25 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Your Body & Health!
We searched high and low through health and wellness articles for interesting things about your body and health, which are generally unknown. We searched especially through women’s health and beauty pieces for items of general interest to women.
It’s a lengthy list – Here are the 25 things you probably didn’t know about your body:
- Rinsing your nose with salt water can help keep you healthy and ward off allergy symptoms.
- Dogs can smell cancer and low blood sugar based on breath samples and a new study is underway to see if dogs can detect ovarian cancer and diabetes.
- A recent study indicates that people who pass through an entryway near the kitchen tend to eat 15% more than those who use the front door.
- You’re more likely to have a heart attack on Monday, or up to 3 days after you’ve been diagnosed with the flu or a respiratory tract infection. The risk of heart attack increases by 1/3 during outbreaks of the flu and related respiratory diseases. It’s estimated 90,000 coronary deaths could be prevented yearly by getting a flu shot.
- You can’t get a tan from your computer screen. The Computer Tan Website was created as a hoax to raise awareness about skin cancer.
- Obese people spend approximately $485 more on clothing, $828 on extra plane seats, and $36 more on gas each year than their thinner counterparts. As a result, airlines spend $275 million to burn more gallons of fuel to cover the extra weight.
- Smokers are 4 times more likely to report feeling unrested after a night’s sleep than nonsmokers. Smokers often experience withdrawal symptoms at night, causing periods of restlessness.
- Eating fruits and vegetables may help the body make its own aspirin. A recent study found that participants who received benzoic acid (a natural substance in fruits and vegetables), could make their own salicylic acid (a key compound that gives aspirin its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties).
- A 20-minute nap can improve your overall alertness, boost your mood, and increase productivity.
- Your kitchen sink is dirtier than your bathroom. There are more than 500,000 bacteria per square inch in its drain and the faucet, basin, and sponge are crawling with germs.
- Four out of five doctors in the UK don’t work out enough due to heavy workloads.
- Baking soda can whiten teeth, garlic can help treat athlete’s foot, and honey can soothe a hangover
- Using a food diary can double your weight-loss efforts.
- Regular exercise can lower your risk of cancer, but only if you’re getting enough sleep.
- Watching yourself run in a mirror can make a treadmill workout faster and easier.
- Third-hand smoke (particles that cling to hair and clothing and linger in a room) is a cancer risk to young children and pets.
- Walking against the wind, in the water, or while wearing a backpack burns about 50 more calories per hour.
- Foreign accent syndrome and exploding head syndrome are real (but very rare). You experience a loud, indecipherable noise that originates inside your head.
- Vitamins don’t seem to help older women guard against cancer or heart disease.
- Some men experience pain, headache, or sneezing as a result of ejaculation. The increased activity in the nervous system during orgasm is the culprit.
- Germ-killing wipes can spread bacteria from one spot to another if you reuse them.
- Oatmeal, citrus fruits, and honey can boost your sex drive and improve fertility. Oats produce a chemical that releases testosterone into the blood supply, increasing your sex drive; Vitamin C improves sperm count and motility; Vitamin B helps the body use estrogen, a key factor in blood flow and arousal.
- 29% of Americans say they have skipped filing a prescription due to the cost and 23% use pill splitting as a way to save money.
- Facebook may be good for your health. Studies show that staying in touch with family and friends can ward off memory loss and help you live longer.
- People who wear pedometers tend to burn more calories and lose more weight.
There’s a substantial list of interesting facts from all of the health and wellness articles in print and on the internet and they have been boiled down to the 25 most interesting points. This list will continue to evolve as health and beauty information is disseminated via websites and magazine articles.