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5 Very Healthy Habits

  • Snack the healthy way: The American Dietetic Association recommends five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day to reduce the risk of some cancers, beat the signs of aging, improve memory and promote a healthy heart.
        

  • Drink water and eat dairy: The body needs water to keep properly hydrated and individuals vary widely on how much water they need. Joints need it to stay in motion, and vital organs such as the heart, brain, kidney and liver need it to work properly. The calcium in dairy is known to be important for strong bones and teeth. Studies have also shown it can help prevent high blood pressure, kidney stones, heart disease and colon cancer.

  • Drink tea: There is some evidence that tea may help in improving memory, and preventing cavities, cancer and heart disease. Decaffeinated tea is better.
        

  • Take a daily walk: There are plenty of opportunities to move your legs during the day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk to the store, window shop at the mall, leave your desk and visit your co-worker instead of sending an e-mail, or walk and talk with your friends instead of meeting for a meal.
     

  • Plan -- there is, perhaps, no better word to illustrate how you can incorporate healthy habits into your everyday life. Good health does not happen by accident. For the most part, neither do good fitness, skin protection, healthy teeth, weight loss and social ties. Many of these habits take effort that need to be scheduled into busy lives.
     

        If you need to write time into your calendar for exercise, do it. If you need to write out the week's menu, and make the grocery list from this before you go shopping, do it. Do what you need to do to incorporate these habits into your life. Make them a part of your life and you'll be healthier for it.
     

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