When you hear the term alcohol, you automatically associate it with negative aspects. I can’t fault you for this since alcohol has been proven to have many adverse health effects on the human body. But what if I told you that new research has surfaced that would suggest that moderate consumption of alcohol could lead to a longer life? (The keywords being moderate consumption). The Time has released an article which states that drinking alcohol can lead to a longer, more prosperous life.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual conference is where this research was presented. The individual behind these findings is neurologist Claudia Kawas, who states that drinking two glasses of beer or wine a day can reduce the risk of premature death. In fact, she adds that it has even better statistics than those who exercise on a daily basis.
In order to determine this conclusion, Kawas and her colleagues took data from a long-term study that was conducted at the UC Irvine’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders and analyzed it. The study was called the 90+ study, which has been following elderly individuals who lived to be historic landmarks since 2003. The reason this study exists was to see which lifestyle practices gave people the best longevity.
After her team analyzed the data from the study, they concluded that individuals who consumed two glasses of wine or beer per day reduced their risk of an early death by an astonishing 18%. To compare that statement, individuals who exercised between 15 to 45 minutes per day cut the exact same risk, but only by 11%.
This new found research suggests that consuming alcohol could be the secret to living a longer life. But this study isn’t the first to link alcohol to a longer life though. A 2015 study published in the journal BMJ Open found that those suffering from mild Alzheimer’s and moderately drank were less likely to die. In addition, a 2017 study that’s published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that moderate drinkers reduced the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease compared to those who didn’t drink.
For the 2017 study, over 333,000 people were surveyed about their alcohol consumption and the type of lifestyle they lived. They were tracked for an average of eight years. Those who were light and moderate drinkers reduced their risk of dying from a cardiovascular disease by 25 to 30%.
Although research does suggest that moderate drinking could contribute to a longer life, we still need to remember that consuming large quantities of alcohol has consequences. If you are trying to lose weight, alcohol contains empty calories that will contribute to weight gain. I would also like to mention that if you are drinking alcohol, always make sure that you have the proper transportation home. Never drink and drive.
Turmeric is one of the most beneficial spices on Earth, as it offers countless culinary and medicinal properties. Due to its immense potential, it has been commonly used in Ayurvedic, Indian, and Chinese medicine for millennia.
This deep yellow spice can be a potent natural remedy for numerous health problems, as it treats skin issues, wounds and cuts, respiratory issues, liver diseases, muscle sprains, and gastric issues. It supports digestion, treats inflammations, relieves infections, and fights malignant tumors.
Its strong antioxidant, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory characteristics are due to its active ingredient, curcumin.
Studies have shown its positive effects in the treatment of microbes, gastritis, peptic, gastric ulcers, H. pylori, cell survival, the DNA, and on the inflammation molecules.
Moreover, the regular intake of 200 mg of turmeric soothes osteoarthritis symptoms.
Turmerone, another active ingredient it contains, is a bioactive element that improves the function of the brain and repairs the brain cells, thus treating Alzheimer’s.
Here is how to prepare a potent natural antibiotic with this incredibly beneficial spice and reap its numerous benefits:
1 tablespoon of turmeric spice
100 grams of organic honey
In a glass jar, simply mix the ingredients well.
In the case of a cold or flu, take half a tablespoon of this remedy every hour. Make sure it melts in the mouth before swallowing. You can also add it to your cup of tea or milk.
Then, the next day, take the same amount on every 2 hours. Take it three times daily on the third day. You will experience relief in a very short time!
The amygdala – which is heavily involved in how we process emotions such as fear and anxiety – became less active. The greater the reduction, the greater the improvement in reported symptoms.
The default-mode network – a collaboration of different brain regions – became more stable after taking psilocybin.
Dr Robin Carhart-Harris, head of psychedelic research at Imperial, said the depressed brain was being “clammed up” and the psychedelic experience “reset” it.
He told the BBC News website: “Patients were very ready to use this analogy. Without any priming they would say, ‘I’ve been reset, reborn, rebooted’, and one patient said his brain had been defragged and cleaned up.”
However, this remains a small study and had no “control” group of healthy people with whom to compare the brain scans.
Further, larger studies are still needed before psilocybin could be accepted as a treatment for depression.
However, there is no doubt new approaches to treatment are desperately needed.
Prof Mitul Mehta, from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, said: “What is impressive about these preliminary findings is that brain changes occurred in the networks we know are involved in depression, after just a single dose of psilocybin.
“This provides a clear rationale to now look at the longer-term mechanisms in controlled studies.”
With the recent news of the declining population of bees, it is no wonder that more people are creating awareness and looking for ways to conserve honey. Around the world, there is estimated to be more than 25,000 species of bees. An average bee colony will have about 30,000 to 60,000 bees with each worker bee estimated to live to about 45 days during the summer months.
At about 64 calories per one tablespoon, honey is not only great in tea and on waffles but they are also chock full of a lot of hidden benefits.
Here are 8 little known but beneficial facts about consuming honey on a daily basis.
1. Honey is considered to be a terrific antioxidant. Because of this, a regular consumption of honey will result in the body continually cleansing itself of toxins.
Furthermore, honey has plenty of antibacterial properties that can help with keeping the skin clear and clean.
2. The sugar that is found in honey is made of a different composition than that of other sweeteners and as such, it can help in boosting your metabolism and helping in weight loss.
3. Honey helps to decrease levels of cholesterol because honey contains so many antioxidant properties that it can help fight off excess cholesterol.
4. Drinking some honey with warm water can help protect your heart. The antioxidants found in honey have been shown to help prevent arteries from narrowing.
Depending on the place where the arteries are narrowing, this can lead to a heart attack, memory deterioration and also headaches.
5. Research has shown that honey can help stave off stress, rejuvenate the cellular antioxidant defense system and help improve memory.
6. Honey has also been shown to help in the functioning of the brain since it is chock full of calcium which is easily processed and used by the brain.
7. Honey can help with sleep as well because it will increase the level of insulin in the blood which will then release serotonin.
Serotonin then forces the release of melatonin which is a hormone that helps one get into deep, sound sleep.
8. Honey is great on an empty stomach not only for its strong antiseptic properties but also because it can destroy germs and heal small wounds in the membrane as it passes through the digestive system.
Bonus: Combining honey with another food full of antiseptic and healing properties such as garlic will greatly enhance each other’s benefits. A garlic-infused honey remedy consumed on an empty stomach can result in some great energy and longevity.
We all know about the harm drinks other than water can cause us, but what if we replace them with it completely? Chris Bailey, a popular blogger and lecturer, carried out some month-long research, which we have decided to summarize for you in illustrated form.
Good news for slimmers: budget supermarket Aldi has launched a new range of low-calorie wines that contain as little as 55 calories a glass.
The new collection – called ‘Featherweight’ – features bottles with only half the calories and a lower alcohol percentage than regular wines.
The diet tipples are available in red, white, and rosé, and varieties include favourites such as Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot.
The Featherweight Collection by Aldi features wines that have half the calories of regular tipples. Included are two whites, a rosé and a red
The four bottles in the range all cost £2.99 and have an alcohol percentage of 5.5, making it less than half as strong as typical wines, which typically have a percentage of 11.6.
The range includes a Sauvignon Blanc, an Italian Pinot Grigio, a Merlot, and a White Zinfandel.
A 125ml glass of Aldi’s Featherweight Pinot Grigio contains just 55 calories, while a standard glass has double at 104.
The lighter White Zinfandel has 57 calories in a 125ml glass compared with a standard Zinfandel which has 113.
The White Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc are only available in certain regions. Both can be bought in Swindon, Bathgate, Chelmsford, Neston, and Goldthorpe
The Merlot is available nationwide, while the Pinot Grigio is only available in Atherstone, Bolton, Darlington and Cardiff
Aldi’s Featherweight Sauvignon Blanc meanwhile has 55 calories while the Merlot has 59.
However there is a small catch.
Only the Merlot is available nationwide, while the others are only available at certain regional locations.
The Sauvignon Blanc and White Zinfandel are only available in Swindon, Bathgate, Chelmsford, Neston, and Goldthorpe; while the Pinot Grigio can only be bought in Atherstone, Bolton, Darlington and Cardiff.
Tony Baines, joint managing director of corporate buying at Aldi UK, said: ‘We have seen over the last year a real appetite from wine drinkers in the UK for lower calorie and ABV wines to moderate their alcohol intake.
‘We ensure we’re offering our customers the products they want and so have introduced our Featherweight wines as a lighter choice for our shoppers.
All the tipples cost £2.99 but some are only available in certain parts of the UK
Few things are as complex and interesting to us as our own bodies. We each only have one, and it’s supported by thousands of parts working in unison. Understanding the pieces that make us who we are and how they work together is cool! Here are our favorite 40 facts about the human body!
50. Who shed all over the carpet?
Humans shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour. In fact, most of the dust underneath your bed is probably your own dead skin.
49. Baby bones.
A human baby has 99 more bones than an adult. A baby’s skeleton is mostly made up of cartilage. As a person grows up, most of this cartilage turns into bone in a process called ossification, and the ossification process results in the joining of certain bones. Consequently, new born babies have around 305 bones, while an adult has just 206 bones.
48. A few small pieces.
An adult human being is made of approximately 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 atoms. Obviously, this varies based on the size of the person and their body composition.
47. Pumping the distance.
There are 100,000 miles of blood vessels in an adult human body. The largest blood vessel is the aorta, which is just over an inch in diameter.
46. Our awesome noses.
Researchers estimate that the average human being can distinguish between 1 trillion different odors. This is much more acute than the human eye, which can distinguish about 10 million different colors.
45. Swimming in spit.
In a lifetime, an average person produces about 25,000 quarts of saliva, enough to fill two swimming pools. We also produce about a litre of mucus per day.
44. It lives in you.
Your body has enough iron in it to forge a 3-inches-long nail. You also have enough sulfur to kill all fleas on an average dog, enough carbon to make 900 pencils, enough potassium to fire a toy cannon, enough fat to make 7 bars of soap, enough phosphorous to make 2,200 match heads, and enough water to fill a ten-gallon tank.
43. Close your eyes.
We all have tiny mites living in our eyelashes. These little mites actually aren’t too choosey; they’ll live anywhere as long as they have access hair follicles. They’re found on other parts of the body and on a host of other mammals.
42. The strongest muscle.
Pound for pound, the strongest muscle in the human body is the masseter (jaw muscle). It can clamp your chompers shut with 55 pounds of force on the incisors and 200 pounds of force on the molars.
41. Stinky humans.
Sweat itself is odorless. It’s the bacteria on the skin that mingles with it and produces body odor. Bacteria that are naturally present on our skin thrive in sweaty regions.
40. Growing strong.
Your ears and nose will never stop growing until the day you die. In fact, your earlobes will also elongate from gravity.
39. Don’t lick the gun.
Similar to fingerprints, everyone also has a unique tongue print. It may be some time before your local police station starts taking tongue prints, but research on the required 3-D imaging technology is already being developed and tested.
38. Strength if steel.
Ounce for ounce, human bones are stronger than steel. A cubic inch of bone can bear a load of 19,000 lbs.—roughly the weight of five pickup trucks.
37. Booze and blue.
People with blue eyes have a higher alcohol tolerance. Interestingly, they also have higher rates of alcohol abuse and dependency.
36. Better sight than your iPhone.
If the human eye was a digital camera it would have 576 megapixels. Currently, the most expensive digital camera in the world has 200 megapixels.
35. Carrying some friends with you…
All of the bacteria in our body collectively weighs about 4 pounds. That’s enough to fill a big soup can. In fact, there are more bacteria in your mouth than there are people in the world.
34. Move to the music!
In some cardiovascular units, slow and quiet music is used to relax the patients and lower their blood pressure and heart rate.
33. Brain power.
Your brain accounts for only 2% of your body weight, yet it uses 20% of the total oxygen and blood in your body.
32. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).
If uncoiled, the DNA in all of your body’s cells would stretch 10 billion miles, which is long enough to reach from here to Pluto and back.
31. Eaten from the inside…
Within three days of death, the enzymes that once digested your dinner begin to eat you. Ruptured cells will become food for the bacteria in your gut, which will release enough noxious gas to bloat your body and force your eyes to bulge outward.
30. Supercomputer storage.
In a lifetime, your brain’s long-term memory can hold up to 1 quadrillion (1 million billion) bits of information.
29. The perilous journey of a hot dog.
The gastrointestinal tract is a 30-foot tube that runs from your mouth to your anus. There’s a few moving parts, but a long story short is that food comes in and poop goes out.
28. Barrels of blood.
Your heart will pump about 1.5 million barrels of blood during your lifetime. That’s enough to fill 200 train tank cars.
27. You can’t stop the beat.
As long as it has an oxygen supply, your heart can keep beating even if it’s separated from the body because it has its own electrical impulse.
26. Brain age.
Your brain keeps developing until your late 40s.
25. Sweet cilia.
Our lungs and nasal passages have exquisitely tiny hairs called cilia that can “taste” bitter flavors. They also serve to remove dust and foreign particles from the respiratory tract.
24. You feel me?
Human fingers can feel objects as small as 13 nanometers. This means that if your finger was the size of the Earth, you would feel the difference between houses and cars.
23. A heck of a fever.
The highest recorded body temperature in a human being was a fever of 115.7°F. A fever over 107.5°F is enough to damage the brain and, if untreated, cause death.
22. Touch your heart.
The human heart is not on the left-hand side of the body. It’s in middle of your chest, in between your right and left lung. It is, however, tilted very slightly to the left.
21. Brain genes.
Half of your genes describe the complex design of your brain, with the other half describing the organization of the other 98% of your body.
20. Cell replacement.
Your taste buds are replaced every 10 days. Conversely, the average age of a human fat cell is 10 years.
19. Shave if you want to!
There is no scientific evidence that shaving or waxing will make your hair come back thicker. There are believed to be two reasons that the myth continues to flourish. First, humans just aren’t the best observers. Second, hair often does grow back thicker when people first start to shave, but this isn’t caused by shaving. When an adolescent boy shaves his mustache for the first time, it’s likely to grow back thicker. This isn’t because shaving caused this; it’s because the hormonal changes in his body (which occur regardless of shaving) are encouraging new and thicker facial hair growth.
18. Organ flipping.
1 in 10,000 people has their internal organs reversed or “mirrored” from their normal positions. The condition is called situs inversus.
17. Grasping the strength of your pinky.
Without your pinky finger, you would lose about 50% of your hand strength. While the index and middle fingers function with the thumb in pinching and grabbing, it’s the pinkie that teams up with the ring finger to provide grip power.
16. Keeping cool down there.
Men’s Testicles hang between the legs to keep cool because sperm dies at body temperature. Keeping those baby-makers cool is a top priority, so make sure to keep your laptop off those bad boys!
15. Extra bones.
1 person out of every 200 people has an extra rib.
She likely doesn’t have extra ribs.
14. Keeping up with abrasion.
Your mouth is made of the same skin cells as a vagina. Flattened epithelial cells are well suited to areas in the body subject to constant abrasion, as layers can be sloughed off and replaced before quickly.
13. Cute little muscles.
Muscle comes from the Latin “musculus.” Musculus means “little mouse,” and this was used to describe muscles because biceps were thought to look like mice.
12. Liar, liar, pants on fire!
When telling a lie, people blink less frequently than normal. After the lie is told, they speed up to around eight times faster than usual.
11. Voices and words.
More than 3% of people are born with phonagnosia: they can’t recognize the voices of familiar people. People suffering from phonagnosia do not suffer from aphasia (an inability to comprehend and formulate language), which suggests that separate areas of the brain govern linguistic comprehension and voice recognition.
10. Annoying? Yes. Unhealthy? Maybe not.
A scientist cracked his knuckles on one hand for over 50 years to prove it did not cause Arthritis. After 50 years, he concluded that there was no arthritis in either hand, and no apparent differences between the two hands. This is, of course, a rather small data set, but it’s interesting none the less!
9. Doing it in the morning.
You can burn 20% more fat by exercising in the morning on an empty stomach. Sex burns 3.6 calories a minute, so fifteen minutes of morning sex should burn off 130 calories.
8. Take that, worm brain!
Humans have no more genes than worms. We have less genes than a tomato. How could this be, given that the all-powerful homo sapiens are clearly a more complex species? We’re not sure, but scientist have noted that the number of genes in the genome may be less linked to complexity than we thought.
7. Coughing at the speed of sound.
A strong cough forces air out of the airways at speeds up to 620 mph, which is almost as fast as the speed of sound.
6. Can you hear your mouse scrolling?
Hearing is the fastest human sense. Your brain can recognize a sound 10 times faster than the blink of an eye, in as little as 0.05 seconds.
5. Controversial bras.
Bras make breasts sag. Bras also do not reduce back pain. A leading study found that women who never wore bras had nipples an average of seven millimeters higher each year than regular bra users. Before you go throwing away your bras, note that the benefits of not wearing a bra will only be seen in younger women who are not obese, according to those managing the study.
4. Recovering from the miracle of giving life.
After child birth, a woman’s vaginal muscles can take up to 6 months to get back to their normal shape and size.
3. A green diet.
We can’t digest grass because our bodies don’t have what it takes to break down the cellulose found in the plant. Grass also contains a lot of silica, an abrasive that quickly wears down teeth, so your dentist wouldn’t be thrilled about a grass diet. Grazing animals have teeth that continually grow to replace worn tooth surfaces.
2. Toe to toe.
Your big toe carries more weight than any other toe, bearing about 40% of your body weight. To enlist in the United States army, you need to have all ten toes intact.
1. Evolution stinks!
One prevailing theory as to why butt hair exists is that there’s simply no significant evolutionary pressure against butt hair. I.e. it doesn’t affect our ability to mate, so the random mutations that caused butt hair persisted.
Other theories take a smellier view of things, suggesting that butt hair helps scent communication. We have body hair in the same areas where we produce odors. The hair is there to hold onto oily secretions that have their own smell and are consumed by bacteria that produces even more smells. Early human ancestors used their personal smell to actually help them with everything from broadcasting territorial rights to attracting mates.
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