Happy energy all season long!
CALMS CRAVINGS: A glass of vino
When cold, dark days put you in hibernation mode, the drop in physical activity lowers the pancreas’s ability to produce insulin. The result? Blood-sugar swings that lead to carb cravings and weight gain. But sipping 5 oz. of red or white wine daily can help. Danish researchers say compounds in wine (called phenolics) cut the risk of pancreatic slowdowns by 45% and prod the gland to up its insulin output so blood sugar stays steady—and you sidestep winter weight gain!
ENDS TIREDNESS: A potted plant
Relaxing at home is supposed to help you recharge, but if you feel more spent after some couch time, formaldehyde may be to blame. Levels of the toxin (which is emitted by carpeting and other building materials) climb in well-sealed homes—and exposure hinders the function of the pituitary gland, raising the risk of fatigue. A study-proven fix: Place English ivy or golden pothos in your home. The plants absorb 75% of a room’s formaldehyde, revving energy and focus by 30% in 24 hours. Add one 6" houseplant per 100 square feet of space.