Get the right light for your baby!

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New parents, you may want to try adding mood lighting to the baby nursery. There’s something called “the Sleepy Baby light bulb.” It’s an ordinary-looking yellow light bulb, but it’s recommended for use during nighttime feedings and diaper changes. The light it produces supposedly calms the baby and helps them get back to sleep after a nighttime wakening. It helps the parents, too. That’s because it eliminates all blue light – which tells us to wake up when it hits our retina.

Sleepy Baby is just one of several light bulbs out there, marketed toward helping babies and their parents sleep better at night. You can find them at The Home Depot, Target and on Amazon.

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Lose weight the easy way!

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You can lose a little over 5 pounds in 12 weeks without changing what you eat, or how much you exercise, simply by drinking water before each meal. Here’s why it works… A study scanned people’s brains after they drank water and found their stomachs registered as “full” – even though all they’d had was water. And that’s why people who drink the most water lose the most weight.

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Feeling stiff and achy?

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Go outside and stand in the sun! Researchers at the University of Manchester found that getting as little as 60-seconds of sunshine can reduce chronic aches and pains as much as 20%. That makes it as effective as most over-the-counter pain relievers. The researchers believe the combination of warmth and natural light triggers your brain to produce a flood of pain-killing endorphins. Being exposed to UV-rays also triggers production of vitamin D, which has been shown to reduce pain from arthritis and muscle aches.

Got pain? Get 60-seconds of sun. It’s that simple, even in the wintertime.

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Here’s a weird way to get your kids to eat their vegetables:

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Serve them with foods your kids hate even more! That’s the advice of researchers at Texas A&M. It sounds counter-intuitive, but after studying the foods that get tossed in the trash from the National School Lunch Program, researchers found that more vegetables are uneaten and thrown away on days when the entrée is really popular, like burgers, chicken nuggets and pasta. But when kids aren’t crazy about the entrée, like fish, fewer vegetables are tossed and more are eaten. It makes sense; it’s the lesser of two evils. If a kid really hates fish, that broccoli they think is so-so will taste a lot better by comparison.

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Would you try “Le Forking!”

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Would you try this French diet? It’s called “Le Forking!” The basic rule is: You can eat whatever you want, as long as you can do it with only a fork. No spoon, knife or fingers. Think about it… that eliminates spreads, snacks, soups, sandwiches, pizza, and burgers. So what does that leave you to eat? Things like salads, eggs and stir-fry.

And yes, using a spork is le cheating.

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Improve your health and save thousands by taking a walk!

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How would you like to improve your health AND save $2,500 a year? Well, you don’t have to scrimp and save. All you have to do is take your dog for a walk every day. Or walk your kid to school. Or even walk around the mall for half an hour. Because a 30-minute walk, at least 5 days a week, is all it takes to reduce your annual medical expenses by $2,500. You’ll cut down on sick days, doctor visits, insurance claims and medicines. So take a daily walk and save yourself a bunch of money!

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Are you taking antibiotics?

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Then be careful when you pop your calcium supplements. Rutgers University says calcium can prevent your body from absorbing the antibiotic. You can still take your calcium, just make sure it’s at least 3 hours before or after you take your antibiotic.

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When it’s pizza night…

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…does ordering a super-thin, crispy crust make it healthier? Yes and no. On the plus side, choosing thin crust over regular can save you about 40 calories per slice. But unless thin and crispy is your favorite, you might go overboard on the toppings. It’s the “licensing effect” at work. That’s when we pat ourselves on the back for being so virtuous that we give ourselves permission – or license – to indulge in another way. So if ordering the thin crust feels like a sacrifice, you might be tempted to go for fatty toppings like sausage and pepperoni, and eliminate the health benefits.

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Here’s a 10-second fix for anxiety.

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Clinical psychologist Vaile Wright says try thinking of, or writing down, as many ice cream flavors as you can in 10-seconds. The technique, called “grounding,” takes your mind off your worries, and grounds you in the present. Dr. Wright says it frees your mind from overwhelming and unhealthy thoughts. And by using ice cream, instead of, say, foreign countries, it produces positive feelings of comfort and nostalgia.

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Which is better for our health: Dogs or cats?

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Sorry, cat-people, but DOGS win! Dr. Lori Kogan, clinical science professor at Colorado State, says dogs need to be walked, making us more physically active. Walking our dogs also means meeting other dog owners, or dog-lovers that just want to say “hi,” which triggers production of feel-good hormones. Plus: Growing up with a dog lowers a person’s risk of allergies and asthma. But before cat lovers get their claws out, ALL pets improve our health. Because they provide stress relief and a mood-boosting dose of oxytocin every time we snuggle, play with, or even just look at them.

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