To reduce your risk of a heart attack:

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Shake up your work schedule, and take a random day off now and then. Research shows taking an occasional “mental health dayrelieves stress, and lowers blood pressure – both of which lower your risk for a heart attack. Plus, it reboots the brain, reduces your risk for job burnout – and allows you to come back feeling more creative and productive. But make it a “real” day off by doing something you don’t normally do… like, treating yourself to a movie, visiting a friend in another town, or taking a new hike on a different trail.

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Can you really sweat out toxins?

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No, according to human physiology professor Dr. Juan del Coso. He says a tiny amount of toxin is released in sweat, but not enough for measurable health benefits. If we really need to purge toxins, our kidneys release it into our urine. And as far as sweating out toxins in a sauna – that may actually backfire. Because when we sweat profusely, our body thinks it should conserve water, so we pee LESS! So we end up hanging on to any toxins longer! If you really feel you have to detox, your best bet is to load up on produce and water. That’ll help move things through your system faster.

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The hottest new beverage around is pickle juice!

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Because you can drink it AND use it for cocktails, salad dressing, and homemade mayonnaise. And pickle juice is good for you! Research in the journal Medicine And Science in Sports And Exercise found salty pickle juice relieves muscle cramps 37% faster than plain water. Another use for pickle juice? Heartburn relief! It may seem counterintuitive, since pickle juice contains vinegar, which is acidic. But it can help relieve acid reflux in a similar way to apple cider vinegar. Because sometimes, heartburn is caused by having too LITTLE stomach acid. Pickle juice can also help with constipation, since the vinegar stimulates digestive juices that help your body break down food.

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Get abs of steel by doing THIS!

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If you want abs of steel, skip the crunches and planks, and do cardio! Yes, planks strengthen your core, but you won’t SEE that core without aerobic exercise. In fact, exercise scientists from Auburn University found people doing abs exercises for 6 weeks lost NO abdominal fat, because we can’t spot-reduce fat. But consistent aerobic exercise, like running or swimming, plus strength training and cutting calories DOES lead to weight loss, everywhere on your body, including your stomach.

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Keep one of those sports water bottles on your desk at work.

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Doing that can prompt you to be more active, and make exercise a part of your everyday life. That’s according to Bangor University in the UK. They found that putting a visual cue somewhere you’ll see it all the time makes people more likely to follow through and work out. It needs to be something you always use when you exercise – like your water bottle, ear-buds or running shoes. The physical reminder boosts activity in the brain region linked to organization and planning, and literally doubles your odds of becoming a regular exerciser.

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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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