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The anti-aging trends that are actually worth your time

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Happy Saturday! Daylight-saving time officially starts tomorrow, so don't forget to change your clocks. The time change can be a pain for some, but personally I'm looking forward to longer days.

Today, we have different ways to help you live a healthier, more productive life. Let's jump in.

On the agenda today:


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Tired or wired: Longevity edition

Since last year, the conversation surrounding longevity has been heating up, sparked in part by biotech founder Bryan Johnson's multimillion-dollar quest to rewind the clock.

But not everyone's a Bryan Johnson — many of us are strapped for time and cash. I asked Mia de Graaf, Business Insider's deputy executive editor of health, which anti-aging trends are actually worth it.

Do it:

  • Sleep hygiene: High-quality sleep is imperative to longevity. Recent research suggests that a consistent sleep schedule may be even more important than how many hours you get.

Skip it:

  • Cold plunges: You've probably seen people on social media dipping into an ice bath. While it's popular right now, Mia says "we haven't seen very good evidence that a dip in cold or ice water does anything for your immune system."

"We all want a silver bullet — a pill or drink or habit that will be the elixir of youth," Mia told me. But she said some of the most effective longevity tricks are actually simple, and well within our control: eating well, sleeping well, and connecting with others.


Gary and Tam Holm walking with their child in Sicily.
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This couple is living your Italian dreams

Remember when a few small Italian towns were selling disheveled homes for $1? The deal, meant to help revitalize local communities and economies, drew a lot of interest when it went viral in 2019.

One couple, Tam and Gary Holm, was among the people who actually participated in the $1 home deal. They wound up spending about $30,000 for two properties — but say it's been worth every penny.

The $1 home project, five years later.

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Michael Voltaggio and Bryan Voltaggio cooking steaks
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High-end steak house red flags

Dining out at a steak house is an indulgent — and pricey — experience. But if you're going to shell out the money, you want to make sure you're eating at a good establishment.

Two former "Top Chef" contestants, who also own a steak house, shared what differentiates luxury steak houses from more mediocre options. It turns out you can tell a lot about the restaurant based on how sharp their knives are.

These are the signs to look out for.


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Here's who should win the Oscars

The Oscars, the biggest awards event in film, will be held Sunday night at 7 p.m. ET. As you might expect, blockbuster movies like "Oppenheimer" and "Barbie" are up for several awards.

And while "Oppenheimer" is predicted to snag multiple big wins, others, like "The Holdovers," could surprise us in a few categories.

Read our full list of predictions.

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AnaYela is a converted Moroccan riad that's now a boutique hotel.
Jamie Davis Smith

Vacation in a Moroccan riad

You can't visit Morocco without staying in a riad. The lavish homes, which once belonged to society's elite, typically consist of several floors, centered around a lush courtyard.

This writer stayed at AnaYela, a 300-year-old riad in Marrakesh, for $280 a night. The stay was luxurious from start to finish, and came with breakfast and transportation to and from the airport.

See inside the elegant AnaYela.


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Yorgos Lanthimos/Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures/Poor Things, Kevin/The Gentlemen, John/Damsel, Abanti Chowdhury/BI

What we're watching this weekend

  • "The Traitors" season 2: Catch the reality competition show's finale and reunion special that aired this week.

  • "The Gentlemen": Guy Ritchie's new crime drama for Netflix (based on his 2019 movie of the same name) is a ton of fun and a perfect easy weekend watch.

    See the full list


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The Insider Today team: Joi-Marie McKenzie, editor-in-chief, in New York. Jordan Parker Erb, editor, in New York. Dan DeFrancesco, deputy editor and anchor, in New York. Lisa Ryan, executive editor, in New York.

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