45 best health tips ever

We’ve done the legwork for you and here they are: the 45 best wellbeing tips. Make that 46 – setting aside the opportunity to peruse this tops the rundown.

1. Duplicate your kitty: Learn to do extending practices when you wake up. It supports flow and assimilation, and moves torment.

2. Try not to skip breakfast. Contemplates demonstrate that having an appropriate breakfast is a standout amongst the best things you can do on the off chance that you are attempting to get in shape. Breakfast captains tend to put on weight. An adjusted breakfast incorporates new organic product or natural product squeeze, a high-fiber breakfast grain, low-fat drain or yogurt, wholewheat toast, and a bubbled egg.

3. Catch up on cleanliness.
Many individuals don’t know how to brush their teeth appropriately. Inappropriate brushing can bring about as much harm to the teeth and gums as not brushing by any stretch of the imagination. Loads of individuals don’t brush for quite some time, don’t floss and don’t see a dental practitioner routinely. Hold your toothbrush similarly that would hold a pencil, and brush for no less than two minutes.

This incorporates brushing the teeth, the intersection of the teeth and gums, the tongue and the top of the mouth. What’s more, you needn’t bother with a favor, calculated toothbrush – only a solid, delicate swarmed one that you supplant every month.

4. Neurobics for your brain. Get your mind bubbling with vitality. American scientists instituted the expression “neurobics” for errands which initiate the cerebrum’s own biochemical pathways and to bring new pathways online that can fortify or safeguard mind circuits.
 
Brush your teeth with your “other” hand, take another course to work or pick your garments in light of feeling of touch as opposed to locate. Individuals with mental nimbleness have a tendency to have bring down rates of Alzheimer’s ailment and age-related mental decay.

5. Get what you give! Always giving and never taking? This is the short road to compassion fatigue.
Give to yourself and receive from others, otherwise you’ll get to a
point where you have nothing left to give. And hey, if you can’t receive
from others, how can you expect them to receive from you?

6. Get spiritual.
A study conducted by the formidably sober and scientific Harvard
University found that patients who were prayed for recovered quicker
than those who weren’t, even if they weren’t aware of the prayer.

7. Get smelly.
Garlic, onions, spring onions and leeks all contain stuff that’s good
for you. A study at the Child’s Health Institute in Cape Town found that
eating raw garlic helped fight serious childhood infections. Heat
destroys these properties, so eat yours raw, wash it down with fruit
juice or, if you’re a sissy, have it in tablet form.

8. Knock one back. A glass of red wine
a day is good for you. A number of studies have found this, but a
recent one found that the polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) in green
tea, red wine and olives may also help protect you against breast
cancer. It’s thought that the antioxidants help protect you from environmental carcinogens such as passive tobacco smoke.

9. Bone up daily.
Get your daily calcium by popping a tab, chugging milk or eating
yoghurt. It’ll keep your bones strong. Remember that your bone density
declines after the age of 30. You need at least 200 milligrams daily,
which you should combine with magnesium, or it simply won’t be absorbed.

10. Berries for your belly.
Blueberries, strawberries and raspberries contain plant nutrients known
as anthocyanidins, which are powerful antioxidants. Blueberries rival
grapes in concentrations of resveratrol – the antioxidant compound found
in red wine that has assumed near mythological proportions. Resveratrol is believed to help protect against heart disease and cancer.

11. Curry favour.
Hot, spicy foods containing chillies or cayenne pepper trigger
endorphins, the feel-good hormones. Endorphins have a powerful, almost
narcotic, effect and make you feel good after exercising. But go easy on
the lamb, pork and mutton and the high-fat, creamy dishes served in
many Indian restaurants.

12. Cut out herbs before ops. Some herbal supplements
– from the popular St John’s Wort and ginkgo biloba to garlic, ginger,
ginseng and feverfew – can cause increased bleeding during surgery, warn
surgeons. It may be wise to stop taking all medication, including
herbal supplements, at least two weeks before surgery, and inform your
surgeon about your herbal use.

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13. I say tomato.
Tomato is a superstar in the fruit and veggie pantheon. Tomatoes contain
lycopene, a powerful cancer fighter. They’re also rich in vitamin C.
The good news is that cooked tomatoes are also nutritious, so use them
in pasta, soups and casseroles, as well as in salads.

The British Thoracic Society says that tomatoes and apples can reduce your risk of asthmaand chronic lung diseases. Both contain the antioxidant quercetin. To enjoy the benefits, eat five apples a week or a tomato every other day.

14. Eat your stress away.
Prevent low blood sugar as it stresses you out. Eat regular and small
healthy meals and keep fruit and veggies handy. Herbal teas will also
soothe your frazzled nerves.

Eating unrefined carbohydrates,
nuts and bananas boosts the formation of serotonin, another feel-good
drug. Small amounts of protein containing the amino acid tryptamine can
give you a boost when stress tires you out.

15. Load up on vitamin C.We
need at least 90 mg of vitamin C per day and the best way to get this
is by eating at least five servings of fresh fruit and vegetables every
day. So hit the oranges and guavas!

16. No folly in folic acid.
Folic acid should be taken regularly by all pregnant mums and people
with a low immunity to disease. Folic acid prevents spina bifida in
unborn babies and can play a role in cancer prevention. It is found in
green leafy vegetables, liver, fruit and bran.

17. A for Away.
This vitamin, and beta carotene, help to boost immunity against
disease. It also assists in the healing process of diseases such as
measles and is recommended by the WHO. Good natural sources of vitamin A
are kidneys, liver, dairy products, green and yellow vegetables,
pawpaw, mangoes, chilli pepper, red sorrel and red palm oil.

18. Pure water. Don’t have soft drinks or energy drinks while you’re exercising. Stay properly hydrated by drinking enough water during your workout (just don’t overdo things, as drinking too much water can also be dangerous).

While
you might need energy drinks for long-distance running, in shorter
exercise sessions in the gym, your body will burn the glucose from the
soft drink first, before starting to burn body fat. Same goes for eating
sweets.

19. GI, Jane. Carbohydrates with a high glycaemic index,
such as bread, sugar, honey and grain-based food will give instant
energy and accelerate your metabolism. If you’re trying to burn fat,
stick to beans, rice, pasta, lentils, peas, soya beans and oat bran, all
of which have a low GI count.

20. Mindful living. You’ve
probably heard the old adage that life’s too short to stuff a mushroom.
But perhaps you should consider the opposite: that life’s simply too
short NOT to focus on the simple tasks. By slowing down and
concentrating on basic things, you’ll clear your mind of everything that
worries you.

Really
concentrate on sensations and
experiences again: observe the rough texture of a strawberry’s skin as
you touch it, and taste the sweet-sour juice as you bite into the fruit;
when your partner strokes your hand, pay careful attention to the
sensation on your skin; and learn to really focus on simple tasks while
doing them, whether it’s flowering plants or ironing your clothes.

21. The secret of stretching.
When you stretch, ease your body into position 
until you feel the
stretch and hold it for about 25 seconds. Breathe deeply to help your
body move oxygen-rich blood to those sore muscles. Don’t bounce or force
yourself into an uncomfortable position.

22. Do your weights workout first.
Experts say weight training should be done first, because it’s a higher
intensity exercise compared to cardio. Your body is better able to
handle weight training early in the workout because you’re fresh and you
have the energy you need to work it.

Conversely, cardiovascular
exercise should be the last thing you do at the gym, because it helps
your body recover by increasing blood flow to the muscles, and flushing
out lactic acid, which builds up in the muscles while you’re weight
training. It’s the lactic acid that makes your muscles feel stiff and
sore.

23. Burn fat during intervals. To improve your fitness quickly and lose weight,
harness the joys of interval training. Set the treadmill or step
machine on the interval programme, where your speed and workload varies
from minute to minute. Build up gradually, every minute and return to
the starting speed. Repeat this routine. Not only will it be less
monotonous, but you can train for a shorter time and achieve greater
results.

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24. Your dirtiest foot forward. If your
ankles, knees, and hips ache from running on pavement, head for the
dirt. Soft trails or graded roads are a lot easier on your joints than
the hard stuff. Also, dirt surfaces tend to be uneven, forcing you to
slow down a bit and focus on where to put your feet – great for agility
and concentration.

25. Burn the boredom, blast the lard.
Rev up your metabolism by alternating your speed and intensity during
aerobic workouts. Not only should you alternate your routine to prevent
burnout or boredom, but to give your body a jolt.

If you
normally walk at 6.5km/h on the treadmill or take 15 minutes to walk a
km, up the pace by going at 8km/h for a minute or so during your
workout. Do this every five minutes or so. Each time you work out,
increase your bouts of speed in small increments.

26. Cool off without a beer.
Don’t eat carbohydrates for at least an hour after exercise. This will
force your body to break down body fat, rather than using the food you
ingest. Stick to fruit and fluids during that hour, but avoid beer.

27. ‘Okay, now do 100 of those’. Instead of flailing away at gym, enlist the help – even temporarily – of a personal trainer.
Make sure you learn to breathe properly and to do the exercises the
right way. You’ll get more of a workout while spending less time at the
gym.

28. Stop fuming. Don’t smoke and if you
smoke already, do everything in your power to quit. Don’t buy into that
my-granny-smoked-and-lived-to-be-90 crud – not even the tobacco giants
believe it. Apart from the well-known risks of heart disease and cancer,
orthopaedic surgeons have found that smoking accelerates bone density
loss and constricts blood flow. So you could live to be a 90-year-old
amputee who smells of stale tobacco smoke. Unsexy.

29. Ask about Mad Aunt Edith.
Find out your family history. You need to know if there are any
inherited diseases prowling your gene pool. According to the Mayo
Clinic, USA, finding out what your grandparents died of can provide
useful – even lifesaving – information about what’s in store for you.
And be candid, not coy: 25% of the children of alcoholics become alcoholics themselves.

30. Do self-checks.
Do regular self-examinations of your breasts. Most partners are more
than happy to help, not just because breast cancer is the most common
cancer among SA women. The best time to examine your breasts is in the
week after your period.

31. My smear campaign. Have a pap smear once a year. Not on our list of favourite things, but it’s vital. Cervical cancer kills 200 000 women a year and it’s the most prevalent form of cancer among black women, affecting more than 30 percent.

But
the chances of survival are nearly 100 percent if it’s detected early.
Be particularly careful if you became sexually active at an early age,
have had multiple sex partners or smoke.

32. Understand hormones.
Recent research suggests that short-term (less than five years) use of
HRT is not associated with an increase in the risk of breast cancer, but
that using it for more than ten years might be. Breast cancer is
detected earlier in women using HRT, as they are more alert to the disease than other women.

32. Beat the sneezes.
There are more than 240 allergens, some rare and others very common. If
you’re a sneezer due to pollen: close your car’s windows while driving,
rather switch on the internal fan (drawing in air from the outside),
and avoid being outdoors between 5am and 10 am when pollen counts are at
their highest; stick to holidays in areas with low pollen counts, such
as the seaside and stay away from freshly cut grass.

33. Doggone.
If you’re allergic to your cat, dog, budgie or pet piglet, stop
suffering the ravages of animal dander: Install an air filter in your
home.

Keep your pet outside as much as possible and brush him
outside of the home to remove loose hair and other allergens. Better
yet, ask someone else to do so.

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34. Asthma-friendly sports.
Swimming is the most asthma-friendly sport of all, but cycling,
canoeing, fishing, sailing and walking are also good, according to the
experts.

Asthma need not hinder peak performance in sport. 1% of the US Olympic team were asthmatics – and between them they won 41 medals.

35. Deep heat.
Sun rays can burn even through thick glass, and under water. Up to 35%
of UVB rays and 85% of UVA rays penetrate thick glass, while 50% of UVB
rays and 75% of UVA rays penetrate a meter of water and wet cotton
clothing.

Which means you’ll need sunscreen while driving your car on holiday, and water resistant block if you’re swimming.

36. Fragrant ageing.
Stay away from perfumed or flavoured suntan lotions which smell of
coconut oil or orange if you want your skin to stay young. These lotions
contain psoralen, which speeds up the ageing process. Rather use a
fake-tan lotion. Avoid sun beds, which are as bad as the sun itself.

37. Sunscreen can be a smokescreen.
Sunscreen is unlikely to stop you from being sunburned, or to reduce
your risk of developing skin cancer. That’s because most people don’t
apply it properly, and stay in the sun too long.

The solution?
Slather on sunscreen daily and reapply it often, especially if you’ve
been in the water. How much? At least enough to fill a shot glass.

38. Laugh and cry.
Having a good sob is reputed to be good for you. So is laughter, which
has been shown to help heal bodies, as well as broken hearts. Studies in
Japan indicate that laughter boosts the immune system and helps the
body shake off allergic reactions.

39. It ain’t over till it’s over.
End relationships that no longer work for you, as you could be spending
time in a dead end. Rather head for more meaningful things. You could
be missing opportunities while you’re stuck in a meaningless rut, trying
to breathe life into something that is long gone.

40. Strong people go for help.
Ask for assistance. Gnashing your teeth in the dark will not get you
extra brownie points. It is a sign of strength to ask for assistance and
people will respect you for it. If there is a relationship problem, the
one who refuses to go for help is usually the one with whom the problem
lies to begin with.

41. Save steamy scenes for the bedroom.
Showering or bathing in water that’s too hot will dry out your skin and
cause it to age prematurely. Warm water is much better.

Apply moisturiser while your skin is still damp – it’ll be absorbed more easily. Adding a little olive oil to your bath with help keep your skin moisturised too.

42. Here’s the rub.
Improve your circulation and help your lymph glands to drain by the way
you towel off. Helping your lymph glands function can help prevent them
becoming infected.

When drying off your limbs and torso, brush
towards the groin on your legs and towards the armpits on your upper
body. You can do the same during gentle massage with your partner.

43. Sugar-coated.
More than three million South Africans suffer from type 2 diabetes, and
the incidence is increasing – with new patients getting younger. New
studies show this type of diabetes is often part of a metabolic syndrome (X Syndrome), which includes high blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease.

More than 80% of type 2 diabetics die of heart disease, so make sure you control your glucose levels, and watch your blood pressure and cholesterol counts.

44. Relax, it’s only sex.
Stress and sex make bad bedfellows, it seems. A US survey showed that
stress, kids and work are main factors to dampen libido. With the advent
of technology that allows us to work from home, the lines between our
jobs and our personal lives have become blurred.

People work
longer hours, commutes are longer and work pervades all aspects of our
lives, including our sexual relationships. Put nooky and intimacy on the
agenda, just like everything else.

45. Good night, sweetheart. Rest heals the body and has been shown to lessen the risk of heart trouble and psychological problems.

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Updated: September 9, 2017 — 11:04 pm

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