Easy Ways to Boost Your Health in Five Minutes per Day
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Stay Hydrated: Drinking enough water each day helps to boost hydration, improve energy, and aid digestion. But drinking before meals may offer another benefit: it can help you to eat less and lose more weight. One study found drinking 16 ounces of water in the half hour before meals led to nearly three pounds of weight loss on average over a 12-week period when compared to those who did not drink before a meal.
Take a Quality Multivitamin: When choosing a multivitamin, not just any option will do. Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, and spokesperson for Swisse Wellness, says, "Look for brands that have been clinically tested to ensure they can be utilized and absorbed by the body." Palinski-Wade recommends taking a quality tested multivitamin, such as Swisse Ultivite multivitamins, every morning to make sure you're meeting your nutritional needs.
Practice Deep Breathing: High stress levels can increase blood pressure, affect your immune system, and cause you to pack on pounds. To instantly fight stress, remember to breathe. Practicing deep breathing exercises such as belly breathing can reduce heart rate and lower stress hormones quickly, helping to prevent stress from negatively impacting health. To practice, place one hand on your chest and the other on your belly. Breathe in slowly through your nose into your belly. You should feel the hand on your stomach being pushed outward while the hand on your chest remains still. Hold the breath for a few seconds, then push it out through pursed lips, like you were whistling. Repeat for three slow, deep breaths to instantly feel less stressed.
Do a Better Workout: Finding time to exercise can be a challenge, but there is good news for those with maxed-out schedules. A recent study found that just one minute of high-intensity exercise may be equivalent to 45 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise. Although you shouldn't ditch your workout routine completely, aim to fit in small bursts of exercise throughout the day when you are short on time. Just make sure your doctor clears you for intense exercise before getting started.