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— January 6, 2020

Five Tips for Protecting Winter-Stressed Hair

By Lisa James
  • Plus using your instant pot, walking speed as an indication of aging speed and a way to find out what's in your water.



Don’t overwash—twice a week is plenty, using lukewarm, not hot, water. And let your hair air-dry versus using a dryer.


Add moisture in the form of coconut oil. Best way: rub it into your hair and wrap with a towel. Then enjoy a movie before washing it out.


Use a satin pillowcase to avoid hair breakage.


Massage your scalp regularly to encourage better blood flow to your hair’s roots.


Eat a healthy diet (fresh produce, lean protein, whole grains—you know the drill) and supplement it with MSM, evening primrose oil, ginkgo and flax seed.



Cookery Gone to Pot

Are you wondering what to do with the Instant Pot you received as a gift? The four food-blogging authors of The Big Book of Instant Pot Recipes (Page Street) hear you—and they have responded with 240 dishes tailored to this foodie-fave multicooker, everything from Chocolate-Spiced Pumpkin Bread for breakfast to Chicken Vindaloo for dinner. What’s more, the book’s recipes include gluten-free, Paleo and vegan options. Plug in and get cooking!


Walking Speed Serves as Aging Indicator

How fast you walk appears to be a reliable sign of how fast your body is aging.

Researchers at Duke University analyzed data from nearly a thousand New Zealanders born in 1972–73. Participants in a long-term study, they have undergone testing for a number of medical concerns at regular intervals.

The Duke team found that those who walked slowly as 45-year-olds showed signs of rapid aging. When compared with their peers, the slow walkers lost more brain volume and had lower scores on tests of physical and mental capacity.

Results were published in the journal JAMA Network Open.

One factor in accelerated aging? It may be the smartphone in your hand.

According to a study team at Oregon State, prolonged exposure to the blue light emitted by phones, computers and other devices appears to damage brain cells—at least in fruit flies.

The team found that flies exposed to 12 hours of blue LED light showed brain damage and impairments in their ability to climb the walls of their enclosures, a common fly behavior.

Results appeared in Aging and Mechanisms of Disease.


What’s In Your Water?

If you’re concerned about the quality of your local water supply, visit the Environmental Working Group’s Tap Water Database. Enter your zip code to learn what entity is responsible for your municipal system, what level of contamination has been found in it—and ways you can protect yourself and your family.

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