There has been a steady increase in the
awareness among the public about matters of general health, nutrition and diet
due to media exposure and globalization. This has also contributed to an
increase in the number of researches being conducted regarding the foods and
lifestyles that could help improve health among individuals and those that
could cause harm.
Among those unlucky foods and lifestyle habits
that generally fall under the 'bad' category, the following demonstrate a few
positive effects on health..
People with breathing
problems have a reason to rejoice! Caffeine is a known muscle-relaxant that
helps reduce the severity of asthma symptoms. Also, it helps release fatty
acids into the bloodstream, essential for various physiological processes.
People with fecal incontinence should, however, limit their caffeine intake as
it tends to loosen the sphincter muscles.
Anxiety, depression and
stress-three words that are seemingly inter-related and often affect an
individual one day or the other. They are regarded as the cause of various
potentially dangerous diseases including heart attacks, high blood pressure and
more. However, studies show that a certain amount of stress is actually good
for a person, especially in terms of work performance. It stimulates and
enhances mental ability and helps the individual work out of the comfort zone,
leading to better performance at work, and increased success rates.
like bananas, ice creams are low glycemic index foods. They help the slow
release of energy, helping you feel satisfied for a longer period of time. Also,
the milk in the ice-cream has contributed to lower rates of arterial
hypertension, coronary heart disease and colorectal cancer, among many others.
You may have heard a lot
of times that red wine helps protect against heart disease but it also appears
to have additional health benefits. The polyphenols in red wine are effective
in protecting against cancer and being anti-bacterial in nature, prevent the
growth of certain strains of bacteria.
from the blissful feeling that you get after eating a bar of chocolate, cocoa
products and chocolates do have their own benefits. Moderate consumption of
chocolates boosts the mood, prevents diarrhea and cough, stimulates the brain
and even helps fight cancer. Go ahead and indulge!
consumption may actually help ward away heart disease, mental decline and
stroke. A study conducted a few years back even suggests that low-alcohol beer
may have anti-cancer properties.
Until now, it was presumed that kids playing
computer games were lazy and inactive; however, the scenario is fast changing.
A number of recent surveys confirm the fact that children spending an hour of
their day playing computer games have better hand-eye co-ordination, IQ and
even reflexes. In some cases, children have even shown a better understanding
of their concepts of science and math.