GYM CLOTHES GOT FUNKY ODOR
According to Ghent University, 91 types of bacteria could be lurking in your sweaty gym clothes. For carrying your gym clothes home after a workout, choose paper instead of plastic: Plastic bags seal in moisture that promotes bacterial growth, while paper bags allow the clothes to breath, cutting down the funky odor.
SPICE IT UP TO LIVE LONGER
Harvard researchers found that eating chili peppers is linked to a 13 percent drop in the overall risk of death, primarily from heart disease or stroke. Researchers suspect the compound that gives peppers heat may also prevent obesity, improve blood flow, and boost healthy gut bacteria.
According to research from Japan, drinking green tea may help with depression. Study participants who drank two to three cups of green tea a day were about 41 percent less likelyto report feeling depressed than those who drank a cup a day less. The reason: Catechins (antioxidants found in high concentrations in green tea) may help decrease your levels of cortisol, a steroid associated with depression, the study authors say. Drink fresh brewed, not bottled – you’ll get more antioxidants, Rutgers researchers found.
FOOD PIGMENT FIGHTS LUNG CANCER
Recent studies have shown that foods that contain beta-cryptoxanthin (BCX) reduces your risk of lung cancer. BCX is a colorful compound found in oranges, sweet red peppers, and other fruits and vegetables. Scientists say lung cancer cells are less likely to spread when exposed to BCX. And a study of mice BCX exposure showed a reduction in lung tumor growth of up to 63 percent.
PEAS AND CHOLESTEROL
Canadian researchers found that people who ate chickpeas reduced their LDL cholesterol by 5 percent.
COFFEE CAN HELP YOU LIVE LONGER
Stanford University researchers found that caffeinated drinks can help you live longer. They found that consuming drinks with caffeine seems to counteract inflammation that can lead to heart disease later in life.