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3. Cranberry Juice is Good for a Bladder Infection.

Doctors aren’t totally clear why cranberry juice is a helpful tool for preventing bladder infections, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. And that’s not really surprising: there are over 200 substances in one measly berry!

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4. Count Sheep to Fall Asleep.

The practice of counting sheep to fall asleep is so engrained in our culture that it’s best described as a stereotype. But does it actually work? Definitely — but it depends on the person. Often, we’re kept awake at night by stress or by planning what we need to do in our waking hours. The key is to turn your mind off and relax. Counting sheep is a simple and repetitive activity that some people find relaxing. For others, though, it can actually add more stress. Our advice? If it’s not working for you, find another strategy. If it does, great!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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8:56AM PST on Feb 13, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

1:18AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Thank you so much Katie!

5:48AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

interesting thank you

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6:42PM PST on Mar 1, 2013

so Cool

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10:11AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

Good reminders!

2:21PM PST on Feb 26, 2013

Mom-isms I love! Thanks for the collection of fond memories

11:51AM PST on Feb 26, 2013


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