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Prevent a Summer Cold by Easing Up on the A/C

Constantly feeling chilled narrows blood vessels in the nose, which prevents infection-fighting immune system cells from reaching your sinuses.

- Submitted by SLIMMERJESSE 7/18/2011 in Staying Healthy | 0 Comments
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Get Rid of Germs By Gargling

Simply gargling with plain tap water twice a day will cut your risk of infection in half by flushing out invading viruses before they can attach to throat cells.

- Submitted by SLIMMERJESSE 7/17/2011 in Staying Healthy | 0 Comments
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Wash Hand 5 Times a Day to Fight Summer Colds

You might be able to prevent summer colds. Reseach suggests that adopting this one habit, plus cleaning your desk and countertops with disinfectant wipes once a day, is enough to slash your risk of picking up cold germs by 45% or more!

- Submitted by SLIMMERJESSE 7/16/2011 in Staying Healthy | 2 Comments
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Trick Your Brain with Soup

Begin your meal with a bowl of cold gazpacho or a broth-based soup, and your calorie intake for the whole meal will plunge by up to 20%, research suggests. Liquid fills you up, so you're less likely to overeat. And remember to sip the soup slowly as it takes the brain about 20 minutes to register fullness.

- Submitted by SLIMMERJESSE 7/15/2011 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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Colors that Help Prevent Sunburn

If you're buying a beach umbrella, tent, sun hat or similar item, choose something red, blue, violet, lavender or pink.
A recent study of identical fabrics in different colors reveals that these hues filter the most UV rays, according to the journal of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. The worst performing colors were yellow and white. You can launder with RIT SunGuard that will give your favorite cover-up a 30 SPF UV-Protective coating that lasts 20 washings.

- Submitted by SLIMMERJESSE 7/14/2011 in Staying Healthy | 0 Comments
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De-Stress by Sitting In Your Garden!

If you need a quick pick-me-up, take five minutes to enjoy your garden. British researchers found that folks who spent time surrounded by greenery were71% happier than those who spent time at an indoor mall. Credit goes to nature's ability to soothe your senses and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

- Submitted by SLIMMERJESSE 7/13/2011 in Staying Positive | 3 Comments
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Cure the Crankies with Guacamole

Even small shortfalls of stress-busting magnesium can trigger irritability, according to a USDA study. Luckily, upping your intake of the mineral-found in abundance in avocados - is all it takes to break the stress cycle.

- Submitted by SLIMMERJESSE 7/12/2011 in Staying Positive | 4 Comments
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Rent DVD's for Pennies!

I absolutely love independent films and discovered a very inexpensive way to see them. Over the weekend, I discovered Amazon Prime. Not only do you get free two-day shipping on all orders, but you have unlimited streaming of over 5,000 movie selections. For $79 a year. So far, I've seen several independent films and I know I'll get my money's worth from this membership. I stream it on both desktop and laptop, if I'm traveling. (you can also hook it up to your TV)

- Submitted by SLIMMERJESSE 7/11/2011 in Product Reviews | 1 Comment
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Feel Happier By Massaging Your Right Hand

This activates the left side of the brain, signaling the nervous system to produce mood-boosting serotonin and dopamine, Universtiy of Miami researchers report. It also reduces production of the stress hormone cortisol, resulting in a better mood in less than five minutes.

- Submitted by SLIMMERJESSE 7/10/2011 in Staying Healthy | 6 Comments
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Use Audible (a SP advertiser) While You Walk

I never realized how much I walk. And doing so, have recently joined the advertiser here on SP - Audible - to get motivational audio books. I've been listening to them as I walk each day and I really enjoy it at lot. Not only do I now look forward to the exercise more, but also to hearing the rest of the book. I don't spend a lot of time in the car, but I do spend a lot of time walking, so why not hear a "book?"

- Submitted by SLIMMERJESSE 7/7/2011 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments
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