Cut out herbs before operations: Some herbal supplements can cause increased bleeding during surgery, warn surgeons. It may be wise to stop taking all medication, including herbal supplements, at least two weeks before surgery, and inform your surgeon about your herbal use..

Stretching exercises: Learn to do stretching exercises when you wake up. It boosts circulation and digestion and eases back pain.

Sunscreen: Sun rays can burn even through thick glass, and under water,which means you’ll need sunscreen while driving your car on holiday, and water resistant block if you’re swimming.

Pap smear: Have a pap smear once a year. The chances of survival are nearly 100 percent if it’s detected early. Be particularly careful if you became sexually active at an early age, have had multiple sex partners or smoke.

Do self-checks: Do regular self-examinations of your breasts. The best time to examine your breasts is in the week after your period.

Garlic:  A study at the Child’s Health Institute in Cape Town found that eating raw garlic helped fight serious childhood infections. 

Brush teeth properly: Improper brushing can cause as much damage to the teeth and gums as not brushing at all. Lots of people don’t brush for long enough, don’t floss and don’t see a dentist regularly. Hold your toothbrush in the same way that would hold a pencil, and brush for at least two minutes. 

Don’t skip breakfast: A balanced breakfast includes fresh fruit or fruit juice, a high-fibre breakfast cereal, low-fat milk or yoghurt, wholewheat toast, and a boiled egg

Asthma-friendly sports:  Swimming is the most asthma-friendly sport of all, but cycling, canoeing, fishing, sailing and walking are also good, according to the experts. 

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