Food Fact

Ever wonder why so many fast-food chains use the same colors in their logos? The marketing scheme is no coincidence. Studies have found that seeing the combination of red and yellow helps kickstart your metabolism, increasing hunger.

drink up!

When red wine is decanted for long periods of time—up to 12 hours—the organic acids and polyphenols begin to break down, according to a 2012 Chinese study. Leaving the bottle open overnight nixes the usual benefits of a glass of red, including decreased depression, increased testosterone, and a healthier heart.

Did You Know?

The Sandman is also a garbage man: Sleep helps your brain clean itself of waste that accumulates while you’re awake, according to a new study from the University of Rochester. Even better: Some of those waste products are neurotoxins associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Empty your pockets: The average guy spends 67 minutes each day behind the wheel. A thick wallet in your back pocket raises one hip above the other, twisting your spine and straining your lower back. Plus it can put pressure on your sciatic nerve, a common source of lower-back pain, says Stuart McGill, Ph.D., of the University of Waterloo, in Ontario.

BEAT THE BLUES.

Eating folate-rich foods (like spinach, avocados, bananas) could lower your risk of depression, according to new Finnish research.

A Hero Every Day

Contrary to what a cynical world tells you, we live in an age of heroes.
They’re all around.
Really. No bull——.
Sometimes it’s just an act of kindness, a guy who buys umbrellas and hands them out to rain-soaked New Yorkers. Sometimes it’s as serious as the teen who follows a suspicious car until the passenger door pops open, and the 5-year-old subject of an Amber Alert jumps out and runs over to him. Or something else. The fella who ran 163 miles to raise money for cancer research. The rumpled guy with one empty pants leg who came home from far-away to teach kids who need someone who cares.

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