There’s so much health news in any given month, even the biggest news outlets can’t cover it all. As a result, you may not hear about some of the best health-boosting secrets.
Today, I’ll reveal five recent breakthroughs that didn’t get much coverage. And each one of them could help make your life better… or even longer.
#1 – It’s Not Just What You Eat, But When You Eat It
All calories aren’t created equal. If you like an early breakfast and a late supper, you may be packing on unnecessary weight. At least, that’s what a recent study from the University of Surrey found.
Doctors there took two similar groups of adults. They had one group eat at their usual times. The second group changed their mealtimes. They ate breakfast 90 minutes later than usual. They also moved supper to 90 minutes earlier than usual.
Both groups ate freely – no special diet or calorie limits. But the group on the new eating schedule lost twice as much fat over 10 weeks. They tended to snack less, felt full longer, and generally ate less overall.
Just by changing mealtimes.
#2 – Money Can’t Buy Happiness… But Giving It Away Can
Last year, Swiss scientists asked 50 people to be more generous… or more selfish. They discovered that being more generous – even by just a little – makes people happier. And focusing on yourself makes you less happy.
In fact, they discovered just deciding to be more generous makes positive changes in the brain. They noted changes in three areas of the brains of the “generous” group that didn’t happen in the “selfish” group.
Even after small acts of kindness the generous group reported greater happiness. So you don’t have to make big sacrifices to live a happier life. Just make a point to do something nice for others.
#3 – Try This Simple Fat-Busting Trick
The next time you have a burger, skip the sugary soda. According to scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), it will help you avoid getting fat. And it’s not just because the soda has sugar.
A USDA team discovered combining protein and sugar in a meal causes your body to store more fat. And burn fewer calories.
Switching to an unsweetened drink with your meal – or one with a non-caloric sweetener – changes the equation. Volunteers who drank a non-caloric sweet beverage in this study stored less fat and burned more calories.
Of course, most artificial sweeteners have drawbacks. So, if you want a sweet drink with your meal, choose one sweetened with stevia.
#4 – Yes, a Little Red Wine Is Good for Your Heart
Doctors at Louisiana State University say the antioxidants in red wine can help your heart. In fact, they’re developing a mesh tube – called a stent – that slowly releases two red wine compounds into the blood stream.
The compounds may sound familiar: resveratrol and quercetin. Both have been found to have a positive effect on heart health. In this case, they may help keep formerly blocked arteries open.
Of course, drinking wine to excess isn’t a good idea. But an occasional glass or two probably does your heart a lot more good than harm.
#5 – Stress May Help You Live Longer
Stress can wear on your body. But limited bouts of moderate stress may have the opposite effect. That’s according to a study published in Nature Communications.
The study found that short periods of moderate stress improve a process called “autophagy.” Basically, it’s how your body recycles parts of aging or damaged cells. And moderate stress can make the process more efficient.
In an animal model, moderate stress improved the ability of the animals to deal with greater stresses later in life. In particular, it helped the subjects deal with the build-up of age-related proteins.
A yoga session, going for a jog, or even relaxing in the sauna may be enough to trigger improvements. And with all the other benefits linked to these activities, what do you have to lose?
About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.
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