100 Ways To Live Healthy: Numbers 21 – 30
So, here are 100 simple ways to be healthy. Over time, you’ll find that these habits start to accumulate. Before you know it, you’ll wake up and discover that you’re leading the healthy, happy life you’ve been aiming for. This article features numbers 11-20.
21. Have eggs for dinner.
Eggs are a great source of protein and, according to neuroscientist Dr Tara Swart, the perfect brain food. Plus, they turn into a meal quicker than any other form of protein, saving you about 20 minutes. They’re perfect to add to dinner on those days when you’re exhausted and not in the mood for cooking. Click here to find out more about the health benefits of eggs.
22. Drink coffee.
Studies show that women who drink four cups of coffee a day have a 20% lower risk for depression and a 65% lower risk of late-in-life dementia. Be sure to skip the sugar, skimp on the milk and choose mould-free coffee.
Bullet-proof coffee – coffee combined with butter or coconut oil – might be your best choice, as it’s believed to give you clean energy and a complete lack of cravings for six hours.
23. Shiver your way to a slimmer body.
Exercising in temperatures between 16°C and 18°C activates brown fat. According to George King, chief scientific officer at Joslin Diabetes Centre in Boston, this is a metabolically active type of fat that cranks up calorie burn and helps your body to regulate insulin.
24. Take a probiotic daily.
Nutrition expert Melissa Kelly suggests that you take a probiotic every day. This will help to protect your gut health and boost your immunity. Try a supplement with at least 1 billion colony-forming units of either Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG or Bifidobacterium animalis ssp. Lactis BB-12.
25. Satisfy your thirst.
Be sure to stay hydrated. According to nutrition expert Linda Drummond, the amount of fluid in our bodies impacts on the way our cells function. Over time, dehydration can negatively impact on healthy aging. Drummond says you need 30-35ml fluid per kilogram of body weight on a fairly sedentary day.
26. Jump in place 10 times.
Research out of Brigham Young University in the USA shows that women aged 25-50 who jumped 10 times twice a day improved their hip-bone density after 16 weeks.
27. Don’t stifle that yawn.
Research from the University of Vienna, Austria, has revealed that yawning helps to cool your brain, which improves alertness and performance.
28. Have sex for better sleep.
According to Dr Careen Rascher, a sexual medicine expert, having sex can improve your sleep. The hormone prolactin is released at orgasm, creating those feelings of relaxation and sleepiness after sex.
29. Check your hormone levels.
Hormone health is a crucial and often-ignored aspect of one’s wellbeing. Dr Sly Nedic, a GP with a special interest in hormones, explains that your hormones form part of a process known as methylation. When your hormone levels go out of balance, the process is disrupted, resulting in a number of unpleasant symptoms. If you are experiencing health challenges, be sure to check your hormones.
30. Turn down the heat in the bedroom.
Keep your bedroom temperature between 18°C and 21°C. A cool bedroom allows for the drop in core body temperature necessary to induce restful, uninterrupted sleep. Click here to find out what influence light can have on your sleeping patterns.