GROSS! Is that toilet seat wet?

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What happens if you go to a public restroom, sit down, and realize someone sprinkled on the seat? It’s gross… But is it dangerous? Microbiologist Dr. Phillip Tierno says, no. You won’t pick up an illness or infection UNLESS you have an open wound on your rear end, or you touch the damp seat, then touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Because, although urine does contain bacteria, it’s generally not harmful. Just remember to wash your hands after using the restroom.

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Watching TV can make you sick!

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Watching too many medical dramas on TV – like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Chicago Med” – can actually make you sick! A study from the University in Belgium found that those who watched the most medical shows on TV were more likely to be afraid of catching the illnesses they saw on the show. And the more people stressed about getting sick, the more likely they were to actually become ill – since stress has a negative impact on the immune system.

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Visiting an aquarium can help you to de-stress & relax…

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If meditation isn’t your thing, but you need to chill out, go to an aquariumor even a fish supply store! Because watching fish swim is calming and can improve your mood. Scientists measured the heart rates and blood pressure of people before and after visiting an aquarium… and they found that afterward, people had significantly lower readings and felt more relaxed. And the effects lasted for hours.

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Do you have a lot of friends?

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If you have a bunch of friends, you probably experience less pain! That’s according to Oxford University. They found that people with large, supportive networks of friends had high pain tolerance. That’s because being around our friends makes our body release pain-killing, feel-good chemicals. So the next time you’re hurting, hang out with your friends.

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Skip the antibacterial hand sanitizer!

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The Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy found you’d have to soak your hands in antibacterial gel for 9 hours to kill more germs than you would simply by washing with regular soap and water. And the FDA says antibacterial soaps and gels don’t prevent illnesses any better than regular soap. Plus, the active ingredient in many antibacterial products – triclosan – can lead to antibacterial resistance. That’s why the FDA recently banned it… and  companies have a year to take it out of their products. So, skip the antibacterial gel – and wash with plain old soap and water.

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Here’s a crazy beauty tip:

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Next time you eat an apple, save the peel and rub the inside on your cleanly-scrubbed face. Skincare expert Cecilia Wong says the dose of vitamins C, A and E will soften your skin and help minimize lines. Plus, the peel has malic acid, which has an exfoliating effect similar to enzyme facial peels… But it’s gentle enough to do every day. Just rub the inside of the apple peel on your face, wait 5 minutes, then rinse.

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Don’t go to bed early if you have an early appointment!

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What’s the best time to go to bed when you have an early appointment the next day? The common wisdom is to go to bed early if we have an early start the next day. But Dr. Kenneth Wright Jr., who directs the University of Colorado’s Sleep Lab, says that can backfire… Because if you force yourself to go to bed, and you’re not tired, the stress can make it harder to fall asleep. Instead, always go to bed at the same time every night, no matter what. Even if you know you have to be awake again in a few hours. The sleep you do get will be more restful and you won’t throw off your sleep schedule.

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Look into those big puppy-dog-eyes!

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When your dog gives you those giant, brown, puppy-dog-eyesdrink in their gaze. According to the journal Science, looking into your dog’s eyes increases levels of oxytocin – the bonding hormone that makes you feel all squishy and lovey-dovey inside. Those puppy-dog eyes also stress-proof your heart, lowering the risk of heart disease – and improving your immune system. The prescribed dose of puppy-dog eyes is 2 minutes, to get the brain chemical benefits. It makes your levels of oxytocin go up 300%! And your dog gets a boost too. Their levels of oxytocin go up 130%.

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Feeling tense?

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Here are a few foods proven to help you de‑stress:
Starting with Blueberries. They contain antioxidants so powerful, they counteract the production of cortisol, the stress hormone that increases blood sugar levels. And high levels of cortisol are linked to belly fat.
Another anti-stress food: Peaches. The potassium in peaches helps lower blood pressure.
Finally, when you’re stressed, load up on sunflower seeds. They contain high levels of folate, which helps your body produce the feel-good brain chemical dopamine.

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What’s the BEST day to exercise?

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You’d think we’d be working out more on weekends, since we have more free time. But Saturdays and Sundays are the days we’re LEAST likely to exercise. The most popular day of the week for a sweat session is Tuesday. That’s according to data compiled by Twitter. It seems Mondays are too hectic for a workout – and on the weekends we’re too busy having a good time. And our eating habits follow a similar pattern. Quinoa and kale consumption peak on Mondays and Tuesdays, then things start going downhill… with more beer and French fries being consumed as the week goes on – and peaking on Fridays.

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