Amazing Health Facts That Will Improve Your Health

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For your health, there are a few basic facts you already know: Drink more water! Get more sleep! Eat right! Exercise! But it turns out, there’s way more to it. We’re willing to bet you’ve left more than a few stones unturned.

Did you know that just 10 minutes of exercise a day can be just as effective as a longer workout? Or that eating certain foods can boost your mood? To help you master your health and fitness. We’ve rounded up the most incredible (and practical!) facts that will change the way you live.

Laughter is good for your heart.

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It’s well known that laughter can be a valuable coping tool for those suffering from medical conditions. But according to one 2016 study published in The Journal of Epidemiology. It could also directly contribute to a healthier heart. Among male and female study subjects over the age of 65. Those who reported laughing daily had drastically slowed rates of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Quitting smoking before 35 could save your life.

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If you’re a smoker, but not yet middle age. A 2002 report from the American Journal of Public Health suggests that roughly 90 percent of the increased mortality risk associated with smoking cigarettes. This can stop if a smoker quits before the age of 35. Past middle age and still hooked? You can still reap the benefits of increased longevity by quitting today.

Not working out is as bad as smoking.

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We all know that staying active is key to a healthy lifestyle. But recent studies have shown just how important it is. “When compared with the lowest [athletic] performers, they associated elite performance with an 80 percent reduction in mortality risk,” reads a 2018 study published in the journal JAMA Network Open. “The adjusted mortality risk of reduced performance was comparable to, if not significantly greater than, traditional clinical risk factors. Such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, and smoking.”

Obesity may soon overtake smoking as the leading cause of cancer.

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A British report from Cancer Research UK concluded that as smoking rates drop and obesity rates rise. Being severely overweight poison to become the leading cause of cancer by the year 2043. Taking projections that half of all adults in the United States will be obese by the year 2030. We are likely to see similar trends.

Sugar is as bad for you as cigarettes.

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We all know smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your health. But a more stealth killer may have the same level of impact: sugar. Just as they have linked cigarettes to preventable mortality from cancer, heart disease, and stroke. Researchers have increasingly found that consuming added sugar leads to similarly deadly conditions.

According to a 2016 report in the journal Nutrients. Too much sugar leads to “a variety of chronic diseases. Which includes obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). As well as cognitive decline and even some cancers.”

Sitting up too straight can hurt your back.

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“Your mom wasn’t totally wrong; hunching can certainly be bad for your back,” says Dr. Neel Anand, professor of orthopedic surgery and director of spine trauma at Cedars-Sinai Spine Center in Los Angeles, California. “But the opposite is true, too. Sitting up straight for too long without a break can also cause strain. If you work in an office setting. Make sure the chair is at a height where your knees are at a 90-degree angle. Your feet can rest flat on the floor. Here, you have proper lower back support. Stand up, stretch, and take a quick walk several times a day to keep from getting stiff or causing injury.”

Just 10 minutes of daily exercise can save your health.

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If you don’t think you have time to work out, think again. A 2011 study in the Journal of Obesity found that high-intensity interval workouts that last as few as 10 minutes. It can be effective in reducing fat, lowering insulin resistance, and improving overall health. While more traditional workout durations of 30 to 60 minutes may build on those benefits. The new rule of thumb is that brief bouts of vigorous exercise. Every day can be just as effective as longer workouts.

Walking is nearly as healthy as running.

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If you’ve got a lot of time to spend on a leisurely workout, try walking. 2014 study found that brisk walking can be nearly as effective as running. Also helps in lowering rates of hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol. The key is to maintain a pace that keeps your heart rate elevated. And to cover the same distance as your running route—which, admittedly, could take a while.

Exercise can improve your chronic pain.

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If you suffer from chronic pain, working out is probably the last thing you want to do. 2017 report in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews examined 264 studies with nearly 20,000 participants. And found that overall, exercise was beneficial for chronic pain. In particular, the review suggested that exercise could lower pain severity. And improve function, particularly when exercise plans monitor by a physician.

If you’re relying on the Sunday crossword alone to keep your mind sharp as you age. You’re missing a gigantic piece of the puzzle. A growing body of research has revealed that physical exercise can have a tremendous impact on vitality. And resistance to neurological disorders.

According to a 2013 study in the journal Comprehensive Physiology. “Abundant evidence supports the role of exercise enhancing cognitive function in young subjects and reducing cognitive decay in aging.… Exercise has the potential to reduce the risk of various neurological diseases. Which includes Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, and Parkinson’s.” Turns out, your full-body workout includes the brain!

Meditating is better for your mental health than a vacation.

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Run out of vacation days? Harvard Health explains that meditating is just as restorative as a week-long getaway. In 2018, researchers out of the Netherlands studied 91 female volunteers and divided them into three groups. Those who were regular meditators. Those who had never meditated, and those who would forgo meditation entirely in favor of a week-long vacation.

The first two groups committed to 12 hours of mindfulness training over the course of a regular workweek. While the latter group of “vacation participants” engaged in health lectures and outdoor activities. While all three groups reported similar benefits of lowered stress and improved mood. The participants that continued meditating showed positive results 10 months later. While the vacationers returned to their normal states after their trips ended.


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