For the nearly 20 million women who have trouble catching their breath due to asthma or COPD, a trio of nutrients can help. I suggest 1,000 mg of vitamin C, a mild antihistamine that reduces respiratory tract inflammation that interferes with breathing; 500 mg of magnesium, which opens airways; and 1,500 mg of quercetin, which has antihistamine and anti-inflammatory effects. Also smart: Sip coffee or tea. Caffeine relaxes airways and metabolizes into theophylline, a compound used in some asthma meds.
Next time your mind feels a little sluggish, hum your favorite tune. The vocal cords are connected to the vagus nerve, a key communication pathway linking the brain and other parts of the body (like the heart, lungs and stomach). Humming creates vibrations that stimulate the nerve, which spurs the release of acetylcholine, a compound that quickly clears away brain fog to sharpen thinking. For an even stronger vibration (and bigger mental boost), open and close your mouth while humming your favorite Motown song.