General Health

Cheers and Jeers

Cheers to…

Oregano, a cancer-fighting herb. Oregano has 20 times more antioxidants than any other herb, and just one tablespoon of the plant has the antioxidant power of a whole apple. Try adding some oregano to tomato sauce to zest up a meal and make it healthier. Check out these other small ingredients you can add while cooking to better your health.

Meditation, which can change your brain after just eight weeks of practice. In a study conducted by Boston University, adults who had never meditated before practiced for two hours each week for eight weeks. The training seems to have improved their response to stress and emotional stability. Learn more about the study here.

Jeers to…

Diet Soda, which can wreak havoc on your body even if it seems like a healthy alternative to sugary drinks. The diet sweeteners are associated with kidney problems not seen in regular sugary-soda drinkers. Consuming more than two diet sodas a day doubles your risk for kidney failure, and diet soda can also throw your metabolism off balance, damage your cells, and rot your teeth. Get more details here.

Itching, which is contagious like yawning. Watching someone scratch himself might make you suddenly feel itchy as well. Scientists from the University of Sussex have found that the contagious effect is totally mental, and the more neurotic you are, the more likely you are to start scratching.

By Laura Jungreis