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.
The wardrobe tweak to FEEL YOUR BEST
One of the easiest ways to foster joy and good health: tailoring your clothes to your unique needs. When deciding what to wear, consider the radiant energy of the colors in your closet. Each one has an effect on your body, and color therapy has been used for centuries in the treatment of disease and injury. Anxious? Pick a blue top, which promotes tranquility and calmness. Sad? Add a pop of yellow. The sunny color has been shown to boost cheer. Grieving? Choose pink, which can help heal sadness and loss.