– It seems likethere’s a new study out every daypresenting scary medical news. Figuring out how to stayhealthy 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 couldbe good for you in moderationPrepare to be amazed by thislist of 20 genius health tricks- Amazing!- Number 20,sleeping on your left side. You may not think it matterswhich side you lie onwhen you go to bed but studieshave shown you’re better offsnoozing on your left side. This position improvesblood flow to your organs,helping the spleen andintestines work more efficiently. There’s also a big bonusfor heart burn sufferers,since several studies havefound that sleeping on yourleft side apparently reduces heartburn. No one knows the exact reason for this,but one hypothesis holdsthat left side sleepingkeeps the junction betweenthe stomach and esophogasabove the level of gastric acid. It seems very odd but it’s all trueand the good thing is thatleft side sleeping is a cooland easy trick everyone can use. Number 19, don’t brushafter eating after all!Since you were a kid,you were probably toldto brush your teeth afterevery meal, it turns outthat’s not such a great idea. Acidic food or drinks,and even healthy foodslike fruits and vegetablesare often very acidicand can soften your tooth enamel. This raises the risk oftooth damage with brushing. A better idea is to wait 30to 60 minutes after a mealto brush those pearly whites. Number 18, avoid bright lights before bed. You may like to relaxbefore bed by readingon your tablet, surfing the internet,or updating your calendar on your phone. Unfortunately, even ifthese things are relaxing,they can prevent youfrom sleeping soundly. It’s the blue light producedby all our electronic devices,any kind of bright lightsat night interfere withthe production of melatonin,a hormone that helps us sleep. Several studies have linkedexposure to bright light atnight to increase risk ofseveral forms of cancer,heart disease and obesity. Some preliminary evidence,suggests lower melatonin levelsmay increase the risk of cancer. If you like to read, apaper book is a better ideathan an e-reader. But if you have to usesomething with a screen,a pair of amber tinted glassescan reduce the blue lightand help you sleep better. Now that’s a bright idea!Number 17, sittingcorrectly at a computer. Sitting at a computer canleave you with all sortsof aches and pains andpore posture is a big partof the problem, admitit, you sat up straighterjust hearing that!Improving posture is a good start. But there are other changesyou can make to reduce strainwhen sitting, raise theheight of your chair,put your keyboard and mouseon your desktop surface,and move your monitor andlaptop screen so it’s at exactlythe height of your face. That way, you won’t strainyour neck looking down. Number 16, exercising longeris not a good way to lose weight. While experts agree exercisehas many health benefits,it is not a magic bullet for weight loss. In fact, physical activity isusually only a tiny percentageof your daily calorie burn. Most of the calories youburn result from your restingmetabolism in other words,the basic functioning of yourbody like breathing!Additionally, many peopleover eat after exercisebecause it makes them hungry. If you do exercise, longersessions may seem like a goodidea but you’ll actuallyget more metabolic benefitsfrom a shorter, more intense workout,than a longer one. High intensity interval training, or HIIT,helps you burn more caloriesafter you finish exercising. One study found thosewho do a HIIT workout,burned 100 calories morein the following 24 hoursthan those who did a longer,lower intensity, sweat session. This can have some weightloss benefits if you don’tfollow your workout with a box of donuts. Instead, pack a healthy snackto eat after you exerciseas HIIT is most effective whenpaired with a healthy diet. I’m not saying that exerciseis bad and you shouldn’t do it,what I’m saying is thatexercise alone is not enoughor as important as most people think. Instead, put more focus onmaintaining a healthy dietand the way you exercise. Number 15, smoothies, energy bars,and even some salads are not healthy. Now that you know diet andcalories are more importantthan exercise when itcomes to losing weight,you may think ordering asalad is the way to go. Salads certainly can be healthya vegetables like lettuce,kale, and carrots,tend to be low in calories andhigh in vitamins and fiber. But some restaurants add so much cheese,salad dressing, and sometimeseven fried meats to theirsalads that they can top 1,000 calories. If you’re dining out, askfor dressing on the sideso you can us a small amountand limit the extra calories. You can also ask forthe 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 barsoften have an unhealthyamount of calories as welland it’s always a good idea to checkthe label before buying. Or read a restaurants nutritioninfo online before ordering. Number 14, loosen your tie toreduce your risk of glaucoma. Wearing your tie tootight can be uncomfortablenot just for you but also your eye balls. There’s a reason some guysthink of a neck tie as a noose. In one study of 40 men,adjusting a tie to slightlyuncomfortable 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 attemptsto help by telling youto look on the bright sideor have a positive attitude. If you find this annoyinginstead of helpful,you’re not alone. Studies have shownpositive thinking providesonly a marginal improvementin the mood for thosewith high self esteem. Those with lower self esteem,actually felt worse. Probably because there’snothing more depressingthan a fake cheer whenyou’re having a lousy day. Many people actually feltbetter when making a list ofnegative things about themselves. This may be because onceyou’ve identified your faults,you can work to improve them. Number 12, masturbatingpromotes a healthy sex drive. Good news for the porn industry. Masturbation is very healthy,as it turns out, showing alittle self love is not onlytemporarily present, it canalso help you have a better sexlife in general, the morefrequently you have orgasms,the more your body produceslibido 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 soldas 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 andwhen these are concentratedin a small space, like theinside of a new vehicle,they can release harmful gasses,especially in high temperatures. As much as you mightlove that new car smell,it’s much healthier toroll down the windowsand let it escape,especially in warm weather. Number 10, yogic breathingimproves lung functionand blood flow to the brain. Pranayama sounds likesomething you might orderat that new Indian restaurant downtown. But it’s actually a yogabreathing 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 moreoxygen 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 petyou probably know your furryfriend can help reduce stress. Many studies have shown havinga pet lowers blood pressure,and can even reducethe risk of depression. Seniors with Alzheimershave fewer anxious outburstswhen an animal shares their home. Walking a dog is also a good exercisebut your pet doesn’t haveto be furry and four legged. Watching fish swim in anaquarium has been shown to bejust as relaxing!Number eight, gardening reduces stressand symptoms of depression. Another good way to relievestress involves gettingdown and dirty in the garden that is. One study in the Netherlands,showed that gardening reducesstress even better thanother relaxing activitieslike reading a book, spending time outsideand away from digitaldevices, combats stressand attention fatigue and can evenreduce symptoms of depression. Growing healthy, freshproduce that you can eatand soaking up some vitaminD 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 isactually good for you. Wine contains polyphenolswhich reduce the riskof heart disease and cancer. They might also haveanti bacterial propertiesthat are effective againstthe strepto caucus bug. Cabernet Sauvignon, may evenreduce your risk of Alzheimers. Just make sure you don’t drinkso much you lose your memoryfor an entirely different reason. Wine is best enjoyed in moderation. Number six, bird watchingis heart healthy. Bird watching may soundlike a sedentary pursuitbut it can actually be good exercise. Many bird watchers spend timewalking through the woodswhile looking for unusualvarieties of the featheredcreatures, walking twomiles 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 instrumenthas many health benefits. It improves hand eye coordinationand fine motor skills. Better still, it can increaseyour IQ by seven points. And it’s never too late to start. Both kids and adults reapthese brain benefits. Adults who play instrumentsalso 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 thatsitting on a couch and playingvideo games is unhealthy,and doing so all day has it’sdown sides but playing videogames also has health benefits. It reduces stress and depression,and can even help relieve physical pain. However, this is anothersituation where moderationis key and you should stilltry to keep your screen timeto two hours a day or less. Number three, stop tryingto shape up your butt. Sir Mix-a-lot may have beenonto something when he rappedabout how much he likes big butts. While many of us thinkof 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 trunkcontains an anti-inflammatorythat prevents arteriesfrom becoming cloggedand reduces the risk of heartdisease, diabetes and stroke. Back that thing up. Number two, surfing the internet. We’ve all heard how unhealthyit is to spend the whole dayin front of the computer,but some time spent surfingthe internet is actually healthy. Researchers at UCLAdiscovered searching the webboosts brain health inthose middle aged and older. It may even slow some of theeffects of aging on the brainby stimulating areas thatcontrol language, memory,and complex reasoning. Just make sure you take breaksand 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 cavitiesand other dental problems. Just don’t give up your toothbrush,brushing is still a betterway of cleaning teeth. Kissing may even helpyou lose a little weightby increasing your metabolicrate and burning extra caloriesWho knew it could be such a good wayto kiss calories goodbye!What’s the most surprisinghealth tip you’ve learned?Hopefully this video has been helpful. 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