6 Simple Ways to Improve your Family’s Health

August 25th, 2011

Drink More Water

Thirst and hunger both originate in the hypothalamus and are sometimes hard to differentiate from each other. Offer your kids a glass of water before you give them a snack. Add slices of fruit or vegetables into a pitcher of filtered water for a healthier alternative to sugary beverages.

 Wash your hands

 Cold germs, the flu virus, and even bacteria that cause diarrhea are all commonly spread through hand-to-hand contact. Every time you enter your house, wash your hands—including your wrists, the backs of your hands, and underneath your fingernails—with soap for at least 15 to 20 seconds.

Stop wearing shoes indoors

Your shoes don’t just track dirt into the house, they also track in countless germs, as well as pesticides, smoke and toxins, dust mites, and allergens. One study from the University of Arizona found that the outsides of our shoes contain an average of 421,000 bacteria. Leave them at the door.

Upgrade your sunscreen

Look for a product that protects against both UVB rays (which cause sunburn) and UVA rays (which affect the skin on a deeper level and can cause cancer). The SPF number applies only to UVB protection, so check the list of ingredients for a UVA-blocking agent like avobenzone. If you’re using a product that doesn’t have UVA blockers, your skin may be getting damaged even if you’re not burning.

Buy smaller plates

Studies show that if you eat from bigger plates and bowls, you’ll automatically eat more. It’s a mental thing: Americans tend to pile on more food until their plate looks full. Downgrade to a smaller set of dishes, and you’ll eat less without even thinking about it.

Feed your pets organic food

Pets have high cancer rates (50 percent of dogs over the age of 10 will develop cancer), and one possible cause is the chemical compounds found in most processed pet foods. Feeding your pet organic food means you’re not exposing him to dangerous additives.

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