Fun Health Facts
Fun Health Facts!
1. Laughing is good for the heart and can increase blood flow by 20 percent.
2. 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.
3. Always look on the bright side: being an optimist can help you live longer.
4. Exercise will give you more energy, even when you’re tired.
5. A lack of exercise now causes as many deaths as smoking.
6. Nearly 30% of the world’s population is obese. Yikes!
7. Between 2000 and 2015, the average global life expectancy increased by five years.
8. Learning a new language or playing a musical instrument gives your brain a boost.
9. Feeling stressed? Read. Getting lost in a book can lower levels of cortisol, or other unhealthy stress hormones, by 67 percent.
10. Maintaining good relationships with family and friends is good for your health, memory and longevity.
11. Smelling Rosemary may increase alertness and improve memory so catch a whiff before a test or important meeting.
12. Writing things out by hand will help you remember them.
13. Yoga can boost your cognitive function and lowers stress.
14. Walking outside – or spending time in green space – can reduce negative thoughts and boost self-esteem.
15. Chocolate is good for your skin; its antioxidants improve blood flow and protect against UV damage.
16. Eating oatmeal provides a serotonin boost to calm the brain and improve your mood.
17. Although it only takes you a few minutes to eat a meal, it takes your body hours to completely digest the food.
18. An apple a day does keeps the doctor away. Apples can reduce levels of bad cholesterol to keep your heart healthy.
19. The amino acid found in eggs can help improve your reflexes.
20. Extra virgin olive oil is the healthiest fat on the planet.
21. Vitamin D is as important as calcium in determining bone health, and most people don’t get enough of it.
22. There are five main components of fitness: the body’s ability to use oxygen, muscular strength, endurance, flexibility and body composition.
23. The body has more than 650 muscles.
24. To lose one pound of fat, you need to burn roughly 3,500 calories.
25. Walking at a fast pace for three hours or more at least one time a week, you can reduce your risk of heart disease by up to 65%.
26. Even at rest, muscle is three times more efficient at burning calories than fat.
27. Regular activity can ease the severity and reduce the frequency of lower back pain.
28. Running is good for you. People who run 12-18 miles a week have a stronger immune system and can increase their bone mineral density.
29. Exercising regularly can increase your lifespan by keeping your DNA healthy and young.
30. The average moderately active person walks approximately 7,500 steps a day, which is the lifetime equivalent of walking around the Earth five times.
31. Stretching increases the blood flow to your muscles and helps avoid injuries.
32. Drinking at least five glasses of water a day can reduce your chances of suffering from a heart attack by 40%.
33. Dehydration can have a negative impact on your mood and energy levels. Drink enough water to ensure you’re always at your best.
34. Consuming water helps the body maintain its natural pH balance.
35. Repeatedly using plastic water bottles can release chemicals into your water. Why not try a reusable bottle instead? It’s good for you and the planet.
36. The spinal disc core is comprised of a large volume of water therefore dehydration could lead to back pain.
37. Kidneys filter your blood up to 300 times a day and need water to function optimally.
38. Hydration is key for a good complexion. Drinking enough water also makes you less prone to wrinkles.
39. A lack of water can cause a range of problems, such as constipation, asthma, allergy and migraines.
40. Water can aid in weight loss because it helps to remove the by-products of fat and if consumed before a meal can make you more satisfied and eat less.
41. Your muscles and joints require water in order to stay energized, lubricated and healthy.
42. Brushing teeth too soon after eating or drinking can soften the tooth enamel, especially if you’ve just been eating or drinking acidic foods.
43. To lose more weight, don’t treat exercise like a chore and focus on the fun in your activity.
44. SPF 50 allows only two percent of UVB rays to pass to your skin compared to seven percent when wearing only SPF 15.
45. The blue light in phones can mess with your circadian rhythm.
46. Cardio exercise before breakfast can burn more fat.
47. Breathing deeply in moments of stress, or anytime during the day, brings many benefits such as better circulation, decreased anxiety and reduced blood pressure.
48. The nose knows: it can remember 50,000 different scents.
49. The eye muscles are the most active in the body, moving more than 100,000 times a day!
50. Although bodies stop growing, noses and ears will not.