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  • The Surprising Benefit of Keeping a Consistent Sleep Schedule

    We'll use any excuse to get some more sleep!You already know that it's important to get a solid night of sleep on a regular basis. For the vast majority of people, the "sweet spot" for the right amount of sleep per night is between 6 and 9 hours.

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    When we don't sleep enough, two hormones in our body are greatly affected: ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin is a hormone that gives us the "go" signal, meaning that we are hungry and need to eat. On the other end is leptin, a hormone that signals satiety and tells us to stop eating. When we don't get enough sleep, even after just a few short nights of less slumber, the balance between ghrelin and leptin is tipped. We have more ghrelin and less leptin. As a result, the signal that tells us we're full becomes weak, and the "you're hungry, eat!" signal is strengthened.

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    An interesting November 2013 study, conducted by researchers at Brigham Young University (BYU) and published in the American Journal of

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  • 8 Unexpected Ways You're Preventing Heart Disease

    Protecting yourself is even easier than you thought.It's American Heart Month and tomorrow, February 7, is National Wear Red Day, when you can wear your concern about the country's number-one killer on your sleeve. Literally. A quarter of deaths each year are due to heart disease (much more if you count all the related diseases such as stroke, hypertensive kidney failure and disability due to aging arteries). While there have been significant improvements for men, research shows that women are not faring as well in the fight, and that high blood pressure might be the reason for the divide.

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    Fortunately there's good news. There are many things you can do right now to keep your blood pressure in a healthy range well into the future. And wait! It gets better! You're probably doing a lot of them already and without even realizing it.

    If you are a spin class junkie… you're doing more than burning crazy calories and toning your legs. You're also getting a great cardiovascular workout. With

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  • How Athletes Drink Juice Without Passing Out

    Juice is actually the perfect supplement to an active lifestyle.Juicing may seem like the realm of pin-thin models and waify types who don't mind subsisting on 1,000 calories a day, but the right juices can be beneficial to even the most active lifestyles. Yankee's first baseman Mark Teixeira says that he started trying juices because they fit into his busy schedule. "I'm on the go a lot and it's hard to sit down and make the good food decisions," he says. "The juices I consume really help my overall nutrition."

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    In the morning, he drinks a combination of grapefruit juice, lemon juice and orange (Juice Press's "Glo"). "You wake up thirsty and dehydrated, and it's refreshing," he says (full disclosure: Teixeira is an investor in Juice Press). "The citrus and vitamin C give me energy and it's filling but not ultra heavy." This juice with a side of oatmeal is the perfect breakfast according to Teixeira, who likes to eat about half an hour before he hits the gym.

    After a workout, Teixeira turns to liquid

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  • 5 Ways to Make Positive Changes in Your Life

    Get over your failures and affect real change in your life.At some point in your life, you have probably made a New Year's resolution. Maybe it was this year, and you set a goal to live your life differently in some way, big or small. You might already have abandoned your plans. Perhaps you have given up making resolutions because they so rarely succeed.

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    It is hard to make big changes in your life, and you have to enter into that process expecting that you will experience a few setbacks. What separates the people who succeed at achieving their big-picture goals from those who do not is not that they never fail. It is in their response to failure.

    Everyone fails. Sometimes, you give in to temptation and do something you shouldn't. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, other factors cause your best-laid plans to go awry.

    So, how can you learn from your failures rather than giving up? Here are five suggestions that come from my new book, "Smart Change: Five Tools to Create New and Sustainable Habits in

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  • 5 Tricks to Eat Organic on a Budget

    Yes, you can do it without breaking the bank.Many consumers are willing to pay more money for organic foods because they value the health and environmental advantages, but the question that arises is: "Is it worth it?" This comes up frequently because organic foods tend to be much more expensive than their conventional counterparts. The truth is that, when equipped with the right tools, you can eat organic without making a major dent in your bank account.

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    Use the following five tips to become a savvy organic shopper and start eating organically-without your wallet taking a big hit.

    1. Avoid foods that will not provide the benefits of the organic seal.
    Certain foods absorb higher levels of contaminants and pesticides than others. However, ones that contain few pesticides do not appear to provide nutritional benefits when they are purchased organically. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a public health research and advocacy organization, produces an annual guide to

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  • 7 Things Dr. Oz Does Before 7 A.M

    It couldn't hurt to take some tips from America's favorite doc.For Mehmet Oz, M.D., the secret to starting his jam-packed days off on the right foot is to eliminate time-wasting decision-making by following the same routine every day. For the host of "The Dr. Oz Show," Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University and director of the Cardiovascular Institute & Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital, an efficient morning routine is essential-which for this doctor includes an electric toothbrush, yoga and Greek yogurt. Here, YouBeauty takes a peek into a morning at Dr. Oz's house.

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    Wake-Up Call
    Dr. Oz says he's "very much a morning person" and avoids hitting the snooze button. He starts the day at 5:45 a.m.-like most surgeons, he wakes up very early. According to Oz, "It's the best way to get lots done during the day."

    Big Things First
    What's the first thing Dr. Oz does when opening his eyes each morning? He stretches in bed for 15 seconds while focusing on

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  • Are You Too Nice?

    Being agreeable is one thing. Being a doormat is another.When you look at the other people in your life, there are lots of ways that you are the same. You speak the same language, you all eat a few times a day and you have a tendency to breathe regularly. There are also lots of ways that you differ. Some of those differences are physical-some people are tall and others are short-but many of them have to do with behavior.

    The differences in the way people behave form what we call their personality .

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    Psychologists have identified a number of core aspects of personality, and one of the most important is a characteristic called agreeableness . Agreeableness reflects how important it is for you to get along with other people. If you are highly agreeable, then you organize your life in ways to make sure that the people around you are happy and that they feel warmly toward you. If you are not that agreeable, then you don't really care much about how the people around you feel about you.

    Now, you

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  • Drop a Few Extra Pounds Just by Eating This for Breakfast

    The probiotics news just keeps getting better and better!The potential pros of probiotics range from regulating gut health, to boosting immunity, reducing stress, depression and anxiety, clearing acne and easing allergies. A yogurt-soaked tampon can even cure yeast infections. A new study is adding another line to the list: helping women lose weight and keep it off.

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    In the study, from the Université Laval in Quebec and published online in December 2013 by the British Journal of Nutrition, obese men and women followed a 12-week weight-loss diet followed by another 12 weeks of supervised but unrestricted weight maintenance. Half of the 125 subjects took probiotics-two capsules of Lactobacillus rhamnosus daily. Though there were no differences among the men in each group, the women in the probiotics group lost significantly more weight than the placebo group (9.7 pounds versus 5.7 pounds, on average, respectively). What's more, while women on the placebo gained weight back during the

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  • 4 Ways to Instantly Change Your Outlook on Life

    Remember: You always have something to be thankful for.It's 3 a.m., and someone is screaming in my house. It's my 15-month-old daughter, and she is not happy. My lovely wife does her best to comfort her, but the screaming persists. At that point I know my job is to be gentle, positive and supportive toward my wife and daughter. Instead, I get mad. I wonder why this is happening to us and why being a new parent is so hard. I imagine all the other parents and their babies sleeping soundly; better yet, I remember the days when my wife and I slept with no interruptions, before we had a child. At the time, this thinking felt justified. In retrospect, I see it as irrational, damaging nonsense.

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    Despite studying happiness and gratitude for nearly a decade, I still struggle with feeling grateful. I know how important it is and I know it's effective. Nonetheless, I have a tendency to feel bitter about my life circumstances. For people like me to make a real change, intentional effort needs

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  • The Secret Ingredient for Super-Healthy Cookies

    Satisfy that sweet tooth and keep your skin healthy and glowing.Brrr! It's cold out-and the Arctic Vortex isn't exactly helping our skin. What's more, the cold also makes us crave sweets, which can get in the way of our attempts to make better food choices. But here's a healthy and incredibly enjoyable way you can both protect your skin and satisfy your sweet tooth: this gluten-free and vegan oatmeal, prune and raisin cookie recipe.

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    It's Prunetastic
    Dried plums, with their wide array of phenolic compounds (plant nutrients that contribute to the flavor and color of produce and have potential health benefits), are rich in antioxidants. In fact, dried plums have one of the highest levels of antioxidant capacity, with more antioxidants per weight than many other foods. These antioxidants can help protect skin cells from damaging free radicals that form from outdoor exposure, which may help to guard against premature aging and wrinkle formation. Just five dried plums contain 3 grams of fiber and 30

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