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Things You Didn't Know About...Health

Mar 30, 03:49 pm

          Smartphone apps are good for you? Facebooking can lower your IQ? Read up on these eight things you probably didn’t know about health and walk it to the water cooler (it can lower your risk of cancer!):

1. Your waist to hip ratio for ideal health should be no more than 0.8 (meaning your waistline should be no greater than 80% of your hip circumference). Women with a 0.7 ratio (example: 25’‘ waist and 36’‘ hips) are studied to have optimal levels of estrogen, leading to greater fertility and less susceptibility to diseases like cardiovascular disorders and ovarian cancers.

2. When your libido is at its peak, your immunity is at a low. During a typical 28-day cycle, women are more prone to infections and illness two weeks after their periods. During ovulation your body lets down its defenses so that sperm have a better chance at fertilization without being attacked by your immune system. Not only are you more likely to get pregnant, you’re also more likely to get a cold and contract an STD at this time.

3. Exercise can be your best sweet-tooth buster. A study from the University of Exeter in the UK revealed that when office workers jogged on the treadmill for 15 minutes before work, they consumed 50% less sweets mid-morning than those who skipped the cardio. The mood-boosting adrenaline from physical activity replaces the need for a sugar-high.

4. You’re not likely to be at your most brilliant self at work while checking your email, texting and Facebooking. According to research from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, digital multitasking cuts your IQ by 10 points and hinders your creativity. Relearn to focus on one thing at a time and you’ll likely discover improved work performance.

5. Now there’s an excuse to indulge in smartphone apps. Word games like Words With Friends or Scrabble may be a great way to keep your brain in shape. As you create words and process numbers, these apps exercise both your verbal and spatial abilities, keeping your mind sharp.

6. Women with blood type O have the greatest protection against stroke. Comparatively, blood types AB have a 28% increased risk, and types B have a 17% higher risk compared with their blood type O counterparts.

7. Sitting on your butt all day can raise your risk of cancer, even if you schedule in exercise throughout the week. Just making a point to stretch or walk for one to two minutes every hour will help to decrease this risk.

8. Research has shown that people who approach change positively not only live happier lives, but tend to be healthier mentally and physically. Instead of focusing on the stresses of change, view it as an opportunity to embrace an exciting new experience.


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