Dry indoor air can make your allergies worse.

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It can increase congestion in your sinuses and nasal passages. The solution is to get a humidifier – especially in the bedroom while you sleep. Dr. Neeta Ogdenis anallergist and immunologist – and she says that’ll keep your respiratory tract lubricated. However, other indoor allergens, like mold, can grow like crazy in a moist environment. So you want a happy medium between too dry – and too humid. So set your humidifier below 50%. 

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Friends are important for your health!

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You know that woman who ditches all her friends once she gets a serious boyfriend? There’s a name for that: Dyadic withdrawal. But ladies, there’s a good reason to hang on to your girl posse. Close friendships are a proven way to reduce stress and boost your immune system. So even though you’re soooo in love, schedule a regular girl’s night for your health and wellbeing.

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Skip your morning workout and exercise in the evening!

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Go ahead and sleep through your alarm and skip your morning workout. You’ll get a better workout in the evening, after work, anyway. According to research from the University of North Texas, you’ll go faster – and last 20% longer – if you exercise between 5pm and 7pm. That’s because, as the day wears on, our circadian rhythms gradually raise our hormone levels, our body temperature, and our V-O-2-Max – which is also known as our aerobic capacity. As a result – cardio workouts feel easier in the evening.

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Ladies, the next time you fly…

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skip the high heels! Travel expert Christopher Elliot says, if you have to evacuate the plane, you’ll have to take your stilettos OFF to avoid puncturing the inflatable slide. And if you’re evacuating onto the tarmac, it can be burning hot if you’re not wearing shoes. So skip the heels when you fly.

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What’s the best way to improve your work/life balance?

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Exercise regularly! Researchers from Saint Louis University found working long hours, and spending more time away from the family hurts our home life. But people who exercised regularly were less stressed at work, even if they were having personal problems. So, they got more done and were more likely to leave on time, which reduced the friction at home. Plus, exercise boosted their mood and confidence, making them better able to forget about work after hours. Making it easier for them to relax, unwind, and enjoy their family.

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One of the best ways to keep our brain sharp as we age…

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…may be a busy schedule of work, exercise, friends, hobbies, and volunteering. 

University of Texas researchers studied over 300 people over age 50. And those with the busiest schedules and social lives had better memories, sharper reasoning, faster problem-solving, and a greater vocabulary at every age. Because keeping busy regularly exposes us to new situations and people, and helps us learn new things. All of which have been shown to improve brain function, and help stave off age-related memory decline.

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Make cardio workouts better!

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Sometimes, it’s hard to get going when you’re doing cardio – like running or Spinning. But just give it 4 minutes. That’s about how long it takes for our cardio-respiratory system to get going – which helps us use oxygen more efficiently. Once that kicks in, you won’t be panting and gasping for air, and exercise will feel easier.

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Effective stress relief!

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80% of people surveyed say they frequently experience daily stress for one thing or another. If that’s you, here’s a way to beat it: Shop from home. Seriously! Research from the University of Miami shows that 8 in 10 people who flip through catalogs or browse online retailers feel less stressed… and they get that effect whether they buy something or not! It releases a flood of feel-good brain chemicals.

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Does your child have the right kind of friends?

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Risky behavior can be “contagious,” according to Cal Tech. In other words, when parents ask, “If your friends jumped off of a cliff, would you do it, too?” Most kids would say, “Yes!” The researchers found that after observing others who do something risky, people are more likely to take risks of their own. So, if you want your kids to play it safer, encourage them to hang out with less of a risk-taking crowd.

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Are you allergic to pollen?

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Some common things can make your symptoms worse, according to immunologist Dr. Clifford Bassett. 

For example: Hair gel. It’s sticky and collects pollen throughout the day, which can end up spread all over your pillow and face at night. 

And if you have a pollen allergy, avoid eating celery. There’s a protein in celery that’s very similar to pollen. It can confuse your immune system, making symptoms worse. And that goes for cooked celery too, so avoid it in soups.

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