7 little ways to improve your health
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These health tips are quick, easy, and they offer big rewards when it comes to feeling your best.
Little Health Changes, Big Rewards
Exercising. Eating right. Avoiding sunlight. Curbing your carbs. Getting enough sleep. Taking care of your health can seem like a lengthy list of “to-dos.” Wouldn’t it be easier if you could boost your health with some little -- and easy -- steps?
You can! We’ve found some surefire ways to improve your health -- and none of them takes more than a minute or two. That’s what good health is really about -- a collection of small efforts that yield big payoffs. Here is what we found:
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2. Check Your Scalp
“These areas are hidden by hair and the skin
cancer is not easily seen,” says dermatologist Stacy Salob, M.D., clinical assistant professor at Cornell University Medical Center and NY Presbyterian Hospital. If you can’t get to the dermatologist immediately, have your hairdresser check your scalp. Says Salob, research has shown that about 50 percent of melanomas are discovered by hairdressers.
Also, if you’re a man over 50, make sure to use sunscreen and wear a hat to protect your scalp. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 39 percent of men older than 50 still believe being in the sun is good for them and they don’t protect themselves from ultraviolet rays. But men over 50 have a higher risk of developing melanoma than younger men, so be sure to slather on the sunscreen before you head out with your head out. Or, wear a hat.
“Hats are perfect -- they provide not just complete protection for the entire scalp, but also shade for the face and, if it is a wide brim hat, the ears, and back and sides of neck,” Salob adds.
3. Eat an Apple a Day
The benefit seems to come from the apple’s peel, which contains ursolic acid, a substance that increases the production of a protein in the body that stops muscle breakdown. And more muscle is good because it helps you burn more calories throughout the day --and therefore keeps you from getting fat.
Other foods that contain ursolic acid include: basil, peppermint, prunes, cranberries, rosemary and thyme.
3. 4. Keep Healthy Foods Within Reach
“We are showing now that participants will eat significantly more apples if they are close, even if a bowl of popcorn is 2 meters away,” says Privitera, a professor of psychology at St. Bonaventure University. “They would rather just eat the apples than get up to eat the popcorn. The take-away message here is to put unhealthy foods in hard to reach places (such as in the cupboards or in the back of the refrigerator) and to leave the healthy foods out in the open within arm’s reach.”