You’ll eat your daily recommended requirement of dark chocolate. It’s all about the antioxidants and cocoa butter.
You won’t build your home on the side of a cliff, on the bank of a river, or under an umbrella of air pollution. This just in: air pollution causes more heart attacks than too much of anything else including exercise, sex, cocaine.
I’ve been saving interesting bit about health lately because I need to extend my years of productivity. I have promises to keep and miles to go…well, you know the rest. So I thought I’d share a few tidbits from my clippings. The Sunday Parade recently cited a new book called The Longevity Project—followed a bunch of people from childhood to old-hood—in exploding (at least for now) the myths that…
…marriage leads to longer life. True for men if they stay married to the same spouse. Fewer than a third of divorced men reach old age. There’s little difference in longevity between divorced women who stay single and women who stay married.
…relaxation and early retirement lead to longer lives. Not so. Continually “productive” people live “much longer” than those who kick back early. Surprised? I was. Also surprising—people don’t worry themselves to death. People who are conscientious even to the being a little obsessive tend to live longer than those less so. But outgoing, friendly, sociable people do not necessarily live longer. Neither do cheerful, optimistic people. Sober, staid, shy people are more likely to live to old age. (Whether they’ve had fun doing it is another question.)
…more education, longer life. Not necessarily. Better-educated people might live a little long, but their productivity is really the predictor of longevity. However, the nerds tend to outlive the jocks with moderate physical activity over the long haul.
Now, how about a little quiz on home remedies and commonly held truisms about health?
1. T or F: Drinking milk makes your cold worse.
2. T or F: Going outside with wet hair or sleeping in a draft can give you a cold.
3. T or F: Honey can help heal burns, and it’s better for a cough than over-the-counter syrup.
4. T or F: Gargling with salt water is good for a sore throat.
5. T or F: Women have more “senior moments” than men.
6. T or F: Men are less likely to go to the doctor than women.
7. T or F: Cranberries may reduce cavities.
8. Which is the best source of more energy in the afternoon: a) green tea b) a walk c) a nap
9. How many nightly hours of sleep is linked to increased risk of premature death? a) 5.5 b) 6.5 c) 9.5
10. T or F: Clenching your fist in the face of temptation (see cake photos) increases willpower.
answers (don’t know how to turn them upside down): 1. F; 2. F; 3. T; 4. T 5. F; 6. F; 7 T; 8. c (yes, c) 9. a (increases risk by 12% and c (increases risk by 30%). 10. true, but it only gives you a second of resistance. Also from Parade, compliments of the StarTribune.
Did any of these surprise you? What health tips did you learn from the wise women in your life?