16 Aug 25 Small Steps That Can Make A Big Difference
Making small changes to your everyday routine can make a big difference in the long run. Below are 25 small changes you can make that will make a big impact over time.
Eat More Nuts
Despite being high in fat, nuts are incredibly nutritious and healthy. They’re loaded with magnesium, vitamin E, fiber, and various other nutrients. Studies demonstrate that nuts can help you lose weight and may help fight type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Additionally, your body doesn’t absorb 10–15% of the calories in nuts. Some evidence also suggests that this food can boost metabolism. In one study, almonds were shown to increase weight loss by 62%, compared with complex carbs.
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Check Your Vitamin D Levels
Be aware of the health risks associated with lack of vitamin D. Colleagues including neurologists (multiple sclerosis), rheumatologists (osteoporosis), and cardiologists (heart disease) warn there is a silent epidemic of vitamin D deficiency. Consider taking a vitamin D supplement, however always ask your doctor first.
Drink More Water
Being dehydrated can make you bloated, as your body will hold on to water and you’ll be more likely to suffer from constipation. It can even leave you feeling fatigued – people often think they have low blood sugar when they are actually dehydrated. Make sure you have about eight drinks a day (ideally, no more than four are caffeinated), but go by how you feel and by the color of your urine. It should be pale and straw-colored: any darker and you are probably dehydrated.
Drink Coffee or Tea
Additionally, both coffee and tea drinkers benefit from a 20–30% lower risk of early death compared to non-drinkers. Just remember that too much caffeine can also lead to anxiety and insomnia, so you may want to curb your intake to the recommended limit of 400 mg per day — around 4 cups of coffee.
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Stop Holding a Grudge
Anger can be a tough emotion to release, especially if you feel justified in your outrage. Maybe the best question to ask yourself is this—is it worth the cortisol? Levels of this stress hormone go up when you’re stressed or angry, with negative effects on your heart, metabolism, and immune system. High cortisol has been associated with greater mortality in a number of studies.
Add a Dash of Tumeric
When it comes to anti-aging strategies, turmeric is a great option. That’s because this spice contains a potent bioactive compound called curcumin. Due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, curcumin is thought to help maintain brain, heart, and lung function, as well as protect against cancers and age-related.
Laugh as Often as Possible
Drink Hot Chocolate
Eat Dark Chocolate
Pass on Burned Food
Kill Your TV
Eat Oatmeal for Breakfast
Get a Pet
Don't Shy Away from Garlic
Take Care of Your Teeth
Don't Worry, Be Happy
A study from Boston University linked optimism with long life. Researchers followed 71,173 women and men and found that the most optimistic people demonstrated, on average, an 11% to 15% longer lifespan, and had 50% to 70% greater odds of reaching 85 years old compared to the least optimistic groups. Another study from the University of Texas found that those with a positive attitude were significantly less likely to become frail compared to negative Nellies. The scientists suggested that a positive outlook might affect health by altering the body’s chemical balance.