Help your community and your heart? It’s true! A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that donating blood can slash heart attack risk by up to 88%. When access iron builds up in the body, it can damage arteries and reduce blood flow, raising the risk of heart trouble. But regular donations cut the risk of iron overload, something that half of women over 50 are susceptible to after menstruation stops since menstruation helps the body shed excess iron. Bonus: Your donation helps refill blood banks at a time of year when supplies typically dwindle – a win-win.
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.