Following are totally doable tricks that can offer big benefits. These little health moves can make you stronger, smarter—even happier.
Stop a migraine. Have sex! Many people say a headache is a reason to not have sex. In fact, there’s data that in 66% of women, having sex at the initiation of migraine symptoms prevents the headache from coming.
Ease back pain. Strengthen your core. A lot of back pain is not just about weak back muscles; it’s about having weak core muscles. Get a 10 minute core workout DVD and do it 3 – 4 times a week. That way you’ll get the variety of exercises you need, without focusing too heavily on one area, like the abs.
Boost your immune system. Take 1,000 IU of vitamin D a day. D greatly affects your immunity, in addition to enhancing bone density.
Fight cancer. Eat a cup or more each day of organic blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, or black raspberries. These dark berries contain a number of phytochemicals that may protect against cancer in general, and may specifically help prevent esophageal, colon, and mouth cancers.
Sharpen your memory. Take tech breaks. Digital technology has increased our ability to scan and get just the essence of something, but that also leads to an inability to retain information. Set a hard and fast rule that all tech goes off at 7pm, or that there’s no tech happening during family time. During the break, you’ll be able to digest all of the information you’ve been taking in, think about what’s important, and plug it into your memory.
Lower your blood pressure. Walk at least 10,000 steps a day (track it with a pedometer). Take the stairs, walk around your office, walk to work, or park your car farther away from your train platform or office building. Do this regularly for a few weeks, and your blood pressure tends to go down.
Prevent Diabetes. Floss your teeth once a day. It decreases the reaction that makes your blood vessels more vulnerable to diabetes and inflammation.
Keep your digestive system going. Eat more fiber. That small move may help prevent colon cancer and ease constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. And the benefits go beyond the GI tract: Think lower cholesterol, higher energy, weight loss, and possibly even a lower risk of heart disease.
Reduce breast cancer risk. Exercise. Start a running or walking group, or an exercise group with friends. You will stick with it because you don’t want to let your friends down, it will help with weight control (which is key for breast cancer prevention), and the support will help you deal with stress.