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"Greener" Teeth

Turning off the water while brushing your teeth saves up to 3 gallons of water per minute so wet your toothbrush, turn the faucet off, brush & then turn water back on only to rinse!
(Consumer Reports on Heath - Feb/2010)

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The 80% Rule

Stop eating before you feel completely full.
This is a common practice on the Japanese Island of Okinawa which has one of the highest concentrations of people living to 100 in the world!
(Consumer Reports on Health - March 2010)

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Foods To Naturally Help Lower LDL

2 to 3 servings/day of soy protein; 2 servings/day of plant stanols or sterols found in products such as Benecol & Take Control margarine and lots of fiber especially from oat bran, psyllium & barley - can each lower LDL by up to 10%.

(Consumer Reports on Health - May 2010)

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DASH Your Way To Lower Blood Pressure

In one trial, 40% of people who started a 6 mon walking program lowered their systolic BP into the normal range. And the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet which is high in fruits, whole grains & low fat dairy products & low in sodium can drop BP as much as prescription drugs.

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Berry, Berry Protective

Add sweet cherries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries & blueberries to your regular diet - which are all chock full of antioxidants - rich in anthocyanins& other phytochemicals - to give your body an antiaging, anticancer wallop!

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Get Sweet On Sour Cherries

There's truth in "life is just a bowl of cherries" as sour cherries will help extend a healthy life. Research shows potent compounds found in tart cherries have superpowers that may help nix cell aging and cancer-causing oxidative damage. So pucker up and down some sour cherries. (RealAge.com)

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Drink At Least 3 Cups of Green Tea (Hot or Cold) To Help Lose Belly Fat

Catechins the antioxidants found in high amounts in green tea have been shown to be helpful in promoting weight loss, specifically belly fat. Decaf green tea is OK if caffeine is a problem. However, some decaffeination processes can lower the antioxidant content so add an extra cup or two per day.

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A Little Less Salt Could Mean A Lot More Life

Eating roughly 1 less teaspoon of salt a day was associated with a significantly lower risk of having a stroke or developing heart disease according to recent studies.So a little less salt could mean a lot more life! (RealAge.com)

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Get Sauced ... That Is Tomato Sauced

Eating 10 or more tablespoons of tomato sauce a week decreases the risk of developing certain cancers, studies have shown. Lycopene is the active ingredient responsible, a carotenoid known for its antioxidant properties. All tomato products have lots of lycopene but its more available when cooked.

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Fill 'Er Up

About 20 mins. before dinner, eat 1/2 ounce of walnuts with 1 cup of your favourite broth-based soup. Or drink at least 8 ounces of water with one tablespoon of psyllium. Either will help fill you up so you won't want or need to eat as much to feel satisfied. (You: On A Diet)

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