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12 quick tips for longer and healthier life★

1. Tea off in the morning
Hot tea can slash your risk of kidney
cancer by 15 percent, according to a
review in the International Journal of
Cancer. Try pu-erh tea, which is better
than green or black tea at preventing
DNA damage.
2. Sleep smarter
Too much sleep, or not enough of it,
can kill you. A British study found
that getting more than 9 hours of
sack time a night, or less than 6,
doubles your risk of an early death
from any cause. Aim for 7 to 8 hours a
night.
3. Pop in your lenses post-shower
Soaping up while wearing your
contacts can expose your eyes to
infection-causing waterborne
microbes, say University of Illinois at
Chicago researchers.
4. Drink wine, stay lean
Polyphenols, the compounds found in
red wine, help your body block fat
absorption, an Israeli study found.
Red-wine marinades work, too.
5. Lose the lint
Taking 2 seconds to empty the lint
trap in your clothes dryer can prevent
you from being one of the 315 dryer-
fire victims each year in the United
States.
6. Check your neck
An American Journal of Medicine
study found that a mildly underactive
thyroid can boost your heart-disease
risk by 65 percent. A quick blood test
can assess your level of thyroid-
stimulating hormone (TSH).
7. Lean back
Parking your torso at a 90-degree
angle strains your spine, say Scottish
and Canadian researchers. Instead,
give your chair the La-Z-Boy
treatment and recline the seat back
slightly. The ideal angle is 45 degrees
off vertical.
8. Scent your air safely
Some air fresheners contain
phthalates, compounds that may
disrupt hormone processes, Natural
Resources Defense Council testing
reveals. Stick with Febreze Air Effects
and Renuzit Subtle Effects.
9. Boost your defenses
An Archives of Internal Medicine
review reports that 400 IU of vitamin D
a day reduces your risk of an early
death by 7 percent. Try Carlson's
vitamin D (carlsonlabs.com).
10. Skip the spray
Using household spray cleaners just
once a week increases your risk of an
asthma attack by 76 percent, say
Spanish researchers. Use wipes
instead.
11. Steam your broccoli
Italian researchers recently
discovered that steaming broccoli
increases its concentration of
glucosinolates (compounds found to
fight cancer) by 30 percent. Boiling
actually lowers the levels.
12. Stretch it out
Genes in your body linked to heart
disease, diabetes, and obesity can be
"turned on" if you sit for hours on
end, reports a study in Diabetes. Hit
the "off" button by taking hourly laps
during TV, book, and Web sessions.


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