How old is the bottle of olive oil in your pantry?

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If it’s over 6 months old, it isn’t giving you the same nutritional punch. According to the Journal of Food Science, the disease-fighting antioxidants in olive oil are 40% less effective 6 months after the bottle is opened. And that’s true even if you’re storing it properly in a cool, dark place. So only buy small bottles of olive oil. That way they won’t sit around, and you’ll get a full dose of antioxidants.

Here’s a tip for your next marathon…

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If you’ll be running a marathon soon, here’s news that’ll make it a lot easier.
Go ahead and walk for a minute every mile-and-a-half you complete. According to a new German study, racers who did that finished as fast as those who ran the whole time…… BUT they felt less pain and fatigue, thanks to the built-in recovery time.

Fall asleep easier with this tip.

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If you find it hard to fall asleep, try this: Gently massage both earlobes using your thumbs and index fingers for 30 seconds, or until they feel warm. Traditional Chinese medicine says the earlobes are acupressure points that relieve stress and calm the body – which could help you sleep.

Know this before you cross your legs!

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Crossing your legs at the knee can boost systolic blood pressure – the top number – by 7%. Cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra says it also stresses the hip joints and traps blood in our veins, increasing the risk of dangerous blood clots. So, keep your feet flat on the floor… or cross your legs for 15 minutes, max.

Do you eat and drive?

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Eating behind the wheel on a regular basis significantly raises your risk of getting sick. That’s according to microbiologist Dr. Anthony Hilton from Aston University. He says the average family car is teeming with the germs that cause food poisoning. And the germiest places are the steering wheel, gearshift, and door handles. So, Dr. Hilton recommends cleaning everything in the car that anyone could have touched with a disinfecting wipe at least once a week.

Gardening helps our brain.

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Repeatedly watering, pruning and weeding – and nurturing plants from seeds to harvest – helps build neural connections that boost creativity, memory, learning, and attention. Plus, a two-decade study in Australia found that gardening every day can cut our risk of dementia by 36%. Because gardening is both physically and mentally challenging.

Pants that are too tight are a health risk!

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Lisa Stern is a nurse practitioner who says that tight belts and waistbands can increase your risk of bladder infections. They can even cause nerve damage in your waist and legs. The fix is simple. Wear looser clothing. And don’t be surprised if your symptoms persist even after you give yourself some breathing room. Neurologist Dr. Orly Avitzur says it can take a couple of months for damaged nerves to return to normal.

How gross is the inside of your microwave?

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If the food splatters resemble an abstract paintingwill it make you sick? Probably not. That’s according to Dr. Kathleen Glass from the Food Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin. She says food spills or explosions typically dry quickly – and the high heat kills microbes. However, that’s not an excuse to leave your microwave a mess. Because large chunks can retain some moisture, allowing bacteria to thrive. But you don’t want to use harsh chemicals where your food goes. So here’s how to clean the inside of your microwave naturally. This technique comes from TheKitchen.com: Put a half-cup of water in a bowl, with the juice of one lemon and its rind. Microwave on high for 3 minutes – and let it stand for 5 more minutes. Then open the microwave and wipe it down. It should clean up easily and smell great.

Have you heard of “latchkey incontinence”?

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Have you noticed that when you have to go to the bathroomreally badly – the closer you get to the bathroom, the harder it is to hold it? It’s an actual “thing” – called latchkey incontinence! Psychotherapist Dr. Ginnie Love says, when we see an object that relates to an action, it triggers the brain to need to perform that action even more urgently. It’s all subconscious – but since we associate a bathroom door with actually “going” it makes it that much harder to hold it than when we’re driving, for example, and we KNOW we can’t go. If for some reason you really have to go but the bathroom is occupiedany kind of distraction can help you decrease the urge of latchkey incontinence, so you can hold it a little longer.

Fight allergies with these foods!

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Allergy sufferers……Put these things on your shopping list: onions, apples, blueberries, red grapes and green tea. According to the journal Clinical & Experimental Allergy, those foods are high in an antioxidant called “quercetin.” And research shows it prevents immune cells from releasing histamine – which is a protein that gives you symptoms like itchy, watery eyes and sneezing.