3 Ways to Make Up for Your Past Health Mistakes
How to atone: Because ex-smokers will have an increased risk of heart disease for 15 years, I recommend spending 20 to 30 minutes in a sauna once or twice a week. (Most fitness clubs have one.) Several studies have documented the effectiveness of sauna therapy for reducing blood pressure, and breathing the hot air can improve lung function.
How to atone: If you notice a mole that looks different from others or that changes, itches, or bleeds, have it checked out. And give your skin a daily boost with a cup of green tea. A 2011 study found that women who drank the tea every day for 12 weeks experienced greater protection from new UV rays.
How to atone: From this point on, commit yourself to slow and steady progress; it's the only healthy way to slim down. A national survey published last year identified several practices helpful for reaching your ideal weight and staying there, including: (1) limit carbohydrates; (2) practice portion control; (3) plan before you go grocery shopping; and (4) read nutrition labels.
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