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"Massages make a lot of people happy, and help prevent health problems such as pain and even fibromyalgia," says Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, author ofReal Cause, Real Cure. In fact, a study at the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami found that a single massage can raise your level of the feel-good hormone serotonin, lower stress hormones, and jump-start immune-boosting cells.
So make your appointment, or better still, find out whether a "massage bundle" is available at yourfavorite spa. Paying for monthly massages upfront for a period of time will usually get you a pretty hefty discount and ensure that you won't skip a treatment down the road.
If you're a big fan of smoothies, treat yourself to a blender that can handle whatever you throw in there. "I broke a couple of blenders mixing up frozen fruit and ginger before buying a Vitamix," says Marie Spano, RD, a sports nutritionist for the Atlanta Braves. "I also love how easy it is to clean. You don't have to take anything apart. Add water and dish soap, hit blend for about a minute, and then rinse."The Ascent series, which comes with a 10-year warranty, is the newest line, selling for around 0. (Put that new blender to use with these 25 delicious detox smoothies.)
With all the recipes available for free online, you might not think you need to spend money on cookbooks anymore. But truth is, recipes in many cookbooks have been double or even triple tested so you know they work. "A drool-worthy cookbook is a great investment for your health, because it'll inspire you to make meals at home," says Liz Weiss, RD, co-host of the food and family radio podcast Cooking with Moms. Try Maria Rodale's or, for gluten-free recipes, .
Yikes: Many lipstick brands contain troubling levels of heavy metals, including lead, according to a University of California Berkeley study Since lipstick is the type of makeup that's most easily ingested, start investing in organic brands. Try a tube fromAxiology's line( from Rodale's), which is made with easy-to-understand ingredients like mango butter and coconut oil.
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Well, not just any old sun hat to help block UV rays. "I'll be splurging on the Charlotte Beach Hat by Janessa Leone to wear this summer," says stylist Annie Caruso Neville.
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