Protect yourself against secondhand smoke!

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If you live with a smoker, or hang out with one, get yourself to a health-food store and pick up some broccoli sproutsor broccoli sprout powder. You can even order it on Amazon. What do broccoli sprouts do? They can clear benzene out of your system – which is one of the toxic chemicals you breathe in from secondhand smoke. It’s down to a phyto-chemical in broccoli sprouts called sulforaphanewhich stimulates the production of enzymes that detoxify us. So if you’re buddies with a smokerdown a daily mixture of a scoop of broccoli sprout powder, mixed with one part pineapple juice and one part water. The pineapple juice will reduce inflammation from the secondhand smoke too.

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Stress or obesity: Which one costs us more?

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When it comes to medical spending – which costs us more: Conditions related to stressor obesity? Would you believe medical spending is TWICE as high for stress-related issues? According to the American Institute of Stress, U.S. businesses spend $300 billion dollars a year on health issues linked to stress, from high blood pressure, to back problems, to sleep disorders! Obesity has its own vast set of problems. But we could save a lot of money if we could get our stress under control. Meditation anyone?

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Make cranberry juice your nightcap!

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Cranberry juice helps stop urinary-tract infections, thanks to compounds that keep bacteria from sticking to bladder walls. But if you drink it before bed, it’ll be more effective. Urologist Dr. Amy Howell says it’s because the compounds sit in the bladder overnight, and work longer fighting infection-causing bacteria.

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How long do you sit at work?

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According to the Mayo Clinic, we sit for 10 hours a day. And that not only slows our metabolism to a crawl – and raises our risk for blood clots – it makes our rear-ends bigger. In fact, when we sit for too long, it causes the soft tissue in the behind to spread out in 3 directions! Imagine squishing play-doh with your palm, and you get the gist. And when the cells in your rear have all that pressure put on them, they respond by generating more lipidsalso known as fat! So things get even bigger back there. To avoid getting more junk in your trunk, stand up and move every hour for at least 2 minutes.

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Fall is in the air!

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If Fall weather is leaving you feeling kind of chilly, wear something red! According to color therapists, just looking at the color red can physically warm us up. That’s because red is the longest wavelength of visible lightjust shy of infrared radiation, or heat… And it helps boost our heart rate and circulation.

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Here’s what may be the best way to fight colds and flu:

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Order Italian! Get some minestrone soup and an order of garlic bread – with extra garlic. That meal can help you heal a day and a half faster, according to experts from the University of Nebraska. The key is the vegetable-rich soup, which has tons of antioxidants, and is also hydrating… and the sulfur compounds in the garlic, which act as an anti-inflammatory. And they’re both immune-system boosters.

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Here’s a quick trick for killing a craving:

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When you’re tempted to eat something you shouldn’t, think back on the last time you were able to side-step a craving, and pick something super-healthy, instead. Researchers from Boston College found people who thought about past failures saw their willpower instantly weaken. But those who thought back to when they successfully survived temptation felt a huge sense of accomplishment – which gave them the strength to make a smart choice all over again.

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What’ll make you a safer driver?

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Sing while you’re behind the wheel! A recent survey from the UK’s University of Sheffield found that 63% of drivers who haven’t had an accident in more than four years listen to music while driving. And drivers who practice carpool karaoke are much less likely to experience road rage. Because music is soothing, calming and relaxing. And singing along to your favorite tunes – when you don’t have to try to remember the wordshelps you better focus on the road.

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Next time you’re a stress-case, try this…

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Put your sweater, or a robe, even your socks in the dryer for a few minutes and then put them on. The heat is not only comforting and relaxing, it can reduce the food cravings caused by stress. Because when our body temperature is elevated, it suppresses our appetite. If you’re not near a clothes dryer, drape your sweater or socks over a radiator, stand in front of a space heater – or crank those heated car seats.

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Get rid of that cold – FAST!

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If you catch a cold, here’s how to get over it faster: Take a hot bath. Researchers at the New York Nasal and Sinus Center found soaking for 20-minutes a day in a hot bath can shorten a cold by four days. That’s because viruses are heat-sensitive – so raising your core temperature helps kill them off faster.

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