Do you have 90 seconds to spare? That’s all it takes to get healthier! Here are a few quick tricks that can boost your health, courtesy of Prevention magazine. For example:
- If you want to make your meals healthier: Add avocado slices to your salad. Researchers at Ohio State University gave volunteers a salad with and without a sliced avocado. Blood tests showed that the people who ate the avocado absorbed MORE nutrients, because the healthy fat in avocado helps you absorb them. For example, the avocado-eaters absorbed five times more lutein – which helps maintain healthy eyes, and they absorbed 15 times more beta-carotene – which helps strengthen the immune system.
- The next quick health trick will help protect you from food poisoning: Turn down your fridge temperature. It needs to be 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. According to a study at Kansas State University, that’s the temperature that’ll stave off bad bacteria – and keep food fresher, longer.
- Here’s a quick way to keep your TEETH healthy: Kiss your spouse. It increases saliva in your mouth - which lowers levels of enamel-damaging acids. It also flushes out food particles and cavity-causing bacteria.
- One more way to boost your health in 90 seconds: Stretch your legs. It’ll help you build muscle strength. In one study, a group of adults with tight hamstrings did a series of stretches five days a week for six weeks. The results? All that stretching loosened up tight muscles and increased the adults’ range of motion, but their hamstrings and quads also became significantly stronger. Why is this important? Because strong legs will reduce your risks of falls and injuries as you get older, and 20% of hip-fracture patients die within a year due to complications from the trauma. So start stretching if you want stronger legs.