If you’re too lazy to floss, chew gum.

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Because new research from the Netherlands finds that chewing gum cleans teeth.
In the study, people chewed sugar-free gum for up to 10 minutes. Then the researchers analyzed the chewed gum, and found about 100 million bacteria trapped in each wad!
That actually makes up just a small percentage of all the bacteria in your mouth, but the reduction is still significant: It can lead to fewer cavities, healthier gums, and better breath.
That’s because when you chew gum, it actually cleans plaque and pieces of food off your teeth.
Flossing is still the best way to get rid of bacteria-causing particlesBut if you can’t floss, at least chew some sugarless gum.

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Need to un-kink your muscles?

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The new go-to physical therapy tool is a lacrosse ball. Michelle Olson, professor of exercise physiology at Auburn University, says lacrosse balls are the perfect size and shape for pressing into muscle knots, and reducing inflammation. Just place a lacrosse ballor a tennis ball – against the wall, and roll your sore spots back and forth on top of it – and in circles. It may hurt a little at first, but then your muscles should release.

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If you can’t enjoy your coffee without sugar…

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Drink it faster! The bacteria in your mouth feeds off sugar… So when you slowly sip your coffee all morning, you give the bacteria time to grow and that can cause cavities. So if you need a Tim Hortons “double double” – two creams two sugars – drink it fast.

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If you’re a caregiver, try this to relax and reduce your stress:

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Get crafty! A study in the Journal Of Nursing Scholarship focused on people caring for relatives with cancer… And those who had a crafty, creative outlet – from painting to knitting to scrapbooking – were able to reduce their stress in 10 minutes.

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If you’re traveling and want to beat jet lag, try this:

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Eat some pasta, potatoes or rice two hours before you plan to go to bed at your destination. According to research from Yamaguchi University in Japan, those simple carbs are high on the glycemic index – which means our body breaks them down really quickly. That releases the neurotransmitter tryptophan into our system, which promotes sleep.

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You may not be sad, but you could STILL be depressed.

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Half of people suffering from depression feel more angry and irritable than anything else. In fact, those emotions are indicative of someone who’s severely depressed, according to psychiatrist Dr. Philip Muskin from Columbia University Medical Center. For example, they’ll start an argument at the drop of a hat, like when they walk in the door from work. Or they’ll get ultra-irritated at small things, like a stain on their shirt. If that sounds familiar, to you or a loved one, seek counseling. 80% of people with clinical depression respond to treatment.

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Which is worse: Being too hot or too cold when you go to bed?

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Sleep specialist Dr. Cathy Goldstein says it’s worse to be too hot!
That’s because our core temperature needs to drop to trigger our sleep hormones. So if we’re too hot, our body thinks it’s not bedtime yet, so it keeps our brain alert. And if you do fall asleep when you’re too hot, you’ll miss out on slow-wave sleep – the most restorative kind. Ideally, the bedroom should be between 60 and 67 degrees. That’s the optimal temperature for sleep.

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Add stair climbing to your workout mix!

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Even if you’re fit enough to run a 5‑K or take a spin classclimbing a staircase can still leave you breathless. Cardiologist Dr. Nieca Goldberg says unless you’re a StairMaster junkie, climbing stairs can elevate your heart rate quickly, leaving you short on oxygen. Especially since you’re essentially doing uphill lunges and fighting gravity, while lifting your whole bodyweight one leg at a time. And running up 20 stairs versus running 20 steps on flat terrain combines aerobics with strength training. So yes, even if you’re in great shape, a flight of stairs can leave you gasping.

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Forget allergy pills: Get a pet!

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Microbiologist Dr. Susan Lynch says owning a dog reduces the risk of allergies, in kids and adults. That’s because petsespecially dogs – introduce new microbes to the home and your body. And that helps us build up our immunity to more allergens.

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Don’t buy too much food…

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It’s better to have a kitchen pantry and fridge that’s a little on the empty side. Because when our kitchen coffers are stocked, we feel pressure to eat more food. In fact, when people stockpile groceries, they gobble them down twice as fast! So only keep as much food on hand as you and your family can eat in a week.

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