It only takes one minute to improve your health. But most people don’t get serious about making changes until something goes wrong. And by then, it may be a long road back to health. But researchers say making minor health tweaks preemptively is much easier on your body than fixing full-blown health problems! So, here are a few things you can start doing now – and they all take less than a minute:
Sidestep migraines and anxiety by eating an apple a day. Apples contain plant compounds that lower blood pressure, which in turn lowers your anxiety – and the odds of suffering a headache. A study from the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Center found that when people in the middle of a migraine attack sniffed apples, their pain improved. Researchers say the smell of apples reduces the muscle contractions in your head and neck that lead to head pain.
Sprinkle cinnamon on your cereal! According to a study in Diabetes Care, a half-teaspoon of cinnamon a day helps lower glucose levels. And that’s important because too much glucose in your blood can cause serious damage to your eyes, nerves, kidneys and other organs. Also a sprinkle of cinnamon lowers cholesterol and triglycerides, which reduces your risk of heart disease. So, add some cinnamon to your oatmeal or coffee grounds when you brew a pot – it smoothes out the bitterness, so you might not need sugar.
Then, fight cancer by slathering your burger with organic ketchup! USDA researchers say that most organic ketchups have three times the cancer-fighting properties as regular ketchup. That’s because organic is made with much riper tomatoes, which contain the most cancer-fighting properties.
Want to keep your ears sharp well into your 90s? Here’s an exercise from the American Academy of Audiology: Every morning on your commute, turn the volume of your radio to an average level. That means being able to listen to the music and carry on a conversation – then single out one instrument and listen to it for the entire song. That’ll help you detect more details in everyday sounds, and help keep your hearing laser sharp.
Dry-brush your teeth before adding toothpaste. Do that for 30 seconds each night before bed. You’ll cut tartar by 60 percent. And in the long run – that’ll not only help your teeth, but also your heart. Because the plaque that builds up on your teeth is the same stuff that builds up in your arteries and causes heart attacks.