Daily brushing does more than safeguard your smile – it keeps your mind sharp too. Researchers say P. gingivalis the bacteria that causes gum disease, produces a protein linked to memory loss and brain-cell damage, and it’s been found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. To keep memory-hampering bacteria at bay, try this pennies-a-day DIY antibacterial toothpaste: Mix a small amount of 3% hydrogen peroxide into 2 Tbs. of baking soda until it forms a thin paste. Then use a toothbrush to massage the paste into the gums and gumline; rinse well.
Happy news: Getting out and about for a stroll in this beautiful weather can whittle your middle. The trick that speeds results? Enjoying a walk before breakfast instead of after. Investigators reporting in the British Journal of Nutrition found that this simple timing shift supercharges your body’s ability to burn belly fat. That’s because when you exercise before a meal on an empty stomach, your body burns off stored fats for fuel (which powers off pounds) instead of tapping into energy stored in muscle cells. Bye-bye, belly fat!