Health news of the week 07.11.2016

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Energy drinks are associated with risk of hepatitisenergy-drinks

Most of us consume energy drinks every day, either in the context of night fun or to get a small boost. Energy drinks usually are perceived as a harmless, but according to recent studies, the excess can affect the health of our liver, since it might cause inflammation.

Acute hepatitis had already been linked with the consumption of energy drinks, especially, that even one-third of teenagers between 12 and 17 years of age consume them regularly. Problematic is also frequently combining them with alcohol, which further may cause liver damage. Observations have shown that even after three weeks of regular use of energy drinks, there may occur symptoms such as malaise, loss of appetite, severe abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. It may also happen that the symptoms will be accompanied by the yellowing of the skin and eyes and dark urine. As the main culprit of liver problems associated with energy drinks is an excess of niacin, which in large quantities, causing acute hepatitis. Doctors, therefore, recommend limiting the consumption of energy drinks, because it can help to prevent many cases of poisoning of the liver and the like.

cyclingCycling helps to reduce the risk of heart disease

Cycling to work is an excellent way to prevent risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, which can lead to serious health problems.

Active drive or walk to work, shopping or other places, is a great form of exercise that can have a positive impact on improving the health. Tests performed to determine those benefits show, that a significant amount of exercise every day, can help to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. The observations also showed that five years of active movement during daily duties could reduce up to 25% the risk of developing heart disease. Also, people who have had heart problems before, under the influence of regular cycling can reduce the risk of heart attack by an average of 7%. Among other advantages cycling, there may be mentioned the reduction of the risk of obesity up to 15% reduction in blood pressure, lowering high cholesterol levels, or the risk of adult-onset diabetes and prediabetes.

Facebook users live longer?facebook

Having a group of friends is an important aspect of our mental health, well-being and health condition, but as shown by the latest survey, just to have an account on Facebook or other social networking accounts, will not affect the good health as long as they are not used correctly.

Globalization and the fast pace of life make that an increasing number of us are forced to live away from family and loved ones, thus maintaining social relationships through social networks appears to reduce the feeling of loneliness and isolation. The benefits of having close contact with loved ones are associated with longevity and have been proven in the late 1970s. The appearance of numerous options to communicate and more frequent contact with family and friends made many of us, may increase the chance of a longer life up to 50%. The research also shows that loneliness is one of the major risk factors for increased mortality, just like smoking or excessive alcohol consumption. Facebook users, as evidenced by the study are living an average of 12% longer than those who do not use website. Moderate level of online activity may, therefore, be associated with lower mortality.

migrensOur diet affects migraine headaches

Scientists confirm that what we eat has a significant influence on the appearance of migraines. People who regularly eat products with a high content of nitrates or soda glutamate, and consume large amounts of alcohol are potentially more susceptible to migraine headaches.

Two different approaches can help to prevent problems associated with diet. The first is the elimination of foods that can trigger migraine headaches, and the other option is to follow a diet that is based on products that prevent a migraine. During the diet, you should give up caffeine, because it is one of the main triggers of migraine pain. Regular drinking coffee and drinks with caffeine make us become dependent on it, and the abandonment of them, may occur with pain, which is associated with its withdrawal. To prevent migraines should not be consumed more than 400 milligrams of caffeine (1 cup of coffee contains 125 milligrams of the average). We should also avoid processed foods, rich in flavor enhancers or preservatives. It is good in exchange, put on fruits, vegetables, fish and lean meat and whole grains.


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