From antioxidants to catching more zzz’s, CL’s got you covered with these healthy trends and tips.

The intersection of fun and good health is where we find friendship.

While you may have considered a ladies’ or guys’ night out a guilty pleasure, it’s actually good for you. Just ask researchers at the Mayo Clinic, who tout the restorative and healing powers of maintaining healthy friendships.

Having friends, the clinic says, can:
  • Increase your sense of belonging and purpose
  • Boost your happiness
  • Reduce stress
  • Improve your self-worth
  • Help you cope with traumas, such as divorce, serious illness, job loss, or the death of a loved one
  • Encourage you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as excessive drinking or lack of exercise
Though “life happens,” don’t put off connecting with that friend you’ve been meaning to call. You’ll be healthier — and happier — for it.

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Remember the Chia Pet? Those weird animal-shaped terra-cotta figurines that grew grass-like hair and fur?

Now, the ancient seed is considered a “superfood” and being added to cereals, snack bars, and fruit drinks, and is sold on its own to be sprinkled on yogurt and vegetables. “Chia” means strength, and legend has it that the Mayan and Aztec cultures used the seeds to boost energy and stamina. That makes sense as the seeds are high in omega fatty acids, calcium, antioxidants, and fiber, a nutrient that aids in digestion and makes you feel full faster. Because of chia seeds’ high fiber content (11 grams per ounce), they’ve gained a reputation as an appetite suppressant and weight-loss tool, but little evidence exists to support those claims. 

Bottom line? Enjoy the nutty flavor of chia seeds for their nutritional punch, but don’t expect to shed any pounds.