#TipTuesday: You don't need to completely eliminate dessert, just try not to indulge immediately after dinner since sugar can disrupt the absorption of nutrients. The best time for a sweet treat is about two hours after you finish your meal. And when it comes to what you eat, try dark chocolate. The flavonols found in cocoa improve circulation and increase blood flow to the brain, which can help you see more clearly.
#TipTuesday: Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Not only do fruits and veggies add color, flavor and texture to your meal - they are also packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Aim to make 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables your daily goal. Experiment with different types, including fresh, frozen and canned - depending on what's in season.
#TipTuesday: Dry ears thoroughly with a towel after swimming or bathing. Swimmer’s ear (also known as otitis externa) can occur when water stays in the ear canal for long periods of time - creating a perfect environment for germs to grow and infect the skin! Symptoms of swimmer’s ear include: • Itchiness inside the ear. • Redness & swelling of the ear. • Pain when the infected ear is tugged. • Pus draining from infected ear If you think you have swimmer’s ear, consult a doctor.
#TipTuesday: Limit summer sun exposure. UV rays are most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you are uncertain about the sun's intensity, take the shadow test: If your shadow is shorter than you, then the sun's rays are at their strongest for the day.
#TipTuesday: Even if you aren’t a germaphobe, it’s important to wash your hands after working out since gyms are a notorious breeding ground for germs. Be sure to also keep your hands off your face during your workout, and bring a towel with which to wipe off sweat. Spending 30 minutes on the stairmaster and then hitting the weights means a whole lot of exposure to other people's germs - so wash those hands as soon as you finish your workout!
#TipTuesday: Pump up the protein in your meals. It’s easy to opt for less healthy options when hunger strikes and vending machine goods are the only thing in sight. But even decadent snacks, like cookies and potato chips, won’t keep you full for long. To avoid snack urges load up on high-protein meals, which will fill you up and keep you satisfied for a few hours.
#TipTuesday: Reduce your chances of getting a tickborne disease by using repellents, checking for ticks, and showering after being outdoors. Ticks are most active in late June and early July - so stay vigilant. If you have a tick bite followed by a fever or rash, seek medical attention.
#TipTuesday: Floss every single day. You know you should be, so why not start today? Do it in your car, while getting ready for bed, or when watching TV -- and the task will fly by. Flossing reduces oral bacteria, which improves overall body health. (When oral bacteria is low, your body has more resources to fight bacteria elsewhere.) And, for those with a competitive spirit, you can pat yourself on the back knowing you're doing better than ~85% of people who don't floss daily.
#TipTuesday: Drink coffee to have a better nap! In a study that examined how to make the most of a nap, people who took a "coffee nap"—drinking about 200 milligrams of caffeine and then immediately taking a 20-minute rest—felt more alert and performed better on tests than those who only took a nap. So what makes this work? In short, your nap will end just as the caffeine kicks in and clears the brain of a molecule called adenosine (known for causing drowsiness), thus maximized alertness!
#TipTuesday: Wipe down your plane seat with antibacterial wipes to prevent illness when traveling. You won't care too much about looking OCD when you realize that everything from fecal matter to Methicillan-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria has been found hiding in the passenger cabins of planes. Antibacterial wipes are TSA friendly since they’re not a liquid, and you can use them to clean your hands, as well as wipe down your seat, arm rests, tray table, and especially your…
#FastFactFriday: According to a new study, only about 55 percent of antidepressant prescriptions are written to alleviate symptoms of depression, while the rest were written for a wide variety of other conditions that aren’t related to depression. The most common alternate uses were for: anxiety, insomnia, pain, panic disorders, fibromyalgia, migraine, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and menopause symptoms.
#TipTuesday: This summer avoid sunscreen with vitamin A. Eating vitamin A-laden vegetables is great for you, but spreading vitamin A on your skin may not be. Data shows that tumors and lesions develop sooner on skin coated with creams laced with vitamin A -- also called retinyl palmitate or retinol. Also avoid any skin or lip product whose label includes retinyl palmitate, retinol or vitamin A.