Everyone wants to be healthier. But not everyone wants to put in the miles of legwork to be healthier. Look, we get it: Lifestyle changes are hard and, with the rewards so far on the horizon, it can be easy to ask yourself if it’s even worth the slog. But what if you could be healthier in no time at all? Would it be worth it then?
Of course it would be. Even better: it only takes one minute. All you have to do is follow these instant health upgrades, none of which take more than 60 seconds—and some of which you may be following to a tee already—and you’ll be on the path to healthy living in no time.
Add a dash of cinnamon to your coffee.
According to a study in Diabetes Care, a mere half a teaspoon of cinnamon per day can set your blood sugar, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides levels straight. Plus, if you swap out your go-to cream-and-sugar for cinnamon, you’ll cut back on about 70 calories per 8-ounce serving. And take it from us: Your coffee will taste just as good—if not better. Plus, as is, your coffee is already one of the best everyday health upgrades:
Turn up the heat—on your lunch.
Spicy may make send you to a world of pain, but make no mistake: The heat does wonders for your body. Per a study in Open Heart, capsaicin, the compound in peppers that induces a spice sensation, capsaicin increases the calcium into your body. There’s also a widely-held belief that capsaicin speeds up weight loss via boosted metabolic function, but the scientific community has yet to come to consensus on that. Though sprinkling some heat on your next dish couldn’t hurt…unless you really have no tolerance for spice
Start brushing your teeth with coconut oil.
Artificial sweeteners, fluoride, diethanolmine—yes, your everyday toothpaste is full of potentially harmful ingredients. Swap it out for coconut oil, which has all of the cleaning properties as a normal tube of Crest or Colgate, to steer clear and stay clean.
Swap your chips for apples.
Snack cravings are, of course, unavoidable. (Trust us: We are well aware. So aware, in fact, that we even reported out the 27 Smartest Ways to Control Your Cravings.) But if you need some crunch, don’t reach for chips or crackers; grab an apple instead. Apples are chock full of ursolic acid, which, according to a study in PLoS One, significantly slashes your inability to process glucose and your risk for liver disease.
Eat white-fleshed produce.
We know: They said to eat your fruits and veggies, but they never said which fruits and veggies. But being selective in what produce you consume can have outsize effects. Springing for white-fleshed options—apples and pears, cauliflower and cucumbers—can, according to the American Heart Association, cut your risk of stroke by up to 10 percent.