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The 5-Minute Morning Routine to Feel Better All Day

​You might not be able to do anything about the 10 hours per day you spend hunched over a laptop. But spending just five minutes every morning with the right exercises can help you feel better no matter what the day brings.Try this simple, five-minute morning routine to improve the other 23 hours and 55 minutes of your day.Minute 1: Diaphragmatic breathing also called belly breathing, it helps regulate your autonomic nervous system to reduce morning stress. By teaching you how to engage your diaphragm for every breath, it helps you reduce stress all day long — and prevents the tight shoul...
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Surprising Flat-Belly Foods

​WATER: Drinking enough water supports the other ways you're trying to flatten your stomach. "Many people know that fiber-rich foods are good for a flat belly because they help to move food and waste through the GI system, preventing constipation and bloat. However, we often forget about the water part of the equation. Water is essential for moving fiber through the GI system and preventing constipation. Everyone's water needs are different. Eight glasses a day is a general rule of thumb for adults, but you may need more or less depending on the environment where you live and how active y...
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​CUCUMBERS: Cucumbers are loaded with water and naturally low in calories to help with hydration and weight management. One whole cucumber has just 45 calories. If you are feeling bloated, cucumbers can help with that too. "People use cucumbers to reduce puffiness under the eyes, and eating them can also help you fight belly bloat. Cucumbers have been shown to inhibit the activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes, which can help reduce GI swelling," says Cynthia Sass, RDN. For flatter abs, eat cucumbers daily as a snack or add them to a salad or sandwich.
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GREEK YOGURT: Yogurt is a good source of calcium, a mineral that slows production of the hormone cortisol, which encourages belly fat. While less than regular yogurt, Greek yogurt still has about 20 percent of your daily calcium needs. Another great benefit of Greek yogurt is that it provides twice the filling protein for weight control as compared to regular yogurt, and it may be easier on the gut than other dairy foods. "Dairy foods are the cause of GI woes for many, particularly gas and bloating. Greek yogurt, however, contains active cultures -- or 'good' bacteria -- that aid in diges...
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​BANANAS: Although many people think bananas are fattening, they are actually an important flat-belly food. "Foods rich in potassium help de-bloat the belly by acting as a natural diuretic, triggering the release of excess sodium and water the body is retaining. The soluble fiber in bananas can also help relieve or prevent constipation, which can be a major cause of a belly pooch," says Cynthia Sass, RDN. Grab a banana as a daily snack, or whip one into a smoothie. Other foods high in potassium to help fight belly bloat include sweet potatoes, nuts, tomatoes, green leafy vegetables and da...
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