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5-Minute Tips for Better Health

5-Minute Tips for Better Health

If you have only 5 extra minutes in your day, try these simple tips to look and feel better. I’ve tried them all, and they really work!

  • Enjoy a cup of coffee. Research studies show that caffeine keeps heart rhythm steady, and strengthens your ticker.
  • Pamper your neglected joints. Mix some lemon juice with a little pure cream and sugar. Rub this gently all over your elbows and knees. The Vitamin C in lemon lightens skin, the cream moisturizes it, and the sugar exfoliates.
  • Spend five extra minutes on chewing your food—aim for 20 seconds per bite. The Red Cross warns in its booklet on cardiopulmonary resuscitation that bolting food is a common cause of windpipe obstruction and clogged coronaries. Taking small, slow bites kickstarts your digestive juices even before the food reaches your stomach. Besides, it makes you mindful of what you are eating, so you tend to eat less, and feel less stressed.
  • Sip a tall glass of warm water, slowly. It is an excellent way to get the toxins on their way out of your body.
  • Practice real breathing. When you inhale, try to breathe into your diaphragm. This will give more oxygen to your brain and lungs and lend a glow to your skin. Do it for just 10 minutes twice a day, and you will feel the difference.
  • Trim your toenails. Besides making you feel cleaner, spending time with your body will also boost self-image


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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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8:59PM PDT on Jun 16, 2013

Good tips. Thanks for sharing.

4:50AM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

Thank-you for the informative article.

7:29PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

liked it!

10:31PM PDT on Jun 24, 2012


3:51AM PDT on Jun 24, 2012

I appreciate it and will continue with even more pleasure in life !!!

9:01AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

Nice tips, thanks.

2:07PM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

To love and be loved :)

4:39AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

Adjust the screen so you look at it slightly downward and are about 24 to 28 inches away. The center should be about 4 to 6 inches below your eyes. Also, make sure your screen is big enough and with just the right brightness and contrast so you’re not straining to see text or images clearly. Adjust the screen settings to where they are comfortable for you.

4:37AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

You can adjust your environment when using digital devices to promote healthier eyes. If possible, use a large monitor or screen magnifier to reduce eye strain. Make sure your chair is close to your computer and you are sitting in a chair with adequate lower-back support. Position your chair so that you are comfortable.

Each person has a preference for his or her chair, so take some time to find what’s best for you. Making sure you’re comfortable before you start using a device will decrease the amount of stress you put on your eyes trying to find the best viewing angle.

4:35AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

In attempting to sum up the world in 2010, one word comes to mind: connected. Everywhere we go we carry devices that keep us connected to something important to us. Be it a sleek new tablet letting you share photos with the person helping load your groceries, or a smartphone making sure you don’t miss that late night e-mail from a colleague; we are now constantly connected to the world around us, more than ever before.

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