Eat THIS and sleep better!

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Having a tuna sandwich for lunch one day a week – and grilled salmon for dinner one night – could be all you need to sleep better. The journal Sleep Medicine found people who have two servings of oily fish a week sleep deeper and more soundly than those who eat less fish. That’s because the omega‑3 fatty acids help the body produce more sleep-promoting chemicals. That reduces nighttime awakenings and increases vitamin D levels, which help improve sleep, too.

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Avoid getting sick on vacation!

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You may avoid the water and ice when traveling to exotic locales so you won’t ingest a parasite or illness-causing bacteria. But here’s another thing to steer clear of if you don’t want to spend your vacation worshipping the porcelain God: Raw vegetables! Even in the U.S. and Canada, raw vegetables can be a top source of pathogens because they may be handled by dirty hands, or contain contaminants from soil and water run-off. In fact, the CDC says raw vegetables – like leafy greens – were one of the main sources of food poisoning last year. So if the WATER is sketchy where you’re vacationing, that same sketchy water is being used to grow and wash the vegetables. So order them fully-cooked, so the heat will kill the bacteria.

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Could living longer be as simple as fidgeting more?

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Research on over 35,000 people says YES!

According to the Queensland University of Technology, the average adult sits between 10 to 15-hours a day! And long-term sitting has been linked to obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, and heart disease. But people who fidgeted while seated – by tapping their feet, drumming fingers, or jiggling legs – were able to reduce the damage done by too much sitting. And they ended up living longer, healthier lives than those who sat motionless at their desks all day.

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Eat less with ONE small change!

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If you’d like to instantly eat less: Serve yourself! A study in the Journal Of Marketing found that when someone else dishes up your food – whether it’s your mom or the chef at a restaurant – you feel more obligated to eat what you’ve been given. But when we serve ourselves, we don’t feel that guilt. We subconsciously make healthier choices and give ourselves 30% less food. So when you can, serve yourself to eat less.

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Ladies, are you seeing more hair going down the shower drain than usual?

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Don’t panic. It doesn’t necessarily mean your hair is thinning or you’re going to end up with bald patches. Dermatologist Dr. Francesca Fusco says the average person loses about 40 strands of hair a day – to make room for the new strands coming in underneath. And most of it sheds when you shampoo. But since women are washing their hair less frequently these days – thanks to dry shampoo – it generally means more hair is coming out with every wash. Which means, if you only wash your hair once a week, you could be losing 200 hairs during that single shower – which can really seem like a lot.

So, when should you worry? If you’re losing a thousand hairs a day, that would be considered abnormal. If that’s happening, Dr. Fusco recommends putting the day’s “hair harvest” in a plastic sandwich bag – and taking it to your dermatologist to discuss it.

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Watch how many fried potatoes you eat…

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…because there’s a link between fried potatoes, as in French fries and potato chips, and skin cancer. It’s down to a chemical called acrylamide, which is formed when foods are fried, especially starchy ones, like potatoes.

It’s a toxic chemical known to cause reproductive problems and birth defects. It’s also found in cigarette smoke. But new research has found it raises a person’s risk of skin cancer by 13% over time. In fact, several potato chip companies settled a lawsuit… and agreed to change their manufacturing process to reduce the amount of acrylamide formed during the frying process. So limit the amount of fried potatoes you eat to reduce your risk of skin cancer.

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Jumping into the water vs. gently wading in… which is better?

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Which is better: Jumping into a cold pool, lake or ocean… or gently wading in and getting acclimated to the temperature? Wading is the way to go. Family practitioner Dr. Shilpi Agarwal says diving into cold water shocks your body, which gets translated as stress. And with stress, blood leaves our skin, and heads to our vital organs, to protect them. So you’ll actually feel COLDER! But when you gradually wade in, your body doesn’t have the same stress response, so you acclimate faster and don’t feel as cold.

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Before you take your dog swimming…

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…know that these breeds don’t do well in water:

Pugs. They have such short nasal passages they can experience breathing difficulties and easily drown.

Don’t swim with bulldogs, either. Their bodies are so dense and compact, they can sink.

Next: Dachshunds and Basset Hounds. Their short legs make swimming difficult.

Finally, keep your Maltese out of the pool. They can paddle just fine – but prolonged exposure to wetness and cold can give them arthritis.

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Don’t skip your morning coffee!

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If skipping your morning coffee makes you feel grumpy, or even depressed, it’s not your imagination. Research from the Harvard School of Public Health found drinking 2 to 4 cups of caffeinated coffee improves mood. It can reduce the risk of depression by 20%, and cuts the risk of suicide in half! The researchers say caffeine acts as a mild antidepressant by boosting production of feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain, including serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline.

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