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Balanced Living

43% How much lower the risk of the neurological nightmare known as Parkinson’s disease was among study participants who got more than six hours of moderate exercise a week. Anything that raises your heart rate counts—walking the dog, taking stairs, doing chores. Source: Brain


195 second  That’s how long it takes for you to think about whether that chocolate cake is healthy after your first thought, which is always about taste, accordingto a study in Psychological Science.  Researchers say you can overcome your natural gimme impulse by waiting a second longer to weigh the pros and cons of that cake before throwing it down the hatch.


The Slimming Spice

Drop the celery and head for the spice rack. In a new study, women on a reduced-calorie diet who also consumed 1 teaspoon of cumin daily lost 3 more pounds and 3 times more body fat in 12 weeks than those on a calorically equivalent diet without cumin. How can a teaspoon work such wonders? Cumin revs metabolism, researchers say. Another bonus: Those on the cumin plan saw greater drops in LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, thanks to natural plant sterols in the spice. Source: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.


Nauseous? ADD GINGER!  Ginger’s gingerol and shogaol calm digestive- tract spasms to reduce nausea better than motion-sickness drugs, according to a study at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Pairs well with: citrus fruit, tea, sweet  potatoes, pork, coconut, miso soup, onions, relishes, pears, rice.

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