There’re always some new research popping up to steer us to better health and wellness, and we’re excited about that. Keep well with these science-baked nuggets of information.
1. Put a pin in it
All the talk of meridians and chakras may make you wonder, Is acupuncture for real? It is, according to a new study from LA BioMed, a non-profit research organisation. When you get pricked, the skin releases nitric oxide, a gas that improves circulation. “This allows a flush of analgesic or sensitizing substances, which contribute to benefits like pain relief,” says Dr. Sheng-Xing Ma, the lead author. Use a heating pad after – it further increases the release of nitric oxide. (Read also: How To Tap Into Your Natural Painkillers).
2. Fend off gym germs
An ordinary terry cloth gym towel may not be the best way to protect yourself from unwanted hitchhikers like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a type of bacteria that can cause serious skin infections. Cotton just moves MRSA from one piece of equipment to the next – or worse, to your skin. But research shows microfiber is less likely to do that, thanks to its grippy synthetic fibres and tight weave, which trap the bugs. (Read also: 8 Exercise Induced Skin Infections).
3. Ideal dinner time
7 p.m. That’s ideally the latest you’d ever eat dinner, according to research from the University of Pennsylvania. When people noshed past this cutoff time (eating all meals and snacks between noon and 11 p.m. instead of 8am to 7pm), they gained weight and had higher cholesterol levels. It’s possible hormones were the key: When people ate earlier in the day, their levels of the huger hormone ghrelin peaked sooner and those of the satiety hormone leptin rose later, so they felt fuller at night and less likely to splurge. (Read also: Ways To Outsmart Diet Downfalls)