Health Tips

  • Tomato is a superstar in the fruit and veggie pantheon. Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful cancer fighter. They're also rich in vitamin C. The good news is that cooked tomatoes are also nutritious, so use them in pasta, soups and casseroles, as well as in salads.
  • Hot, spicy foods containing chillies or cayenne pepper trigger endorphins, the feel-good hormones. Endorphins have a powerful, almost narcotic, effect and make you feel good after exercising.
  • Exercising before going to bed makes your muscles burn more calories during the night.
  • A mid-day nap improves your memory and reduces the chances of developing heart diseases.
  • Start learning a new language or how to play an instrument. These actions help slow down the brain's aging process.
  • You can 'program' your brain to be happy in a simple way: think of three things you're grateful for every day. Do this for 21 days and you'll notice the change.
  • Skipping a meal can cause you to gain weight. Your body thinks you're going through a famine, which causes it to work in energy-saving mode and makes burning calories more difficult.
  • Listening to music regularly is said to reduce the chances of developing a brain tumour.
  • Drink two cups of cold water before a meal, as this boosts metabolism by up to 30%.
  • If you suffer from headaches or mental stress, lie down next to a wall with your legs elevated and leaning against the wall at a 90-degree angle. Maintain this position for 5 minutes.
  • Running for half an hour a day will help you reduce 0.5kg (1 lb) of fat a week.
  • Drinking a lot of water during the day helps you sleep better at night.
  • Women who walk for an hour each day reduce their chances of getting breast cancer by 15%.
  • Check your toothpaste for an ingredient called "Novamin" – it is the only substance that can repair teeth.
  • Make an effort to eat a home-cooked meal at least 5 times a week. A recent study found that this may extend your life by a whole decade.
  • A cold shower can help relieve depression and also helps keep your skin and hair healthier.
  • If you've stayed up all night, take a 15-minute nap before sunrise. It will trick your body into thinking it slept enough. (Don't do this too often.)
  • Make an effort to be organized. The more organized you are – the less likely you are to suffer from Alzheimer's.
  • The first day of the week defines your thinking patterns for the week. It's best to exercise during that day, to assure a healthy routine.
  • Cook fresh or frozen vegetables in the microwave for a quick-and-easy dish to add to any meal. Steam bok choy in a bowl with a small amount of water in the microwave for a quick side dish.
  • Cut up a batch of bell peppers or broccoli. Pre-package them to use when time is limited. Enjoy them in a casserole, stir-fry, or as a snack with hummus.
  • Brighten your plate with vegetables that are red, orange, or dark green. They are full of vitamins and minerals. Try cherry tomatoes or kale greens. They not only taste great but are good for you, too.
  • Frozen vegetables are quick and easy to use and are just as nutritious as fresh veggies. Try adding frozen vegetable spinach, to your favourite dish. Look for frozen vegetables without added sauces, gravies, butter, or cream.
  • Canned vegetables are a great addition to any meal, so keep on hand canned tomatoes.
  • Brighten your salad by using colourful vegetables such as sliced red bell peppers or onions and chopped red cabbage. Your salad will not only look good but taste good, too.
  • Heat it and eat it. Try tomato or garden vegetable soup. Look for reduced or low sodium soups. Make your own soups with a low-sodium broth and your favourite vegetables.
  • If dinner is away from home, no need to worry. When ordering, ask for an extra side of vegetables or a side salad instead of the typical fried side dish. Ask for toppings and dressings on the side.
  • Choose a new vegetable that you've never tried before. Don't miss any nutrient you may get.
  • Rinse vegetables before preparing or eating them. Under clean, running water, rub vegetables briskly with your hands to remove dirt and surface microorganisms. Dry with a clean cloth towel or paper towel after rinsing.
  • Keep vegetables separate from raw meat, poultry and seafood while shopping, preparing, or storing.
  • Many vegetables taste great with a dip or dressing. Try a low-fat salad dressing with raw broccoli, red and green peppers, celery sticks or cauliflower.
  • Keep a bowl of cut-up vegetables in a see-through container in the refrigerator. Carrot and celery sticks are traditional, but consider red or green pepper strips, broccoli florets, or cucumber slices.
  • Prepare more foods from fresh ingredients to lower sodium intake. Most sodium in the food supply comes from packaged or processed foods.

source : health24 – live a great life

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