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[IP] Twelve Quick tips for a longer, healthier life...



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12 quick tips for a longer, healthier life 

Start the day with tea, drink red wine and get the right amount of sleep

Mens Health

updated 1:27 p.m. ET, Sun., March. 30, 2008

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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