Smiling is an easy way to instantly relieve tension. Students who smiled during a stressful task had lower heart rates afterward – indicating they could get over anxiety faster than others. Source: Psychological Science.
Recent research from University of California at Davis, revealed that high levels of triclosan, an antibacterial chemical found in many toothpastes, mouthwashes, and liquid hand soaps, impairs the ability of heart and skeletal muscle cells to contract. Study coauthor says this would likely pose an issue (such as a loss of coordination and strength) only for people with an underlying problem, such as a heart condition.
CHOCOLATE & YOUR HEART
According to a study from Brown University, those who eat dark chocolate on a daily basis are reducing their risk for heart disease. The reason: Dark chocolate contain flavanols, which are rich in anti-oxidants.
In a study, people who consumed a Mediterranean diet plus virgin olive oil for two years saw an increase in osteocalcin, a protein that’s a marker of bone growth. Those who didn’t up their oil intake experienced no increase in osteocalcin, reports the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
The University of Houston reports, 81% of commonly touched surfaces in hotel rooms (remote controls, light switches, phones) that are contaminated by fecal bacteria, pack disinfectant wipes!!
STRETCHING AND HEALTH
If you only stretch once a day there’s 23 hours hours, 59 minutes and 30 seconds you’re not. Rotating and stretching every joint daily keeps them lubricated, and helps prevent injury. Start at one end of your body and work your way to the other end stretching and moving every joint, especially before exercising or when under stress.
WALK AFTER MEALS
A study shows a short walk after eating can help people with type 2 diabetes. Doctor’s in New Zealand found that blood sugar levels fell 22% from people taking a brief walk after dinner compared to people taking longer walks at other times during the day.
WAISTLINE SHRINKING SPICE
The compound that gives turmeric its yellow shade and may also help you shed pounds. In a study, those who took curcumin capsules for nine months saw reduced waist measurements and improved blood sugar levels compared with a placebo group.
Progressive exercise and fitness experts endorse 12-15 minute high-intensity interval exercises that stimulate fast-twitch muscle fibers, increase insulin sensitivity, increase growth hormone, and decrease aging. These exercises range from 4-8 one-minute intervals of full exertion, with 1-2 minute rest periods performed 2-3 times per week. Long cardio workouts are now out of style. Give high-intensity interval exercise a chance if you haven’t already – but start slow and work your way up.
Recent research suggests that eating genetically modified (GM) corn could contribute to obesity. Scientists found that rats fed GM corn for three months ate slightly more (and grew slightly bigger) than a group fed non-modified corn. The reason: The gut may detect components of the genetically engineered products and then have to work harder to digest them and the body may try to compensate for the increased work by boosting food intake, says study author.