100 Simple Secrets of Healthy People: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use it

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 224 pages
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The Simple Science of a Healthy Life

From fitness to diets to emotional health and longevity, what do people who feel and look healthy do differently than those who are overtired, depressed, or out of shape? Every day we face an avalanche of studies and statistics that tell us what we should or shouldn't eat, how long we need to exercise, or how to protect ourselves from secondhand smoke and the harmful rays from the sun. Not only are these studies often contradictory, but the actual scientific information is usually inaccessible.

Moving beyond the myths and misinformation, the advice in these pages is not based on one person's opinions or one expert's study. For the first time the research available on the health of average Americans has been distilled into one hundred essential ways that we can become healthier and happier. Each of the core findings is accompanied by a real life example showing these results in action.

  • Eat more often. Oxford University researchers found that people who ate five or six times a day had a 5 percent lower total cholesterol than average and were 45 percent more likely to be able to sustain their target weight than people who ate once or twice a day.

  • Who says caffeine is bad for you? The majority of scientific evidence shows that, for a healthy adult, moderate quantities of caffeine (about three cups of coffee per day) pose no significant health risks.

  • Home sweet home. People who described their home lives as satisfying were 24 percent more likely to live beyond normal life expectancy, according to a UCLA study.
 

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Contents

Use a Plan Not a Piecemeal Approach
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The Quest for a Perfect Body Is Doomed
3
Avoid Imagining the Worst
5
Keep Healthy Foods Handy
7
Easy Does It with Vitamins
9
What You Do Matters
11
Give Yourself Time
13
Stop the War on Bacteria
15
Maintain Your Sense of Control
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Have an Orange
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Build Your Energy Level Gradually
109
Pleasant Smells Boost Your Health
111
Cherish Your Friends
113
Secondhand Smoke Affects the Brain
115
Dont Pack like a Mule
117
Have Some Tea with Your Remodeling
119

Youre Never Too Old to Improve Your Habits
17
Dont Buy the Fountain of Youth
19
Always Being Right Is Wrong for Your Health
21
Couch Time Affects Body and Mind
23
Eat Your Spinach
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You Can Worry Your Health Away Fitness Is Free The Cold Doesnt Give You a Cold Healthy Living Is an Attitude Cleaning Isnt Clean History Isnt ...
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Avoid Tanning Beds
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Its Easier to Practice Good Health When Those Around You Do Too
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Breathe Right
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Mold Is EverywhereSo Relax
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Drive SafelyWhen Its Safe
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Look on the Bright Side
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Home Affects Your Health More than Work
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Memories Are Not Lost
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You Dont Have to Put Up with Secondhand Smoke
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Use the Stairs
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Youll Get the Same Care on the Weekend
81
Talk to Your Pharmacist
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Wipe Dont Blow
85
Common Chores Can Be Dangerous
87
Let Your Stress Out
89
No TV During Dinner
91
Study Your Sports Drink
93
In Sickness and in Health
95
Remember Ginkgo Biloba Wont Help Your Memory
97
Laughter Really Is Medicine
99
Use Caution when Combining Remedies
101
Teeth Whitening May Cause Discomfort
103
ShortTerm Stress Is Healthy
121
Keep Bugs Away with DEETBased Products
123
Write It Down
125
Sleep Well
127
Your Teeth Are More than Something to Chew On
129
Home Is Where Accidents Happen
131
Value the Multiple Uses of Aspirin
133
Religion Can Help Ease Your Burden
135
Noise Matters
137
Limit Your Exposure to Pesticides
139
Hostility Hurts You
141
Remember the Drugs We Tend to Forget
143
High Heels Cause Knee Problems
145
Guilt Is Bad for You
147
Keep Variety in Mind When Exercising
149
Dont Use Fireworks
151
Do You Work in a Sick Building?
153
Stay Safe in the Sun
155
Dont Take Falling Down Lightly
157
Limit Your Piercings
159
Where You Live Matters
161
Electric Brushing Is Easier but Not Much Different
163
Be Careful with Botox
165
Pay Attention to Chronic Conditions
167
Weigh the Benefits of Alcohol Against the Risks
169
Regular Vitamins Do the Job
171
Hug for Health
173
Exercise for Your Mind
175
Dont Let the Holidays Ruin Your Health
177
Stretch Out and Fly Right
179
The Most Treatment Is Not the Best Treatment
181
Recognize the Difference Between Caution and Fear
183
Be Careful What You Ask For
185
Make Health a Convenience
187
Dont Drown Yourself in Water
189
Health Is About Life
191
Having a Pet Is Healthy
193
Vegetables Will Taste Better in the Future
195
Follow Through for Better Health
197
Complete Health Is Rare
199
Sources
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David Niven, Ph.D., bestselling author of the 100 Simple Secrets series, is a psychologist and social scientist who teaches at Ohio State University.

David Niven, Ph.D., es el autor de los bestsellers internacionales Los 100 Secretos de la Gente Exitosa, y Los 100 Secretos de las Buenas Relaciones. Es psicólogo y científico social, y enseña en la Florida Atlantic University.

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