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A surprising way to BOOST IMMUNITY

A surprising way to BOOST IMMUNITY

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.

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The easy way to SPEED WEIGHT LOSS

The easy way to SPEED WEIGHT LOSS

To melt stubborn pounds, an under-the-radar hero can help: bee pollen! It speeds calorie burn and enhances digestion, thanks to its rich stores of fat-dissolving lecithin and nutrients that inhibit the body’s ability to store fat. In addition, it’s high in phenylalanine, a compound shown to dampen cravings. In fact, studies found that adding bee pollen granules to a glass of lukewarm water and drinking it 20 to 30 minutes before a meal effortlessly decreases food intake by up to 20%. Try: Beekeepers Naturals Bee Pollen (Walmart.com)

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The simple way to WARD OFF ILLNESS

The simple way to WARD OFF ILLNESS

Safeguarding against cold and flu viruses (and even COVID-19) is easier than you think: Simply keep your home’s humidity level at the “sweet spot,” between 40% and 60%. Harvard scientists found this helps prevent virus cells from hanging in the air longer than they do in dry conditions. Plus, moist air helps the lungs expel viruses more efficiently. Try using an inexpensive humidifier in your bedroom, since your body shores up your immune system while you sleep. No humidifier? Fill a slow cooker with water and set on low, uncovered, to add moisture.

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The tasty secret to STRONGER NAILS

The tasty secret to STRONGER NAILS

Strengthening brittle nails from the inside out is easy when you enjoy an omelet for breakfast. Our nails are 98% protein, and a deficiency in this nutrient can sap nails of their strength. Eggs to the rescue! Eating one or two a day supplies needed protein and the amino acid cysteine, which binds the strains of keratin (the main protein in nails) together to add strength. Prefer a topical fix? Mix 1 egg yolk with 1 Tbs. of jojoba oil. Massage into nail beds; rinse after 10 minutes. Doing this three times weekly for 14 days will fortify nails in two weeks.

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The kitchen gadget that SLOWS AGING

The kitchen gadget that SLOWS AGING

Every time you reach for your slow cooker for a hearty stew or roast, you’re warding off signs of aging. Cooking over low temperatures drastically reduces the formation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs), inflammatory compounds that form in food cooked with high-heat methods like grilling and broiling. As AGEs break down our cells, they can trigger everything from saggy skin to stiff arteries. Luckily, slow-cooking methods like simmering, braising, steaming, and poaching help keep skin firm, joints ache-free and memory sharp.

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The simple way to BOOST FOCUS

The simple way to BOOST FOCUS

Letting your mind wander may actually be the most productive part of your day! Harvard scientists say daydreaming allows the brain’s frontal cortex – the area responsible for resisting distractions – to rest and recharge, enabling you to attack your to-do’s with renewed vigor and focus. The trick: Skip using downtime to run through your day’s responsibilities. Instead, prompt your thoughts with topics you enjoy. And the benefits extend beyond renewed focus. Daydreaming has been shown to boost creativity and improve well-being too!

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Delicious way to RESTORE VITALITY

Delicious way to RESTORE VITALITY

Chronic stress leads to burnout of the adrenal glands for up to 86% of women. The result? Exhaustion, blue moods, and weight gain. To the rescue: licorice root. Its active compound, glycyrrhetic acid, is an anti-stress tonic that helps heal overworked adrenals to keep you energized and upbeat throughout the busy holiday season. What’s more, German scientists say eating real licorice also stamps down sugar cravings. The key: eating six pieces of black licorice made with real licorice root extract daily (find it in supermarkets and drug stores).

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This ‘toothbrush trick’ SAFEGUARDS MEMORY

This ‘toothbrush trick’ SAFEGUARDS MEMORY

Turns out you’ve got the making of a powerful anti-Alzheimer’s agent in your cupboards: baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. The combo kills and rinses away oral bacteria that causes gingivitis – gum inflammation so common, it affects 3 in 4 adults. And that’s the key since research shows the bacteria may be linked to the formation of brain plaques that trigger dementia. To do: Once a month; mix 2 Tbs. of baking soda with a small amount of 3% hydrogen peroxide to form a thick paste. Massage into the gum line with a toothbrush, then rinse well with warm water.

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The surprising secret to HEALTHY TEETH AND GUMS

The surprising secret to HEALTHY TEETH AND GUMS

Healthy gums block bacteria from traveling through the body, which protects against dementia, heart disease and COVID complications. Now, Danish researchers have found that a toothpaste with CBD oil eliminates 262% more of the bacteria than leading toothpaste brands. What’s more, research has shown that CBD may reduce gum and tooth sensitivity. And because it’s derived from the hemp plant it contains non of the THC that brings on a “high”. One to try: CBDent (GetCBDent.com)

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The surprising way to ERASE SIGNS OF AGING

The surprising way to ERASE SIGNS OF AGING

For the millions of women suffering from sinus pressure triggered by cold, damp weather: Horseradish to the rescue! The root veggie contains a sinus-clearing chemical similar to one found in drugstore decongestants, as well as antibacterial compounds that help prevent infection. And if the bold flavor makes your nose run, that’s a good thing! It helps drain excess sinus fluid. I suggest grating 1 tsp. of fresh horseradish root and chewing it thoroughly for 1 minute. If the flavor is too strong, add the grated root to a salad dressing or sauce instead.

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Courtesy of Ann Louise Gittleman

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The sweet way to TAME ALLERGIES

The sweet way to TAME ALLERGIES

To outsmart spring allergies, try a daily “dose” of local honey. Finnish scientists found folks who enjoyed birch pollen honey during birch pollen season cut their symptoms by 60% and used half as many antihistamines as those who skipped honey. When bees collect nectar, their bodies get covered in pollen that ends up in honey. And when you consume that trace amount of local pollen daily, it builds immunity to allergens in your area through gradual exposure. Simply savor a spoonful of raw local honey with oatmeal, toast, or fruit daily.

The sweet snack that SAFEGUARDS BONES

The sweet snack that SAFEGUARDS BONES

Turns out there are more benefits to prunes than keeping us “regular”. Investigators at Florida State University found that enjoying four prunes (or a glass of prune juice) daily for a year has the power to stop age-related loss of bone mass and increase bone density in post-menopausal women. The reason? The sweet gems are rich in bone-building boron, a compound that helps the body synthesize estrogen and vitamin D – a process vital to maintaining the calcium and magnesium levels needed for strong bones.

The tasty trio that BOOSTS BRAINPOWER

The tasty trio that BOOSTS BRAINPOWER

Adding the “three B’s” (blueberries, beets and broccoli) to your daily diet can slow brain aging and keep your thinking sharp for years to come. The trio boasts a payload of nutrients that are superheroes when it comes to brain health: Antioxidants reduce brain-harming inflammation, flavonoids sharpen memory, folate helps stabilize moods for clearer thinking, betaine boosts levels of memory-protecting serotonin and vitamin K improves comprehension and the ability to remember things like verbal instructions and directions.

The daily tweak that SAFEGUARDS YOUR HEART

The daily tweak that SAFEGUARDS YOUR HEART

Magnesium is key for heart health, but most women over 50 lack ample stores. That’s why I advise supplementing with 5 mg. of the nutrient per pound of body weight (750 mg. for a 150-pound woman, for example). Research shows it relaxes blood vessels, making it easier for the heart to pump blood and keep your blood pressure in the safe zone. Tip: Avoid taking magnesium with meals, It neutralizes stomach acid, which prevents your body from digesting food and absorbing nutrients as efficiently.

The relaxing way to ADD HEALTHY YEARS

The relaxing way to ADD HEALTHY YEARS

Unwinding with a glass of vino at dinner keeps you healthy for years to come. Scientists say indulging in a daily glass of wine, beer or mixed drink may help you live longer. Alcohol triggers the liver to produce blood sugar – steadying enzymes and increase production of “good” HDL cholesterol that keeps arteries plaque-free. Plus, that bump in HDL nourishes and energizes immune cells to reduce cancer risk by as much as 40%. Other benefits of a daily tipple include lower odds of stroke and dementia. The key: Keep it to one or two drinks a day.

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