Knowing how to live a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be a mystery.
In fact, with so many resources out there, there are plenty of ways to access information to live a healthier, more fulfilling life.
If you don’t feel like wading through the latest scientific research, that’s okay, too. We’ve done it for you in this recent health studies roundup post.
Below, you’ll learn why upping your garlic intake is a good idea, how age really is just a number, and the best snack to grab when you’re hungry.
Ready to start living a healthier life?
Here’s a look at seven health studies to improve your choices each day:
Garlic Does the Body Good
A recent University of Louisville study found that eating garlic can potentially minimize age-related memory problems. The compound allyl sulfide found in garlic works in the gut microbiome, which may be responsible for creating a protective result on older people's memory. Add it to soups, mix it with roasted vegetables, and rub it on poultry to easily get your daily dose.
Scans May Help Depressed Patients Get Right Meds Sooner
Two recent studies in the American Journal of Psychiatry and in Nature Human Behaviour showed that brain scans may be able to predict whether certain antidepressants will work for patients. With the use of brain scans and AI, researchers believe that they may be able to better assist physicians in selecting the proper medication quicker for mood disorder patients.
Would You Like Some Plastic With Your Tea?
Recently, a study published in Environmental Science and Technology revealed plastic tea bags steep more than just tea. In fact, when you steep your bag, it’s been found to release “billions” of plastic micro and nanoparticles into the tea. While the jury’s still out on how this impacts our health, you may want to consider opting for loose tea if you’re one of the 159 million American tea drinkers who enjoys this beverage.
Medicaid Coverage Boosts Low-Income Workers’ Health
Just one year after employees received their new Medicaid coverage, low-income adults found themselves healthier and doing better at work, according to new University of Michigan research. Employees suffering from mental health disorders in particular received a huge boost — both in health and work-related instances, the research uncovered. These new findings could impact future Medicaid policy making, the report stated.
You’re Never Too Old to Sweat
No matter how old you get, it’s never too late to start working out. A University of Birmingham study found older adults who had never participated in exercise programs can build muscle mass as much as a highly-trained master athlete of the same age. The lead researcher went on to report that anyone can benefit from exercise no matter what phase of life they’re in.
Want a Snack That Doesn’t Put on the Pounds? Grab These
Feeling famished? Skip the cookies and pop a handful of healthy nuts in your mouth instead. A study published in the online BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health journal found eating a handful of nuts can help you from gaining weight as you age. Eating nuts regularly was associated with a lower risk of obesity and less long-term weight gain. Researchers noted that as people were eating nuts more often, they ate less unhealthy foods like pastries, pies, and doughnuts.
Naps Aren’t Just a Luxury
Not only are naps enjoyable for most adults, these mini snooze sessions are good for your health, research shows. Metro, a study from Lausanne, Switzerland, found taking naps up to twice a week can reduce cardiovascular events like heart attacks up to 48 percent. If you’re feeling sluggish, a 20-30 minute nap can refresh you and help you feel more alert, too, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Take time for naps and get in quality sleep to see your energy levels soar.
Apply What You Know For Healthier Results
When you increase your health knowledge, you can make wiser choices to lead a life that makes you feel stronger and healthier.
The above health studies are perfect examples of opportunities to tweak your life for the better.
Take your favorite health advice and apply it to your life. See how you feel. Not every tip works for everyone — be sure to consult your physician before making any major changes — so be sure to use the advice that makes you feel your best.
The more you can make healthier changes, the more energy and strength you’ll have to do your best work and live your life to the fullest.
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