The lasting effects of those extra 10 pounds
Fitting into your high school jeans may make you the most envied person at your 10-year reunion—and one of the healthiest at your 25th.
Not-so-sweet news for your heartFrom the sugar in your coffee to that 4 p.m. brownie. Chances are you easily exceed the 6 teaspoons of added sugar recommended daily. That habit may put your heart at risk, report University of Colorado researchers. They found that when people consumed more than 42 teaspoons of added sugar a day, their blood pressure rose five points in two weeks.
“An excess of fructose [found in table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup] causes cell damage, which may increase blood pressure,” says researcher Richard Johnson, M.D. A good start: Sprinkle less sugar in your coffee and tea.
The germ strategy that keeps you healthyAlthough you can’t avoid all cold-causing microbes on a daily basis, there are some research-proven ways to keep them from invading your home.
- Use a humidifier
Oregon State University researchers found that cold and flu viruses flourish in dry air: Aim to keep your home at around 50 percent humidity.
- Clean common areas
Viruses can live on surfaces for up to 24 hours once that leave the body. If someone in your household is sick, wipe down door knobs, refrigerator handles, and remote controls with disinfectant.
- Kick off your shoes
Change into slippers at the door of your house to avoid tracking in germs and bacteria.