By Okoronjama Ifunanyachukwu

It is very easy to get confused when it comes to health and nutrition. Even those qualified at times are seen to have opposing opinions. 

Despite the disagreements, a number of health tips are supported by research.

Following are health tips supported by research.

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Learn to do a stretching exercise when you wake up. It boosts digestion and circulation and eases back pain.

Don’t skip breakfast

Studies show that eating a proper breakfast is one of the most positive things you can do if you are trying to lose weight.

A balanced breakfast includes; fresh fruits or fruit juice, high fibre cereal, low fat milk or yoghurt, whole wheat toast and boiled egg.

I say tomato

Tomato is a star in the fruits and vegetables pantheon. Tomato contains lycopene, a powerful cancer fighter.

They are also rich in vitamin C and can reduce your risk of asthma or chronic lung disease. So eat a tomato at least once a day.

Pure water

Abstain from having soft drinks or energy drinks while exercising.

Stay properly hydrated by drinking enough water during your workout. Don’t drink too much water as it makes one heavy and unable to perform some exercises.

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Find out about your family history. You need to know if there are any inherited disease prowling your gene pool.

When you know your family history, it becomes easier to avoid the certain diseases that you can easily get.

Do self-checks

Launch self-assessment, do regular self-examinations of your body.

Most partners are more than happy to help.

Ladies, take note that the best time to examine your breast is in the week after your periods. 

Laugh and cry

Having a good sob is reputed to be good for you, so is laughter, which has been shown to help heal bodies, as well as broken hearts.

Studies in Japan indicate that laughter boosts immune system and the body shake off allergic reactions

Drink some water

Drinking enough water has numerous benefits.

It can boost the number of calories you burn. The best time to drink water is before meals.

Go to bed, sleepy head

The importance of getting enough quality sleep cannot be over stated.

Poor sleep can drive insulin resistance, disrupt your appetite hormone and reduce your physical and mental performance.

Use extra virgin olive oil

Extra virgin olive is one of the healthiest vegetable oils. It is loaded with heart healthy saturated fats and powerful antioxidants that can fight inflammation.

People who consume it have lower risk of dying from heart attack and strokes.

Lift heavy things

Lifting weight is one of the best things you can do to strengthen your muscles and improve your body composition.

It also leads to massive improvements in metabolic health, including improved insulin sensitivity.

The best approach is to lift weights but doing body weights exercises can be just as effective.

Take care of your relationships

Social relationships are incredibly important not only for your mental wellbeing but also your physical health.

Studies show that people who have close friends and families are healthier and live much longer than those who do not. 

A few simple steps can go a long way toward improving your diet.

If you are trying to live a healthier life, don’t just focus on the foods you eat. Exercise, sleep and social relationships are important. With the tips above, it’s easy to get your body feeling great every day.

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