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LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE!!
Author: E.C. LaMeaux
One of the best feelings in the world is the deep-rooted belly laugh. It can bring people together and establish amazing connections. Everything from a slight giggle to a side-splitting guffaw can change the temperature of a room from chilly unfamiliarity to a warm family-like atmosphere.
Dr. Lee Berk and Dr. Stanley Tan at the Loma Linda University in California researched the benefits of laughter and found amazing results. Get ready to get your giggle on!
1. LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE
People who lower their blood pressure, even those who start at normal levels, will reduce their risk of stroke and heart attack. So grab the Sunday paper, flip to the funny pages, and enjoy your laughter medicine.
2. REDUCES STRESS HORMONE LEVELS
By reducing the level of stress hormones, you're simultaneously cutting the anxiety and stress that impacts your body. Additionally, the reduction of stress hormones may result in higher immune system performance. Just think: Laughing along as a co-worker tells a funny joke can relieve some of the day's stress and help you reap the health benefits of laughter.
3. WORKS YOUR ABS
One of the benefits of laughter is that it can help you tone your abs. When you are laughing, the muscles in your stomach expand and contract, similar to when you intentionally exercise your abs. Meanwhile, the muscles you are not using to laugh are getting an opportunity to relax. Add laughter to your ab routine and make getting a toned tummy more enjoyable.
4. IMPROVES CARDIAC HEALTH
Laughter is a great cardio workout, especially for those who are incapable of doing other physical activity due to injury or illness. It gets your heart pumping and burns a similar amount of calories per hour as walking at a slow to moderate pace. So, laugh your heart into health.
5. BOOSTS T-CELLS
T-cells are specialized immune system cells just waiting in your body for activation. When you laugh, you activate T-cells that immediately begin to help you fight off sickness. Next time you feel a cold coming on, add chuckling to your illness prevention plan.
6. TRIGGERS THE RELEASE OF ENDORPHINS
Endorphins are the body’s natural painkillers. By laughing, you can release endorphins, which can help ease chronic pain and make you feel good all over.
7. PRODUCES A GENERAL SENSE OF WELL-BEING
Laughter can increase your overall sense of well-being. Doctors have found that people who have a positive outlook on life tend to fight diseases better than people who tend to be more negative. So smile, laugh, and live longer!
Dementia affects around 50 million people around the world and is becoming more common.
While there is no treatment that can cure it, there are things people can do to lower their risk of the disease or slow its onset.The guidelines recommend:
1) Exercise - adults, including the elderly, should aim to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week. This could include planned exercise, like cycling, or everyday activities such as housework
2) Stop smoking - it is bad for brain and body
3) Eat well - a healthy, Mediterranean-like diet containing plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit is beneficial
4) Don't bother with vitamin pills - there is no evidence that they help lower dementia risk
5) Avoid heavy alcohol use - drinking too much is risky. Some studies have suggested that light consumption might actually be protective against dementia but there is not enough good evidence to support this idea
6) Brain training - some studies suggest that activities to challenge the brain, such as crosswords and bespoke computer games, could be beneficial
7) Be social - although there is no proof that it will stop or slow dementia, staying connected with friends is linked with good health and wellbeing
8) Keep a healthy weight - this goes hand in hand with eating a good diet and getting enough exercise to stay fit and healthy
9) Beware high blood pressure - there is a strong link between dementia and high blood pressure
10) Get treated if you have diabetes - good control of blood sugar is important for lowering the risk of associated complications, including dementia
11) Beware high cholesterol - it is a risk factor, although it is not clear whether cholesterol-lowering medication (statins) will reverse the risk
Dr Carol Routledge, from Alzheimer's Research UK, welcomed the guidelines saying: "While we cannot change the genes we inherit, taking the steps outlined in this report can still help to stack the odds in our favour."
We had lots of fun at the Tulip Festival
Happy Mother's Day!!!!
Mothers Day Tea.