Sunday, 17 March 2013

Health : 5 Minutes To A Healthier You





These eight strategies help reduce your stress, sleep soundly, enhance your sex life, and more…

1. MAKE FRIENDS AT THE OFFICE.
People who have close pals at work are less likely to experience stress-induced high blood pressure than those who lack a social-support network, says a report in the American Journal of Public Health.


2. ADD COCOA TO YOUR COFFEE.
New research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry confirms that cocoa contains more cancer- and heartdisease-fighting antioxidants than dark, baking, or milk chocolate. Plus, it packs fewer than 10 calories per teaspoon and has zero fat.


3. CLEAN UP YOUR CONTACTS.
Simply plunking your lenses into the case each night won’t protect you from eye infections, warns Deepinder K. Dhaliwal, M.D., director of cornea and refractive surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “After washing your hands, gently rub each lens with a few drops of cleaning solution to dislodge bacteria and fungi as well as surface grit," she says. Then place the lenses in a solution-filled case overnight.


4. BE READY TO SAVE YOUR LIFE.
Think the poison-control hotline is only for households with kids? Not so. According to the Ministry of Health, Malaysia, the majority of poisoning admissions to hospitals are adults and involving pharmaceutical agents. Post the number of the National Poison Centre (1800-88-8099) next to all your phones and program it into your cell phone.


5. STOP STILETTO PAIN.
Sporting high heels puts extra pressure on the balls of your feet, causing the discomfort you feel after a long day standing up, says a study in the journal Foot & Ankle International. But you don’t have to sacrifice style: Place a full-length shock-absorbing insert, available in drugstores, in all your high heels. The padding eases pain by shifting your weight away from the specifi c pressure points where the bones in the foot hit the pavement.


6. GET AN EVENING WAKE-UP CALL.
Planning to hit the hay at 11 p.m.? Set the alarm for 10 p.m. to remind yourself to begin a relaxing pre-bedtime routine, which is essential for a good night's rest, advises Michael Breus, Ph.D., author of Good Night: The Sleep Doctor's 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health (Dutton).


7. CALL YOUR DAD.
Ask him about the health history of his mom, sisters, and aunts. A recent study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine reveals that paternal-side breast cancer is underreported compared with breast cancer in moms' half of the family tree. Knowing your full risk will help motivate you to do self-exams and get mammograms.


8. SEND A SEXT MESSAGE.
"Firing off a flirty text message to your significant other is a form of mental foreplay," says Gloria G. Brame, Ph.D., a sex therapist in Athens, Georgia. In addition to the bonding benefits, you'll both experience a surge in moodboosting
hormones. So deliver a line or two midday, and be as sweet or as suggestive as you'd like.












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