10 Ways to Improve Your Health in 1 Minute or Less
Get Cozy with Your Man
New research suggests getting cozy with your man will earn you more than just brownie points. Anything from a quick snuggle, to getting busy between the sheets will do the trick, a recent study in Psychosomatic Medicine suggests. For every cuddly minute, cortisol, the hormone our body releases in response to stress, is reduced by seven percent. So go ahead and get close, it does your body good.
Eying up that chocolate bar in your kitchen pantry? No guilt needed, according to a recent study at Northumbria University in Britain. Full of flavanols, which help to increase blood flow to the brain, and flavonoids, which help our body repair damage and fight toxins, chocolate can improve memory, fight fatigue, and aid the body in mentally challenging tasks.
Take a Brisk Walk with your Pooch
Mans best friend is more than just a companion these days. Taking a quick romp around the block is a great way to give your legs a little exercise, and also elevate your levels of serotonin and dopamine, the nerve transmitters that have pleasurable and calming properties, says Blair Justice, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health.
Take a Deep Breath
Who knew improving our health and happiness is just a breath away? From better digestion, fitness, and mental health to improved energy and relaxation, deep breathing goes hand-in-hand with a healthy lifestyle. So go ahead, breathe inand exhale
An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
These nutrient rich fruits are a major asset to any diet, and pack quite a punch in the health department. Full of antioxidants, fiber, and flavonoids, apples help to support a healthy heart, and keep your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels under control.
Enjoy a Glass of Wine
Looking for an excuse to tip back some chardonnay? According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, one glass of wine daily can increase the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in our blood, aiding our body against inflammation and improving the health of our arteries. Cheers to that!
Show Me Your Pearly Whites
Theres nothing quite like a smile to light up a room, and fight stress, according to a recent study at Columbia University. When you feel your nerves tighten and the grip of anxiety upon you, take a second and smile, if you can slow your breathing down and change your expression, you may be able to turn around the stress cascade, explains Mark Stibich, PhD, a consultant at Columbia University.