Ready to improve your well-being? Try these healthy tips from the Good Houskeeping Do Diet.
Do: Eat to beat migraines
Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce the frequency and severity of the head pain. Guess what else these superfoods can do for you?
Salmon: On top of providing mega amounts of omega-3s, it has loads of vitamin D, which may help reduce your risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease, said GH Nutrition Director Jaclyn London. She recommends eating at least 12 ounces per week.
Seeds: Chia and hemp seeds have antioxidants, which may reduce blood-vessel damage and thus help protect against stroke and heart disease. Add about 3 tablespoons to your yogurt.
Nutrition Lab pick: Carrington Farms Flax Chia Paks ($8 for 12) have earned the GH Nutritionist-Approved emblem.
Walnuts: Packed with protein, fiber and some of the highest levels of plant-based omega-3s, walnuts are great for feeding your 3 p.m. slump. Also, studies suggest that eating a handful every day may reduce your risk of heart attack and boost memory and cognitive function, whatever your age.
Do: Massage Away Pain
If you’d give up your stash of emergency chocolate for a good muscle rub, odds are you’re one of the quarter of Americans who, according to the National Institutes of Health, have pain that lasts more than 24 hours. Want an inexpensive way to feel good fast? Get on the ball. “People think of massage as an indulgence, but it’s not,” said Sue Hitzmann, author of The MELT Method, a technique that involves massaging feet, hands and other areas with small balls to stimulate fluid in connective tissue. This reduces pain in other parts of the body, Hitzmann said. Jill Miller, in her book “The Roll Model,” advises using larger therapy balls to directly massage muscles and nerves in order to release tension. Try Miller’s Gnarly Neck move to relieve pain caused by working at a computer (if you don’t have a therapy ball, you can use any small ball): Lie on your back, legs bent, feet on the floor. Place ball under your back, above one shoulder blade. Lift your pelvis, and use your body weight to roll the ball
around toward your spine. Raise your arm and bring it back down while breathing deeply. Repeat 10 times, then switch sides. Ahhh!
Do: Walk 20 Minutes Every Day
You know lacing up your sneakers and hoofing it is good for your health, but who knew how good? A recent study found that women who walked briskly (around 100 steps a minute) for a total of 2.5 hours per week reduced factors that increase the risk of heart attack – significantly lowering blood pressure, total cholesterol and weight after about 10 weeks. The key to reaping the benefits is making it a daily habit, said author Pamela Stewart Fahs, associate dean at Binghamton University. To up the fun factor, turn walks into a must-do family activity or a chance to catch up with friends.
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Go green (and keep more green in your pocket) with painless cost-cutters from our Labs.
Set your dryer to automatic: When you use this setting (rather than a preset time), the dryer shuts off as soon as it senses that the load is done. Fewer wasted minutes, and less wear and tear on clothes!
Go Low-Flow in the Shower: The newest energy-saving showerheads are as powerful as traditional options, so you won’t feel as if you’re showering at a campsite – but they use less water, which means you’ll pay less to heat it. In just six months, our top pick nearly pays for itself, and it saves you about $60 annually after that.
GH Lab pick: Waterpik Torrent Powerspray+ ($35, waterpik.com).
Do: Ponder the Big Questions
Thinking about the big picture is completely normal – and good for your health!
Turns out it’s healthy to think about existential issues, according to a study in the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science. Pushing away whoppers like “Does life have meaning?” and “Has God abandoned me?” is linked to higher levels of depression and anxiety, so bring them up with friends or clergy. “It may be helpful to know that many people experience these types of struggles – you’re not alone!” said co-author Julie Exline.
The following products and vehicles were recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Unless otherwise indicated, discontinue use of the products immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information about the products, call the manufacturer or CPSC’s toll-free hotline, (800) 638-2772. Only some cars or trucks recalled are affected. Contact a dealer for your model to see if it is included in the recall. The dealer will tell you what to do.
Magnetic tic-tac-toe games, sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide from December 2016 through February 2017 for about $5.
The magnets can come off the tic-tac-toe game pieces, posing a choking hazard. In addition, when two or more magnets are swallowed, they can link together inside the intestines and clamp onto body tissues, causing intestinal obstructions, perforations, sepsis and death. Internal injury from magnets can pose serious lifelong health effects. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled tic-tac-toe game and return it to any Target store for a full refund. Consumers can contact Target at (800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. CT any day, or online at www.target.com. Click on “Recalls” at the bottom of the page, then on “School/Stationery/Seasonal” or the “Product Recalls” tab on Target’s Facebook page for more information.
Volkswagen 2017 Passat
Brake fluid may leak slowly from the some of the brake line connections, resulting in a low brake fluid level. A low brake fluid level may lengthen the distance needed to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected brake lines for free. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at
(800) 893-5298. Volkswagen’s number for this recall is 47N3.
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