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50 Easy Ways to Be a Healthier Person

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Clean the shower curtains

Shower curtains should be thoroughly cleaned at least once a week to avoid mildew, a form of fungus that can cause throat irritation and nasal problems like congestion and nosebleeds. If your shower curtains or linen get to a point where they look like they are decorated with polka dots, it’s time to replace them.

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Get a new toothbrush

Toothbrushes should be replaced every three to four months, according to the American Dental Association. The bristles become worn out and a lot less effective. Let toothbrushes completely dry out after every use; otherwise, they can grow bacteria.

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Keep the volume down

Lowering the volume is not done just as a courtesy to others, but it also has health benefits. According to reports by the World Health Organization, U.S. adolescents experienced a 31% increase in hearing loss — called cochlear damage — between 1998 and 2006. Hearing loss has also been linked to adversely affecting academic performance. Much of this hearing loss comes from sound heard through earbuds. If the sound emanating from earphones can be heard by others, then the volume is too loud.

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Wear an activity tracker

Activity trackers are wearable devices that record a person’s daily physical activity. These trackers compile data pertaining to a person’s health like calories burned, distance walked or run, blood pressure, and heart rate. Many companies have incorporated activity trackers as part of their businesses’ wellness plans. Glassdoor reported in 2017 that about 13 million wearable activity-tracking devices were going to be included in the company’ workplace wellness programs in 2018.

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Eat slowly

Eating slowly may help with digestion and weight maintenance, and may improve more enjoyment of meals. It also means more time for socializing with family and friends at the table. Studies have shown that those who eat more slowly eat less. Rushing through meals can leave you feeling unsatisfied and wanting to eat more.

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