- General Health Facts
- 1. Laughing is good for the heart and can increase blood flow by 20 percent.
- 2. Your skin works hard. Not only is it the largest organ in the body, but it regulates your temperature and defends against disease and infection.
- 3. Always look on the bright side: being an optimist can help you live longer.
- 4. Exercise will give you more energy, even when you’re tired.
- 5. Sitting and sleeping are great in moderation, but too much can increase your chances of an early death.
- 6. A lack of exercise now causes as many deaths as smoking.
- 7. 39% of adults in the world are overweight.
- 8. Between 2000 and 2015, the average global life expectancy increased by five years.
- 9. Less than 1% of Americans ride their bike to work, while 50% of Copenhagen residents bike to work or school.
- 10. The US spends almost three times more on healthcare than any other country in the world, but ranks last in life expectancy among the 12 wealthiest industrialized countries.
- Healthy Food Facts
- 1. Chocolate is good for your skin; its antioxidants improve blood flow and protect against UV damage.
- 2. Almonds, avocados and arugula (the three ‘A’s) can boost your sex drive and improve fertility.
- 3. Tea can lower risks of heart attack, certain cancers, type 2 Diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. Just make sure your tea isn’t too sweet!
- 4. Eating oatmeal provides a serotonin boost to calm the brain and improve your mood.
- 5. Although it only takes you a few minutes to eat a meal, it takes your body hours to completely digest the food.
- 6. Women below the age of 50 need twice the amount of iron per day as men of the same age.
- 7. An apple a day does keep the doctor away. Apples can reduce high levels of cholesterol to keep your heart healthy.
- 8. The amino acid found in eggs can help improve your reflexes.
- 9. Extra virgin olive oil is the healthiest fat on the planet.
- 10. Vitamin D is as important as calcium in determining bone health, and most people don’t get enough of it.
- Mental Health Facts
- 1. Learning a new language or playing a musical instrument gives your brain a boost.
- 2. Feeling stressed? Read. Getting lost in a book can lower levels of cortisol, and other unhealthy stress hormones, by up to 68%.
- 3. Maintaining good relationships with your friends and family, reduces harmful levels of stress and boosts your immune system.
- 4. Drinking coffee can reduce the risk of depression, especially in women.
- 5. Smelling rosemary may increase alertness and improve memory so catch a whiff before a test or important meeting.
- 6. Swearing can make you feel better when you’re in pain.
- 7. Writing in a journal can make you a happier person!
- 8. Chewing gum makes you more alert, relieves stress and reduces anxiety levels.
- 9. Yoga can boost your cognitive function and lower stress.
- 10. Walking outside – or spending time in green space – can reduce negative thoughts and boost self-esteem.
- Unknown Nutrition Facts
- 1. A troubled gut can send signals to the brain, just like a troubled brain can send signals to the gut.
- 2. Scientists have discovered 14 genes that cause obesity and three that prevent weight gain.
- 3. People with high blood sugar levels are more likely to experience cognitive decline.
- 4. Lemon is the most nutritionally powerful fruit on the planet.
- 5. Eating eggshell can help you increase your calcium intake.
- 6. Cooking in a cast iron skillet can add significant amounts of iron to your food.
- Health and Fitness Facts
- 1. There are five main components of fitness: the body’s ability to use oxygen, muscular strength, endurance, flexibility and body composition.
- 2. The human body has more than 650 muscles.
- 3. Sleeping naked can help you burn more calories.
- 4. Walking at a fast pace for three hours or more at least once a week, can reduce your risk of heart disease by up to 65%.
- 5. Even at rest, muscle is three times more efficient at burning calories than fat.
- 6. Regular activity can ease the severity and reduce the frequency of lower back pain.
- 7. Running is good for you. People who run 12-18 miles a week have a stronger immune system and can increase their bone mineral density.
- 8. Exercising regularly can increase your lifespan by keeping your DNA healthy and young.
- 9. The average American walks 3,000 to 4,000 steps a day.
- 10. Stretching increases the blood flow to your muscles and helps avoid injuries.
- 11. Practicing good posture can boost your energy levels.
- Health and Hydration Facts
- 1. Drinking at least five glasses of water a day can reduce your chances of suffering from a heart attack by 40%.
- 2. Dehydration can have a negative impact on your mood and energy levels. Drink enough water to ensure you’re always at your best.
- 3. Consuming water helps the body maintain its natural pH balance.
- 4. Repeatedly using a plastic water bottle can release chemicals into your water. Why not try a reusable bottle instead? It’s good for you and the planet.
- 5. The spinal disc core is comprised of a large volume of water therefore dehydration could lead to back pain.
- 6. Kidneys filter your blood up to 300 times a day and need water to function optimally.
- 7. Hydration is key for a good complexion. Drinking enough water also makes you less prone to wrinkles.
- 8. A lack of water can cause a range of problems, such as constipation, asthma, allergy and migraines.
- 9. Water can aid in weight loss because it helps to remove the by-products of fat and if consumed before a meal can make you more satisfied and eat less.
- 10. Your muscles and joints require water in order to stay energized, lubricated and healthy.
- Good Health Practices
- 1. Massage isn’t just for the muscles. It can help scars fade, and can be more beneficial than lotion or oil.
- 2. Brushing teeth too soon after eating or drinking can soften the tooth enamel, especially if you’ve just been eating or drinking acidic foods.
- 3. Want to slow the aging process? Meditation is proven to help!
- 4. Indoor air pollution can be even worse than outside.
- 5. SPF 50 allows only two percent of UVB rays to pass to your skin compared to seven percent when wearing only SPF 15.
- 6. The blue light from your phone can mess with your circadian rhythm.
- 7. Feeling down? Plan a vacation. Not only will getting away make you feel better, but planning and anticipating the vacation will also give you a happiness boost.
- 8. Cardio exercise before breakfast can burn more fat.
- 9. Wild-caught fish, grass-fed meats and free-range eggs are simple ways to inject healthy changes to your diet without drastically altering what you eat.
- 10. Breathing deeply in moments of stress, or anytime during the day, brings many benefits such as better circulation, decreased anxiety and reduced blood pressure.
- Random Health Facts
- 1. ‘Gymnasium’ comes from the Greek word ‘gymnasion’, meaning ‘to exercise naked’.
- 2. On average, there are more bacteria per square inch in a kitchen sink than the bathroom.
- 3. The nose knows: it can remember 50,000 different scents.
- 4. Humans have 46 chromosomes, while peas have 14 and crayfish have 200.
- 5. During an allergic reaction your immune system is responding to a false alarm that it perceives as a threat.
- 6. Left-handed people are more likely to suffer from ADHD.
- 7. The eye muscles are the most active in the body, moving more than 100,000 times a day!
- 8. A human cough can travel as fast as 50mph. Sneezes can travel up to 100 mph — faster than the average car!
- 9. Although bodies stop growing, noses and ears will not.
- 10. The soles of your feet contain more sweat glands and nerve endings per square inch than anywhere else on your body.
- Surprising Medical Facts
- 1. Smelling the head of a newborn baby decreases aggression in men. However it increases aggression in women.
- 2. The microbe that causes anthrax can numb multiple types of pain in mice.
- 3. Men who live alone for several years are prone to higher levels of inflammation.
- 4. Pupil size can be a marker of intelligence.
- 5. People with a positive outlook are less likely to experience memory decline as they age.
- 6. Laughing 100 times is equal to 15 minutes on an exercise bike.
- 7. Heavy metal music can reduce anger and encourage positive emotions.
- 8. A smoker’s life expectancy is reduced by 11 minutes per cigarette.
- 9. You typically only breathe through one nostril at a time.
- 10. According to a study from Harvard University, people who are always running late tend to be happier and live longer!
- 11. Got a kidney stone? Riding a rollercoaster can help!
- General Health Facts
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Surprising Medical Facts
Our body is full of surprises!
Prepare to be shocked and enthralled by the following surprising medical facts:
Don’t be alarmed! This aggression manifests in women as a deep desire to protect their children, referred to as the “mama bear” instinct.
2. The microbe that causes anthrax can numb multiple types of pain in mice.
A toxin from the microbe targets pain-sensing cells to change signals and block pain.
Results offered hope to scientists looking for pain management options for their patients that don’t have the systematic effects of opioids and other painkillers.
3. Men who live alone for several years are prone to higher levels of inflammation.
4. Pupil size can be a marker of intelligence.
Scientists recently discovered that baseline pupil size is related to individual differences in intelligence.
Based on reasoning, attention and memory tests, the larger your pupils, the higher your intelligence!
5. People with a positive outlook are less likely to experience memory decline as they age.
If you’re looking for ways to develop a more positive outlook we have a list of inspirational affirmations that can help!
You can train yourself to practice alternate nostril breathing, a yogic practice that can help to quiet a busy mind.
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