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Everybody wants to be healthier, but did you know that just by making some simple, everyday combinations of certain things, you can improve your health without even trying. It doesn’t get much easier than that! Want to bulk up? Reduce your risk of having a stroke? Protect yourself from heart disease? You can do all that with almost no effort just by adding these simple combinations to your life.
Although at times they seem quite random, these sometimes unusual combinations are the latest findings from an emerging field called synergistic medicine. This practice pairs health improving strategies from neuroscience, dermatology, even kinesiology, with amazing results. So check out our list of cool combinations that can kick disease, weight gain, fatigue, and many others to the curb for good!
1. The Combo: Cardio + Caffeine
The Benefit: Dodge Skin Cancer
Several research studies have shown that both caffeine, as well as cardio exercise, has anti-cancer properties. When you combine these two, they can provide you with some powerful protection from skin cancer. That’s right, skin cancer. Studies done at Rutgers University showed that this combination increased an animal’s ability to actually destroy skin cancer cells by up to 4 times more than animals that did not get this combo. Scientists suspect that it’s the caffeine that blocks a genetic pathway that keeps damaged cells from self-destructing. Both exercise and caffeine lower body fat, which helps cells to deconstruct. So enjoy that cup of Joe, then head out for a good walk or run. Drink coffee one hour before your exercise program for maximum results.
2. The Combo: Green Tea + Lemon
The Benefit: Protect Your Heart
A recent study that involved more than 40,000 Japanese women and men had them drink 5 or more cups of green tea daily. Those who drank the tea had the lowest risk of dying from either stroke or heart disease than those who drank fewer cups of tea or none at all. This is due to the powerful antioxidants in green tea.
The trouble here is that less than 20 percent of these antioxidants compounds survive the digestive process. To get more of the antioxidants into your body, squeeze in lemon juice. The vitamin C in lemons help your body absorb up to 13 times more antioxidants than from just plain old tea. So sip away to your heart’s content. If you add lemon juice, you need only drink one or two cups per day to get the same benefits as those who drank 5 cups in the study. Be sure to drink freshly brewed tea, either hot or iced. No milk, though, as it blocks the absorption level you are looking for. Oh, and those ready to drink bottles of green tea? Worthless as far as antioxidants are concerned. Find out why drinking warm water with lemon is beneficial,
3. The Combo: Curcumin + Black Pepper
The Benefit: Improve Your Memory
You may have heard that curcumin has anti-cancer properties, but this compound that is found in the spice turmeric, is causing a ruckus in the area of Alzheimer’s research. Alzheimer’s patients, who took 1gram of curcumin, either as a supplement or mixed in with their food, had a drastic buildup in the plaque on their brains. Unfortunately, curcumin is poorly absorbed by the body, so you need to mix it with black pepper to increase your body’s ability to absorb it by almost 2,000 percent.
So get ready to spice up your meals! Although turmeric has been used for countless centuries in Indian dishes however, the taste can be quite potent if you are not used to it. Start with just a half teaspoon daily and once you are more accustomed to the flavor, add black pepper to make a great tasting rub for your chicken or fish dinners.
4. The Combo: Exercise + Music
The Benefit: Boost Your Brainpower
It took a brief 21 minutes of exercise to improve the moods of patients in a cardiac rehabilitation center at the Ohio State University study. However, when the doctors added music into the headphones during exercise, patients performed dramatically better on verbal tests afterwards. It’s thought that exercise improves cognitive ability by stimulation of the central nervous system. The addition of music may help the body organize its thoughts better.
Now although these tests were not performed on healthy individuals, it certainly won’t hurt you to exercise along with your favorite music.
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