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there’s a new study out every daypresenting scary medical news. Figuring out how to stay
healthy can be really stressful,and we all know that stress isn’t healthy. Fortunately, there are lots of simple waysto boost your health. From sleeping on your left side,to getting a pet,even playing video games could
be good for you in moderationPrepare to be amazed by this
list of 20 genius health tricks- Amazing!- Number 20,
sleeping on your left side. You may not think it matters
which side you lie onwhen you go to bed but studies
have shown you’re better offsnoozing on your left side. This position improves
blood flow to your organs,helping the spleen and
intestines work more efficiently. There’s also a big bonus
for heart burn sufferers,since several studies have
found that sleeping on yourleft side apparently reduces heartburn. No one knows the exact reason for this,but one hypothesis holds
that left side sleepingkeeps the junction between
the stomach and esophogasabove the level of gastric acid. It seems very odd but it’s all trueand the good thing is that
left side sleeping is a cooland easy trick everyone can use. Number 19, don’t brush
after eating after all!Since you were a kid,you were probably told
to brush your teeth afterevery meal, it turns out
that’s not such a great idea. Acidic food or drinks,
and even healthy foodslike fruits and vegetables
are often very acidicand can soften your tooth enamel. This raises the risk of
tooth damage with brushing. A better idea is to wait 30
to 60 minutes after a mealto brush those pearly whites. Number 18, avoid bright lights before bed. You may like to relax
before bed by readingon your tablet, surfing the internet,or updating your calendar on your phone. Unfortunately, even if
these things are relaxing,they can prevent you
from sleeping soundly. It’s the blue light produced
by all our electronic devices,any kind of bright lights
at night interfere withthe production of melatonin,
a hormone that helps us sleep. Several studies have linked
exposure to bright light atnight to increase risk of
several forms of cancer,heart disease and obesity. Some preliminary evidence,
suggests lower melatonin levelsmay increase the risk of cancer. If you like to read, a
paper book is a better ideathan an e-reader. But if you have to use
something with a screen,a pair of amber tinted glasses
can reduce the blue lightand help you sleep better. Now that’s a bright idea!Number 17, sitting
correctly at a computer. Sitting at a computer can
leave you with all sortsof aches and pains and
pore posture is a big partof the problem, admit
it, you sat up straighterjust hearing that!Improving posture is a good start. But there are other changes
you can make to reduce strainwhen sitting, raise the
height of your chair,put your keyboard and mouse
on your desktop surface,and move your monitor and
laptop screen so it’s at exactlythe height of your face. That way, you won’t strain
your neck looking down. Number 16, exercising longeris not a good way to lose weight. While experts agree exercise
has many health benefits,it is not a magic bullet for weight loss. In fact, physical activity is
usually only a tiny percentageof your daily calorie burn. Most of the calories you
burn result from your restingmetabolism in other words,
the basic functioning of yourbody like breathing!Additionally, many people
over eat after exercisebecause it makes them hungry. If you do exercise, longer
sessions may seem like a goodidea but you’ll actually
get more metabolic benefitsfrom a shorter, more intense workout,than a longer one. High intensity interval training, or HIIT,helps you burn more calories
after you finish exercising. One study found those
who do a HIIT workout,burned 100 calories more
in the following 24 hoursthan those who did a longer,
lower intensity, sweat session. This can have some weight
loss benefits if you don’tfollow your workout with a box of donuts. Instead, pack a healthy snack
to eat after you exerciseas HIIT is most effective when
paired with a healthy diet. I’m not saying that exercise
is bad and you shouldn’t do it,what I’m saying is that
exercise alone is not enoughor as important as most people think. Instead, put more focus on
maintaining a healthy dietand the way you exercise. Number 15, smoothies, energy bars,and even some salads are not healthy. Now that you know diet and
calories are more importantthan exercise when it
comes to losing weight,you may think ordering a
salad is the way to go. Salads certainly can be healthya vegetables like lettuce,
kale, and carrots,tend to be low in calories and
high in vitamins and fiber. But some restaurants add so much cheese,salad dressing, and sometimes
even fried meats to theirsalads that they can top 1,000 calories. If you’re dining out, ask
for dressing on the sideso you can us a small amount
and limit the extra calories. You can also ask for
the cheese on the side,or left off entirely. If your salad comes with meat,ask for it to be grilled instead of fried. Smoothies and energy bars
often have an unhealthyamount of calories as welland it’s always a good idea to checkthe label before buying. Or read a restaurants nutrition
info online before ordering. Number 14, loosen your tie to
reduce your risk of glaucoma. Wearing your tie too
tight can be uncomfortablenot just for you but also your eye balls. There’s a reason some guys
think of a neck tie as a noose. In one study of 40 men,adjusting a tie to slightly
uncomfortable for only threeminutes raised intra ocular pressure,a leading cause of glaucoma. So loosen up that tie, or better yet,just use a clip on. Then you’ll also save yourself the stressof having to tie it every morning. Number 13, easy on the positive thinking,it can make you feel more depressed. You know the feeling,
you’re having a bad dayand someone attempts
to help by telling youto look on the bright side
or have a positive attitude. If you find this annoying
instead of helpful,you’re not alone. Studies have shown
positive thinking providesonly a marginal improvement
in the mood for thosewith high self esteem. Those with lower self esteem,actually felt worse. Probably because there’s
nothing more depressingthan a fake cheer when
you’re having a lousy day. Many people actually felt
better when making a list ofnegative things about themselves. This may be because once
you’ve identified your faults,you can work to improve them. Number 12, masturbating
promotes a healthy sex drive. Good news for the porn industry. Masturbation is very healthy,as it turns out, showing a
little self love is not onlytemporarily present, it can
also help you have a better sexlife in general, the more
frequently you have orgasms,the more your body produces
libido increasing hormones. Doctor Darius Paduch,
director of sexual healthat Weill Cornell Medical College,found out that among his patients,this leads to a higher sex drive. Number 11, beware of the new car smelland open those windows. Many people love that new car smell,so much that it’s even sold
as a variety of air freshner. But getting a good whiff of the real thingcould actually be bad for your health. The inside of a new car contains plastics,adhesives and fabrics and
when these are concentratedin a small space, like the
inside of a new vehicle,they can release harmful gasses,especially in high temperatures. As much as you might
love that new car smell,it’s much healthier to
roll down the windowsand let it escape,
especially in warm weather. Number 10, yogic breathing
improves lung functionand blood flow to the brain. Pranayama sounds like
something you might orderat that new Indian restaurant downtown. But it’s actually a yoga
breathing principle,yoga is healthy in general,
but if you don’t have timeto bend yourself into a pretzel,you can still benefit from pranayama. This technique brings more
oxygen to the blood and brain. And it can improve lung function,just don’t take any deep,
calming breaths in your new car. Number nine, get a pet. If you already have a pet
you probably know your furryfriend can help reduce stress. Many studies have shown having
a pet lowers blood pressure,and can even reduce
the risk of depression. Seniors with Alzheimers
have fewer anxious outburstswhen an animal shares their home. Walking a dog is also a good exercisebut your pet doesn’t have
to be furry and four legged. Watching fish swim in an
aquarium has been shown to bejust as relaxing!Number eight, gardening reduces stressand symptoms of depression. Another good way to relieve
stress involves gettingdown and dirty in the garden that is. One study in the Netherlands,
showed that gardening reducesstress even better than
other relaxing activitieslike reading a book, spending time outsideand away from digital
devices, combats stressand attention fatigue and can evenreduce symptoms of depression. Growing healthy, fresh
produce that you can eatand soaking up some vitamin
D from the sun are otherbenefits of the outdoor activity. Number seven, drink that wine. Wine lovers have good reason to celebrate. Maybe with a glass of well, wine. Because the beverage is
actually good for you. Wine contains polyphenols
which reduce the riskof heart disease and cancer. They might also have
anti bacterial propertiesthat are effective against
the strepto caucus bug. Cabernet Sauvignon, may even
reduce your risk of Alzheimers. Just make sure you don’t drink
so much you lose your memoryfor an entirely different reason. Wine is best enjoyed in moderation. Number six, bird watching
is heart healthy. Bird watching may sound
like a sedentary pursuitbut it can actually be good exercise. Many bird watchers spend time
walking through the woodswhile looking for unusual
varieties of the featheredcreatures, walking two
miles an hour for two hourscan burn almost 400 caloriesand the fresh air and immersion in naturecan also help reduce stress. Number five, playing a musical instrument. Even if you’re not a musical genius,playing an instrument
has many health benefits. It improves hand eye coordinationand fine motor skills. Better still, it can increase
your IQ by seven points. And it’s never too late to start. Both kids and adults reap
these brain benefits. Adults who play instruments
also have lower blood pressure. As for the people who listen to you play,well we’ll get back to you on that. Number four, playing video games. You may have heard that
sitting on a couch and playingvideo games is unhealthy,
and doing so all day has it’sdown sides but playing video
games also has health benefits. It reduces stress and depression,and can even help relieve physical pain. However, this is another
situation where moderationis key and you should still
try to keep your screen timeto two hours a day or less. Number three, stop trying
to shape up your butt. Sir Mix-a-lot may have been
onto something when he rappedabout how much he likes big butts. While many of us think
of this as a problem areawe want to reduce with diet an exercise,the fat stored there is not your enemy. In fact junk in the trunk
contains an anti-inflammatorythat prevents arteries
from becoming cloggedand reduces the risk of heart
disease, diabetes and stroke. Back that thing up. Number two, surfing the internet. We’ve all heard how unhealthy
it is to spend the whole dayin front of the computer,
but some time spent surfingthe internet is actually healthy. Researchers at UCLA
discovered searching the webboosts brain health in
those middle aged and older. It may even slow some of the
effects of aging on the brainby stimulating areas that
control language, memory,and complex reasoning. Just make sure you take breaks
and stretch while exploringthe world wide web. Number one, pucker up. Assuming no one involved has mono,kissing can be a very healthy activity. The extra saliva from swapping spitcan help break down oral plaque on teeth,reducing the risk of cavities
and other dental problems. Just don’t give up your toothbrush,brushing is still a better
way of cleaning teeth. Kissing may even help
you lose a little weightby increasing your metabolic
rate and burning extra caloriesWho knew it could be such a good wayto kiss calories goodbye!What’s the most surprising
health tip you’ve learned?Hopefully this video has been helpful. Did you learn anything new?Also, which one did
you think was the best?And do you know of any others?Please let me know in
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