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7 Unexpected Health Resolutions Doctors Want You to Make in 2016

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Admit it: You're fed up with making the same New Year's resolutions year after year, only to flake out on them a week later. This year, you know better. You're going to set yourself up for success by making promises to yourself that are actually achievable (and, you know, won't suck the life out of you). To get the ball dropping (snorts), here are seven rather unexpected, expert-recommended health resolutions that are totally doable. Remember, you got this.

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Get Naked More Often

"Not only can doing so build a stronger bond between you and your bod, but being naked lets your skin and vagina breathe. Between the yoga pant craze and wearing restrictive clothing (especially this time of year), often bacteria can become trapped, and dry skin reigns supreme. Lather your body with love using your favorite oil to reduce the inflammation and irritation caused by these temporary restrictions." —Carlen Costa, Ph.D., sexologist and relationship expert

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Consider Quitting Your Meds

"Do some research and meet with your doctor about stopping any medications you don't need. Ask, 'Is there a therapy that can replace this drug? Would surgery help me get off that drug?' It's common but nevertheless shocking to see a patient who's taking 10 or 20 medications, and the ones she doesn't need all interact with the one or two that are legitimately necessary." —Antonio Pizarro, M.D., board-certified gynecologist in Shreveport, Louisiana

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Swap Low-Fat for Full-Fat Dairy

"The fat helps you absorb the nutrients from the milk and boosts satiety. A little goes a long way to up your enjoyment and nutrition without overdoing it. You’ll get way more enjoyment from a tablespoon of high-quality cheese versus a small mountain of low-fat cheese-like product. The fat also helps balance out the naturally present carbohydrate in milk (lactose), making full-fat yogurts a great choice to promote stable blood sugar and energy. If you’re watching calorie and/or fat intake, just keep portion size in mind. For example, if you normally have 1 cup of yogurt, go for 3/4 of a cup instead, or balance it out by using half a banana on top instead of a whole—whatever will make it work for you." —Jessica Cording, R.D., dietician at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York

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Go on a Digital Diet

"Wait at least one hour after you wake up before reaching for your phone or going online, and stop at least one hour before bedtime. Give yourself a chance to plan and visualize your day without the distraction of the Internet, and give your brain a rest before bedtime to promote a better night's sleep. If you're up to it, block out one hour during the workday as an Internet-free zone as well. It's an effective way to recharge during the day and feel less overwhelming." —Sheenie Ambardar, M.D., Beverly Hills-based psychiatrist

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Blink More

"When we concentrate on things like reading emails, eBooks, and binge-watching TV shows, we don't blink at a fraction of the normal rate. This can lead to drying of the eye, which can lead to blurred vision and discomfort. Getting into the habit of blinking regularly during all activities will keep your eyes well lubricated and nourished." —Robert Noecker, M.D., Connecticut-based ophthalmologist

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Start Keeping Track of Your Health History

"Ideally, this would involve creating a Word doc and keeping tabs on not only your medical diagnoses (with dates) but a list of specialists you've seen, results of testing (x-rays, MRIs, CT scans), surgeries, medications that you've not tolerated or had a reaction to, and questions that arise for your doctor. You wouldn't believe how much it streamlines transitioning to a new physician or even a trip to the ER." —Laura M. Hahn, M.D., primary care physician at Mercy Medical Center

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Drink Tart Cherry Juice Before Bed

"A study at Louisiana State showed doing so increased sleep time in adults by as much as 84 minutes. Tart cherry juice contains melatonin, as well as proanthocyanadins, which make up the red pigment. The latter is believed to increase the amount of tryptophan available for conversion to serotonin and melatonin—both of which are necessary for sleep." —Robert S. Rosenberg, board-certified sleep medicine specialist and author of Sleep Soundly Every Night, Feel Fantastic Every Day

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