5 easy ways to improve your health

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- It's not always difficult to make healthy choices. Here are five good habits you can make healthier without even trying from Reader's Digest.

1. When you sip tea, make sure to steep tea bags for five minutes. Research links this drink to lower risks of heart attack, certain cancers, type 2 diabetes, and Parkinson's disease. More anti-oxidants are released when tea is steeped for 5 minutes.

2. When you blow your nose, do one nostril at a time. A University of Virginia study found that honking your nose hard produced a lot of pressure and pushed mucus into the sinuses, which could increase infections. Gently blow one nostril at a time instead.

3. When you eat more protein, make sure to add it to breakfast. Americans typically eat three times more protein at dinner than at breakfast. But studies show that people who eat protein-rich breakfasts have fewer blood sugar spikes throughout the morning.

4. When you stand up, make sure to do it in a work meeting. Too much sitting can lead to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. Now new research suggests that standing during work meetings can lead to more creativity. It's worth a try!

5. When you floss your teeth, make sure to do it after, not before, you brush. Once you've removed large pieces of food with your toothbrush, floss to better clear tiny particles and bacteria that remain between your teeth. Make a "C" shape with the floss around each tooth and gently move it up and down.


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