To be your happiest and healthiest self, we bring you a wide selection of health facts from fitness to food to hydration.
These top tips and random health facts provide you with information to keep you fighting fit.
General Health Facts
These health facts cover a range of topics to provide you with knowledge and insights into how you can better take care of yourself and information about health around the world.
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.
- Studies have found that optimism is beneficial to your overall health, but is linked to a healthy heart and can even help ward off diseases.
- Optimists often have lower blood pressure, which reduces the risk of coronary artery disease as found in a study by scientists at Harvard and Boston Universities.
- People who are more optimistic also tend to have healthier behaviors – such as diet and exercise – that contribute to longevity.
4. Exercise will give you more energy, even when you’re tired.
5. Sitting and sleeping are great in moderation, but too much can increase your chances of an early death.
6. A lack of exercise now causes as many deaths as smoking.
7. Nearly 30% of the world’s population is obese.
8. Between 2000 and 2015, the average global life expectancy increased by five years.
9. Less than 1% of Americans ride their bike to work, while 50% of Copenhagen residents bike to work or school.
10. The US spends almost three times more on healthcare than any other country in the world, but ranks last in life expectancy among the 12 wealthiest industrialized countries.
Mental Health and Longevity
It’s easy to forget how important our mental health contributes to our wellbeing. Just like all muscles, the brain needs to be exercised and cared for to ensure you are performing and feeling your best.
11. Learning a new language or playing a musical instrument gives your brain a boost.
12. Feeling stressed? Read. Getting lost in a book can lower levels of cortisol, or other unhealthy stress hormones, by 67 percent.
13. Maintaining good relationships with family and friends is good for your health, memory and longevity.
14. Drinking coffee can reduce the risk of depression, especially in women.
15. Smelling rosemary may increase alertness and improve memory so catch a whiff before a test or important meeting.
16. Swearing can make you feel better when you’re in pain.
While swearing, participants reported less pain and were able to withstand the pain longer.