general healthy adjGeneral Health Facts Spring 2019

  • Laughing is good for the heart and can increase blood flow by 20 percent.
  • 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.
  • Always look on the bright side: being an optimist can help you live longer.
  • Exercise will give you more energy, even when you’re tired.
  • Sitting and sleeping are great in moderation, but too much can increase your chances of an early death.
  • A lack of exercise now causes as many deaths as smoking.
  • Less than 1% of Americans ride their bike to work, while 50% of Copenhagen residents bike to work or school.
  • 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.
  • Learning a new language or playing a musical instrument gives your brain a boost.
  • Feeling stressed? Read. Getting lost in a book can lower levels of cortisol, or other unhealthy stress hormones, by 67 percent.
  • Maintaining good relationships with family and friends is good for your health, memory and longevity.
  • Drinking coffee can reduce the risk of depression, especially in women.
  • Smelling rosemary may increase alertness and improve memory so catch a whiff before a test or important meeting.
  • Writing things out by hand will help you remember them.
  • Yoga can boost your cognitive function and lowers stress.
  • Walking outside – or spending time in green space – can reduce negative thoughts and boost self-esteem.
  • Chocolate is good for your skin; its antioxidants improve blood flow and protect against UV damage.
  • 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!
  • Eating oatmeal provides a serotonin boost to calm the brain and improve your mood.
  • Women below the age of 50 need twice the amount of iron per day as men of the same age.
  • Extra virgin olive oil is the healthiest fat on the planet.
  • Vitamin D is as important as calcium in determining bone health, and most people don’t get enough of it.

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