Are you poop-shy?

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Time to get a little personal about bathroom behavior… and this is important.

So, here’s the scenario… You go to the restroom at work – and all the stalls are occupied but one. You turn around and head back to your desk because there’s no way you’re going number 2 in a crowded bathroom right?
So, is it a problem to “hold it”? Internist Dr. Keri Peterson says it’s not a great idea. If you feel the urge to go and ignore it, it can cause chronic constipation and that can lead to other more serious problems. Let’s just leave it at that. So what can you do if you’re, how should we say it… poop-shy?

Dr. Peterson recommends exercising in the morning. That usually will move things along in your intestine so you go to the bathroom before work. Also, make sure your dinner has plenty of fiber. It’ll not only help you sleep better – but you will likely wake up with the urge to go.

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Here’s a quick fix for an upset stomach:

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Grab some oregano! It contains the digestion-boosting plant compound ursolic acid – which speeds food from the stomach to the intestines faster… And helps reduce gas production.

Your best bet: Sprinkle a tablespoon of fresh oregano on grilled vegetables or potatoes. Or add a teaspoon of dried oregano to olive oil and parmesan cheese to make a pesto sauce for pasta.

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Worried about germs?

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Start cleaning your debit and credit cards! Because they’re constantly being touched by cashiers, and shoved into card readers and ATMs… picking up tons of germs along the way. So, what’s the best way to clean your credit cards? Grab some disinfecting wipes, clean them thoroughly – then let them dry completely before putting them back into your wallet.

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Flesh tunnel surgery

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You know those giant holes some people have in their ears? They’re called gauges – and basically, you buy bigger and bigger gauges to stretch out your earlobes over time. But now that people are growing tired of the trend, which became popular in the 90s – they’re finding that their earlobes are permanently disfigured. Once the hole is bigger than an M&M, the skin doesn’t just shrink back up. It’ll need to be fixed surgically, by reconstructing the whole earlobe. It’s called “flesh tunnel surgery.” A surgeon has to cut around the hole, taking out the core, then slice the earlobe into two pieces, trim away excess skin and sew the pieces back together. The surgery takes about half an hour per ear, and costs around 4,000 dollars.

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Here’s a way to relax…

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…and solve your stinky foot problem: Fill a foot bath with hot water – drop in a black tea bag – and soak those smelly puppies of yours for 15 to 20 minutes. The hot water will dilate your blood vessels helping you relax… and the tannins in the tea act like an astringent, killing the bacteria that make your feet stink.

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Aspirin and acne

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Aspirin can help more than pain – it can help your pimples!
That’s because aspirin contains the same ingredient as a lot of acne medications:  salicylic acid. It breaks down the oil clogging the pore and reduces redness.
So try this: Crush an aspirin and mix with a little water. It should be milky – not a pasteSpread it on your face before bed – because our skin goes through more cellular repair and renewal at night.

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Time for a game break!

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Playing Bejeweled isn’t a time waster… It’s an anxiety reliever! According to East Carolina University, playing a mobile game like Bejeweled for a few minutes is all it takes to feel 57% calmer. Because the mental focus it takes shifts your brain away from whatever is causing you anxiety. And just 5 minutes of playing a game can reduce stress for up to an hour.

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Do you own a dog? If not, it’s time to get one!

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Did you know that dog owners are less likely to suffer from diabetesheart disease, and high blood pressure? That’s according to the American Heart Association. They’re not sure if healthier people are more likely to own dogs – or if owning a dog makes people healthier. But it doesn’t matter – just go adopt a furry best friendThe daily walks, and hiking trips on the weekends, will help you be more active. That’s why the American Journal Of Public Health shows that dog owners are up to 77% more likely to meet the recommended daily activity levels. And aside from increased activity, according to Harvard Medical School, the stress relief that comes from hanging out with a dog, and the unconditional love, makes dog owners less likely to suffer from anxiety.

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Traveling and no hand-sanitizer?

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If you’re traveling and don’t have any hand-sanitizer – an antiseptic mouthwash can sub for it in a pinch. So if you have one of those mini-travel-size bottles, just put a few drops on your hands and rub them together. The alcohol in the mouthwash will kill bacteria just like hand sanitizer.

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If you’re feeling lonely…

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…get a nice hot mug of tea or coffee. Yale University social psychologist Dr. John Bargh says holding something warm stimulates the brain region that processes physical sensations – and social trust. So holding a warm beverage makes us emotionally warmermore trusting, and helps us feel more connected to others. Which is important – because new research from the University of Chicago shows that loneliness can alter immune cells in a way that increases the risk of illness – and raises our risk of an early death by 14%.

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