Friday, July 24, 2009

Five Surprising Things That Can Boost Your Health

I came across this information in a magazine today and that it was worthy of sharing. Definitely a couple of surprises here, for me...

What boosts your health?

1. Walking down the aisle.
A UCLA study found that married people live longer than those who stay single. Why? Married people, according to the study, are less socially isolated, they exercise more and they drink less (not so sure about that last point but I'll buy the first two!).

2. Having a furry friend (or two).
A study in Ireland has shown that owning a dog is associated with lower stress levels and fewer serious illnesses. Even if the dog sheds like crazy and you have to vacuum daily (I guess that counts as cardio!).

3. Being a social butterfly.
Australian researchers found that people with a strong social network lived an average of 22% longer than those without one. Cherish your friends! I certainly love mine.

4. Putting your money where your mouth is.
Studies have linked gum disease with heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The simple solution: floss EVERY DAY and see your dentist twice a year for cleanings. I started flossing regularly about five years ago and am religious about it now.

5. Surfing the web.
Researchers from UCLA found that searching the Internet stimulates and preserves key areas of brain activity, helping you stay sharp even as you age. Sweet! My Facebook addiction isn't quite so bad!!

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