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General Health Facts for the Curious Mind

Health is a state of physical, mental and social well-being in which disease and infirmity are absent. A healthy lifestyle is one that helps to keep and improve people’s health and well-being.

  1. Urinating in a pool is dangerous for your heart.
  2. Laughter is good for your heart. laughing daily had drastically lower rates of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
  3.  Colder temperatures may help reduce allergies and inflammation and research has shown that it can help you think more clearly and perform daily tasks better.
  4. Not working out is as bad as smoking and obesity may soon overtake smoking as the leading cause of cancer.
  5. We eat 600 more calories a day than people did in the 1970s. When we look back on the portraits of past generations, it’s clear that Americans have, on average, gotten bigger. While this is likely due in part to the rise of fast food.
  6. Stressed at work? According to a 2014 study in the journal Diabetes Care, job strain is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
  7. A tick bite can make you allergic to red meat. There are plenty of food allergies out there, but few are the result of an insect bite. In a strange and growing trend, some people who get bitten by the Lone Star tick develop a sudden allergy to red meat, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.
  8. Meditating is better for your mental health than a vacation. Run out of vacation days? Harvard Health explains that meditating is just as restorative as a week-long getaway.
  9. Heart disease is more deadly than all types of cancer combined. Cardiovascular disease causes more deaths than all types of cancer combined, accounting for one in every four deaths in America and every one in three among women.
  10. After washing your hands, you use them to open the door, you have a higher risk of contamination than if you flush the toilet with your bare fingers.
  11. Chewing Gum Makes You More Alert. If your suffering from a mid-afternoon slump or can’t seem to concentrate in the morning, then try chewing some gum to make you feel awake.
  12. To Cool Down, Drink Something Hot. It might sound counterproductive, but if you want to cool down, then drink something hot. According to a study from the University of Ottawa’s school of Human Kinetics, as the drink is hotter than your body temperature, it triggers a sweat response in the body that more than compensates for the increase. So although it might initially make you feel hotter, a hot drink will cause you to sweat more and therefore the body effectively cools itself quicker.
  13. Don’t overcook or burn your meat. However, problems occur when meat is overcooked or burnt. This can lead to the formation of harmful compounds that raise your risk of cancer.
  14. Laughing 100 times is equivalent to 15 minutes of exercise on a stationary bike.
  15. There are more bacteria in your mouth than there are people in the world.
  16. Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people.
  17. Of the 206 bones in the average human adult’s body, 106 are in the hands and feet. (54 in the hands and 52 in the feet).
  18. In some parts of the world (one being Malaysia), parents protect their babies from disease by bathing them in beer.
  19. Smokers reduce their life span expectancy by 11 minutes per cigarette.
  20. Doctors who work at Australian Antarctic stations are required to have their appendix removed prior to leaving.

A few simple steps can go a long way toward improving your diet and wellness. With the tips above, it’s easy to get your body feeling great every day.


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