3 WAYS TO IM­PROVE YOUR HEALTH

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Give your phys­i­cal and men­tal health a boost with th­ese easy tweaks

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Reg­u­lar book read­ers who are over 50 live al­most two years longer, have im­proved cog­ni­tion, and a lower risk of de­men­tia than those who don't read as much, says Amer­i­can re­search. And you don't have to read a lot, says the study, just 30 min­utes a day can still in­crease your life ex­pectancy.

CLEAN YOUR HAND­BAG

It could be har­bour­ing nas­ties in­clud­ing stom­ach-bug- caus­ing sal­monella and E.coli as well as cronobac­ter (one of the germs be­hind neo-na­tal menin­gi­tis). It's been sug­gested that hand­bags

be banned from hos­pi­tal wards where vul­ner­a­ble pa­tients are treated as it turns out a third of us have never cleaned our arm candy! Now where did we put those an­tibac­te­rial wipes?

EAT MORE EGGS

They're one of the few di­etary sources of es­sen­tial nu­tri­ent choline. Stud­ies show choline helps with in­flam­ma­tion, heart dis­ease, as well as pre­vent­ing the devel­op­ment of neu­ral tube de­fects in preg­nancy. Women should have 450mg a day (an av­er­age medium-sized egg has about 144mg choline). Choline is contained in egg yolks.

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