20 of the Best Health Tops You'll Ever Get

Sunday, June 08, 2014

The cat’s out the bag!

From copying your kitty, to knocking back a glass of wine, here’s 20 of the best health tips you could possibly get.

1. Copying Kitty

Ever noticed how kitty does a bout of yoga every morning? You should start stretching too when you wake up. It will ease back pain; boost circulation and aid digestion.

2. Breakfast

Studies have reported that eating a proper morning meal is one of the most positive steps to losing weight, too. Those who skip breakfast neglect to kick-start their metabolism for the day and are prone to piling on the pounds.

3. Pearly Whites

Too many people don’t know how to properly brush their teeth; don’t brush for long enough; neglect to floss and fail to get regular dental check-ups. Hold your toothbrush like it’s a pencil and brush for a minimum of two minutes. Remember to brush the gums and junction of the teeth too as well as the roof of your mouth and your tongue.

4. It’s OK to Take as Well as Give

Always giving but never taking? You’re on the road to compassion fatigue. Allow yourself to receive from others and also give to yourself.

5. Spirituality

Studies have found that patients who pray tend to recover quicker than those who don’t.

6. There is Such a Thing as “Good” Smelly Breath

Spring onions; garlic; leeks and onions are all good for you. Raw garlic can help fight off infections but if you don’t fancy eating it raw you can get it in tablet form.

7. A Glass of Red

A glass of red wine a day is okay. Numerous studies have found that the antioxidants found in red wine can help protect against breast cancer.

8. Calcium

You can get your daily quota by chugging milk, sipping yoghurt or popping a tablet to keep your bones strong and stave off osteoporosis. Combine calcium with magnesium for proper absorption.

9. Enjoy Spice

Spicy foods that contain cayenne pepper or chillies trigger endorphins. These are the feel good hormones that give you a natural high.

10. Berries

Raspberries, strawberries and blueberries all contain powerful antioxidants that protect against cancer and heart disease.

11. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a superfood that contain the powerful cancer fighters, lycopene. They’re rich in Vitamin C too.

12. When it’s OK To Cut Out Herbs

You should cut out herbs like ginger, garlic, ginseng, St John’s Wort and Ginkg Bilboa before surgery as they can increase bleeding. Stop at least 2 weeks before surgery.

13. Eat when Stressed

Stress causes low blood pressure so it’s important to eat small, regular and healthy meals like fruits, veggies and herbal teas that will help soothe your nerves.

14. Live Mindfully

Life’s too short to NOT focus on the small stuff. Slow down and concentrate on the basics in order to properly clear your mind. Really focus on experiences and sensations to appreciate your life and all that’s in it.

15. Weights First

Weight training should be done first, experts say. The body can handle weights better earlier on as you’re fresh and energetic.

16. Folic Acid

This supplement should be taken regularly by people with low immunity and pregnant mums. The supplement prevents spina bifidia in unborn babies and can help prevent cancer.

17. Vitamin C

Get at least 90mg of Vitamin C a day by eating five servings of fruit and veg.

18. Water, Water Everywhere

Stay away from fizzy drinks and energy drinks when working out. Instead stick to water to remain hydrated.

19. You Can Eat Carbs

Carbs with a high glycaemix index offer an instant energy boost. Stick to grain-based foods, honey and whole wheats.

20. Pet Allergies

Don’t let pet allergies put you off the joy a four-legged companion brings. Install an air filter in your house and always brush Fido outside.

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