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We know walking is good for our health – duh! The benefits of walking are numerous, with the activity helping to extend life, reduce stroke, prevent heart attacks, and improve overall wellness. In addition, a joint study conducted by the University of California at San Francisco and the Harvard School of Public Health reports a connection between brisk walking and a lowered risk of prostate cancer advancement.
Early bonding is natural and important for healthy childhood development. But what creates the mother-baby bond? As many mothers might already believe, moms who breast feed are actually more apt to bond with their babies than those that formula feed. Research shows that breast-feeding mothers show stronger brain response when their baby cries as compared to mothers who do not breast feed.
Capsaicin, a compound responsible for the hotness of many peppers, is thought to increase the rate at which the body burns fat, ease pain, lower cholesterol and support healthy heart function. The compound is especially studied for its ability to aid in weight loss, where researchers from Purdue University in Indiana found that capsaicin reduces hunger and increases energy expenditure.
According to a study conducted at the University of Granada, melatonin can be quite helpful in controlling weight and increasing “good” cholesterol while decreasing “bad” cholesterol. After analyzing the effects melatonin had on obese, diabetic rats, the researchers found that melatonin was able to help prevent “heart diseases associated to obesity and dyslipidemia”.
Depressed women may have a higher risk of stroke, according to new research published online Aug. 11 in the journal Stroke. “We know that stroke can increase risk of depression, but depression itself may increase risk of future stroke,” said study author An Pan, a research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.
Omega-3 fatty acids have received a great deal of attention due to their outstanding health benefits. Research has revealed just how spectacular omega 3’s are at reducing inflammation throughout the body. Already thought to help with such things as depression and rheumatoid arthritis; omega-3s may also be able to reduce the risk of developing diabetes, according to two studies.
According to a study conducted with elderly adults from Swedish, pesticides and other pollutants found in the blood may actually cause bodily changes that lead to diabetes. Researchers are careful, however, to note that this is not necessarily a causal relationship.
Obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and smoking have been linked to yet another frightening health condition — brain shrinkage. It may sound outlandish, but the famous Framingham Heart Study has published the findings as a part of a study that has been ongoing in a Massachusetts town since 1948.
In our inactive society, most people simply aren’t exercising enough to support their own health. However, contrary to what some people may think, findings show that just 15 minutes of daily exercise can increase life expectancy by 3 years while cutting your risk of “all-cause” death rates by 14%. This is good news for many who claim not to have enough time to exercise.