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Feel More Confident In Your Skin

Feeling a bit down about how you look… experts tell us that boosting body confidence is 90% mental and has little to do with losing weight, getting a makeover or buying a store’s worth of clothes and jewelry. Here’s what they suggest…

Prepare... don’t decide on the day of a big event what clothes and accessories you’ll wear. Pulling things together at the last minute leaves you rushed and liable to forget something or encounter some other unexpected mishap. Just a bit of extra time in planning what you’ll wear, ensuring it’s clean and pressed and ready can make a huge difference in how you look, and feel.

Remember, others are insecure too. Almost always they are so busy worrying about how they look they don’t have time to think about you. They don’t see what you hate about your hair, your clothes, your mannerisms.

Fake it. Pretending isn’t just for kids, spend five minutes each morning before you leave and picture yourself looking good, imagine how those you encounter will also think you look good. Plant a message of confidence in your mind as you begin the day and in time you’ll come to believe it.

Put the phone away. Checking it every second makes you look bad… tells everyone you’re not available to pay attention to them, or anything new. What’s more, the blue light makes you face look sickly.

A lot of how you look comes from the clothes you wear. To get help with this we’ve taken the advice of wardrobe consultant Terri Ghio who runs The Style Institute, a coaching program for personal stylists. Too many of us dress like we did in high school or from a look we saw in a magazine or catalog that isn’t at all suited to us.

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Are Your Genetics Keeping You Fat? (1 tip to change fast)

Ever heard the excuse “I’m overweight because of my genetics”?

Are several members of your family overweight and you just figured, you were stuck that way too? Well, I have great news. Recent studies reveal that being overweight has NOTHING to do with genetics and EVERYTHING to do with your lifestyle.

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Here’s some help…

Pull out your favorite outfit, the one you wear a lot and has you feeling like you look great. Try it on and consider why it’s right… the color, cut, fabric. Use this outfit as a guide.

Shop for your body shape… your real shape. No matter how smart and elegant something is, no matter how good it looks on a mannequin, if it’s not made to suit your body shape, it won’t look good and you won’t feel good in it.

- Find the one thing you love about your body, and work to focus attention on that.
Whether it’s a haircut to frame your face, a style that hides a spare tire, look for what flatters and stick with those styles. Invest in the best quality basics you can afford.

- Stop staring in the mirror, it’s way too easy to get obsessed about looks. So check your teeth and hair, take a quick look at the full view of your outfit and then go about your day.

- Match every negative thought about your body with at least one positive one.

Exercise, even a half hour a day, will have you feeling better about your body, how it moves and how you feel. Over time, this will bring real, visible results too.

To your good health,

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Health Or Happiness…

Here is a surprise. Research has found evidence that those who are in poor health are often just as happy as those who are considered healthy. Conditions like cancer actually appear to have little impact on a person’s happiness, while others have a far different result. A recent study appearing in the Journal of Happiness Studies supports this idea, but makes an important point. Anyone whose daily life is disrupted because of their condition (urinary incontinence, severe, chronic pain) suffers a lasting negative impact on their sense of happiness.

Study lead author Erik Angner, Ph.D. from George Mason University points to this research as the first to measure the degree different health conditions disrupt daily activity. The interdisciplinary team, including researchers from the University of Chicago, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and UMass Medical School came up with a measure that was intended to assess limitations in physical activities due to the limitations of health conditions. It was dubbed the “freedom from debility score” and was based on four healthy questions designed to address restrictions to physical actions and usual role activities due to health problems.

When the team surveyed 383 older adults who had been recruited from 39 primary care practices in Alabama, they saw that health status was a key predictor of happiness. In fact, a one point increase in the freedom from debility score was associated with a 3% reduction in the odds the subject would report feelings of unhappiness.

But, after accounting for other factors related to happiness – poor health was closely associated with unhappiness only in those who also reported that their health issues interfered with their daily activities. For those who are ill, but without regular disruption of daily activity, such as cancer patients, most are able to adapt over time and come to accept even the most dangerous health problems or serious disability.

It seems that though we might fear a calamity, the evidence suggests human beings are highly adaptable when it comes to feelings of happiness.

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Expert Bryan Bruno, MD a psychiatrist and acting chairman of the department of psychiatry at Lenox Hill Hospital, agrees that many patients adapt remarkably well to a change in health status, just so long as the decline isn’t too fast. This isn’t likely to be the case for those who have a history of either depression or anxiety. The researchers from the current work are hoping that a better understanding of the relationship between our health status and feelings of well-being may have big implications for the treatment of patients going forward.

It’s hard not to worry about the inevitable declines that go along with aging. The good news is that more often than not the changes are slow and gradual, and most of us cope fairly well even in a youth focused culture that teaches older people to be wary, that aging is a threat to our self worth and quality of living. Even under the constant bombardment of ways to keep our youthful looks… hair colours, Viagra and all manner of cosmetic procedures… we can age with grace and style.

Perhaps it’s time to start thinking about aging differently. To consider added years making us better not worse. To accept what we can’t change, while working to change what we can – our attitude and lifestyle.

To your good health,

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10 Unexpected Things Harming Your Immune System…

You’re doing all you can to keep yourself healthy, and yet you still come down with a cold… fever or worse yet, the flu. There are things that aren’t all that immunity. So keep washing your hands, drinking all the orange juice you like, and avoiding close contact with anyone who is obviously sick, watch for these added immunity sappers.

You’re breathing polluted air: The smog in the air isn’t doing
your lungs or your immune system any good. Research has shown that dirty air causes inflammation in the body and suppresses T cells, essential in terms of your immunity.
Invest in an air purifier for your home or office so you can breath easy inside.

You’re sitting too much: If you have a desk job, you likely spend
lots of time in the chair at your desk. This can slow down your
metabolic rate, causing your body to naturally absorb immunity
boosting nutrients at a slower rate than normal. Every hour and a
half, get up and step out of doors for a five-minute break. The
movement will activate your muscles, fire up your metabolism, and
the fresh air will wake you up, make you feel more alert.

You’re using the wrong beauty products: Things like foundation,
concealer and lipstick not only sit on your skin, they are absorbed into the body all day long. Some of these products have artificial ingredients that your immune system isn’t used to breaking down, so the bad stuff can readily slip past your internal defenses. Go all-natural with as many products as you can. The fewer ingredients a product lists, the safer it is for your body and immunity.

You’re eating too much white flour: The white flour in some
baked goodies actually impairs the T cells and B cells, both key illness fighters in the body. Make sure the grains you’re eating are
primarily whole grains, as they have lots of immunity building fiber.

You don’t make sleep a priority: If your body doesn’t produce
enough melatonin naturally as you sleep, your immune system isn’t
able to make the white blood cells it uses to fight off bacteria
and keep your body in good repair. Try for seven to eight hours of
sleep each night, and make getting that a priority, not a luxury.

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Fact: Poor Sleep Increases The Risk of Death/ Disease

Ever lain awake at night and counted the hours till dawn? Isn’t frustrating to be in bed and be unable to sleep?

With around 18 million prescriptions written every year for expensive sleeping pills…

…it’s clear that there’s a national epidemic.

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You’re eating too much animal protein: Too much animal protein
causes the body to naturally produce more of the IGI1 hormone, known to speed up the aging process and impact your immunity. Try to keep your intake of meat and dairy to 10% of your daily intake of calories. You might even consider cutting animal protein consumption even more, to about 5% of your daily intake, and you should see a difference.

Your diet doesn’t have enough good fat: Healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fats from fish, avocados and nuts do have anti-inflammatory properties that help improve your immunity. So avoid the processed foods, limit your intake of animal protein,
but try and add foods such as salmon, sardines, almonds and kale.

You’re lonely: Lonely souls tend to be less resilient in terms of stress, which causes the immune system to struggle. If this is you, schedule some time with those you like, friends, co-workers, neighbours, members of groups of like-minded people. People who have more relationships in their lives also appear to have a greater resistance to infection.

You think you thrive on stress: People think they work well under pressure, but long term stress brings up cortisol levels, and this reduces levels of other hormones like testosterone and estrogen.

When hormones are out of balance, your immune system can’t react to threats as quickly. Learn how to stress less, or find quick ways to relax.

You’re not doing yoga as part of your workout
: This type of workout appears to have the most impact on Immunity as it stimulates the body’s circulatory, digestive, endocrine and nervous systems, and these all work together to make the immune
system stronger. There are tons of tips out there for beginners so there’s no reason not to give yoga a try.

To your good health,

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Improve Your IQ With These Seven Solid Ways

If you want to help your brain (and who doesn’t?), there are things you can do to help grow your grey matter and improve your IQ (Intelligence Quotient) by no less than 17 points over a single week. You’ll be able to hold your own in intellectual conversations, feel more confident and empowered by taking just a few simple steps every day.

IQ is a measure of your mental agility or comprehension speed, and that this number can be influenced by both genetic and environmental factors. An average score is 100 and this usually stays stable upon reaching the teen years. The score comes as the result of a set of standardized tests (language fluency, three dimensional thinking, etc.) that measure your thinking abilities in relation to your age.

A higher IQ is related to attainment of education, income and other socioeconomic factors that are key to success in life. Here we bring you seven scientifically proven ways to add points to your own IQ.

1. Play board games – having fluid intelligence is a big part of every IQ tests, and is tied to your working memory. In research, just 25 minutes of play each day will bring your IQ up by 4 points. Puzzles, Dual N-Back games are good choices.

2. Take supplements – taking 5g of creatine a day can give you an extra 15 IQ points over a six week time period. Creatine gives a big boost to brainpower and raises the energy levels that are available for computation in the brain.

3. Play social games – any activity that involves a diverse range of skills plus social interaction will add an IQ point to your total. You can play online on your own, or with friends, to keep on top of your game.

4. Blast some bad guys – a study at the University of Rochester confirmed a link between first person video games and better visual awareness in the real world. That’s a crucial building block for IQ and can add up to two points to your own number.

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5. Do cardio workouts – a Swedish study proved that cardiovascular fitness can bring up your verbal intelligence by 50%. Better cardiovascular fitness was linked to better cognitive scores, an increase of 5 (or more) IQ points, while muscular strength was only weakly associated with intelligence.

6. Perform practice IQ tests – retaking IQ tests can actually up your score by as much as 2 points. This proven technique gives you a chance to prepare and be more confident during the next test.

7. Go vegetarian – like it or not, there are a number of studies that have linked higher IQ with a vegetarian diet. The lifestyle and food choices of vegetarians are linked with strong intellectual functioning and a slowed cognitive decline. Doing what you can to fix you diet could bring back 10 years of IQ age, and that isn’t anything to scoff at.

You see… not so difficult. And the payoff may well be huge.

To your good health,

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Spread Healthy Living Habits

Researchers at Duke Medicine have provided us with hard evidence of what seems good common sense. A child whose mother encourages and models healthy behavior is more likely to be active and eat a balanced diet as an adult. Not all that surprising really. Still the findings, appearing in the May 2013 issue of the International Journal of Obesity are an important reminder to parents – children often tune out what you say, but they never miss what you do.

Healthy habits are easier to adopt when they are established early. What’s more, they protect against childhood obesity, a problem that’s more than doubled in children, tripled in teens over the past 30 years. In 2010, more than one third of kids and teens were considered to be overweight or obese.

Study author Truls Østbye, M.D., PhD, professor of community and family medicine at Duke, is quick to recognize that obesity is a complex phenomenon that’s influenced by many factors, but there are variations in levels of obesity from one society/environment to another, so there’s something in the environment that impacts obesity. Of course when it comes to children, the home and parenting help to shape both diet (encouraging eating fruits veggies) and physical behaviors (encouraging play outdoors) for long into the future. This latest study supplies evidence of just how important this can be.

The team examined the relationship between the home and behaviors that are related to being obese (diet and exercise habits, for example) in a group of preschoolers. There were 190 children, aged 2 to 5, whose mothers where considered either overweight or obese. The team collected details on the children’s intake of food over the past week, with items rated as healthy or junk foods. The children even wore accelerometers for a week, and this measured both moderate and vigorous physical activity as well as time spent in sedentary activities.

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The socioeconomic status of the mothers was also examined; they supplied details on their education levels and job status. These factors had no association with the physical activity of the children, but showed mixed results in terms of diet. More research in this area could help understand how socioeconomic factors might influence a child’s health. Further work on if the influence of the home environment changes as kids get older will also be needed before strategies can be developed to
address these issues.

The mothers also supplied details about the environment where their child lived, including the policies about food and exercise, the access to healthy/junk foods, availability of equipment/space for activity, and of course, if they modeled healthy eating and exercise for the child. When the team analyzed all the data they saw some significant links between the measures of environment and the subjects diet and exercise patterns. To promote healthy habits in children, parental role modeling and a healthy home environment are key. Kids ate more healthy foods when there was limited access to junk food and a family meal policy at home. The home environment had more impact on diet, rather than activity patterns, of the children.

It’s hard to change behaviors, but our children are one of the best reasons to do so. You’ll be healthier, and your children will have a ready role model for living a healthy lifestyle that will benefit them long into the future. It’s common sense, now backed by solid evidence.

To your good health,

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9 Steps To A Better Lifestyle

If you’re searching for true happiness, here are some smart steps you can take to help get there. Interesting that the latest research finds that money can buy happiness, if you spend carefully. This is just one of many tips experts we surveyed have given on finding, and prolonging, happiness in your life.

1. Buy your bliss, just not all the mall. Research finds that people who bought intangible things like concert tickets, lessons relating to a hobby or even a dinner out were happier than those who spent money on clothes, TVs or appliances. This is likely because as human beings, we tend to get maximum pleasure from social bonding, and the anticipation of an experience can be as valuable a source of joy as the actual experience. Recalling the event keeps you feeling happy long afterward

Even if the outing didn’t go exactly as planned, the cherished memories effect is still often at work. People tend to remember things as being better than they were according to experts.

So the take home is this, while materialism is fine once in a while, it’s not the answer all the time. You might ease the pain of paying effect, and be happier, by letting more time lapse between paying for something and getting it.

2. Age gracefully as reported happiness dips for women at 40 but comes back strong by 50 according to a study of 500,000 men and women in 72 nations. Incidentally, for men, the low point is about 52. Science can’t explain it, but it may be that at this age a woman puts herself last and might feel that life is going on without her. As the kids leave the nest, the woman has more time to nurture herself.

So schedule a regular “me” day for yourself that doesn’t change for anyone, or anything except an emergency. You can also set priorities and do things that truly bring you pleasure, and drop the things you don’t enjoy.

3. Forget about self-improvement and focus on what’s already incredible about you. This is far more effective in creating joy than trying to do things to “improve” on yourself. Find your own strongest qualities and nurture them. Using your signature strengths at home and at work has shown itself to leave subjects less depressed and happier than those who don’t focus on their own strengths.

4. Make tough things work, in other words, look for the “silver lining” in life’s surprises like a sudden layoff or a health setback. Even a disaster like breast cancer has been shown to bring women some positive things – new life priorities and feelings of self-confidence. It’s often the negative experiences that help us grow/ learn and be happier in the end.

5. Spend 21 minutes a year on your relationship. Researchers at Northwestern University tracked the marital bliss of 120 subject couples. Half did a 7-minute exercise three times a year in which they thought about three specific questions related to their most recent argument. Couples who evaluated their relationship had less stress related to arguments, and far higher levels of happiness and passion than those who didn’t do the exercise.

There’s research that suggests marriage quality declines over time. Being proactive in terms of your relationship is a plus for keeping that relationship strong.

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There’s research that suggests marriage quality declines over time. Being proactive in terms of your relationship is a plus for keeping that relationship strong.

6. Watch a sad movie. A study from Ohio State University finds that the more sadness you experience during a film or TV program, the greater their feelings of happiness when the program was over. These type of shows put us in a more thoughtful mood, and allow you to focus your attention on your own relationships, and appreciate what you have.

7. Find joy in your commute. Those who walk/bike to the office tend to be happier than those who drive or take a bus/subway according to a 2012 study of 800 subjects conducted in Portland Oregon. Commuting is a great time for introspection and reflection, for enjoying music or a book on tape. Think about what you are grateful for instead of grousing about the slow traffic.

8. Take pleasure in giving. Generosity both far away and closer to home can help you feel happier. Giving to charity brings more happiness than spending on yourself, while doing things for people in your life makes you the happiest.

9. Fake it, until you actually feel it. When you’re sad, the act of smiling can cheer you up, and while the reasons for this have yet to be pinpointed, a study at the University of Kansas finds that grinning slows down your heart rate during stress.

To your good health,

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Saves Lives By Screening For Colorectal Cancer

Although colon cancer is a preventable and even highly curable disease, it remains the second source of cancer deaths in the U.S. according to gastroenterologists Dr. Felice Schnoll-Sussman and Dr. Benjamin Lebwohl. Why? Not nearly enough people are getting screened, and experts want to get the word out that with screening cancer of the colon, a disease often without symptoms, can be detected early and even prevented from developing at all. Amazingly one in every three American is NOT getting screened for colorectal cancers, even though the screening tests are available everywhere.

Colon cancer is defined by your doctor as a malignant tumor that grows from the inside wall of the colon, also known as the large intestine, the long coiled tube that takes water from food after it’s been digested. Rectal cancer is a cancerous tumor that forms in the rectum, which is the medical term used for the last 6 inches of the large intestine where stool is stored before leaving the body. These two cancers share lots of risk factors, symptoms and the type of screening that’s done to detect them. It’s the treatment plans that are typically different. Colorectal cancer is a term that covers both colon and rectal cancers.

Here are five facts to think about before you put off a colorectal cancer screening…

1. Screening for colorectal cancer can save your life, finding a cancer very early on or spotting polyps before they get a chance to be cancer. Screening should start at 50 for both men and women. In years to come there may be a new test to detect colorectal cancer involving a breath sample, a method just presented in the December 2012 British Journal of Surgery.

2. Have screenings when you are feeling well because early colorectal cancers don’t have symptoms and you feel just fine. Screening before symptoms is the key, by the time you’re having symptoms the cancer is no longer in its early, most treatable stages.

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3. Know the risks for colorectal cancer and talk with your doctor about getting screened earlier than 50 years if you have reason to do so. Your risk can go up if you have inflammatory bowel disease, a personal history of colon cancer or polyps, a family history of colon cancer or polyps or conditions such as familial adenomatous polyposis or Lynch syndrome that can cause colon cancer.

4. Live healthy – stop smoking, get moving and start eating better (avoid red and processed meats, eat lots of fiber) to bring down your risk of being diagnosed with this type of cancer. Exercise especially is linked with lower rates of colon and breast cancers according to research in the May 2012 Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

5. This type of cancer doesn’t discriminate; one in every 20 is diagnosed with colorectal cancer sometime in their life. This disease affects both men and women equally.

In this year alone, an estimated 102,480 cases of colon cancer, another 40,340 cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed. You can keep yourself from being one of them by making the call to schedule that screening, and making lifestyle changes that reduce your risk of disease.

To your good health,

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Awareness And Well-Being

Being mindful is thought to benefit your health as well as your physical and emotional well-being… now we have research from the University of Utah to be presented at the American Psychosomatic Society annual meeting that demonstrates mindfulness brings more stable emotions and better control over mood and behavior. Mindful people also appear to have less cognitive and physiological activity going on before they sleep and this may translate into an improved quality of sleep.

What is mindfulness? It’s paying attention in a special way, on purpose and being in the present while offering no judgments. Mindfulness means living in the moment and waking up to experiences all around you. You need to slow down, do one thing at a time and bring your complete awareness to what you’re doing and your inner experience of it. Mindfulness is believed to be a formidable antidote to daily stress that can be damaging to body and mind. It can be used at any time and brings lasting results.

Often people need to be taught how to be mindful, and earlier studies in this area used subjects who’d been trained in meditation or another technique. This latest study was unique in that it looked at naturally occurring mindfulness with a rather ingenious method for gathering the data.

The work included 38 subjects who’d been recruited from the University of Utah’s undergraduate psychology classes as well as the community at large. The subjects were from 20 to 45 years old; two thirds were female, one third male. The day the study started the subjects completed a baseline assessment that included standard questionnaires, a physiological assessment while at rest and cognitive testing before they began two full days of experience sampling.

The subjects wore a cardiac monitor that was able to measure heart function and were also prompted every so often during the test days to rate both their mental functioning and emotional state. At the end of the two-day test period, the participants filled out questionnaires on their ability to regulate their behavior and emotions. They were also asked to rate their level of cognitive and physical arousal before sleep.

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The team saw that emotional stability, better control of emotions and behavior and lower pre-sleep activity were all significantly linked to higher mindfulness. Mindfulness may be an important part of self-regulation that is meant to happen all through the day, contributing to better physical and emotional well-being.

The mindfulness research gives experts a better picture of how the state affects stress responses all during the day according to graduate student Holly Rau, who is a part of the research team. Those who reported higher levels of mindfulness also felt they had better control over behavior and emotions during the day. The lower activation at bedtime could certainly have benefits when it comes to falling asleep, the quality of that sleep and efforts to manage stress.

Going forward research will look at the link between all three, mindfulness, physiological markers of stress and quality of sleep to see if there’s an association and learn more about it. In the meantime, you can easily incorporate mindfulness into your own daily life and see if you notice a difference in how you feel. There is certainly no downside to trying this, and there many way to be a wonderful upside.

To your good health,

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Top 10 Health Not Totally True

Seems like just about every day the headlines are full of some new health news… Let’s set the record straight on ten of the commonly repeated myths we’ve been hearing out there… and the facts you need to know.

1. You must drink 8 glasses of water a day. Research finds that those who drink a glass of water when they feel thirsty get enough liquid to stay healthy and keep hydrated. Foods that have lots of water… soup, fruit and veggies, as well as drinks like juice, coffee and tea are all ways to keep your body hydrated. The only time you should up your water intake is if your urine is a dark, yellow, you’re very active (or live) in a hot climate or if you don’t pass urine regularly.

2. Eggs are bad for your heart. Don’t despair egg lovers, eating an egg (or two) a day won’t raise the risk of heart disease in someone who is healthy. Sure the yolks are natural sources of cholesterol, but the amount isn’t as bad for you as the mix of fats from all the other foods you’re eating. Plus, eggs have lots of natural nutrients, including omega-3, that have been shown to be beneficial.

3. Antiperspirant cause breast cancer. There are some experts who believe that the chemicals in deodorants and antiperspirants can be absorbed into the skin of your underarm, and then end up in breast tissue and increase the chances of tumors in this area. Yet the National Cancer Institute says there is absolutely no evidence connecting these products with breast cancer.

4. Being chilled gives you a cold. Despite what you may have been told, spending too much time in the cold air does not make you more likely to get sick. In fact, you’re more apt to get sick when spending time indoors, where germs are released into the air from coughs and sneezed and have nowhere to go. In research on men who spent time out in the cold, they actually had an increase in virus fighting action in their immune systems. So go out, enjoy the fresh, icy air without the worry that you’ll catch a cold.

5. You need to take a daily multivitamin. Researchers do not all agree that multivitamins can make up for the nutrients you aren’t getting from what you eat. If you’ve been told to take a vitamin by your healthcare professional, then do so. If you’re pregnant you need folic acid daily. Of course the best way to get nutrients is from the foods (fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, healthy oils) that you eat on a regular basis, not a pill.

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6. Eat breakfast to lose weight. Sure eating breakfast is important, and it does help some people with weight because it holds off hunger, and may keep you from picking on snacks later in the day. But even if you hate eating breakfast, you can slim down according to a Cornell University study. Non-breakfast eaters were found to take in about 400 fewer calories each day. So for some people, not eating that first meal of the day works just fine.

7. Green mucus means infection. Unfortunately, the leavings on a tissue do not take the place of lab tests, and do not indicate infection by color. Research has found that green or yellow mucus is slightly more common in some infections, but this is no sure sign that you have something or need treatment with antibiotics.

8. Sugar makes kids hyper. Though we know that sugar isn’t good for a child, research finds that it doesn’t cause them to act out, or harm their work at school or keep them focusing. Parents believe (expect) there’s a link, and see what they expect.

9. A toilet seat can make you sick. Despite what you’ve been told, toilet seats are pretty clean, it’s the doors and handles and floors of the rest room that are home to some pretty nasty microbes. Cover your hand with a paper towel before you touch handles or doors, and be sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer every time.

10. Cracking joints causes arthritis. Even though the sound might make you cringe, there’s no harm. The cracking comes from a gas bubble that forms between the bones and pops. Studies have found it doesn’t play any part in arthritis. If you do feel pain when you do it, stop and see your doctor.

To your good health,

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Get Things Done With These 5 Tips

In today’s busy, over-scheduled world, any strategies for getting more done, at home or one the job are valuable. We’ve all tried working harder, drinking more coffee, staying up later to finish up that “To Do” list… and still been behind, struggling to catch up. The good news is that everyone, no matter how many demands they have, can experience that incredible feeling of a productive day… here are five sure-fire strategies to help you do just that.

1. Make things automatic; work to build routines (habits) so you don’t have to make decisions, you simply do. By making certain things automatic, you’ll actually get more done because you’ll be expending less mental energy. Making decisions all day long is exhausting, which is why making routine things automatic is so effective. As it happens we only have one reservoir of discipline and willpower, and it gets depleted by any action of conscious self-regulation during our day. So if you resist the chocolate cake at lunchtime, you end up later on with less mental energy to tackle a challenging problem.

2. Get enough sleep. Not being well rested deprives you of energy you need to function at peak efficiency. At the end of a two week period, those who slept six hours a night each night were found to be as impaired as those who’d been up for 24-hours in a row. You are likely sleep deprived even now, and should make a regular effort to get from 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep each night.

3. Use checklists on a regular basis. Sure you might start out doing this, but the habit falters after a time. Don’t let it go. Making your own checklist for what should be done is a key strategy to improving how much you get done, and how effective you are. Research in a hospital ICU has proven the point. Be sure to keep your own checklists as specific as possible, listing only tasks that can be done right away and finished soon. Be sure to include a realistic time estimate for getting the activity done and integrate your checklist into your calendar or schedule so you have enough time to finish everything.

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4. Beat procrastination with dashes and precommitment devices. A dash is a short burst of action where you force yourself to do nothing but work on the procrastinated item, but for just a short time period. Precommitment devices are things like paying a family member or friend $100 that they must return if you get the action you’ve been putting off completed, they keep it if you fail. Now that’s a motivator to be sure.

5. Mood has an impact too. Feelings of happiness increase your productivity and help you be more successful. Optimistic salespeople outsell their pessimistic coworkers by 56%. It appears our brains are hardwired to do their best when they are positive, rather than in either the neutral or negative state. Overconfidence also has been known to increase productivity.

Give these five tips a try on the job or at home to help you be more productive, successful and satisfied. Let us know how it goes.

To your good health,