11 Health Facts That Made Us Say, “Whaaat?”

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People’s health is the most valuable asset they possess, which is why many of us strive to learn new skills every day that will help us maintain our health for as long as possible. Today, scientists appear to know everything there is to know about the human body, but this is not the case. For example, experts have discovered that skipping breakfast has no effect on health and that shivering when you’re chilly helps you lose weight.

Sleep is more important for women than it is for males.

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Women, unlike males, require more sleep, according to Duke University researchers. Women’s physical and mental capacities suffer more than men’s when they don’t get enough sleep, it turns out. According to sleep researcher Michael Breus, women who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to get into depressive states and are irritable in the morning.

People who appear younger than they actually are live longer.

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Danish researchers analyzed 387 pairs of twins in their 70s, 80s, and 90s and discovered that simply looking at someone’s face can predict whether or not they would live to a ripe old age. To put it another way, if a person appears younger than their real age, they will live longer than someone who appears older. It’s also been established by scientists that it’s programmed into the DNA. Telomeres, which are key bits of DNA that determine a cell’s ability to replicate, are also linked to how young a person appears. Telomeres are shorter than those who appear to be younger.

Breakfast deficiency does not result in health problems.

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General Foods, a company that makes breakfast foods, began an intensive public relations effort in 1944. To boost cereal sales, businesses distributed brochures to customers emphasizing the importance of breakfast, and lines like “Nutritionists suggest that breakfast is the most important meal of the day” could be heard on the radio. As a result, cereal remains the most popular breakfast food, and various experts continue to recommend that everyone eat breakfast. However, medical studies have proven that skipping breakfast has no negative health consequences and has no influence on weight loss or gain. This message is merely a legend.

Men’s health benefits from communication with pals.

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Every male should meet with 4-5 buddies at least twice a week, according to Robin Dunbar, a psychologist and the director of Oxford University’s Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience study department. They can use this time as they wish, from sports to going out to bars. According to Dunbar, guys who have faithful friends are less likely to be depressed and have a stronger immune system.

When you’re cold, shivering helps you lose weight.

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Scientists from Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research discovered that shivering in the cold for 10 minutes burns fatter than a one-hour workout. These are fresh results based on a prior study into brown fat, which is a form of fat tissue that consumes energy rather than storing it.

Cycling helps to strengthen your immune system.

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Scientists from the University of Birmingham looked at cyclists aged 55 to 79 who ride their bikes for many hours every day. These researchers discovered that cycling keeps muscle mass and power from deteriorating as people age. The fat and cholesterol levels were constant. The most astounding fact is that cyclists’ systems create immunological T-cells in similar amounts to those of 20-year-olds. It’s remarkable because T-cell production begins to decline around the age of 20. This demonstrates that riding a bicycle actually helps to rejuvenate the immune system.

You can lose weight by being restless.

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Many people who are not at risk of becoming overweight, according to research, undertake “extra” movements throughout their day, such as tapping their fingers, pacing in circles while chatting, and so on. It turns out that even this seemingly insignificant physical activity can help the body burn an additional 350 calories every day. This means that simply tapping your fingers can help you lose up to 30 pounds per year.

Childhood nail biting is beneficial to our health.

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The behaviours of 1,000 people aged 5 to 9 were observed, and allergy tests were performed several years afterward. It turns out that kids who bite their nails are less likely to develop asthma, have fewer allergic reactions, and have a stronger immune system. The microorganisms that go into the body, according to researchers, make the immune system stronger and more potent.

When a doctor is present, blood pressure can rise.

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The so-called “white coat syndrome” affects up to 20% of the world’s population. These people have an irrational dread of doctors, and their blood pressure rises when they visit a medical facility. Furthermore, these individuals may appear calm and unaware that they are terrified. This syndrome is more common in women, especially in the first few weeks of pregnancy.

Handshakes are far riskier than fist bumps.

According to researchers at Aberystwyth University in the United Kingdom, a handshake spreads 40 percent more germs than a fist bump. Even a high five is preferable to a handshake. However, scientists still advise using a fist bump.

Pizza is a better alternative to cereal for morning.

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Many people believe this assertion is absurd, yet eating pizza for breakfast is really healthier than cereal. According to renowned American nutritionist Chelsey Amer, Pizza includes lipids, carbohydrates, and protein that help you feel fuller for longer than porridge with milk. Cereals, of course, are high in carbohydrates and sugar.

Of course, this does not imply that you should only eat pizza for breakfast, but it also does not imply that you should only eat cereal.

Bonus: A sign that your body needs more water

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It turns out that if you are dehydrated, your body will try to take water from whatever source it can, even your colon. Constipation is completely natural if you don’t drink enough water. If you consume roughly 7 glasses of water each day and still experience constipation, you should seek medical advice.

Do you eat breakfast and do you skip it frequently?

Illustrated by Marat Nugumanov for Bright Side