Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:00

Laziness May Be Key to Living Longer

Society conditions us to believe that moving is everything. The worst thing we can do is lounge on the sofa all day, binge-watching our favorite streaming TV series. Instead we should be hiking the nearest trails or training for a marathon. Still, even with all of these warnings, many people choose lethargy over activity.

Those people may be on to something. A new study from the University of Kansas and Oxford University reveals that laziness may increase a person’s lifespan. The data came from analysis of fossils that date back as far as five million years. After studying the information, the team discovered that species that needed more energy on a daily basis were more likely to die out quickly. On the other hand, those who expended less energy from one day to the next tended to live a longer life.

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Exercise has long been connected to good mental health, often recommended as treatment for a variety of conditions. But the good news is, you don’t have to work out every day to see benefits. Unlike previous recommendations, experts now say that working out three to five days per week could be all you need to see results.

The information comes from a recent study where researchers looked at data from a survey of more than 1.2 million U.S. adults. After noting the connection between exercise and improved mental health, researchers were intrigued to find that more wasn’t better when it came to mental health. Those who worked out for around 45 minutes at a time seemed to get better results than those who indulged in marathon workouts.

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Much attention has been given to the dangers of amalgam fillings, which contain high levels of toxic mercury. As long as the fillings remain safely in place in your teeth, they’re widely assumed to be safe. However, there are groups battling the American Dental Association to have mercury fillings banned.

A new study may point to an area of concern where amalgam fillings are concerned, however. Patients who have been scanned with a high-powered MRI scanner showed traces of mercury in saliva afterward. It’s important to note that a 7-T machine is four times more powerful than they type of MRI used in a hospital setting.

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