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50 Easy Ways to Be a Healthier Person

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Tend to your gut health with fiber and probiotics

Probiotics work by decreasing the number of harmful bacteria in the intestines. They are mostly taken to improve digestion, but some research suggests they may also be helpful in treating skin conditions like eczema and even seasonal allergies.

A lot of research on probiotics, while promising, is still being done. Just as there are many different bacteria in a person’s gastrointestinal microbiota, there are many different types of probiotics, each with its own effect on the body.

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Drink water

Drinking water helps your kidneys function properly and helps prevent painful kidney stones, constipation, and dehydration. By replacing sugary drinks with water, you also reduce the risk of obesity.

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Eat less salt

High sodium intake can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease. Because most of the sodium we ingest comes from commercially prepared foods, as opposed to home-cooked meals, it is important to read labels on pre-packaged foods and monitor sodium intake.

According to the CDC, the top sources of sodium in American diets are breads, pizza, savory snacks such as potato chips and crackers, sandwiches, cured meats including lunch meat, soups, tacos and burritos, eggs, chicken, and cheese.

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Keep healthy foods at home, so you don’t reach for junk foods

A 2018 study of online food choices suggests that unhealthy food options may have more of an effect on our health than healthy options. The researchers concluded that compared to adding healthier options, removing less healthy food options could have a greater impact on our health.

It is therefore a good idea to keep only healthy foods stocked at home and avoid bringing home junk food. A bowl of fruit, vegetables, and hummus, or a small amount of nuts within easy reach can more healthily fulfill snacking urges.

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Drink green tea

Several possible health benefits of drinking green tea have been explored by health experts. Green tea has natural antioxidants that may help improve brain function; reduce fat; and lower the risk of some cancers and heart disease. Green tea also has polyphenols, a natural compound that may help reduce inflammation and lower cancer risk. Whether these compounds and antioxidants also work through drinking tea is still being explored.

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