10 Important Facts You Really Should Know
No matter how much we learn about our life every day, we are constantly bombarded with new information about it. It can be a new healthy morning routine or a misconception about our health, and the more we learn, the more we’re eager to find out. Although we’re probably never going to learn everything about our health and life, learning something new every day can change the way we look at things. Here are 10 important facts about your life and health you should know:
- Apples can wake you up better than coffee
Did you know that apples are the perfect “fuel” for the body in the morning? A cup of coffee contains 100 mg. of caffeine and no fat or sugar unless you add some in. Coffee is a powerful stimulant for the central nervous system and can boost your circulation as well, but it also has some adverse side-effects, and is pretty addictive as well. On the other hand, apples don’t have caffeine in them, but do contain fructose, which can boost your blood flow and brain activity and help you wake up. They also contain antioxidants and vitamins which are highly beneficial for our health and don’t have any side-effects.
- Holding the steering wheel of the car at 10 and 2 o’clock is dangerous
We’ve all been thought that we should hold the hands on the wheel of the car at 10 and 2 o’clock, but this is actually very dangerous and may cause injuries in case of a crash. The new recommended position is 9 and 3 o’clock, or 8 and 2. You should also place your thumb over the wheel instead of wrapping it around to prevent your hands from flinging into your face in case of a car crash.
- Never eat snow
Yellow snow isn’t the only type of snow you shouldn’t eat. According to John Pomeroy from the University of Saskatchewan, snow is an atmospheric brush that takes all the atmospheric pollutants with it from the ground or air which can be pretty damaging to your health. This is especially bad in polluted areas or gardens sprayed with pesticides which can enter your body if you eat the snow. Plowed snow contains a high amount of magnesium chloride, chemicals and sand, and is likely to cause as much harm direct exposure to the pollutants themselves. This is why you should tell your children not to eat any snow, not just the yellow one.
- Antibiotics do more harm than good in cases of infections
Bacteria and viruses are not one and the same. Bacteria are single-cell organisms, while viruses are acellular and have no cell structure at all. They are also smaller and reproduce within our cells which makes viral infections difficult to put under control. People usually take antibiotics in cases of flu, colds and other infections, but this is actually the wrong approach as it creates resistant bacterial strains which makes the infection impossible to treat. This is why many health organizations are against the use of antibiotics before there’s clear proof of bacterial infection.
- Babies don’t shiver because they’re cold – they’re actually hungry!
If you see your baby shivering and think it’s because of the cold, you’re wrong. New studies have shown that babies shiver due to low blood sugar levels and should be fed instead of being wrapped in a blanket when they shiver. Babies born to diabetic mothers, babies born under significant stress or premature babies are more prone to hypoglycemia and often shiver due to their low blood sugar levels. In this case, you should provide them adequate breast feeding in order to prevent further problems.
6 .Drowning doesn’t look like in the movies – it’s actually a quiet process with no splashing or hand waving
Drowning is a highly stressful process for the body in which a person is barely able to take a breath, let alone call for help or wave their hands around like in the movies. A drowning person won’t be able to grab on a life preserver or keep themselves afloat, and they won’t be kicking their legs. Drowning takes 20-30 seconds max before the person goes underwater and is not a dramatic process like they show in the movies.
- If you’re exposed to HIV, you can go to the hospital in under 72 hours and receive a shot that will reduce the chances of infection
The so-called HIV post-exposure prophylaxis treatment can be received in under 72 hours and includes a set of antiretroviral drugs which reduce the risk of infection (seroconversion). This process is the time period during which antibodies develop in response to the infection. The treatment is even more effective if received about an hour after the exposure to HIV, and the chances of it working are reduced as every hour passes. People who receive it are also advised to take a HIV test every 3 months and an antibody test 6 months after the exposure.
- Drying your hands with a paper towel reduces the bacterial count by 45-60%, while blow drying your hands increases the bacterial count by 255%!
People usually dry their hands with paper towels after washing, while others blow dry their hands thinking that it’s far more hygienic. However, the first method is better. Studies have shown that paper towels reduce the bacterial count by 45-60%, while blow drying your hands increases the bacterial count by a whopping 255%! Paper towels dry the hands using friction, which dislodges most of the bacteria from the skin. Blow dryers release warm air from a spot which is wet and warm and ideal for bacteria to thrive in, so you’re actually getting a bacterial shot instead of removing them from your hands.
- A male positive pregnancy test means that you’re probably suffering from testicular cancer
Pregnancy tests work by detecting the hCG hormone in the pee of women. This hormone is secreted by the placenta and the tissue covering it, but it’s also secreted by some types of cancer in both genders. If you’re a man and take a pregnancy test which is positive, it may be an indication of testicular cancer. In this case, we recommend consulting with your doctor.
- Adding diet soda in your drink can make you drunk 18% faster that adding regular soda
According to a recent study conducted at the North Kentucky University, adding diet soda or regular soda to your alcoholic drinks has a different effect. The group of participants that added diet soda to their drinks got drunk significantly faster, and their breath alcohol levels were over the allowed limit. The other participants who added regular soda to their drinks tested under the legal alcohol limits and were allowed to drive.
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