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Adding Tea to Your Diet: a Simple Way to Boost Your Health Today!

Did you know swapping you daily coffee for tea could be beneficial for your body!?And while there are many teas with tasty flavors including fruits and mint, these teas may not have any benefits other than their taste. Stick to green, black, oolong, or white teas. These tea types are chock full of antioxidants and phytochemicals.  Research shows that polyphenols and phytochemicals are what give tea its health benefits.

Here are a few ways that tea could improve your health:

• The antioxidants in teas have been shown to protect people from a range of cancers, including breast, colon, prostate and skin.
• Tea helps hydrate the body, despite the caffeine it contains.
• Consumption of hot tea regularly has been shown to cinch waist circumference and BMI, decrease your risk of heart attack and lower the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

Take tea’s health boosting powers to the next level! Brew up a cup of green tea.

• The catechins (another kind of antioxidant) in green tea extract can increase your body’s ability to burn fat, thereby increasing muscle endurance.
• Studies have shown green tea can help people with diabetes process sugar better.
• Evidence also shows that green tea can improve bone mineral density and strength.
• The polyphenols in green tea may help maintain the parts of the brain that regulate learning and memory, and as a result help prevent and treat degenerative neurological diseases.
• Green tea may even help protect you from ultraviolet rays.

Of course drinking tea isn’t the only thing you should be doing to improve your health, a healthy diet and moderate exercise are vital to good health! Try implementing a cup of tea a day to get some of the awesome benefits tea can give you! For more ways to stay healthy, check out our Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/massageenvycf/!

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Health Benefits of Running

Getting your body to a healthy state might seem impossible to some- but in reality, it’s as easy as running! Running has many health benefits, and it’s easy to do. Here are just a few examples of what running can do for you:

Weight Loss: Running burns a lot of calories, and is an excellent form of exercise. Burning all these extra calories will aid in weight loss.

Cardiovascular Health: With regular running, you can drastically increase your cardiovascular health. Running helps increase the elasticity of your arteries and lower your blood pressure.

Bone Density: Running will help increase the strength of your bones, and your muscles. This can reduce your risk of osteoporosis.

Appetite: Because you are burning more calories when you run, you will eat more and have a healthier appetite. Running regularly will also help your digestion.

Diabetes: Studies show that if you run 5 days a week for a half hour, your risk of diabetes is reduced.

Cancer: Running this amount can also help reduce your risk of certain types of cancer, including uterine, breast, and bowel cancer.

Energy: Running regularly can also help improve your energy.  If you constantly feel tired no matter how much sleep you get, running can help by getting your blood pumping and waking you up.

April is Cancer Awareness Month

Cancer is that dreaded six-letter word that unfortunately most of us have experienced- whether through our own personal battle or through a family member or friend. This campaign is to educate people of the facts, prevention and advances in treatment.

After heart disease, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Over a lifetime about 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women in the U.S. will develop cancer. While that sounds like a lot, cancer rates and death have actually been on the decline since the early 90’s. In even better news, the top cancer scientists in the country are feeling optimistic about the ongoing battle with cancer, and DNA is the reason.

When given the DNA of two different patients, typically the samples are going to look more than 99.99 percent the same. It is in that tiny difference that the secret of what is causing cancer is hidden. What is needed then is a drug that can correct the problems caused by DNA damage.  Now, thanks to giant leaps in the science of DNA sequencing, there is hope. Scientists now have the technology to be able to see deep enough into the cells and that means they can create new drugs to target what they’re seeing.

While this news leaves us feeling hopeful and optimistic, we should always remember that when it comes to cancer, early detection and prevention is the best treatment. One-third of cancers detected are related to overweight or obesity, physical inactivity and poor diet and nutrition. Be sure you are leading an active lifestyle and maintain and nutritious diet. Also, people who use tobacco, drink heavily and have prolonged and unprotected exposure to sunlight are all at increased risk for certain cancers.

Not only are there new advancements in the treatment of cancer, there are new and more accurate screening methods that allow for earlier detection. This will allow doctors to treat patients before the disease progresses, and the earlier the cancer is found, the better the prognosis.

In honor of National Cancer Awareness Month, implement a better diet and physical activity into your daily routine to lessen your risk of developing the disease and be sure to keep up with all routine screenings. In the meantime, happy –and hopeful- Cancer Awareness Month!

Common Health Myths Busted

There are hundreds of health myths that have been circulating both online and offline for years. Here are a few common ones that you may find surprising:

Cold Weather May Cause Illness

  • Believe it or not, cold weather has no effect on whether or not someone will get sick. The rhinovirus, cause of the common cold, is just that – a virus. As such, it doesn’t depend on external forces of nature to spread from host to host. However, cold weather forces more people inside and into closer proximity. It’s likely that this increased cohabitation and interaction allows the virus to spread.

Knuckle Crackers Will Suffer from Arthritis

  • Avid knuckle crackers are at no more risk to get arthritis than people without the habit. However, those prone to cracking their knuckles do find that they have weaker hand strength.  An increased risk of swelling in the hands is also a result of popping your knuckles.

Body Heat Escapes through the Head

  • Various studies conducted have shown that, in cold weather, the majority of body heat is lost through the head. What these studies fail to account for is that the participants were dressed in warm clothing except for hats. By this comparison, more heat was lost from the head than from covered parts of the body. The truth is, body heat is lost through any uncovered part of the body.

Hand Dryers in Public Restrooms are Sanitary

  • In an attempt to be more sanitary, many public restrooms now have motion-activated hand dryers instead of paper towel dispensers. Unfortunately, these dryers often have massive amounts of bacteria growing inside them. The fans can then blow the collected bacteria up to six feet away from the dryer’s own location. As such, these dryers are just as dirty as the door handles.

Reading in Low Light Ruins Eyesight

  • Eyes often adjust themselves according to the light, as experienced when a person steps from a dark room into sunlight. This is also true when reading in dim light. While there is a strain on the eyes, no actual damage occurs. Eyesight returns to normal after a period of rest. This is also true of watching television in the dark or using the computer in the dark.

Humans Use Only 10% of their Brains

  • Recent studies and imaging technologies have shown that there is not a single part of the brain that remains completely inactive. Multiple areas react to different stimuli, functions, and situations. While the brain may not always be 100% active at all times, humans simply could not function if only a portion of the brain was used.

Cell Phones Cause Cancer

  • Radiation has been linked to the development of cancer. However, humans are exposed to amounts of radiation normally throughout the day. Certain foods, like bananas, even give off radiation. The small amounts of electromagnetic radiation given off by cell phones aren’t enough to damage cells, and the body easily repairs any damage that does occur.

These are just some of the myths you should be aware of in your day-to-day war on unhealthy behaviors. So the next time someone tries to lecture you on the dangers of cell phones and cracking your knuckles, you’ll be the wiser!