10 Surprising Things That Are Actually Good For You

10 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know Were Good For You 10 Ice Cream This is not a drill

Ice Cream is good for you… Ish Ok, it’s not quite whey protein and cale, but it has its benefits As a low glycemic-index food, it releases sugar slowly, keeping you satisfied for longer than high glycemic-index foods like beans and pasta A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition even found, women who ate a daily serving of full-fat dairy products, like ice cream, put on less weight than those who didn’t And a Harvard study found women eating ice cream twice or more a week had a 38% lower risk of infertility than those who did less than once a week

The milk in ice cream contains essential nutrients and vitamins, with 1 cup containing up to 30% of a man’s recommended daily intake University of Maryland research also showed that high calcium foods reduce risk of high blood pressure, cholesterol, colon cancer and strokes 9 Stress You may not be rushing to add this to your workout routine as the ice cream, but experiencing high levels of stress can actually bring a lot of health benefits While the prolonged effects can include heart problems and diminished mental health, in short bursts the body’s ‘fight or flight’ response can significantly benefit the body

From research on rats in 2013, The University of Berkeley researchers claimed “brief stressful events caused the stem cells in their brains to proliferate into new nerve cells” They found that after two weeks of this exposure to stress, the rats displayed improved mental performance Positive stress like this, known as ‘eustress’ [Yew-Stress] can also protect you from disease and infection This is due to the body’s increased the production of a chemical called interleukins, which gives the immune system a boost Although chronic stress will basically do the exact opposite, so it’s not exactly a viable replacement for zumba

8 Peanut Butter Due to its high fat and calorie content, Peanut Butter may not be a first choice diet food But the book ‘The Peanut Butter Diet’, cites Harvard University, amongst others, which suggests people who eat peanut butter daily have healthier diets overall The spread is high-protein, which is not only essential in repairing your body, but makes it more satisfying than typical low-fat, high-carb snacks Dieters feel full longer, and so are less likely to overeat

Snacking less often on something more indulgent also meant that dieters were more inclined to stick to diets that included the spread As with most things that actually taste good, overeating peanut butter will of course promote weight gain, but even this won’t be as unhealthy as it sounds 80% of the peanut butter’s fat comes from healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils It’s also packed with vitamin E and antioxidants, so the diet isn’t as nuts as it sounds 7

Sleeping In An early morning can feel invigorating, and may feel like the healthiest way to start your day But scientists from King’s College London have found that a decent lie in can actually kickstart a healthy diet The 2017 study compared 21 participants, who extended their sleep by an hour and a half, to a control group who kept their sleep pattern the same The findings showed that, within a week, those who increased their sleep started eating more healthily, and were more inclined to choose healthier foods when given a choice On average, these participants consumed 10 grams less sugar per day, while the control group showed little or no change

This may be in part to the hormone leptin, which plays a role in making people feel full Leptin levels increase the more sleep you get, and those with lower leptin levels feel more inclined towards overeating high-calorie foods 6 Crying We all try to avoid it when we can, but sometimes the situation just calls for a good cry, and we’re probably all aware that crying can be good for emotional wellbeing A 2008 University of South Florida study confirmed this, finding that 88

8% of participants experienced an improvement in their mood after crying But what’s been less widely covered are the PHYSICAL benefits of crying In 2014, the Frontiers in Psychology Journal revealed that crying activates the parasympathetic nervous system, helping you rest and digest The St Paul-Ramsey Medical Center also found tears contain endorphins, aiding pain relief, and hormones that regulate stress And in case the thing making you sad is a case of anthrax poisoning, tears can help there too! Tears contain strong antiseptic proteins called lysozymes [Lie-so-zimes]

These are so strong that a 2012 study found that they combat anthrax infection, and may also prove to be an effective cancer treatment 5 Sex Sex has numerous personal benefits we won’t list here, but several medical studies also seem to support Marvin Gaye’s notion of ‘sexual healing’ In one study, men who had intercourse at least twice weekly were half as likely to die of heart disease as those who rarely did And it’s beneficial for women too

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, reported that between 25 and 45% of women experience incontinence in their life Intercourse can curb this, and good Intercourse even more so, by strengthening the pelvic floor muscles Sex exercises these muscles, and orgasms make them contract, so regular coitus can be great for staving off incontinence Other studies have suggested that regularly getting lucky can burn calories, boost your immune system, lower blood pressure and release the hormone Oxytocin, which aids healing, just to name a few Although obviously, this may be easier said than done

4 Video Games Video games are regularly accused of rotting your brain, making you violent, or turning your eyes square But in moderation, video games can actually offer various medical benefits One of the most notable studies that demonstrates this, came from the University of Iowa in 2013 Researchers asked 681 healthy participants over 50 to play 10 hours of video games a week, over a 5 to 8 week period

When cognitive ability was re-tested a year after the study began, its decline had been slowed by a minimum of a year-and-a-half in all participants In some subjects, this improvement spanned up to around six-and-a-half years Numerous studies have exhibited Video games’ benefits for dyslexia sufferers and their effective pain relief, to name a few benefits A 2007 study from Beth Israel Medical Center even found that surgeons gaming for 3 hours or more a week made 32% fewer mistakes than their non-gaming peers How’s that for a cheat code? 3

Eating Brains Other than the literal 1-in-a-million chance that diseased beef brains could infect the consumer with Mad Cow Disease, all the science suggests we should chow down like a hungry zombie This is according to research compiled at Iowa State University They found that just a 4-ounce portion of the mind meat contained 123 grams of protein For an average 150-pound human, this is roughly one fifth of the recommended daily intake

This is important in maintaining healthy muscles and keeping the immune system functioning The same portion also contains 1 gram of the Omega-3 fatty acid DHA, which lowers risk of cardiovascular disease 4 ounces would provide 46% of your daily Vitamin B-5, which supports metabolism, and more than 100% of your daily B-12, which improves red blood cell development So, it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to see the health benefits, although you might need one to prepare the meal 2

Coffee As with anything, too much coffee can have be detrimental to your health, but in moderation it can be much healthier than it’s given credit for The Human Psychopharmacology Journal supported this They published a study where participants consuming 710 mg of caffeine a week, had better long term memory scores than those consuming a quarter of that A 2017 study by the Italian government also studied coffee’s effects on prostate cancer, which affects 1 in 7 American men Over a 4 year study of 7000 men, they found that 3 or 4 cups of Italian style coffee a day cut the subjects’ risk in half

On top of coffee’s natural health benefits, it’s also been proven useful in protecting people from unnatural harm A 10 year University of Southern California study found a 13% reduced suicide risk per additional cup of coffee its subjects drank Seems like coffee does have its perks after all 1 Wine If you’re looking for support for your drinking habits, you probably won’t find it here

Until science catches up to us, binge drinking is always bad for you That said, research from Harvard did find that men drinking four to seven glasses of wine a week were half as likely to get prostate cancer as those who had none Red wine also has high silicon levels, which improves bone density and will limit your chances of developing osteoporosis And, because those guys just love wine, another Harvard study found that women who drank two glasses of red wine a night had a huge 70% reduced risk of obesity compared to those who didn’t This was attributed to a polyphenol found in grape skins called resveratrol

Resveratrol has antioxidative properties, and when consumed by humans can fight obesity, diabetes and heart disease I’ll drink to that! So that was 10 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know Were Good For You Which are you going to try? Do you know any more? Let us know in the comments and make sure to like and subscribe While you’re at it, check out this great Alltime10s video on screen now

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