Health http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/14/all en-US 6 Surprising Ways a Houseplant Can Save You Money http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprising-ways-a-houseplant-can-save-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-surprising-ways-a-houseplant-can-save-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_watering_plant_000015068788.jpg" alt="Woman learning surprising ways a houseplant saves her money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you have considered adding a houseplant to your home or office decor, you may be surprised to find just how much they can improve your life and even save you money.</p> <p>Experts recommend investing in at least three houseplants &mdash; and up to four plants per person &mdash; to drastically improve your indoor air quality. Bayer recommends <a href="http://www.bayeradvanced.com/articles/5-benefits-of-houseplants">adding one large plant</a> to roughly every 100 square feet of space for maximum benefits.</p> <h2>1. Save Money on Your Electricity</h2> <p>Plants release oxygen and water vapor, which can help boost humidity in the air. This means you won't need to waste money buying a humidifier to improve your indoor air quality. You also won't need to waste electricity running the humidifier when houseplants do the same thing for free.</p> <p>The increase in moisture can also have a cooling effect, too. Adding houseplants during the summer can help you reduce your dependency on air conditioning, which will help further lower your electricity bill.</p> <h2>2. Save Money on Medical Treatment</h2> <p>Houseplants have a plethora of physical, mental, and psychological health benefits. In an 1989 report, NASA studied &quot;<a href="http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19930073077.pdf">sick building syndrome</a>&quot; in relation to indoor air pollution, and found that certain plants are actually good for your health. Plants can help with ailments such as headaches, stress, respiratory problems, and even the common cold and cough. In fact, studies have shown that sickness rates throughout an office will fall dramatically once plants are added.</p> <p>They can also help produce more oxygen and clean the air you're breathing, which can further reduce airborne allergens and infections. Some indoor plants, such as the aloe vera plant, can even be applied directly to injuries in order to speed up healing.</p> <p>Researchers have found that adding brightly colored plants to hospital rooms dramatically lifts patients' spirits, which in turn helps to reduce the necessary treatment and recovery time. Patients in hospital rooms with plants have been shown to <a href="http://www.rodalewellness.com/health/plants-and-healing">require less pain medication</a>, experience less fatigue, and have lower blood pressure. One study also found that patients who are tasked with taking care of plants experience a shorter recovery time after medical or surgical procedures. This is called horticulture therapy and can be very effective.</p> <h2>3. Save Money on Allergy Medications</h2> <p>The American Society of Horticultural Science found that Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors, so indoor air quality is becoming an increasing health concern &mdash; especially when you consider that indoor air can be up to <a href="http://www2.ashs.org/pressrelease/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=1062:common-plants-can-eliminate-indoor-air-pollutants&amp;catid=1:hortscience&amp;Itemid=3">12 times more polluted</a> than outdoor air.</p> <p>Fortunately, indoor plants are scientifically proven to help improve air quality. In fact, according to the NASA study, some plants can help remove indoor air pollutants like formaldehyde and benzene.</p> <p>If you don't take steps to clean the air you're breathing, you may develop allergies. If you already have allergies, an indoor plant can reduce allergens and lessen your dependency on allergy medications. Air filtration systems can be expensive and ineffective. Instead, a houseplant provides an affordable alternative solution that can also complement your home decor. In fact, some suggest exposing your children to plants early in life so that they can begin building a tolerance for common allergens.</p> <h2>4. Save Money on Mood and Energy Enhancers</h2> <p>Houseplants just make you happy. They can increase self-esteem, reduce depression, make you feel more relaxed, and even increase your sense of stability. They have also been shown to improve mood, <a href="http://ellisonchair.tamu.edu/health-and-well-being-benefits-of-plants/#.VNzuCeddVfA">memory, mental capacity, concentration</a>, creativity, and productivity. Plants can also help lower background noise, which can improve your work environment and make any area more enjoyable to inhabit. Why waste money on mood and energy supplements when you can get similar benefits just by adding a plant to your space?</p> <h2>5. Save Money on Sleeping Aids</h2> <p>If you have trouble sleeping, try adding a plant to your room. Plants give off oxygen at night, which can help you breathe better. Houseplants also instill a feeling of calm and relaxation, and will help to keep your stresses and anxiety at bay.</p> <h2>6. Save Money on Indoor Decor</h2> <p>Home and office decor can be pricey. Houseplants, on the other hand, are an affordable, beautiful accent that look great, smell great, and can last for years. They can also mask any unpleasant odors and even hide the smell of smoke. Why bother with an air freshener that contains harmful chemicals when you can clean the air with an indoor plant?</p> <p>Indoor plants can also help improve your business image and instantly put your guests or clients at ease. Studies have also shown that people prefer to be in rooms that have plants in them because they tend to be perceived as cleaner and more expensive.</p> <h2>Choosing Beneficial and Affordable Plants</h2> <p>NASA found that there are certain air-filtering plants that clean the air along with releasing oxygen. Fortunately, most of these beneficial indoor plants are very affordable. Ferns, lilies, orchids, and chrysanthemums will look great in any room, won't cost much, and will continue to improve your indoor air quality all day and night. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-cheap-plants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality?Ref=seealso">The Best Cheap Plants for Improving Indoor Air Quality</a>)</p> <h2>Maintaining Your Plants</h2> <p>In order to get the best usage out of your houseplants, it's important to take care of them properly with routine maintenance. Along with regularly watering them, it is important to keep the leaves clean and dusted.</p> <p>Rubbing the leaves of your plants with castor oil or the inside of a banana peel can revive the shine. Banana peels also work as a natural fertilizer and pesticide. Keep plants away from drafty areas, choose the right container for your plant, and provide them with the right amount of light every day so they can continue to thrive for years to come.</p> <p><em>Do you know of other benefits associated with indoor plants? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprising-ways-a-houseplant-can-save-you-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cheap-ways-to-make-your-office-look-awesome">12 Cheap Ways to Make Your Office Look Awesome</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/teach-yourself-to-cook">Teach yourself to cook</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-ways-to-prep-your-garden-for-winter">10 Easy Ways to Prep Your Garden for Winter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-awesome-decorating-hacks-anyone-can-do">30 Awesome Decorating Hacks Anyone Can Do</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor">12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Allergies decor Health plants pollution saving money sleep aids Thu, 21 Jan 2016 16:00:08 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1642419 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 Ways Your Commute Is Killing You — And What to Do About It http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-your-commute-is-killing-you-and-what-to-do-about-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-ways-your-commute-is-killing-you-and-what-to-do-about-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_driving_mad_000082141745.jpg" alt="Woman learning ways her commute is killing her " title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How many times have you pounded your fist on the dashboard of your car and moaned, &quot;This traffic is killing me!&quot;</p> <p>What if I told you it literally <em>is</em> killing you? Here are all the ways the better part of an hour that you spend driving to work each day is doing you real harm&hellip; and some healthier alternatives that might just save you.</p> <h2>Time in the Car Is Sedentary</h2> <p>People who <a href="http://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797%2812%2900167-5/abstract">commute more than 20 miles a day</a> are more likely to have high blood sugar, high cholesterol, depression, and anxiety, according to a study of Texas road warriors. The authors blamed the health consequences on the fact that long drives leave less time for exercise.</p> <h2>The More You Drive, the More You Weigh</h2> <p>Daily <a href="http://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(12)00776-3/abstract">car commuters gained more weight</a> over a four-year period than occasional car commuters, and nearly twice as much as non-car commuters, an Australian study found. Overweight and obesity combined are the <a href="https://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/oehp/obesity/mortality.htm">second-leading cause of preventable death</a> in the United States.</p> <h2>Even on Public Transit, Long Commutes Wear You Out</h2> <p>A survey of <a href="http://www.journalsleep.org/ViewAbstract.aspx?pid=24164">Long Island rail commuters</a> published in the journal Sleep showed that the longer the commute, the less sleep riders got at night. A Swedish study compared folks who drove or <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3226527/">took transit to work</a> to those who biked there; the train riders were more likely to feel stressed and exhausted, miss sleep, and call in sick.</p> <p>Unfortunately, most of us can't just call our bosses and explain that commuting is unhealthy and therefore we can't go to work. Well, we can, but we won't get paid. So here are some more practical ideas for avoiding death by commute.</p> <h2>Consider Travel Time When Home and Job Shopping</h2> <p>Since commute time is a serious health issue, it's worthwhile to make it a priority right up there with the quality of schools and the cost of homes when you're deciding where to live. Whenever my family relocates for work, we start our home search with a local transit map. We pinpoint communities where we could walk or bike to a train or, in our current location, ferry. Where we live now, we are lucky enough to be able to get around <a href="http://carfreemom.com/">without owning a car</a>. Both my spouse and I have turned down job offers that would have forced us to drive long distances.</p> <p>When you account for the impact on health, travel time becomes just as relevant as the pay and benefits offered.</p> <h2>Look Into Bike Commuting</h2> <p>People who <a href="http://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(15)00159-2/abstract">pedal to work tend to get more exercise</a> overall, because it's not as if they sit around more after work once the trip is done, according to a study of Spanish bike commuters. In my experience, many members of our community are unaware that it's possible to bring your bike along on the bus, train, and ferry, making it quite practical to pedal at least part of a long commute. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-road-bikes">The 5 Best Road Bikes</a>)</p> <h2>Ask for Work Flexibility</h2> <p>Even if you can't avoid driving to work, you may be able to change your work hours slightly so that you drive before or after the peak traffic hours. Other professionals have success requesting one or more work-from-home days per week, which can free up time for a jog.</p> <p><em>How do you get to work in the morning? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-your-commute-is-killing-you-and-what-to-do-about-it">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-things-to-do-during-your-commute-even-if-you-drive">10 Smart Things to Do During Your Commute (Even If You Drive!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-being-a-safe-driver-will-save-you-big-money">4 Ways Being a Safe Driver Will Save You Big Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-know-when-renting-a-moving-truck">What to Know When Renting a Moving Truck</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-you-know-how-to-use-a-parking-meter-serious-question">Do you know how to use a parking meter? Serious question.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-survive-with-one-car-in-suburbia">Can You Survive with One Car in Suburbia?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Cars and Transportation commute drive to work driving Health work commute Fri, 08 Jan 2016 12:00:02 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1634703 at http://www.wisebread.com Avoid These 5 Costly Health Insurance Mistakes http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-5-costly-health-insurance-mistakes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/avoid-these-5-costly-health-insurance-mistakes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/money_health_insurance_000014590407.jpg" alt="Learning how to avoid costly health insurance mistakes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How little do most consumers think about their health insurance? The 2015 Aflac Workforce Report found that 23% of adults would rather clean their toilets than research their health benefits during their employer&rsquo;s open enrollment period.</p> <p>This is too bad. Not researching their health insurance choices could cost them.</p> <p>&quot;Too many people get their health insurance from their employers and then never research it again,&quot; says Hector de la Torre, executive director of the Transamerica Center for Health Studies. &quot;They don't change their plans even as their lives change. And that can cost them a lot of money. You need to monitor your health insurance over the years. Most people don't think much about their plans until they're making a co-payment or paying a bill.&quot;</p> <p>Here are the five costliest mistakes consumers make when it comes to health insurance. If you want to keep more money in your pocket, you'll be sure to avoid them.</p> <h2>1. Not Living a Healthy Lifestyle</h2> <p>Dr. Sam Ho, chief medical officer with UnitedHealthcare, says that a growing number of employers are offering their employees <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-get-cheaper-health-insurance">discounts on health insurance</a> premiums if they pursue healthier lives. Your employer might slash $400 off your annual health care premium if you don't smoke. Others might give you a discount if you lose weight.</p> <p>Ho says this trend isn't going anywhere. A recent study by Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health found that employers will spend an average of $693 per employee on wellness-based incentives in 2015, up from $430 five years ago.</p> <h2>2. Focusing on Premiums Only</h2> <p>Rebecca Palm, chief strategy officer of Boston-based healthcare expense management company CoPatient, says that too many consumers choose the health insurance option that comes with the lowest premium, whether or not it's the best plan for them and their families.</p> <p>For example, an HMO plan might come with lower premiums than a PPO program. But that doesn't mean you'll be happier with the lower-cost HMO option, Palm explained.</p> <p>&quot;Yes, HMO premiums could be lower, but do you prefer your primary care doctor directing traffic for you, or do you want to go the PPO route, where your care is more self-directed?&quot; Palm asked. &quot;With a PPO plan, you won't necessarily need to ask your primary care physician for a referral before you go to see a specialist. If you see a lot of specialists, you might be happier with the PPO choice.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Not Understanding How Their Plan Works</h2> <p>Matthew Owenby, senior vice president with insurance provider Aflac, said that too many consumers never take the time to fully learn how their health insurance plan works.</p> <p>Some consumers don't understand how a plan's co-pay system works until they actually show up at their doctor's office with the stomach flu. Others don't understand how high their deductibles are, or don't realize that when they have health insurance with a deductible of $1,000, that they'll actually need to have that money available before scheduling an expensive medical procedure.</p> <p>&quot;Most people don't spend enough time researching their options before making benefits decisions,&quot; Owenby says. &quot;The reasons for that are broad. Some people think health insurance is too complicated. Often, the enrollment period offered by employers is too short. Other times, people are feeling healthy and they don't consider health insurance to be a priority.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Going to the Emergency Room Too Frequently</h2> <p>Ho said that hospitals are increasingly investing in freestanding clinics to offer patients an alternative option to the emergency room. These options are less expensive &mdash; and offer shorter waiting times, too &mdash; than do traditional emergency rooms, Ho said.</p> <p>And that's just the beginning. Medical providers are increasingly offering telemedicine and online services for routine and preventive care, Ho said. By using these alternatives, consumers can keep their health insurance fees low.</p> <p>&quot;Emergency rooms should be reserved for true emergencies,&quot; Ho says.</p> <h2>5. Never Questioning Their Medical Bills</h2> <p>Palm said that medical providers aren't perfect; they might charge consumers for a service they never provided. But most consumers simply pay their medical bills without ever reviewing them for mistakes, Palm said.</p> <p>&quot;There is a lot of complexity with medical bills,&quot; Palm says. &quot;Consumers don't always understand what they are being billed for. They just assume that the bill is right and pay it right away. We always encourage people to make sure everything is correct on the bill and to wait to pay that bill until they are sure they are being charged correctly.&quot;</p> <p><em>Are you monitoring your health care costs carefully?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dan-rafter">Dan Rafter</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-5-costly-health-insurance-mistakes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-pet-health-insurance-worth-it">Is Pet Health Insurance Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-one-time-short-term-health-insurance-makes-sense">The One Time Short-Term Health Insurance Makes Sense</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/follow-these-5-steps-to-full-health-care-coverage-in-retirement">Follow These 5 Steps to Full Health Care Coverage in Retirement</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-when-you-should-switch-to-your-partners-health-insurance">Here&#039;s When You Should Switch to Your Partner&#039;s Health Insurance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-take-advantage-of-obamacare-for-less-financial-risk-and-more-freedom">How to Take Advantage of Obamacare for Less Financial Risk and More Freedom</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Insurance copays deductibles Health healthcare medical bills Fri, 30 Oct 2015 09:15:33 +0000 Dan Rafter 1602209 at http://www.wisebread.com 33 Ways to Feel 10 Years Younger http://www.wisebread.com/33-ways-to-feel-10-years-younger <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/33-ways-to-feel-10-years-younger" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cigna-feel-younger-title.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Age has a way of sneaking up on us. One minute, you're pulling all-nighters to finish that essay, and the next, you&rsquo;re feeling aches and pains in places you didn&rsquo;t know existed. While there's nothing you can do to halt the passage of time, there are things you can do to feel younger.</p> <h2>1. Eat Breakfast</h2> <p><a href="http://www.webmd.com/diet/many-benefits-breakfast">Eating breakfast</a> gives you more energy for your daily activities, and provides important nutrients that you require throughout the day. Contrary to what you might think, a healthy breakfast &mdash; one with a good balance of whole grains, fats, fiber, and protein &mdash; can also help you to maintain a healthy weight. Set yourself up to make a quick breakfast the night before: chop vegetables for an omelet, keep hard-boiled eggs in the fridge or put out fruit that is quick to grab and go.</p> <h2>2. Take a Walk</h2> <p>You don&rsquo;t have to hit the gym for hours on end to stay active and healthy. &nbsp;Walking is one of the easiest ways to stay active without undue strain on your joints &mdash; a brisk half-hour walk every day will help you stay strong and feel more energized. The impact is even greater if you can manage an hour &mdash; recent studies suggest that <a href="http://www.cancer.org/cancer/news/news/study-shows-walking-an-hour-a-day-achieves-greatest-longevity-benefit">an hour of walking daily optimizes your longevity</a>. If losing weight is your goal, try this <a href="http://www.cigna.com/healthwellness/hw/medical-topics/interactive-tool-tx4394">quick and easy calculator</a> to figure out how many calories you burned during your walk.</p> <h2>3. Protect Your Skin</h2> <p>Your skin is one of the keys to looking and feeling younger. To reduce early aging and prevent skin cancer, it&rsquo;s important to wear sunblock whenever you&rsquo;re outside (yes, even during the winter). Even on cloudy days, up to 80 percent of the sun&rsquo;s UV rays can penetrate your skin, according to the World Health Organization. Make sure to wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.</p> <h2>4. Gain Flexibility and Core Strength</h2> <p>No matter your age, improving your flexibility and core strength will make you feel younger and more capable of doing what you used to do. There are gentle forms of yoga and Pilates that are suitable for all ages, or you could see a physiotherapist to work on more serious issues. Don't wait until you can't straighten up to get treatment.</p> <h2>5. Deal With Anxiety</h2> <p>Don't live your life worrying about the future. If you need help dealing with anxiety, consider talking to a therapist. Letting go of things you can't control will help you to enjoy the good things you have now.</p> <p>Try this <a href="http://www.cigna.com/healthwellness/hw/medical-topics/interactive-tool-zu1121">stress level detector tool</a> and see if your anxiety level is reaching unhealthy levels.</p> <h2>6. Switch Up Your Wardrobe</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/cigna-feel-younger-wardrobe.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>If your wardrobe is starting to get old, maybe a clothing refresh is in order. You might want to try a &quot;capsule wardrobe&quot; &mdash; purging your wardrobe of things you don't like and keeping a &quot;mini wardrobe&quot; of pieces you truly love. You swap out the items every three months to keep things fresh. Consider donating clothing you no longer wear to Goodwill or the Salvation Army.</p> <h2>7. Super-Charge Your Meals</h2> <p>Chronic inflammation is at the root of many of our modern diseases. Get rid of the processed, inflammatory foods, and start eating meals high in antioxidants and nutrients. For example, eat 4-5 servings a day of colorful fruits and vegetables.</p> <h2>8. Eat More Omega-3 Fats</h2> <p>Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish like salmon and tuna, as well as certain nuts, can help <a href="http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/omega3-fatty-acids">reduce inflammation in your body and lower your risk of developing chronic conditions</a> such as heart disease or cancer. &nbsp;T Omega-3s are essential for your health, so make sure you're eating fatty fish a few times a week, and keep some nuts around for a healthy snack.</p> <h2>9. Cut Down on Your Sugar Intake</h2> <p>Eating sugary foods can cause spikes in your blood sugar and subsequent sugar crashes, leading to fatigue as well as long-term blood sugar problems. Cutting down on your sugar intake can help to regulate your metabolism and maintain a steady energy level throughout the day. Replace sugary foods with nutrient-rich whole foods, like vegetables, fruits, whole grains and meats.</p> <h2>10. Savor Your Meals</h2> <p>Many other cultures take several hours to enjoy a leisurely meal &mdash; and those are the same cultures with lower rates of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Take time to enjoy healthy meals slowly (and make sure the food is tasty!). Not only will you eat more mindfully, but you'll also gain greater enjoyment being present in the moment.</p> <h2>11. Be Proactive About Your Health</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/cigna-younger-visiting-doctor.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Take advantage of <a href="http://www.cigna.com/takecontrol">preventive care services</a> offered by your health insurance company. Preventive care goes well beyond getting your annual physical. These services can include vaccines, prenatal care, breast exams, mammograms, high blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, just to name a few. Preventive care may be covered 100 percent by your health plan if you see a doctor in-network.</p> <h2>12. De-Clutter Your Home</h2> <p>Ever noticed how clutter from the past can weigh you down in the present? Give yourself a fresh start by aggressively de-cluttering your home. If you're having trouble letting go, move the items in question into a box in the garage first &mdash; if three months later you haven't touched them, donate them.</p> <h2>13. Get in Tune With Nature</h2> <p>Taking a <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/11-reasons-you-should-go-outside-2014-4">walk out in the park</a> or taking a hike in the woods can have positive effects on your health and wellbeing. A walk in the forest has been shown to decrease stress and reduce your blood pressure. Being outside can also improve your memory and your eyesight, and help you to concentrate better and think more creatively. So go ahead and take a mini-retreat to the park &mdash; it will likely help you perform better in other areas of your life.</p> <h2>14. Practice Good Sleep Hygiene</h2> <p>Make restorative rest a nightly habit. Turn off the screens a couple hours before you head to bed &mdash; the blue light emitted by electronic devices can mess with your body's natural circadian rhythm. Keep work out of the bedroom to keep stress down, and get blinds or blackout curtains to keep your room dark. As I get older, I find that going to bed at the same time every night helps me fall asleep faster &mdash; any later than 11:30, and I'm likely to toss and turn for hours.</p> <h2>15. Take a Nap</h2> <p>You know you're supposed to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night, but sometimes it's not possible. A 30-minute nap during the day may snag you some of the benefits a longer sleep would provide. One large study showed that men who napped regularly had a 64 percent <a href="http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/napping-good-for-heart/">lower chance of a heart attack</a> than men who didn't nap.</p> <h2>16. Practice Balancing</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/cigna-feel-younger-balance.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Your balance deteriorates as you age, putting you at greater risk of falls and fractures. With practice, however, you can regain the sense of balance you've lost. Even just standing on one leg while you accomplish daily tasks can help. You can also incorporate balance exercises into your workouts.</p> <h2>17. Lift Weights</h2> <p>Strength training can help generate new muscle (muscle which we tend to lose as we age). Stronger muscles will give you better stability, prevent bone density loss, not to mention make you feel young and fit.</p> <h2>18. Stop Smoking</h2> <p>Smoking puts you at risk for a host of health problems, including asthma, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, stroke, and more. Research shows that on average, <a href="http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/news/20130118/smokers-die-earlier">smokers die 10 years earlier</a> than non-smokers. The good news is that if you quit before the age of 40, you're likely to regain most of those lost years. But even if you're older, it's never too late to quit. In addition, smoking visibly ages you, so if you're interested in looking younger, stopping the habit is a good idea.</p> <p>Need a financial incentive to quit smoking? <a href="http://www.cigna.com/healthwellness/hw/medical-topics/interactive-tool-zu1119">Check out this interactive calculator</a> to see how much money smoking is costing you.</p> <h2>19. Help Someone Else</h2> <p>Volunteer at a food bank, give blood, or otherwise find a way to contribute to others in need, and you may find that you gain a sense of meaning and satisfaction. Living life with purpose can help you to feel more active and can revitalize other areas of your life.</p> <h2>20. Learn Something New</h2> <p>Keep your brain active and in shape by learning something new. Learn a new language, join cooking classes, or take up a new hobby. The new skills you learn, as well as the new relationships you foster, will help you feel youthful and keep your brain healthy for years to come.</p> <h2>21. Socialize With Friends</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/cigna-feel-younger-friends.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>It's hard to prioritize spending time with friends, but having an active face-to-face social network is actually vital to your health and happiness. Numerous studies show that <a href="https://bewell.stanford.edu/features/social-ties-good-health">people with extensive &quot;social capital&quot; are happier and less likely to be ill</a>. So give yourself permission to have that coffee date or grab a drink after work with friends!</p> <h2>22. Make the Bed</h2> <p>This might seem like a trivial factor in your life, but making the bed could perk your day up. Having a neat bed makes you more likely to keep your bedroom clean, making it a more restful retreat from the stress of the day. Some people also find that it sets the tone for a productive day.</p> <h2>23. Laugh Often</h2> <p>Some researchers have found that laughter boosts your immune system, improves your circulation, and can even lower your blood sugar. While the results aren't definitive, you can rest assured that <a href="http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/give-your-body-boost-with-laughter?page=2">laughing can only help your health</a>.</p> <h2>24. Travel</h2> <p>Open your mind to new adventures by booking a trip to a new and exciting destination. If you never got to go backpacking when you were young, now's your chance. And don't let jobs and other commitments stand in your way. If you prioritize your time to travel, it will happen. Making connections with a different culture may be one of the best things to refresh your mind and give you a fresh perspective on your daily life. Plus, research shows that <a href="http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/can-money-buy-happiness?page=2">spending money on experiences</a> rather than material possessions can make you happier in the long run.</p> <h2>25. Pamper Yourself</h2> <p>How you feel about your appearance can have a lot to do with your overall self-esteem and confidence. If you feel like you've been in a rut with caring for your looks, try doing something to pamper yourself. Get a new haircut, a facial or a pedicure. Both women and men can benefit from a little pampering.</p> <h2>26. Get a Massage</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/cigna-feel-younger-massage.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Those little aches and pains can really make you feel your age. Consider getting a massage from a licensed massage therapist to have all the kinks and knots worked out. You'll be so relaxed afterwards, you might just have the best night's sleep you've had in ages.</p> <h2>27. Act Young Again</h2> <p>Doing one of the activities you loved as a child can make you feel like you're young again. Go for a walk and jump in the leaves, ride a merry-go-round, or go to an old-fashioned ice cream parlor.</p> <h2>28. Make Friends of All Ages</h2> <p>Making friends with younger people can make you feel young again, as they include you in activities you might not necessarily try on your own. And getting to know older people can help you to see how much you still have to learn. Either way, friends of all ages will enrich your life.</p> <h2>29. Surround Yourself With Positivity</h2> <p>Life is too short to spend it being cynical or negative. Surround yourself with positive, encouraging people, and you'll find that the glass is half-full more often. Similarly, carefully curate what kind of entertainment you allow into your mind. Keeping the input positive will also help you to have a more positive attitude.</p> <h2>30. Focus Inward</h2> <p>Meditation and prayer are great ways to de-stress and to ground yourself in the present. Let your anxiety melt away as you focus on your breathing, or on a positive message or mantra. You may also find that exploring religion or spirituality can have a good impact on your health &mdash; studies show that <a href="http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/spirituality-may-help-people-live-longer">people connected to a religious community are healthier</a> and live longer.</p> <h2>31. Do Something Creative</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/cigna-feel-younger-painting.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>We all get stuck in mental ruts, so break out of it by doing something creative. You don't have to be artistic to enjoy painting pottery, breaking out your old electric guitar, or playing with some sidewalk chalk. Simply going to an art show can kick-start your creative juices.</p> <h2>32. Get a Free Fitness Coach</h2> <p>There&rsquo;s an app for everything &ndash; including your health. Many health insurance companies offer free fitness tools and apps to help their members set health goals. These tools provide incentives when you reach your goals.</p> <h2>33. Have Some Chocolate</h2> <p>Not that you needed a reason to indulge in some chocolate, but dark chocolate has been shown to help <a href="http://www.webmd.com/diet/20030827/dark-chocolate-is-healthy-chocolate">lower your blood pressure</a>. It also contains a lot of antioxidants, as well as compounds that may stabilize your mood. Remember, only the dark stuff works this way &mdash; milk chocolate or hot cocoa don't have the same effect. And you still need to consume in moderation.</p> <p>You don't have to resign yourself to &quot;feeling your age&quot;! Instead, resolve to take care of your physical and mental health, and enjoy life to the fullest.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><i>This article is sponsored by Cigna. This article is for educational purposes only and is intended to promote consumer health. It is not intended as financial or medical advice and you should always consult a professional for financial or medical advice.&nbsp;For tips on how to improve your health, visit </i><a href="http://www.cigna.com/knowyourbenefits"><i>www.Cigna.com/knowyourbenefits</i></a><i>.</i></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/33-ways-to-feel-10-years-younger">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-pet-health-insurance-worth-it">Is Pet Health Insurance Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-a-dental-discount-plan-save-you-money">Will A Dental Discount Plan Save You Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-frugal-eating">Healthy, frugal eating</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">These 7 Exercises Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/live-long-and-prosper-with-these-15-small-healthy-habits">Live Long and Prosper With These 15 Small Healthy Habits</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Cigna Health younger Mon, 26 Oct 2015 11:15:17 +0000 Camilla Cheung 1599614 at http://www.wisebread.com Science Says You Don't Need a Standing Desk, After All -- You Only Need This http://www.wisebread.com/science-says-you-dont-need-a-standing-desk-after-all-you-only-need-this <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/science-says-you-dont-need-a-standing-desk-after-all-you-only-need-this" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_standing_desk_000068919561.jpg" alt="Woman learning she doesn&#039;t need a standing desk" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You may want to sit down before I tell you this. Really.</p> <p>Remember when everyone was calling sitting &quot;<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/21/health/sitting-will-kill-you/">the new smoking</a>,&quot; warning that too much <a href="http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2091327">sitting will kill you</a> even if you exercise, and filling offices with standing desks (including <a href="http://dailysignal.com/2015/10/20/the-insane-amount-the-white-house-is-spending-on-standing-desks/">$700,000 worth at the White House</a>)? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-attractive-standing-desks-you-can-actually-afford?ref=seealso">11 Attractive Standing Desks You Can Actually Afford</a>)</p> <p>Never mind.</p> <p>After studying thousands of men and women's sitting time at work, in front of the tube, and everywhere else, and following up with them for 16 years, a team of researchers concluded that there is no relationship between how much you sit and &quot;all-cause mortality risk,&quot; aka, dying. In the International Journal of Epidemiology, the researchers <a href="http://ije.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/10/09/ije.dyv191.full">urge policymakers</a> to stop focusing on how much time we spend sitting.</p> <p>The scientists acknowledge that they're not totally sure why sitting didn't seem to be killing their research subjects, when <a href="http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2091327">other studies</a> have called out sedentary behavior as a death risk regardless of physical activity. They posited that since they studied office workers in London, who walk more than average to get from the Tube to work, the subjects may have been protected by their higher-than-average daily exercise.</p> <h2>Standing All Day Hurts</h2> <p>At the same time, many workers who have gone in for the standing desk craze are having <a href="http://www.treehugger.com/interior-design/standing-desk-mania-backlash-begins.html">second thoughts</a>. <a href="http://blog.crew.co/why-i-killed-my-standing-desk/">Mikael Cho quit</a> using his because the fatigue and pain caused by standing all day were interrupting his work flow. <a href="http://ryanwaggoner.com/2011/01/six-weeks-with-a-standing-desk-and-why-theyre-overhyped/">Ryan Waggoner quit</a> because his heels hurt. And nurses, baristas, and retail clerks everywhere said, &quot;Duh.&quot; They already knew that being on your feet all day hurts.</p> <p>&quot;Standing all day is unhealthy,&quot; asserts Cornell University's Human Factors and Ergonomics Research Group, which <a href="http://ergo.human.cornell.edu/CUESitStand.html">recommends eschewing standing desks</a> for sitting desks (aka, desks), and taking frequent breaks.</p> <h2>But You Still Need to Get Up</h2> <p>One thing that everyone agrees is not killing us is moderate exercise. The good news is, you don't need fancy furniture to get that. Whether you work sitting, standing, or sprawled on the couch (telecommuters, I'm looking at you), try these tips to achieve the <a href="http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/15/the-right-dose-of-exercise-for-a-longer-life/?_r=0">150 minutes of moderate exercise per week</a> that scientists say is ideal for not dying. That's just 22 minutes a day!</p> <h3>1. Walk Over to Coworkers' Desks Instead of Messaging Them</h3> <p>Since Cornell and others recommend getting up from your desk every 20 minutes, and since face-to-face communications are <a href="http://www.apa.org/monitor/feb06/egos.aspx">less likely to be misunderstood</a>, everyday collaboration is a good way to add a few minutes of exercise each hour.</p> <h3>2. Bike to Work</h3> <p>I don't live in an urban center, but I still use a <a href="http://carfreemom.com/">bicycle instead of a car</a> to get around. Not only does this help me burn calories, but the pretty things I see on my bike rides elevate my mood.</p> <h3>3. Have Aaron Sorkin-Type Meetings</h3> <p>Remember on <em>The West Wing</em>, how every conversation took place while zooming down White House halls? Genius.</p> <h3>4. Have Lunchtime Walking Dates</h3> <p>When I worked in downtown San Francisco, colleagues and I used to power walk to the top of Nob Hill several days a week. It was a workout! If you're not that ambitious, even walking to the corner deli can help you get to 20 minutes.</p> <h3>5. Take Housework Breaks</h3> <p>This one is for those who work from home like I do. After hitting a milestone on a task, I &quot;reward&quot; myself by getting up and throwing in a load of laundry or unloading the dishwasher. Listening to a few minutes of a fun podcast makes the task feel like an actual reward.</p> <h3>6. Start Smoking</h3> <p>Just kidding. Don't start smoking. Seriously, don't. But you might notice that the smokers in your office take more breaks than you do. When you see a coworker go for a smoke break, you go outside, too. They don't deserve more breaks than you do just because of their habit.</p> <h3>7. Try a Fitness Tracker</h3> <p>I must admit that wearing a Fitbit hasn't helped me lose a single pound, which was my goal when I bought one. But tracking my steps and comparing my activity with friends has encouraged me to move around more throughout the day.</p> <p><em>So, will you be keeping your standing desk? And what are you doing to get 20 minutes of moderate exercise a day?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/science-says-you-dont-need-a-standing-desk-after-all-you-only-need-this">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-fun-and-easy-ways-to-add-years-to-your-life">9 Fun and Easy Ways to Add Years to Your Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-keep-your-desk-from-killing-you">5 Ways to Keep Your Desk From Killing You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/live-long-and-prosper-with-these-15-small-healthy-habits">Live Long and Prosper With These 15 Small Healthy Habits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-ways-to-get-more-exercise-without-working-out">6 Simple Ways to Get More Exercise Without Working Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-life-mistakes-you-need-to-stop-making-by-30">5 Life Mistakes You Need to Stop Making by 30</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks fitness Health longevity sedentary sitting standing desk Thu, 22 Oct 2015 09:15:33 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1597722 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Foods Science Says Are Healthier for Your Hair http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-science-says-are-healthier-for-your-hair <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-foods-science-says-are-healthier-for-your-hair" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000061294698_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Did you know that it's scientifically proven that eating a variety of specific foods can help improve the health and appearance of your hair, while making it grow faster and longer? And in most cases, you can expect to begin seeing results in as little as two weeks.</p> <p>Whether you're recovering from a bad haircut, want long mermaid locks for your wedding, or just want to improve the length or thickness of your hair, make sure to include more of the following foods in your diet.</p> <h2>1. Salmon</h2> <p>Fish and shellfish provide the omega-3 fatty acids, iron, selenium, and vitamins B and D that your hair needs to grow healthy, smooth, shiny, strong, hydrated, and thick. Salmon, sardines, and mackerel are the best sources of this healthy fat, but shrimp and other fish and shellfish are also great options. Omega-3 can support healthy hair growth, so if you aren't getting enough fish in your diet, consider taking an omega-3 supplement.</p> <h2>2. Red Meat</h2> <p>Red meat contains iron and zinc, both of which are essential for hair growth because they can <a href="http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20734150_2,00.html">help hair follicles to grow</a>. Red meat is also a great source of protein, which your hair also needs in order to grow. If you wanted an excuse to eat more steak and lean red meat, now you have it.</p> <h2>3. Lean Protein</h2> <p>Protein is the building block of life, and of your hair. Lean sources of protein, like chicken and turkey, will boost your hair strength, make your hair shinier, and promote cell growth and repair. Turkey is also a great source of iron, while chicken is packed with biotin.</p> <h2>4. Eggs</h2> <p>Eggs are packed with vitamins B and D, biotin, choline, iron, zinc, selenium, and protein, which your hair needs to grow healthy and strong. If you don't get enough eggs in your diet, you can always add them to a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-luxury-hair-treatments-from-your-kitchen">DIY hair mask</a> for an alternative way to benefit from the egg whites and yolks.</p> <h2>5. Dark Leafy Greens</h2> <p>Eating more dark leafy greens, like spinach and kale, will pay off in unbeatable health benefits, weight loss, and hair growth. Spinach has vitamins A and C, iron, folate, beta-carotene, and other nutrients that can battle thin, brittle hair, leaving it soft, smooth, and shiny. It can also help produce sebum, which can prevent your hair from breaking off and leave you with healthier, more moisturized hair and scalp.</p> <h2>6. Greek Yogurt</h2> <p>Greek yogurt is packed with protein, biotin, and calcium. It also has vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), which can help with blood flow to the scalp. Eating more low-fat or nonfat yogurt or greek yogurt will help with hair growth and fight hair thinning and fallout.</p> <h2>7. Walnuts</h2> <p>Nuts like peanuts, pecans, almonds, and cashews will all benefit your health and hair, but walnuts are particularly effective with hair growth. They can strengthen the hair follicles, improve scalp health, and make your hair smoother and shinier. Nuts (and particularly walnuts) are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, biotin, zinc, copper, selenium, vitamin E, and magnesium.</p> <h2>8. Kidney Beans</h2> <p>Iron is essential for hair growth, according to author and nutritionist, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1623360323/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1623360323&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XD2SNBCVNQF7RYSZ">Rania Batayneh</a>, and beans are a great source of protein and iron, making them the perfect side item or vegetarian option. Kidney beans are particularly beneficial because they are also packed with zinc and biotin. Beans and soy can also help the body make keratin, which can help build hair.</p> <h2>9. Soybeans or Lentils</h2> <p>Soybeans, quinoa, chickpeas, and lentils are a great source of protein, zinc, biotin, and iron. They make the perfect side dishes or they can be a great meat substitute for vegetarians.</p> <h2>10. Water</h2> <p>Water is the single most important thing for a healthy body and healthy hair growth. It is essential in carrying nutrients and oxygen to the cells and is required if you want to grow healthy, shiny hair. Your hair is the last thing to receive nutrients from the body, so make sure to increase your water intake for maximum results.</p> <h2>Multivitamins and Supplements</h2> <p>Taking a daily multivitamin may help fill in whatever vitamins and nutrients your body may be lacking. Along with your daily multivitamin, you may also want to add the following supplements to your daily routine</p> <ul> <li>Vitamin B</li> <li>Vitamin C</li> <li>Vitamin D</li> <li>Niacin (vitamin B3)</li> <li>Biotin</li> <li>Iron</li> <li>Zinc</li> <li>Copper</li> <li>Folic Acid</li> <li>Saw Palmetto</li> <li>Omega-3</li> </ul> <p>Hair growth supplements are supplements designed to give your body what it needs to allow your hair to grow. These commonly have a combination of the supplements listed above and can be really effective when you want to grow your hair quickly. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-growth-supplements">The 5 Best Hair Growth Supplements</a>)</p> <p><em>Do you know of any other scientifically proven ingredients for hair growth? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-science-says-are-healthier-for-your-hair">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-frugal-eating">Healthy, frugal eating</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/peanut-butter-the-poor-man-s-protein">Peanut Butter: The Poor Man’s Protein</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/so-you-think-youre-a-carnivore">So, You Think You&#039;re a Carnivore?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-in-defense-of-food">Book review: In Defense of Food</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Health and Beauty Food hair growth Health health supplements healthy eating Thu, 15 Oct 2015 11:00:17 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1592502 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Surprising Ways a College Education Will Improve Your Life http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-ways-a-college-education-will-improve-your-life <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-surprising-ways-a-college-education-will-improve-your-life" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/recent_graduate_000042637552.jpg" alt="Woman learning surprising ways college education improves her life" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sure, we've all heard the statistics about the lifetime earnings power of having a college degree. But if you or the people around you are doing okay without college, perhaps you think a degree is unnecessary. This might be true in some cases (I've written a post recently that defends the argument against a college degree), but research also shows that a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-continue-your-education-without-going-back-to-school">college education</a> can improve your life in more ways than one.</p> <p>Ultimately, though, it's your choice. So before you close the book on higher education, here are 10 surprising benefits of going to college to consider:</p> <h2>1. You'll Earn More Money</h2> <p>Graduates with a bachelor's degree earn about a <a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/a-college-degree-is-worth-1-million-2015-05-07">million dollars more over their lifetimes</a>&nbsp;than those with only some college education and a high school diploma. A Pew Research Center study on college-educated Millennials reports that college graduates between the ages of 25 and 34 working full-time <a href="http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2014/02/11/the-rising-cost-of-not-going-to-college/">earn roughly $17,000 more</a> a year. And according to College Board's Education Pays Study 2013, the average &quot;college graduate who enrolls at age 18 and graduates in four years can expect to <a href="http://trends.collegeboard.org/sites/default/files/education-pays-2013-full-report.pdf">earn enough by age 36</a> to compensate for being out of the labor force for four years.&quot;</p> <h2>2. You'll Acquire More Assets</h2> <p>Since college graduates on average earn more than their peers with a high school diploma, they typically have more assets. According to the USC Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis, people who <a href="http://www.usc.edu/dept/chepa/IDApays/resources/education_important.pdf">attend some form of college</a> usually save more of their money. They also have more assets, such as homes, cars, and investments.</p> <h2>3. You'll Face a Lower Unemployment Rate</h2> <p>Although there's no such thing as true job security (ask anyone you know&hellip; except your tenured professors), the unemployment rate is lower among those with a college education. The Pew Research Center study found that only <a href="http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2014/02/11/the-rising-cost-of-not-going-to-college/">3.8% of those with a bachelor's degree</a> were unemployed in 2012, compared with 8.1% of those with an associate degree or some college and 12.2% of those with a high school diploma. The percent of those living in poverty with a bachelor's degree and high school diploma were 5.8% and 21.8%, respectively. You don't have to be a math major to note the discrepancy.</p> <h2>4. You're More Likely to Have a Pension</h2> <p>A college education also increases the likelihood of enjoying a comfortable, more secure retirement. The College Board study reports that in 2011 only 52% of full-time employees were offered pension plans by their employers. Meanwhile, 65% of employees with a bachelor's degree and 73% of employees with advanced degrees were provided with pensions.</p> <p>Even if your company doesn't offer a pension plan (which is becoming more and more common, by the way), earning more with a college education puts you in a better position to open a 401K or IRA and contribute a greater percentage of your income.</p> <h2>5. You're More Likely to Have Health Insurance</h2> <p>If you don't have health insurance, it only takes one medical emergency to completely ruin your financial life or wipe out your savings account. This is less likely to happen if you have a college education. The College Board found that people with at least a bachelor's degree were more likely to receive health insurance through an employer. In 2011, employers only provided health insurance to 55% of full-time employees with a high school diploma, whereas 69% of employees with bachelor's degrees and 73% of employees with advanced degrees received coverage.</p> <h2>6. You'll Live a Healthier Lifestyle (After You Graduate, of Course)</h2> <p>There's a connection between a college education and a healthier lifestyle. In 2012, only 8% of people with at least a four-year degree were smokers, compared to 25% of high school graduates and those without a high school diploma.</p> <p>College graduates also were less likely to be obese. Looking only at adults between the ages of 25 and 34, the study found that 68% of college graduates engaged in vigorous exercise at least once a week, compared to only 40% of high school graduates. Because college-educated people typically adopt healthier habits, they also live longer.</p> <p>According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), &quot;Men without a high school diploma have a <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2012/p0516_higher_education.html">life expectancy 9.3 years less</a> than those with at least a bachelor's degree, whereas women without a high school diploma had a life expectancy 8.6 years less than those with at least a bachelor's degree.&quot;</p> <h2>7. You're Able to Spend More Time With Your Children</h2> <p>A college education may also improve your family life, giving you more quality time with your children. College Board reports that mothers with a four-year college degree spend on average about &quot;51% more time on their children's activities than employed mothers with only a high school education.&quot; For those mothers with children under the age three, the amount of playtime spent with their children also increased with education.</p> <h2>8. You're Less Likely to Live With Your Parents</h2> <p>College-educated adults are more likely to be financially independent and less reliant on their parents (after college, that is). In 2012, only 12% of college-educated Millennials lived in their parents' home, compared with 16% of those with a two-year degree or some college, and 18% of high school graduates, says the Pew Research Center.</p> <h2>9. You'll Experience a Higher Rate of Career Satisfaction</h2> <p>If you're in a dead-end job, you might hate going to work every day, and your job might impact your day-to-day happiness. Although a college degree doesn't guarantee you'll enjoy your work, research proves that career satisfaction increases with the level of education. Among workers between the ages of 30 to 45, &quot;51% of those with at least a bachelor's degree reported being very satisfied with their work, compared to only 42% of those without a high school diploma, and 47% of those with a high school diploma,&quot; reports College Board.</p> <h2>10. You'll Gain the Ability to Make Better Decisions</h2> <p>Interestingly enough, a <a href="http://www.usc.edu/dept/chepa/IDApays/resources/education_important.pdf">college education can help you become a savvier, more informed consumer</a>. College doesn't only provide book knowledge to help you succeed in a particular field, it also teaches critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. You learn the importance of weighing the pros and cons before making a decision, and you're more likely to compare rates and prices, which helps you save money.</p> <p><em>Did you go to college? What other ways has a college education improved your life? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-ways-a-college-education-will-improve-your-life">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-wait-to-go-to-college">Should You Wait to Go to College?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-a-free-copy-of-navigating-your-health-benefits-for-dummies">Get a Free Copy of &quot;Navigating Your Health Benefits for Dummies&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/college/college-resources">40+ College Resources for Parents and Students</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-freebies-for-college-students">20+ Freebies for College Students</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-college-students-can-save-money-before-class-starts">8 Ways College Students Can Save Money Before Class Starts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Education & Training benefits college college education Health health benefits unemployment Tue, 13 Oct 2015 09:00:11 +0000 Mikey Rox 1586508 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Things Successful 30-Somethings Do http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-successful-30-somethings-do <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-things-successful-30-somethings-do" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/successful_millennial_man_000049363542.jpg" alt="Man learning which things successful millennials do" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How should 30-somethings measure their success? By the corner office they occupy? How big their house is? The kind of vacations they go on? Nope &mdash; none of the above. Because true success isn't determined by the quantity or even quality of material possessions you have, but rather the well-roundedness and satisfaction of your personal and professional life. So what, then, do truly <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-should-you-have-saved-for-retirement-by-30-40-50">successful 30-somethings</a> do? Find out here, and leave your own thoughts on success in the comments below.</p> <h2>1. Read Real News Content Every Day</h2> <p>I hate to break it to you, but just because you're consuming a lot of content every day doesn't mean you're doing yourself a favor. Because while BuzzFeed and Cracked articles are endlessly entertaining, generally they're not helping you be better at anything other than bar trivia. Instead &mdash; or rather, in addition to &mdash; you really ought to be reading relevant news content that updates you on what's happening in the United States and around the world, especially in areas of politics, business, and money.</p> <h2>2. Stay Wary of Lifestyle Inflation</h2> <p>In your 30s, if you've followed the same career path from the beginning, you're mid-career and qualified (or at least approaching qualification) for senior-level positions. In that case, you're climbing the ladder, everything is going according to plan, and you're finally making enough money to feel comfortable and enjoy some of the finer things in life. That status doesn't come without complications, however. &quot;Mo' money, mo' problems,&quot; as they say, and that's exactly what you'll have if you start spending like a boss. Stay aware of your financial situation, don't get ahead of yourself, and actively limit your lifestyle inflation versus your salary. You want to get ahead, and you can't do that with a breakeven budget every month.</p> <h2>3. Get Ahead of Debt &mdash; And Stay That Way</h2> <p>One of the best things anybody can do for themselves at any age is to get out of debt. Debt not only affects your financial well being, but it can also be <a href="http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2013/08/high-debt-could-be-hazardous-to-your-health.html">hazardous to your overall health</a>, according to a study published by <em>Social Science and Medicine</em>. Perhaps this feat wasn't feasible in your 20s, which is perfectly understandable &mdash; but it should be one of your primary focuses in your 30s, lest you want to live an entire lifetime under the burden of owing somebody money.</p> <p>Personal finance educator and podcaster <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-his-her-money-podcast/id932630328">Talaat McNeely</a> agrees. McNeely regularly coaches 30-somethings on how to attack their debt problems head on.</p> <p>&quot;The best thing that they can do for their future is to line up their debts from smallest balance to largest balance and begin to attack them in that order,&quot; he says. &quot;Those small victories they get in the beginning of the process will give them the boost of confidence that they need to become completely debt free. Doing this while they are still young and in their 30s will give them the financial freedom that they need to make life decisions based on their passions instead of it being based on their payments.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Recognize the Importance of Being Present</h2> <p>Now that our lives are filled up with devices &mdash; and our faces subsequently buried in them for what seems like every waking hour of the day &mdash; it's hard to remember that there are more important things&hellip; like real-life people. So as a rule in your 30s, recognize the importance of being in the moment, and try to get there more often.</p> <h2>5. Wake Up by 7:00 A.M. Every Day</h2> <p>The world starts moving way before 7:00 a.m., and if you're just getting out of bed, you're already behind. Which is okay &mdash; 7:00 a.m. is a respectable time to rise and start your day &mdash; but anything after that is pushing into lazy territory, and successful 30-somethings don't have time Monday to Friday to lie around and be lazy. Also, while we're on the subject, you should be out of bed by 9:00 a.m. on weekends. We're not in college anymore, and there are plenty of things to do Saturday and Sunday that require more than your underwear, TV, and a bowl of cereal.</p> <h2>6. Pursue a Path of Entrepreneurship</h2> <p>This is always one of my top tips to people who ask my thoughts on how they can change their career for the better when they're unhappy in a current job or profession: Become your own boss. Granted, entrepreneurship isn't for everybody &mdash; I've met former entrepreneurs who hated it &mdash; but by and large, entrepreneurs are satisfied with their lot in life because they're in control of it. The psychological effects alone (not having to answer to a &quot;boss&quot; or be chained to a desk) are worth the pursuit, in my opinion.</p> <p>Family psychiatrist <a href="http://www.yourfamilypsychiatrist.com/">Jared Heathman</a> thinks similarly. &quot;Your 30s are an opportune time to start a business because you are old enough to have experience and identify opportunities while young enough to handle risk and put in extra hours to make it work,&quot; he says. &quot;It may start as a part-time opportunity while working full-time elsewhere, but owning your own business can be more rewarding and provide tax breaks. I started my own business in my 30s and couldn't be happier.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Make a Point to Belong &mdash; Personally and Professionally</h2> <p>You don't become a successful 30-something on your own. We all receive helping hands along the way in some form or another. Those are important to continued success, as is networking throughout your career. But it's not just career-specific networking on which you should be focused; personal networking outside of work is an essential part of the puzzle as well. Personally I prefer sports and recreational teams &mdash; like kickball, dodgeball, and bar trivia &mdash; but you should join whatever groups strike your fancy.</p> <p>Relationship expert <a href="http://www.askapril.com/">April Masini</a> explains the importance of getting out there and staying socially, physically, and intellectually active in your 30s.</p> <p>&quot;Successful 30-somethings belong,&quot; she says. &quot;They belong to gyms, they belong to alumni associations, and they belong to community and political organizations. Joining up religious, social, and/or pet or environmental or automotive clubs that are interesting to you is a great way to build a life, and to never be bored &mdash; or boring. Relationships ebb and flow, come and go &mdash; but when you have a rich life with things that you belong to, you're less likely to feel devastated by a relationship drama.&quot;</p> <h2>8. Take Better Care of Their Overall Health</h2> <p>All through my 20s &mdash; and for a couple years of my 30s &mdash; I lived a fairly sedentary lifestyle. I mean, I would play social sports here and there and go to the gym every now and then, but I can't honestly say that I was particularly dedicated to my health. I smoked, I drank, I ate poorly &mdash; until one day a little over a year ago I said enough is enough.</p> <p>Since then I've completely revamped my entire lifestyle to accommodate my dedication to health and fitness. I eat super healthy now (save a whole pizza every couple weeks; a boy's gotta look forward to something, right?), I'm in the gym at least four days a week (most of the time more), and I kicked the smoking habit, and as a result I feel and look better than I ever have in my life.</p> <p>It's also had an effect on my productivity since I'm no longer tired, sluggish, or plagued with headaches caused by poor eating and other vices. Putting an emphasis on your health shouldn't be a matter of debate as much as it should be a mandatory ruling. Do the best you can by yourself, and you'll see that positivity materialize in your life in other ways, guaranteed.</p> <h2>9. Focus More on Building an Investment Portfolio Than a Slush Fund</h2> <p>I talk a lot about saving in my posts, but I don't want you to get my stance on hoarding cash confused. I don't advocate saving money just to build a slush fund that will sit in an account and accrue interest at a snail's pace. While I do recommend having active emergency and retirement funds, I also suggest having an investment fund &mdash; money that you're saving to invest in any number of ways, like the stock market, a startup company, or real estate (the latter of which is always my top recommendation, by the way).</p> <p>There's an old saying that it &quot;takes money to make money,&quot; and that's what you should be doing in your 30s &mdash; making money. I recognize too, of course, that not everyone is in a position to build an investment, and if you're not, it should be your new goal. You want to be financially stable with room to breathe later in life &mdash; and maybe retire early &mdash; and this is pretty much the only way to do it unless you were born a Pitt-Jolie kid or otherwise win some kind of lottery. And if that's the case, forget everything I just said and let's get married.</p> <p><em>What are some other things successful 30-somethings do? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-successful-30-somethings-do">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-life-mistakes-you-need-to-stop-making-by-30">5 Life Mistakes You Need to Stop Making by 30</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-social-blunders-to-stop-making-by-30">10 Social Blunders to Stop Making by 30</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-money-goals-all-30-somethings-should-have">10 Money Goals All 30-Somethings Should Have</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-steps-to-starting-a-retirement-plan-in-your-30s">8 Steps to Starting a Retirement Plan in Your 30s</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/science-says-you-dont-need-a-standing-desk-after-all-you-only-need-this">Science Says You Don&#039;t Need a Standing Desk, After All -- You Only Need This</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks 30-somethings 30s being successful career debt Health lifestyle choices millennials Mon, 28 Sep 2015 17:01:17 +0000 Mikey Rox 1568901 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Life Mistakes You Need to Stop Making by 30 http://www.wisebread.com/5-life-mistakes-you-need-to-stop-making-by-30 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-life-mistakes-you-need-to-stop-making-by-30" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000047196720.jpg" alt="Couple learning life mistakes to stop making by 30" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thinking about the big 30th birthday benchmark? I certainly am! Some habits we get away with in our 20s are not so flattering later in life. Here are the five things you need to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-financial-mistakes-you-need-to-stop-making-by-30">stop doing by age 30</a>.</p> <h2>1. Maxing Out Credit Cards</h2> <p>When you got that first credit card fresh out of high school, you thought, whoa, $500 is so much money! A few weeks later, you learned how few dollars that really was, and by then you were maxed out. It's a lesson that we would ideally learn once, pay it down, and move on, but many of us don't. Start learning <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/oops-i-maxed-out-my-credit-cards-now-what">how to manage your debt</a> and resolve to keep a balance of no more than 20%&ndash;30% of your credit limit.</p> <h2>2. Avoiding Doctors</h2> <p>When you're 23, you still boast a high metabolism and strong immune system, so you can't possibly get sick, right? This is a lie every young person believes throughout their 20s to get out of paying for health care. Whether you get into a car accident or you need to treat certain communicable diseases, you need a doctor. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act and the limited benefits some employers offer, it's easier than ever to find a low-cost plan that will cover you in case of an emergency. If you're a lucky person who's still under his/her parents' plan, use it before you lose it! Here's how to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/simple-ways-to-get-the-healthcare-you-need-without-overspending">get the care you need</a> without spending too much.</p> <h2>3. Keeping All Funds in One Account</h2> <p>When you first start out as an adult, banking is something you do when you absolutely need to: paying bills, making transfers, informing the bank you lost your debit card at a bar again. Direct deposit dumps your check into the checking account, and so it stays there &mdash; until you drain it dry three days before payday. Start thinking about your other banking options. Tweak that direct deposit to send 10% of your checks to you savings account, and don't touch it. Afraid you will touch it anyway? <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-high-yield-cds">Look into CDs</a> (certificates of deposit) and mutual funds as a way to make a fraction of your earned income grow over time. This can work as your emergency fund or a nest egg for later.</p> <h2>4. Getting Sucked Into Your Phone</h2> <p>This is hard for Millennials. On one hand, we want to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-i-like-my-flip-phone-the-5-smartphone-effects">use our phones</a> a lot because all our stuff is there! On the other hand, it causes a big social rift between us and elder generations &mdash; including the Gen Xers and Boomers, who are still mostly in charge of hiring us for jobs. This means you must have an &quot;offline mode&quot; switch: Know when you're in the clear to play Neko Atsume on your iPhone, and know when it's time to silence the phone and keep it stowed away (not on the table face-up). It's not only to appease our parents; it's also to help us be more human by staying present to others in real time and charming to be around.</p> <h2>5. Putting Off Your Education</h2> <p>Around 40% of college enrollees (both community and university) end up dropping out before earning a degree, and that's only of those who actually apply and enroll to a college &mdash; most people in the U.S. do not have a college degree. Think about that if you are struggling to scrape together enough to live on your own comfortably &mdash; the bottom rung is too crowded. College is still indisputably the key to success, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-college-degrees-with-the-highest-roi">especially for these majors</a>. If you're still putting off that degree to jumpstart your career, now is the time. Make your 30s an age of well-earned prosperity.</p> <p><em>What habits will you finally break when you turn 30?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-life-mistakes-you-need-to-stop-making-by-30">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-successful-30-somethings-do">9 Things Successful 30-Somethings Do</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/science-says-you-dont-need-a-standing-desk-after-all-you-only-need-this">Science Says You Don&#039;t Need a Standing Desk, After All -- You Only Need This</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-money-goals-all-30-somethings-should-have">10 Money Goals All 30-Somethings Should Have</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-financial-mistakes-you-need-to-stop-making-by-30">5 Financial Mistakes You Need to Stop Making by 30</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-stop-doing-on-social-media-by-30">10 Things to Stop Doing on Social Media by 30</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks 30s education finance Health job security millennials smartphones Thu, 13 Aug 2015 11:00:30 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1521832 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 More Supposedly Healthy Things That Are Actually Hurting You http://www.wisebread.com/9-more-supposedly-healthy-things-that-are-actually-hurting-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-more-supposedly-healthy-things-that-are-actually-hurting-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000019512056_Large.jpg" alt="woman beach sunscreen" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My recent list of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-supposedly-healthy-things-that-are-actually-hurting-you">10 Supposedly Health Things That Are Actually Hurting You</a> was so popular, it got me thinking about even more things that we do for our health &mdash; but shouldn't. The more I learn, the more I think that the safest thing to do is not try to be healthy at all. So please pass the Girl Scout cookies, and I'll be in the TV room, staying healthy.</p> <h2>1. Douching</h2> <p>Although many women see regular douching as an important hygienic measure, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-dont-need-to-clean">recommends against it</a>, warning that it can lead to <a href="http://womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/douching.html">yeast and bacterial infections</a>.</p> <h2>2. Internal Steam Baths</h2> <p>As if the false promises of the douche weren't bad enough, good old Gwyneth Paltrow recently mystified and confused women everywhere by recommending the Mugwort V Steam, a spa treatment that steam cleans the vagina.</p> <p>&quot;The lactobacilli strains that keep vaginas healthy are very finicky about their environment and raising the temperature with steam... is likely not beneficial and is <a href="https://drjengunter.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/gwyneth-paltrow-says-steam-your-vagina-an-obgyn-says-dont/">potentially harmful</a>,&quot; wrote OB/GYN Jennifer Gunter. I guess it's the word of a consciously uncoupled actress against the doctor's &mdash; believe who you will.</p> <h2>3. Coconut Oil</h2> <p>For a while, it was dietary dogma that all fats were bad for you. Then we started hearing about <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fat-filled-foods-you-should-stop-avoiding">health benefits from certain fats</a>, and lately, the golden fat is coconut oil. It is supposed to do everything from burning <em>body</em> fat to killing germs to lowering cholesterol. The truth is, researchers say, a lot more studies are needed before we really know whether <a href="http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/coconut-oil-and-health">eating this saturated fat</a> is a net positive or negative for your health.</p> <p>For now, let's just say that coconut oil may not deliver on the health claims you have heard about, but like all fats, it is guaranteed to provide your body with nine calories per gram. And it's guaranteed to be harder on your wallet than many other oils.</p> <h2>4. Low-Fat Packaged Foods</h2> <p>There are low-fat versions of just about every packaged food nowadays, from soup to cereal to yogurt. But did you ever wonder what food manufacturers do to foods to make them palatable with less fat? Read the ingredients and you may get an eyeful, such as really high amounts of sugar, sodium, or unpronounceable flavor agents.</p> <h2>5. Diet Drinks</h2> <p>Switching from regular Coke to Diet used to be considered a healthy move. And cutting back on the sugar that comes in a soft drink is good for you. But mounting evidence warns that even &quot;natural&quot; artificial sweeteners may be dangerous, primarily due to a <a href="http://www.prevention.com/health/healthy-living/artificial-sweeteners-may-contribute-diabetes-and-obesity">link to diabetes</a>. Artificial sweeteners may damage the microflora in our guts, too, and their super-sweet taste may increase our desire for sweets. <a href="http://www.prevention.com/health/healthy-living/your-body-diet-soda-infographic">Diet soda consumption</a> is also linked to heart attack risk, tooth decay, and other ills.</p> <h2>6. Annual Mammograms Starting at 40</h2> <p>On my 40th birthday, my mother reminded me to make my first mammogram appointment. I didn't, and here's why: New research suggests that women who start annual mammograms at that age expose themselves to an amount of <a href="http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/new-mammogram-guidelines-why-yearly-mammogram-may-be-bad-idea">radiation and stressful false positives</a>&nbsp;that is not worth the reduction in cancer deaths.</p> <p>Women with a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors are still advised to get the test early and often, but for &quot;a woman with lower risk, it might make sense to start later or screen every other year,&quot; Diana Zuckerman, PhD, president of the National Research Center for Women &amp; Families, told Prevention.</p> <h2>7. Baby Powder</h2> <p>Fortunately, many powders on the market today are no longer made with talc, a mineral product that could cause lung damage if inhaled. But non-talc powders or even plain cornstarch can still be inhaled, and women who use talcum powder around their genitals may be putting themselves at <a href="http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA401185/How-Bad-Is-Baby-Powder.html">risk for cancer</a>.</p> <h2>8. Homework</h2> <p>Most parents are annoyed by their kids' homework; it cuts into limited family time and, in many families, leads to endless power struggles. But parents put up with it because it's for the kids' own good.</p> <p>Or is it? A Stanford study concluded that current homework levels &quot;hinder learning, full engagement, and well-being,&quot; by <a href="http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/march/too-much-homework-031014.html">causing students stress</a> and sleep deprivation, and cutting into time to develop life skills.</p> <p>Sure, you say, but what if the harm caused by homework is offset by its benefits? The thing is, experts are hard pressed to prove that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/homework-has-no-benefit-for-very-young-children-little-benefit-for-upper-primary-students/story-fnet08ui-1226501851265">homework benefits students</a>. At all.</p> <h2>9. Some Sunscreens</h2> <p>Wearing sunscreen outdoors is strongly recommended by dermatologists, and yet doctors warn that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sun-screens-can-really-cost-you-by-the-ounce-and-by-the-tumor">some ingredients</a>&nbsp;in sunscreens could be&nbsp;<a href="http://www.webmd.com/beauty/sun/sunscreen-safety-labels-ingredients">hazardous to your health</a>. The Environmental Working Group recommends against <a href="http://www.ewg.org/2014sunscreen/what-not-to-bring-on-vacation/">spray-on sunscreens</a>, and those that contain oxybenzone or vitamin A.</p> <p><em>What supposedly healthy thing have you learned is actually harmful? Please warn us in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-more-supposedly-healthy-things-that-are-actually-hurting-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-lifespan">6 Foods Scientifically Proven to Increase Your Lifespan</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/people-who-love-their-bodies-never-do-these-17-things-do-you">People Who Love Their Bodies Never Do These 17 Things — Do You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hungry-have-a-drink">Hungry? Have a drink.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-people-have-these-10-things-in-their-homes-do-you">Healthy People Have These 10 Things in Their Homes — Do You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-enough-sleep">Get enough sleep</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Health and Beauty Health risk wellbeing Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:00:06 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1289909 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 All Natural Home Remedies for Colds http://www.wisebread.com/7-all-natural-home-remedies-for-colds <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-all-natural-home-remedies-for-colds" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000057049014_XXXLarge.jpg" alt="man tissues sick" title="man tissues sick" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My husband is a high school English teacher. My daughter is in her first year of preschool. Sickness is a way of life for us with so much exposure to germs. In fact, we just got over a full month of passing around two nasty cold viruses. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-natural-remedies-for-stomach-pain?ref=seealso">12 Natural Remedies for Stomach Pain</a>)</p> <p>Here are some helpful cold remedies that won't send you running to the store, as you likely have most of the ingredients sitting around in your kitchen cabinets. The best part? They're all drug-free!</p> <h2>1. Miso Broth</h2> <p>From upset stomach to coughs and colds, this delicious <a href="http://vibrantwellnessjournal.com/2012/11/08/healing-with-miso/">miso soup</a> doubles as a cure and healthy meal option. Miso is made from fermented soy and rice, and it's full of good-for-you living enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. My husband skips the veggies and simply warms a few cups of water on the stove. He then dissolves a tablespoon or two of miso in it and sips all day long.</p> <h2>2. Veggie Broth</h2> <p>You don't need to go out and buy miso if you don't have it already. Instead, try this <a href="http://faithfulprovisions.com/natural-healing-broth/">healing veggie broth</a> that combines the goodness of garlic, ginger, lemon, cloves, and cayenne pepper. And water for hydration, of course. Simmer on the stove and strain before drinking. The cayenne pepper acts like an expectorant and helps get all the gunk out of your system.</p> <h2>3. Garlic Snack</h2> <p>I love how garlic tastes minced in olive oil. But did you know garlic is a <a href="http://thechalkboardmag.com/would-you-wouldnt-you-gnaw-raw-garlic-for-cold-flu-season">powerful antioxidant</a> with antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibiotic properties? In other words, it's great for fighting cold and flu viruses. You can munch on a whole clove to get the benefits. For those of you with sensitive stomachs, try mincing garlic and letting sit with some olive oil and honey before eating on a cracker.</p> <h2>4. Vapor Rub</h2> <p>Or try mixing together some <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2014/10/homesteading-natural-vapor-rub.html">DIY vapor balm</a> &mdash; much like the popular ones on the market &mdash; using olive oil, beeswax, and essential oils (peppermint and eucalyptus). This balm is wonderful for easing chest congestion and discomfort. The benefit here is knowing exactly what you're rubbing into yourself. You can also make different strengths to suit all your family members by adding more or less essential oils.</p> <h2>5. Salt Gargle</h2> <p>Most of us know about the mighty <a href="http://www.healing-oceans-family-wellness-center.com/salt-water-gargle.html">salt gargle</a> to relieve scratchy, sore throats and wash away germs. But are you doing it correctly? Combine &frac12; to &frac34; teaspoon salt with one warmed cup of pure water. Chlorinated tap water will irritate your throat, so skip that in favor of something filtered. Or you can dechlorinate water by leaving it out in the open for 24 hours.</p> <h2>6. Apple Cider Vinegar Drink</h2> <p>My family has long used unfiltered apple cider vinegar as a cold cure. It's pretty darned effective at <a href="http://homeremediesforlife.com/apple-cider-vinegar-sinus-infection/">thinning mucus</a> and clearing out sinuses. Dilute two to four tablespoons of ACV into one cup of warm filtered water (same reason to avoid tap water, as explained above) and add raw honey for taste if you like. Drink up four to six times a day to help kill bacteria and soothe your sore throat. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-awesome-ways-to-use-apple-cider-vinegar?ref=seealso">12 Awesome Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar</a>)</p> <h2>7. Honey Coat</h2> <p>Honey is an effective, natural cough suppressant. So, skip the pricey cough drops and syrups and use this mixture of <a href="http://www.reformationacres.com/2014/11/homemade-medicine-made-simple-sweet-lemon-honey-thyme-cough-syrup-recipe.html">honey and lemon</a> instead. Combine a half cup of honey with half a lemon, two cups of water, and some fresh or dried thyme leaves. Store this homemade syrup in your refrigerator for around a month.</p> <p><em>What are your flu season go-to home remedies? Please share a dose in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-all-natural-home-remedies-for-colds">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-what-it-really-costs-to-get-sick">This Is What It Really Costs to Get Sick</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-alternative-uses-for-lemons">25 Alternative Uses for Lemons</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-pet-health-insurance-worth-it">Is Pet Health Insurance Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-science-says-are-healthier-for-your-hair">10 Foods Science Says Are Healthier for Your Hair</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-a-dental-discount-plan-save-you-money">Will A Dental Discount Plan Save You Money?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty colds cures Health home remedies illness Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:00:14 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1283630 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Foods Scientifically Proven to Increase Your Lifespan http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-lifespan <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-lifespan" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/grilled-salmon-salad-Dollarphotoclub_65341125.jpg" alt="grilled salmon salad" title="grilled salmon salad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Abraham Lincoln once said, &quot;In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.&quot; True. But also&hellip; a few more years couldn't hurt. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/live-long-and-prosper-with-these-15-small-healthy-habits?ref=seealso">Live Long and Prosper With These Healthy Habits</a>)</p> <p>Over the last 150 years, human life expectancy has doubled, mainly due to modern medicine, technology, and advances in diet. How can you make sure you're taking full advantage? To live longer and healthier, incorporate these incredible foods into your diet.</p> <h2>1. Vitamin D</h2> <p>You may have heard about these <a href="http://blog.23andme.com/health-traits/getting-long-in-the-telomeres/">wondrous things called telomeres</a>, the tips of DNA whose length has been proven to correlate with longevity. Vitamin D acquired through a wide variety of sources including sunlight, dairy, and fatty fish like salmon and tuna directly impacts the length of telomeres. The more vitamin D we have, the&nbsp;<a href="http://sciencenordic.com/vitamin-d-prolongs-life">longer our telomeres</a>. Milk, it does a body good.</p> <h2>2. Probiotics</h2> <p>Much of our immunity, the ability to prevent and fight disease, <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23426535">lives in the flora of our gut</a>. Sugar and highly-processed foods (essentially almost any food product that has a commercial on television!) eats away at our fabulous flora. To maintain healthy flora levels, eat a healthy dose of foods that are&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/15/probiotic-remedies_n_1507166.html">high in probiotics</a> such as pickled and fermented veggies and yogurt.</p> <h2>3. Antioxidants</h2> <p>Antioxidants are compounds that <a href="http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/050311p32.shtml">reduce the likelihood of disease </a>and fight aging. Luckily, they can be found in a wide variety of foods. Some of the most potent antioxidants are in a class called polyphenols, and they're found in foods such as organic raw chocolate and green tea.</p> <h2>4. Vitamin B12</h2> <p>Keep your energy pumping by getting your fill of vitamin B12. B12 is involved in the production of nerve cells, red blood cells, and DNA. It's also heavily involved in brain health. Vegans and vegetarians have a tough time getting enough B12 because it is found in greatest abundance in meat, fish, and dairy so if you are vegan or vegetarian you can get a synthetic form of B12 in fortified cereals and tofu.</p> <h2>5. Turmeric</h2> <p>Indian cuisine makes full use of this magical spice so it's no wonder that people from India often have very long life expectancies. Turmeric contains curcumin, an active ingredient proven to fight inflammation and <a href="http://mrvitaminsnews.com.au/alzheimers-disease/curcumin-from-curry-spice-improves-vascular-and-cognitive-health">blocks cancer-causing pathways</a> in cells. It's also perfect sprinkled on roasted veggies, salads, and even in smoothies.</p> <h2>6. Vitamin A</h2> <p>Found in great abundance in carrots, sweet potatoes, and dark leafy greens such as kale, vitamin A <a href="http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02759/facts-about-vitamin-a">fights infection and improves eye health</a>. But be a bit careful with this one because it is possible to have too much of this good thing, and that causes nausea and irritability. One helping of any of these veggies per day provides you with more than enough to stay healthy without making you sick.</p> <p>Modern medicine is a marvel and we're so lucky to have it. However, the food we eat has just as much to do with our health as any miracle drug, and probably more. Incorporate these foods into your diet and you'll be living in up while living well. Buon appetitto!</p> <p><em>Are you getting enough of these life-lengthening foods and nutrients?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-lifespan">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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So where should we loosen the purse strings? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turbo-charge-your-diet-with-superfoods?ref=seealso">Turbo-Charge Your Diet With These Superfoods</a>)</p> <p>I've asked nutritionists to weigh in on some higher-priced healthy foods which are worth the splurge. These are their suggestions.</p> <h2>1. Berries</h2> <p>If you have a love/hate relationship with fruit, you're not alone. It seems like every day one health guru is telling you to add more fruit to your diet while another is telling you to cut back on all that natural sugar. Berries, however, seem to be the exception to that rule, as they're lower in calories and sugar than many other fruits, and are packed full of vitamins and nutrients that <a href="http://www.shape.com/blogs/weight-loss-coach/summers-secret-weight-loss-weapon">promote heart health</a>, weight loss, and healthier-looking skin.</p> <p>Dr. Yanyan Li, assistant professor of nutrition in the College of Science and Humanities at Husson University, focuses her research on phytochemicals (natural plant components with health benefits), and she believes that berries, such as blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, are worth the extra money.</p> <p>&quot;Although rather expensive, they are full of strong antioxidants,&quot; Dr. Li says. &quot;Antioxidants help remove free radicals that are associated with a variety of chronic diseases and the aging process.&quot;</p> <p>Personally I've been loading up on blackberries lately, since they're a tasty, low-cal way to consume omega-3s, fiber, and antioxidants. One cup only contains 62 calories, which means that I get the pleasure of a sweet snack without all the guilt.</p> <h2>2. Cruciferous Vegetables</h2> <p>While I've never had a problem consuming fruits, vegetables have been harder to integrate into my diet. In fact, until fairly recently the only bean I liked was of the jelly variety. Slowly but surely, I'm making strides toward putting more greens on my plate &mdash; even though they make my grocery bill inflate.</p> <p>There's a silver lining, however. According to Dr. Li, &quot;Cruciferous vegetables &mdash; such as broccoli sprouts, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, arugula, and radishes &mdash; are high in multiple cancer-preventive components, including carotenoids and isothiocyanates.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Chia Seeds</h2> <p>Hard to believe that your Scooby-Doo Chia Pet is a superfood source. Yep, that's right &mdash; the same seeds used to grow chia &quot;hair&quot; from terracotta pop-culture icons are a concentrated source of <a href="http://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds/">healthy omega-3 fatty acids</a>, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. While they're not cheap, they're easily consumed by sprinkling and mixing them into your ordinary diet.</p> <h2>4. Organic Butter</h2> <p>Butter is okay in moderation, even healthy, but non-organic butter can contain toxin residues that tend to be fat-soluble &mdash; and that's not a good thing. Alexander J. Rhinehart, certified clinical nutritionist and owner of the Arizona Nutrition Center, explains:</p> <blockquote><p style="margin-left: 40px;">The body often stores toxins away in fat tissue, and consumption/exposure to these same toxins have been linked to insulin resistance and weight gain. As butter is a pure fat, toxin residues can be concentrated in butter &mdash; not to mention any synthetic hormones that had been given to the cows. The residues from feed fed to the cows can find their way into your butter. I recommend opting for the organic butter &mdash; you get an A+ if it is made from grass-fed cows like Kerry Gold Irish Butter &mdash; which has a richer gold color due to higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid.</p> </blockquote> <h2>5. Coconut-Based Products</h2> <p>You're not getting out of the grocery store with a basket full of healthy coconut-based product on the cheap, but at least you can feel better about all the good stuff you're putting into your body.</p> <p>Birgitta Lauren &mdash; president of <a href="http://www.expectingfitness.com/">Expecting Fitness</a>, which is dedicated to exercise and fitness advice for pregnant and new moms &mdash; recommends adding the full spectrum of coconut-based items to your diet, including coconut oil, milk, cream, flour, and sugar. &quot;For all systems &mdash; brain, nervous, metabolic, etc., it has anti-bacterial, anti-viral benefits,&quot; she says.</p> <p>Dr. Rhineart agrees, adding, &quot;Coconut oil is one of the most versatile substances in the grocery store. It is great for cooking as it tolerates high heat. It is also great for use on the skin and hair, as well as infections. It can also help support the immune system. When you consume coconut oil, some of the lauric acid (the main fat of coconut oil, comprising 50% of it's composition), actually is converted to monolaurin, which is known to have wide spectrum anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal/yeast properties. The other primary fats, capric acid and caprylic acid, also share similar properties. Capric and caprylic acid are what typically comprise 'MCT oil', whereas lauric acid must be consumed via coconut oil, or one can supplement with monolaurin directly.&quot;</p> <h2>6. Organic Milk</h2> <p>They say that milk does a body good &mdash; although even that long-standing claim has been contested recently &mdash; but organic milk will do your body better.</p> <p>Chef Jessica Swift, a registered dietician with an MSc in nutritional sciences, says, &quot;Conventional milk can be filled with rBS and rBGH, which have been proven to be, how do you say, 'no bueno?' When it comes to skipping these hormones, I would say 'Yes, please' and grab a good ol' jug of the organic stuff.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Chocolate</h2> <p>I don't trust anyone who doesn't like chocolate &mdash; because, seriously, what's wrong with you? But even chocoholics like me would be wise to be a bit more conservative when choosing how to get that sweet cocoa fix.</p> <p>&quot;There are many different chocolates, but only a few that provide optimal healthy benefits,&quot; Chef Jess says. &quot;Skip the Butterfinger and go for a bar that contains at least 70% cocoa; this bar contains antioxidants to aid in optimal heart health.&quot;</p> <h2>8. Antibiotic-Free Chicken</h2> <p>According to the Huffington Post, the excess amount of antibiotics with which we're pumping our chickens is undermining the effectiveness the antibiotics have in fighting new diseases in our own bodies.</p> <p>&quot;Overuse by agricultural companies to make animals grow faster or to cover up poor living conditions for the animals is certainly not worth jeopardizing our ability to take care of our kids, parents, neighbors, and the world community,&quot; the article says. The editorial board of The Washington Post warned that more must be done to reverse the overuse of antibiotics in livestock before a <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/meat-and-superbugs/2012/07/01/gJQAV4egGW_story.html">new generation of superbugs</a> is created. The effectiveness of these incredibly powerful drugs is being undermined every day we give them to animals.</p> <p>This long-term preservation of our collective health is certainly worth a few more bucks at the cash register, and your fellow Americans agree: &quot;Consumer Reports found 60% of poll respondents said they would pay more for antibiotic-free meats; 37% would pay up to&nbsp;<a href="http://notinmyfood.org/document/antibiotics-in-animal-feed">one dollar more per pound</a>.&quot;</p> <p>Stacy Goldberg, registered nurse and founder of Savorfull, adds, &quot;The shelf life [of antibiotic-free chicken] is shorter, but you will be putting cleaner ingredients in your body.&quot;</p> <h2>9. Organic Eggs</h2> <p>Organic eggs can differ in price drastically from their non-organic counterparts, but there's also a drastic difference in the benefits they offer, too.</p> <p>&quot;Eggs are one of the best foods to eat for health,&quot; says Dr. Lisa Metzger, co-owner of <a href="http://biofunctionalhealth.com/">BioFunctional Health</a>. &quot;Organic free-range eggs are more nutrient dense than commercially raised eggs, having more vitamin A, twice as much omega-3 fatty acids, and more vitamin E due to the diet the free range chicken are fed as opposed to the commercial grain feed.&quot;</p> <h2>10. Grass-Fed Beef</h2> <p>Beef is already pricey, no matter how you slice it. But cattle that are able to graze in open spaces tend to lead healthier lives (with less need for antibiotics), so it's a smart choice to start switching up how you buy your steak.</p> <p>&quot;When cows are able to eat a diet that is natural for them, the nutritional composition of their meat is much more ideal for you, providing an increased level of omega-3s (a type of fat that many folks are lacking in) and other nutrients,&quot; explains Amanda Austin, a registered dietician and certified food sensitivity expert. &quot;At the store, make sure that the beef that you're purchasing is actually 100% grass-fed beef &mdash; all cows are grass-fed for the first six to 12 months of life, but most are then 'finished' with grains, which are typically given to cows before slaughter to fatten them up at a quicker rate. You want beef that has been grass-fed for the entirety of the cow's life.&quot;</p> <h2>11. Wild Fish</h2> <p>Farm-raised fish are cheaper &mdash; larger supply is yielded with fewer resources used &mdash; but what once seemed to be an environmentally conscious solution to seafood demand has presented new problems of its own, especially where tuna, halibut, cod, and salmon are concerned.</p> <p>&quot;These predators are usually raised in the open ocean, in net pens,&quot; writes Margo True in an article for Sunset magazine. &quot;What seemed like a great idea initially has now revealed itself to be one in serious need of fixing: The <a href="http://www.sunset.com/food-wine/flavors-of-the-west/seafood-farmed-or-wild">farmed fish pollute the water</a> with their concentrated wastes, spread disease (the crowded conditions make them prone to it, which requires dosing with antibiotics), and escaped fish compete for food with the wild fish.&quot;</p> <h2>12. Walnuts</h2> <p>Personally, I enjoy cashews more than other nuts, and almonds tend to get much of the praise from health professionals, but walnuts also are a great source of healthy protein and other nutrients. &quot;These nuts are packed with omega-3s and heart healthy fats. They may be a little pricey, but I recommend eating a handful of nuts &mdash; including walnuts &mdash; every day,&quot; says Sharon Palmer, nutrition expert and author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1615191879/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1615191879&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=UK7GP6QYCPECS43P"><em>Plant-Powered for Life</em></a>.</p> <p><em>Do you have other suggestions on pricey foods on which we should be splurging? What's your favorite? Let us know in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-foods-nutritionists-say-you-should-splurge-on">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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And if you care about things like eating whole foods, buying locally grown food, eating fair trade goods, and eating food that is raised in an environmentally responsible manner, your food spending can take an even bigger bite out of a budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-with-the-most-bang-for-your-buck?ref=seealso">10 Foods With the Most Bang for Your Buck</a>)</p> <p>While the cultural shift toward better and more responsible eating seems to be a good thing overall, the truth is that there are some foods you don't need to splurge on. These foods either aren't as good for you as you might think, or they don't have the benefits that have been touted in the past.</p> <h2>1. Gluten-Free Foods</h2> <p>Though up to 30% of people in the United States would like to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/18/business/food-industry-wagers-big-on-gluten-free.html?_r=0">eat less gluten</a>, recent studies show that <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/rosspomeroy/2014/05/15/non-celiac-gluten-sensitivity-may-not-exist/">gluten sensitivity doesn't actually exist</a>. Thus, unless you have Celiac Disease, you probably don't need to pay so much to get rid of the gluten. If you suffer from the symptoms of what has been called gluten sensitivity, it's more likely to need to remove the short-chain carbs called FODMAPs. These are found in bread, among other things, but are not tied to gluten.</p> <h2>2. Multigrain Bread</h2> <p>&quot;Multigrain&quot; is a word that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-whole-grain-nutrition">sounds healthy but actually isn't</a>. While its use does indicate that a product contains more than one grain, those grains can be as processed as the manufacturer wants to make them. If high quality bread is important to you, <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/multigrain/faq-20057867">buy whole grain bread instead</a>. That bread will have more fiber, higher nutrient concentrations, and other compounds in the grain that are destroyed by processing.</p> <h2>3. Organic Baby Food</h2> <p>You want to buy your child the best, right? Especially when they are so young and fragile. Multiple studies have shown, though, that organic baby food&nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/organic-baby-food-its-more-expensive-but-it-may-not-be-more-nutritious/2013/03/18/b24f91d6-656a-11e2-b84d-21c7b65985ee_story.html">doesn't have any more nutrients</a> than the less expensive, non-organic type. They&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814600001679">don't have less pesticide residue</a>, either. So instead of paying so much for baby food, why not spend that money on something that will actually enhance your child's life?</p> <h2>4. Smoothies From the Store</h2> <p>A smoothie is fruity, yogurt-y, wheat grass-y goodness, right? Not if you buy it from the store. Most of those are <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/-experts-warn-fruit-smoothies-may-be-just-as-unhealthy-as-soda-201445900.html">so high in sugar</a>, they are more comparable to drinking a soda than to biting into a peach. Instead of spending all that money at the store, make your own smoothie at home. That way, you control how much sugar you add, so it ends up both cheaper and healthier.</p> <h2>5. Stick Margarine</h2> <p>It's not butter, so it must be healthy, right? Wrong! Margarine replaced the supposedly bad fats in butter with partially hydrogenated fats. For a while, science thought those were good for us. As it turns out, these do damage to arteries and other blood vessels. Instead, <a href="http://www.trueactivist.com/butter-vs-margarine-the-big-fat-butter-lie/">eat real butter</a>. Not only does it contain healthier fats, but it has compounds that inhibit tumors and contains relatively high concentrations of the fat-soluble vitamins.</p> <h2>6. Energy Bars</h2> <p>Most energy bars contain a lot of filler material, which usually translates into food that takes up space in your stomach but doesn't offer much in the way of nutritional value. They also tend to be high in sugar, and some of them have way too many calories for a snack, even if you're refueling after a workout. Instead of spending so much on these, buy the raw ingredients to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheaper-and-healthier-20-tasty-energy-bars-you-can-make-at-home">make your own</a>, instead. Save money and eat something that will actually help your body perform.</p> <h2>7. Enhanced Water</h2> <p>Enhanced water is basically a way for water companies to get more of your money without adding much value. And, sometimes, they also add quite a bit of sugar. For most purposes, regular water is the best beverage to choose. If you're exercising hard, you may want to replace electrolytes, but even then there are better and more cost effective ways to do that without buying the expensive water. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-with-these-10-homemade-healthy-energy-and-sports-drinks?ref=seealso">Save Money With These 10 Homemade, Healthy Sports and Energy Drinks</a>)</p> <h2>8. Organic Fruits and Vegetables</h2> <p>Apparently, organic fruits and vegetables&nbsp;<a href="http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/science-scope/organic-food-isnt-actually-any-better-for-you-and-its-way-more-expensive/">don't actually offer many benefits</a>&nbsp;that we'd like to believe they do. They aren't more nutritious, and they don't offer much, if anything, in the way of health benefits. If you're concerned about pesticides, you can still save money. <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/food_news_origins/organic_natural/15_foods_you_dont_need_to_buy_organic">These 15 foods</a> are the ones least affected by pesticides, and so you don't have to buy them organic.</p> <h2>9. Low-Fat Foods</h2> <p>The medical establishment has long held that we need to eat less fat but, as it turns out, the more expensive, lower fat foods aren't better for you. When it comes down to fat and diet, it's more about the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.webmd.com/diet/low-fat-diet">type of fat you eat</a>&nbsp;than the amount. This is why it's actually better to eat the full-fat version of milk products and peanut butter. In addition, when they take out the fat, they often have to add sugar and other additives to make the food palatable, so foods lower in fat can end up having as many calories &mdash; or more! &mdash; than their full-fat counterparts.</p> <h2>10. Granola</h2> <p>Before you pour milk over those breakfast grains, check the box. Often, granola has so much added sugar that it's worse that almost anything else you can have for breakfast. Sure, it looks good, with all those oats and grains and nuts and even dried fruit, but the truth is that granola is&nbsp;<a href="http://livehealthy.chron.com/bad-granola-diet-3032.html">not nearly as healthy as it looks</a>. As with so many other things, it's better for you and cheaper to make your own, so you control how healthy it is based on what you put in it.</p> <h2>11. Prepackaged Health Food</h2> <p>As with any prepackaged food, buying it this way is more expensive than buying in bulk or making it yourself and repackaging it at home. Sure, it's nice to have your almonds portioned into 200 calorie snack sizes, but it's not usually worth the extra money. So buy your health foods in larger quantities and take the time to portion them out yourself, or just make it from scratch in the first place.</p> <p>There are so many ways to eat well without breaking your budget. Avoiding spending more on these foods is a great place to start!</p> <p><em>What supposedly healthy foods do you avoid? How do you eat well and save money, too?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-health-foods-not-worth-the-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youre-doing-it-wrong-6-health-and-fitness-rules-that-have-changed">You&#039;re Doing It Wrong: 6 Health and Fitness Rules That Have Changed</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-killer-ways-to-really-actually-lose-weight">7 Killer Ways to Really, Actually Lose Weight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-simple-ways-to-lower-your-cholesterol">10 Simple Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-healthy-habits-that-can-hurt-you">20+ Healthy Habits That Can Hurt You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thinking-of-going-on-a-diet-heres-how-to-figure-out-which-one-is-right-for-you">Thinking of Going on a Diet? Here&#039;s How to Figure Out Which One Is Right for You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty diet fitness Health nutrition shopping Mon, 05 Jan 2015 18:00:08 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1275084 at http://www.wisebread.com The 6 Surprising Things That Tell You How Long You'll Live — and How to Improve Them All http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-surprising-things-that-tell-you-how-long-youll-live-and-how-to-improve-them-all <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-6-surprising-things-that-tell-you-how-long-youll-live-and-how-to-improve-them-all" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-looking-mirror-101380592-small.jpg" alt="woman looking at mirror" title="woman looking at mirror" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Americans are living longer, fuller lives today than ever before. And our ability to predict said lifespan is growing, too. So while scientists work on mixing a face serum guaranteed to bring back our once baby-soft skin, there are already several indicators we can examine to gauge how much time we have left before we expire. Intrigued? Read on for our roundup of the most shocking indicators of a long and prosperous life. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/live-long-and-prosper-with-these-15-small-healthy-habits?ref=seealso">Live Long and Prosper With These 15 Small Healthy Habits</a>)</p> <h2>1. How You Get Up Off the Floor</h2> <p>If you can rise to your feet without using your hands and knees for support, you're likely to live longer than those who can't. Research shows that middle aged and elderly folks who need to use hands and knees to get up and down are almost seven times <a href="http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/13/15870881-can-you-do-this-simple-sitting-test-predicts-longevity">more likely to die</a> within six years, compared to those who can spring up and down without support. It's all about the ratio of muscle power to body weight, scientists say. This lifespan indicator test is also telling of a person's abilities when it comes to balance, motor skills, and flexibility &mdash; all important faculties that tend to waver as we reach the end of our life cycle, whenever that may be.</p> <h2>2. Your Caloric Intake</h2> <p>The health of humans as well as worms, spiders, monkeys, and dogs has been shown to improve under a prolonged calorie restrictive diet. Some studies even suggest that certain <a href="http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0003211">methods of energy manipulation</a> such as alternate day fasting coupled with physical exercise can also produce many of these same health improvements, including increased neuronal function, enhanced stress resistance, decreased cancer incidence, and in many species, longevity. Now don't get meddling with your eating habits just yet. It's important to note that scientists have fallen short of proving that a rigid diet can increase the lifespan of humans; there is, however, ample research suggesting it could be feasible.</p> <h2>3. The Fine Lines on Your Face</h2> <p>Researchers are now using facial recognition technology to analyze everything from laugh lines to sunspots to determine how long a person is expected to live. &quot;We know in the field of aging that some people tend to senesce, or grow older, more rapidly than others, and some more slowly,&quot; said Jay Olshansky, a biodemographer at the University of Illinois at Chicago who came up with the idea. &quot;And we also know that the children of people who senesce more slowly tend to live longer than other people.&quot; Horizontal creases around the brow ridge, vertical lines between the eyebrows, crow's feet, bags below the eyes, and thinning lips are all tell-tales signs that we're <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/can-your-face-reveal-how-long-youll-live-new-technology-may-provide-the-answer/2014/07/02/640bacb4-f748-11e3-a606-946fd632f9f1_story.html">nearing the end-of-life stage</a>, regardless of our actual age.</p> <h2>4. Your Tolerance to Heat</h2> <p>As we age, our tolerance to heat &mdash; be it August weather or burning flames &mdash; deteriorates along with our bone density and vision. That's one reason why <a href="http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0003211#pone.0003211-Hall1">heat resistance is an indicator of fine health and longevity</a>. Studies show that those of us who can more easily endure high temperatures are apt to have longer lives.</p> <h2>5. Where You Were Born</h2> <p>Monaco, a sovereign city-state tucked along the French Riviera, is the place with the <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/10561478/Countries-with-highest-and-lowest-life-expectancies-for-people-born-in-2013-charted.html">highest life expectancy for a child born in 2013</a>, according to global mortality data. But if you weren't lucky enough to be born in this Mediterranean locale where the average lifespan is 90 years, there's still hope yet. There are 33 countries where human life expectancy is at least 80 years of age, including San Marino (83), Italy (82), and Canada (81). Those of us born here in the U.S. are predicted to live to be 79.</p> <h2>6. How Often You Have Sex</h2> <p><a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1732071/">Can sex be the key to a longer life</a>? Some scientists believe it just might be. In a study pool of British men, researchers found a 50% reduction in mortality among a subgroup who claimed to have had the most orgasms. Of course, this brings up the question of the chicken or the egg. Were these men were having more sex because they felt healthier, or was it the other way around? We can't know for sure, but since there are no known negative repercussions to having frequent sex&hellip; it can't hurt to give it a try.</p> <p><em>Based on these indicators, how much time have you got left? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-surprising-things-that-tell-you-how-long-youll-live-and-how-to-improve-them-all">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/live-long-and-prosper-with-these-15-small-healthy-habits">Live Long and Prosper With These 15 Small Healthy Habits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-fun-and-easy-ways-to-add-years-to-your-life">9 Fun and Easy Ways to Add Years to Your Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/science-says-you-dont-need-a-standing-desk-after-all-you-only-need-this">Science Says You Don&#039;t Need a Standing Desk, After All -- You Only Need This</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-pet-health-insurance-worth-it">Is Pet Health Insurance Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-foods-scientifically-proven-to-take-years-off-your-life">5 Foods Scientifically Proven to Take Years off Your Life</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Health life expectancy life span long life longevity old age Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:00:05 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1253529 at http://www.wisebread.com