Eighteen Things you never knew…

1. A good belly laugh can dilate your blood vessels an average of 22% making laughter good for your heart.
2. Aspirin has been linked to ringing in the ears (tinnitus). But 40 mg of ginkgo biloba, 3 times a day may relieve the problem.
3. Freshly brewed chamomile tea can help relieve stubborn flatulence. Adding fennel, peppermint, and ginger can boost its effectiveness.
4. Sleeping pills can spike your risk of dying by more than a third. A low dose of melatonin – 0.1 to 0.3 mg, at night – can improve sleep quality without the drug side effects.
5. After age 30 we literally begin to shrink…losing about a half an inch of height per decade. If you’re shrinking faster see your doctor.
6. To ward off digestive problems 1 to 5 billion probiotic organisms a day are usually enough. But if you’re suffering from an illness like diarrhea upping the dosage to 10 billion or higher can help.
7. The tocotrienol forms of vitamin E… 240 to 300 mg daily… can help reduce plaque in your arteries.
8. Mild dehydration is a major cause of daytime fatigue and mood swings. Drink at least 60 ounces of purified water a day.
9. Aching feet? Try sprinkling a little cayenne pepper into your socks or dabbing it on the soles of your feet for relief.
10. The curry spice turmeric may help you survive bypass surgery and even avoid a heart attach during your recovery.
11. Dark circles under you eyes may mean your liver is not working effectively and puffy “bags” can mean your kidneys are not cleaning toxins as they should. A month or two of a milk thistle supplement can help.
12. Cold and flu viruses can survive up to 72 hours on plastic surfaces. You can support your immune system with the Chinese herb astragalus.
13. Everything from antibiotics to Prozac have been found in the feathers of factory farm chickens. Skip the big supermarket brands and choose an organic bird instead.
14. Junk food can make you depressed. A new study out of Europe finds that a steady junk-food habit can boost your risk of depression by up to a whopping 51 percent!
15. The Flavonoid rutin found in apples, onions, cirtrus fruits, asparagus, red wine and green tea can help prevent blood clots and reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke.
16. A positive attitude may literally ward off a heart attack. A recent Harvard analysis of more than 200 studies confirmed that an optimistic outlook could cut your risk of a first heart attack in half.
17. Despite what you may have heard eggs won’t raise your cholesterol levels. But eating some at breakfast can help you feel less hungry and help you lose weight.
18. Besides the unhealthy fake butter you find in microwave popcorn it can contain perfluoroocatanoic acid (PFOA), a cancer-linked chemical used to manufacture the heat-resistant fluoropolymers used in some food packaging.

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