Coffee

Many people drink coffee in the morning is because it contains caffeine and makes them stay awake. The average cup of coffee contains about 85-100mg of caffeine and only after 15-30 minutes of drinking your coffee, the nervous system becomes stimulated and will stay stimulated for about six hours. The Food and Drug Administration says that the average American adult consumes about 300mg of caffeine each day. Having you morning coffee can also boast your health and help you live longer. Many studies show that people who increased their coffee consumption daily over four years had a 11% lower risk for type 2 diabetes than those who did not increase their coffee intake. Other studies show that men who drink more coffee or other caffeinated drinks are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease.The World Cancer Research Fund, shows that regular consumption of coffee does not increase the risk for cancer. It may lower the risk for some types of cancer (colon and liver). Just remember only drink coffee in moderation (three cups a day)! The source I used: http://www.everydayhealth.com/longevity/does-caffeine-help-you-live-longer.aspx

Sharks

I like spending time outside in the water, especially in the ocean. Usually the ocean is a safe place, but sometimes there are those bad moments where you might get attacked by a shark. Many people freeze up in the moment and not know what to do. So here are a few tips on what you should do to survive a shark attack. Many scientists don’t believe sharks attack humans to eat us, but they are trying to bite into our flesh because they’re curious to find out what kind of animal we are. First, don’t take you eyes off the shark. Sharks have many different attack methods. Sometimes they swim right up, sometimes they circle around and then attack, or sometimes they sneak up from behind. Second, stay calm and don’t make sudden moments because there is a chance that the shark might just swim away without bothering you. Start moving closer to shore or to the closest boat, but make sure you do not block the shark’s path. Lastly, get into a defensive position. If you are in shallow water, keep your feet on the ground and slowly back up. However if you are farther out, you need to find cover. You can get back-to-back with another diver for defense or find a reef. Shark attacks are very rare, but it is good to be prepared. The source I used: http://www.wikihow.com/Survive-a-Shark-Attack

Paddle-Boarding

I really like paddle-boarding. It is a fun activity and I love spending time outside. It also benefits your health. A physiotherapist studying SUP at Bond University in Australia says, “its a great workout, especially for your core muscles, plus it is easy on your joints and improves your balance.” You can paddle on lakes, rivers or oceans, waves or no waves. Also, it builds strength too. You cannot only get a workout from it but also many people do yoga on their boards. If you paddle in the ocean, the salt is filled with ions and these ions help the body’s oxygen and balances out the serotonin, which puts you in a better mood. Being out on the water also makes people feel more peaceful. The source I used: http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-you/fitness/the-benefits-of-stand-up-paddleboarding?slide=6&rel=1#j12sjqRZFJdW3rui.97

Reading

Research shows that people who read a lot are more likely to be more healthy, than people who don’t read. When reading many people make pictures in their minds without even knowing it and research shows that people were able to identify photos of objects faster if they’d just read a sentence that described the object. Reading about experiences is almost the same as living those experiences. Also, different genres of reading can create different patterns in the brain. When someone reads a lot and consistently, their brains changes. The brain structure improves and keeps your brain sharp. The source I used: http://oedb.org/ilibrarian/your-brain-on-books-10-things-that-happen-to-our-minds-when-we-read/

Pets

I love owning a pet. It is so nice to come home to someone running to the door to greet you. Pets can also improve your health. Animals make people feel good and it only takes a few seconds for a pet to enhance your mood. They make you feel less anxious and the level of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress, is lowered. One study of 240 married couples shows that pet owners had lower blood pressure and lower heart rates during rest than people who did not own a pet. Another study shows that people who never owned a cat were 40% more likely to die of a heart attack than those who had. Pets also help people fight depression. Pets love you unconditionally and many therapists prescribe a pet for dealing with depression. The source I used: http://pets.webmd.com/ss/slideshow-pets-improve-your-health

Arts

Doing art is a fun pastime and it affects your health. Scientists say that the arts can help you physically and mentally. Scientists measure the natural substances your body produces when you’re listening to music or exposed to the arts. Researchers say that the arts can help us to prevent or recover from diseases. The arts can also help reduce stress and anxiety. When you draw or paint pictures, it helps someone form words to describe the pictures. Many therapists say that this helps moves out of isolation. Expressive writing has been shown to have a number of health benefits. Art it is not only something fun to do, but also puts you in a better mood. The source I used: http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2008/June/docs/01features_01.htm

Food

I love food. I love cooking and eating food. Food impacts your health because it gives nutrients to your body. However, if our bodies get too much food we can become overweight and at risk for the development of diseases like diabetes and heart disease. The nutrients enable the cells in our bodies to perform the necessary functions. The nutrients gives our body instructions on how to function. Nutrients essential for the growth, development, and maintenance of body functions.“Food acts as medicine, to maintain, prevent, and treat disease.” The source I used: http://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/food-medicine/how-does-food-impact-health