This supplement helps your joints and skin!

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If you take glucosamine to protect your joints, then have you looked in the mirror lately? Because your skin probably looks pretty amazing, too! A study in the Journal of Dermatologic Treatment showed a 34% reduction in visible wrinkles and fine lines in people who took a glucosamine supplement. And The Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology says glucosamine can also help wounds heal faster, improve skin hydration, and decrease wrinkles when taken as a supplement. So what gives it these potent skin powers? Well, glucosamine is a building block for hyaluronic acid, which hydrates the skin and plumps it up. You’ve probably seen skin serums with that ingredient. Well, these studies show that ingesting glucosamine can have the same effect, if not better! It’s good for our joints, because it lubricates them, helps them retain water, and promotes collagen, and it can have the same effect on our face. The experts say talk to your doctor about taking a supplement. The recommended dose is 1500 milligrams a day – and you’ll see a 34% reduction in lines and wrinkles within 5 weeks.

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Why take a pill for a headache…

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…when you can blast away pain with PEPPERMINT?

That’s from a new study in the journal Phytomedicine – which found that peppermint oil can soothe headaches as effectively as taking 3 extra-strength Tylenol.

Researchers say it’s down to the menthol in peppermint. Think of the way chewing minty gum makes you feel like you’re inhaling cool, winter air. Well, that same sensation from menthol is proven to also stimulate blood flow, relax muscles, and calm nerves in a way that relieves pain within 15 minutes!

So, how exactly does one “take” peppermint oil? Researchers recommend mixing 6 drops of oil with your favorite body lotion. Then, firmly massage the lotion into areas where you feel painlike your forehead, temples, and neck.

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Are you getting enough SAFE exercise?

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We should get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5 days a week. But is it OK to get all that exercise on weekends? Yes! The A.M.A. says we’ll get the same life-lengthening benefits because weekend warriors tend to push harder than weekDAY exercisers. So quality of exercise may be more crucial than quantity. Compared to sedentary people, weekend AND weekday exercisers are 40% less likely to die from heart disease. The only issue? Weekend-only workouts cause more injuries because they’re more intense. And strains and sprains are more likely after being sedentary all week.

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Can’t sleep? This may be why!

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A study has discovered the personality trait that keeps people awake at night: It’s expecting too much of yourself. Insomniacs set much higher expectations for themselves than other people do. As a result, they’re too stressed out to sleep! That’s according to the journal Behavioral Sleep Medicine. If that describes you, jot down 3 things you accomplished during the day – or that you felt good about. That’ll help clear your mind so you can fall asleep faster.

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Let’s call this “Grumpy Cat Therapy”

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According to Indiana University Media School, watching cute or funny cat videos can give us a medically-significant dose of positivity. The study looked at 7,000 people, and after watching even a couple minutes of cute cats, they were a lot less stressed, happier, and more content.

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It’s never too late to quit smoking!

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If you like to have a cigarette occasionally, say with a glass of whiskey, or at a poker game, there are consequences! The National Cancer Institute studied 300-thousand people, looking specifically at the risks of “light” smoking. The result: People who smoked less than one cigarette a day were 9 times more likely to die of lung cancer, and twice as likely to die of heart disease, compared to lifetime nonsmokers. But the good news is, it’s never too late to quit! Researchers found the risk of an early death was greatly reduced once people quit totally. And the younger people were when they quit, the longer they lived.

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Why do we get sleepy and gassy on airplanes?

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Blame it on the air pressure. At cruising altitude, our blood absorbs less oxygen, which can make us sleepy, dizzy, and mentally fuzzy. So, get up every hour and do a couple deep knee bends or lunges to boost the oxygen in your blood. And eat spinach, which has B‑vitamins that boost the supply of oxygen-rich red blood cells to your brain and muscles. And getting gassy on a plane is also due to reduced air pressure. It causes gas to expand in the body. So avoid carbonated beverages and high-fiber foods, which will increase that gas even more.

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Eat edamame to feel less stressed!

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If you’re feeling down, hit your favorite sushi place or the grocery store and get some edamame. For those who don’t know, edamame is the fancy Japanese name for soybeans in the pod. And research shows they’re ideal for soothing stress. Because edamame beans are loaded with an amino acid called tyrosine, which helps increase the brain’s production of dopamine – the neurotransmitter associated with producing a feeling of calm. In fact, one study found that a single serving of edamame can lower our stress for at least 2 hours! It also has a high magnesium content – which helps relax muscles.

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Do you love being scared out of your mind?

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From rollercoasters to horror movies, there’s a biological reason being scared feels so good!

We get a type of high from being scared – called a high-arousal response. According to Margee Kerr, a sociologist who studies fear, it’s similar to the stress response that makes us want to fight or flee – but because we KNOW we’re not in real danger, our brain perceives it as pleasurable. And it is! We feel energized and free from thoughts that usually worry us. And it’s the same feeling we get when we’re really happy.

And that’s why, on a rollercoaster, you can be screaming one minute and laughing the next.

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Dealing with upset family members

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Do you have someone in your family you always butt heads with? No matter what’s being discussed – or what the situation is – they find a reason to get mad. Clinical psychiatrist Dr. Mark Goulston says what they have is called “impotent rage.”

It’s anger that results from feeling powerless. They feel like they don’t have control over their life, so they lash out at whoever is around. Or they feel they were dealt a bad hand in life – so they take out their feelings of frustration on others. So how can you deal with them? Listen to them. Really try and understand what they’re saying and rephrase it back to them. Once they feel like they’ve been heard, they’ll calm down. Because it makes them feel they’re being treated fairly.

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