Brush with Cauliflower
After a glass of red wine, chew on cauliflower and other vegetables from the crudité platter. The crunchy raw produce will scrub away red wine stains for brighter and whiter-looking teeth.
Hydrate Your Mind
Your brain is 80 percent water. If you don’t drink enough to stay hydrated, you can reduce the ability of neurons to perform properly. So drink and think. Have at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day.
ANTs are Automatic Negative Thoughts that trigger anxiety and flood the body with stress hormones. Whenever an ANT enters your mind, write it down and forget about it for now. Later, review your ANTs, try to determine where they are coming from and devise a plan to correct negative thinking.
Smaller Plate, Smaller Belly
You can reduce the amount of food you eat unconsciously by using a smaller plate at a buffet. Studies show that people are programmed to load up on helpings when they use large dinner plates. Use a salad or dessert plate when you head to the buffet.
10-Second Health Check
Before popping your contacts into your eyes, give them the once-over on behalf of your cardiovascular system. A diet full of fat, protein, or alcohol weakens your tears' ability to block cholesterol from adhering to the lenses. This results in cloudy deposits. If your diet is destroying your contacts, just imagine what it's doing to your arteries.
Tight chest and back from spending your 9-to-5 hunched over a computer keyboard? A slumping posture can lead to back and neck pain, zap your energy, and even make you look heavier. To realign your spine, feel more awake, and look slimmer, grab two tennis balls and a roll of cloth athletic tape. Wrap the athletic tape in a figure eight pattern around two tennis balls until they are securely attached. Then lie in a crunch position with the balls placed horizontally under your mid-back. Do three crunches, lifting and lowering your head and shoulders. On the next crunch, hold yourself in the up position to move the balls up your back for half a roll. Press into your feet and scoot your butt then feet forward. Repeat the crunch/roll sequence until the balls reach the top of your spine.
Swallow Liquid-Gel Caps
Get pain relief 60 percent faster by swallowing ibuprofen in the form of liquid-gel capsules instead of solid tablets. The dissolved ibuprofen will reach your bloodstream much more quickly than it would in solid form.
Make Good-for-You Food Taste Better
Before you fork, take a good whiff of your food. “Ninety percent of taste is smell,” says Alan Hirsch, M.D., founder and neurological director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago. “The more odor molecules hit receptors in your nose, the more robust your sense of taste.”
Swallow Some Fish Oil
Eating fish or taking a fish-oil supplement is one of the simplest things you can do for good heart and brain health. Research from the National Institutes of Health division of nutritional neurosciences suggests that eating (contaminant-free and not overharvested) fish at least three times a week can help men nearly reverse their risk of dying from sudden cardiac death. And the essential fatty acids in fish have also been linked to reducing depression. If you can’t catch fish that often, take a fish-oil capsule containing the long-chain omega-3s DHA and EPA.
Make an Ice-Gel Pack
Save money and soothe sore muscles with a homemade ice pack that conforms to ankles and knees. Mix ½ cup of water with ½ cup of rubbing alcohol in a sealable plastic bag. Place in a freezer for about two hours. The alcohol keeps the water slushy, not frozen solid.