Friday, January 13, 2012

Little changes for a healthier life

It's been almost two weeks since the start of those resolutions for the new year. Many people set the goal of being healthier, which can seem like an overwhelming challenge. However, a healthier lifestyle doesn't have to be a drastic change. Here are some little adjustments to make you fitter, healthier and happier.

  • Make a rainbow on your plate. Make sure every meal you eat contains a vegetable or fruit. These healthy foods have been shown to reduce the risk of digestive-tract cancers. 
  • Dry-brush your teeth. Doing this before you brush with toothpaste and water will cut tartar by 60 percent and help keep your gums from bleeding.
  • Eat breakfast. Skipping breakfast will not help you lose weight. When you want to lose weight and keep it off this early morning meal is very beneficial. 
  • Drink water. Consuming 17 to 34 ounces each day can reduce your risk of diabetes. 
  • Order thin-crust pizza. You can be healthier and enjoy the comfort of warm, cheesy pizza. Thin crust has a third fewer calories than thick-crust. Also, blotting the cheese with a napkin will help cut some fat. 
  • Exercise. Exercising for 40 minutes can reduce stress and working out on a regular basis also helps depression. 
  • Eat two bananas a day. The potassium they contain lowers blood pressure because it neutralizes sodium. 
Check out this article from Men's Health for more healthy suggestions. 

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