The surprising secret to sailing through sick season? Giving your body’s pH levels a tune-up. Research shows half of post-menopausal women have pH levels that are too acidic, which can weaken the immune system. Luckily, it’s easy to check your pH with inexpensive urine or saliva test strips found in drug stores. The ideal reading is 6.4. If your reading is lower, which signifies high acidity, you can bring it back into balance with an acid-neutralizing sipper: Simply stir 1/4 tsp. of sea salt and 1/4 tsp. of cream of tartar into 4 oz. of water and drink daily.
Wouldn’t it be great if something you enjoy daily could boost your health and melt fat? Good news: Sipping your morning coffee will do just that! The brew has gentle diuretic properties to flush water weight. Plus, it’s loaded with antioxidants and polyphenols, the most abundant of which is chlorogenic acid (CGA). CGA curbs appetite boosts metabolism by 50% and cuts blood-sugar fluctuations in half. So you stay slim and lower your risk of diabetes. Even better? Opt for medium or light roasted brews, which have more CGA.