Posts tagged: Health tips

Quick health tip: 5 benefits of kicking your coffee habit

| October 8, 2014

Want to know the real reason your morning cup of coffee works as a pick-me-up? Because a caffeine-addicted body is cranky and low-energy without it — and that unpleasant state is your new baseline. Simply put, a shot of jolting joe makes you feel like you’re climbing to new heights, but you’re really just climbing back to normal.

Research says that an easy way to boost your day-to-day productivity is to kick your coffee habit. Here are five great benefits:

• better sleep (caffeine has a six hour half-life, which means that the effects of a morning cup linger until bedtime);• better control of your mood and emotions;• better cardiac health, including lower blood pressure;• decreased jitters and anxiety;• fewer headaches.

And if you can’t kick caffeine completely, avoid drinking coffee after 12 pm; a cup at noon will leave 50% of the caffeine still in your system at 8 pm. read more

Quick health tip: The secret to good bread

| September 3, 2014

Don’t be fooled by the pretty words “honey wheat” or “golden oat” in the bread aisle. If the first ingredient listed on the package doesn’t say “whole wheat flour,” you won’t reap all the benefits of this healthy grain.

There are three good reasons that 100% whole wheat has the upper hand to white bread. It contains:• more protein,• more fiber, and• less processing.

This simple switch could make a huge difference in your:• satiety (you’ll feel fuller so are likely to eat less), and• digestive system (which could reduce bloating and irregularity).

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Quick health tip: 7 ways lemons can improve your life

| August 5, 2014

Lemons are a healthy miracle delivered in adorably sunny packages that belie their impressive superpowers:

1. Keep your immune system in fight mode, thanks to the Vitamin C.2. Balance the pH levels in your body (balance is always a good word).3. Flush toxins and removes poisons from your liver.4. Aid in healthy digestion.5. Help reduce pain and inflammation in joints.6. Fade acne spots and combat aging (um, yes please!).7. Strengthen blood vessels.

There is one little catch: You need to make lemons part of your daily food routine. Fortunately, that’s not hard to do.

• Start your day with half a lemon squeezed in a tall glass of room-temperature water.• Ask for a bowl of lemon wedges at a restaurant so you have enough to squeeze into each refill of water.• Lemons enhance the saltiness of food, so don’t go crazy with the salt shaker, add some lemon juice instead.

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Quick health tip: How to make your salad really count

| June 25, 2014

Eating a salad for lunch? Here’s how to make your good decision into a great one: Choose nutrient-rich greens.

Fill your plate with lettuce mixes that include power house greens such as spinach, kale, arugula, green leaf, red leaf, chard, radicchio, mizuna, or romaine. These provide a ridiculous amount of vitamins (specifically A and K) and cancer-fighting phytochemicals. Sorry iceberg lovers, all you get with that is a large dose of water. Make the simple switch.

Bonus tip: Vinaigrette dressings are a great source of vitamin E

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Quick health tip: Dance the pounds away

| May 21, 2014

Okay, so you’re not Miley Cyrus, and you definitely don’t twerk. But did you know all kinds of dancing are an acceptable form of fitness? Tap your inner Travolta, Britney, or Michael and watch those calories burn — an hour of high-energy dancing can eat up between 500 and 800! So grab your cassette tapes and enjoy the hustle, running man, or Harlem shake.

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Quick health tip: Create your own diet rules

| April 16, 2014

When it comes to food, the choice is yours. Rather than setting excessive limits and rude restrictions (no cake? How rude!), simply decide what’s in and what’s out of your eating regime. Chips with your sandwich? Maybe with every other one. A glass of wine with your meal is cool; a glass of wine at every meal, not so much. When you determine your eating limits, you’ll eat more moderately and enjoy your food. After all, it’s no fun to be skinny if you’re hungry.

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Quick health tip: Chunk out your workout

| March 21, 2014

It can be hard to carve out a full 30 minutes in your daily routine for exercise (as recommended by the American Journal of Sports Medicine), but we can all squeeze in a 10-minute workout three times a day — which is just as beneficial, says the American College of Sports Medicine. How? Sprint those last few blocks to work, race up the stairs with your groceries, do squats or lunges while on hold with customer service — all of these mini-efforts add up.

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Quick health tip: If you sit most of the day, you need this easy stretch

| February 12, 2014

We all rely on our hip flexor muscles to walk, bend over, climb stairs, and assist with good posture. Problem is, most Americans lead lifestyles that limit hip movements to sitting or standing, so as we grow older, our mobility, flexibility, and balance can be affected. Bottom line: Risk of injury goes up and ability to be active goes down. But you can avoid that with some easy stretching to increase hip flexibility:

1. Lunge forward on left foot.

2. Bend left knee 90 degrees, lowering right knee to the floor.

3. Tilt pelvis forward until you feel mild tension in the right hip. Return to standing position.

4. Repeat on opposite side.

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Quick health tip: Every morning is a new opportunity to eat well

| January 27, 2014

When you make your first meal of the day a combination of high fiber (whole grains/fruit), healthy fat (avocado/turkey), and quality protein (egg whites), you’re more likely to make healthy food choices throughout the day. And that means more energy to get things done! While it’s tempting to grab a coffee-to-go, it’s a fleeting fuel that will leave you running on empty. Good news: Smoothies are a trendy, yet acceptable, breakfast solution… just steer away from blending the bacon.  #yuck

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