You Can Eat All the Butter, Cheese, and Other Fat You Want . . . As Long As You Walk 22 Minutes a Day

You Can Eat All the Butter, Cheese, and Other Fat You Want . . . As Long As You Walk 22 Minutes a Day

Fat has gotten a pretty bad reputation, but the more research that comes in, the more it becomes clear that eating a bunch of fat REALLY might not be all that bad. Here’s the latest . . .

A new study out of the University of California, San Francisco found even if you eat butter, cheese, and all the other delicious saturated fats in the world, you can avoid increasing your risk of developing heart disease with a TINY bit of daily exercise.

Seriously. They found that you can offset your risk if you just walk 22 minutes a day.

Now, obviously, it’s BETTER to eat healthy and not eat six sticks of butter just because one study said it’s fine . . . but consider this another piece of evidence that fat really may not be as bad as we were all led to believe.

(CNN)

Is It Worthless to Shower With Soap? One Dermatologist Says Yes

Is It Worthless to Shower With Soap? One Dermatologist Says Yes

Let’s hope none of your coworkers hear this and get inspired to try it out.

There’s a dermatologist at the University of Toronto named Sandy Skotnicki, and she’s currently working on a book that makes a pretty wild claim: You don’t need soap.

Quote, “If you go to work, dress in a long-sleeve shirt and pants, you’re in your office all day and you go home, there’s no reason for you to use soap. Even if you’ve been at the gym, you don’t necessarily need soap . . . water is more than enough to clean off.”

She says we’re not getting anywhere close to as dirty as we think we are.

And modern soaps are so filled with chemicals that they’re doing more damage to our skin than good. They’re just making us itchy and don’t even do a particularly good job at getting the bacteria off of us.

So should you EVER use soap? Sure, if you’re actually dirty . . . but if you’re showering with it daily, it’s really unnecessary.

(Toronto Star)

Every Serving of Fruit and Vegetables Makes You Happier

Every Serving of Fruit and Vegetables Makes You Happier

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Photo by Flickr | Lindsey Turner

A new study found there’s an easy way to make yourself happier on a daily basis. The bad news is it involves eating more fruits and vegetables. Why can’t these studies ever involve bags upon bags of Doritos?

Researchers at the University of Warwick in England had more than 12,000 people keep food diaries while they also kept track of their mental health.

And they found that how happy you are increases with EVERY SERVING of fruit and vegetables you have each day. And it doesn’t level off until your eighth serving.

So in other words, one serving a day will make you happier than none at all, and eight servings should put you at peak happiness. But more than that is overkill as far as mental health goes.

And here’s the coolest part. We’ve known for a while that fruit and vegetables help prevent things like cancer. But your cancer risk drops slowly over the course of a decade or two.

But with mental health, you see the effects much faster. And within two years, someone who goes from eating no servings a day to eight servings would have an increase in happiness on par with getting a JOB when you’re unemployed.

(MedicalXpress.com)

Five Daily Habits That Cause Wrinkles

Five Daily Habits That Cause Wrinkles

Photo Credit: Flickr | Andrew Roberts

Photo Credit: Flickr | Andrew Roberts

Here are five things we do every day that cause wrinkles . . .

  1.  Squinting. It causes wrinkles around your eyes and the bridge of your nose. So if you wear glasses, make sure your prescription is up to date. And if you’re driving with the sun in your eyes, wear sunglasses.
  2.  Sleeping on your stomach or on your side. You end up with your face squished into your pillow for six-to-eight hours. And it can also restrict blood flow to the side of your face you sleep on, which can also cause wrinkles.
  3.  Rubbing your eyes. The skin around them is the most delicate skin on your body, and you end up stretching it out. Plus, you transfer dirt and oil from your hands to your face, which also doesn’t help.
  4.  Eating too much sugar. It messes with your hormones and destroys some of the collagen in your skin, so it loses some of its stretchiness.
  5.  Being in the sun while you’re driving. The windows in your car only stop one type of UV rays, called UVB rays. But UVA rays still get through and damage your skin.

It can also happen if you sit near a window at work. And the tiny bit of sun you get walking to and from your car also adds up. Which is why you’re supposed to wear sunblock every day, but most people don’t.

(Grandparents.com)

Eight Habits and How They Affect Your Life Expectancy

Eight Habits and How They Affect Your Life Expectancy

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You already know that some of the things you do on a daily basis aren’t GOOD for you. But this might help put it in perspective. Here are eight daily habits, and how they affect the life expectancy of the average American.

1. Smoking a pack of cigarettes a day takes seven to eight years off your life.

2. Having one drink a day actually INCREASES your life expectancy by about a year. But every additional drink per day decreases it by about eight-and-a-half months for men, and seven months for women.

3. Every ten pounds over your optimal weight cuts about a year off your life.

4. Watching two hours of TV a day cuts your life expectancy by about eight months if you’re a man, and ten months if you’re a woman.

5. If you eat one portion of red meat a day, you’ll live about 14 months less than you would if you DIDN’T eat red meat.

6. Eating five servings of fruits and vegetables a day increases life expectancy by 4.3 years for men, and 3.8 years for women.

7. Drinking two or three cups of coffee a day INCREASES your life expectancy by about a year.

8. Getting just 20 minutes of moderate exercise a day, on average, extends your life by about two years.

 

(Business Insider)