10 Ways to Simplify Your Life
1. Be a Chocoholic
"Dark chocolate is the ultimate superfood," says integrative medicine specialist Jeffrey Morrison of N.Y.C. The high concentration of polyphenols helps protect your body from free radicals and can reduce the chance of heart disease and cancer. Your daily dose? "One ounce of dark chocolate (with 77 percent cocoa content)."
CHOCOLOVE Organic chocolate bars, $3 each; at Whole Foods.
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2. Avoid the Fumes
That "new-paint smell" you're used to is actually the scent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) being released into the air. Opt for a zero-VOC paint and you won't even have to air out a room before you can enter it. Benjamin Moore's new Natura line is VOC-free and available in more than 3,000 hues.
BENJAMIN MOORE Natura paints in Erin Green, Poppy, Purple Rain, and Mozart Blue, $50/ gallon; 800-672-4686 for stores.
3. Get on Tap
Trade in that plastic water bottle for a reusable aluminum one. Research suggests filtered tap water is just as good--plus there's one less container to be recycled.
SIGG Silver Traveler bottle, $22; mysigg.com.
4. Bring the Outside in
Houseplants do more than just pretty up a room. They breathe in carbon dioxide and churn out oxygen, making indoor air that much cleaner. No green thumb? Try a low-maintenance spider plant.
5. Purify Your Skin
To remove toxins slather on a clay mask. "Clay draws out impurities and makes your skin look fresher, younger, and more vibrant," says Annie B. Bond, a green-living expert in Rhine-beck, N.Y. Masks made with moisturizing white clay are especially effective on dry skin; those with oily complexions should look for red or green clay.
Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing mask, $22; kiehls.com.