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6 health changes for a HAPPIER LIFE

Nikki Yazxhi


so add these 6 life change-ups to boost your happy vibes

1. Start each day with a fibre-rich breakfast
Try kicking your day off with bran cereal sprinkled on yogurt or flax whirled into a smoothie. {All-Bran packs eight grams of fibre per serving, while one tablespoon of ground flaxseed has more than two grams of fibre.} And for fibre to work, we also need fluid so tip back the water regularly to keep things moving down under.

2. Walk three times a week to boost your brain health
As we age, our bodies lose muscle tone, and even brain mass shrinks. But, according to a study published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, cardio training like walking, running and swimming can actually grow the volume of the brain, which includes more neurons being developed and maintained in critical regions of the brain like the hippocampus, which is key for learning and memory. To get results, aim for 10,000 steps daily, and take part in cardio activities at least three days a week.

3. Take control of your day
Recognise that your happiness is your responsibility, and focus on the positives in your job. Organisational psychologist Ben Palmer says happy people take time for things that increase their feel-good factor. So build at least one activity you love into every workday, whether it’s using your lunch break to meet a friend, get out for a walk or read your book.


4. Consume probiotics every single day
Fermented foods provide good bacteria to our guts, plus, it may be easier for our bodies to absorb nutrients from fermented foods. Aim for one to two servings of these foods every day because without regular intake, pro­biotics do not survive in the colon for more than one or two weeks. Try: Yogurt, Buttermilk, Kefir, Tempeh, Miso, Sauerkraut, Kimchi and Kombucha tea.

5. Nap during the day {yes, you read right!}
Naps are really, really good for you. If you don’t believe us, here’s some convincing proof. Studies show that you feel better almost immediately after a nap. And, Sara Mednick, PhD, a sleep medicine researcher at the University of California and author of Take a Nap! Change Your Life, says that 20 to 90 minutes of shut-eye before 4 p.m. increases mental performance, reduces risk of gaining weight, and boosts sex drive. And you thought being tired was reason enough to nap.

6. Read a book to lower your stress levels
Doctors, therapists and social workers have long used fiction and self-help books as a therapeutic tool to reduce symptoms of physical or mental illness and personal distress. And since stress can tax the immune system, reading can also make you mentally and physically healthier. This tactic is known as bibliotherapy and has been used to treat everything from panic disorders and insomnia to weight gain and stress due to hospitalisation. {PS check out our new book club section : ) }

{Pics: Vogue}


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