My new nightly routine involves brushing my teeth, washing my face, and massaging my feet with magnesium oil. Is that last step weird? Maybe — but totally worth it. Let’s talk about magnesium: It’s a mineral that’s crucial to the proper functioning of over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. And you probably aren’t getting enough of it: Studies show up to 75 percent of Americans may be deficient.
So, should you be worried? Well, only if you want less stress, better sleep, stronger bones, more flexibility, less constipation, and all of those 300 bodily reactions to be working properly. Read more »
• The Super Bowl is headed our way, which means there are probably some Buffalo wings in your future. For some wings you won’t regret, try these oven-baked hot wings, served with a Greek yogurt blue cheese dip. Your jeans will thank you. [POPSUGAR Fitness] Read more »
Raise your hand if you are always tired. Like, so tired that you would not be surprised if you fell asleep at your desk right this second. Well, a new study performed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, published in the journal Sleep, found that changing your diet to lose a few pounds could impact more than just your waistline: For folks who are overweight, ditching a few pounds can lead to feeling more awake during the day, all while getting less (better quality) sleep at night. Three cheers for weight loss working double duty! The bad news: Small dietary changes in the wrong direction, even just for a little while, can have the opposite effect. Think: crappy sleep and lowered daytime energy.
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• For everyone who’s ever walked out of a fitness class wondering “Was that a good workout? I really do NOT know”: Six physical signs, courtesy of exercise physiologists, that indicate you definitely got a good workout in. [Q by Equinox] Read more »
• Fact: We all probably all need to wash our sheets more often. According to experts, we should all be washing them once a week. (Insert the ashamed-monkey emoji here.) But what’s more interesting is probably when we don’t necessarily need to wash them — like after fighting off a cold. Who knew? [Yahoo Health]
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• A few years ago, my best friend got married in her parents’ living room and I videotaped the entire thing. But it wasn’t really worth videotaping, because all you can hear is loud, sobbing sounds … coming from me. I swear, they were happy sobs, but still, it is not cute. And for years, I have wondered: Why the heck couldn’t I control my tear ducts?!? So I am oh-so-grateful to have that episode explained to me by the lovely folks over at Science of Us. If you, too, are a happy cryer, click through to learn why. [Science of Us] Read more »
• A nap can absolutely help you plow through your day with lots of energy — but you have to do it right. Here, four smart strategies to nap like a pro. [Sleep.org] Read more »
• If you stay up way later than you intend, you can always make up those lost hours tomorrow night … er, right? [Women’s Health] Read more »
Trouble sleeping? You’re not alone. An estimated 60 million Americans suffer from chronic sleeplessness every year. And while reaching for an Ambien might seem like the most sensible option to bring on the shuteye, the folks over at Science of Us have another idea that just might help you get better sleep, sans medication: Stay up later. Read more »
Just a quick redirect here to let you in on this nifty sleep calculator a friend of mine just sent over, with about 55 exclamation points. (She and I are both rather sleep deprived new moms, so the thought of sleeping on our own terms does, in fact, warrant a few !!!. Moving on.) Read more »