foods loaded with potassium. According to research from USC, increasing the amount of potassium-rich foods you eat is just as effective when it comes to lowering your sodium intake. That’s because potassium helps flush excess sodium out of your system. So eat more high-potassium foods, like baked potatoes, artichokes, spinach, beans, coffee, and bananas.

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On your next flight…

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…you may want to leave that tray table in the upright and locked position. That’s because disease-causing germs like MRSA and E. coli can linger on airplane armrests, window shades, tray tables, and toilet handles for days, according to scientists from Auburn University. Plus, contact with those pathogens could lead to antibiotic resistant infections and a gut bug that can cause kidney failure. And that’s not an exaggeration… the MRSA found on a cloth seatback pocket lasted 168 hours — which is a week… and the E. coli on an airplane armrest hung around for 4 days. So wash your hands frequently when you’re flying, and don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth until you do.

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What’s the best ringtone for our blood pressure?

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Put your cellphone on “silent” or “vibrate” mode. Because, compared to a normal “ring” tone – or even your favorite song – a silent phone can cut our blood pressure up to 7 points in a week! That’s according to a new Italian study. The reason? Because incoming calls tend to jolt us in a way that triggers our stress response… meaning, our cortisol level rises, and our blood vessels tighten. And that response is amplified if our ears hear sound – even if it’s just bells gently tinkling. As far as our brain is concerned, that’s still as stressful as a lion sneaking up behind us and letting out a roar, because it makes us feel like we’re in danger. But you can avoid all that extra stress and, in turn, lower your blood pressure, simply by keeping your phone silent.

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Chocolate may save your life!

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Here’s something that surprised me: Eating chocolate may help prevent colon cancer! That’s according to research from Spain’s Institute of Food Science and Technology. They found that rats with cancer that ate a cocoa-rich diet for 8 weeks had fewer lesions and tumors, compared to rats on a cocoa-free diet. The researchers believe it’s because the polyphenols in cocoa reduce the oxidative damage caused by free radicals. They also cut the communication between cancerous cells that encourage them to grow, and – instead – encourage cancer cells to DIE. And since the cancer-fighting substances in cocoa aren’t absorbed well in the small intestine, they end up in the large intestine – AKA the colon – with their full powers still intact. But as it is with almost all good news on chocolate – it’s dark chocolate that does the trick for colon cancer, which has 70% cacao content.

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Coconut oil or butter?

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What’s the deal with everybody using jars of coconut oil instead of butter? Well, although it’s 90% saturated fat – it’s a different type of saturated fat. It contains lauric acid – which your body processes much faster, and more efficiently, than the saturated fat from a T-bone steak. That means less fat gets stored in your body as belly fat. And you can use coconut oil in place of most other fats – like butter, as I mentioned. It’s also good for cooking and baking, because it breaks down at a higher temperature. Wanna try it? Look for it at the supermarket – but check the label for VIRGIN coconut oil – and avoid anything that says “partially hydrogenated” which is code for unhealthy trans fat.

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