Health Tips

Reaching for the soap bottle labeled "antibacterial" won't necessarily reduce your risk of getting sick or passing illness along to others-in fact, there is no evidence that antibacterial soaps are more effective than regular ones.  In fact, long term exposure to some ingredients in these products, such as triclosan, may pose health risks like bacterial resistance or hormonal effects, according to a 2013 FDA statement.

 

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After a long, exhausting workday, exercising sounds like the last thing you'd want to do, but getting your sweat on will actually energize you.  Fatigue along with mood and depression improved after a single 30 minute moderate intensity exercise session, according to a study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

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You should ditch all soda including diet.  Research from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health revealed that overweight and obese adults who drank diet beverages ate more calories from food than those who drank regular soda.  Additionally, a University of Texas study found that diet soda drinkers had a 70% greater  increase in waist circumference than non-drinkers over the course of 10 years.

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Grabbing a 100-calorie snack pack of pretzels may seem virtuous, but it's more likely to make you hungrier than if you ate something more substantial.  Eating a small amount of carbohydrates spikes your blood sugar and leaves you wanting more carbs. Dietitians recommend choosing a protein such as peanut butter or string cheese with an apple. They are higher in calories per serving, but the protein and fat helps you get full faster and stay full longer—and you end up eating fewer calories overall.

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