75 Ways To Be Your Healthiest Ever
Smart ways to stay well, eat right, get fit
Beyond quelling nausea, ginger also eases menstrual cramps. To brew your own
relief, peel 1 inch of fresh ginger root, cut into fine rounds, and put in a
saucepan. Cover with 2–3 cups of water and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain, pour
into a pretty cup, and sweeten with honey.
If Only It Were That Simple... an excellent and
never-failing cure for nervous headache is the simple act of walking backward.
1. Do An Upward Dog: Yoga postures can ward off — and help correct — the
dreaded dowager's hump that can occur with age. In a six-month study, even
people who already had serious curves in their upper backs improved with yoga
classes three times a week.
2. Follow a Big (Low-) Fat Greek Diet: Women who eat Mediterranean-style —
consuming plenty of fish and olive oil, and limiting red meat — have the
greatest bone density, researchers recently found.
3. Eat Like Popeye: Spinach, along with other fruits and veggies, promotes
the best acid-base balance in your body for keeping bones strong.
Don't Bar Chocolate
If you're worried about weight gain, indulging may be a solution. A study
found that women who put their favorite snacks on the no-no list actually ate
40 grams more of them when given the chance than those who didn't set such
strict limits. (In the case of dark chocolate, that would be 180 extra
calories.) The payoffs associated with as little as half an ounce a day: Lower
Less-stiff arterial walls
Lower bad LDL cholesterol
Inhibited formation of blood clots
Reduced stress hormones
Be wary of sand castles: Concentrations of E. coli bacteria are often much
higher in beach sand than in the water. Wash your hands after playing in the
sand. For a cold, try chicken soup: When one researcher tested his wife's
family recipe, he found the soup inhibited movement of cells called neutrophils
by 75 percent, which could translate into milder symptoms. (For the recipe, go
Turn to the pro: Taking probiotics daily helped kids have fewer coughs,
fevers, and runny noses, and cut antibiotic use by more than two-thirds in a
recent study. Benefits likely apply to grown-ups, too: Look for supplements or
yogurt with lots (think billions, not millions) of live, active bacteria.
Wash after cuddling your dog: You're most likely to pick up disease-causing
bacteria through fur-to-hand contact (a.k.a. petting).
Do the wave to avoid bugs. Or greet pals with an air kiss. What you
shouldn't do: shake hands.
Be a Savvy Patient
Schedule your doctor's appointment for first thing in the afternoon. If
doctors do hospital rounds in the early A.M., they're often running late by the
time they get to the office, but then catch up by lunch.
In the ER, let the triage nurse know if your condition changes. Otherwise,
don't talk to her — let her stay focused so that she can move all those
patients ahead of you.
Keep a list of all your medications in your computer, with dosages and how
often you take them. Add or delete as needed; print out a copy for doctor
Check out ills on uptodate.com. The site offers a wealth of reliable info on
everything from colds to cancer.
Getting a mammogram? Ask for an extra set of eyes (or a computer) to read
your X-rays. Either double readings (two doctors) or a doctor plus CAD
(computer-aided detection) will boost detection rates.
Originally published on April 1, 2010
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