It seems like there’s a new study out every day presenting scary medical news figuring out how to stay healthy can be really stressful .

We all know that stress isn’t healthy fortunately there are lots of simple ways to boost your health from sleeping on your left side to getting a pet even playing video games can be good for you in moderation prepare to be amazed by this list of 20 genius health tricks.

A magazine number 20 sleeping on your left side you may not think it matters which side you lie on when you go to bed but studies have shown you’re better off snoozing on your left side this position improves blood flow to your organs helping the spleen and intestines work more efficiently.  There’s also a big bonus for heartburn sufferers since several studies have found that sleeping on your left side apparently reduces heartburn no one knows the exact reason for this.

But one hypothesis holds that left side sleeping keeps the junction between the stomach and esophagus above the level of gastric acid it seems very odd.  It’s all true and the good thing is that left side sleeping is a cool and easy trick everyone can use number 19 don’t brush after eating after all since you were a kid you were probably told to brush your teeth after every meal it turns out that’s not such a great idea.

Acidic food or drinks and even healthy foods like fruits and vegetables are often very acidic and can soften your tooth enamel this raises the risk of tooth damage with brushing a better idea is to wait 30 to 60 minutes after a meal to brush those pearly whites number 18 avoid bright lights before bed.

You may like to relax before bed by reading on your tablet surfing the internet or updating your calendar on your phone unfortunately even if these things are relaxing they can prevent you from sleeping soundly it’s the blue light produced by all our electronic devices any kind of bright lights at night interfere with the production of melatonin a hormone that helps us sleep several studies have linked exposure bright light at night to increase risk of several forms of cancer,  heart disease,  and obesity .

Some preliminary evidence suggests lower melatonin levels may increase the risk of cancer if you like to read a paper book is a better idea than an e-reader. But if you have to use something with a screen a pair of amber tinted glasses can reduce the blue light and help you sleep better.

Now  that’s a bright idea number 17 sitting correctly at a computer sitting at a computer can leave you with all sorts of aches and pains and poor posture is a big part of the problem.

Admit it you sat up straighter just hearing that improving posture is a good start but there are other changes you can make to reduce strain when sitting raise the height of your chair put your keyboard and mouse on your desktop surface and move your monitor or laptop screen.

So it’s at exactly the height of your face that way you won’t strain your neck looking down number 16 exercising longer is not a good way to lose weight while experts agree exercise has many health benefits it is not a magic bullet for weight loss in fact physical activity is usually only a tiny percentage of your daily calorie burn.

Most of the calories you burn result from your resting metabolism in other words the basic functioning of your body like breathing additionally many people overeat after exercise because it makes them hungry.  If you do exercise longer sessions may seem like a good idea but you’ll actually get more metabolic benefits from a shorter more intense workout than a longer one high-intensity interval training or HIIT helps you burn more calories.

After you finish exercising one study found those who do at HIIT workout burned a hundred calories more in the following 24 hours than those who did a longer lower intensity sweat session this can have.

Some weight loss benefits if you don’t follow your workout with a box of donuts instead pack a healthy snack to eat after you exercise as HIIT is most effective when pay with a healthy diet.

I’m not saying that exercise is bad and you shouldn’t do it what I’m saying is that exercise alone is not enough or as important as most people think instead put more focus on maintaining a healthy diet and the way you exercise number 15 smoothies energy bars and even some salads are not healthy.

Now that you know diet and calories are more important than exercise when it comes to losing weight you may think ordering a salad is the way to go salad certainly can be healthy as vegetables like lettuce kale and carrots and to be low in calories and high in vitamins and fiber but some restaurants add so much cheese salad dressing and sometimes even fried meats to their salads that they can top 1000 calories.

If you’re dining out ask for dressing on the side so you can use a small amount and limit the extra calories. You can also ask for the cheese on the side or left off entirely if your salad comes with meat ask for it to be grilled instead of fried smoothies.

Energy bars often have an unhealthy amount of calories as well and it’s always a good idea to check the label before buying , or read a restaurants nutrition info online before ordering number 14 loosen your tie to reduce your risk of glaucoma.

Wearing your tie too tight can be uncomfortable not just for you but also your eyeballs there’s a reason some guys think of their necktie as a noose in one study of 40 men adjusting a tie – slightly uncomfortable for only 3 minutes raised intraocular pressure a leading cause of glaucoma.

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