Now this is some smart fuel we can live with! Step aside kale, move over broccoli: the best way to ward off a wintry cold is to drink red wine.
You’re not reading that wrong. Not one, but two major studies have just reported evidence that those who drink wine moderately – no more than two glasses a day – have better immunity and resistance to infectious cold viruses than those who do not drink. This benefit is cancelled out if you’re a smoker, however.
Of course, red wine is also healthy because it is rich in resveratrol, a vital antioxidant. To learn Mark’s great and creative ways to enjoy wine more often, read How to Drink More Wine and Eat More Chocolate Every Day.
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Here we are, the wealthiest nation on earth, from any time ever, with the greatest abundance of calories, variety, and nutrition, and wouldn’t you know: medieval peasants were healthier than we are.
The average peasant loaded up on root vegetables (referred to as “pot herbs”), greens, several pints of antioxidant-loaded, nutrient-rich, full-bodied beer, and small portions of grass-fed meat or fresh fish totaling about 8 ounces by days’ end. Daily bulk was provided in the form of millet, oats, and other sturdy, fibrous whole grains. Of course, peasants spent a minimum of 12 hours in hard labor every day, so their bodies quickly burned off the beer and barley.
Thanksgiving may be tucked under your belt, but Christmas and New Year’s are still right around the corner. If you’re feeling a bit fatigued, bloated, or otherwise run down, here are some simple holiday health tips to feel better this week:
10. Veggie Cleanse
Do a one-day vegetable cleanse at some point this week. Load up with delicious salad chock full of veggies. Eat steamed veggies with olive oil for dinner. Enjoy sliced tomatoes and avocado for breakfast. Make sure your cleansing day contains a generous selection of greens. Spinach, in particular, is good for clearing your body. And its high B-vitamin load will help reduce stress.
9. Long Showers
It’s not very eco-friendly, so don’t make this a regular habit (but hey, you’re not watering the lawn this time of year). You might not have time for a day at the spa or a massage. But a simple, soothing long shower can feel like a treat if you’re tired and stressed.
Let’s end the week on a cheery note. After all, it’s Christmas, and we can’t always be carb-hating scrooges, now can we? Well, actually, we can, but we loved these happy, unexpected health stories that came across our desk:
Babies Recognize Good Samaritans
A new and very thoroughly-conducted study finds that infants inherently understand who the good Samaritans are – and they prefer them. It would seem we have a built-in moral compass deciphering good from bad, and long before we teach babies how to interpret human behavior through physical and verbal cues, they innately understand it. Aww, babies are awesome! Now if only society would stop teaching them to care about Bratz dolls and where they sit at the cafeteria table corral…
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