Are you feeling sluggish and dehydrated? Here’s what you can do!

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If you’re feeling sluggish and dehydrated, try these top “recovery” foods to help get your energy back. They come from registered dietician Deborah Tagliareni:

First: Eat watermelon. It’s got “water” right in the name. Plus, it’s full of lycopene, an antioxidant also found in tomatoes. But watermelon has 4 times as much lycopene as tomatoes. So it’s a powerhouse when it comes to preventing and repairing free-radical damage.

Also, eat some cucumbers. Next, to lettuce, they have the highest water content of ANY vegetables! Plus, cucumbers have key B vitamins that support your metabolism by converting carbohydrates into energy.

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You changed your diet and now you’re getting headaches!

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It’s not surprising. According to Dr. Seth Marquit, the medical director at the Pritikin Longevity Center, any time you make a major dietary change – even if it’s healthy – it can throw off your system, and one side effect is headaches. Like if you cut out chocolate – or caffeine… both of which HELP head pain. The good news is, the headaches will be a short-term problem and should disappear once your body adjusts to the new eating plan. But in the meantime, here are a few natural ways to get rid of them.

First: Drink a glass of water. Headaches can be caused by dehydration. Once you’re adequately hydrated, your blood will flow more smoothly and the pain should subside.

Another natural headache cure: Pinch the spot between your thumb and index finger for 60 seconds. That’s an acupressure point that can relieve head pain.

Lastly, try aromatherapy – and take a whiff of an essential oil like eucalyptus, basil or peppermint. They all trigger a relaxation response.

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People who read books live longer than people who don’t.

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That’s from the Yale University School of Public Health, which studied nearly 4,000 people for 12-years.
They found people who read up to 30 minutes a day were 17% less likely to die – and lived 2 years longer – than those who read NO books. And people who read more than 30 minutes a day were 23% less likely to die. So what about people who read newspapers and magazines? Their life expectancy is slightly longer. But not on a par with reading books.

The researchers aren’t entirely sure WHY reading increases lifespan. But they speculate the mental stimulation improves brain health, and reading reduces stress, both of which are known to increase longevity.

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If you’re exercising in hot weather…

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…make sure you have something cold to drink. Because the temperature really does make a difference. In a study from the University of Montana, scientists monitored people walking briskly on a treadmill, for 3 hours, in almost 90-degree heat. And the exercisers either had ice water to drink or lukewarm, room temperature water. The result? Study subjects had to drink twice as much lukewarm water as ice water, to maintain a healthy heart rate, and core body temperature. So if you’ll be exercising in hot weather, carry an insulated sports bottle filled with ice water.

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Do you only exercise on the weekend?

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Did you know it’s now okay if you’re a Weekend Warrior, and only have time to exercise on the weekends? A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found what really matters is that you get 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. So, an hour of hiking on Saturday, an hour-long bike ride Sunday, and a few brisk dog walks will get you to your goal. And that 150 minutes of exercise is linked to a lower risk of death from all causes, including heart disease and cancer. And this recent study tells us this holds true whether you only sweat on the weekends, or you spread those exercise sessions out through the week. Yes, it’s now okay to be a Weekend Warrior.

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Tongue twisters help you to stay alert on long drives!

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If you’re driving a long distance and you need to stay alert, say this: “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.” Or “How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?” A study in the journal Human Factors found that tongue twisters can keep us mentally alert. That’s because they take our brain off autopilot. They also improve driving ability, by making us more aware of what’s happening around us… even though our mind is on the tongue twister.

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Have you talked to your kids about body image?

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The American Academy of Pediatrics says many teens try enhancing their looks with risky supplements. As you can probably guess, boys, go for steroids, protein supplements, and creatine, which boosts energy. Girls are more likely to pop over-the-counter diet pills. But these supplements aren’t regulated – and can be contaminated with toxic ingredients, like lead and mercury, and stimulants like amphetamines. So make sure your teen stays away from those supplements. If they want more muscles – or to lose weight – let them know they’re great, just as they are. And encourage them to make changes safely… with healthy food and an appropriate amount of exercise.

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Tart cherry juice for sleep and gout!

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We’ve repeatedly told you that tart cherry juice is THE thing to drink to help you fall asleep faster. The juice is packed with melatonin and tryptophan, which work together to help us sleep better, naturally. But even if you don’t have trouble sleeping, here’s why you may want to pick some up anyway… it helps with joint pain from arthritis or gout. That’s because the cherries reduce levels of uric acid, which is linked to both of those conditions. Cherries are also full of anthocyanins. Those are powerful antioxidants that reduce inflammation. So try tart cherry juice if you have any issues with joint pain or inflammation – and you just might sleep better, too.

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If you’ve finished a prescription, do this before you throw the bottle away:

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Remove the label… or scribble out your name and the prescription number with a Sharpie pen. Because medical identity thieves would LOVE to get their hands on your info… and get refills of your prescriptions – or use your medical information for their own needs, sticking you with the bill! That can also mess up your medical records – which could jeopardize your health, possibly putting your life at risk. So take 30 seconds to rip the label off your pill bottles and shred them before throwing them away.

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Music soothes the savage beast.

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You’ve heard the saying, “music soothes the savage beast.” Well, new research shows that classical music can soothe your cat! According to the Journal of Feline Medicine, classical music has the most calming effect on cats by far – while pop music came in second.

And classical is especially effective because it tends to contain tempos and frequencies that match a cat’s purring.

So try playing classical music in the car the next time you have to take your cat to the vet!

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