Need an instant pick-me-up?

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Swap your next cup of coffee for peppermint tea… it’s proven to boost your energy, focus AND alertness within minutes. That’s from The International Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers found that mint’s aroma alone helps stimulate the brain’s memory centers, which means it’ll clear up any brain fog that’s slowing you down, and help you focus. It’s similar to what happens when you first bite into a piece of peppermint gum, and you get an icy cool sensation in your mouth that wakes you up!

Meanwhile, menthol – which is the active ingredient in mint – is proven to relax muscles and arteries in a way that increases blood flow. The upshot being that if your energy is being dragged down by stress, for example, sipping peppermint tea is the perfect way to get your energy back.

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Got a sunburn?

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So, you slathered on the sunscreen and wore a hat – but you still got sunburned. What now? If your face got burned, dip cotton balls in apple cider vinegar, and dab it all over. For the rest of your body, fill a spray bottle with the vinegar – and squirt it on all your sore spots. The reason? Because vinegar has antiseptic properties that’ll kill germs – which reduces your risk of infection. It also acts as a painkiller and will help reduce the number and size of any blisters.

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No more eyestrain!

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Thanks to our smartphones, almost everyone experiences occasional eyestrain. But we can get rid of it in a pinch, literally! Just use your fingers to pinch the top of your nose, where the brow bones meet. That’s a natural acupressure spot called the “Third Eye Point” and practitioners say a firm 45-second pinch will increase blood flow to the eyes long enough to help them feel less irritated. Try it. Pinch your Third Eye Point to combat eyestrain.

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The danger of elevator doors!

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We’ve all done it a million times – but ER doctors say we need to STOP trying to catch the elevator after the doors start closing. The reason? Because if you wave your arm or leg above or below the sensor, or the sensor isn’t working, the doors will close anyway. And elevators actually have four doors. Two on the elevator itself, and two on the floor you’re on. Meaning, it’ll catch your arm or leg twice, making it twice as tricky to get it out. And once the elevator starts to move, it can crush, twist, or even amputate whatever limb is stuck in the doors. Bottom line: You’re better off waiting for the next elevator, or swinging something less vital across the sensor, like your handbag or shopping bag.

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On days you can’t exercise, soak in a hot, steamy bath.

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It’ll mimic some of the health benefits. University of Oregon physiologists had sedentary people relax in a tub of hot water – roughly 104-degrees – up to their necks, for about 15 minutes. And those who did that every day for 2 months had lower blood pressure and more flexible blood vessels. And on top of the heart benefits, exercisers also got relief from muscle and joint pain by soaking after a workout. That’s because a hot bath expands and relaxes blood vessels while increasing blood flow and oxygen.

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The way we sneeze reveals a lot about our personality.

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That’s according to neurologist and psychiatrist, Dr. Alan Hirsch. He says sneezes are like laughter – some laughs are loud, some are soft, and it’s a reflection of our personality. Doctors say the shape of our nose and face has a very small effect on our sneeze style. And most of it is actually controlled by us. For example, an outgoing person usually has a loud sneeze to match. While someone shy tends to sneeze softly. And attention-seeking people tend to have sneezes that sound explosive – while cutesy personalities have sneezes that make them sound like a kitten.

And we usually form our sneeze style as children, and it stays constant throughout our life.

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Are your feet ticklish?

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Do you laugh out loud during a pedicure? Good news: It means you probably have good balance! Because ticklish feet mean the 7-thousand nerves down there are functioning well and receiving messages from your brain. And we need that feedback so we can adjust our body to stay upright, whether we’re hiking on an uneven trail, walking on ice, or trying to cross a cobblestone street in stilettos! But as we age, feet get less sensitive, which is one of the reasons senior citizens are more prone to falling. To keep your feet functioning at their best, take 20-minutes a day to walk around barefoot. It stimulates pressure points on the soles of your feet that lead to better balance.

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Ladies, why are you breaking out?

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Well, answer this: Did your boyfriend or husband recently grow a beard? Cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Jeanine Downie says short, prickly hair rubbing against smooth skin causes friction – which increases oil production. And when that oil gets trapped, it leads to breakouts. It also can create a “beard burn” rash. Dr. Downie says you could ask your partner to shave or to condition his beard with coconut oil, so a kiss doesn’t feel like a thousand stabs to the chin – and give you the face of a pimply teenager at 40-years-old.

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Here’s a food that may help prevent breast cancer:

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Parsley! It’s a top source of two cancer-fighting compounds: apigenin and luteolin. And when those two plant compounds are combined, they help prevent breast cancer and slow the growth of existing cancer cells. So, try using parsley in salads, smoothies, and as an herb on grilled chicken or fish.

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Recharge yourself in 60-seconds!

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Posting a picture for Throwback Thursday can do more than get you some “likes” on Instagram. It can boost happiness and help relieve work burnout! According to psychologist Dr. Scott Haltzman, looking at a fun picture of yourself as a kid can re-energize you in as little as 60-seconds! That’s because reflecting on happy childhood memories kick-starts the production of happy brain chemicals, like oxytocin – which produces a feeling of alert calmness. So any time you’re feeling run down and frazzled, scroll through your gallery of Throwback Thursday pictures for a pick-me-up.

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