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  1. Health Rules You Can Bend

    Eight glasses of water; five to seven servings of fruits and veggies; eight hours of sleep -- just keeping track of health recommendations can be exhausting, let alone following them. Here are 12 health rules that it’s OK -- and sometimes even good -- to break. 1.     Don't eat food that’s fallen on

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  2. Health Rules You Can Bend - Weights

    11.   A woman shouldn't lift weights unless she wants bulky muscles. Women don’t have enough testosterone or other male androgen hormones needed to really bulk up. Lifting low to moderate amounts of weight, multiple times, tones muscles but does not oversize them, notes Jonathan Chang, MD, clinical

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  3. Health Rules You Can Bend - Colds

    2.     Stay away from people with colds. Unless you have lung disease or bad asthma, it’s fine to be around people with colds. "No one should be so health obsessed as to engage in antisocial behavior," says Norman H. Edelman, MD, chief medical officer of the American Lung Association. Still, you don

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  4. Health Rules You Can Bend - Fruits and Veggies

    4. Eat five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables every day. There’s no study showing that amount is optimal. Studies do show that people who eat more fruits and veggies tend to be healthier. But no one has compared five to seven servings to, for example, three to five. So do eat plenty of frui

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  5. Health Rules You Can Bend - Workouts

    9.     Never skip workouts. Being physically active is good for you. But once in awhile, getting extra rest can refresh your mind and body and help prevent exercise burnout, notes Stephen Ball, PhD, associate professor of exercise physiology at the University of Missouri. So cut yourself some slack

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  6. Health Rules You Can Bend - Baby Bottles

    6. Sterilize baby bottle nipples and pacifiers. The water supply of most U.S. cities is very safe, so it’s no longer necessary to worry about babies contracting illnesses from the water supply. The only exception is if a family gets its water from a well or other source, says Dennis Woo, MD, a pedia

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  7. Health Rules You Can Bend - Diet

    10.   Eat as healthfully as possible every day. It's OK to occasionally eat high-calorie, low-nutrient foods. Just not too often, and not too much. "I tell people to eat as well as possible during the week, but on Saturdays to eat favorite foods in moderation. This model gives people something to lo

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  8. Health Rules You Can Bend - Drink Water

    12.  Drink eight glasses of water per day. Staying hydrated is a good idea, but think beyond your water glass. Other liquids count. So do foods -- such as lettuce, melons, and soup -- that are full of water, says Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, assistant director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition

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  9. Health Rules You Can Bend - Sleep

    3.     Get eight hours of sleep a night. Many people naturally tend toward eight hours. But everyone is different, and data show that people who sleep seven hours a night actually live longer. Are you well rested the next day, or are you tired? "The key is how you feel," says Alice D. Domar, PhD, co

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  10. Health Rules You Can Bend - Kids' Checkups

    7.  Older children should have a yearly checkup with blood work. There is no proof that yearly checkups detect unknown illnesses, says Dennis Woo, MD, a pediatrician at the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital. Woo says that unless health issues are involved, children older than

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