Interesting Health Facts That Will Make Your Life Easier
Science can’t ever get enough of exploring our bodies. Our organisms work in such a perfect way that there are plenty of wonders that scientists still find unexplainable. However, thanks to plenty of researches, we know today some unbelievable things about the way our bodies, and brains work. These facts might help us understand ourselves better and potentially help us incorporate some little tricks on a daily basis that will make us healthier and happier.
Here are some interesting facts you didn’t know about your health and body.
1. If You Want To Cool Down, Drink Something Hot
Although we’re all used to drinking ice cold beverages when it’s hot outside to cool ourselves down, science proves us that we’re doing it the wrong way. Researches show that drinking a hot beverage on a hot day may actually help your body stay cooler. How is that possible? Well, when you drink something hot, your body makes you sweat in order to regulate your body temperature.
In the first few minutes you might feel the heat going up, but as you sweat, you will notice that you’re slowly cooling down. If you think about it, it’s not something shocking, since sweat has the function of regulating our temperature. So, next time you aim for that ice-cold drink, think about it twice!
2. Avoid Cholesterol-Free Foods If You Have High Cholesterol
If you’re struggling with high levels of cholesterol, pay attention to foods that are labeled as “cholesterol-free”. The fact that they don’t have any cholesterol won’t be helpful for your diet regimen. In fact, foods have trans fats that don’t contain cholesterol, but work to increase your cholesterol levels. These fats are usually found in fried foods and baked goods.
3. When Tired, Exercise!
Although it sounds counterintuitive, exercising when tired will actually pump you with energy much more than if you just remain on the couch. Studies have shown that when we exercise, our blood and oxygen flow through the body increases our energy levels and improves our mood!
So, if you exercise when feeling slow and tired, you might end up feeling super fresh and much happier.
4. Cold Temperatures Are Better For Your Health
Most of us dream of living in a small house on a beach and relaxing in the shade of a big palm tree. But what we all forget is that these exotic places with hot weather can actually be quite risky for our health. If you think about it, the number of diseases coming from the excessive heat is way bigger than the number of diseases developing in cold temperatures.
Not only will you be safe from diseases such as Zika, West Nile Virus or Malaria, but cold temperatures actually reduce allergies and inflammation. Researches have also found that we think more clearly during cold seasons.
5. Eating A Banana Can Make You Happier
If you’re a generally happy person, and happen to eat bananas… it might be that this fruit’s the one to “blame”. How come? Apparently, Vitamin B6, a vitamin banana is rich in, aids the production of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is a hormone that has an important role in your overall mood, motor skills and emotions. Since bananas have about 30% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin B6, they can have a significant impact on your mood.
Therefore, if you’re feeling down, depressed or anxious, have a banana and it might help you feel slightly better!
6. Being Optimistic Prolongs Your Life
Believe it or not, but seeing the glass half full can actually make your life longer. Apparently, studies showed that there is a link between high levels of optimism and decreased risk of death from serious diseases such as cancer, infections or stroke. Not only, but optimism seems to benefit your heart as well. People that are highly optimistic have an almost 40% lower risk of hear diseases than people that are pessimists.
Not only, but optimism definitely aids us to lead a more fulfilling life. So, next time you jump to a rather negative conclusion or point of view, think about it twice!
7. Smell An Apple If You’re Feeling Claustrophobic
Suffering from Claustrophobia? Then have an apple with you! This definitely sounds weird, but a research from the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation revealed that smelling a green apple when in a small, confined space with no windows can help relieve the stress from claustrophobia. However, this is not the only magic power a green apple has.
Smelling an apple might also prevent headaches and migraines. This scent is also used in some homes to seem bigger to potential buyers. Crazy!