According to diabetes study, a mere half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day can set your blood sugar, LDL cholesterol. And triglyceride levels straight. Furthermore, if you swap out your cream and sugar for cinnamon, you’ll be cutting back on at least 70-80 calories per 8-ounce serving. Don’t worry, your coffee will taste just as good, if not better.
2. Turn up the Heat – on Your Lunch
Spicy food might make you sweat and cry, but make no mistake, the heat does wonders for your body. A study found that capsaicin, the compound in peppers that induces the spicy sensation, increases the calcium in your body. There’s also a widely-held belief that capsaicin speeds up weight loss via boosted metabolic function, but this is yet to be proven.
3. Start Brushing Your Teeth with Coconut Oil
Fluoride, artificial sweeteners, diethanolamine – yes, our everyday toothpaste is full of potentially harmful ingredients. Swap your toothpaste for coconut oil, which has all the same cleaning properties as a normal tube of Colgate, but none of the harmful ingredients.
4. Have Sex
Getting busy has been proven to decrease stress, blood pressure, and the chances of getting prostate cancer. So spark things up between the sheets as often as possible.
We are always told to eat our fruit and vegetables, but we are never told which ones. However, being selective in what you eat can have huge effects. For example, eating white-fleshed produce – apples, pears, cucumbers, and cauliflower – can, according to the American Heart Association, cut your risk of a stroke by up to 10%.
6. Live by the 20-20-20 Rule
Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something that is 20 feet away. According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists, it’s a proven method for reducing eye strain – especially if you’re glued to a screen for 8 hours each day.
7. Wash Your Hands
Look at the person to your left and then look at the person to your right. One of them didn’t wash their hands after their last visit to the bathroom. Yes, according to a study from the Bradley Corporation, only 66% of Americans wash their hands after going to the bathroom. Considering the fact that the average bathroom contains 200,000 germs, a sure fire way to stay healthier is to wash your hands.
8. Stand Up
If you’re chained to a desk for 8 hours a day, you should stand up for one minute every half hour. Research suggests that doing this will slash your risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.
It’s second nature to reach for the ibuprofen when you’re in pain, but you really shouldn’t as it has been shown to increase the risk of a heart attack by up to 50%. If you’re in pain and have no need to reduce inflammation, which is what ibuprofen does, reach for acetaminophen instead (e.g. Tylenol).
10. Add Lemon to Your Water
Lemons are a great source of potassium nitrate, a nutrient that has been proven to reduce high blood pressure and increase your body’s ability to process calcium. It also helps to decrease your chances of getting kidney stones.
11. Quit Smoking
This is easier said than done, we know. However, the first step (throwing your packet in the nearest trash can – takes mere seconds and it will immediately set you on the path to a healthier you.