Do a posture check Good posture has a bearing not just on your physical health but on your state of mind. (Have you ever seen someone project self-confidence while slouching?) Take 5 minutes to evaluate your posture when standing, sitting, or walking and make any needed corrections (here’s how to do it). Your body and […]
Let your tea steep Studies of tea chemistry have found that steeping tea for at least 3 minutes increases the release of polyphenols, chemicals in tea that have antioxidant and other beneficial properties, and which may account for many of tea’s health benefits.
Chew a piece of gum Two recent studies have found that chewing (sugarless) gum may help to lower stress. Other research has linked gum chewing to enhanced alertness and mood.
Stand up Evidence continues to mount that prolonged sitting is one of the worst things you can do for your health, even if you exercise regularly. So be sure to break up long seated periods (at your desk, watching TV, on a plane) with short jaunts upright at least every hour. Research has shown that […]
Wear a pedometer People who wore these simple step-counting devices increased their physical activity by 2,200 to 2,500 steps a day on average, and decreased both their body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure, according to a large review published several years ago in JAMA. The pedometers were most effective if the wearer aimed for […]
A study that analyzed data on nearly 120,000 people collected for a more than 30-year period and which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that people who eat a handful of nuts every day live longer than those who don’t eat them. Senior author Charles S. Fuchs — director of the Gastrointestinal […]
One moment it’s going to kill you, and the next it’s being credited for cutting your risk of getting liver cancer or Alzheimer’s. Typical sensationalism at its best. Researchers from Italy found indications that as many as 3 cups of Joe a day can reduce the liver-cancer risk by — get this — more than 50%. […]
Remove energy zappers. Skip the soda, sugary coffee and energy drinks. These foods may leave you buzzing for an hour, but will likely cause an energy crash. Quench your thirst with water, fat-free or low-fat milk, low-calorie flavored water or unsweetened tea.
An article in the Guardian about wildlife crime listed several grim statistics. Among them, “Africa could lose one-fifth of its elephants in the next decade if the continent’s poaching crisis is not stopped. By the end of September, a record 704 rhinos had been killed by poachers in South Africa and 47 in Kenya this year. Figures showed […]
Most kids between 8 and 17 name their mother as their number one role model and their father as number two, according to a 2011 study by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. They watch and emulate your behavior more than you may realize. In the same report, more than 70 percent of kids said, “If […]