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5 Small Changes You Can Make for a Healthier Life

Taking a closer look at your daily habits now -- and making a few adjustments here and there -- can have a major impact on your long-term health. 

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Brush Your Teeth Correctly

One of the first things you do in the morning is brush your teeth. Do you spend a full two minutes (as recommended by dentists) brushing? Do you floss? Because you should! Brush with a soft-bristled brush and carefully floss between every tooth near the gumline. Also, visit the dentist regularly to keep tabs on your dental health -- it can clue you in to what's going on with the rest of your body. 

 

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Eat More Color

Your body actually craves good food! Craving salty or sweet snacks is a sure sign that you're either dehydrated or possibly low on vitamins or iron. Stock up on fruits and veggies from the produce section. With obvious variation, your meals should consist of a grain or carb, protein, and lean veggies. One easy way to accomplish this is by eating a variety of colors everyday.

 

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Snack Smarter

Do you head straight for the vending machine when work gets stressful? Your snacking habits could be a pitfall in your healthy eating plan. Be smart about the foods you choose to munch on -- snacks can actually benefit your health and keep your tummy full between meals! Almonds, for instance, can sustain your energy and focus throughout the long workday.

 

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Get Outside

Are you stuck inside all day under harsh fluorescent lights? Getting enough Vitamin D from the sun can be difficult in winter. Simply stepping out to grab lunch in between meetings can help you recharge. Stretching your legs and re-energizing your stiff muscles can also increase your energy and vitality. Take at least two 10-minute stretch breaks every day, and get up to walk around. Try to go outside during the workday to get your daily dose of Vitamin D, and drink water frequently throughout the day to stay hydrated. This will benefit not only your skin, but your immune system as well! Water flushes your body of toxins and keeps you focused. Dehydration and low levels of Vitamin D can contribute to sluggishness and fatigue. 

 

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Learn to Be More Flexible

Studies show that patients possessing flexibility as a personality trait often recover 50 percent faster than those who stubbornly cling to their ways. If you want to live longer, you are going to have to learn to chill out. By the way, flexibility as a physical trait is a pretty good thing as well.

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