Which is germier:

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Your polyester team jersey, or cotton t-shirt? Microbiologist Dr. Adam Roberts says your synthetic jersey collects more bacteria than natural fibers. Because it offers less ventilation, and holds onto more dead skin cells, dirt, oils AND bacteria.

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To be successful, pay attention to what you do in the morning.

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According to Stanford University researchers, mornings matter most. They found having a small victory in the morning – anything from getting to work on time, to fitting in a morning workout – drastically increases your odds of having a productive day. That’s because starting the day with a “win,” no matter how small, triggers the positive feelings that propel you to keep going.

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To improve your memory now AND in the future, try these tips:

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Get a whiff of rosemary oil. According to the British Psychological Society, the plant compounds in rosemary boost our so-called “prospective memory” by about 75%. Which helps us remember to take medicine at 2 o’clock, or mail a birthday card on Friday.

Next: Want to reduce your stress and improve your memory? Watch your favorite sitcom. According to the Memosyn Neurology Institute, when people watched a comedy, their stress levels dropped. And people who watched funny videos had lower cortisol levels and did better on memory tests.

Final memory-booster: Get crafty. Mayo Clinic researchers found people who had a creative hobby and stuck with it into old age – or picked up a new hobby – were 73% LESS likely to develop memory problems.

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Cat lovers, here are a couple cat facts to keep in mind.

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If your cat is meowing a lot all of a sudden, don’t shush him, pay attention. Cats meow as a form of communication, and excessive meowing can be linked to medical problems, like dementia, hyperthyroidism, and high blood pressure. So if your cat is more vocal than normal, take him to the vet.

Also, don’t try to stop your cat from clawing – just give him something safe to sink his claws into. Because scratching and clawing are how cats relieve anxiety and release pent up energy. So provide scratching posts to help your cat’s mental health.

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When it comes to fresh breath and mouth health, which is better:

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Sugar-free gum or mints? The gum wins! According to the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, gum-chewing produces more saliva, which clears away the natural acids and leftover food particles that cause cavities. And Xylitol – the sweetener in sugar-free gum – eliminates bacteria that damage teeth and make your breath stink. Sugar-free mints have a similar effect – but because they dissolve quickly, they create less saliva, and don’t do as much to protect your teeth. But if you have pets you should avoid anything that contains xylitol because it’s toxic to them.

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Is it okay to workout on an empty stomach OR right after you’ve eaten a big meal?

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Yes, as long as it doesn’t make you feel light-headed or nauseous. Sports nutritionist Brittany R. Allman says when we exercise on an empty stomach, our body burns stored carbs and fat, which can speed up weight loss. And exercising on a full stomach can speed digestion by helping move food from the stomach to the intestines. Still, we’re better off eating a maximum of 200 calories about an hour before a workout, that’s a combination of carbs for quick energy, and protein to help prevent muscle breakdown. Like a banana, and a couple tablespoons of peanut butter.

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Guys, want to keep the hair you have?

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Start meditating! The Cleveland Clinic says stress can cause your hair to thin. Because stress-related hormone fluctuations in the body accelerate balding and thinning by making the follicles age faster. So do something to reduce stress, like meditation, or tai chi. Men who do that regularly have 42% less cortisol coursing through their bodies, and are more likely to keep their hair.

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Do you wake up with a stuffy nose every morning?

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You can blame your allergies on your ceiling fan! The flat blades pick up tons of dust and dirt, especially when they’re not spinning. So, regularly remove the grime with a moist cloth to keep your ceiling fan from scattering dust and dirt all over your bed at night.

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Stress can hurt your skin…

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…and cause everything from pimples to wrinkles! Because stress hormones trigger inflammation and protein loss, which breaks down firming collagen. But there IS an antidote: Positivity! UCLA dermatology professor, Dr. Howard Murad, had female study participants read positive affirmations off note cards every day for a month. The result: The women had lower blood pressure, reduced hormonal stress levels AND better skin hydration – which is a major factor in youthful-looking skin. He calls it the brain-beauty connection. And he says thinking positive, and viewing obstacles as opportunities, will help make your skin younger-looking too.

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Here’s a strange way to slim down…

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Look at paintings or sculptures of slim figures before you eat! Think Degas’ ballerinas… or Giacometti’s bronze stick-figure sculptures. According to a study in the journal Food Quality, when study subjects were told they could eat as many chips as they wanted, they ate significantly less when they had viewed artwork featuring slim-figured people. That’s because the artwork subconsciously reminds you of your weight loss goal… and that heightens your awareness of being full, so you naturally want to eat less.

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