30-Second Health Fixes

Need a quick fix? Try one of these pick-me-ups that you can do in 30 seconds or less!

Health Monitor Staff
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Sometimes it’s the small steps that make the biggest impact on your physical and emotional health. What are you waiting for? Read on for some quick and simple ways to feel better today!

Drink up
Drinking more water throughout the day may help prevent episodes of gout. The reason: Researchers say dehydration may trigger attacks.

Stand up while reading this
Interrupting long periods of sitting with standing breaks is good for your joints. It’s also been linked to a smaller waist and reduced risk of heart disease.

Boost energy instantly
Keep a bowl of peppermints on your desk. The scent decreases fatigue.

Make cleanup a breeze
Line baking dishes with aluminum foil or wax paper before cooking.

Simplify bed making
Mark your sheets in the center at the top, middle and bottom with a permanent marker so you can easily center them without walking around the bed.

Sit up straight
Good posture has been shown to help people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) feel in control and better withstand pain.

Eat it, then write it
Keeping a food diary listing what you eat can help you identify which foods trigger stiffness and RA pain.

Fidget to feel better
Shake your arms and legs, flex your wrists and ankles—anything to keep your muscles loose and joints lubricated.

Make peace on your plate
Imagining the peace symbol, fill one of the smaller bottom sections with protein (a card deck’s worth of meat or fish), and the other with carbs (about 2/3 of a cup, preferably of a whole grain or other complex carb). Use the larger sections for salad and vegetables (drizzle with fat-free dressing or olive oil and lemon).

Sniff away stress
Grab an orange or pick up a sprig of rosemary. Both scents help calm nerves.

June 2012