HEALTH: Healthy habits


By Monique Bartlett
January 15th, 2014 Edition

How do you make a positive impact on your health? Start with small changes. By adopting a few simple, healthy daily habits you will feel better. Make sure you find the time to squeeze them into your daily routine.

Believe it or not caffeine may improve your memory and protect against Alzheimer’s disease. As caffeine consumption increases, incidence of Alzheimer’s disease seems to decrease. Caffeine seems to blocks adenosine receptors (“activators”) in the brain, and adenosine is known to slow cognition and affect memory. Caffeine also seems to increase focus and concentration, and reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease. It’s also beneficial in increasing your metabolism and helping to keep your weight in check. Just don’t have too much caffeine. Caffeine overload may result in jitters, a headache or a stomachache.

Find someone who motivates you and puts a smile on your face. Being happy, laughing and smiling helps to release endorphins, which not only make you feel better but also are beneficial to your overall health. Not only will it be beneficial to you, it may also be beneficial to your friend as well.

Stretching before bedtime can actually help you have a better sleep. Besides improving flexibility and circulation, stretching can help your body to release stress and tension from a long day. Yoga is a great exercise to implement, which will also increase your balance and strength. Relaxing your body with yoga or stretching can also help relax your brain. This healthy habit is an important part of a healthy sleep routine.

Too many people engage in stimulating practices before bed, like watching TV, doing chores and surfing the net. All of these do not promote a good night’s sleep. Getting seven to eight hours of sleep every night will make a huge change in your quest for overall health. A proper amount of sleep will help improve your immune system and concentration.

Making your own well being a priority doesn’t take much time, and it doesn’t mean you have to take time away from your friends and family. Adopting healthy habits like these also sets a good example for others, showing them that sometimes life really is all about the little things.


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