5 Recent Discoveries In Health Science

1. Adding Milk To Tea Blocks Its Benefits

Tea has a reputation for being a friend to your health, and rightly so. From reducing your risk of heart attack and stroke, to protecting your bones, tea's benefits are vast. But you may want to think twice if you're the type to add a bit of milk to your tea. New studies are showing that caseins, proteins in the milk, can actually block many of the beneficial effects. There still seems to be some benefit, but just not as much. Something to think about next time you're deciding how to have your tea!

2. Lack of Sleep Increases Calorie Consumption

Lack of sleep has always been associated with health problems, but recent studies suggest that it could also increase your calorie consumption by as much as 500 or more calories a day! Now whether that's caused simply by the extra time awake being used to eat, or some other factor, has yet to be determined. This is yet another reason to get a full night sleep whenever possible, although not by hitting the snooze button, which has it's own set of consequences.

3. Folic Acid Prevents Birth Defects

First of all, what is folic acid? It's simply a "B" Vitamin used in making new cells, and is a necessary component of, you know, staying alive. It's even more important to have the right amount if you're planning on getting pregnant. Starting at least a month before pregnancy, you should be taking in 400 micrograms of the stuff every day. The reward is helping to prevent birth defects of the baby's brain and spine, two components of a newborn you generally want to keep in tact... The easiest way to take in the right amount is a multivitamin or folic acid pill. Just check the label to make sure you're getting 100% of your daily value.

4. Keeping Your Hands Cool Makes Exercise Easier

This is definitely one of the stranger discoveries I've seen. The idea here is that holding something cold in your hands, such as a near frozen water bottle, sort of wicks the heat away from your body, and cools the blood as it circulates through your hands. It works to make the person more comfortable, able to exercise longer and more efficiently, and in the end, burn more calories. In the recent research being done, they're was a significant difference when cooling the hands, even reducing a 1.5 mile run by 5 minutes! The fun thing about this one, is you can test it yourself and immediately see if you notice a difference.

5. Low Omega-3 Levels May Cause Memory Problems

Yet another reason to have fish in your rotation, which is high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Low levels of Omega-3 have recently been linked to memory problems, and not just short term. Alzheimer's and Dementia have both been shown to increase when Omega-3 levels are not sufficient. And if you're not a fish person, there are Omega-3 vitamins that can make the job easier.

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