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Sleep

The list sometimes seems endless: Drink eight glasses of water. Exercise 30 minutes. Eat seven fruits and vegetables. But if you only have enough bandwidth to tackle ONE habit, let it be sleep.

That's because shortchanging shut-eye risks damaging memory, learning, creativity, productivity, emotional stability and physical health. And did we mention you're more likely to gain weight?

Sleep is the key to being happier, healthier, thinner and smarter. And it’s not only free—it’s free of side effects!

 

Keep reading to learn more about the science behind sleep.

256px-Veggie burger miikkahoo flickr creative commonsNow that summer’s almost here, let’s talk burgers.

Mushroom and grain cheeseburgers. Sweet-potato burgers oozing with caramelized onions. Curried burgers with tangy yogurt and a zing of ginger. 

To be honest, we also love juicy beef burgers sizzled on the grill until they’re charred and smoky to the bite. Trouble is, seared meat causes cancer. Scientists have known about the link between dangerous heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and grilled meats for a few years. But recently, to add fuel to the fire, new studies show that diets high in animal proteins, no matter how the animal protein is cooked, also significantly increase cancer risk.

(Keep reading for luscious healthy burger recipes and "Better Burger" contest info!)

Photo by Miikkahoo

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An elixir of good health, extra-virgin olive oil has been shown to reduce risk of stroke, heart disease, breast cancer, high cholesterol, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes and ulcerative colitis.

But not all olive oils are equal.

Keep reading to find out which olive oils are healthiest and why — and learn how to make dukkha, a tasty Egyptian dip.

fruitsveggiesSeven fruits and vegetables a day. That’s what it takes to reduce death by a whopping 42 percent, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.

After following a representative sampling of 65,000 people for seven years, researchers found that those who ate more fruits and veggies were less likely to die for any reason—particularly heart disease (31 percent), stroke and cancer (25 percent).

Even if you don’t eat the full seven servings, eating some fruits and veggies still puts you on the path to better health, and the more you eat, the more you’ll benefit.

But how to munch seven servings without feeling like kale is sprouting from your ears?

Keep reading for tips plus a sample day’s meal plan to get you started.

almondsA handful of nuts a day may keep heart disease and strokes away, according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, who recently published a large study in the New England Journal of Medicine. 

(Keep reading for fabulous recipes for Brockett Pecans and Rosemary Chipotle Roasted Almonds, perfect for holiday gifts.)