With regular studies published on health and fitness, it can be difficult to keep up with all of the information out there. Some of the findings repeat health advice that’s been around for years, but others are a little more shocking. Grace Wachira highlights 10 health facts that might surprise you
1. Did you know that there are more bacteria in your mouth than there are people in the world? How many people are in the world? It’s rhetoric but there are about 7.5 billion people as of 2017 statistics.
2. Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people. Think about it.
3. Office workers beware, as research found that office workers who sit for longer than 10 hours a day at their desk had a 48 per cent increase in risk of death, in comparison to people who sat for less than four hours a day. Simple changes like taking the stairs instead of the lift will make a positive difference to your health.
4. If you’ve seen an elephant, you will relate. During your lifetime, you’ll eat about 60,000 pounds of food, which is approximately the weight of about six elephants.
5. Banging your head against a wall sounds excruciating, but apparently it makes you burn 150 calories an hour. Going to the gym does burn calories but not as fast as banging your head against a wall, right?
6. There are more than 1,000 chemicals in a cup of coffee; of these, only 26 have been tested, and half caused cancer in rats! Coffee is what contains the tremendous number of chemicals. Coffee lovers beware!
7. An apple a day can do more than just keep the doctor away, it can also help with claustrophobia. Apparently, smelling a green apple will relieve the stress associated with confined spaces, according to research. Sniffing a green apple can also prevent headaches and migraines and some homeowners even use the scent to make their houses seem bigger to potential buyers.
8. The word ‘gymnasium’ comes from the Greek word ‘gymnazein’, which means ‘to exercise naked.’ Now makes sense why gym wear is scanty most of the times.
9. You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television. Bedtime anyone?
10. You are about one centimetre taller in the morning than in the evening. Contraction and expansion? When physics and biology studies come out to play.