marți, 28 iunie 2011
5 Surprising Ways to Live Longer in Under a Minute
5 things you can do in less than one minute to lengthen your lifespan and enhance overall wellness.
You can’t live forever. However, there are things you can do to live longer and in better health. Increasing longevity is much easier than you think. Here’s the really good part: all of these health habits can be accomplished in less than one minute.
1. Eat Eggs
Eggs are a powerful source of protein and cost just pennies. Many people have been led to believe that eating eggs increases blood cholesterol, but that’s simply not true.
Eggs contain choline, a B vitamin shown to reduce inflammation in the brain, which may lesson the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Eating two eggs comprises 26% of your daily protein intake, yet contains less than 10% of your recommended calories for the day. Thus eggs can help you shed pounds.
These protein powerhouses protect your bones and fight frailty.
Antioxidants and other nutrients in egg yokes help prevent macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness; they also protect the retina from UV sun damage.
Under-a-Minute Tip: Boil a half-dozen eggs in the beginning of the week. Eat one a day and you’re on the road to making a dramatic difference in your health.
2. Take Chromium Polynicotinate
By 2050, experts predict that 1 in 3 Americans will be diabetic. To help prevent this chronic condition, chromium polynicotinate has proven to be a potentially life-saving supplement.Studies show that this trace mineral helps regulate insulin production, reducing blood sugar levels and preventing damaging effects.
Under-a-Minute Tip: Take 200 micrograms of chromium polynicotinate a day.
3. Check Your Heart Rate Daily
By checking your heart rate every day, you can protect yourself against having a heart attack or stroke. It’s simple: Place your index and middle fingers on your wrist bone, directly under your thumb. Press gently to feel your pulse. Count the beats for 10 seconds. Then multiply by 6 to get your resting heart rate. For example, if you get 6 beats in 10 seconds and multiply by 6, that’s 36 beats per minute.
The average resting heart rate for adults is between 60-80 beats per minute. If you’re a woman and your resting heart rate is above 90, you are at a 3 times greater risk of dying of heart disease.
A new study shows that if your heart rate keeps going up more than 10 beats a month, your risk for heart disease increases by 16%.
Under-a-Minute Tip: Take your resting heart rate before you get out of bed every morning. If it is high or keeps going up every month, see your doctor.
4. Add Beets to Your Diet
You know to eat your greens, but you have to eat your reds, too. Beets offer much more than just their lovely hue. They help dilate blood vessels, which improves blood flow throughout the body. They’re also packed with iron, which helps deliver oxygen throughout the body and wards off anemia.
Under-a-Minute Tip: You can drink your beets daily in a nutrient-packed beverage that also contains carrots, parsley and apples. It’s easy and inexpensive to make.
5. De-stress With Self-Massage
Stress can damage every part of your body and lead to chronic disease. Many people, especially women, hold stress and tension in their head and in their face. Here’s a massage you can actually perform on yourself to fight stress:
Position both hands as if you were giving 2 thumbs-up. Reposition your thumbs-up horizontally and place your thumbs, on the sides of the bridge of your nose, beneath your brow bone. Press firmly for 8-10 seconds, and breathe.
Then place your thumbs and index fingers slightly above and on the opposite ends of your eyebrows. Gently squeeze for 8-10 seconds and breathe.
Under-a-Minute Tip: Practice the above self-massage technique throughout the day, such as when you’ve been sitting for a long time at the computer.