A Cup of Coffee a Day for Better Heart Health

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  • A cup of coffee a day for better heart health:  A recent study published in Journal of the American Heart Association examines correlation between coffee consumption and human health. The results indicate that people who drink at least one cup of coffee a day have a lower risk of heart stroke by about 20 percent, compared to people who don’t consume any coffee or only drink on occasion. Among previous studies that agree upon the subjective benefits of coffee such as improved alertness, concentration, and energy,  are also studies indicating a link between coffee consumption and reduction of the chance of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
  • Healthy alternatives to dieting that actually work: In this TED video, neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt discussed the abuse of dieting (defined as eating less as opposed to eating healthier) and the consequences it has on our health. For example, in the United States alone, about 80% of young girls tried a diet before the age of ten. Aamodt uses her own experience to frame an important lesson about how our brains manage our bodies, as she explores the science behind why dieting not only doesn’t work, but is likely to do more harm than good. She also suggests alternatives for a healthy weight without commercial dieting.
  • Oil pulling as a natural way for oral hygiene:  “Oil pulling” is an ancient Ayurvedic technique based on a simple principle: oil pulls toxins out from your body through an oral procedure. This procedure involves the use of one tablespoon of cold-pressed oil and swishing it around in your mouth every morning for about 20 minutes. During this swishing time, the oil pulls toxins out from all over your body, drawing them into the oil and therefore cleansing your whole system. And since the oil also pulls the toxins out of your tongue, this method also heals your gums and whitens teeth, all naturally.
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