This morning you may have heard a new song by Matthew West off of his album, Into the Light which will be out this Fall. It's a powerful video about the story of a mother who lost a daughter. Listen to the full song by clicking this [link] for the music video that includes song lyrics. Here is the story behind Matthew West's latest song, "Forgiveness."
Laughter: This is my favorite. The Bible tells us that "a cheerful heart is good like medicine.." (Prov 17:22), but if that's not proof enough for you then check out this study from the University of Maryland. It says that watching 15 minutes of funny video can improve bloodflow to your heart by 50 percent. "This may reduce blood-clot formation, cholesterol deposition, and inflammation," says study author Michael Miller, M.D.
Eat Breakfast: Or rather eat breakfast within the first 90 minutes after waking. A University of Massachusetts study found that men who waited longer than that were 50 percent more likely to keep your weight down, and U.K. researchers determined that you would be less likely to develop cancer.
Air Freshener: Yup, air freshener will extend your life. Weird, I know, but studies show the strong, spicy smell of cinnamon can help you stay alert as you drive. Researchers at Wheeling Jesuit University found that a whiff increases alertness by 25 percent. Eating an Altoid may work, too.
H2O: Who knew that living long could be as simple as drinking a bit more water. Scientists at Loma Linda University found that men who drank 5-8oz glasses of H2O were 54 percent less likely to suffer a fatal heart attack than those who drank two glasses or less every day.
Don't work Sick: You're co-workers will thank me for sharing this one. Over a 3-year period, men who clocked in despite feeling under the weather had double the heart-attack risk of guys who stayed in bed, according to a U.K. study.
Eat Chocolate: See, I told you a longer life expectancy was a piece of cake. Well, as long as it's chocolate cake. In a 15-year study, Dutch scientists determined that those who ate just 4 grams of cocoa a day had half the risk of dying from heart disease than those who ate less. That's the equivalent of two 25-calorie Hershey's Kisses--an amount that can fit into any diet. Yep, you're welcome.
Alka-Seltzer: In case of emergency, keep a few of these on hand. Here's why. If you think you're having a heart attack. It contains 325 milligrams of aspirin, the same as a regular aspirin, and begins fighting blood clots almost 3 minutes faster than a pill, according to a study in Thrombosis Research.
Eat yo' Veggies: Mom was right; you should eat your fruit and veggies at every meal. If you consume more than five servings of fruits and vegetables per day, you have a 26 percent lower risk of stroke than people who eat fewer than three servings, according to a recent U.K. study.
MORE to come...