To be your happiest and healthiest self, we bring you a wide selection of health facts from fitness to food to hydration. These top tips and random health facts provide you with information to keep you fighting fit.
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General Health Facts
These health facts cover a range of topics to provide you with knowledge and insights into how you can better take care of yourself and information about health around the world.
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 defends against disease and infection, regulates your temperature and aids in vitamin production.
3) Always look on the bright side: being an optimist can help you live longer.
4) If you’re tired, exercising will give you more energy.
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) Nearly 30% of the world’s population is obese.
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 63% of people in the Netherlands ride their bikes daily.
10) The U.S. 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.
Mental Health and Longevity
It’s easy to forget how important our mental health contributes to our wellbeing. Just like all muscles, the brain needs to be exercised and cared for to ensure you are performing and feeling your best.
1) To give your brain a boost, learn a new language or play a musical instrument.
2) Feeling stressed? Read. Getting lost in a book can lower levels of cortisol, or other unhealthy stress hormones, by 67 percent.
3) Maintaining good relationships with family and friends is good for your health, memory and longevity.
4) Drinking coffee can reduce the risk of depression, especially in women.
5) Stop and smell the rosemary. This aromatic herb 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) If you struggle to remember things, write them out by hand.
8) Chewing gum makes you more alert, relieves stress and reduces anxiety levels.
9) Practice yoga for your mind (and body). It boosts your cognitive function and lowers stress.
10) Walking outside – or spending time in green space – can reduce negative thoughts and boost self-esteem.
Health and Food
Our bodies need food to survive, but all foods were not created equal. Read through these facts about food and vitamins that you can incorporate into your diet to boost your health.
1) Chocolate is good for your skin; its antioxidants improve blood flow and protect against UV damage.
2) Consume the three ‘A’s to boost your sex drive and improve fertility: almonds, avocados and arugula.
3) Drink more tea to lower risks of heart attack, certain cancers, type 2 Diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. Just make sure your tea isn’t too sweet!
4) Start your day with oatmeal for a serotonin boost to calm the brain and improve your mood – just a few of its many health benefits.
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) Eating an apple a day can reduce levels of bad cholesterol, to keep your heart healthy and to keep the doctor away.
8) The amino acid found in eggs can help improve your reflexes.
9) Don’t underestimate the power of extra virgin olive oil – it’s 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.
Health and Fitness
For a healthy body and mind, general fitness and moderate exercise are crucial. We hope these interesting health facts encourage you to move!
1) There are five main components of fitness: the body’s ability to use oxygen, muscular strength, endurance, flexibility and body composition.
2) The body has more than 650 muscles.
3) To lose one pound of fat, you need to burn roughly 3,500 calories.
4) Walking at a fast pace for three hours or more at least one time a week, you 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 moderately active person walks approximately 7,500 steps a day, which is the lifetime equivalent of walking around the Earth five times.
10) Stretching increases the blood flow to your muscles, which helps avoid injuries.
Health and Hydration
Water is the body’s natural elixir. Below we’ve compiled ten good reasons why keeping hydrated contributes to good health.
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) Invest in a reusable water bottle, as repeatedly using plastic water bottles can release chemicals into your water.
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 drinking enough water is important for their function.
7) Staying hydrated helps keep your skin hydrated, resulting in a better complexion and making 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 helps you lose weight because it helps 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
Here are few general hints and tips to keep you feeling healthy and to ensure you’re taking good care of your body.
1) Massage isn’t just for the muscles. It can help scars fade, and can be more beneficial than lotion or oil.
2) Wait at least 30 to 60 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth. Brushing too soon can soften the tooth enamel, especially if you’ve just been eating or drinking acidic foods.
3) To lose more weight, don’t treat exercise like a chore and focus on the fun in your activity.
4) Open the windows in your home, or use a fan, to circulate air and reduce indoor air pollution – which can be even more polluted than outside!
5) Protect your skin by wearing SPF 50, which allows only two percent of UVB rays to pass compared to seven percent when wearing only SPF 15.
6) Turn-off your phone well before bedtime to help with your circadian rhythm and ensure you wake well rested for the day ahead.
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) Exercise before breakfast in order to burn more fat during cardio workouts.
9) For a healthier diet, look for wild-caught fish, grass-fed meats and free range eggs that are not grain-fed.
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
The final ten facts cover a broad spectrum, but you can use this intriguing information to impress your friends.
1) ‘Gymnasium’ comes from the Greek word ‘gymnazein’, meaning ‘to exercise naked’.
2) On average, there are more than 500,000 bacteria per square inch in a kitchen sink – that’s more than your 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) Eye muscles move 100,000 times a day, making them the most active muscles in the body.
8) Humans can cough at 60 miles an hour and sneezes can be 100 miles an hour – which is faster than the average car!
9) Although bodies stop growing, your nose and ears will not.
10) Don’t forget to soothe your soles; the soles of your feet contain more sweat glands and nerve endings per square inch than anywhere else on your body.