you feeling groggy. Sipping a cup of coffee
before closing your eyes will help you wake
up alert. It takes about 20 minutes for caffeine to enter the bloodstream, so its efects
start to kick in when you wake. Even a six-minute micro-nap may help improve memory, according to a German study.
9 Go au naturel Spend some time
outdoors in natural settings. Staying in touch
with nature is essential for good health, says
University of Illinois researcher Frances
“Ming” Kuo, author of an overview of the
research on the relationship between nature
and human health for the National Recreation and Park Association. Greener environments cut the time it takes to recover from
surgery, improve the way the immune system
works and help diabetics achieve healthier
blood glucose levels. “Much like eating
greens provides essential nutrients, so does
seeing and being around green,” Kuo writes.
Surprisingly, as little as five minutes a day of
walking in a city park, cycling, gardening,
fishing, boating or other outdoor activity can
boost your mood and sense of well-being,
according to a study from the University of
10 Get off your soapbox To save
time, money and your health, stop using the
high-octane soaps and household cleaners
that contain the antibacterial agent triclosan.
Antibacterial soaps are no more effective
than plain-jane soaps in ridding your hands
of germs and preventing illness, according to
research from the University of Michigan.
Washing your hands in warm water with
plain soap for 20 seconds will do the job.
What’s more, triclosan may contribute to the
rise of dangerous, disease-causing bacteria
resistant to antibiotics. You also should cut
down on sprays that clean furniture, polish
glass and perfume rooms. Researchers in Europe found that adults who used these common household products once a week or
more increased their risk of developing asthma by a significant 30 to 50 percent.
And finally “Living a long and healthy
life has a lot to do with living an enjoyable life,” says Stein of the NYU School of
Medicine, “so these are all good suggestions
to follow.” And he adds one more to our
list: “At least once a week, buy yourself the
present of spending time doing exactly what
you want.” ;
Nissa Simon is a health writer who lives in
New Haven, Conn.
Fill in the grid so that the numbers 1 through 9
appear only once in every horizontal row, every
vertical column and every 3x3 mini-box. Only
one solution is possible.
FROM SUDOKU TO EXERCISE YOUR MIND BY FRANK LONGO (AARP/STERLING, 2006)
“Play” around with this quote by a British writer.
Letters are always represented by the same
symbol. Hint: The skull and crossbones is an “O.”
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