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50 Tips on How to Be a Healthier Person: Part 1

Holly Bissonnette| May 20, 2015

 

Who says living a healthy lifestyle is only for the wealthy? Keeping your body well and sound should not be expensive or complicated. Good news is that there are easy ways to make your everyday living wholesome.

Here are fifty health tweaks and tips that you can incorporate to your daily routine to become a healthier individual.

1.  Breathe

Stress, as well as anxiety, can lead to all sorts of health problems that could affect you. Letting go of it, instead of bottling it up, can help you improve your mental performance.

Try breathing to release some tension. Simply inhale through your nose for a count of five, hold it for a moment, and then release the air through your mouth for another five seconds or so.

2.  Take a Bite of the Mediterranean Diet

Study shows that people who eat a diet with high mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids such as olive oil, butter, cheese, and fish, acquired better results in cognitive tests while also reducing the risk of heart disease.

3.  Get Plenty of Sleep

Sleep deprivation doesn’t only hamper you from performing daily tasks, but it also carves negative impacts on your body. So make sure that you get enough rest of at least eight hours of sleep. Also, find time to take quick naps.

4.  Watch Less TV

According to research, binge-watching TV increases the risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes. It may also lead to heart problems and Alzheimer’s. Instead of sitting in front of a TV, keep your mind and body active through other recreational activities.

5.  Grab a Guitar

Learning to play at least one musical instrument enhances certain functions of the brain that control your motor and auditory abilities and emotion, as well as your memory.

6.  Eat Cranberries

Cranberries, as studies have found out, have an essential health benefit that contributes in the prevention of stroke. Consumption of the fruit tends to reduce the oxidative damage that may lead to stroke.

7.  Take the Stairs

Climbing up and down through the stairs is more beneficial than riding the elevator. Three flights of stairs a day can contribute a major improvement to your cardiovascular health, according to research.

8.  Get a Hold of an Apple a Day

Suddenly, the popular saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” proves to be true as a study has recently discovered that eating at least five apples a week may protect your lungs from the harmful effects of air pollution due to the powerful antioxidant in apples called quercetin.

9.  Get a Flu Shot

Here is a good reason to get vaccinated. Older people who got a flu shot are 19 percent less likely to suffer from heart disease than those who didn’t. It has been established that influenza and pneumonia cause damage to the blood vessel, which can result to blood flow constriction.

10.  Listen to Slow Music During Meals

A recent study says that listening to fast-paced music may lean into overeating as you tend to eat faster due to the brain subconsciously mimicking the beat. So make sure that you set the right tune to regulate your appetite.

11.  Have a Cup of Coffee

Coffee has an antioxidant that helps prevent colon cancer. Decaf also works if you are trying to avoid caffeine in your system.

12.  Go for Yogurt

Aside from the probiotics found in yogurt, which aid in digestion, it also has at least one billion colony-forming units (CFUs) live cultures that bolster the immune system and help prevent infection.

13.  Eat Garlic

Even though garlic has been well-known to be the cause of bad breath, it has a hidden health benefit. Garlic has antibiotic, antiviral, and antibacterial properties that make it effective for averting further symptoms of cold.

14.  Never Microwave Veggies

Vegetables tend to lose 97 percent of their antioxidant properties when microwaved, so the best way to eat them is either raw or steamed.

15.  Say No to Sodas

Aside from the fact that soft drinks contain high amount of sugar that promotes diabetes, these beverages also have phosphate that increases the amount of calcium excreted through urination.

16.  Think Before You Drink

According to research, constant consumption of large amounts of alcohol is linked to a higher development rate of colorectal cancer or polyps. Alcohol has also been known to cause a variety of liver diseases. Nevertheless, moderate intake of wine has been proven to provide positive benefits to one’s health.

17.  Call Mom

Strong interpersonal relationship with your parents has shown a constructive effect on the health. According to studies, those who are closer to their parents are less likely to develop illness such as high blood pressure and heart attack.

18.  Stretch Once in a While

Stretching your muscles in the lower back, shoulders, and chest helps in maintaining your posture, as well as relieve the stress from your spine. Leaning over with your chest against your thighs while seated is also a good way to stretch.

19.  Alternate Shoulders

When carrying a heavy bag or a briefcase, make sure to switch sides, as too much weight on one side of the body can strain the muscles and cause an imbalance that leads to chronic back and neck injuries.

20.  Lift Some Weights

It turns out exercises that involve weights do not only do well for your muscles but also for your bones, especially in joints. Research has shown that well-developed muscles protect the joints from shock. In turn, instances of joint pains and arthritis are diminished through the process.

21.  Alter Your Workouts

Repeating the same routine over and over again will lessen the overall effect of the exercise to your body. However, too much intensity can cause muscles to strain.

22. Take a Walk

Studies show that brisk walking for one or two hours per week doesn’t only serve as a great cardio exercise, but it also cuts down the risk of having breast cancer by almost 20 percent.

23.  Modify Your Computer Setup

Achieve optimum ease in using your computer by setting the monitor within arm’s length away. Make sure that it is centered and positioned at eye level. Always keep the monitor display clean, and take time to adjust the brightness, contrast, and font size to your comfort.

24.  Stay Positive

Keeping a positive attitude has been known to minimize mental and emotional stress to a person. However, according to some studies, unhappy people are three times more susceptive to cold than those who lead a happy life.

25.  Meditate

Meditation promotes relaxation of the body and mind. This activity aids in moderating your heartbeat and breathing. This helps in lowering the blood pressure and reducing the possibility of blood clotting.

It pays to be able-bodied. The everyday activities could get too exhausting, so it’s best to keep a healthy lifestyle. These are just the first 25 of the 50 tips we are set to share to you. Be sure to watch out for the next part.

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