DID YOU KNOW?
10 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT YOUR BODY AND HOW IT WORKS
Jaw muscles can provide about 90 kilos of force to bring the back teeth together for chewing.
The brain doesn’t feel pain. Even though the brain processes pain signals, the brain itself does not actually feel pain.
You are taller in the morning. Throughout the day, the cartilage between your spine is compressed, making you about one centimetre shorter by the day’s end.
Only humans shed emotional tears. Every other animal that produces tears has a physiological reason for doing so.
Your stomach needs to produce a new layer of mucous every two weeks or it would digest itself.
The length of the finger dictates how fast the fingernail grows. Therefore, the nail on your middle finger grows the fastest, and on average, your toenails grow twice as slow as your fingernails.
A healthy adult can draw in about 3.3 to 4.9 litres of air in a single breath, but at rest only about five per cent of this volume is used.
Relative to size, the strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
Human blood travels 96,540 kilometres per day on its journey throughout the body.
The thyroid cartilage is more commonly known as the Adam’s apple.
ZINC FOR THE COMMON COLD
According to a Cochrane Systematic Review, zinc syrup, lozenges or tablets taken within a day of the onset of cold symptoms reduces the severity and length of illness. Children who took zinc syrup or lozenges for five months or longer caught fewer colds and took less time off school. Six medium oysters offer 514% 8g of pork tenderloin offer 18% DV.
ALL DAY ENERGY
The trick is to keep your mind working clearly and your body fluids flowing. Incorporate some of these tips into your day.
• Open the curtains to kick start the wake cycle with a dose of the sunshine
vitamin and to improve mood
• Listen to some high tempo music to keep your mind and body alert
• Cash in on a feel good serotonin and blood sugar energy boost with
carbs at lunch
• Go for a walk to replenish fresh oxygen and get the blood circulating
to the brain
• Drink lots of cold water to wake up your system and avoid
• Fill your environment with the refreshing scent of jasmine, peppermint,
eucalyptus or spearmint
DE-STRESS WITH PROGRESSIVE RELAXATION
7 Steps To A Heightened State Of Calmness
If you find yourself on edge, angry or banging your head against the wall on a daily basis, then you better get your stress level under control. Stress causes the body to release high amounts of cortisol and when your stress levels get too high, you increase the risk of fatigue, loss of motivation, a slowed metabolism, a decrease in muscle mass, increased abdominal fat, water retention, CNS burnout, and a lowered immunity; all of which can lead to several other serious health issues. The bottom line is this: if you want to make optimal gains in and out of the gym, then you need to get your stress under control!
To reduce stress levels while taking your relaxation to a whole new level, you should try a technique called progressive relaxation, which is great for treating stress and anxiety. I have a friend who can get into a relaxed mental state no matter where he is, or what’s going on around him. The guy fell asleep during a Jay-Z concert once with 20,000 people around him screaming, “H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A.” Now that’s one loose guy!
Basically, progressive relaxation is the active unwinding of each part of the body, one part at a time, while keeping your entire body in a relaxed state as you move on to each individual area. This practice works because of the relationship between muscle stress and emotional stress. When you’re in a state of emotional suffering, you routinely tense your muscles; so our goal here is to “de-tense.”
THE 7 STEPS
The steps to progressive relaxation are simple:
• Find a quiet room; turn off the TV and block out any outside noises.
• Make sure that your body parts are comfortably supported (lie on the couch,
a bed, etc).
• Wear the most comfortable loose clothing you own; nothing that restricts you.
• Do this for 15 minutes at the same time every day, which is your time to
master this technique.
• Stay focused on all of the sensations that come from letting go of tension,
and be aware of your body.
• Concentrate on relaxing all of your muscles. You should be giving 100%
attention to those muscles; doing so will make it very difficult to think about
the everyday stressful problems that cause you anxiety.
• Once you’re completely relaxed, start focusing on specific muscle groups.
One at a time, start tensing and relaxing each group, while breathing slowly
and deeply. You should tighten each muscle group for 20 seconds at a time,
and then relax that same muscle group for the same amount of time. Start
working from the top of your body to the bottom.
It takes a lot of practice to master this technique, but trust me, stick with it. You’ll reach a heightened state of calmness that you’ve never achieved before!
By Frank Sepe
CHEW GUM, LOSE WEIGHT
A ground breaking study by Syracuse University chemist Robert Doyle has shown that a critical hormone that helps people feel satiated can be delivered into the blood stream orally. The hormone PYY is part of a system that helps us feel full. In the past, intravenous delivery of this hormone was the only way to successfully decrease appetites. When taken orally, PYY was destroyed in the stomach. Doyle found that by using vitamin B12 as a transporting agent, PYY could be transferred into the bloodstream orally. His hopes are to infuse it into chewing gum and have people use this to decrease the feeling of being hungry.
Business owners everywhere should take note of the fact that healthy employees are productive employees. An employer supporting the fitness and health goals of employees is a new trend popping up in small businesses. Employers stand to benefit enormously from having healthy employees, since absenteeism, reduced productivity and other health-related costs cannot be absorbed as readily in small businesses as in large ones.
10 FACTS ABOUT YOUR BODY
ZINC FOR THE COMMON COLD
ALL DAY ENERGY
CHEW GUM, LOSE WEIGHT