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Five steps to a better, healthier you!

by Sreekumar B.A on 2/3/2005 | Comments | Viewed 3302 time(s) | Full Page View

1. Replace all your aerated drinks during the day to black or green tea.

Both these teas are high in health-boosting phytochemicals, known as polyphenols, that may help prevent heart disease and certain forms of cancer.

Let us also not forget the fat-burning benefits of the green tea extract, epigallocatechin gallate (ECGC).

2. Hungry? Pass up on the biscuits, doughnuts and french fries. Reach for a small handful of nuts.

Nuts are rich in minerals like magnesium, potassium, vitamin E and protein, and are a good source of heart-healthy unsaturated fats.

Don't go overboard, though. Nuts are nutritious, but can be calorie heavy if you overeat.

3. Take 15 minutes off during your working day.

Choose whatever suits you best: take a short nap. Talk to a friend on the telephone. Take a walk outside the office.

Do anything that is not job related.

Studies have shown that even a 15-minute break from your job during the day decreases stress levels and helps you perform your job more efficiently for the rest of the day.

4. Have at least one serving of dairy during the day.

Milk is an excellent source of protein as well as the Number One food source of bone healthy calcium.

Have a problem with sleep? Drink a glass of milk just before you go to bed at night.

Milk contains tryptophan, which raises your body's inbuilt relaxant chemical, seratonin.

Just make sure it is the low fat variety.

5. Stop digging your nose!

That's the quickest way to catch the flu!