1. Do not skip breakfast.

Studies show that eating a proper breakfast is one of the most positive things you can do if you are trying to lose weight. Breakfast patterns tend to gain weight. A balanced breakfast includes fresh fruit or fruit juice, a breakfast cereal rich in fiber, milk or non-fat yogurt, whole wheat toast and a boiled egg.

2.  Brush up on Hygiene.

Many people do not know how to brush their teeth properly. Incorrect brushing can cause as much damage to teeth and gums as not brushing at all. Many people do not brush enough, do not floss and do not go to the dentist regularly. Hold your toothbrush in the same way you would hold a pencil, and brush for at least two minutes.

This includes brushing the teeth, the junction of the teeth and gums, the tongue and the roof of the mouth. And you don’t need a fancy, angled toothbrush – just a sturdy, soft-bristled one that you replace each month.

3. Neurobics for your mind

Make your brain boil with energy. American researchers coined the term “neurobics” for tasks that activate the brain’s own biochemical pathways and to bring new pathways online that can help strengthen or preserve brain circuits.

4. Get spiritual.

A study conducted by the formidably sober and scientific Harvard University found that patients who were prayed for recovered quicker than those who weren’t, even if they weren’t aware of the prayer.

5. Get smelly.

Garlic, onions, spring onions and leeks all contain stuff that’s good for you. A study at the Child’s Health Institute in Cape Town found that eating raw garlic helped fight serious childhood infections. Heat destroys these properties, so eat yours raw, wash it down with fruit juice or, if you’re a sissy, have it in tablet form.

6. Bone up daily.

Get your daily calcium by popping a tab, chugging milk or eating yoghurt. It’ll keep your bones strong. Remember that your bone density declines after the age of 30. You need at least 200 milligrams daily, which you should combine with magnesium, or it simply won’t be absorbed.

7. Berries for your belly.

Cranberries, strawberries and raspberries contain nutrients known as anthocyanidins, which are powerful antioxidants. Blueberries compete with grapes in concentrations of resveratrol, the antioxidant compound found in red wine that has assumed almost mythological proportions. It is believed that resveratrol helps protect against heart disease and cancer.

8. I say tomato.

Tomato is a superstar in the pantheon of fruits and vegetables. Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful fighter against cancer. They are also rich in vitamin C. The good news is that cooked tomatoes are also nutritious, so use them in pastas, soups and stews, as well as in salads.

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