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4 Tips to Help You Keep Your Mind and Body in Harmony in 2016

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As we head into a new year, we all have some resolutions and goals we'd like to accomplish. A healthy mind and body are key ingredients in the recipe for success.

Here are a few tips that will keep your mind and body in harmony on a daily basis.

1) Avoid coffee

Coffee contains acid-producing chemicals that cause irritation, according to WebMD. Researchers have found that several components in coffee cause stomachaches and heart burn.

According to Veronika Somoza, PhD, of the University of Vienna in Austria, there is no single key irritant in coffee.

“Our data show, for the first time, that caffeine, catechols and N-alkanoly-5-hydroxytryptamides are those coffee components that stimulate molecular mechanisms of stomach acid secretion in human stomach cells,” Somoza said.

It is a mixture of compounds that cause irritation from the consumption of coffee. Instead, try a stomach-friendly alternative such as decaffeinated green tea or a green smoothie.

2) Stick to a bedtime routine

Consider cutting the caffeine before bed. According to an article on wellness website mindbodygreen, caffeine usually remains in your system from three to five hours. So make sure to reduce — or better yet — stop the caffeine intake after lunch time. Try some herbal teas, or warm milk with honey.

Indulging in a warm bath is known to slightly raise your core body temperature, which then gradually drops to normal after you get out of the tub. It’s best to take your bath about two hours before sleeping so its effects can work with, and not against, your body’s natural rhythm.

An article from the National Center for Biotechnology website that compared sleep patterns of persons taking cool baths versus persons taking hot baths reported that hot baths caused significant increases in sleepiness at bedtime, slow wave sleep, and stage 4 sleep.

3) Practice mindfulness and meditation

According to another article on the NCBI website, mindfulness meditation and mindfulness-based therapy techniques are beneficial for general psychological health.

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