Did You Know Info Series - Jan 2020
Tea can lower risks of heart attacks, certain cancers, type 2 diabetes and parkinson disease.
It’s no miracle cure, but it sure is beneficial. Green tea in particular is considered effective in fighting cancer cells because it contains high levels of polyphenols, antioxidants found in the Camellia sinensis plants used to make many teas, such as the green, black and white varieties.
Humans are the only mammals that willingly delay sleep.
Sleep is evidently necessary for survival. Studies show the higher the altitude, the greater the sleep disruption. Generally, sleep disturbance becomes greater at altitudes of 13,200 feet or more.
Laughing can increase blood flow by 20%.
Researchers found that laughter increases your blood flow by dilating the inner lining of blood vessels, which is called the endothelium. Average blood flow is increased by 22 percent during laughter and 35 percent during mental stress.
Walking outside can reduce negative thoughts and boost self-esteem.
Looking for a simple way to help reduce stress, anxiety and depression? Take a walk in the woods. Interacting with calming nature sounds and even outdoor silence can lower blood pressure and levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which calms the body’s fight-or-flight response.
Two thirds of a cat’s life is spent asleep.
This should come as no surprise to cat owners. Although cats do spend at least two thirds of their lives asleep, it’s not quite the same way as humans sleep. Cats are always on the alert, even when they’re dozing.
Yoga can boost your cognitive function and lower stress.
If stress and anxiety are getting the best of you, you might want to try and hit the mat and give yoga a try. Yoga may help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and lower your heart rate.
Written by: Melissa Ureten