Want younger looking skin?

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Here’s something you’ll probably never hear from your dermatologist: Get intimate with your partner. According to dermatologist, Dr. Amy Wechsler, in a study of older couples, those who were intimate 3 times a week had skin that looked approximately 7 years younger. That’s because getting intimate releases human growth hormone, which makes skin firmer and more elastic.

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Did you know that exercise literally makes your brain bigger?

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Here’s how it works…

University of Kentucky researchers had a group of men and women run on a treadmill – then researchers scanned their brains. And they found that, after exercise, there was more blood flow to the brain. That triggers the growth of new cells, particularly in the brain’s memory center… and that can help stave off Alzheimer’s disease. And you don’t need to kill yourself running for miles, either.

Research from the University of Pittsburgh shows even going for a brisk walk boosts the size of the brain’s memory center, and other areas, by as much as two percent.

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Do you eat too fast?

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You know you should eat more slowly to lose weight… but if you struggle to pause between bites, use a smaller fork! British researchers say it’ll reduce your calorie intake by as much as 29%. Because by forcing you to take smaller bites, it gives your brain a chance to register fullness. And by taking MORE bites, your brain will also think you’re eating more – so you’ll feel satisfied sooner. And you’ll actually want to eat less than usual.

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Use coconut scents to relax!

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If you find it hard to relax on your day off because you can’t stop worrying about the little things, try this: Rub on a little coconut-scented lotion, or light a coconut candle. Research at Columbia University found the aroma of coconut helps blood pressure return to normal after a stressful task. It also reduces the levels of the stress hormone cortisol by 24%. The reason? Because the smell of coconut stimulates the area of the brain that regulates mood.

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Which of these do you think adds the most calories to your salad:

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Dried cranberries, feta cheese, or sunflower seeds? Would you believe it’s the cranberries?

That’s because they have added sugar! The better salad toppers are the sunflower seeds or feta cheese. Both have only 100 caloriesplus feta cheese has antibacterial compounds and blood pressure-lowering chemicals. And sunflower seeds are loaded with magnesium, which plays a key role in boosting our immune system, regulating our blood pressure, and keeping our bones strong.

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Why do we have brain farts?

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You know, those moments where you go into the kitchen and forget why you went there? Brain health experts from Duke University say it’s NOT an early sign of dementia. Those lapses are your brain’s way of telling you to chill out. Because when we’re overloaded, our brain can switch into power-save mode, making us forgetful. So slow down, regroup, and try to do one thing at a time. That’ll help your brain focus.

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Women might be better than men at carpentry work!

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That’s because they’re 10% more accurate than men when it comes to hitting a nail on the head. That’s according to research from the University of Massachusetts. The reason? It seems that men are more concerned with hitting the nail hard – while women are more concerned about hitting the nail accurately. And staying focused on the visualsinstead of muscle powerincreases precision.

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Want a stronger heart?

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Drink at least 5 glasses of water a day! Research from Loma Linda University found that’ll lower your heart disease risk by almost 60%. That’s a drop similar to stopping smoking, exercising more, or maintaining a healthy weight. Why is water crucial? Researcher Dr. Chan Knutsen says dehydration thickens blood, and stresses your heart. Meanwhile, water reduces blood viscosity, meaning it thins the blood, so it pumps more smoothly through your arteries.

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Have you ever wondered what the green gunk is in the body cavity of a lobster?

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It’s called tomalley. But don’t let the fancy name fool you. It’s the lobster’s liver and pancreas – and some people think it’s a delicacy. It’s not. Just like your liver, it’s been filtering toxins and contaminants from the ocean. That’s why the Advanced Seafood Handbook says, don’t eat it!

So what about the reddish stuff in the tail? Yes, eat that. It’s roe, also known as eggs, like lobster caviar. And that IS considered a gourmet treat.

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Burning fat is as simple as eating fatty fish…

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…like wild salmon and sardines, three times a week. According to Kyoto University in Japan, those who eat a diet high in fish – or omega-3 fatty acids – gain up to 25% less body fat than those who don’t consume as much fish. The reason? Fish oil turns our white fat cells – the ones that create our love handles – into brown fat cells. Those are the kind that rev our metabolism and help us burn more calories! So, make fatty fish a bigger part of your diet to lose weight.

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