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In the Heat, Ice Re­ally Is Nicer to Your Body

When you’re ex­er­cis­ing in warm weather, it’s both the amount of wa­ter you drink and its tem­per­a­ture that are im­por­tant. Univer­sity of Mon­tana sci­en­tists mon­i­tored peo­ple walk­ing briskly on a tread­mill in 31°C heat. Dur­ing the three-hour test, they al­ter­nately re­freshed them­selves with ice wa­ter slur­ries or luke­warm wa­ter. Exer­cis­ers had to drink twice as much warm wa­ter as ice wa­ter to main­tain a healthy heart rate, core body tem­per­a­ture and skin tem­per­a­ture.

Yel­low Light on Red Yeast Rice

Be­cause red yeast rice (RYR) con­tains mona­colin K, a com­pound chem­i­cally iden­ti­cal to the ac­tive in­gre­di­ent in the choles­terol drug lo­vas­tatin, it has be­come a pop­u­lar di­etary sup­ple­ment, taken in pill form. The good news: RYR may lower choles­terol. The bad news: an Ital­ian sur­vey has found that RYR car­ries some of the same risks as statins, namely mus­cle and liver dam­age. And while a pa­tient with a lo­vas­tatin pre­scrip­tion will be un­der a doc­tor’s care, RYR is usu­ally self-pre­scribed. Be­fore us­ing RYR to com­bat high choles­terol, talk to your doc­tor and ask him or her to su­per­vise you.

Home Mas­sages: To Give Is to Re­ceive

Some things are best left to the pros, but the DIY ver­sion of a re­lax­ation mas­sage works well, ac­cord­ing to a study from Northum­bria Univer­sity in the UK. Healthy but fraz­zled cou­ples took a three-week course to learn sim­ple mas­sage tech­niques. Their per­ceived stress lev­els di­min­ished as they used their new skills. What’s more, both the part­ner who re­ceived the mas­sage and the one who pro­vided it got a well­ness boost across eight do­mains, in­clud­ing en­ergy, pain and mood.

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